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The Merciful Who Confront the State Without Mercy

The Voyage of Hope: Blessed Are the Merciful Who Confront the State Without Mercy
by William A. Cook
 
“Hope” was scheduled to sail to Gaza on Thursday, September 25th, but could not because negotiations to buy a boat fell through repeatedly “due to outside pressure.”
 
 
Regardless, whatever day “Hope” sails, and it will sail, is a day every Christian and every humane person, regardless of religion, should mark on his or her calendar as the words of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount live in our day as true believers in the Beatitudes give meaning and life to “Blessed are the merciful for they shall see God and Blessed are the peacemakers for they are the children of God.”
 
Five physicians from 4 countries, Human Rights lawyers and monitors, a member of the Israeli Knesset, the General Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, a veritable Ship of Mercy, will confront the Goliath of Mercilessness that has besieged 1.5 million people in Gaza for almost  two years now making their lives not a state of beatitude, but rather a state of misery – “afflicted unwillingly with painful sufferings.” 
 
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Fascist Rise in Bolivia (with U.S. Support of Course)

Bolivia: Fascism Seizes Power - Morales Complains        
by James Petras
Bolivian fascists have seized power in five of the richest states in Bolivia, forcefully ousting all national officials, murdering, injuring and assaulting leaders, activists and voters who have backed the national government – with total impunity. Ever since Evo Morales was elected President over 33 months ago, the Bolivian far-right has taken advantage of every concession, compromise and conciliatory gesture by the Morales regime to expand their political power, block even the mildest social reforms and paralyze the functioning of the government, through legal maneuvers and gangs of violent street thugs.

While the Bolivian government has used state repression against peasant squatters and striking miners, it remained a passive, impotent spectator to the right-wing seizure of the Constitutional Assembly, the major airfields in Santa Cruz (forcing the President to flee back to his palace), suspending all public transportation, federal tax collection and public investment and projects. Worse still, paramilitary fascist gangs have repeatedly insulted, beaten, stripped and paraded ethnic Indian peasant supporters of President Morales through the main streets and plazas of the capital cities of the provinces they control.

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Back to the Woods

Cathedral Grove Tree-Sit Slated
by Ingmar Lee 
Hi All, Here we go again!! There's only one way to stop this incessant bullshit at Cathedral Grove, and that is to directly confront these Island Timberlands bastards.

We've stopped them before, we'll do it again

There are no due-process options to protect this magnificent CDF remnant, -the Wilderness Committee and the rest of BC's organized bureaucratic ENGO's will simply stand by as usual and watch the slaughter. 
 
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Pakistan's New Dictator?

Is Pakistan's Zardari creating new dictatorship?
by TRNN
Tariq Khan: Pak President Zardari is not rescinding legal framework of dictatorship. Pt. 1 here.
 
 
 



  



 
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When (internet) "LUV" Come to Town

When Internet "LUV" Comes to Town: Vulnerable People Who Need People
by MNN
We've come to realize that this whole "love" scamming business on the internet is being studied and schemed by agents of the elite thugs.  One category is the "player" and the "target." 
 
"Players" are predators of other human beings. They operate from their own unwritten "con manual" on how to carefully "profile" their targets, move in and get what they want. Intelligence agencies have scientifically studied this and converted it into internet relationships which lead to a map of how to subvert individuals and communities. The players have determined that there are basic personality types and traits of the targets, along with age, physical appearance, ethnicity, culture, income, etc.  From this a player develops models of their targets, how they can play them and how they are likely to behave. 
 
A player learns how to spot these people when he enters a room like a bar or an internet "chat room".   We are not denying that genuine relationships have developed on the net.  
       
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Awful Gwen: Pre-emptive Attacks on Press Debate Moderator

The Ifill Factor
by Scott Horton
The recent debate at Washington University in Saint Louis between Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin was the most watched vice presidential debate of all time. Polling and pundits seem to have settled on a consensus view, namely that the debate was a clear win for Senator Biden on points and persuasion. But Governor Palin gets an important consolation prize in that she outperformed the historically low expectations for her, expectations set by a series of gaffes and misfires in handling questions, particularly in interviews conducted by CBS News’s Katie Couric.
 
None of that is particularly surprising. What really merits scrutiny in my mind are the tactics employed by the McCain campaign going into this debate. As Ken Silverstein noted in the days just before the debate, McCain operatives claimed to have made a “shocking discovery.”
 
Ifill was about to publish a book entitled The Breakthrough that discusses Barack Obama, and a number of other black politicians, achieving national prominence in the last few years. (One of them, Alabama’s Artur Davis, has been profiled in this space recently.)
 
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Animal Planet Follows Sea Shepherd Crew to the Bottom of the World

Animal Planet Follows Sea Shepherd Crew to the Bottom of the World
by Sea Shepherd Society 
We are excited to announce a new show on Animal Planet which covers last year's Antarctic Whale Campaign, Operation Migaloo, during which Sea Shepherd saved over 500 whales from the whaler's harpoons.

This weekly series comprising seven one-hour episodes follows the crew of the Sea Shepherd vessel, Steve Irwin as they use non-violent direct action techniques that garner world wide media attention in an effort to shut down the illegal Japanese whaling fleet and enforce international conservation law.
 
Click here for more information and a link to a special SNEAK PREVIEW
 
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Spying on the Future

Spying on the Future: The U.S. Intelligence Community as Seers Without Sizzle
by Tom Engelhardt
The year is 2010 and, yes, Saddam Hussein is gone and there are no American troops in Iraq, but, as the report suggests, "the challenge will be to see whether a modern, secular successor government emerges that does not threaten its neighbors" -- especially since those dogged Iraqis are back at work on their nuclear weapons program.
 
 
Meanwhile, the national security agenda of American policymakers, who face no conventional military challenges, is dominated by five questions: "whether to intervene, when, with whom, with what tools, and to what end?"
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Feeling Fear from an Old Tax Musket: An Open Letter to the US Congress

An Assassination Bailout Plan for the United States?       
by Christopher Ketcham    
Dear Sirs/Madams: You in the corporate execugarchy in this country have forgotten the shape and name of fear – and yes I mean you, dear congressmen, whose work has gone hand in hand with big money for too long, running amok in the sea lanes of American society, piratical, parasitic, treasure-troved, flying the black flag and raiding what the rest of us offer up in the tax season or are imbecilic enough to invest on Wall Street.
 
So let us, as citizens intelligent and discerning, now be raised in answer to this latest monumental predation – the treasonous Bailout of ‘08 – visited from you, the criminals in the nice suits.
 
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Janine Bandcroft, Ingmar Lee, John McNamer Monday Oct. 6, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week: As the strike of UVic's dismally paid SUB staff drags into its fifth week, a look at a rally held last week outside the now near moribund Student Union Building; Ingmar Lee on the second battle for Cathedral Grove; former soldier John McNamer trying to include Canada's cavalier handing over of Afghani prisoners to known torture states America and Afghanistan in an upcoming Military Police Complaints Commission probe.
 
 
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. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
 
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