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Who is the Real Pig in the Global Larder?

Just Who's Doing the Hoarding? Food Independence and Real Democracy
by Frances Moore Lappe
As about 30 countries scramble to protect their citizens from hunger by limiting food exports, the title of a front-page New York Times article calls out: "Hoarding Nations Drive Food Costs Ever Higher."

But where does responsible government action end and hoarding begin? (If the Irish government had begun a little hoarding instead of exporting grain in 1845, many deaths could have been avoided in the Irish potato famine.) It's not an easy question to answer, suggesting as it does that it might be a perfect time to ask how countries got into this no-win, export-or-not quandary to begin with.

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Again Down History's Dark Roads

Elimination Round: Hurtling Down History's Dark Roads
by Chris Floyd
With the backing and the blessing of local government and the police, the anti-Semitic organization takes its program into the local schools, to hammer home its stern, unyielding message: Girls, do not give your bodies to the racial enemy! Do not let them seduce and defile your innocence with their devious ways!

The city's own welfare representative heads up the program of the "Anti-Assimilation Department." He shows the schoolgirls a film -- "Sleeping with the Enemy" -- which dramatizes how the filthy Semite worms his way into the affections of an innocent girl then cruelly abandons her. This "abnormal phenomenon" is plaguing several cities in the area, says the police chief; there have already been many cases of racially pure girls "joining with" Semite men. The propaganda efforts of the Anti-Assimilation Department are aimed at eliminating the sexual machinations of the "exploitative" Semites.


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America Asks: "Could We Be That Dumb?"

How Ignorant Are We?
The Voters Choose… but on the Basis of What?
by Rick Shenkman
[W]at does it mean exactly to say that American voters are stupid? About this there is unfortunately no consensus. Like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, who confessed not knowing how to define pornography, we are apt simply to throw up our hands in frustration and say: We know it when we see it.
 
But unless we attempt a definition of some sort, we risk incoherence, dooming our investigation of stupidity from the outset. Stupidity cannot mean, as Humpty Dumpty would have it, whatever we say it means.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
 
- Thomas Jefferson
 
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On the Other Bush: Iran-Contra and the "Lost" Chapter

Iran-Contra's 'Lost Chapter'
by Robert Parry (A Special Report)
As historians ponder George W. Bush’s disastrous presidency, they may wonder how Republicans perfected a propaganda system that could fool tens of millions of Americans, intimidate Democrats, and transform the vaunted Washington press corps from watchdogs to lapdogs.

To understand this extraordinary development, historians might want to look back at the 1980s and examine the Iran-Contra scandal’s “lost chapter,” a narrative describing how Ronald Reagan’s administration brought CIA tactics to bear domestically to reshape the way Americans perceived the world.

That chapter – which we are publishing here for the first time – was “lost” because Republicans on the congressional Iran-Contra investigation waged a rear-guard fight that traded elimination of the chapter’s key findings for the votes of three moderate GOP senators, giving the final report a patina of bipartisanship.


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The Torture Architects: Bush's Yes Men Testify

D.C. SNAPSHOT: Bush Lawyers on Child Torture and Burial Alive
by Harry Hanbury on Jun 26, 2008
John Yoo and David Addington, two leading architects of the Bush administration's policies on torture, testified before the House Judiciary Committee. Even seemingly simple questions yielded evasive answers.
 
 
 
 
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How to Get Away with Anything: Supreme Crime, Supreme Impunity

Getting Away with the Supreme International Crime
by Kim Petersen
The US and its coalition has been ground down by the Iraqi resistance, despite its vastly superior weaponry, despite plundering the Iraqi treasury, despite decimating the economy and infrastructure, despite the blatant divide-and-conquer strategy, despite, as my colleague B.J. Sabri wrote me;
 
"Here is the picture: over 1.5 million killed, 4 million refugees inside Iraq, 3 million outside Iraq,1 75% unemployed, cancer rates increased 20,000% since 2003, no medical system, no functioning economy, prostitution is rampant and Iraq has the highest number of women turned prostitutes more than any country that experience war, US detains over 28,000 Iraqis kids below age 18, and over 110,000 adults, US and Shiites divided Baghdad with concrete walls, electricity is available every 4-6 days, no clean water, gasoline is scarce, and the killers still kill and no one knows who is killing who except of course the Americans …"
 
 
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'In Their Boots' Debuts

In Their Boots Debuts
by Brave New Foundation
Last summer I got a call from someone who had seen some of our past work. She started off being extremely complimentary about the issues we were bringing to light, marveling at how widely we were able to distribute our short videos to not only inform, but to motivate viewers to take action.
 
She then asked if Brave New Foundation would be interested in taking on a large project to help amplify the stories of a group of Americans whose efforts and sacrifices weren't being acknowledged. She warned me that it would be a difficult task since it only directly affected less than 1% of the US population.
 
 
 
 


 
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Being a bit headstrong (even in my middle age), I said that no task was too difficult. If there is an injustice, we could tackle it and help to make it right! But what she wanted was difficult. The task we took on was to tell the stories of servicemembers who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.


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On the Border with the Cuba Caravanistas

On the Border with the Cuba Caravanistas
by Janine Bandcroft 
hi all; i'm in mcallen texas, preparing (along with approximately 125 others), to cross the border into mexico with about 100 tons of aid destined for cuba.

our intention is to leave around 6 am, and spend however long at the border, then drive through mexico to tampico and put the stuff on a barge and then all the caravanistas will fly to havana for a week.


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Iran Escalation: Congress Agreed to Bush Request

Hersh: Congress Agreed to Bush Request to Fund Major Escalation in Secret Operations Against Iran
by Democracy Now!
Congressional leaders agreed to a request from President Bush last year to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran aimed at destabilizing Iran’s leadership, according to a new article by veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker magazine.
 
The operations were set out in a highly classified Presidential Finding signed by Bush which, by law, must be made known to Democratic and Republican leaders. The plan allowed up to $400 million in covert spending for activities ranging from supporting dissident groups to spying on Iran’s nuclear program.
 
Hersh joins us from Washington DC.


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Obama's Undelivered Letter to the President

The Letter to Bush Obama Didn’t Write
by William A. Cook
Dear Mr. President: I recently outlined my views on the Middle East in a major speech given the day after I proclaimed that I am without doubt the Democratic nominee for President.
 
I delivered that speech to my primary constituents, the good fellows at AIPAC, on K Street where all the lobbies cluster. I’m writing to you not to reiterate some of the concerns and priorities I raised in that speech, points presented to AIPAC because I was forced to if I am to stay in this race, but rather to tell you what should be done if terrorism against America is to end.


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U.S. Mayors Turf Tar Sands Oil: Local Leaders Adopt Important Global Warming Policy

Mayors Challenge Use of Tar Sands Oil and Other High Carbon Fuels
by NRDC.org
The U.S. Conference of Mayors convened in Miami this weekend and adopted a resolution that challenges the use of high carbon fuels such as tar sands, liquid coal, and oil shale.
 
The resolution calls for the creation of guidelines and purchasing standards to help mayors understand the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of the fuels they purchase.

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