Senate Report to Reveal New Details of Bush Role in Torture

Senate Report to Reveal New Details of Bush Officials' Role in Torture
by Jason Leopold   
While Congress has focused primarily on the country’s economic turmoil and the lavish bonuses paid to Wall Street executives, a Senate Armed Services Committee report currently in the process of being declassified will force lawmakers to shift gears. The Armed Services Committee will release--possibly as early as next week—its voluminous report on the treatment of alleged terrorist detainees held in U.S. custody and the brutal interrogation techniques they were subjected to, according to Defense Department and intelligence sources who described the report as the most detailed account to date of the roles senior Bush administration and Defense Department officials played in implementing a policy of torture at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and other detention centers.

The full declassified version of the report is 200 pages, contains 2,000 footnotes, and will reveal a plethora of new information about the genesis of the Bush administration's interrogation policies. The investigation relied upon the testimony of 70 people, generated 38,000 pages of documents, and took 18 months to complete. The declassified version of his report will include a full account of the roles military psychologists played in assisting the Bush administration implement a policy of torture.
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Who Banned Galloway, if Not Canada?

British MP George Galloway barred from Canada under the Canada Israel "Public Security" Agreement
by Michel Chossudovsky
British MP George Galloway was refused entry to Canada on the pretext that he supported Hamas, which is categorized by the Canadian government as a "terrorist organization."  Contrary to what has been reported in the media, this was not a unilateral decision by the government of Canada.

The decision was taken in close consultation with Israel under the terms of a farreaching agreement of "public security" signed by Ottawa and Tel Aviv on March 23 2008. The "Declaration of Intent" establishes a framework of  bilateral cooperation in the area of "Public Security". The agreement has not been the object of debate in the Canadian parliament, nor has it received media coverage.  
 
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Tar Sands: When We're All Downstream

"Downstream" - a 30 min film on the Tar Sands - Canada's O
Downstream
by Babelgum
At the heart of the multi-billion dollar oil sands industry in Northern Alberta, Dr. John O' Connor's career is jeopardized as he fights for the lives of the aboriginal people living and dying of rare forms of cancer downstream from one of the largest oil operations in the world.
 
Making the short-list for this year's Academy Award® Nominations for best short documentary, Downstream provides an in-depth look at the toll oil sands extraction is potentially taking on the residents of Ft. Chipewyan. A community affected by high rates of unusual cancer, the people of Fort Chip have struggled for years to have their concerns addressed by government and industry.
 
Downstream has raised unprecedented awareness in Canada and the U.S. regarding the environmental and social impacts of the tar sands. In conjunction with high level members of the NRDC, it is now being viewed by members of the Obama Administration.
 
 
 
WATCH DOWNSTREAM FOR FREE ONLINE:
 
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Galloway Prepares Libel Suit Against Canadian Immigration Minister and Staff

Canada Defends Ban on British Anti-War MP
by Keith Jones
Lawyers for British anti-war MP George Galloway are mounting a court challenge to a Canadian government order that prohibits him from entering the country on the grounds he is a "national security" threat and terrorist accomplice. Galloway, who was expelled from the Labour Party in 2003 because of his opposition to Britain's participation in the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, has criticized Canada's leading role in the Afghan War and recently led a humanitarian convoy that brought medicine, clothes and other supplies to the beleaguered people of Gaza.

Last Friday, via an article published in Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid the Sun, Galloway learned that Canadian authorities are barring him from the country. Conservative Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has vehemently defended the exclusion order, which was formally issued by the Canada Border Services Agency, and has vowed that under no circumstances will he make use of his prerogative as minister to issue Galloway a permit allowing him to enter the country.

Galloway is scheduled to address meetings on "Resisting war from Gaza to Kandahar" in Toronto, Mississauga, Montreal, and Ottawa respectively, March 30, 31, and April 1, and 2.
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Off Da Hook: Obama and White Collar Crime

NEEDED: A New Commission to Probe Corporate Crime: Why Hasn’t Obama Targeted The Ongoing White Collar Crime Wave?
by Danny Schechter (Author of Plunder)
Another day. Another ponzi scheme.

This time it’s the Millenium Bank in the Eastern Caribbean accused of a mere $65 million dollar rip off. (Ponzi king Bernard Maddoff allegedly took in $65 billion.) Regulators say there is a “ponzimonium” underway with scores of newly opened investigations. We are talking about pervasive institutional crime, not just individual theft.

The role of shady, largely unreported, “off shore” institutions is slowly emerging as a component of a larger criminal scheme.
 
There is a report that  “a class action lawsuit has been filed against several offshore entities and individuals on behalf of investors in four hedge funds who allegedly lost over $3 billion in the Bernard Madoff fraud.”
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Netanyahu's Second Chance at Peace

Netanyahu and the ‘Future of the Peace Process’
by Ramzy Baroud
It seems that the Palestinian-Israeli ‘peace process’ is in serious jeopardy. At least, this is the immediate impression one gleans from media reports from Israel. Unlike, Israel’s Kadima and Labor party ‘moderates’, Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu is largely considered to be a possible impairment to the negotiations aimed at facilitating a two-state solution. The media story, however, is riddled with misconceptions and dotted with false assumptions.

