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Global Siege: The First Weapon of Mass Destruction

Food - the ultimate weapon of the ruling elite  
by William Bowles
Using food as a weapon is as old as the siege but today’s barbarians have upped the anté by several orders of magnitude.
  • “…There are only two possible ways in which a world of 10 billion people can be averted. Either the current birth rates must come down more quickly. Or the current death rates must go up. There is no other way. There are, of course, many ways in which the death rates can go up. In a thermonuclear age, war can accomplish it very quickly and decisively. Famine and disease are nature’s ancient checks on population growth, and neither one has disappeared from the scene … To put it simply: Excessive population growth is the greatest single obstacle to the economic and social advancement of most of the societies in the developing world.” — Speech to the Club of Rome by Robert McNamara, Oct. 2, 1979
  • “Overpopulation and rapid demographic growth of Mexico is already today one of the major threats to the national security of the United States. Unless the U.S.-Mexico border is sealed, we will be up to our necks in Mexicans for whom we cannot find jobs.” —Robert McNamara, then World Bank president, March 19, 1982


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Gaza: A Killing Week

A Killing Week
by C. L . Cook
The week's end of Israel's week-long military assault against Gaza is credited with at least twenty killed Palestinians, women and children mostly. 
The IDF mayhem includes: strikes on a hospital; targeted attacks against journalists; the use of weapons that incur indiscriminate casualties; and, the destruction of at least one Mosque.
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American Justice at Work in Al-Arian Case

Dr. Al-Arian Faces Shocking Abuse in New Facility
by free sami al-arian 
Yesterday morning, [April 15, 2008] Dr. Sami Al-Arian was transported by immigration agents to the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, Virginia.
 
Since arriving at the facility, he has been subjected to numerous, shocking abuses, even worse than those he experienced at a detention center in Maryland.


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Deaths in Custody: Civil Liberties Group Calls for End to RCMP Impunity

Civil Liberties Group Calls for End to RCMP Impunity
by BCCLA
The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) is calling for the creation of a new federal agency to enhance accountability of and public confidence in the RCMP.
 
In a submission to Paul Kennedy, Chair of the Commission for Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC), the BCCLA reveals that it has made 14 death-in-custody complaints involving the RCMP since 2005. None of the complaints has yet been resolved.
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Haiti: PM Alexis Ousted

Haiti: Aristide and the removal of Alexis
by Haiti Information Project
The situation in Haiti was thrown into further confusion on April 12 as the Haitian parliament passed a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis.
 
 
Led by rightists in Haiti's parliament such as Senators Youri Latortue, Adris Riche and renegade Lavalas party Senator Roudy Herveaux, the vote of censure was passed on April 12, 2008 at 11:55 am EST. 
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The World is Dead: Long Live the World!

The End of the World as You Know It
…and the Rise of the New Energy World Order
by Michael T. Klare
Oil at $110 a barrel. Gasoline at $3.35 (or more) per gallon. Diesel fuel at $4 per gallon. Independent truckers forced off the road. Home heating oil rising to unconscionable price levels. Jet fuel so expensive that three low-cost airlines stopped flying in the past few weeks.
 
This is just a taste of the latest energy news, signaling a profound change in how all of us, in this country and around the world, are going to live -- trends that, so far as anyone can predict, will only become more pronounced as energy supplies dwindle and the global struggle over their allocation intensifies.


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Leaving Iraq: Not at "A Time of Our Choosing"

Financial Collapse will End the Occupation: And it won't be "A time of our choosing"   
by Mike Whitney
The US Military has won every battle it has fought in Iraq, but it has lost the war. Wars are won politically, not militarily.
 
Bush doesn't understand this.
 
He still clings to the belief that a political settlement can be imposed through force. But he is mistaken. The use of overwhelming force has only spread the violence and added to the political instability.
 
 
Now Iraq is ungovernable. Was that the objective?
 
 
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The Price of War

The Cost of War: Steep and Irreversible
by Jack Random
The Battle for Basra gave way to the Siege of Sadr City, leaving in its wake a broken Iraqi government, the promise of inclusion irrevocably betrayed, a surge of violence, death and destruction, and the words of General David Petraeus on the progress of the war still ringing in our ears:  “Fragile and reversible.”  

In contrast to his first testimony before Congress, the second round of the Commander’s report to Congress elicited sympathy.  It was sad, even tragic to witness yet another military leader playing point man for the White House in defense of a strategic catastrophe.  
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Torturer in Chief: FBI Memo Links Bush

FBI Email Says Bush Signed Exec Order Authorizing Harsh Interrogation Methods
by Jason Leopold
President George W. Bush’s comment to ABC News – that he approved discussions that his top aides held about harsh interrogation techniques – adds credence to claims from senior FBI agents in Iraq in 2004 that Bush had signed an Executive Order approving the use of military dogs, sleep deprivation and other tactics to intimidate Iraqi detainees.

When the American Civil Liberties Union released the FBI e-mail in December 2004 – after obtaining it through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit – the White House emphatically denied that any such presidential Executive Order existed, calling the unnamed FBI official who wrote the e-mail “mistaken.”


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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Howard Zinn, Mordecai Briemberg, J9 Mon. April 14, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week on GR: Historian Howard Zinn and a People's History of American Empire; Vancouver-based peace and justice activist Mordecai Briemberg and facing down the corporate media Goliath; Janine Bandcroft brings up to speed with all that's good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week. 
 
Listen hear. And hear
 
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: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at:  http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com  
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Listening to Men: Regardless of the Facts

Men Explain Things to Me: Facts Didn't Get in Their Way
by Rebecca Solnit
I still don't know why Sallie and I bothered to go to that party in the forest slope above Aspen. The people were all older than us and dull in a distinguished way, old enough that we, at forty-ish, passed as the occasion's young ladies.
 
The house was great -- if you like Ralph Lauren-style chalets -- a rugged luxury cabin at 9,000 feet complete with elk antlers, lots of kilims, and a wood-burning stove. We were preparing to leave, when our host said, "No, stay a little longer so I can talk to you." He was an imposing man who'd made a lot of money.


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