Today's Highlights

Bowing to the Police State: Ray McGovern
Redefining the Middle East: Ramzy Baroud
They've Got Your Number: Matthew Yglesias
Nothing Personal: Jacob Sullum
Bush Stomps on 4th Amendment: Laurence Tribe

People who talk of outlawing the atomic bomb are mistaken — what needs to be outlawed is war.
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Updated May 18, 2006 - 10:57 PM EDT

Bush Wants North Korea Peace Talks

Attacks Kill 105 Across Afghanistan

Iraq Attacks Kill 22, Including 4 US Troops

Rumsfeld Seeks Extra Funds for War Bills

Rumsfeld: Troop Reduction Unlikely This Year

Bush Agrees to Full NSA Oversight by Congress

Bush Threatens to Veto Huge Iraq Spending Bill

Americans Expect New War Within 10 Years

General: US Forces Can't Leave Any Part of Iraq

Murtha: Marines Killed Iraqis 'in Cold Blood'

Close Canada Vote Extends Afghan Mission 2 Yrs

Taliban Wooed as Violence Spreads
Bowing to the Police State  by Ray McGovern
Iraq's Oil: A Neocon Dream Gone Bust  by Peter Kiernan
What Mr. Lyon Didn't Say
by Christopher Deliso
They've Got Your Number  by Matthew Yglesias
Nothing Personal  by Jacob Sullum
Redefining the Middle East  by Ramzy Baroud

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Iraq Cabinet Chosen, Parliament to Vote Saturday

Former NSA Head: Spy Program Not Authorized by Law

Some Troops Back From Iraq and Feeling Bitter

Why the Pentagon Has Turned on the Makers of Baghdad ER

Libby Judge Is Allowed to View Reporters' Notes

Saudi FM Warns Against Isolating Hamas

Lawmakers Reexamine CIA Nominee

NY Times and Time Will Let Judge Review Plame Notes

Muslim Nations Want Nuclear Energy, Are Wary of Iran

US-Led Coalition Forces Watch Over Iraq's Oil Platforms
Iraq Today

Shi'ite Militia in Baghdad Issues Death Sentences for Gays, Liberals, and Booksellers

Iraqi Children Suffering 'Alarming' Malnutrition

Baghdad Mortuary Overwhelmed by Rising Numbers of Dead

A Scramble to Defend the Mosque

World Bank Decides to Boost Presence in Iraq

Japan Steps Up Iraq Aid

The War Goes On

Iraqi Kurd Officials Accuse Turkey of Shelling Attacks

Australian Leader One of Few to Stick With Iraq Coalition

Developments in Iraq on May 18

Developments in Iraq on May 17

Hostage Crises

Gunmen Kidnap 15 Iraqi Athletes

Foreign Hostages in Iraq

Saddam Trial

Saddam Trial Hints at Drama to Come

Judge Allows Defense to Call Saddam

An Iraqi Judge Even Saddam Respects


Car Bomb Hits UN Convoy in Afghanistan

Canadian Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

Afghan Reporters Focus on Roots of Insurgents' Unrest

Western Projects Are Bleeding Afghanistan Dry, Says Minister

Afghanistan Razes 27,000 Acres of Poppies

Austin Police Chief Heads to Afghanistan


Gas Pipeline Blown Up in Pakistan, Three Killed

Eight Militants Netted After North Waziristan Clash


In Nepal, Cabinet Changes Delayed by Coalition Infighting

US Wary of Nepal Maoists Despite Truce

Nepal Asks for More Foreign Aid

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Military: Tamils Escalating Violence

