Derogatory Ad featuring Congressman Kucinich (video)

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Derogatory Ad featuring Congressman Kucinich

Watch the video (above). Then, PLEASE email your feedback at the following link, copy and paste:
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I wrote the following:
I am going to encourage all Kucinich supporters to boycott your restaurant until you change your “debate” advertising. That was a low blow to a viable, electable presidential candidate. Consider the word OUT! I also think Pizza Hut should publicly apologize to the Congressman!

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Olbermann: Bhutto Assassination Parts 1-5 + Bush (videos)

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December 27, 2007

Keith talks with Hillary Mann Leverett about the Bhutto Assassination, and the impact of the assassination on the region and world.

Keith talks with Richard Wolffe, did the Bush Administration make the right choice in backing Musharraf?

Keith talks with Chris Dodd.

Keith talks with Evan Kohlmann.

Keith talks with Dana Milbank.

President Bush Statement on Bhutto Assassination

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What Now? Benazir Bhutto was a dead-woman walking the day she set foot back on Pakistani soil by Stephen P. Pizzo

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? The main suspects by Jeremy Page

Benazir Bhutto assassinated at rally + The life of Benazir Bhutto (videos) + more

Passings – Benazir Bhutto Left A Lifelong Impression by Joe Shea

And from an email by LinkTV:

Farewell Benazir

We South Asians Like Our Leaders Dead

Musharraf: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

And So This Was Christmas By Eileen Fleming (Vanunu)

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By Eileen Fleming
12/27/07 “ICH

On Christmas Eve evening I picked up my mail and opened up a card from Jerusalem sent to me by Mordechai Vanunu. He made me laugh out loud, for he addressed it to: “Eileen Flaming” not Fleming, which is my actual name.

But, upon reflection, I think Vanunu has renamed me well; for I am flaming over the hypocrisy and injustice of empire and apathy and ignorance of good Christians who have no eyes to see, ears to hear, or hearts that bleed for the poor and oppressed in the Holy land and the entire Middle East. Continue reading

What Now? Benazir Bhutto was a dead-woman walking the day she set foot back on Pakistani soil by Stephen P. Pizzo

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by Stephen P. Pizzo
Atlantic Free Press
Thursday, 27 December 2007

Benazir Bhutto was a dead-woman walking the day she set foot back on Pakistani soil. It was only a matter of time, and that time came today.

While I’d like to lay at least some blame for Bhutto’s assassination on Bush administration meddling in Middle East politics, I can’t. Instead the blame for this latest regional bloodletting lands squarely and exclusively in the lap of what I have come to think of as “Muslimocracy” — the primacy of Islamic law, or Sharia, which is still deeply rooted in the souls and minds of the people of that ever-troubled region.

Muslimocracies view the non-Muslim world as their enemy, and anyone within a Muslim nation who does not share that view, is viewed as a friend of their enemy. That is what got Bhutto killed today.

I rarely agree with George W. Bush on anything, but he was right once. It was when he was running for President the first time. Back then he warned against wasting US lives and resources on “nation building” efforts abroad.

Then he got elected and embarked on the most audacious, aggressive and illogical nation building effort in modern history. As a result the world got to see the wisdom of Bush’s original position and the folly of his current one.

Today, when someone criticizes Bush for trying to bring democracy to the backward Muslim nations in the Middle East, he scolds them for displaying “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”

Well, sometimes low expectations are not the product of bigotry, but data. As a self-described country boy Bush surely must have heard some crusty old farmer remark, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t force it to drink.”

Which brings me back to Pakistan — et al. You can lead them towards democracy but you can’t make them democratic. And, in the rare instances where they apparently relent, they use democracy to enshrine Sharia law, which is to democracy a lynching is to justice. (Remember how the Palestinians embrace of democratic elections resulted in the elevation of Hamas. And, if free and open elections were held today in Egypt the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood would be swept in to power.)