While Netanyahu is indeed a rightwing ideologue, he hardly differs, regarding issues pertinent to the peace process, from his predecessors. More, one fails to appreciate the risks facing the peace process, considering that there is no such process. Israel continues with its military onslaughts and illegal settlement expansion unabated, and the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas continues with what seems as its top political priorities: isolating Hamas in Gaza and maintaining its reign in the West Bank.

So to just what ‘peace process’ is the media referring? What prospects - for a viable two-state solution - are still passionately discussed? One earnestly fails to understand.
 
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Cuts for CBC, Bailouts for CanWest?

Cut Back for CBC, Bailouts for CanWest
by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting
In the past weeks, the Conservatives have: reduced CBC's budget by $63 million in their spending plan for the coming year – that's $75 million with inflation, decided that CBC will get no help to weather the recession amid reports that the government plans to bail out private broadcasters, and demanded that CBC fulfill its mandate knowing full well it lacks the resources to do so.

"CBC is facing a $200 million shortfall.  Unless we act today by building a grassroots movement of support, this could be the end of CBC as we know it."  - FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting www.Friends.Ca

Bailouts for CanWest: "Harper has had at least one face-to-face meeting with CanWest CEO Leonard Asper..."

"The government is looking specifically at how to assist CanWest Global Communications, which is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy"

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/media/story/2009/03/18/canwest-moore-help.html  
 
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War Resister Kim Rivera Granted Stay of Deportation!

War Resister Kim Rivera Granted Stay of Deportation! Emergency Rally in Toronto Becomes Celebration!
by Resisters.ca
Here is the official word from the War Resisters Support Campaign

http://resisters.ca/index_en.html

Here is a wonderful report from Laura Kaminker, who attended the emergency rally turned celebration in Toronto last night.  It begins with the first speaker of the evening, Mike Ferner, national president of Veterans For Peace.

http://wmtc.blogspot.com/2009/03/war-resister-kim-rivera-granted.html

Here's a video from a Canadian TV network of Kimberly announcing the
good news tonight...
 
http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1632714912?bctid=17646633001

 
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Harper Hopes for Canada-Colombia Free Trade

Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Bill
by Peter Julian
Dear concerned Canadians; the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Bill was put on Notice Paper March 24,2009.
 
Colombian strongman, Uribe assumes the position
 
The Harper Government believes that the killing of trade unionists, peasants and activists by para-militaries in Colombia is just business as usual.
 
The Uribe Colombian Government may have one of the worst human records in the world; the Harper government is pushing on with the support of Michael Ignatieff and has tabled Bill C-23, the enabling legislation of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement signed in December 2008.

This agreement should be rejected by Parliament.
 
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Understanding: Money vs. Currency

Economic Illiteracy
by Scott Horton
Yesterday, I watched the tape of a Congressional hearing in which Representative Michele Bachmann told the chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, that “China, Russia and Kazakhistan [sic]” were seeking the establishment of a “global currency.” She asked Bernanke whether he believed there was a need for a global currency, to which he answered, curtly, “no.”
 
As the Center for American Progress highlighted yesterday this meme has been percolating through the right-wing echo chamber for the last 72 hours. It started with the Drudge Report, quickly worked its way onto Fox News, and then to the floor of Congress.

Where did this come from? It seems that those who originated and adopted this idea do not understand what a “reserve currency” is.
 
 
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10,000 Voices for BC Rivers

10,000 Voices for BC Rivers – Thursday, March 26th
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On Thursday, March 26 join thousands of British Columbians in standing up for BC’s rivers. On that day, thousands of people from around the province will be contacting their MLA and the Premier calling for a moratorium on river privatization for private power projects.

The Wilderness Committee launched the 10,000 Voices for BC Rivers day of action to call for a moratorium on private river power projects until they are:
 
 
•    regionally planned
•    environmentally appropriate
•    acceptable to First Nations
•    publicly owned


The BC government’s 2002 energy plan prevents BC Hydro from developing new sources of power, stating that all new power must come from private companies. This has lead to a gold rush mentality, with private operators applying for licenses to almost 600 creeks and rivers throughout BC. Each power project that is developed would involve the construction of dams, river diversions, powerhouses and many kilometers of roads and transmission lines.
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Mountain Equipment Co-op and Israel: Divestment Movement Moving to MEC AGM

MEC's AGM: Your Chance to Disinvest our Co-op from Israel
by dave olsen
It is rare that a Co-operative's AGM and Board election could be controversial or even interesting, but this year's Mountain Equipment Co-op AGM may well be both. MEC's Board election closes on April 9 (@ noon PDT) and if you're a member, you could heavily influence a self-proclaimed ethical consumer Co-op in terms of its practices in Israel.

An in depth analysis can be found on the PAGE (Peace and Global Educators) website here. But this is a simple issue: Israel is waging genocide against the Palestinian people (if you're not aware of this, you've been either visiting another planet or reading/watching/believing mainstream media). Meanwhile, MEC is doing our Co-operative business with factories in Israel. Partnering is the specific term that MEC's Harvey Chan, Director of Ethical Sourcing uses.
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