Today's Highlights

The Syrian Gambit Unravels: Justin Raimondo
Cheney & Fried Rice in Hot Water: Ray McGovern
Murtha Returns to the Attack: Alexander Cockburn
Unknown Victims of 9/11: Yaghmaian/Engelhardt
Rendition Unto Caesar: Paul Craig Roberts

When [men] go to war, what they want is to impose on their enemies the victor's will and call it peace.
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Updated December 12, 2005 - 11:25 PM EST
US Envoy: Vote May Not Lead to Pullout
France Warned CIA About Bad Iraq Intel
Israel: No Plan to Attack Iran 'At the Moment'

Car Bomb Kills Anti-Syria MP in Beirut

Frist Sees Deal on Bill to Ban Torture by US
Ba'athist Insurgents to Protect Iraq Elections

Iraq Govt Cites 'Severe Torture' at 2nd Prison

Commission Finds Irregularities in Iraqi Voter Registration
Torture Victim: 'They Would Cut Me 30 Times in Two Hours'
Cheney and Fried Rice in Hot Water  by Ray McGovern
'Victory in Iraq': A Strategy to Mask Defeat  by Richard Reeves
Murtha Returns to the Attack
by Alexander Cockburn
Plato, Chaos, and IEDs  by Martin Sieff
Black Contracts  by Laura Rozen
Unknown Victims of 9/11
by Behzad Yaghmaian and Tom Engelhardt

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Report: Rove's Lawyer Told of Conversation
What Viveca Novak Told Fitzgerald
Neocon Says Yes to Legalized Torture

Three Soldiers Killed During Separate Incidents in Iraq

CIA Scours Blogs for Useful Intelligence
Iraq Vote Could Spur Withdrawal Timetable
Iraq Ex-PM Allawi Eyes Old Job, Backed by Old Foes
Iraqi General Tells of Prison Torture Horror

Village Sheiks Look to Clerics on Iraq Vote

War College Report: US Needs to Get Out of the Way in Iraq
Iraq Unveils Security Clampdown for Election
Today in Iraq
Word of More Secret Prisons Swirls in Iraq
President Bush, the Ambassador's Big Gun
Early Departure of US Troops Would Lead to Civil War in Iraq: Khalilzad
Iraqi Terror Hotline Not So Hot
A Bus, and Talk of Iraq's Future, Course Through a City's Streets
Kurds Want to Remain Part of Iraq: US Ambassador

Tracing Iraq's Painful Arc, From the Past to the Future

Iraqi Elections
US Officials Push to Include Former Ba'athists in Iraqi Election
In Iraq, Campaign Turns Ugly in Days Before Election
Iraqi Insurgents Urge Sunnis to Vote, Warn Zarqawi
Allawi Predicts Civil War (Unless He Is Elected)

Boys of Baghdad College Vie for Prime Minister

Saddam Casts Long Shadow Over Elections
Iraq Will Close Borders During Election
Officials Set for Larger Iraq Poll Turnout Overseas
Kirkuk Braced for Showdown as Iraq Election Looms
Sunni Factions Plot Their Return
In Iraq, Security Trumps Women's Rights
A Look at What's at Stake in Iraq's Elections
Attacks Continue
Two US Soldiers Killed by a Concealed Bomb
Security Incidents in Iraq, Dec. 12
Security Incidents in Iraq, Dec. 11
Hostage Crises
Lobbying Goes on as Iraq Hostage Deadline Passes
Friend of Iraq Hostage: No News Is Good News
Iraq Group Claims Kidnapping of Four Iranians: Video
Battles of Britain
Fraud Rules Halt British Troops' Family Gifts
British Skipper Claims US Warship Fired Warning Shots at Him
Al-Qaeda Deputy Praises Taliban Gains in Afghanistan in New Tape
Post-Taliban Free Speech Blocked by Courts, Clerics
US Convoy Attacked in Afghanistan
Taliban Issue Decree Urging Death for Karzai
5 Taliban Killed in Bomb Attack in S. Afghanistan
Croatia's Afghanistan Contingent May Increase
UN: Nine Percent of Afghani Population Grows Opium

