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Veteran for Peace: Resolving to Find the Truth

by Mike Ferner
With the Republican Convention following hard on their annual meeting in this city, Veterans For Peace adopted two resolutions last week effectively firing signal flares into the path of whoever wins this November’s election, regardless of party.

The first was a resolution on Afghanistan, submitted by VFP president, Elliott Adams, which is likely to become a guidepost for a peace movement now almost exclusively concentrating on Iraq.
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40 Years to Zero: When Government was Approachable

Remembering When the Government Was at Least Approachable
by Dave Lindorff
We’ve come a long way towards imperial government in the US—towards a view of the relationship between the federal government, and especially the administration, and the citizenry that has more of a ruler-subjects than a democratic feel to it.

Now I know it is easy to gloss over the way things were, and since I spent a few days in federal prison for protesting the Indochina War at the Pentagon in 1967, after being beaten by federal marshals for doing nothing more than exercising my constitutional right to protest on public ground, I am well aware that 40 years ago we were also often treated like serfs. But that said, there was something different back then—a sense that you could deal with powerful officials as an equal.

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Republican Presumptive: McCain Declares Cold War II

McCain targets Russia
by The Real News Network
Reactions to McCain speech to RNC from Phyllis Bennis, Paul Heinbecker and Jonathan Schell.

NOTE: Part Two
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RNC Minneapolis Police Riot: First Person

RNC Minneapolis Police Riot: First Person 
by Colleen Mihal
Dear Friends; when you wake up this morning and read the headlines about McCain's speech, the latest horserace tally, and political predictions, I want you to be aware of events you may not read about, events that illuminate the real state of our democracy, events that brought me to tears (and it wasn't just from the gas).
I want to tell you about battle that raged on the streets of St. Paul- A battle waged by the police, backed, funded, and organized by the Department of Homeland Security, a battle against peaceful protesters, war veterans, concerned citizens, and journalists.
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Israeli Army Terrorizes Witnesses to War Crimes

Palestinian village faces army reign of terror
by Jonathan Cook in Nilin
The window through which Salam Amira, 16, filmed the moment when an Israeli soldier shot from close range a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainee has a large hole at its centre with cracks running in every direction.
“Since my video was shown, the soldiers shoot at our house all the time,” she said. The shattered and cracked windows at the front of the building confirm her story. “When we leave the windows open, they fire tear gas inside too.”
Her home looks out over the Israeli road block guarding the only entrance to the village of Nilin, located just inside the West Bank midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It was here that a bound Ashraf Abu Rahma, 27, was shot in the foot in July with a rubber bullet under orders from an Israeli regiment commander.

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WFP Opens House on Muir Creek Proposal

WFP Opens House on Muir Creek Proposal 
by The Muir Creek Protection Society
Western Forest Products is holding an open house Tuesday, September 9th from 5pm until 8pm at the Shirley Community Hall to show off their development plans for the Muir Creek area and other areas west of Sooke.
The Muir Creek Protection Society would like to encourage all of our members to come out to the Open House so that we can  join in with the discussion.

Should you require further information or directions to the Shirley
Community Hall

 contact Alanda at      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Getting the World Order You Deserve

Global Realignment: How Bush Inspired a New World Order
by Ramzy Baroud
The series of unfortunate and costly decisions made during the two terms of the Bush administration, combined with economic decline at home, might devastate the US's world standing much sooner than most analysts predict.
What was difficult to foresee was that the weakening of US global dominance, spurred by erratic and unwise foreign policy under Bush, would re-ignite the Cold War, to a degree, over a largely distant and seemingly ethnically-based conflict -- that of Georgia and Russia. Who could have predicted a possible association between Baghdad, Kabul and Tbilisi?

But to date the decline of US global power to the advent of the Bush administration, or even the horrific events of 11 September 2001, is not exactly accurate.

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The Nightly Noise: Media and Message

by Media Lens
One tragicomic consequence of this self-imposed simple-mindedness is the inability of the mainstream media to make sense of last month's war in Georgia. Journalists kept a straight face as they communicated George Bush's demand that "Russia's government must respect Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty."
Few felt inclined to mention the small matter of Bush's own invasion of sovereign Iraq, or the US-driven separation of Kosovo from sovereign Serbia.

Gordon Brown, proud 'liberator' of Iraq, or what remains of it, somehow avoided choking on his own hypocrisy as he insisted:
  • "when Russia has a grievance over an issue such as South Ossetia, it should act multilaterally by consent rather than unilaterally by force."
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RNC 8 Charged with "Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism"

BREAKING: RNC 8 Charged with "Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance
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by IMC
In what appears to be the first use of criminal charges under the 2002 Minnesota version of the Federal Patriot Act, Ramsey County Prosecutors have formally charged 8 alleged leaders of the RNC Welcoming Committee with Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism. Monica Bicking, Eryn Trimmer, Luce Guillen Givins, Erik Oseland, Nathanael Secor, Robert Czernik, Garrett Fitzgerald, and Max Spector, face up to 7 1/2 years in prison under the terrorism enhancement charge which allows for a 50% increase in the maximum penalty.
Affidavits released by law enforcement which were filed in support of the search warrants used in raids over the weekend, and used to support probable cause for the arrest warrants, are based on paid, confidential informants who infiltrated the RNCWC on behalf of law enforcement. They allege that members of the group sought to kidnap delegates to the RNC, assault police officers with firebombs and explosives, and sabotage airports in St. Paul.

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by Jack Random
Can a party of old white men with ideas as old as the amber waves of grain be rescued by a little lady from Alaska? 

Old Fred Thompson from good old Rocky Top hitched his pants and gave a speech he might have delivered four decades ago. 

Old Joe Lieberman, the whining wonder of Connecticut, who cast aside his own party to keep hold of the reigns of power, gave the same old appeal he might have given for the party of opposition eight years ago. 

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Canadians Killed in Afghanistan: The Limits to Potential

The Limits to Potential
by C. L. Cook
I heard the news bulletin over the loudspeakers in the government liquor store today:
  • "Three Canadians killed in an ambush. Eight in the armoured vehicle. Five injured: One critical."
The three Canadian soldiers, from left, Pte. Chad Horn,
Cpl. Andrew Grenon, and Cpl. Mike Seggie, were killed in
southern Afghanistan on Wednesday morning. (DND)

I wrote last week of three other Canadians cut down fighting the battle, waging this endless mission to defend Afghanistan against self-determination. Of one of the three killed today, the DND said he was a professional soldier, and at 21 possessed "unlimited potential."
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