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8:40 AM ET, March 1, 2006

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Salman Rushdie, Ayaan Hirsi Ali et al Slam Islamic Totalitarianism  —  This just in, stay tuned as the story develops.  I think we'll be seeing people die in the coming days.  You know, from "reactions"....  Update: This will be brought in the French weekly Charlie Hebdo tomorrow, Wednesday.
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Michelle Malkin:
A MANIFESTO AGAINST ISLAMISM  —  Danish reader P.H.N. sends an important document published today in the Jyllands-Posten from 12 brave intellectuals:  —  MANIFESTO: Together facing the new totalitarianism  —  After having overcome fascism, Nazism, and Stalinism, the world now faces a new totalitarian global threat: Islamism.
Atlas Shrugs:
A MANIFESTO SLAMS ISLAMIC TOTALITARIANISM
B. Preston / JunkYardBlog:   Militant Islam and Children
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Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
Shiites Told: Leave Home Or Be Killed  —  Sunnis Force Evictions As Iraq Tensions Grow  —  BAGHDAD, Feb. 28 — Salim Rashid, 34, a Shiite laborer in an overwhelmingly Sunni Arab village 20 miles north of Baghdad, received his eviction notice Friday from a man at the door with a rocket launcher.
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Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
Pressure Seen on Probes at Baghdad Morgue
Discussion: The American Street
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Growing Threat Seen In Afghan Insurgency
Discussion: The Heretik
David Stout / New York Times:
Supreme Court Backs Abortion Protesters in Unanimous Ruling  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 — Anti-abortion groups gained a victory in the Supreme Court today as the justices ruled, 8 to 0, that abortion clinics cannot rely on federal laws against racketeering and extortion to prevent demonstrations against abortions.
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Vermont Campaign Limits Get Cool Reception at Court
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Omar / IRAQ THE MODEL:
The trial just got interesting.  —  I was just about to leave home to work when I heard a big bang...  Uh, oh...I won't be able to reach the clinic today, I told Mohammed.  —  The explosion was probably less than a mile away so I knew the roads around us would be soon blocked.
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Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:   Prosecutors: Saddam Approved Executions
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
GOP Unease Spreads to Security Issues  —  Port Deal Among Challenges to What Has Been Bush's Strength  —  The first heading on the issues page of Rep. Mark Foley's Web site brags that he is "one of President Bush's strongest supporters in Congress."  The Florida Republican voted …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
FANTASY AT THE UN, AND IN PAKISTAN  —  The New York Times reports on a United Nations conference in Qatar that addressed—productively, no doubt—the Danish cartoon controversy.  —  The conference sounds like a travesty.  Here is the appalling Bishop Tutu: … "Imagine"?  "Imagine"?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Victor Davis Hanson / Opinion Journal:
At War With Ourselves  —  We're winning in Iraq.  Let's not lose at home.  —  Last week the golden dome of the Askariya shrine in Samarra was blown apart.  Sectarian riots followed, and reprisals and deaths ensued.  Thugs and criminals came out of the woodwork to foment further violence.
Discussion: Dean's World and Blogs for Bush
Mark Pazniokas / courant.com:
Shays Endorsing Lieberman  —  It's been the subject of whispered conversations among top Republican officials for the past month.  Now, U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, R-4th District, has let slip the secret: GOP officials have discussed cross-endorsing Democratic Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman this fall.
Discussion: LamontBlog and Ex-Donkey Blog
Washington Post:
Gonzales Seeks to Clarify Testimony on Spying  —  Extent of Eavesdropping May Go Beyond NSA Work  —  Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales appeared to suggest yesterday that the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance operations may extend beyond the outlines that the president acknowledged in mid-December.
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org and TalkLeft
Orly Halpern / Jerusalem Post:
Arab boycott largely reduced to 'lip service'  —  The Arab boycott, established by the Arab League in 1951 as an economic tool to hurt Israel, is a dying animal.  Ask Aramex.  —  The company, which provides delivery services around the world, is commonly used by Arab and Israeli companies …
Associated Press:
President Bush Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Bush made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Wednesday, flying here secretly to support its fledging government in the face of rising violence from al-Qaida and Taliban militants.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
 
 
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