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Getting Fusioned: One Small Goose-Step from the Concentration Camp

Fusion Centers to Data-Mine Suspect Citizens
by Kurt Nimmo
Call it Stasi, the American version, circa 2008. 
  • “The government is rounding up your cell phone numbers, insurance claims, credit reports, financial records, and the names of your associates and relatives and sharing them with law enforcement officials nationwide,” reports John Byrne for Raw Story.
  • “So-called ‘fusion centers’ set up after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks collect, store and analyze commercial and public data on unknown millions of Americans. Little is known about the centers, though they received $254 million from the Department of Homeland Security between 2004 and 2007.”


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NATO Shows Its Fangs in Bucharest

Violent Repression At NATO Summit in Romania
by UK Indymedia
At approximately 12:30pm on 2nd April hundreds of Romanian police violently raided a convergence center in Bucharest, the country’s capital. The convergence space was set up to facilitate an anti-NATO gathering and was legally rented.
 
It is reported that during the raid at least two protesters were hospitalized. Various reports state people are badly beaten while in custody and even while taken to hospital.
 
Numerous people are reported to be seriously injured and some have been refused medical assistance while in custody.


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Iraq: The Peace Exiled

Showdown in Iraq: The Battle for Basra
by Jack Random
By general agreement, the most powerful man in Iraq is currently residing in Iran.  At various times over the course of America’s five-year occupation, he has been an invaluable ally and our most feared enemy.  His power and influence have been both exaggerated and dangerously underestimated.  

More than any other individual, including General David Petraeus and George W. Bush, this man was responsible for the decline in death and destruction during the American escalation known as “the surge.”
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Seal Pup Slaughter: Farley Mowat Attacked by Mob

Farley Mowat Attacked by Mob of Angry Fishermen
by SSCS

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s ship, the Farley Mowat, was attacked this morning by a mob of 30-40 angry fishermen. The attack took place while berthed in the French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon.
 
The Farley Mowat was berthed in St. Pierre to transfer video footage of the Canadian seal slaughter onto shore and await the resumption of the slaughter, which was temporarily suspended after the death of four sealers.


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Free at Last: No Israeli Checkpoints in Heaven

No Checkpoints in Heaven
by Ramzy Baroud
I still vividly remember my father’s face - wrinkled, apprehensive, warm - as he last wished me farewell fourteen years ago.
 
 
He stood outside the rusty door of my family’s home in a Gaza refugee camp wearing old yellow pyjamas and a seemingly ancient robe. As I hauled my one small suitcase into a taxi that would take me to an Israeli airport an hour away, my father stood still.
 
I wished he would go back inside; it was cold and the soldiers could pop up at any moment.
 
As my car moved on, my father eventually faded into the distance, along with the graveyard, the water tower and the camp. It never occurred to me that I would never see him again.


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Fixit Plan for the Financial Markets: Less Regulation, More Power to the Fed

Paulson’s Fixit Plan for the Financial Markets: Less Regulation, More Power to the Fed
by Mike Whitney
It is being billed as a “massive shakeup of US financial market regulation,” but don’t be deceived. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s proposals for broad market reform are neither “timely” nor “thoughtful”. (Reuters)
 
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson 
 
In fact, it’s all just more of the same free market “we can police ourselves” mumbo jumbo that got us into this mess in the first place. The real objective of Paulson’s so-called reforms is to decapitate the SEC and increase the powers of the Federal Reserve.
 
 
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Economics 101: Planet Bail-Out

Trapped on Planet Bail-Out: Bad Science Fiction  
by William Bowles
The great Polish writer, Stanislaw Lem (he wrote the novel ‘Solaris’) developed a theory of fiction writing based upon the idea that no matter how far-fetched the story or how wild the setting, that it should nevertheless be internally consistent down to the tiniest detail. Then and only then, will the far-fetched or even the impossible not only become believable, but also make a world we could live in.

The same thing may well be said about corporate/state media coverage of events as the BBC quote below so amply illustrates and, as the oscillations of a broke-down capitalist system grow ever more extreme, so too does a compliant media strain credulity as it attempts to reconcile the ‘plot’ with the total lack of continuity (as they say in movie circles) between scenes. Thus as the Channel 4 News’ email notice demonstrates,

  • “Economy: age of easy regulation over: Mervyn King has made significant comments as governor of the Bank of England to the Treasury Select Committee — the age of easy regulation is over. The regulator, the FSA, has come in for significant criticism over Nothern Rock. Interest rates are up in Iceland to 15 per cent. Icelandic owned companies, many with significant Russian participation, own a significant slab of the commerce on the British high street. There’s lots more to throw into the financial cooking bowl. The mixer has churned and Faisal Islam has a considered account of where we are now. — Channel 4’s daily email, 26 March, 2008


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A Radical Unremembered

Rolling Thunder: A Radical Unremembered
by Chris Floyd
 
I. Paradigm Lost

Forty years ago today, the last public figure to pose a serious, fundamental threat to the power structure that sustains the American elite in unmerited wealth and privilege was shot down in Memphis, Tennessee. Martin Luther King Jr. had gone there to help garbage workers win a living wage. He saw their struggle as part of an emerging campaign to give birth to a new paradigm for American society; in effect, to form a new union, based on economic justice, social equality -- and an adamant repudiation of state violence and empire.

He was killed for this. And his murder sent a shuddering fear throughout American society. It was a message as loud as thunder, and it still echoes and reverberates in the firmament: This is what happens to those who really threaten the golden thrones of the elite.

And for forty years now -- forty years in the wilderness -- no public figure has come even remotely close to marshalling such a coalition, such a potential for genuine reform, genuine renewal, genuine transformation of American society.


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General Delusion: Petraeus Speaks

American Grand Delusions: Why the Testimony of General Petraeus Will Be Delusional
by Tom Engelhardt
Yes, their defensive zone is the planet and they patrol it regularly. As ever, their planes and drones have been in the skies these last weeks.
 
They struck a village in Somalia, tribal areas in Pakistan, rural areas in Afghanistan, and urban neighborhoods in Iraq. Their troops are training and advising the Iraqi army and police as well as the new Afghan army, while their Special Operations forces are planning to train Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps in that country's wild, mountainous borderlands.

Their Vice President arrived in Baghdad not long before the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki launched its recent (failed) offensive against cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia in the southern oil city of Basra.
 
 
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Bad Samaritans: A Review

Bad Samaritans: A Review
by Jim Miles
Every now and then a ‘prize’ of a book comes along that includes all the elements of good writing.  Bad Samaritans is one of them. 
 
Using straightforward language that generally avoids using the lexicon of economists, and explains it well when it is used, Ha-Joon Chang writes a strong narrative about the ills of the capitalist world. 
 
It is a combination of anecdotal history and comparative history that uses many good statistical elements to support his common sense arguments. 
 
 
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Where are the Iraqis?

Where are the Iraqis in the Iraq War?
by Ramzy Baroud
Five years after the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, mainstream media is once more making the topic an object of intense scrutiny. The costs and implications of the war are endlessly covered from all possible angles, with one notable exception -- the cost to the Iraqi people themselves.

Through all the special coverage and exclusive reports, very little is said about Iraqi casualties, who are either completely overlooked or hastily mentioned and whose numbers can only be guesstimated. Also conveniently ignored are the millions injured, internally and externally displaced, the victims of rape and kidnappings who will carry physical and psychological scars for the rest of their lives.


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