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A Predictive History of George Bush's Second Term

Deceits to Come: A Predictive History of George Bush's Second Term
by C. L. Cook
Before the New Year gets out of its diapers, and in the spirit of pre-emption lately so fashionable, I think it fitting to sketch out a few of the inevitable crimes, and misdemeanors George W. Bush must commit during his second illegitimate term if he is to complete the creation of the nightmare project that is his New American Century. 
 
[I wrote this in the early days of 2005, those halcyon years when war was young and... - lex]


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Liberty’s Light and Independent Views

Extinguishing Liberty’s Light and Independent Views
by Paul Craig Roberts
What was the greatest failure of 2007?  President Bush’s “surge” in Iraq?  The decline in the value of the US dollar?  Subprime mortgages?  No. The greatest failure of 2007 was the newly sworn in Democratic Congress.

The American people’s attempt in November 2006 to rein in a rogue government, which has committed the US to costly military adventures while running roughshod over the US Constitution, failed.  Replacing Republicans with Democrats in the House and Senate has made no difference.  

The assault on the US Constitution by the Democratic Party is as determined as the assault by the Republicans.  On October 23, 2007, the House passed a bill sponsored by California Democratic congresswoman Jane Harman, chairwoman of a Homeland Security subcommittee, that overturns the constitutionally guaranteed rights to free expression, association, and assembly.


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Canadian Nuke Watchdog Fired Hours Before Testimony

Nuclear Safety Watchdog Head Fired for "lack of leadership": Minister
by CBC News
Federal Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn defended his decision to fire the head of Canada's nuclear safety watchdog Wednesday, arguing she lost the government's confidence over the way she handled the shutdown of a medical isotope-producing nuclear reactor late last year.

The former head of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Linda Keen, will remain a member of the commission. (CBC)
 
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission president Linda Keen was let go hours before she and Lunn were set to appear before a House committee in Ottawa on Wednesday. Keen subsequently backed out.


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Canada: Nearly Achieving Sub-Nation Status II

Canada Report 2007 – Part II – Canada’s Policy on Israel/Palestine
by Jim Miles
Previously I had looked at several factors that tend to indicate that Canada’s actions with foreign policy and with domestic policy are increasingly following American policies.  
 
One of the areas that receives very little local media attention is the official policy towards the Israeli/Palestine question – seldom do the issues on Israel/Palestine surface in any of the media, and what little does generally follows the lines of Palestinian terrorists, the undemocratic Hamas takeover of Gaza, and the hardships of the Israeli population. 
 


 
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Hillary's Martin Luther King Dilemma

Hillary's Real MLK Problem
by Barbara Ehrenreich
At first I took it as another -- yawn -- white rip-off of black culture and creativity: the Rolling Stones appropriating the Bo Diddley beat, Bo Derek sporting corn rows, and now Hillary giving Lyndon Baines Johnson credit for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
 
If you had to give this honor to a white guy, LBJ was an odd choice, since he'd spent the 1964 Democratic convention scheming to prevent the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party from taking any Dixiecrat seats.
 
By Clinton's standards, maybe Richard Nixon should be credited with the legalization of abortion in 1972.
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America: Deflation Time Bomb

The Deflation Time Bomb
by Mike Whitney
We are to about see how much George Bush really believes the “supply side” mumbo-jumbo he’s been spouting for the last seven years.
 
Last week’s Labor Department report confirmed that unemployment is on the rise (5%) and that corrective action will be required to avoid a long and painful recession. There’s a good chance that the Chameleon in Chief will jettison his “trickle down” doctrine for more conventional Keynesian remedies like slashing interest rates, government programs, and tax relief to middle and low-income people.
 
 
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Ontario Uranium Mining the Line Too Far: Ottawa on the Mohawk

Women Title Holders Assert the Great Law over ALGONQUINS 
by Kahentinetha Horn
The  Kahtihon’tia:kwenio have been forced to assert their responsibilities as caretakers of Haudenosaunee land. 
 
The land in question is south of the Ottawa River which was Huron [Wyandot] territory 308 years ago.  After many years of warfare between the Iroquois and the French and their allies, the Hurons, there was a meeting in Montreal in 1700.  At this time, this land passed to the Haudenosaunee in exchange for prisoners.
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Bear Mountain Saga: The Rise of the Racoons

Road Kill: New Highway Blocked by Protesting Raccoons
by Zoe Blunt
The barricade at the end of the road is decorated with freshly-planted poinsettias in a mound of earth. Yellow plastic sunflowers, two graffitied TV sets and an oversize truck tire line a meter-wide trench just past the pavement’s end.
 
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They mark the boundary between the city and a protest camp occupied by a new generation of Canadian environmental protestors: the Raccoons.


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Kenya: Sinking or Swimming?

Kenya: Stable Democracy or Meltdown?
by Immanuel Wallerstein
On December 27, 2007, there were presidential and parliamentary elections in Kenya. The outside world was largely indifferent. Then suddenly the headlines spoke of ethnic violence on a large scale.
 
 
The Western press spoke of the danger of a "meltdown" and the pervasiveness in Africa of ethnic conflicts. There were urgent appeals for the two opposing leaders to come together and make a compromise. This has not yet happened and is unlikely to happen.
 
 
What took place?
 
 
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A Life in the Trees: Heroes of the Humboldt

Super Heroes! WOW!
by HFDA
With gusts up to 55 miles per hour, it takes a lot of courage and dedication to stay HUNDREDS of feet in the air during hail, thunder, lightning, and severe winds. Even though mother nature and her fury tests treesitting activists, they stay strong in their cause.

These high altitude villages can be blown sometimes 15-20 FEET in both directions as winds test the strength of these Ancient Redwoods, as well as the strength of their protectors. The villages remained occupied throughout the past week, even through the strongest winds, as the storm slammed into the North Coast.

It is dangerous simply to be on the ground during high winds in the woods, especially in forests surrounded by clear-cuts. Normally, the winds would be buffered by surrounding trees, acting as a wind shield, and protecting the inner woods. However, Nanning Creek and Fern Gully lack the protection that a normal, "healthy" forest has due to excessive logging.




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Number Crunching the Death Count

Number Crunching: Death Count Politics        
by Chris Floyd     
In an age where Hitlerian wars of aggression are considered standard practice for "healthy" democracies (with only the "competence" of their execution being a fit subject for debate), it is difficult, if not impossible, to single out a single element of the grotesque carnival as the most macabre. But surely the warmongers' game-playing with the death toll of slaughtered Iraqis is a prime candidate.

Throughout George W. Bush's rape of Iraq, which was launched on a sea of lies and spin, the warmakers and their innumerable sycophants and transcribers in the media have relentlessly downplayed the number of Iraqis being killed in the conflict -- when they deign to notice the darker-hued dead at all, that is.
 
 
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