As I’ve noted in more than one previous post, Pakistan is not our ally in the war on terror. Neither is Iraq. Nor is Egypt. And most certainly not Saudi Arabia. Those countries are our allies the same way a cobra is an ally of its snake charmer.

Unreconstructed Islam has been and remains Muslim country’s kryptonite against super-power strength. The Soviets learned that the hard way when they tried to occupy Afghanistan. The US is now locked in the same futile exercise of imperial hubris in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and possibly soon in Iran and Pakistan. It was a lesson learned a century earlier by the British, as immortalized by Kipling:

Now, it is not good for the Christian’s health
to hustle the Aryan brown,
For the Christian riles, and the Aryan smiles
and he weareth the Christian down;
And the end of the fight is a tombstone white
with the name of the late deceased,
And the epitaph clear: “A Fool lies here,
who tried to hustle the East.”

Of course somethings have changed over a century. In particular, nuclear weapons, of which Pakistan possesses as many as 100 air and missile-mounted nukes. If one or more of those active nuclear weapons falls into the hands of al Qaida we can be assured they will used it to demonstration just how much Allah hates non-Muslims. You don’t have to be a Neo-con to believe that.

Which begs the question — in light of the latest democracy-farce being played out in Pakistan, how should we treat the kind real threats posed by a radicalized Muslim Middle East?

In a word: containment.

We won the Cold War largely by containing the Soviet Union’s expansionist ambitions. And we won that long war without the level of bloodshed we’ve already experienced in Iraq, or the amount of bloodshed we will incur if we continue trying to force these people to drink from the democratic pond. Instead we told the nations of the Soviet bloc that, if they wanted communism, fine, it was all theirs. But, we made clear, don’t look for any financial, political or military help from us. In essence we let them stew to death in their own dysfunctional communist pots.

The Muslim Middle East is currently addicted to its own dysfunctional social/religious philosophical code, unreconstructed Islam. And that will continue to poison almost any relationships they try to form with the non-Muslim modern world. Christianity had to re-calibrate hundreds of years ago in order to survive and coexist with scientific and social progress. Islam has yet to do so and is therefore hopelessly out of step with modernity.

In the Muslim Middle East today, half-educated Mullahs have more influence over what their people know and believe than anyone inside or outside their countries. And much of what they believe is the very reason their countries are backward, violent places. For example, half their population — women — are barred from contributing to their society’s governance, commercial or even social development — a shocking waste of human capital for countries that need all the human capital they can get. But it was exactly that kind of misogynistic ignorance that played a role in Bhutto’s death today.

There is only one cure for addiction, be it addiction to a substance or a crippling ideology, and that’s to let the addicted hit rock bottom. The addicted must be ready to shake their addiction. Until then they are nothing but black holes for charity, advice or other efforts to save them from their themselves. Western military and financial aid to nations like Pakistan and Iraq are like financing a saloon for alcoholics.

Instead the west should treat the nations of the nations of Muslim Middle East the same way we treated the nations of the Soviet Bloc. Those nations in the Middle East that refuse to disengage their governments, military, security forces, schools and financial institutions from the yoke of unreconstructed Islam should be held at arms length by the rest of the word. In other words, they should be contained and isolated.

Bush keeps saying that we need to believe terrorist when they say they want to destroy us. Fine, so we also need to believe them when they say they want Sharia law. Well fine, so get the hell out of the way and let them have it — let them have Sharia law in spades.

But what about those nukes in Pakistan, and maybe someday in Iran? The west has to get this one right — and the first time. The west should be ready to use its military assets, but with a kind of care and precision that’s been woefully lacking of late. The only national interest the US has in that region should be defined as containment and doing whatever needs doing to insure that those nukes in Pakistan can never be used, by anyone, against anyone.

