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The FARC-EP Files, Venezuela and Interpol

Spinning the News - The FARC-EP Files, Venezuela and Interpol
by Stephen Lendman
First some background. On March 1, the Colombian military (with US Special Forces help) illegally attacked a FARC-EP rebel camp inside Ecuador.
 
US satellite telephone tracking located the site. Washington signed off on the mission. Over 20 people were killed, including 16 or more FARC-EP members while they slept.
 
Key among them was Paul Reyes, the FARC-EP's second-in-command, key peace negotiator and public voice, and lead figure in the Chavez-led hostage negotiations with Colombia.
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Canada: Stand up for Net Neutrality!

Stand up for Net Neutrality!
by DemocraticMedia.ca
Canadians need to act NOW if they want an open Internet free of interference and control by powerful corporate interests.
 
Organizers of a rally on Parliament Hill on Tuesday, May 27, are urging everyone who can to join them in Ottawa to demand an Internet with equal access for all. Transportation from Toronto and Montreal has been arranged.
 
Details about the rally can be found at DemocraticMedia.ca.


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Amazon Tribes Threatened by Dam Project

Amazon Tribes Threatened by Dam Project
by Real News 
Amazon Indians and environmental activists rallied against proposed Amazon dam projects in the city of Altamira, Brazil on Tuesday. Environmentalists say these developments could displace 15,000 people and destroy traditional fishing grounds of Indians living nearby.
 
As a result of economic growth in Brazil in recent years, the government is spending $296 billion to develop the hydroelectric projects.
 
 
 
 
 
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Squamish: Dissenters Occupy Band Council Offices

Band Office Occupied, Puppet "Chiefs" Evicted by Squamish Hereditary Chief Kiapilano in Vancouver
by Siem Kiapilano of the Squamish Nation
In a sudden action this morning, Hereditary Squamish Chief Kiapilano and a dozen supporters occupied the offices of the state-funded "Squamish Band Council" in North Vancouver, and ordered the eviction of the entire band council.

This action is the latest in a series of occupations led by Chief Kiapilano to expel from his land agencies responsible for the genocide of his people.
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An Evening of Music and Conversation with David Rovics

Victoria Peace Coalition Presents: An Evening of Music and Conversation with David Rovics
by VPC
Come and spend an evening with anti-war folksinger and songwriter David Rovics. Rovics, who has been compared with Phil Ochs and Pete Seeger, is an activist and a peace poet for our times.
 
David Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in the US. Amy Goodman has called him "the musical version of Democracy Now!"
 
Wikipedia says, "His provocative and catchy lyrics bring to mind a modern-day Woody Guthrie" and Folkworld Magazine says, "Phil Ochs is not dead. He's reincarnated in the body of David Rovics."
 
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Khadr: Canadian Supreme Court Unanimous on Disclosure

Omar Khadr: Supreme Court of Canada Ruling
by C. L. Cook
Almost six years imprisoned in the American gulags and Omar Khadr, the fifteen year old Canadian and sole survivor of an American military assault on a village in Afghanistan on July 27, 2002, is finally getting his day in "court."
 
Of course it is not a court that any living in pre-Bushian times would recognize as such: there are no rights granted the "detainee" the rest of us have come to take as granted, like: the right to face your accuser(s); the right to see the evidence against you; the right to security of the person (habeas corpus); the right to lawyer/ advocate/ council -client confidentiality; the right to an open trial; the right to be judged by a jury of your peers. 
 
But, there may be a small ray of hope for the young "terrorist" in the form of a newly handed down ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada.
 
The problem is: the Canadian government is fighting the nation's highest court, and there is no indication the American authorities holding Khadr these last six years will pay a good God-damned bit of notice to anything the Supreme Court says.  

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All the President's Nazis: An Open Letter to Bush

All the President's Nazis (Real and Imagined): An Open Letter to Bush
by Larisa Alexandrovna
Dear Mr. Bush; your speech on the Knesset floor today [15/05/08] was not only a disgrace; it was nothing short of treachery.
 
Worse still, your exploitation of the Holocaust in a country carved out of the wounds of that very crime, in order to strike a low blow at American citizens whose politics differs from your own is unforgivable and unpardonable.
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Impunity Condemned after Two More Journalists Killed

Government’s Poor Record in Combatting Impunity Condemned after Two More Journalists Killed
by Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is saddened by the murders of two more journalists, Wissam Ali Ouda and Haidar Hashem Al-Husseini, in separate incidents in Baghdad and the central province of Diyala.
 
They bring the number of journalists killed in Iraq since the start of the year to seven, and the overall media death toll since the start of the war in March 2003 to 215.

  • “Journalists will continue to die until the Iraqi authorities make a much greater effort to put an end to the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators and instigators of these killings,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Those who target journalists must be arrested and punished severely. The media are all the more vulnerable because of the feeling of impunity that has taken hold in Iraq in the past five years. Many journalists have been forced to flee the country. Those that have stayed risk their lives every day.”

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Resistance: A Trickle to a Torrent

River of Resistance: How the American Imperial Dream Foundered in Iraq
by Michael Schwartz
On February 15, 2003, ordinary citizens around the world poured into the streets to protest George W. Bush's onrushing invasion of Iraq.
 
Demonstrations took place in large cities and small towns globally, including a small but spirited protest at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Up to 30 million people, who sensed impending catastrophe, participated in what Rebecca Solnit, that apostle of popular hope, has called "the biggest and most widespread collective protest the world has ever seen."

The first glancing assessment of history branded this remarkable planetary protest a record-breaking failure, since the Bush administration, less than one month later, ordered U.S. troops across the Kuwaiti border and on to Baghdad.


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George Bush and the Children of the ‘War on Terror

For His Treatment of Children in the ‘War on Terror,’ Bush Is a War Criminal
by Dave Lindorff
Surely nothing that President Bush has done in his two wretched terms of office — not the invasion and destruction of Iraq, not the overturning of the five-centuries-old tradition of habeas corpus, not his authorization and encouragement of torture, not his campaign of domestic spying — nothing, can compare in its ugliness as his approval, as commander in chief, of the imprisoning of over 2500 children.
 
Omar Khadr, languishing yet in Guantanamo Bay after being taken prisoner in Afghanistan at 15

According to the US government’s own figures, that is how many kids 17 years and younger have been held since 2001 as “enemy combatants” — often for over a year, and sometimes for over five years.
 
 
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Attorneys Firing Scandal: Karl Rove Served with Judiciary Committee Subpoena

Attorneys Firing Scandal: Karl Rove Served with Judiciary Committee Subpoena
by C. L. Cook
Dana Siegelman, intrepid daughter of wrongly convicted former Alabama governor, Don Siegelman sends a link to an Associated Press account of Karl Rove, once famously touted as 'Bush's Brain' to appear before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions regarding his knowledge of, and possible involvement in, tampering with the nation's judiciary, culminating in the firing of at least nine U.S. States Attorneys General for political reasons.
 
Governor Siegelman was recently released from prison, pending appeals of the court's finding against him, and the unprecedented nature of his sentencing.
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