Donnerstag, 13. März 2008

The First Sixth-Anniversary-of-the-Iraq-War Article

Tom Engelhardt writes for TomDispatch: "Please don't write in with a correction. I know just as well as you do that we're approaching the fifth, not the sixth, anniversary of the moment when, on March 19, 2003, George W. Bush told the American people: 'My fellow citizens, at this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger ... My fellow citizens, the dangers to our country and the world will be overcome. We will pass through this time of peril and carry on the work of peace. We will defend our freedom. We will bring freedom to others and we will prevail.' At that moment, of course, the cruise missiles meant to 'decapitate' Saddam Hussein's regime, but that killed only Iraqi civilians, were on their way to Baghdad. I'm perfectly aware that articles galore will be looking back on the five years since that day. This is not one of them."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031308G.shtml



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Taking It to the Street

Sara Robinson, writing for Campaign for America's Future, writes, "The conservative worldview has succeeded so wildly - and is still holding such tenacious sway over the ways Americans approach their current stack of problems - because the conservatives started out 30 years ago with a focused plan that put promoting their model of reality at the center of every other action."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031308E.shtml



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UN: US Racial Discrimination Must Be Remedied

Louisiana Weekly reports, "On Friday, March 7, in Geneva, Switzerland, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination issued its Concluding Observations charging the US to do more to remedy the effects of racial discrimination in housing and other areas."

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Keith Olbermann: "Senator, You Must Correct the Wrong Done to Obama"

On MSNBC's "Countdown," Keith Olbermann pleads for a denunciation of the racism and prejudice plaguing Senator Clinton's campaign.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031308A.shtml



Democrats Face Racial Issue Again

Patrick Healy and Jeff Zeleny, reporting for The New York Times, write: "After the Democratic primary in South Carolina turned racially divisive in January, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama essentially declared a truce and put a stop to fighting between their camps. But this week, race has once again begun casting a pall over the battle between the two." And, Joyce Purnick, also writing for The New York Times, reports, "Geraldine A. Ferraro resigned Wednesday from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign finance committee but remained unapologetic for citing Senator Barack Obama's race as the decisive factor in his success."

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031308B.shtml



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Corporate Media Snowjobs Dollar Crisis

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Author Pratchett has Alzheimer's

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Global Day of Action: Canadian Seal Fur, Saturday 3/15

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China pflanzt Bäume

Aus Anlass des Tag des Baumes zieht die Volksrepublik Bilanz ihrer Aufforstungskampagne.

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Plant trees, lots of them, you can never plant enough!
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Für die Demokratische Partei in den USA ist Folter vor allem ein Image-Problem

Bushs Veto und die Ambivalenz der Demokraten
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Abwärtstendenz beim Nettoeinkommen hat sich seit 2005 verstärkt

Die Bundesregierung musste bei der Beantwortung einer Kleinen Anfrage der FDP unangenehme Zahlen mitteilen.

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Senator Russ Feingold Calls For Swift Action to Protect Privacy of Americans

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Former Congressmen Urge House to Reclaim War Powers

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ACLU: FBI Audit Exposes Widespread Abuse Of Patriot Act Powers

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Cluster Bombs Are Not Good for Children, Hillary

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Bereaved Iraqi Mother Vows Revenge on US

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Jeff Cohen's Message Clear: Don't Trust Big Corporate Media

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Anti-War Protesters Chant "War Criminal" at Rice

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Six Signs the US May Be Headed for War in Iran

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FBI Made "Blanket" Demands for Phone Records

Eric Lichtblau, of The New York Times, reports: "Senior officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation repeatedly approved the use of 'blanket' records demands to justify the improper collection of thousands of phone records, according to officials briefed on the practice."

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Documents Feed Debate on FEMA Trailers

The Associated Press reports, "Federal officials issued trailers to Hurricane Katrina victims even though some workplace safety tests detected high levels of formaldehyde at government staging areas for the structures just weeks after the storm, a lawyer for hundreds of occupants said Wednesday."