No one can say exactly what that means in what the military likes to refer to as “kinetic action.” But blunt force bombing — the first choice among Bush administration hawks — must be reserved should the day ever arrive when everything else has failed. Instead the Pentagon and CIA should use some to the $60 billion a year we give them for intelligence activities to get their hands on those nukes and get their hands on the key individuals in those countries who produced and/or proliferated them. And frankly I don’t give fig how they go getting that done. Because when it comes to nuclear weapons it only takes one to ruin your day, and the day of a few hundred thousand close friends and relatives.

Finally, what about oil? If we contain the nations of the Muslim Middle East we can kiss our oil supply from there goodbye. What about that? Well the day was coming when the US would have to get off Middle East oil one way or another. We could have — should have — done so slowly, methodically and in ways that did not cause widespread hardship. But we didn’t, so now we will just have to bite the bullet, declare a national energy emergency and do what we have to do to get by for a while. Sorry. But sometimes there are no sacrifice-free options in the world of real poliks.

If we haven’t learned these lessons yet we surely will. The only question is how many more US troops and treasure will have to be wasted beating our heads against that Islamic wall before we figure it out. They don’t want democracy, at least not yet. And they won’t want it until they get an industrial dose of what they keep telling us they want, Sharia (Islamic) law.

Which is why I say to them, “bon appetite.” Give us a ring when you’ve had a belly full.

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Who killed Benazir Bhutto? The main suspects by Jeremy Page

Passings – Benazir Bhutto Left A Lifelong Impression by Joe Shea

Benazir Bhutto assassinated at rally + The life of Benazir Bhutto (videos) + more

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? The main suspects by Jeremy Page

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by Jeremy Page
Global Research, December 27, 2007
The Times

The main suspects in Benazir Bhutto’s assassination are the Pakistani and foreign Islamist militants who saw her as a heretic and an American stooge and had repeatedly threatened to kill her.

But fingers will also be pointed at Inter-Services Intelligence, the agency that has had close ties to the Islamists since the 1970s and has been used by successive Pakistani leaders to suppress political opposition.

Ms Bhutto narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in October, when a suicide bomber killed about 140 people at a rally in the port city of Karachi to welcome her back from eight years in exile.

Earlier that month, two militant warlords based in Pakistan’s lawless northwestern areas, near the border with Afghanistan, had threatened to kill her on her return.

One was Baitullah Mehsud, a top commander fighting the Pakistani army in the tribal region of South Waziristan. He has close ties to al Qaeda and the Afghan Taleban.

The other was Haji Omar, the “amir” or leader of the Pakistani Taleban, who is also from South Waziristan and fought against the Soviets with the Mujahideen in Afghanistan.

After that attack Ms Bhutto revealed that she had received a letter signed by a person who claimed to be a friend of al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden threatening to slaughter her like a goat.

She accused Pakistani authorities of not providing her with sufficient security and hinted that they may have been complicit in the bomb attack. Asif Ali Zardari, her husband, directly accused the ISI of being involved in that attempt on her life.

Mrs Bhutto stopped short of blaming the Government directly, saying that she had more to fear from unidentified members of a power structure that she described as allies of the “forces of militancy”.

Analysts say that President Musharraf himself is unlikely to have ordered her assassination, but that elements of the army and intelligence service would have stood to lose money and power if she had become Prime Minister.

The ISI, in particular, includes some Islamists who became radicalised while running the American-funded campaign against the Soviets in Afghanistan and remained fiercely opposed to Ms Bhutto on principle.

Saudi Arabia, which has strong influence in Pakistan, is also thought to frown on Ms Bhutto as being too secular and Westernised and to favour Nawaz Sharif, another former Prime Minister.

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Benazir Bhutto assassinated at rally + The life of Benazir Bhutto (videos) + more

Ron Paul on CNN Situation Room 12.27.07 + Paul on Fox (videos; Pakistan)

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Hours after assassination of Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Ron Paul on FOX Neil Cavuto 12/27

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Screwing the Public by Guadamour

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by Guadamour
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Dec. 27, 2007

In the 1980s Mexico started a major road construction program, turning many of their major highways into divided controlled access interstate like roads. This sounds like a great idea because Mexico was in desperate need of more transportation infrastructure.

