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Did You Forget? Canada's Real Role in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Canada's Iraq?
by C. L. Cook
Defence Minister, Bill Graham says the plan to re-deploy Canadian operations currently in and around the northern capital city of Kabul are to go ahead. He also announced, an additional 1250 troops by early next year.

May 22, 2005
Last week, in a speech to the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs and the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, National Defence Minister Graham reiterated how Canada will face its "new" role in global military affairs.
He cited the completion of a new Defence Policy Statement and its central document,  A Role of Pride and Influence in the World.
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Crack'd: Democracy Rocks!

One Bush Left Behind
by Greg Palast
Here’s your question, class: In his State of the Union, the President asked Congress for $300 million for poor kids in the inner city. As there are, officially, 15 million children in America living in poverty, how much is that per child? Correct! $20.

Here’s your second question. The President also demanded that Congress extend his tax cuts. The cost: $4.3 trillion over ten years. The big recipients are millionaires. And the number of millionaires happens, not coincidentally, to equal the number of poor kids, roughly 15 million of them.
OK class: what is the cost of the tax cut per millionaire?
That’s right, Richie, $287,000 apiece.

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Caught in a Frozen Moment of Realization

Caught in the Glare of History’s Headlights  
by William Bowles
Trying to capture the moment, that brief glimpse of reality that penetrates the defences we erect to protect our fragile selves, is, I suppose one of the objectives of a writer, or indeed any creative act, at least that’s my experience.
Occasionally, by some miracle we succeed in communicating it, that frozen moment of time when all is revealed, before our eyes move on, are urged on even, to the next ‘event’.

I think we’re in that ‘frozen moment’, right now for once, if we care to look that is, when the awful truth of our predicament is caught in the glare of history’s headlights. Of course, the media, courtesy of its professional peons, are paid to make sure the headlights move on before it reveals that what is caught in the glare is the ‘roadkill’ of capitalism. 
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Gulag U.S.A.: Political Prisoner Siegelman

The Gulag Comes to America: The Don Siegelman Case
by Ernest Partridge
A Political Prisoner: Today, Don Siegelman, former governor of the state of Alabama, sits in a federal prison, sentenced to a seven year term for bribery. Every day that Siegelman remains in prison every American citizen who openly dissents from the policies and protests the criminality of the Bush/Cheney regime is less free and more vulnerable to politically motivated prosecution.

For the plain fact of the matter is:
Don Siegelman is in effect a political prisoner.
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Who Crashed Mohawk News Network?

Was it Hurt Feelings Over Nicknames?
by Kahentinetha Horn
The gross corruption revealed in “Access to Information” documents from Public Security and Emergency Preparedness Canada and Indian Affairs has not made the front pages of the corporate media. [Dossier No. 1336-A-2006-0034]. 
Instead [they’ve] temporarily sabotaged MNN. It appears to now be owned by 1599754 Ontario Limited!!  How could this happen? 
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The Bright Side of the Panic of ‘08

Trends for Downsizing the US: The Bright Side of the Panic of ‘08  
by Christopher Ketcham  
Futurist and trends forecaster Gerald Celente, director of the Trends Research Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, predicted the 1987 stock market crash, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, the Asian economic implosion of ‘97, the decline of the dollar beginning in 2005, the meteoric rise in gold prices in an age of currency volatility, and the turn of events that may be the blessing of our era, the subprime mortgage crisis.
Because of this habit of prescience, Celente has appeared regularly on CNN and Fox and MSNBC, his “Trends Reports” widely quoted in newsprint, on Oprah Winfrey, on Good Morning America.

Now in his Report for 2008, issued in mid-December, he carried the news every thinking American already knows. “The United States of America,” Celente pronounced, “has gone from first class to third rate.” It’s a “nation on the skids and heading down.”
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Tearing Down the Wall

Breaking the Gaza Wall
by Allan Nairn
Most all political violence consists of clear wrongs, like murder or unjustified war, but sometimes, sadly, disgustingly, some violence is justified as a last resort, and sometimes -- as a subcategory of that -- some of that justified violence is also wise, tactically.

Once you get far outside the murder and the crimes of war and those against humanity, some of the choices regarding whether or not to use some violence can be legitimately tough and debatable.

But the Gaza wall-breaking was an easy call: No people were killed, some may have been saved, and the spectacle of an exodus into Egypt effectively dramatized a gross injustice.

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Lab Rats and the Monsters We’ve All Become

Lab Rats, Corporate Science, and the Monsters We’ve All Become
Mickey Z.
The January 24 Associated Press (AP) story was unashamedly entitled, “Lab rats out of a job.” (It made me think if AP writer Michael Hill had covered the liberation of Auschwitz, he’d have declared Europe’s Jews to suddenly be “homeless.”)
In the piece, Hill talks of possible “high-tech alternatives” to animal experimentation. Before you view this as a major scientific and moral step forward, allow me to present Hill’s closing salvo:
  • “Taylor Bennett, senior science adviser to the National Association for Biomedical Researchers, said animal testing maintains an essential role in making sure new pharmaceutical products are safe and effective for humans.”

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Bombing Campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan

U.S. Intensified Bombing Campaigns in
Iraq and Afghanistan Breed Fear and Hatred
columnist Conn Hallinan,
conducted by Scott Harris
Interview with Foreign Policy in Focus
In one of the largest airstrikes since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, American warplanes dropped 40,000 pounds of bombs on Sunni farmlands south of Baghdad Jan. 10. The targets were suspected al Qaeda positions near citrus groves around the town of Arab Jabour. In November, leaders of a Sunni Arab militia group allied with the U.S. reported American bombs killed 45 members of their group, when they were mistaken for al Qaeda fighters. In October, 15 women and children were killed when U.S. planes attacked a suspected enemy position in the Lake Thar Thar region northwest of Baghdad.

The Associated Press reported that there has been a five-fold increase in the number of bombs dropped on Iraq during the first six months of 2007, coinciding with President Bush's troop escalation. More than 30 tons of the ordinance dropped have been cluster weapons, which take an especially heavy toll on civilians.

Afghanistan has also endured an intensification of U.S. and NATO airstrikes which has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of civilians killed. In mid-2007, Afghan President Hamid Karzai held a press conference to condemn what he called the "careless operations of NATO and international forces" that he asserted was killing innocent victims.
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Harper: No Science in PM’s Ear

No Science in the PM’s Ear: Canada Dismisses National Science Adviser at its Peril
by Bob McDonald (host of the CBC science radio program Quirks & Quarks.)
The one scientist in this country who had direct access to the Prime Minister is being dismissed. Canada’s National Science Adviser, Dr. Arthur Carty, was appointed by former Prime Minister Paul Martin to provide expert advice on the government’s role in matters of science and science policy.
Now, less than four years after the position was created, the Harper government feels that it’s no longer necessary.

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Tree-sitters Warned Against "Interfering"

Tree-sitters Warned Against "Interfering" 
by Zoe Blunt 
Hi folks; thanks to everyone who came out in response to the callout. The surveying crew was once again turned away, and no one was arrested, although Ingmar Lee reports he was singled out by the RCMP and threatened with arrest several times for standing in front of the surveyers' optical instruments. Then they all just left and the campers had another little celebration. So far the project is almost two months behind schedule and pressure is building on the city of Langford to stop it.

This evening (Monday), Ingmar and I were called in suddenly to meet with Tim Stevens, the City of Langford engineer and project manager for the Bear Mountain Interchange, and Lorne Fletcher, the chief bylaw officer for Langford. 

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