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B.C. Union Vows to Stop PNWER

CUPE BC Gives Thumbs Down to Elitist Economic Meeting  
BC gives thumbs-down to 'elitist' economic meeting Pacific NorthWest Economic Region Summit pushes corporate agenda, says union.
The U.S. and Canadian corporations and regional governments meeting behind closed doors here next week will be making serious decisions about the future of public services, labour mobility and homeland security with no input from the public - and that should send off alarm bells for everyone, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
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Guess Who's Coming to the Impeachment?

Guess Who's Coming to the Impeachment: How They'll Try to Bury Impeachment and Fail
by David Swanson
In response to public demand for impeachment hearings and pressure from Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Congressman Robert Wexler, and others, as well as electoral challenges by pro-impeachment candidates, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally caved and proposed to allow Kucinich to present impeachment in a Judiciary Committee hearing.

The hearing was then scheduled for a Friday (July 25) and scheduled to last a full two-hours (10 a.m. to noon). Then the topic was altered. Rather than being about impeachment, the hearing will be about impeachment and other supposed remedies to a lawless presidency, with the bulk of the time devoted to those other remedies. Most of those other remedies will involve, believe it or not, legislative proposals.
Thus, the dererrence to future presidents who follow the Bush-Cheney tradition of violating all laws and checks on power will be the knowledge that during the administration following Bush-Cheney some bills were passed criminalizing what had always been criminal activity.

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A worldwide call for action from members of the International Network of Street Papers (INSP)

Worldwide Call for Action from Members of the International Network of Street Papers
The International Network of Street Papers (INSP) is a global independent media movement which supports homeless people worldwide. INSP unites an international membership of over 90 street papers in 38 countries worldwide with a combined annual readership of some 100 million. 
Most recently, INSP has focused on supporting and establishing new street papers in African countries, helping to launch papers in Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria and Ethiopia in 2007/08.

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Idiocy of Hope: The Presumptive

The Idiocy of Hope
by ddjango
On Probable-President Nobama's campaign website is a slick icon that says "Powered by Hope". I have to admit, that's right on the money (semi-pun intended).
For many ersatz and about-to-be-erstwhile Nobama supporters, the power certainly has not been reality. Not without substantial encouragement, progressives slid happily into the glittering swamp of vagueness with nothing to propel them but hope, and conjured up, variously, a Gandhi, a JFK, a Blessed Savior, a Renaissance Black Man, Jack Johnson with a halo.

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Crying War Crime

War Crimes Paradox
by Paul Craig Roberts
National Public Radio has been spending much news time on Darfur in Western Sudan where a great deal of human suffering and death are occurring. 
Paul Henss and companion 
The military conflict has been brought on in part by climate change, according to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Drought is forcing nomads in search of water into areas occupied by other claimants.  No doubt the conflict is tribal and racial as well.  The entire catastrophe is overseen by a government with few resources other than bullets.

Now an International Criminal Court prosecutor wants to bring charges against Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, for crimes against humanity and war crimes.
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The Gate-Keepers

Airport Gestapo
by Paul Craig Roberts
The Bush Regime’s “terrorist” protection schemes have reached the height of total incompetence and utter absurdity.  According to the American Civil Liberties Union, a private organization that defends the US Constitution that inattentive Americans neglect, there are now one million names on the “terrorist” watch list.   

One of them is that of former Assistant US Attorney General Jim Robinson, whose top security clearances are current.  Every time Mr.Robinson flies away on business, he is delayed by a totally incompetent “terrorist” protection racket that cannot tell a person named Jim Robinson, who served in the highest echelons of the US government, from a Muslim terrorist.

What confidence can we have in a regime that is incapable of differentiating an Assistant US Attorney General from a terrorist?

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Tomgram: Dispatching Bush

Tom 'Dispatch' on Bush and the media
by TRN
Editor and author Tom Engelhardt runs one of the most influential political Web sites on the net -
In this interview Engelhardt and Pepe Escobar discuss the tribulations of Empire, the relationship of oil and war, and how mainstream media in the US constantly edits out crucial stories.
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The Pentagon and the Oil Deal Nobody Wants to Talk About

The Pentagon and the Hunt for Black Gold: The Oil Deal Nobody Wants to Talk About
by Nick Turse
For years, "oil" and "Iraq" couldn't make it into the same sentence in mainstream coverage of the invasion and occupation of that country. Recently, that's begun to change, but "oil" and "the Pentagon" still seldom make the news together.

Last year, for instance, according to Department of Defense (DoD) documents, the Pentagon paid more than $70 million to Hunt Refining, an oil company whose corporate affiliate, Hunt Oil, undermined U.S. policy in Iraq. Not that anyone would know it. While the hunt for oil in Iraq is now being increasingly well covered in the mainstream, the Pentagon's hunt for oil remains a subject missing in action. Despite the staggering levels at which the Pentagon guzzles fuel, it's a chronic blind spot in media energy coverage.

Let's consider the Hunt Oil story in a little more detail, since it offers a striking example of the larger problem. 
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Canadian Parliament Members Call for Freedom for Cuban 5

Canadian members of Parliament demand justice for the Cuban Five
by Granma
Fifty-six members of Canada's Parliament have just signed a petition demanding justice for the Cuban Five, the anti-terrorist fighters arbitrarily sentenced to long prison sentences in the United States since September 12, 1998. "Nothing justifies keeping them behind bars," the petition says.
"We cannot allow this extremely painful situation for these five Cubans and their families to drag on," says letter sent to U.S. Attorney General.

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Fallujah Again

Unrest Surfaces in Fallujah Again
by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail
Security has collapsed again in Fallujah, despite U.S. military claims.

Local militias supported by U.S. forces claim to have "cleansed" the city, 70 km to the west of Baghdad, of all insurgency. But the sudden resignation of the city's chief of police, Colonel Fayssal al-Zoba'i, has appeared as one recent sign of growing unrest.

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The Nangarhar Massacre

Imperial Wizards: The Nangarhar Massacre and U.S. Plans for Central Asia        
by Chris Floyd     
At first, the Pentagon denied that American planes had slaughtered dozens of Afghan civilians on their way to a wedding in the Nangarhar mountains.
"Pure propaganda," said the usual media and blogosphere sycophants. "It's always 'a wedding' being hit, the same old story." 
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