However, there were a number of sizable problems with this.

The Mexican constitution states the all people have the right of access to the highways and roads without cost. or tolls.

In the 1980’s Mexico auctioned off parts of roads to be built to private corporations. The corporations build and maintain the roads and collect tolls. This is irregardless of the fact that the roads being built were being built on public land and there was generally no way to get between point A and point B without taking a toll road.

Needless to say, the Mexican public has paid billions in tolls since the 1980s.

When Colonel Eisenhower returned from World War I he took a large number of troops from Long Island. California to Washington, DC. Such were the roads in the US of A at that time, it took him 62 days to make the trip.

Eisenhower vowed to himself at that time that if he was ever in a position to do something about that he would. That is how and why the United States started the Interstate system in the 1950s.

The Interstate System was slipped in under the Department of Defense because it was originally designed for troop movements.

It is hard to image traveling across the US of A by ground at this time without the Interstate Highway System.

The Interstate Highway System we know today was built by the Federal government in conjunction with the states it passes through. It is a highway system that is in the most part open to all . These are public roads purchased with public money outright or though eminent domain and maintained by state and Federal tax dollars.

These roads are funded by taxes that are included in the sale of each gallon of gasoline or diesel sold in the country. The tax is now something like 19 cents a gallon.

This represents a huge amount of money, and this money is alleged solely for transportation use.

Needless to say, only a small fraction of the money is used for transportation.

It is a great slush fund which almost all politicians dip into.

Any time that public money is used to build and maintain a highway or road in the USA, the public is suppose to have unfettered access. This is generally the case accept in the Northeast and some places in the Midwest.

Anyone who has driven cross country on I-50 will come to a toll booth. This is on a highway funded by the Federal and State governments and built on public land. This is patently illegal; nevertheless, it exists. Fortunately it doesn’t exist to any great extent in the USA.

That may soon change. The US of Corporate A is promoting and exploring a privatization of parts of the Interstate Highway System.

Under NAFTA (“free trade” corporate welfare) a highway stem linking Mexico , the US and Canada is being built. It is largely being built with public funds and on public land; however, it is to be privatized (read more corporate welfare), and anyone using the roads, even when there is not another way around (this includes the military) will have to pay a toll.

This is exactly what happened and continues to happen in Mexico—the corporations collect billions and the public is screwed.

This must be stopped before it too far along to undo the further erosion of the rights of the public of the USA. This will allow the government to severely restrict travel within the country, even if it is on public land.

General Zinni: Global warming a serious security threat (video)

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Retired four-star General Zinni calls global warming a serious security threat

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12.21.07 Uncensored News Reports From Across The Middle East (video; over 18 only)

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

Selected Episode

Dec. 21, 2007

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For more: http://linktv.org/originalseries
“A Suicide bomber kills 50 people in Lahore,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Attack is Direct Fall Out from What’s Happing in Afghanistan,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Ismail Haniyeh Offers Ceasefire,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Housing Minister Calls for Giving Away land in Gaza Vicinity for Free,” IBA TV, Israel
“Ties Between Saudi Arabia and Iran are Getting Stronger,” Al-Alam TV, Iran
“No Deal with Syria at Lebanon’s Expense,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“U.S. Policies Represent Danger for Lebanon,” Syria TV, Syria
“MIR: 2007- A Tumultuous Year,” Link TV, USA
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.

Ron Paul: ‘We’re getting ready to bomb Iran’ (videos)

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David Edwards and Jason Rhyne
Raw Story
December 27, 2007

Despite a recent National Intelligence Estimate finding that Iran has halted its nuclear weapons program, libertarian-leaning GOP presidential contender Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) says there is still “a great possibility” of US military action against the country.

Appearing on MSBNC’s Morning Joe, Paul described what he characterized as a deteriorating situation on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, and said the US was preparing to kickstart yet another conflict — this time in Iran.