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Pentagon Uncovers Interrogation Tapes Showing Abuse

Mark Mazzetti and Scott Shane report for The New York Times, "The Defense Department is conducting an extensive review of the videotaping of interrogations at military facilities from Iraq to Guantanamo Bay, and so far it has identified nearly 50 tapes, including one that showed what a military spokesman described as the forcible gagging of a terrorism suspect." In related news, Josh White and Joby Warrick report for The Washington Post, "Lawyers for a detainee held at the Navy brig in Charleston, SC, allege in court papers to be filed today that their client was systematically abused and that he was told there were cabinets full of videotapes depicting his treatment at the hands of the FBI and the Defense Intelligence Agency."

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WLAN: Paris schaltet ab, Schweiz baut aus

Drahtloser Internet-Zugang WLAN: Trotz Gesundheitsrisiken greifen Behörden in der Schweiz nicht ein. Seit das WLAN-Netz in Paris abgeschaltet ist, sind gesundheitliche Probleme von Nutzern verschwunden...
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3,2 Millionen Arbeitslose gelten nicht als arbeitslos

„Rund 3,2 Millionen Personen, die derzeit Arbeitslosengeld beziehen, tauchen in der Arbeitslosenstatistik nicht auf. Dies hat der Parlamentarische Staatssekretär im Bundesarbeitsministerium, Klaus Brandner, jetzt auf eine kleine Anfrage der FDP mitgeteilt. Danach werden ein Viertel der Bezieher von Arbeitslosengeld I, nämlich 286.000 Personen, sowie mehr als die Hälfte aller Empfänger von Arbeitslosengeld II, das sind 2,86 Millionen, nicht als arbeitslos verzeichnet…“ Artikel von Kerstin Schwenn in der FAZ vom 12. März 2008 //www.faz.net/s/Rub0E9EEF84AC1E4A389A8DC6C23161FE44/Doc~E4CD6FB4CCAF94A538C5855380AA83774~ATpl~Ecommon~Scontent.html


Aus: LabourNet, 13. März 2008

Vertrag von Lissabon nicht zukunftsfähig

13. März 2008

Zur aktuellen Debatte um den Vertrag von Lissabon erklärt der Parteivorsitzende der LINKEN und Vorsitzende der Europäischen Linken Lothar Bisky:

DIE LINKE sagt JA zur Europäischen Union, aber NEIN zum Reformvertrag. Wir wollen eine Verfassung für Europa, die auf den besten europäischen Traditionen aufbaut: Ein soziales, ein wohlhabendes und friedliches Europa. Die Bundesregierung hat sich redlich bemüht, die europäischen Ideale von Freiheit, Gleichheit und Solidarität zu stutzen. Das halten wir für falsch. Die ursprüngliche Idee der europäischen Integration war es, Frieden durch Abhängigkeit zu schaffen. Heute muss überdies eine politische Antwort auf die Globalisierung gefunden werden, stehen Herausforderungen wie Klimawandel, Energiesicherheit und Friedenssicherung durch Kooperation auf der Tagesordnung. Der Vertrag von Lissabon wird diesen Ansprüchen nicht gerecht. Bei allem Positiven, fehlt es an Zukunftsfähigkeit. So bedauern wir, dass Sozialstaatlichkeit nicht zu den Werten der EU gehört und soziale Marktwirtschaft an Wettbewerbsfähigkeit gekoppelt wird. Marktradikalismus lehnen wir LINKEN ab. Eine Lehre aus der europäischen Geschichte lautet: Wir müssen Freiheit und Gerechtigkeit immer zusammen denken. Mit dem Vertrag von Lissabon wird eine Aufrüstungsverpflichtung geschaffen. DIE LINKE sagt: Wir brauchen weder Innenminister, die in unsere Computer kriechen, noch darf sich Europa durch Raketen spalten lassen! Was wir brauchen sind viele Jahre der Abrüstung! Ohne europäische Öffentlichkeit gibt es keine europäische Demokratie. Mit dem Europäischen Bürgerbegehren wird mehr direkte Demokratie in Europa eingeführt, erhalten soziale Bewegungen ein Gestaltungsinstrument. Doch es ist ein Armutszeugnis, das bei einem so einschneidenden Vertragswerk der Volkswillen so eklatant missachtet wird! Darum fordert DIE LINKE Volksabstimmungen in allen EU-Ländern, am besten am selben Tag, damit Europa auf der Zustimmung seiner Menschen aufbauen kann. Die Europäerinnen und Europäer bekommen bei allen Verbesserungen gegenüber dem Vertrag von Nizza jetzt einen Vertrag, indem erneut Aufrüstung und eine gescheiterte Wirtschaftspolitik die Grundrichtung bestimmen. Deswegen lehnen wir diesen Vertrag von Lissabon ab.

