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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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John McCain's Imagined Presidency

The Prophesies of John McCain: Ambition Makes Fools of Us All
by Jack Random
While on the campaign trail in Ohio, candidate John McCain allowed his followers a glance in the looking glass through the prism of his ambition, boldly predicting victory and a functioning democracy in Iraq, stabilization in Afghanistan, the capture or killing of Osama bin Laden, the disarming of Iran and North Korea, dominance of the world’s democracies over China and Russia, an open and non-political White House, an end to signing statements, more “accessible” health care, improved public education, a secure border, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and several years of “robust economic growth.”  

Smiling as if the words themselves were a fait accompli, McCain declared “there has still not been a major terrorist attack in the United States since September 11, 2001.”  

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Coexistence, Not Apartheid

Coexistence, Not Apartheid
by Ramzy Baroud
For the last 60 years, all those who have sought a genuinely peaceful and fair solution for Israel and Palestine have faced the same obstacle — Israel's sense of invincibility and military arrogance, abetted by the US and other Western governments' unwavering support.

Despite recent setbacks on the military front, the Israeli government is yet to awaken to the reality that Israel is simply not invincible. The wheel of history, which has seen the rise and fall of many great powers, won't grind to a halt. Experiences have also repeatedly shown that neither Israel's nuclear arms nor Washington's billions of dollars in annual funds could create 'security' for the former.


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George W. Bush a Crowned Anarchist?

Is George W. Bush a Crowned Anarchist?        
by Roland Michel Tremblay
It is strange that I wrote a whole book called Destructivism, The Path to Self-Destruction, without first addressing the one subject people are most likely to accuse me of in time, the one of being an anarchist talking about anarchy.
 
It did not cross my mind to write about anarchy, because I never thought I was an anarchist. I realise now that perhaps I was an anarchist in the closet, and maybe it is time I do my coming out and just admit it, as I witness the world we live in going in frightening directions.
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Rapid Unraveling and the Demise of Adolescent America

Rapid Unraveling and the Demise of Adolescent America
by Carolyn Baker
Well here it is folks-the great unraveling so many of us have been forecasting during the past five years as we've read the tea leaves and researched the unprecedented convergence of myriad natural, political, economic, and environmental realities.
 
As most of you know, I'm traveling, yes on the road, across this country. I was going to wait until arriving at my final destination before writing about my experience, but with oil rapidly heading for $200 a barrel, it feels important to do so sooner rather than later because our lives have just changed more dramatically than we can imagine, and we will only be able to comprehend to what extent as the repercussions of the end of the age of oil reverberate through what is left of industrial civilization.


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The FARC-EP Files, Venezuela and Interpol

Spinning the News - The FARC-EP Files, Venezuela and Interpol
by Stephen Lendman
First some background. On March 1, the Colombian military (with US Special Forces help) illegally attacked a FARC-EP rebel camp inside Ecuador.
 
US satellite telephone tracking located the site. Washington signed off on the mission. Over 20 people were killed, including 16 or more FARC-EP members while they slept.
 
Key among them was Paul Reyes, the FARC-EP's second-in-command, key peace negotiator and public voice, and lead figure in the Chavez-led hostage negotiations with Colombia.
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Canada: Stand up for Net Neutrality!

Stand up for Net Neutrality!
by DemocraticMedia.ca
Canadians need to act NOW if they want an open Internet free of interference and control by powerful corporate interests.
 
Organizers of a rally on Parliament Hill on Tuesday, May 27, are urging everyone who can to join them in Ottawa to demand an Internet with equal access for all. Transportation from Toronto and Montreal has been arranged.
 
Details about the rally can be found at DemocraticMedia.ca.


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Amazon Tribes Threatened by Dam Project

Amazon Tribes Threatened by Dam Project
by Real News 
Amazon Indians and environmental activists rallied against proposed Amazon dam projects in the city of Altamira, Brazil on Tuesday. Environmentalists say these developments could displace 15,000 people and destroy traditional fishing grounds of Indians living nearby.
 
As a result of economic growth in Brazil in recent years, the government is spending $296 billion to develop the hydroelectric projects.
 
 
 
 
 
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