“It is getting worse over there,” he said. “Afghanistan is getting worse. Turkey is bombing Iraq. And Pakistan is blowing up and we’re getting ready to bomb Iran. A bunch of those neocons want to bomb Iran.”

Asked how the US could justify military action against Iran in the wake of the National Intelligence Estimate — which determined that the country hadn’t actively pursued a nuclear weapon since 2003 — Paul said he didn’t think the report would do much to deter a strike.

“I think it’s a great possibility. Read Seymour Hersh. He is the expert over there,” said Paul of the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, who has previously reported that the US is preparing a preemptive strike against Iran.

“And the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has been declared a terrorist organization for the purpose of them being the targets rather than had the nuclear power plants,” Paul said. “So, wait and see… there are still quite a few neoconservatives that want to go after Iran under these unbelievable conditions.”

Concluded Paul, “That is the absurdity of the whole mess we have in there…stay out of entangling alliances, stay out of nation building. We ought to just get out of that place.”

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Passings – Benazir Bhutto Left A Lifelong Impression by Joe Shea

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Reposted with permission from Joe Shea. Thanks Joe, and my sincere condolences to you, and all of Benazir’s family, friends and supporters. ~ Lo

by Joe Shea
American Reporter Correspondent
Bradenton, Fla.

I met Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in the capital of Pakistan, Rawalpindi, this morning. It was at the 1971 Indo-Pak Summit Conference in Simla, high in the Himalayas not far from the borders of Pakistan, India and Tibet.

She was then a very attractive young woman who was on summer vacation from her classes at Harvard. I was a work/study student at Antioch University’s Baltimore-Washington campus in Columbia, Md., studying writing and then on an 18-month trip around the world writing for the Village Voice – the largest alternative weekly in the United States in 1971 – to study partition as an instrument of foreign policy. The trip had taken me to Northern Ireland, where an IRA bomb had practically blown up in my face, to Pakistan and India, where I witnessed the signing of the historic peace treaty that created Bangladesh and brought peace to the two South Asian neighbors after a short, bloody war won by India, and then to South Vietnam.

A few days earlier, in Karachi, Pakistan, the largest city, I attended a crowded press conference with her father, then-President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto at the Presidential Palace and got to ask an important question about the future of Jammu and Kashmir.

In Simla, where we could see the mountains of Tibet in the distance. I witnessed the arrival of Indian Prime Minister Indira Ghandi and Bhutto, and of the “father of Bangladesh,” Sheik Mujibur Rahman, India’s popular ambassador to the United States, Saran Singh, was also there, as was one of Indian’s richest men, industrialist J.R.D. Tata. It was a heady time for a 24-year-old young journalist in the company of some of the most famous reporters in the world.

We were in a large ceremonial hall where the 1972 Simla Agreement was about to be signed, settling the war and the creating the nation of Bangladesh. Benazir was off to the side in a little alcove, and some other American journalists had already crowded around her. I made my way through them and was greeted by her with a warm smile and delicate bow. She wore a traditional head covering and beautifully embroidered burqa in red and gold with a silk scarf that looked like it came from Hermès. She was seated, so I went to the nearest chair – a highly ornate one at a small, exquisite desk – and dragged it over beside her. Soon we were talking about Harvard, her plans for the summer and her return to the States.

Suddenly a tall, angry Sikh guard in full ceremonial regalia – even a spear or a sword, if memory serves – came striding up to me in high dudgeon. I had just grabbed Indira Ghandi’s chair from the table where she would sit when she signed the treaty! My embarrassment was profound, but was cured a few minutes later when Indira Ghandi gave me the blue Parker pen with which she signed the treaty.

That ended our brief conversation, but it left me with a lifelong fascination with her career. I was delighted when she eventually rose to the nation’s highest office, and deeply dismayed when she was forced to flee the country for England when her husband faced what were called trumped-up charges of corruption. Unfortunately, there seemed to be plenty of evidence of wrongdoing on her husband’s part, yet I always harbored a hopeful belief that she had nothing to do with it, and I never saw any evidence to the contrary.