Foreign Bid to Pull Sri Lanka From War Amid Killings

India Waits Warily for Sri Lankan Peace

South Asia

US and India Discuss Sri Lanka, Nepal Situation

Pakistan Films Set for Historic Opening in India

15 Hindus Wounded in Grenade Attack in Indian Kashmir


German Cabinet Agrees to Send Soldiers to DR Congo

Sudan Warms to Inevitability of UN Peacekeeping Mission

Zimbabwe's Crisis Spills Into South Africa


US Aid Can't Win Bolivia's Love as New Suitors Emerge

Spanish Official: Bolivia Must Compensate

Bolivia Unveils Plan to Distribute Land to Poor


Ecuador Sends Troops to Guard Seized Oil Facilities

US Suspends Free Trade Talks With Ecuador Over Oil Dispute


Venezuela Backs Off Report of Possible Iran Deal

Uribe Sets His Sights on Defeat of Colombian Rebel Group

New York Piano Tuner Defies US in Cuba


Blast Kills Ingush Politician

Suspected Suicide Blast Kills Seven in Russia


South Korea Urges North to Follow Libyan Example

Protesters Break Silence on Cultural Revolution

Australia Boosts Aid to Its Neighbors

UN Chief Targets Strained Ties in Asia

Tutu Presses Rice for UN Resolution on Burma


Iran Rejects European Nuclear Incentives

Iran Offers EU a Deal of Its Own

Iran Enlists Allies in Nuke Program Battle

London Meeting on Iran Crisis Postponed

Former British FM Urges West to Consider Attacking Iran

Gulf States Envoy to Urge Iran to Forgo Nuclear Arms

Confessions of an Ex-Mujahideen-e-Khalq


US Dodges Comment on Report of Backing Warlords in Somalia

Foreigners Reportedly Fighting in Somalia

Islamist Raid Breaks Somali Truce

War on Terror

Chicago City Council Takes on PATRIOT Act

House Panel Criticizes Homeland Security

Pakistan Says bin Laden Probably in Afghanistan

US, Australia Sign Anti-Terror Agreement

US Accuses Chávez of Terrorist Ties

Islamist Lawyer Kills Top Judge in Gun Attack on Turkish Court

World Cup Police Fear Terror Attacks on Fans


16 Saudis to Be Released From Guantánamo

Pentagon Launches Guantánamo PR Campaign

Multi-Year Delay in Trial for Gitmo Aussie 'Normal'

Spying on Americans

Wiretap Anger Builds on Hayden

Congress May Make ISPs Snoop on You

Sealed Documents Central to Domestic Spying Lawsuit

Bellsouth Denies Giving Data to NSA

AT&T Whistleblower's Evidence

Stumbling Into a Spy Scandal

War at Home

CIA Morale on Hayden's Menu

Why Pentagon Released 9/11 Tape

Rumsfeld Defends Plan to Send Guard Troops to Border

Seeking to Control Borders, Bush Turns to Big Military Contractors

Mexicans Leery of Border 'Militarization,' Fear Confrontations

Mexico Vows to Sue if Guard Detains Migrants

Canada: US Unlikely to Send Troops to Our Border

Protesters Arrested at Halliburton Meeting

Ex-Lockheed Agent Pleads Guilty to China Arms Plot


Medical Group Paints Grim Picture of West Bank, Gaza

Israel Opens Gaza Cargo Crossing

Palestinians Send Militant Force Into Streets

Abbas Orders Security Forces to Impose His Will

New Security Force Widens Palestinian Rift

Official: PA Used Foreign Aid to Buy Arms

US Wary of Olmert's Unilateral Border Plan

Merkel Calls Unannounced Palestinian Minister Visit 'Vexing'

Al-Qaeda Targeting Israeli Diplomats

Middle East

Saudi Arabia Casts Wary Eye at Iraq, Iran

UN Presses Syria on Ties With Lebanon

Syria Detains Prominent Rights Lawyer


Egypt Urges Greater Arab Integration

Egypt Judge Facing Hearing Has Heart Attack


Montenegro to Vote on Independence Sunday

Romano Prodi Sworn in as Premier of Italy

German Lawmakers Decide to Publish Spy Report on Journalists


Justin Raimondo
Is America Becoming a Police State?

Nebojsa Malic
No Game of Chess

Ivan Eland
Abolish Both the Hayden Nomination and NSA

David R. Henderson
Did Rumsfeld Lie – and When?

Charles Peña
Collision Course With Iran

Praful Bidwai
Iran Won't Be Bullied

Alan Bock
Cold Assumptions

Ran HaCohen
Why We Cannot Talk With Hamas

Sascha Matuszak
Getting a Piece of the Pie

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

Matthew Barganier
Et Tu, Pat?

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