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Presto! Change-O!: Bush the Magnificent

The Million Year War: How Never to Withdraw from Iraq
by Tom Engelhardt
Think of the top officials of the Bush administration as magicians when it comes to Iraq. Their top hats and tails may be worn and their act fraying, but it doesn't seem to matter. Their latest "abracadabra," the President's "surge strategy" of 2007, has still worked like a charm.
 
They waved their magic wands, paid off and armed a bunch of former Sunni insurgents and al-Qaeda terrorists (about 80,000 "concerned citizens," as the President likes to call them), and magically lowered "violence" in Iraq. Even more miraculously, they made a country that they had already turned into a cesspool and a slagheap -- its capital now has a "lake" of sewage so large that it can be viewed "as a big black spot on Google Earth" -- almost entirely disappear from view in the U.S.

Of course, what they needed to be effective was that classic adjunct to any magician's act, the perfect assistant.
 
 
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Into the Trees: Saving What's Left

The West Coast Tree-sit Raids
by Jeff Muskrat
With the fall of the Bear Mountain tree-sit in Victoria, BC, it seems like this is a very crucial time for activists in the trees up and down the west coast.
 
There are two campus trees-sits, one under attack right now at UC Berkeley and one at UC Santa Cruz. These actions are opposing the unnecessary development of greenspace.
 
Photo courtesy of http://insurgentphoto.com/main.html

The Berkeley Action is opposed to the destruction of a large grove of Coast Live Oaks in order for the campus to place an athletic training center adjacent to the campus stadium.

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Constitutional Tinkering: Bye, Bye Fourth!

Tom the Tinker Few and Far Between
by Kurt Nimmo
In the video here, Rush Holt (D-NJ) stands on the floor of the House and denounces the neocon plan to trounce a moribund Fourth Amendment, although Mr. Holt, a statist, is little more than namby-pamby about it all.

Nobody laughs when Holt mentions the popular myth — popular that is with Congress critters, starry-eyed grade school teachers, and clueless flag-wavers who have never read a paragraph of history — that in America the government is the servant of the people.


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Afghanistan: Why Europe Would Rather Quit than Fight

Europeans See What America Cannot
by Eric Margolis
At this week's NATO conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, an angry U.S. Secretary of Defence Robert Gates accused some Europeans of not being prepared to "fight and die" in Afghanistan in the battle against the Taliban.

The undiplomatic Gates is quite right. Most Europeans regard the Afghan conflict as a) wrong and immoral; b) America's war; c) all about oil; or d) probably lost.


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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Richard Leblanc, Ingmar Lee, Zoe Blunt, J9 February 18, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week; Richard Leblanc and finding a home for the Woodwynn Therapeutic Community; Ingmar Lee and Zoe Blunt on the continuing battle to save the dwindling wild lands around Victoria; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on good local goings-on in the coming week. 
 
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. And, you can check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com 
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Update: Bear Mountain Destruction

Work crews sent home in Langford
by Zoe Blunt
About 40 people showed up at today's rally in Langford and marched up the highway to view the damage. Two dozen or so were inspired to scramble over the fresh-cut trees and stand in front of the yarders and excavators that were working. All four machines had to be shut down for the day. The handful of police on the scene made no arrests and issued no warnings.

After stopping the machines, many of us made our way through the stumps and slash to Langford Lake Cave, which has a huge mass of rebar crisscrossed over the entrance like a drunken spider web. The second entrance has a triangular steel cap welded over it. The forest was cut down to within a few meters of the cave entrances.


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The War on Women: Not All Quiet from the Western Front

The War against Women: A Dispatch from the West African Front
by Ann Jones
Kailahun, Sierra Leone - Greetings from a war zone that's not Iraq. And not Afghanistan either.

I'm checking in from West Africa, where I've been working with women in three neighboring countries, all recently torn apart by civil wars: Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Côte d'Ivoire.
 
The Iraq debacle has monopolized attention and obscured these "lesser" wars -- now officially "over" -- but millions of West African women are struggling to recover. For them, the war isn't really over at all, not by a long shot. This is the war story that's never truly told. Let me explain.


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Bear Mountain Citizen Action: A Hundred Souls of Conscience

Call to Mass, Peaceful, Direct Action Against the Bear Mountain Development and Further Construction of the Interchange
by Hundred Voices of Conscience
Citizens scored a big victory in Langford today, re-occupying the site of the proposed Bear Mountain Interchange and forcing RCMP and "feller-bunchers" to retreat! Let us build on this victory by taking a new step.
 
This past week's paramilitary-style police operation sanctioned by the City of Langford, to circumvent the growing  legitimate public opposition to the Bear Mountain interchange, was a heavy-handed assault against land, local democracy and current, widespread ecological consciousness.

At a time of unprecedented ecological crisis, it is the moral obligation of the entire human community to take immediate action to prevent unnecessary harm and destruction to the natural world and all its inhabitants; and to reverse developments that systematically destroy the life-support systems of the earth for profit.

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Praise Judge Scalia, Who Gives Us Hope in This Dark Hour

Let Us Now Praise Judge Scalia, Who Gives Us Hope in This Dark Hour        
by Chris Floyd     
I must take issue with the voices now being raised against Judge Antonin Scalia's contention that torture is not prohibited by the U.S. Constitution's explicit ban on "cruel and unusual punishment."
 
Critics such as Scott Horton have offered withering denunciations of Scalia's claims, which were offered up in an interview with BBC radio this week. But I think they have underestimated the exquisite subtlety of Scalia's argument.
 
Indeed, instead of rejecting this interpretation by a jurist widely praised for the sweaty muscularity of his intellect, I think we should embrace it, champion it -- and use it to put George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and a vast host of their minions in jail.


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Palestine in the Mind of America

Talking to a Wall: Palestine in the Mind of America
by Kathleen and Bill Christison
You would think that showing maps clearly delineating the truncated, obviously non-viable area available for a possible Palestinian state and showing pictures that define Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories would have some kind of impact on an audience of astute but, on this issue, generally uninformed Americans.
 
We recently spoke to a small foreign affairs discussion group and devoted much of our presentation to these images of oppression -- images that never appear in the U.S. media -- in the probably naïve hope of making some kind of dent in the impassive American attitude toward Israel's 40-year occupation of Palestinian territory.

But our expectations that these people would listen and perhaps learn something were sadly misplaced. Few among the elite seminar-style discussion group seemed concerned about, or even particularly interested in, what is happening on the ground in Palestine-Israel, and the event stands as starkly emblematic of American apathy about the oppressive Israeli regime in the occupied territories that the United States is enabling and in many instances actively encouraging.


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Better than the Inquisition: Valentine's Day Torture Trifecta

The Valentine’s Day Torture Trifecta
by Scott Horton
On Valentine’s Day the Bush Administration was out on a mission, straight from the Orwellian Ministry of Love. That ministry of course served in Nineteen Eighty-Four as the center for torture.
 
And as the shortest month reached its middle point, three apologists appeared on behalf of the administration to explain to the American public that they needed to relax and start getting comfortable with torture.
 
It’s the new American Way, after all.


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