//www.die-linke.de/presse/presseerklaerungen/detail/artikel/vertrag-von-lissabon-nicht-zukunftsfaehig/



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Eine Milliarde RFID-Zugangskarten sind nicht mehr sicher

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The good cop and bad cop of world government

Strike the Root
by Anthony Gregory

03/12/08

An irony is that in recent years, the United Nations has at times appeared to be downright decent compared to the US empire. Most conspicuously, the UN Security Council rejected the US war on Iraq, which has so far robbed a million people of their lives and many more of their homes and liberties, bringing about one of the greatest human tragedies in modern times. The UN thus appears to be a force for peace, but when we look deeper, we see something sinister. The US waged that war in supposed defense of UN resolutions. The UN’s credibility was exploited to back up American aggression, even as the organization was impotent to stop the war it nominally opposed. And the bottom line is, when the UN and US supposedly conflict, the UN never really wins. American conservatives worry about American sovereignty. They fear a future where the UN strips America of its guns, wealth and Constitution. So we need US power to, at a minimum, protect us and our national sovereignty from the UN. Not very likely...

//www.strike-the-root.com/81/gregory/gregory1.html



Why does the whole world hate the United States?

Nolan Chart
by Kenn Jacobine

03/12/08

Last month, while discussing the turmoil in Serbia and the assault on the U.S. Embassy, with my class, one of my eighth graders, a Dutch student, asked, ‘why does the whole world hate the United States?’ I thought for a minute and then realized that the whole world does not hate the United States, quite the contrary, they simply hate our government. I must say it is with good reason...

//www.nolanchart.com/article3160.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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It’s the Big Brother who should bother us

CounterPunch
by Dave Lindorff

03/12/08

Gov. Spitzer’s bust should give pause to those in Congress who are ready to hand President Bush a free pass to continue his six-year campaign of warrantless spying on Americans. We now know from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal article that the spying Bush has been doing through the National Security Agency since early 2001 has included vast computer sweeps of not just internet and phone activity,but also bank and credit card transactions. These are sweeps of ordinary everyday people, with computers looking for odd transactions, or for code words, or for transactions involving specific targeted organizations or addresses. What nailed Spitzer, we now learn, was a series of bank transactions he had with the bank account of the Emperor’s Club VIP call girl operation...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Eliot Spitzer or the Subprime CEOs: Which Crime Should Really Call up Outrage?
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Law enforcement's premature dismissal of terrorism as a motivating factor is puzzling and harmful

Inverse false alarms

The Weekly Standard

03/12/0

by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross & Kyle Dabruzzi

The U.S. Code defines domestic terrorism as acts that endanger human life in violation of American criminal law, and that appear to be intended ‘to intimidate or coerce a civilian population’ or ‘to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion.’ So the defining factor that would classify an instance of violence as terrorism is the motivation behind it: A violent act is terrorism if its perpetrator intends it to intimidate American citizens or alter U.S. policies. With that definition in mind, the pattern of law enforcement declaring violent incidents to be unrelated to terrorism before they have any way of knowing becomes clear...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Better living through chemical warfare

