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Israel: Change of the Guard

Livni poised to be next Israeli PM
Daniel Levy: Livni supports two state solution but no sign willing to make meaningful compromise.

According to Israeli TV exit polls Foreign minister Tzipi Livni has won the Kadima party primary. Although the results are by no means conclusive, the exit polls gave Livni a victory of 47.2 % 
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The heads of state and the government of Unasur, meeting in the Palace of the Moneda, Santiago de Chile, September 15 2008, with the purpose of considering the situation in the Republic of Bolivia and remembering the tragic episodes 35 years ago in this very place that shocked all humanity:

Considering the the constitutive treaty of Unasur, signed in Brasilia on May 23rd 2008, enshrines the principles of unrestricted respect for sovereignty, of the non-interference in internal affairs, of the integrity and inviolbility of territory, of democracy and its institutions and the unrestricted respect of human rights;
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Winter Soldiers Speak

BOOKS-IRAQ: "We Blew Her to Pieces"
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by Dahr Jamail
Aside from the Iraqi people, nobody knows what the U.S. military is doing in Iraq better than the soldiers themselves. A new book gives readers vivid and detailed accounts of the devastation the U.S. occupation has brought to Iraq, in the soldiers' own words.

'Winter Soldier Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupation,' published by Haymarket Books Tuesday, is a gut-wrenching, historic chronicle of what the U.S. military has done to Iraq, as well as its own soldiers.
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Six Questions for Bart Gellman

Six Questions for Bart Gellman, Author of Angler
by Scott Horton
Last June, Bart Gellman’s four-part series in the Washington Post gave us an extraordinary portrait of Dick Cheney, the most powerful vice president in America’s history. The series, called “Angler”–after the Secret Service’s codename for Cheney–was co-authored with Jo Becker and received this year’s National Reporting Pulitzer Prize (Gellman’s second Pulitzer).
Now Gellman has furnished the definitive portrait of the Cheney vice presidency in a book released today, also called Angler. It’s full of new disclosures about Cheney’s extraordinary skills as a power broker and his peculiar but highly influential views about a government in which a balance of powers is replaced with a clearly ascendant executive branch.
I put six questions to Bart Gellman about his new book.
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Palin's Book Ban Issue

Just What Does Palin Not Want Read?
by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
Good morning everyone; I received many emails about the Palin's book ban issue. I wanted to respond immediately to many of those comments, but I HAD to wait (often the HARDEST thing we have to do at critical times is WAIT!).
Now, I can speak out as to WHY I posted that information thanks to a major media network getting the facts out before I could.
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The Solid Core Behind the Financial Crisis

Creative Destruction: The Solid Core Behind the Financial Crisis
by Chris Floyd
Do you get it now? The rich and powerful spend years making foolish deals in a market they rigged with the connivance of utterly corrupted politicians on both sides the aisle; their fraudulent scheme finally collapses, exposing them to some of the most horrific financial losses in history....and YOU will have to pay for it. For generations. Not only directly, with the tax money straight from your pocket, but even more so in the further degradation of national life: infrastructure, services, programs, amenities that will be starved or abandoned as even more of the government's money is poured out to shield the wastrel elite from suffering the consequences of their own rapacious folly.

And with all the talk of a "new Cold War," who knew that it would be Washington and Wall Street, not the Kremlin, who resurrected socialism in the 21st century, in what the Times called "the most radical intervention in private business in the central bank’s history"? Socialism for the rich only, to be sure. Ole Joe "Bankruptcy Bill" Biden and his bipartisan cohorts in Congress have long made sure that any ordinary citizen -- especially the old, the sick, the poor, the most desperate -- will be squeezed to the last drop to pay off their debts, even if these were incurred through illness or misfortune. But for our boardroom Bolsheviki, the state is always there, to cushion and to coddle.

And who knew there was so much money in the federal coffers?

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The End of (Capitalist) History?

The End of (Capitalist) History?
by William Bowles
After the Soviet Union collapsed, Francis Fukuyama published his now utterly discredited book, ‘The End of History’, which told of a glorious future, a capitalist paradise, where we would all be rich, eventually, when the wealth unleashed by an unfettered capitalism would ‘trickle down’ to us in that best of all possible worlds, ‘free market’ capitalism, where the market would take care of everything.

In an article by arch-conservative Arnoud de Borchgrave, titled ‘Bandit Capitalism?,’ amazingly, we read of a catalog of disasters that have befallen capitalism since the days of the S&L debacle back in the 80s, yet by some sleight-of-hand he manages to avoid connecting the dots.
From Enron to Worldcom, billions have been siphoned off leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without jobs or pensions.
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My Little Tax Protest

My Little Tax Protest
by Mike Palecek
Hello all. Just fyi. The past two years, in the spring of each year, I took a book tour. In the spring of 2007 I went east to promote "The American Dream." This past spring I went west to talk about "Iowa Terror" and "The Cost of Freedom."

Each year, before I left, I sent in a letter to the IRS, since it was also tax time. Basically, what I said was that I wish to protest against what our government is doing to the American people and to the people of the world.
My two letters are copied below.

This week I received a letter from the IRS saying that unless I reverse my position, they will impose on me a $5,000 fine for "frivolous filing."
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Pakistan: Bush's War Widens Dangerously

The American War Moves to Pakistan: Bush's War Widens Dangerously
by Tariq Ali 
The decision to make public a presidential order of last July authorizing American strikes inside Pakistan without seeking the approval of the Pakistani government ends a long debate within, and on the periphery of, the Bush administration. Senator Barack Obama, aware of this ongoing debate during his own long battle with Hillary Clinton, tried to outflank her by supporting a policy of U.S. strikes into Pakistan. Senator John McCain and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin have now echoed this view and so it has become, by consensus, official U.S. policy.

Its effects on Pakistan could be catastrophic, creating a severe crisis within the army and in the country at large. The overwhelming majority of Pakistanis are opposed to the U.S. presence in the region, viewing it as the most serious threat to peace.

Why, then, has the U.S. decided to destabilize a crucial ally?
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not just the powers-that-be

It's not just the powers-that-be
by mickeyz
It's the fat lady barreling past me
on the subway steps...hurtling her
Big Mac-fueled body toward another numbing day
at a nowhere job

It's the 18-year-old punk...cigarette dangling from
his lips like he's got it all figured out
Too blind to see even a flicker of what lies ahead

It's the deadened masses living deadened lives
Missing out on everything...
too focused on the red cape
They miss the matador completely

It's the years...the Con Ed bills during summer...the loud cell phone conversations...
the way they keep you out of Astoria Pool if your suit doesn't have a liner

It's the whole damn system
We got it all wrong
Multiple choices...and we got every
single answer wrong

Look around...whatever is right is what we
had nothing to do with
Can't blame it all on CEOs, dictators, and con men
There's enough evidence to hang us all

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Scummed! Vancouver "Three" Face CanWest Goebbels SLAPP Suit

Support Free Speech Activists
by [Jane and John Doe]
The three activists that have been sued in a SLAPP suit by Canwest, Mordecai Briemberg,Carol Moisiewich and Gordon Murray, plus several Jane and John Does, are coming to Victoria to raise support for their case.
They have been charged with "conspiracy to produce and distribute " a Vancouver Sun parody, the 'Vancouver Scum.'
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