Today’s assassination grieves me deeply. She was a vibrant, beautiful woman with high ideals and great hopes for her country, a Kennedyesque figure for Pakistan. It’s a nation that badly needed her broad cultural experience and deep political insights, and the in the wake of her murder – probably by Al-Qaeda terrorists who saw her as a strong U.S. ally – the blow to her family is incalculable. Her father, of course, had been hanged by President Zia-al-Haq, the general who succeeded him, and her two brothers were murdered. I heard just now on CNN that her 19-year-old son is inconsolable, and on behalf of our staff and me, I send the American Reporter’s deepest condolences to him.

The world is poorer for her loss. It was John Donne who wrote, “Because I am involved in mankind, every man’s death diminishes me.” I know that I feel diminished, and so must many Pakistanis, who lost the bright, vital leadership she promised to a nation benighted by intolerance, violence, poverty and now chaos. In my prayers today, I’m asking our Creator to bring her legacy to life for her nation, and her soul to His side.

I’d like to share one of my poems, in her memory:

“For Benazir Butto, 1955-2007”

A graceful comet blazed across the night
That semed the ancient herald of a Plan;
But who has died, or who is born, whose light
Can brace the shaken fundament of Man?
O troubled Earth, look up! Look in, and turn!
The light Is lit within that grazed the stars;
And on that night I saw your image burn –
and then, that graceful yellow light was ours.
And once I saw a sight of greater age,
A cloud of souls aloft on pillowed smoke,
Whose thousand faces formed in one great Sage
Burned on the Ganges’ banks; “O Man,” he spoke,
“Regard the gentle Earth, that nurtured thee:
Direct thy light to help, or burn with me.”

Copyright 2007 Joe Shea The American Reporter. All Rights Reserved.

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Palast Reports on the Battle Between Indigenous Ecuadorians & Chervon (link)

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Democracy Now!

Dec. 27, 2007

Greg Palast Reports on the Battle Between Indigenous Ecuadorians and the U.S. Oil Giant Chevron

Investigative Journalist Greg Palast files this report from the rainforests of Ecuador, where an indigenous tribe is suing Chevron for $12 billion for contaminating the Amazon. We also play part of Palast’s interview with Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa. [includes rush transcript]

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OK Father of Fallen Soldier Supports Peace, Kucinich (video)

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Warren Henthorn wants the memory of his son to mean something. While the mainstream media ignores the one candidate who represents real change for this country, Warren wants to ask for your help in educating the public about Dennis Kucinich.

Can you help us raise money for TV and radio advertising?

Dennis does not take money from corporate interests and is running his candidacy on a bare bones budget. This father of a fallen soldier wants mainstream America to understand Dennis like he does, as the only candidate to oppose this war from the beginning and the only one to consistently vote against funding unless it includes withdrawal plans.

Won’t you please give something today?

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Benazir Bhutto assassinated at rally + The life of Benazir Bhutto (videos) + more

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Allegra Stratton and agencies
Thursday December 27, 2007
Guardian Unlimited
6.30pm GMT update

Pakistan was plunged into deeper political turmoil today after the assassination of the former prime minister and main opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto, in a suicide attack.

As he confronted a situation that threatened to spiral out of control, President Pervez Musharraf condemned the attack as the work of terrorists and appealed for calm.

“This is the work of those terrorists with whom we are engaged in war,” he told Pakistan state TV. “I have been saying that the nation faces the greatest threats from these terrorists. Today after this tragic incident, I want to express my firm resolve.”

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Benazir Bhutto rally hit by suicide bomber

By Matthew Moore and agencies
Telegraph
Last Updated: 12:54pm GMT 27/12/2007

A suicide blast has killed around 15 people in Rawalpindi, moments after opposition leader Benazir Bhutto addressed supporters in the city.

Ms Bhutto, the former Pakistani prime minister, had just left the political rally where the device exploded. She is safe and unhurt, according to police.

