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A Chorus of Joy, A Feeling of Disbelief

A CHORUS OF JOY, A FEELING OF DISBELIEF: DID IT HAPPEN?
by Danny Schechter 
I have been receiving moving letters today, reflective letters that can help us savor this moment in time and reflect on its meaning.
 
One of them came from a South African describing a visit that Barack Obama made to Robben Island, the prison to which Mandela and his fellow liberation fighters were condemned.

M&G: MANDELA WRITES OBAMA

"Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place," Mandela said in a letter to Obama.
"We note and applaud your commitment to supporting the cause of peace and security around the world. We trust that you will also make it the mission of your presidency to combat the scourge of poverty and disease everywhere.
"We wish you strength and fortitude in the challenging days and years that lie ahead. We are sure you will ultimately achieve your dream of making the United States of America a full partner in a community of nations committed to peace and prosperity for all."

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Kicking (Potential) Obama Administration Tires

A Look Under the Hood at the (Potential) Obama Administration
by Joshua Frank
Tuesday’s celebration hangovers have finally started to wear off, and the pieces are beginning to fall into place. Change will be coming to Washington in January, but it is difficult to decipher what form it will take.
 
Rahm Emanuel tapped for Chief of Staff
 
Early clues, however, suggest that Barack Obama’s administration will prove unlikely to alter the fundamental political machinery that has led us into war and economic turmoil.
 
Below is a brief summary of Obama’s potential choices for a few key roles in his administration.

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Doling Out Patronage to Big Timber, Selling Out the Public Trust

Beachfront Wilderness at Risk
by Janine Bandcroft
 
 

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Canada's Military Deployed to Tyendinaga

HELP NEEDED!  State Harassment at Tyendinaga - Sleep Deprivation and Arrest Threats for Stopping Mega Jail
by MNN
Today army helicopters and fighter jets are flying over Tyendinaga. Troops or supplies are being dropped in nearby fields. Who gave the command? 
 
This is a public disturbance and it's trespassing on Mohawk air space. Canada has no jurisdiction over us, on the ground or in the air. What makes a command legitimate?
 
According to international law, it has to be rooted in institutions that respect the principle of human equality. The Mohawks of Tyendinaga did not call in those war planes. To make a commander's order legal, it has to be authorized according to democratic laws passed by the people concerned. We know none of this happened. 
 
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Tankers Are Loonie

Tankers Are Loonie
by Dogwood Initiative 
Let every loonie you spend deliver a "NoTankers" message to Ottawa. Donate to put 1 million "NoTanker" Loonies in circulation.

What if every dollar you spent told people about the risks of Tar Sands Tankers off BC's coast? Imagine using your piggy bank to get people talking about the link between climate change, the tar sands, oil tankers and the BC coast?

What if every dollar you spend could help prevent an oil spill?
 
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Tarring Aristide: No Return for this King

Targeting Aristide in Exile  
by Stephen Lendman
Elected Haiti's president in 1990. Its first ever democratically chosen one. By a sweeping two-thirds majority. Took office in February 1991. Deposed by an army-led coup in September with all the earmarks of being made-in-Washington. Returned to office in October 1994. Served until February 1996. According to Haitian law, he couldn't succeed himself. Reelect in November 2000 with 90% of the vote. Took office in February 2001. Served until February 29, 2004 when, in the middle of the night, US marines deposed him and forced him into exile.

He's now in South Africa where he remains larger than life. Haiti's symbolic leader. A man of the people. Dedicated to their welfare. Steadfast in his principles. Beloved and wanted back. Yet he's vilified in the press because of the good example he represents.

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November 5, 2008: What Next with Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader speaks on an Obama presidency.
by TRNN
 
 
The Real News speaks to presidential candidate Ralph Nader (Pt.2).
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Let Us Shed Tears of Gratitude for this Moment of Grace

“Let Us Shed Tears of Gratitude for this Moment of Grace; It
Will Be Brief”
by Mike Ferner
As we move beyond today’s fleeting joys, I will recall how often during this presidential campaign people asked if I thought an Obama administration would by and large be a good thing. 
 
My response was always this: The best thing about an Obama victory would not be his policies -- he's shown too often they differ little from the status quo. The best thing his campaign and election offers is the way it has inspired millions of people to become active, to expect more, to work hard with many people towards something larger than yourself – in short, to gain a sense of purpose.
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American Empire "Rapacious Parasite" - Castro

A Parasitical and Rapacious Empire
by Fidel Castro Ruz
Tomorrow will be a very important day. World opinion will be following what happens with the elections in the United States. It is the most powerful nation on the planet. With less than five percent of the world’s population, it annually sucks up enormous quantities of oil and gas, minerals, raw materials, consumer goods and sophisticated products from other countries; many of these, especially fuel and products that are mined, are not renewable.

It is the largest producer and exporter of weapons. The military industrial complex also has an insatiable market within the same country. Its air and naval forces are concentrated on dozens of military bases in other countries. The strategic missiles of the United States, which carry nuclear warheads, can reach any point in the world with total precision.

Many of the most intelligent minds in the world are plucked out of their native countries and placed at the service of this system. It is a parasitical and rapacious empire.
 
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“Mom, I wouldn’t wish war on my worst enemy.”

I Wouldn’t Wish War on My Worst Enemy
by Dahr Jamail
Artist Jim Lommasson hates war. His exhibit of 1,500 photographs, taken by soldiers who served in Iraq, brings the war home to the United States, in a way he hopes will help bring it to an end.
 
Photos by U.S. soldiers featured in "Exit Wounds" Credit:Jim Lommasson
 
 
“It’s all about the soldier’s lives upon their return home,” Lommasson, a soft-spoken man with kind, yet piercing eyes, told IPS at a reception for his powerful exhibit in mid-October. “I want people to listen to the soldiers. I want them to support the veterans, and hear what they have to say about Iraq, and what they’ve done to civilians.”
 
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Obama and the Prism for the New Paradigm

WIBDI: A Prism for the New Paradigm
by Chris Floyd
As the United States enters a new and unprecedented political era -- or, as killjoy cynics would have it, as the American empire gets a new set of temporary managers -- the fate of the "dissident" movement that arose under the Bush Regime seems greatly occluded. So many of those who set out their stalls as bold outsiders "speaking truth to power" now find themselves on the inside, enthralled by power, speaking for power, as it is personified by President-elect Barack Obama -- who, ironically, has consistently repudiated many of the tenets and principles that provoked the dissidents' outrage in the first place.

I have always disliked this phrase "speaking truth to power" (although I'm sure I've lazily employed it myself on several occasions). No one needs to speak truth to power: power knows the truth well enough, it knows what it is doing, and to whom, and why. What we need, most desperately, are people who will speak truth about power, and speak it to people who might not have heard that truth through the howling cacophony of media diversion, corporate spin and political manipulation.

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