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World Bank Chum into the Global Food Crisis Frenzy

World Bank Chum into the Global Food Crisis Frenzy: The Four Horses Ride Again
by C. L. Cook
The World Bank today charged out of the wilderness at the fourth International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Tokyo to announce its 1.2 billion dollar (US) top up of a loans fund aimed at the heart of Africa, (including a few juicy throw-away grants to poverty-poster children in Haiti, Djibouti, and Liberia) with promises of more to come.

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Well they had to come back, and honesty be told, we all know they had never really gone away; from the darkened wings is risen again the four-headed monster to the world's miserable, the World Bank (WB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Food Programme (WFE), and the Food and Agricultural Association (FOA), joined by a conglomeration of various other UN and EU international poverty pimps doing business under the rubric of "international institutions."

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Bush Promises to 'Nuke' Saudi Arabia

As US Threatens Iran Over Enriching Uranium, Bush Promises to Give Enriched Uranium to Saudi Arabia
by Democracy Now!
The Bush administration has pledged to support Saudi Arabia’s nuclear power program, including supplying enriched uranium for nuclear reactors. The agreement came out of President Bush’s visit to the Saudi kingdom last week, during which Bush also pledged new US assistance in guarding Saudi oil reserves.
 

AMY GOODMAN: We turn from cluster bombs to what could be a major development in nuclear proliferation worldwide: the Bush administration pledging to support Saudi Arabia’s nuclear power program, including supplying enriched uranium for nuclear reactors. The agreement came out of President Bush’s visit to the Saudi kingdom last week, during which Bush also pledged new US assistance in guarding Saudi oil reserves.

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Death on the Mountain

Death on the Mountain
by L'Ancienne
This is a powerful, hideous, and tragic story about ancient memories that do survive in the land, and in the rocks, and in the water. The cave on Bear Mountain had a shimmering clearwater underground lake in it. This cave was not only beautiful beyond compare, but was too a cave of ancient legend. And the mountain has known many legends over the centuries.

Some archaeologists were wrong when they assumed that there was no cultural use for this type of cave, (a wet cave, as opposed to a dry cave where one might expect to find artifacts). They probably truly didn't know about the traditional use of the land in this area. Maybe few archaeologists do.


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The End of the White House Frat Party

WILL AN ADULT FINALLY PREVAIL?!        
by Linda Milazzo
Yes, I know. John McCain was a prisoner of war and he survived to tell his tale. It's fortunate he survived and I commend him for his service, but as President he won’t prevail. He’s dangerous. He’s delusional. And he lacks the emotional stability and maturity for the job. Yes, he lacks the MATURITY for the job! He’s another privileged son of another privileged family who believes he’s entitled to the job. Well, he’s NOT!!

True, McCain suffered greatly as a POW, but to his good fortune when he did arrive home he was cloaked in his celebrity, provided every resource, and protected by his family – a decidedly different scenario from the isolation and lack of services lesser known vets are forced to endure. Their fates frequently result in homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, and an inability to secure adequate medical and mental-health services for years - even decades. Not so for John McCain.


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Chevron and Systemic Human Rights Abuses

"Systemic" Human Rights Abuses Dominate Chevron Annual General Meeting, Casting Shadow over CEO and Record Profits
by Amazon Watch
In a dramatic face-to-face showdown at Chevron's annual general meeting, victims of the company's grave human rights abuses from three continents today told shareholders and senior executives that the oil major must live up to its corporate rhetoric on human rights and the environment, and also take decisive action to make amends to the communities it has devastated.
 
Chevron’s Victims from Burma, Ecuador and Nigeria
Confront CEO David O’Reilly at Shareholder Meeting

Community representatives from Burma, Ecuador and Nigeria traveled for days to participate in the meeting as proxy shareholders, calling on Chevron CEO David O'Reilly to stop hiding behind lawyers and PR misinformation, and to recognize and rectify the suffering the company has caused.


