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Syriana: It's Not About the Oil: Charles Peņa
Unchecked Presidential Power: Bruce Schneier
The Extra-Legal Executive: Matthew Yglesias
Congress to Probe Domestic Spying: William Fisher
Iraqis Spoke, but Hardly in Unison: Jim Lobe

Love of power, operating through greed and through personal ambition, was the cause of all these evils.
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Updated December 22, 2005 - 11:14 PM EST
House Extends PATRIOT 1 Month, Not 6
US Seeks 'Partial Truce' With Iraqi Insurgents

Saddam Trial Adjourned for a Month

Congress to Probe Domestic Spying

Court Rules Against Govt in Padilla Case

Iraqis Spoke, but Hardly in Unison

Internal Problems, Not Spy Laws, Were Problem in 9/11 Attacks
Nation-Building Is Now Job One
by Sheldon Richman
An Insidious Culture
of Surveillance
 by Thomas Oliphant
The New Madness of King George
by Robert Parry
Iran's Victory in Iraq  by Robert Scheer
Voting Confirms: Iraq Is a Red State
by R.J. Eskow
The Extra-Legal Executive
by Matthew Yglesias

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Tug of War Over Presidential Powers

Judges on Surveillance Court to Be Briefed on Spy Program

Judge's Resignation Adds to Spying Furor

Anti-Terror Wiretaps 'Accidentally' Monitored Domestic Calls

Iraq Election Results Will Pose New Challenges for US Policy

Juan Cole Analyzes the Election Results

Rumsfeld Doubts bin Laden Still Capable of Running al-Qaeda


Sunnis, Secular Shi'ites Unite Behind Vote-Fraud Allegations

Iraq Today

Sunni Leader: Expect Insurgents to Intensify Violence

Ex-UN Envoy Predicts Lasting Insurgency

Various Private Armies Still Exist in Iraq

Witness Links Saddam's Half Brother to Abuse, Prisoner's Death

Security Incidents in Iraq, Dec. 21

Iraqi Election

Official Iraq Vote Results Might Be 'Very Different' From Early Counts

Sunni Leaders Dismiss Election Results, Fueling Fears About Civil War

Saddam Trial

Saddam Returns to Court

Saddam Claims Torture by Americans

Back in Court, Hussein Claims He's the Victim

Saddam's Evolving Tactics


Iran Agrees to More Nuclear Talks

Slim Hope for EU-Iran Nuclear Talks

US Backs European Diplomacy on Iran


Karzai Rival Elected Head of Lower House

Afghan Rights Groups Says US Must Come Clean About 'Secret Prisons'

Afghan Assembly Opens With Heated Dispute Over Warlords

Karzai and Rumsfeld: US Remains Committed to Afghanistan

Rumsfeld Says Troop Reduction in Afghanistan Will Not Affect Hunt for bin Laden

Investigator Recommends Charges Be Dropped Against Army Captain in Afghan Prisoner Abuse Case

Middle East

US Military Hands Base Back to Kuwait

Britain Offers Syria Conditional Dialogue

Investigator: Killings in Lebanon Linked

South Asia

Tamil Tigers Kill Two Soldiers

Pakistan Army Copters Attack 'Miscreant' Training Camps

Nepal Arms Deals Worry India: Report

India Defends Nuclear Deal With US

Bangladesh Plans Anti-Terror Law


After Being Cleansed From City, Zimbabwe's Poor Struggle

In Zimbabwe, Women Spend Decimated Resources on Food, Not Hairdos

Zimbabwe Detains Radio Station Exec

Zimbabwe Condemns UN Emergency Houses for Homeless


Children of Darfur Bear the Brunt of the Crisis

Sudan: Twenty Killed as Militias Raid West Darfur Village

Russian President Proposes Sending Peacekeepers to Sudan


Ethiopia Charges Opposition With Treason, Plotting to 'Commit Genocide'


Aceh War's Symbolic End

Hong Kong Democracy Advocates Reject Beijing-Backed Plan


Uzbeks Jail More Over Andijan

Uzbek Dissident Could Face Hefty Sentence on Tax Charges

Bush's Super Spy Powers

Skepticism Trails Bush's Defense of Domestic Spying

Like Some Predecessors, Bush Asserts Broad Powers in Time of War

Experts Say Wiretap Fight May Taint Cases

Specter Wants January Surveillance Hearings

War at Home

Despite Election, Iraq to Remain Hot Issue for Bush

Leak Probe Not Seen to End With Rove, Lawyers Say

Impeachment Joke's on Bush

Bush Visits Marines Wounded in Iraq

NYPD Conducting Covert Surveillance at Protest Rallies

Unanswer Man: President's Spokesman Doesn't Have Much to Say

DHS' Mission Was Undermined From Start

War on Terror

9/11 Panel Blamed Washington Times for Reporting Osama Had a Phone

Where's Osama bin Laden?

File the bin Laden Phone Leak Under 'Urban Myths'

'American Taliban' Lindh Seeks Reduced Sentence

United Kingdom

Court Critical of UK Army's Inquiry Into Iraqi Death

Britain Will Be First Country to Monitor Every Car Journey

Britain, Saudis Boost Defense Ties

Palestinian Elections

Israel Threatens to Hinder Palestinian Vote

PA Will Cancel Elections if Israel Keeps Jerusalem From Voting

US Senators Push to Exclude Hamas From Elections


Israeli Commanders: Missile Defense Can Shoot Down an Iranian Missile

Pope's Envoy: US, Israel Strengthening Hamas

Senior Hamas Militant Shot Dead

Christmas Behind Israel's Wall

Israel Is Easing Barrier Burden, but Palestinians Still See a Border

France Boosts Palestinian Aid

Jerusalem Palestinians Inaugurate 'Peace Stadium'


Arrests Reveal Zarqawi Network in Europe

Club Bombing Follows ETA Warning

Dutch Consider Burqa Ban

European Rights Groups Sue Over CIA Flights

US Terror Victims' Families Sue Italy

Serb Commander Shows No Remorse for Video Killings

Revised Russian Bill Governing NGOs Fails to Mollify Critics

A Land of Northern Lights, Cybercafes, and the Flat Tax


Japan, North Korea to Hold New Talks Despite Nuclear Impasse

In New Envoy, Korea Sees Hawkish Turn by US

US Urges S. Korea to Reduce Economic Aid to N. Korea

Morales to Nationalize Bolivia Oil, Gas

In Bolivia, a Setback for US Anti-Coca Drive


Peru Guerrillas Kill Eight Police

Fujimori Implicated in Serious Crimes

Land Mines Are Ecuador's Hidden Killers

Justin Raimondo
Bush's Wartime Dictatorship

Charles Peņa
Syriana: It's Not About the Oil

Nebojsa Malic
The Road to Serfdom

Ivan Eland
George W. Bush's Impeachable Offenses

Sascha Matuszak
Livelihoods at Stake

Alan Bock
Time to Lower Expectations

Ran HaCohen
Democracy and Colonialism

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

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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