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In Interesting Times

Economics 101 - Interesting times
by William Bowles
Being raised in a family of Reds has its pluses and its minuses, one of the minuses being a decidedly unworldly approach to economics. It was as if we already lived in a socialist world but of course nobody else did.
The upshot of this was a total incomprehension as to the value of money, and not merely the value but its importance.

This must sound strange coming from someone who professes to know the ‘answers’ to what ails us but then life is complicated, people are contradictory and we don’t always do what’s in our own best interests, besieged as we are by the forces of capital. For alongside this there is always the question of fear and insecurity about the future, about who we are and what we should be.
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Colombia: Rising Against Uribe

Colombia's indigenous protest against Uribe
Thousands gather for 62-mile march to demand justice and land


10,000 indigenous Colombians are marching against President Alvaro Uribe's policies. The protest comes one week after violence erupted during demonstrations to press for land reform and dialogue with the government.
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The Torturer's Apprentice: Canada's Role in Horror War

The Torturer's Apprentice: Canada's Role in Horror War
by C. L. Cook
Of course it's hardly news: 'Canada had role in torture.' Yeah. What? Maher Arar. Omar Kadr. Actions committed and crimes of omission; habeas corpus went the way of the PATRIOT Act long ago up here, and it's worse in Over There, Afghanistan. 
Canadians are getting next to no real information from the front. Apart from casualty figures, and the attendant interviews with families surviving their loss, the day to day details on Canadian Forces commission of the occupation are vague. The national press seem disinterested in the details.
So imagine my surprise to find Canada of interest, and in the headlines over there?
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War Without End: What the Good News from Iraq Really Means

Wrecked Iraq: What the Good News from Iraq Really Means
by Michael Schwartz
As the Smoke Clears in Iraq: Even before the spectacular presidential election campaign became a national obsession, and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression crowded out other news, coverage of the Iraq War had dwindled to next to nothing.
National newspapers had long since discontinued their daily feasts of multiple -- usually front page – reports on the country, replacing them with meager meals of mostly inside-the-fold summary stories. On broadcast and cable TV channels, where violence in Iraq had once been the nightly lead, whole news cycles went by without a mention of the war.

The tone of the coverage also changed. The powerful reports of desperate battles and miserable Iraqis disappeared. There are still occasional stories about high-profile bombings or military campaigns in obscure places, but the bulk of the news is about quiescence in old hot spots, political maneuvering by Iraqi factions, and the newly emerging routines of ordinary life. 

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Chomsky, Zinn, and Obama

Chomsky, Zinn, and Obama
by Mickey Z.
Another Election Day approaches and I’m reminded of something the late Pakistani dissident, Eqbal Ahmad said about Noam Chomsky in the book, Confronting Empire (2000):
“He (Chomsky) has never wavered. He has never fallen into the trap of saying, ‘Clinton will do better.’ Or ‘Nixon was bad but Carter at least had a human rights presidency.’ There is a consistency of substance, of posture, of outlook in his work.”

But along came 2004…when Chomsky said stuff like this:
  • “Anyone who says ‘I don’t care if Bush gets elected’ is basically telling poor and working people in the country, ‘I don’t care if your lives are destroyed’.” And like this: "Despite the limited differences [between Bush and Kerry] both domestically and internationally, there are differences. In a system of immense power, small differences can translate into large outcomes."

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Canada: Harper Promises Half-Trillion Dollar Military Expansion

Dr. Evil to Spend $490 Billion on Military Implementation of the SPP        
by Chris Davenport     
Canada is currently on a course that will see its military incorporated into neoconservative plans for a "New American Century". This plan is being facilitated by a "Revolution in Military Affairs" (RMA), a high-tech "transformation" of the U.S. military which depends upon the domination of space.

The Project for a New American Century successfully predicted in 2000 that "the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor."

The Harper government is pushing the RMA agenda in Canada through the "Canada First Defence Strategy" (CFDS). Under the CFDS, Canada will spend $490 billion over the next 20 years to transform its military to be entirely "inter-operable" with the U.S. military.
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Reviewing the Rape of Palestine

Hope Destroyed, Justice Denied: the Rape of Palestine
by Jim Miles
The cover of Hope Destroyed, Justice Denied: the Rape of Palestine tells a significant story on its own:  from a Palestine of green dotted with a few Jewish settlements, mainly in the north, transiting through the UN partition plan designation and the 1967 war to what is now the reverse - a small strip of green on the coast at Gaza, and a small sprinkling of isolated green bantustan communities huddled in the middle of Israel. 
The Jewish community in Israel has been very successful in their ongoing purpose to achieve dominion over all the lands of Palestine.  They have achieved this by abrogating and denying almost every international law that has been established to govern how one group of people should interact with another in times of peace and war, but mostly war.   

Of the many themes supported in William Cook’s powerful book, the most frequently reiterated is that of the corruption, abuse, and plain denial of international law.  Combined with other themes, Hope Destroyed, Justice Denied sends out a very clear message:  that the Palestinians live under the control of one of the most brutal regimes in our current world. 
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Enter Twice the Peace Maker: Truth Is "Splitting the Sky"

9/11 Truth Is "Splitting the Sky" 
by Peter Zaza
Central to this Iroquois history is the legend of The Peace Maker named Deganawida, a 19 year old Huron prophet and political statesman who brought the Great Law to all five warring nations of the Iroquois; Mohawk, Onieda, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca, uniting them into a grand confederation.
Upon his visit to the Onondaga he was met with opposition, as they would not consent to join the others, so the Peace Maker made a deal that they should be known as the Faith Keepers, and guard the sacred law.
The Peace Maker and his legend grew as he brought good fortune along with his message of togetherness. When the first League meeting was to commence, the representatives from the five Iroquois nations brought their weapons. The Peace Maker convinced them to bury their weapons under the Great Tree of Peace, entrusting those who lived there to always stand guard for the sake of the League.
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South Africa's Newest Joule Discovery

South African Company Unveils World-Class Locally Developed Electric Car
by Optimal Energy
cape town, south a
frica - Optimal Energy, a privately-owned South African company based in Cape Town that specialises in optimal solutions for urban transport, has revealed plans to launch Africa’s first all electric vehicle.
Appropriately named Joule, the zero emission car is a six-seater MPV (multi-purpose vehicle). Designed by Optimal Energy in association with legendary South African born automotive designer, Keith Helfet, the ultra sleek Joule is scheduled to make its global debut at the Paris Motor Show (04-19 October 2008).
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“Despicable” Crime of Observing the Murder of Seals in Canada

Five Found Innocent of the “Despicable” Crime of Observing the Murder of Seals in Canada
by Sea Shepherd News
Today, Quebec Provincial Court Judge Jean-Paul Décoste declared the defendants in the case of five seal-hunt observers innocent.
This verdict has been anticipated by The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society International since the case first began in October 2007.

The defendants – Canadians Rebecca Aldworth and Andrew Plumbly, Americans Chad Sisneros and Pierre Grzybowski, and British citizen Mark Glover – are all representatives of the Humane Society of the United States or members of the media.
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Zinn Backs Obama (with a proviso)

Zinn: Vote for Obama but Direct Action Needed
Howard Zinn says real change will come when people take direct action to stop house foreclosures


Howard Zinn says vote against McCain, vote for Obama. Even though Obama does not represent any fundamental change, he creates an opening for a possibility of change. Obama will not fulfill that potential for change, unless he is enveloped by a social movement, which is angry enough, powerful enough, insistent enough, that he fills his abstract phrases about change with some content. We need direct action, because only that kind of indignation is going to have some affect on the people in Washington.
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