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The Self-Righteous Hit on Hillary

Assassinationgate: The Self-Righteous Hit on Hillary Clinton        
by Chris Floyd
There is of course no point in paying too much attention to the U.S. presidential campaign, which is almost entirely a monstrous excretion of meaningless, bull-roaring noise. True, a few hints of the horrors to come can be gleaned in broad outline -- chiefly by following the money behind each candidate, and also noting from which pool of imperial courtiers they draw their top advisors: i.e., the "kill 'em all" neocon crowd, the "more in sorrow than in anger" humanitarian interventionist school, the "let the poor eat dirt until they die" faction, or the "I feel your pain but Wall Street fills my coffers" contingent, etc. But to give more than a passing moment's heed to the excruciating and tedious minutiae of the horse race is, as the man says, an "expense of spirit in a waste of shame."

But occasionally the spectacle becomes so obtrusive that you can hardly avoid it. One such occasion was the uproar over Obama's preacher (which Arthur Silber, for one, has covered in illuminating detail). Another one belched forth from the belly of the beast last week: Hillary Clinton's "shocking" mention of the assassination of Robert Kennedy in 1968. From the tenor of the reaction to her statement, you would think she had been caught at the cauldron, summoning evil spirits from the deep to strike down the golden hero of the age.


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Congressional Contender's Link to Attorneys Firing Revealed

GOP Contender in N.M. Linked to U.S. Attorney Firing
by Jason Leopold
Though virtually unknown outside the Albuquerque area, Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White is betting that his conservative credentials and close ties to the White House will help Republicans retain the hotly contested congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Heather Wilson.


Wilson, in turn, is campaigning hard for the Senate seat that Republican Pete Domenici has held for 36 years in a race that could determine whether Democrats expand their narrow control of the U.S. Senate.
 
But all three of these Republicans – Domenici, Wilson and White – have something else in common: They all were implicated in the firing of New Mexico’s U.S. Attorney David Iglesias as part of the White House-driven federal prosecutor purge in 2006.

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Notice to Bogus Algonquins: "Quit Fraudulent Claim to Haudenosaunee Territory"

Notice to Bogus Algonquins to Quit Their Fraudulent Claim to Haudenosaunee Territory
by Rastia’ta’non:ha
This is a notice to the counterfeit Algonquins to immediately quit their claim to Haudenosaunee Territory and their claim to be Algonquins.  They are “visitors”, not the “owners” either historically or culturally. 
 
By their swindling actions they are dissolving the treaty rights of the real Algonquins.  They are also interfering with the treaty rights of other nations who are part of the 1701 “Peace of Montreal” with the French that set out trade and commerce relations; and the 1701 “Nan-Fan Treaty” with the British which respects the sovereignty of all the signatories.  Some help is needed on how to file an international complaint to stop these con artists. 
 
The “sting operation” is being committed by Ontario, Canada, the mining- military- industrial- banking complex and archeologists against the Haudenosaunee for the part of our traditional territory that is south of the Ottawa River.  


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War Resisters: Canada Turns Back on Trudeau Legacy

Canada Refuses to Allow Iraq War Resister to Stay
by War Resisters Campaign in Canada
US Sergeant Corey Glass is now the first Iraq war deserter facing deportation from Canada. Last week his application to stay in the country was rejected.
 
Lee Zaslofsky, National Coordinator of The War Resisters Campaign in Canada, says Corey's case is not unique.
 
 
 
In December 2007, The Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration passed a motion calling on the Canadian government to implement a program allowing conscientious objectors to apply for permanent residence in Canada, and to cease any removal or deportation actions applied to such individuals. 
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WITNESS AGAINST TORTURE: "Unlawful Free Speech"

WITNESS AGAINST TORTURE: "Unlawful Free Speech"
by WRL 
­ Detainees at the U.S. Military Prison in Guantánamo will finally get their day in court on May 27 ­ Superior Court, in Washington DC.

That is when 35 Americans from cities and towns across the country will go on trial for a protest at the U.S. Supreme Court on January 11, 2008.
 
They face charges of either "unlawful free speech" or "causing a harangue" or both. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail, as well as fines and court fees.


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Six Nations: Arresting Brantford Development

Dear Fellow Nations and Allied Supporters;
by Jacqueline House
Today I write with a pain that extends beyond my years to a time when our forefathers walked upon Mother Earth. Through all the pain and suffering they had endured lay a path in a form of a Treaty.
 
Behind it, is a relationship as two sovereigns and separate people through an International Agreement; which, under International Law are equally treaties and the rules are the same such as the North American Free Trade Agreement N.A.F.T.A.
 
Therefore, it is a legal document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties that was meant to last forever. 

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