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Michael Freund / Jerusalem Post:
Exclusive: Dubai ports firm enforces Israel boycott  —  The parent company of a Dubai-based firm at the center of a political storm in the US over the purchase of American ports participates in the Arab boycott against Israel, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
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 …
Nelson Hernandez / Washington Post:
Diplomacy Helped To Calm the Chaos  —  U.S.-Kurdish Campaign Sought to Steer Sunnis, Shiites From Brink of Civil War  —  BAGHDAD, Feb. 27 — In the days that followed the bombing of a sacred Shiite shrine, Iraq seemed within a hair's breadth of civil war.  But an aggressive U.S …
Alexandra Zavis / Associated Press:
Multiple Bombings in Baghdad Kill 41  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt at a crowded gas station Tuesday — one of five attacks that rocked Baghdad in quick succession, killing at least 41 people and wounding scores, police said.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
At Least 75 Dead in String of Attacks in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 28 — At least 75 Iraqis were killed in a maelstrom of violence today as insurgents carried out one of their deadliest offensives in weeks.  The vast majority of the victims died in five powerful bombings in Baghdad …
U.S. Troops in Iraq: 72% Say End War in 2006  — Le Moyne College/Zogby Poll shows just one in five troops want to heed Bush call to stay "as long as they are needed"  — While 58% say mission is clear, 42% say U.S. role is hazy  — Plurality believes Iraqi insurgents are mostly homegrown
John Zogby / The Huffington Post:
On a New Poll Of U.S. Soldiers During Their Service in Iraq  —  In wars of America's century just past, we have sent our soldiers to far-off fields of battle and were left to wonder about their opinions of the life-and-death conflicts in which they were involved.
Brad R. / Sadly, No!:
The U.S. Troops Are Loser-Defeatists, Too
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.
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.
Gina Holland / Associated Press:
Supreme Court Hears Anna Nicole Smith Case  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appeared ready Tuesday to bless Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith's pursuit of a piece of her late husband's oil fortune.  —  The court waded into an 11-year family feud over the estate of J. Howard Marshall II …
Bush: U.S. Won't Get Into Iraq Civil War  —  President Bush Grants Elizabeth Vargas Exclusive, Wide-Ranging Interview  —  WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2006 — In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas, President Bush offered his views on a range of topics, including the response …
Mark Pazniokas /
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 CALIFORNIA YANKEE
Knight Ridder:
Intelligence agencies warned about growing local insurgency in late 2003  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence agencies repeatedly warned the White House beginning more than two years ago that the insurgency in Iraq had deep local roots, was likely to worsen and could lead to civil war …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
U.S. lacked plan for rebuilding Iraq, report says  —  The Bush administration never drew up a comprehensive plan for rebuilding Iraq after the March 2003 invasion, which contributed to a severe shortage of skilled federal workers in Baghdad and to the mismanagement of the country's oil money, according to a new government report.
White House:
President Welcomes Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi to the White House  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: We'll have some opening statements.  I will answer two questions from the U.S. side, the Prime Minister will answer two questions from the Italian side.  —  I welcome my friend to the Oval Office.
Think Progress:
The Minnesota GOP's Stealth Attack On Privacy  —  A story by Minnesota Public Radio reveals a disturbing new way that a political party is secretly grabbing sensitive personal information about voters.  —  This week the Minnesota Republican Party is distributing a new CD about a proposed state marriage amendment.
Secret papers reveal German spies passed intelligence on Iraq to US before invasion  —  · Berlin denies claim but faces calls for inquiry  —  · Documents cast cloud over anti-war stance  —  Germany's government faced renewed pressure to order an inquiry yesterday …

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