Managed News !


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Nov 15, 2000
Mulder please read:
If you think that your news is not managed, if you wonder why us leftists go to other sources please note
As always, when reviewing the morning news I went to Google News to see about the anti-war protests.

( tho later when I did a search on gooogle news there was a gaggle of sources)

The first entry was on the Japanese emperiors prostate.

I then went to the BBC where it was the top story.

Therefore I quote them:

Anti-war protesters take to the streets
A young girl protesting in Rawalpindi
Many children joined rallies in Pakistan
Mass rallies are taking place around the world to show opposition to any war against Iraq.

Anti-war demonstrators in Tokyo
Protesters in Tokyo said the US must not jump into war
Demonstrations began in Japan and were followed by protests in Pakistan, the Middle East and Russia. More are planned in Europe and the United States.

One of the biggest protests is planned for Washington - the seat of President Bush's administration which is threatening war if Iraq does not disarm.

The White House has described Thursday's discovery of empty chemical warheads in Iraq as "troubling and serious".

Growing momentum

The co-ordinated protests were designed to show mass public opposition to the US threats against Iraq.

Momentum towards war has been growing with both the US and its ally Britain putting tens of thousands of troops on standby or sending them to the Gulf.

Candlelit anti-war vigil in Washington
Organisers in Washington want to emulate anti-Vietnam protests
The sight of warships leaving has been concentrating minds as well as next week's report by the inspectors to the UN which could provide a trigger for war, organisers say.

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, a Washington lawyer and protest organiser, said: "Bush has said he intends to launch a pre-emptive war, and now he's facing the most formidable obstacle, which is a pre-emptive anti-war movement."

In the US, protest leaders want to generate the same kind of opposition as public feelings against the Vietnam War 30 years ago.

Elsewhere, much anger was aimed at the US itself.

* In Moscow, there were reminders of the Cold War with Soviet-era music providing the background to a demonstration outside the US embassy by about 1,000 Communist supporters
* A few hundred protesters in Cairo defied a ban on political rallies to argue against any war in Iraq, which many felt could have repercussions in Egypt and across the Middle East
* In Damascus, a rally by tens of thousands of people criticised US belligerence as well as Washington's support for Israel
* Hundreds of schoolchildren joined protesters in the Pakistani capital Islamabad to try to form a human chain to Rawalpindi, 10 kilometres (six miles) away
* More than 4,000 people gathered a peace concert in Tokyo - the largest of about 10 demonstrations in Japan

Later on Saturday:

* Protesters in Washington plan to march to a naval base to demand to inspect US weapons of mass destruction
* Hollywood stars will front expected crowds of up to 50,000 in San Francisco
* Several British cities will hold candlelit vigils

Sunday talks

US officials appeared to be withholding any new demands for war until after weapons inspectors make their formal report to the United Nations on 27 January.

Suspect warhead found in Iraq
12 warheads impounded
Iraq says they are old artillery rockets
UN testing them for chemical weapons traces
Click here for more on the warheads

Other members of the UN Security Council have warned against jumping to conclusions.

The council passed a resolution in November ordering Iraq to prove it had no weapons of mass destruction.

The chief inspectors - Hans Blix and Mohammad ElBaradei - are due in Baghdad on Sunday for two days of talks before completing their submission to the UN.

In Iraq itself, weapons inspectors continued their mission to verify or dispute Iraq's declaration that it has no weapons of mass destruction.

19 Jan - Blix meets top Iraqi officials in Baghdad
27 Jan - First full report on inspections presented to UN
29 Jan - UN discusses report
31 Jan - Bush meets Blair
15 Feb - Anti-war protests across Europe
27 Mar - Blix submits new report to UN

Next steps in full
On Thursday, they seized empty chemical warheads at the Ukhaider military storage facility south of Baghdad. They are being tested to determine if they ever contained banned chemicals.

Iraq said the weapons had been declared to the UN, but that was challenged by the US.

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said: "The fact that Iraq is in possession of undeclared chemical warheads, which the United Nations says are in excellent condition, is troubling and serious."

US Secretary of State Colin Powell told a German newspaper he believed that, by the end of this month, it would be clear that Iraq was not co-operating with the weapons inspectors.

Other permanent members of the UN Security Council, notably France and Russia, have said inspectors should be given time to complete their work in Iraq.

Graphic on chemical warheads find

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