Key Afghan Role Goes to Canadians

Indian Foreign Secretary Arrives in Nepal to Push Democracy Talks
Nepal Leader Urges India Not to Back Government Headed by King
Violence Grows in Pakistan's Tribal Zone, Despite Army Presence
Kim Bans Succession Talk
China Says Police Killed Protesters 'in Alarm,' Commander Detained
Japan Offers to Host Sri Lanka Peace Talks

Political Activism Begins to Take Hold in Kyrgyzstan

Croatians Rally Behind 'National Hero' After General Is Snatched

War Crimes Case Revives Passions in a Torn Croatia

Egypt Terror Suspect Faces Trial in Italy
Darfur 'Abuses' Blamed on Leaders
AU Struggles to Calm Darfur
Liberian Warlord Reinvents Self as Senator
Colombian Paramilitary Fighters to Disarm in Massive Ceremony
Bolivian Leftist Candidate Vows to Be 'Nightmare' for US

Chilean Election Set for Run-Off

Pullout or Not?
The Daunting Logistics of Withdrawal
Senators Unsure of US Troop Withdrawal
Bush Faces Critical Test With Iraq Elections
Ex-Marine Leader Poses Hard Questions About War

Sen. Clinton Crafts Vague Stance on War

War on Terror
German in CIA Case Doubts 'Mistaken Identity'
Turkey: None of Our Terror Suspects Were Interrogated by CIA
State Dept Official Warns Terrorists Still Seek WMD
Debate on Terror Could Harm Rice’s Credibility
Straw Faces MPs Over Claims MI6 Delivered Suspect for Torture
Lawyer Says UK Abetted Torture
Blasts Near London Fuel Fears of Terrorism
US Military
Pentagon's 'Black Budget' Veils Contracting Shenanigans
NY Times Reveals Military's Role in Phony Press Reports
The War at Home
Bush in the Bubble
Bush Plans Overhaul of US Foreign Aid System
Vivica Novak Kept Editors in Dark on Plame Role
Many Refuse to Pay 'War Tax' on Phone Bill
Sheehan Subject of New Play by Nobel Laureate

A Reticent Senator Who Inspired

Annan to Get Fresh Hariri Report
Assad Warns Sanctions Against Syria Will Destabilize Mideast, World
Iran Invites US to Bid on Power Plant
Iranian Lawmakers Want Defense Minister Fired Over Plane Crash
Iranian Parliament OKs New Oil Minister
Nuclear Talks This Month Will Be Decisive: Iran
Reaction to Remarks on Israel Surprises Iran
Iran's Leader Drawing Fire
Germany Warns of Fallout Over Iranian Leader's Anti-Israel Remarks
Palestinian Politics
Palestinian Authority Slams 'Irresponsible' Hamas
Poll: Fatah Will Take 50 Percent of Vote in Palestinian Elections
Abbas Tells Palestinians to Keep Truce With Israel
Israeli DM Latest to Quit Likud
Israeli FM Slams EU for Holding Talks With Hezbollah
Palestinians Not Violating Rafah Border Deal
Palestinian Killed in Botched West Bank Bombing
Hope Fuels Palestinian Stocks
Patriach of Jerusalem Slams West Bank Barrier
World Bank: Israel Promised Not to Seal Gaza After Terror Attacks
Gaza Development in Limbo Despite Israeli Pullout
Calls Grow to Withdraw Award From Nobel Mathematicians Over War Theory
Egypt's Ruling Party Wins 72 Percent of Parliamentary Seats
Egypt: 26 Percent Turnout in Elections
Egypt Islamists Eye Municipal Elections
Charges Against Egypt Opposition Leader Nour Are Political, Says Lawyer
Middle East
Saudi Arabia Sees No Need for OPEC to Cut Oil Output
Mass Grave Unearthed in Yemen

Justin Raimondo
The Syrian Gambit Unravels

Alan Bock
Chinese Puzzles

Charles Peña
A Tale of Two Cities

Ran HaCohen
Democracy and Colonialism

Ivan Eland
TSA Treats for Holiday Travelers

Nebojsa Malic
Brave New Numbers

David R. Henderson
Adam Smith's Economic Case Against Imperialism

Sascha Matuszak
Who's the Boss?

Praful Bidwai
Indian Nuclear Deal With US Turns Faustian Bargain

Joseph Stromberg
An Anti-Imperialist's Reading List: Part Two

Matthew Barganier
Et Tu, Pat?

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