River Cities' Reader
by Garry Reed

03/12/08

Keen-eyed observers of the Mad Scientist wing of the American military research complex have noted that the Pentagon is at it again. With so many billions of taxbucks tied up in building last century’s mega-weaponry, such as fighters and bombers and aircraft carriers and Humvees sprouting grenade launchers and Stinger missiles, one would think there would be nothing left over for dabbling in the development of ‘non-lethal’ esoteric, futuristic Weapons of Mass Derision. One would be wrong...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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A look at oil politics

Classically Liberal
by CLS

03/12/08

There is something interesting to consider about the connection between political instability and oil. First, contrary to the ravings of the Loony Left most major oil production is a socialist enterprise. National governments control oil in most countries. And where this is the case there is inherent political instability. Government, like Bush, tends to be be destructive. It is inherently irresponsible. Government is an entity which exists by force. It doesn’t have to supply a need or fulfil a function to stay in place. It can use guns — and does...

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Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

The golden rule

AntiWar.Com
by Charles Pena

03/13/08

As children, most of us learned the so-called golden rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ Or in more plain language: ‘Treat others as you would like to be treated.’ Also known as the ethic of reciprocity, the golden rule is a moral principle common to most of the world’s religions, including Christianity and Islam. According to Matthew 7:12, ‘So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.’ And according to the Prophet Mohammed, ‘Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.’ While the golden rule is not an absolute guide to determine which actions are right or wrong, it is an important test of moral consistency and coherence. In that respect, two policies of the Bush administration promulgated in the name of the war on terrorism have failed the test...

//www.antiwar.com/pena/?articleid=12513


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Ashcroft defends lucrative contract

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

03/12/08

Even for a former attorney general, John Ashcroft’s recent bill for monitoring an Indiana company accused of wrongdoing raised eyebrows: a $750,000 monthly fee plus what one member of Congress said amounted to $895 an hour, adding up to more than $7.5 million over five months. An invoice with those charges submitted by Ashcroft’s company sparked debate in a House Judiciary subcommittee Tuesday on how the Justice Department awards such contracts and whether Ashcroft’s selection by a U.S. attorney who once worked for him was a conflict of interest. Ashcroft defended the contract to monitor Zimmer Holdings Inc., one of several manufacturers of orthopedic devices charged last year with violating anti-kickback laws. Under a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department, Zimmer is scheduled to pay Ashcroft’s company between $27 million and $52 million over 18 months...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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Shipyard Workers Organize to Stop 21st Century Slavery

According to Workdayminnesota.org, "More than 100 workers, carrying signs reading "I Am A Man," walked off the job at a Mississippi shipyard last week to protest conditions of slavery. Their struggle for justice comes 40 years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. marched with striking Memphis sanitation workers carrying the same signs."

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Government Reports Warn of Sea-Rise Threat to US Coasts

Cornelia Dean of The New York Times reports: "A rise in sea levels and other changes fueled by global warming threaten roads, rail lines, ports, airports and other important infrastructure, and policy makers and planners should be acting now to avoid or mitigate their effects, according to new government reports."

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/031208EA.shtml

Waste, Fraud and Abuse of Power in Washington

This week, the Bill Moyers Journal, "looks at waste, fraud and abuse of power in Washington with an examination of the scandals investigated by Congress's Committee on Oversight and Government Reform."

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Pentagon Report on Saddam's Iraq Censored?

ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports: "The Bush administration apparently does not want a US military study that found no direct connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda to get any attention. This morning, the Pentagon canceled plans to send out a press release announcing the report's release and will no longer make the report available online."

