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Ready to Face the Facts About Israel?

Are You Ready to Face the Facts About Israel?
by Paul Craig Roberts
I had given up on finding an American with a moral conscience and the courage to go with it and was on the verge of retiring my keyboard when I met the Rev. Thomas L. Are. Rev. Are is a Presbyterian pastor who used to tell his Atlanta, Georgia, congregation: "I am a Zionist."
Like most Americans, Rev. Are had been seduced by Israeli propaganda and helped to spread the propaganda among his congregation. Around 1990 Rev. Are had an awakening for which he credits the Christian Canon of St. George's Cathedral in Jerusalem and author Marc Ellis, co-editor of the book, Beyond Occupation.

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Rep. Kucinich Testifies to Judiciary Committee on Bush Executive Powers

Kucinich Testifies on Abuses of Executive Power
by Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) testified about President Bush’s culpability for leading the country to war today at a House Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “Executive Power and its Constitutional Limitations.” 
The full text of the statement follows:

Our country has been at war in Iraq, and has occupied the streets and villages of Iraq for five years, four months, and 6 days.  The war has caused the deaths of 4,127 American soldiers and the deaths of as many as one million innocent Iraqis.  The war will cost the American people upwards of $3 trillion and is the main contributing factor to the destruction of our domestic economy. 
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The Hidden News for Friday July 25th, 2008

The Hidden News for Friday July 25th, 2008
by Hidden News
Host Mehdi Najari will talk to Steven Staples of the Rideau Institute and funder of Ceasefire.ca about the Canadian military planned deployment of low-power laser weapons, also known as "laser dazzler" to Afghanistan and its dangerous effect on the civilian population.
Mehdi's Second guest is Joan Russow of the Snakes in the Grass who demonstrated last Sunday aganist the Pacific Northwest Economic Region convention in Vancouver.
The Hidden News
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A Mundane Sadism

Top-ranking IDF Sadists
by Gilad Atzmon
We learn from the Israeli press that a criminal investigation has been launched against the soldier caught on tape firing towards a bound Palestinian. However, there is a detail the Israeli press in English is reluctant to share with us.
The shooting soldier was not just an ordinary low-ranking infantry recruit, he was a First Sergeant. But it goes much further, the soldier who is caught on video holding the bound Palestinian detainee is no less than a regiment commander, an IDF Lieutenant Colonel.
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One, Two, Three Little Eichmanns

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Eichmanns
Mickey Z. (with Rosemarie Jackowski)
No, this is not a rehash of the Ward Churchill/Little Eichmann witch-hunt. But I have been contemplating the sentiment behind Churchill’s original essay.
In Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt wrote, “The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal.”
She wrote of a “new type of criminal,” who “commits his crimes under circumstances that make it well-nigh impossible for him to know or to feel that he is doing wrong.” Raise your hand if this sounds frighteningly familiar.
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An Absence of Empathy

Evil as the Absence of Empathy
by Ernest Partridge
In 1946, Dr. Gustav M. Gilbert, a psychologist fluent in German, was assigned by the U.S. Army to study the minds and motivations of the Nazi defendants at the Nuremberg tribunals. The following year, his Nuremberg Diary was published, containing transcripts of his conversations with the prisoners. (Excerpts here).

In words consistent with what I have read of, and about, Gustav Gilbert, he is portrayed in the 2000 TV film “Nuremberg,” as telling the Head Prosecutor Robert Jackson (Alex Baldwin);
“I told you once that I was searching for the nature of evil. I think I’ve come close to defining it: a lack of empathy. It’s the one characteristic that connects all the defendants: a genuine incapacity to feel with their fellow man. Evil, I think, is the absence of empathy.”

“Absence of empathy” is likewise, I submit, “the one characteristic that connects” most of the immoral and misbegotten tenets of Bushism: that dogmatic mix of market absolutism, libertarianism, corporatism and simple greed that falsely describes itself as “conservatism,” and which I choose to call “regressivism.” “Absence of empathy” is the essence of evil which, if unchecked and unreversed, is certain to bring about the demise of the American republic as we know it, just as it led to the fall of the Third Reich.

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Switching Channels: How Leaving TeeVee is Revolutionizing Politics

Envisioning a New Politics
by The Real News
The medium of US politics for almost five decades has been television. The 30-second ad has lent itself to a simple and emotionally charged political discourse. As Joe Trippi points out in his book, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", we are in the beginning of a shift to a new medium--the Internet. This shift will have a profound impact on politics.
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Forty-Seven Lives, 43 Words

Bad Form
by Media Lens
In his classic work, Obedience to Authority, psychologist Stanley Milgram observed:
"There is always some element of bad form in objecting to the destructive course of events, or indeed, in making it a topic of conversation. Thus, in Nazi Germany, even among those most closely identified with the 'final solution', it was considered an act of discourtesy to talk about the killings." (Milgram, Obedience to Authority, Pinter & Martin, 1974, p.204)

The same "bad form" is very much discouraged in our own society. One would hardly guess from media reporting that Britain and America are responsible for killing anyone in Iraq and Afghanistan, where violence is typically blamed on "insurgents" and "sectarian conflict". International "coalition" forces are depicted as peacekeepers using minimum violence as a last resort.

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Fire, Fire Everywhere

Our National Water Policy… Oh, Wait, We Don't Have One
by Elizabeth de la Vega
On June 24, 2008, Louie and I curled up on the couch to watch seven of the nation's foremost water resources experts testify before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.

This was a new experience for us. For my part, the issue to be addressed -- "Comprehensive Watershed Management Planning" -- was certainly a change of pace from the subjects I ordinarily follow in Judiciary and Intelligence Committee hearings. I wasn't even entirely sure what a "watershed" was. I knew that, in a metaphorical sense, the word referred to a turning point, but I was a bit fuzzy about its meaning in the world of hydrology. (It's the term used to describe "all land and water areas that drain toward a river or lake.")

What was strange from Louie's point of view was not the topic of the day, but that we were stuck in the house.
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Canadian ISPs Plan Net Censorship?

Canadian ISPs Plan Net Censorship
by Mike Finch
A net-neutrality activist group has uncovered plans for the demise of the free Internet by 2010 in Canada. By 2012, the group says, the trend will be global.

Bell Canada and TELUS, Canada’s two largest Internet service providers (ISPs), will begin charging per-site fees on most Internet sites, report anonymous sources within TELUS.

“It's beyond censorship, it is killing the biggest ecosystem of free expression and freedom of speech that has ever existed,” I Power spokesperson Reese Leysen said. I Power was the first group to report on the possible changes.

Bell Canada has not returned calls or emails.

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Why Protest the Olympics in China?

Why Protest the Olympics in China?
by Misty Day
We, the American people, are blessed with M&M's and buffalo wings, tacos, diaphragms and motorcars. What happens on a mountain clear across the world can't possibly affect the quality of our lives.
Faithfully we await the ceremonial hour of opportunity, the 2008 Olympic Games, when we can willingly fall under the compelling spell of sports history, vicariously fulfilling fantasies of championship.
Huge bowls of fresh popcorn and 6-paks of our finest sports drinks are prepared for our pleasure. We place our bets. Briefly, with little fanfare in our region, a news story flashes across our pampered collective consciousness: There seem to be protests developing here and there in an attempt to interrupt our royal pleasure with something rather inconsequential and boring.
Apparently someone thinks China is not a suitable place for the sainted Olympic Games! Frivolous of them! “Why?”, we diffidently ask, reaching for a plastic container of cheese nachos. Well, it goes something like this:

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