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Entrenched, Embedded, and Here to Stay

Entrenched, Embedded, and Here to Stay: The Pentagon's Expansion Will Be Bush's Lasting Legacy
by Frida Berrigan
A full-fledged cottage industry is already focused on those who eagerly await the end of the Bush administration, offering calendars, magnets, and t-shirts for sale as well as counters and graphics to download onto blogs and websites. But when the countdown ends and George W. Bush vacates the Oval Office, he will leave a legacy to contend with.
 
Certainly, he wills to his successor a world marred by war and battered by deprivation, but perhaps his most enduring legacy is now deeply embedded in Washington-area politics -- a Pentagon metastasized almost beyond recognition.

The Pentagon's massive bulk-up these last seven years will not be easily unbuilt, no matter who dons the presidential mantle on January 19, 2009. "The Pentagon" is now so much more than a five-sided building across the Potomac from Washington or even the seat of the Department of Defense. In many ways, it defies description or labeling.


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Spinning Middle East Peace

Olmert’s Peace Spin
By Gilad Atzmon
Yesterday Olmert assured Haaretz that the negotiation with Syria is nothing less than an ‘historic breakthrough’. He is absolutely correct.  It’s the first time in Israel’s history that a PM initiates a peace negotiation just to escape a police probe into his own unlawful doings. Apparently, Olmert is seeking a quick escape route that would bring the investigation of his corruption to an immediate halt.
 
The Israeli Knesset has always been a haven for Israeli criminals and Jewish gangsters who seek to take advantage of the immunity membership guarantees. This is nothing new, unlawful activity is rather common amongst Israeli leaders.

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Declaration of US Independence from Israel

A Declaration of US Independence from Israel
by Chris Hedges
[This is a talk given at the Nassau Club in Princeton by Chris Hedges, former New York Times ME bureau chief.  (Photomontage Wolfy, Twisted old tree by Zaki Boulos)

Israel, without the United States, would probably not exist. The country came perilously close to extinction during the October 1973 war when Egypt, trained and backed by the Soviet Union, crossed the Suez and the Syrians poured in over the Golan Heights. Huge American military transport planes came to the rescue. They began landing every half-hour to refit the battered Israeli army, which had lost most of its heavy armor.

By the time the war was over, the United States had given Israel $2.2 billion in emergency military aid. - Mary Rizzo]
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Court Pitches Out Dumpster Diving Case

Court Pitches Out Dumpster Diving Case
by Andrew Ainsley
On January 20, 2006, I filmed two homeless men in a dumpster
who were trying to find food to eat.  I was never on the property
and was only there to document the plight of homeless people in
Victoria.
 
Today, the Crown stayed the charges.  I am, and always have been, an innocent man.  The stay of the charges against me is
confirmation of my innocence.
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Memorial Day: You Must Remember This

My Memorial Day
by Mickey Z.
Yet another Memorial Day is upon us, and our president sez: "No group has ever done more to defend liberty than the men and women of the United States armed forces."
 
This simple reality presents me with a genuine conundrum:
 
"How in the world can I pick which indomitable defenders of liberty to honor this year?"
 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jason Leopold, Mel Hurtig, J9 Monday May 26, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week, investigative reporter, Jason Leopold watching the Republican smear machine turnover; Canadian patriot and author Mel Hurtig and the awful Truth about Canada; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with some of the good goings on in and around Victoria 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. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com

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Those Pesky Mohawks in the Way Again

HAUDENOSAUNEE EAGLES KEEP WATCH OVER CANADA'S AERIAL WARFARE: Those Pesky Mohawks in the Way Again
by IAKOHA'KO:WA
On May 12, 2008 Canada announced a $30 billion 20-year War plan to expand and modernize the Canadian military. 
 
This is an increased military budget above the annual $9 billion already in place. 
 
Canada intends to recruit more soldiers, build more bases, modernize all its equipment and make sure they have lots of socks, batteries and spare engine parts to wage perpetual war in grand style alongside their buddies. 
 
 
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'War Crimes' & Misdemeanors

Bush's 'War Crimes' & Misdemeanors
by Robert Parry
Facing a tough reelection fight in 2004, George W. Bush expressed outrage over leaked photos showing U.S. military police at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison abusing detainees, who were paraded naked before female guards, threatened by attack dogs, chained in “stress positions” and forced to wear ladies underpants on their heads.

President Bush assured the American people that he “shared a deep disgust that those prisoners were treated the way they were treated.” Other administration officials pinned the blame on a “few bad apples” and dismissed the prison guards’ claim that they were told to “soften up” the detainees for interrogation. 
Now, a report by the Justice Department’s Inspector General reveals that months before those abuses at Abu Ghraib, nearly identical tactics were used against “war on terror” detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and at CIA prisons – and that FBI complaints about the tactics went up the chain of command back to Washington.

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Utah Takes the Last Train

Bruce U. Utah Phillips
by Chris Chandler
In a matter of a few minutes Anne Feeney phoned me from an airport in Houston. Al Grierson's "Lonely Deadhead Box-Car" was playing on Random on my iPod. After our conversation, I went to check my email. Jim Page was singing "Anna Mae." I had an email from Jim. I have pasted it below. As I read it Utah sang "All Used Up." As I responded to Jim's Email Arlo Guthrie sang "Hobo's Lullaby."
 

In the night of May 23, 2008, Bruce Duncan Phillips died in great peace, asleep in his bed in Nevada City, California, with his wife Joanna by his side.
 
Amazingly, at the very same instant that the scholar Bruce Phillips finally discovered his angle of repose, U. Utah Phillips flagged a westbound freight train. Yes, a mighty fast rattler, on a long west-bound track. He needed no ticket, he was welcomed on board.
 
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DECLARATION OF KAHTIHON’TIA:KWENIO

DECLARATION OF KAHTIHON’TIA:KWENIO
by KAHTIHON’TIA:KWENIO
The following declaration will be made by a young Kanien’ke:haka woman somewhere on Onowaregeh, Turtle Island, sometime during the week of May 26, 2008:  
 
DECLARATION OF KAHTIHON’TIA:KWENIO [INDIGENOUS WOMEN OF TURTLE ISLAND] THE KAHTIHON’TIA:KWENIO DECLARE THAT, AS PROVIDED IN WAMPUM 44 OF THE KAIANEREHOWA, GREAT LAW OF PEACE, “THE LINEAL DESCENT OF THE PEOPLE OF THE ROTINONHSONNON:ONWE SHALL RUN IN THE FEMALE LINE.  WOMEN ARE THE “PROGENITORS” OF THE NATION” AND ARE THE TRUSTEES OF THE LAND AND THE SOIL FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONS.  NO ONE ELSE HAS THIS AUTHORITY.  AS AFFIRMED IN THE TWO ROW WAMPUM AGREEMENT THE INVADERS CANNOT FORCE THEIR WILL ON THE ONKWEHONWE, 
ORIGINAL PEOPLE, OF ONOWAREGEH.
 
 
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Vikings and Samurai: Rogue Whalers Defy Moratorium

Viking and Samurai Whale Killers Defy International Law
by Capt. Paul Watson
Without warning the Icelandic government authorized Icelandic whalers to begin their killing on May 20th in direct defiance of the global moratorium on commercial whaling.

 
Iceland has rejoined the trinity of whale killing nations along with Japan and Norway. The three rogue whale killing nations have thumbed their noses at the international community to continue a criminal barbaric practice that has been outlawed under international law.


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