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Agenda 2010 hat SPD in die Krise und zu Sozialprotesten ungeahnten Ausmaßes geführt

13. März 2008

Vor fünf Jahren verkündete der damalige Bundeskanzler Gerhard Schröder die Agenda 2010. Anlässlich des morgigen 5. Jahrestages erklärt die stellvertretende Parteivorsitzende Katja Kipping:

Agenda 2010 – das bedeutete auf der einen Seite für die Reichen enorme Steuergeschenke und auf der anderen Seite für Patienten die Praxisgebühr, für viele Beschäftigte die Ausweitung von schlecht bezahlten Minijobs und für Millionen von Erwerbslosen Repressionen und Armut per Gesetz. Vorbereitet wurde Hartz IV, das Herzstück der Agenda 2010, mit dem Schröder-Ausspruch: „Es gibt kein Recht auf Faulheit!“ Dieser Drückebergerdiskurs erfreut sich bei neoliberalen Politikern nach wie vor großer Beliebtheit. Nur zu oft werden Sozialkürzungen durch eine Hetzkampagne gegen angebliche Sozialschmarotzer vorbereitet. Dieses Vorgehen wird auch von einigen Sozialdemokraten gepflegt. So warb 2006 der damalige Sozialminister Franz Müntefering für die Verschärfung von Hartz IV mit dem Ausspruch: „Wer nicht arbeitet, soll auch nicht essen.“ Damit werden Erwerbslose, die schon unter Armut und erzwungener Erwerbslosigkeit leiden, auch noch beleidigt. Die Agenda 2010 führte die SPD in eine große Krise und in der Gesellschaft zu Sozialprotesten von ungeahntem Ausmaß. Dies bereitete den Boden für die Gründung der LINKEN. Fünf Jahre später sind die zentralen Punkte der Agenda 2010 immer noch wirksam. Deshalb fühlt sich DIE LINKE dem Kampf gegen die Agenda 2010 weiter verpflichtet. Aktuell bedeutet das, sich engagiert jeder Stimmungsmache gegen Erwerbslose entgegenzustellen, sich für die Abschaffung des Sanktionssystems Hartz IV einzusetzen und für das Leitbild eines demokratischen Sozialstaates zu werben.

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"Agenda 2010" spaltet weiter die Republik

Die "Agenda 2010" spaltet auch an ihrem fünften Jahrestag die Republik. Führende Koalitionspolitiker lobten am 13. März den vom damaligen Bundeskanzler Gerhard Schröder (SPD) am 14. März 2003 eingeleiteten "Reformkurs". Die Arbeitgeber sprachen von einem "Meilenstein für den Wirtschaftsstandort Deutschland". Harsche Kritik am Richtungswandel in der deutschen Sozialpolitik kam dagegen von den Gewerkschaften und der Linken.

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Dollar Falls to Record Low on Concern Fed Package Won't Succeed

The dollar fell to a record below $1.55 per euro as firms from Citigroup Inc. to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said the Federal Reserve's plan to inject $200 billion into the banking system may fail to break the freeze in money-market lending.

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Crude rallies to surpass $110 as dollar falls

Crude-oil futures gained more than $1 Wednesday to surpass $110 a barrel for the first time, moving higher as the dollar fell to a new low against the euro in a lift for dollar-denominated oil prices and as speculation increased in the futures market.

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Billionaire Investor Sees Bank Failures Ahead

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross says the current market downturn differs from previous slumps in that no American banks have yet failed this time, but he suggests that's about to change.

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Republicans uphold Bush veto of anti-torture bill

U.S. President George W. Bush's fellow Republicans in Congress on Tuesday upheld his veto of a bill to ban the CIA from subjecting enemy detainees to interrogation methods denounced by critics as torture.

//www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSN11636309



How They Voted: Torture Bill

The 225-188 roll call Tuesday by which the House failed to override President Bush's veto of a bill that would have prohibited the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques on terrorist suspects.

//www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/03/11/ap/congress/main3927680.shtml



Hypocrisy On Display

US slams rights record in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal

Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal have come in for criticism for human rights violations in a new US report.

//tinyurl.com/2x26ev



U.S. Human Rights Report

Highlights from the Bush administration's annual report on human rights conditions around the world.

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Canada: Votes that condone torture

Later this week, our two leading political parties are expected to join forces and commit Canada to another three years of military intervention in support of the Afghan government - which we know practises torture.

