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Hellfire Round the B-B-Q

Anxious Hiatus
by James Kunstler 
Loveliness was everywhere this holiday weekend in upstate New York, and it was probably hard for many to believe that the wayward nation would return to the dread uncertainty of life in the crash lane when the barbeques were over. There was even a wan overtone to the late-night sports news about the Indy 500 race -- as though the spectacle of cars droning round and round a speed oval epitomized the futility of American life in this moment of our history.
I had a discussion with one guy at a Sunday night party about the prospects for hydrogen-powered cars. We rehearsed the usual reasons why such a system was unlikely to get up-and-running -- and then he said,
  • "...but what if we took all the money from the war and put it into something like the space program and... they came up with some way to make it happen...!"
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Blood-Orgy in Somalia

Bush's Blood-Orgy in Somalia: "They Are Slaughtering Somalis Like Goats"
by Mike Whitney
While George Bush was busy railing at Zimbabwe's President, Robert Mugabe at the G-8 summit in Toyako, Japan; his Ethiopian proxy-army in Somalia was grinding out more carnage on the streets of Mogadishu.
More than 40 civilians have been killed in the last 48 hours. On Sunday, Osman Ali Ahmed, the head of the UN Development Program in Somalia, was shot gangland style as he left a mosque in Mogadishu. He died before he reached the hospital with wounds to the head and chest.
Ali Ahmed is just the latest of the peace-keepers who have been killed in the ongoing battle between Bush's Ethiopian occupiers and Somali guerrillas.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Alexandra Morton, Jack Etkin Mon. July 7, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook 
This week, Alexandra Morton from the Salmon Coast Field Station on last week's great fish farm escape; Jack Etkin on Victoria's, and Canada's, diminishing media choices for news.
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:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:

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Lieberman: Pimping for a Broader War

Lieberman Calls for Tougher Action on Iran 
by The Real News 
Senator Joe Lieberman appeared on the ABC program "This Week" on Sunday. Lieberman, a staunch supporter of John McCain, claimed that not only Israel but also Arab nations want the US to stop Iran’s nuclear program. Lieberman did not say which Arab states he was talking about.

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Indian Embassy Attack in Kabul: 41 Dead

Suicide blast outside India's embassy in Kabul kills at least 41
by CBC News
Two diplomats, dozens of Afghan visa seekers among victims
A suicide car bomb detonated outside the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan's capital Monday, ripping through the building and killing at least 41 people, including two senior diplomats.

About 140 people were injured, officials said.

The attack is the deadliest in Kabul since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, and the worst in Afghanistan since a suicide bomber killed more than 100 people at a dog-fighting competition in Kandahar province in February.

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Three Ways to Protect America's Democracy

Three key ways YOU can help protect the 2008 election
by Harvey Wasserman
The world has now endured the horrific consequences of two consecutive stolen presidential elections.
So millions of Americans are asking how to stop it from happening again.

There are many things the average citizen can do. But much of it boils down to three simple phases.

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Playing Favourites with Iraq's Oil

The Iraqi Oil Ministry's New Fave Five
All the Oil News That's Fit to Print (Attn: The New York Times)
by Nick Turse
On June 19th, the New York Times broke the story in an article headlined "Deals with Iraq Are Set to Bring Oil Giants Back: Rare No-Bid Contracts, A Foothold for Western Companies Seeking Future Rewards." Finally, after a long five years-plus, there was proof that the occupation of Iraq really did have something or other to do with oil.
Quoting unnamed Iraqi Oil Ministry bureaucrats, oil company officials, and an anonymous American diplomat, Andrew Kramer of the Times wrote: "Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP… along with Chevron and a number of smaller oil companies, are in talks with Iraq's Oil Ministry for no-bid contracts to service Iraq's largest fields."

The news caused a minor stir, as other newspapers picked up and advanced the story and the mainstream media, only a few years late, began to seriously consider the significance of oil to the occupation of Iraq.

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Five Years On: Start/Finish Line

Five Years On
by William Bowles  
Whilst we survived on a bounteous Nature but without upsetting the four billion years in the making, homeostasis, things looked generally positive. And then about five hundred years ago, in Europe, along came capitalism and everything changed.

Looking back on the age when Marx wrote his magnum opus, Capital, it’s not difficult to see why he felt so positive about the direction that humanity almost seemed impelled to take. Science and technology, when under democratic control by an informed citizenry, is a progressive force — when working in harmony with both man and Nature, able for the first time in human history to satisfy all our basic needs and thus free us to pursue our own, personal development.

But if anything, Marx underestimated the power of Capital to keep on reinventing itself after every catastrophe it created and it’s because it has to keep reinventing itself by revolutionizing production in ever more ‘efficient’ forms (efficient here means using less and less labour power thus greater profits) and in the process, consuming ever greater quantities of pretty much everything in the insane drive for profit.

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Paul's Iran Alarm: From Talk to Action

Thou hast talked too much – time to show-it!
by Zahir Ebrahim
A solemn greeting to any remaining conscionable peoples in America by way of response to their one remaining honest political spokesman!

“I have, for the past 35 years, expressed my grave concern for the future of America.”

Dear readers of Ron Paul's 'Something Big is Going On:' If these confessional words in this posting are really the respected Congressman Ron Paul's, then one would also have to rightfully ask WHAT has “expressed my grave concern” actually accomplished?

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The Iranian Perspective on Threats

How Do Iranians React to Threats of Attack? 
by The Real News 
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Saying What Others Mightn't

Journalistic Imperatives: Saying What Others Mightn't
by Ramzy Baroud
The world of journalism, like any other profession, can be muddled with a plethora of distractions, self-interests and agendas that certainly do not serve the cause of a free press. Outside as well as inside pressures and interests often compromise the very essence of the journalist's mission.

In general terms, a journalist should hold her or himself accountable to some basic guiding principals, the attainment of which are at times extremely difficult: to relay the story the way the journalist sees it, not the way she or he is expected to see it; to avoid sensationalism, and to adhere to as much objectivity as possible.
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