More than a dozen bodies are scattered across the site, according to witnesses. Some of the dead are thought to have been police officers.

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Benazir Bhutto killed in attack

BBC
Thursday, 27 December 2007, 18:23 GMT

Pakistani former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated in a suicide attack.

Ms Bhutto – the first woman PM in an Islamic state – was leaving an election rally in Rawalpindi when a gunman shot her in the neck and set off a bomb.

At least 16 other people died in the attack and several more were injured.

President Pervez Musharraf condemned the killing and urged people to remain calm but angry protests have gripped cities across the country.

Security forces have been placed on a state of “red alert” nationwide.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack. Analysts believe Islamist militants to be the most likely group behind it.

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Benazir Bhutto killed at election rally – 27 Dec 07

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Shock and disbelief in Pakistan.

Former Pakistani Prime Minster Benazir Bhutto was shot in the neck as she was getting into her car after addressing a rally of PPP supporters in the garrison town of Rawalpindi.

She had been campaigning ahead of the elections due in January.

The life and times of Benazir Bhutto

She’s been an iconic figure in Pakistan’s politics for decades – and had been carrying on a family legacy that has had lasting a impact on modern day Pakistan.

Nick Clark takes a look at the life of the charismatic leader, who’s death has shocked a nation.

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Former premier Benazir Bhutto among 17 killed in Pakistan : Pakistani opposition leader and former premier Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a suicide attack on Thursday, plunging the nation into turmoil less than two weeks before elections.

Benazir Bhutto killed in attack : Ms Bhutto had just addressed an election rally in Rawalpindi when she was shot in the neck by a gunman who then set off a bomb.

Live video from BBC: Benazir Bhutto has been killed in a blast at an election rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Rioting engulfs Pakistan in wake of Bhutto slaying : Rioting engulfed Pakistan on Thursday hours after opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun and bomb attack as she left an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi.

Four killed in bomb blast in Pak’s central Punjab province: At least four people, including three children, were killed in a bomb blast in Pakistan’s central Punjab province on Thursday.

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? The main suspects: The main suspects in Benazir Bhutto’s assassination are the Pakistani and foreign Islamist militants who saw her as a heretic and an American stooge and had repeatedly threatened to kill her.

The Bhutto family tragedy explained: Benazir Bhutto’s father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was dismissed as Pakistan Prime Minister in 1975 and executed by hanging for conspiracy to murder a political opponent in 1979.

Bush condemns Bhutto assassination; demands justice : U.S. officials here scrambled to cope with the immense policy implications involving a nuclear-armed country that has received billions in American financial assistance and has been an ally in the war on terrorism.

U.S. Troops to Head to Pakistan: Beginning early next year, U.S. Special Forces are expected to vastly expand their presence in Pakistan, as part of an effort to train and support indigenous counter-insurgency forces and clandestine counterterrorism units, according to defense officials involved with the planning.

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Kucinich: Assassination of Benazir Bhutto Represents Dangerous Moment For The World

by Dennis Kucinich

Washington, Dec 27, 2007

U.S. Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) issued the following statement after learning of the death of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Bhutto was killed in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in a suicide attack following a campaign rally.

“This is a very dangerous moment for the world,” Kucinich said.

“Benazir Bhutto represented a courageous effort to bring principles of liberty to Pakistan. She was truly dedicated to the people of Pakistan.

“The United States must change its policy direction in the region. It must stop adding fuel to the fire.”

Kucinich met with Bhutto several times over the years in both Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Benazir Bhutto assassinated – Obituary

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Pakistan’s charismatic leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated today as gunmen opened fire at her vehicle just before a suicide attack at an election rally addressed by her in Rawalpindi.The attack killed more than 20 people and left several others injured.

Following Bhutto’s death, a high alert has been sounded in Pakistan. President Musharraf has convened an emergency meeting of top advisors. Shops and petrol pumps have closed in many cities fearing violence.

Added: December 27, 2007

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