//www.thestar.com/comment/article/331937


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Khadr lawyers raise torture suspicions

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - Lawyers for Omar Khadr are seeking the names of his interrogators following his July, 2002, capture in Afghanistan, suspecting they subjected him to techniques similar to those that led to the deaths of two other detainees in the same detention centre.

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Scott Ritter: The losers' game

Diplomatic manoeuvres to force Iran to prove a negative about its halted nuclear weapons programme ... now where have I seen that before?

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'Islamists' Come Late To A Practice West Has Long Justified For Itself

By Pierre Tristam

'Terrorists' are those who use violence against the side that is using the word." Until we get past the contrivance, using the word "terrorism" is itself an act of belligerence. Its false distinctions conceal our own terrorism. It absolves its perpetrators. And it makes us complicit in the duplicity, if not the terrorism, for standing united behind the contrivance.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19521.htm



On Terrorism: Retail and Wholesale

By Ed Kinane

Although NBC News et al. are too discrete to mention it, a leading presidential candidate, a former Viet Nam bomber pilot, was a wholesale terrorist. What does that say about our rulers? What does that say about us?

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Was the U.S. Involved in Killing the FARC-EP Leaders?

By James J. Brittan

There is a distinct possibility that the United States may have been involved in the actions leading up to Comandante Ríos' death. US Special Forces and Marines have been illegally engaged in counter-insurgency campaigns within the country of Colombia for years.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19519.htm



UK: Minister loses union's support over aid to Colombia

Foreign Office minister Kim Howells has lost the backing of a major union over his involvement in sending British military aid to Colombia.

//www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/mar/12/foreignpolicy.tradeunions


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US Air Base Tied to Colombian Raid on FARC Camp
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All the Money You Make Will Never Buy Back Your Soul

By Ron Jacobs

Recently, the Boston Globe reported that the Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) had set up an offshore company to hire close to half of the men and women working for KBR in Iraq as contractors. According to the report, this enables KBR to avoid paying social security, unemployment insurance and other taxes.

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Next-up news N°506

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Why a Little BC Town Wants to Banish Cell Phones

By Bill Metcalfe
Published: March 13, 2008

TheTyee.ca

Looking for a nice quiet place to get away and unwind? The Village of New Denver in eastern British Columbia wants to make an unusual sales pitch:

Come, stay, and never hear the ring of a cell phone.

New Denver's citizens voted against the introduction of mobile phone service in a referendum in January. The vote was a close one -- 117 to 110 -- but the village council said before the referendum that it would live by the result. And it wants Telus to do the same.

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Hive loss is enigma

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Dr. Len Horowitz about vaccine toxicity, the pharmaceutical industry, and bioterrorism

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The Quiet Rendition of Moudud Ahmed

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Big Government at Home and Abroad

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The Real Story About the FED's $200 Billion Loan Facility, The Press Is Ignoring This

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Informant: Lew Rockwell



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Don't Fear Sovereign Wealth Funds

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What Has Been Learned After Five Years?

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On the failure of Social Security "Privatization"

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Funding foreign military while dumping on American veterans

by Devvy Kidd

How many times do we hear politicians say how much they respect our active duty military and honor our veterans? From presidents to members of Congress since 911, it's become a staple of Washington, DC., double speak. The reality is far different. Not only have the same elected officials lied and dragged the American people into one war after another we didn't want, they have betrayed those who do come home. Three sitting presidents in a row, Bush, Sr., Clinton and Bush, Jr., have allowed the use of depleted uranium to kill not only the indigenous population of Iraq, but our own........

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Iran hawks jubilant at Fallon's departure

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Tension with Petraeus caused Fallon's demise
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White House unconvincingly denies Bush's involvement in Adm.
Fallon's resignation
//www.ufppc.org/content/view/7252/


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'Fox' Fallon Fired

By Justin Raimondo

Do I really need to draw you a picture to get you to imagine what's coming next? This is as clear a signal as any that the Bush administration intends to go out with a bang - one that will shake not only the Middle East but this country to its very foundations.

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