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British Columbia: Geological Study Pinpoints Quake Zones

British Columbia: Geological Study Pinpoints Quake Zones
by C. L. Cook
Canada's CTV reports on a study recently released by the U. S. Geological Survey placing in the earthquake crosshairs two of Canada's most desirable addresses.
 
"Two British Columbia fault lines running south of Abbotsford and south of Victoria could potentially cause earthquakes measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, according to a new study released by U.S. seismologists."
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Ivan Apaolaza Sacho: Still in Jail

Ivan Apaolaza Sacho: Still in Jail
by The Freedom for Ivan Committee
In Montreal, Ivan Apaolaza Sancho - a 36 year old Basque refugee claimant and political prisoner - has been in detention for over ten months.

Ivan is accused of having been a member of the ETA (an armed nationalist Basque organization); an accusation that he denies. He has been detained at Rivière des prairies Detention Centre since June 2007 and faces deportation solely on the basis of accusations made by the Spanish state; no actual evidence to support the allegations has been presented.
 
Moreover, the allegations themselves seem to come from a confession obtained under torture (see below). If the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) Commissioner accepts those allegations, Ivan faces deportation to Spain where he expects further arbitrary detention and possible torture.
 

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Why Making Media The Issue Is Crucial For Saving Democracy

After The ABC News Debacle: How To Change Media - Why Making Media The Issue Is Crucial For Saving Democracy
by Danny Schechter
How ironic that in the same week that the National Association of Broadcasters gave actor Tim Robins a platform to challenge media gatekeepers to open the airwaves to more perspectives ABC NEWS gave us all a classic example of how a network can dumb down a presidential debate and turn it into a disgraceful hit job rather than an enlightening hit.

Rather than advance the political high that so many are having with an exciting campaign, it set a new low in TV coverage and was a blow to our political discourse.


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The Real Pentagon Matrix

The Real Matrix: The Pentagon Invades Your Life
by Nick Turse
Rick is a midlevel manager in a financial services company in New York City. Each day he commutes from Weehawken, New Jersey, a suburb only a stone's throw from the Big Apple, where he lives with his wife, Donna, and his teenage son, Steven.
 
A late baby boomer, Rick just missed the Vietnam era's antiwar protests, but he's been against the war in Iraq from the beginning. He thinks the Pentagon is out of control and considers the military-industrial complex a danger to the country.
 
If you asked him, it's a subject on which he would rate himself as knowledgeable. He puts effort into educating himself on such matters. He reads liberal websites, subscribes to progressive-minded magazines, and is a devotee of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

In fact, he has no idea just how deep the Pentagon rabbit hole goes or how far down it his family already is.


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Why Palestinian Unity is Not an Option

Mixed Priorities: Why Palestinian Unity is Not an Option
by Ramzy Baroud
Just days after the Hamas-Fatah clash last June in Gaza, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas looked firm and composed as he shook hands with members of his new emergency government. He made sure his move appeared as legitimate as possible, issuing decrees that outlawed the armed militias of Hamas, and also suspended consequential clauses in the Palestinian Basic Law, which had thus far served as a constitution.

The Basic Law stipulates that the Palestinian parliament must approve of any government for it to be constitutional. Abbas simply decreed that such a clause was no longer valid, effectively robbing Palestinians of one of their greatest collective achievements — democracy.


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Stolen Moments in the Kitchen with Mickey

Stolen Moments in the Kitchen with Mickey
by Maxwell Black
I manage a restaurant in DC where I'm often baffled by the presence of people like Senator "Joe-mentum" or former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
 
Night after night of making sure the sons and daughters of CEOs and Saudi oil barons get their grilled salmon on time can be a bitter pill to swallow, however, on two nights last week I had a subversive secret: whenever I had a moment I would sneak back to the office and tend to my email interview with my hero, and under-read American mischief maker, Mickey Z.
 
The following is the result of our somewhat spontaneous interview.


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Waivering Morals: An Army of Cons

Waivering Morals: An Army of Cons
by C. L. Cook
Fitting following five years of criminality in Iraq recruiters would entertain more frequently allowing recently released felons into the Army fold.
 
From America's vast captured populations, (an area where the United States can honestly boast being "Number One") the range of aspirants the Army will consider able for service was recently broadened.
 
London's Guardian newspaper reports, "moral waivers," the number of which doubled last year from the 249 in 2006, now extend to: sex offenders, child abusers, and those found guilty in a court of law of uttering "terrorist threats." Just the material needed and deemed A-OK, "ready to go" by the Pentagon.


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SEX and CARS and SEX and GUNS and Somalia

New Britney Spears Sex Tape Bares All!        
by Chris Floyd     
I know no one cares about Somalia; every time I write about it on the website, the traffic drops like a stone. (Let's see if that headline draws a few eyeballs, though. If it works, we might just rename the whole damn blog.)
 
But I don't care if no one cares. There is a continuous slaughter and ravaging of innocent human beings going on in Somalia, a vast atrocity that is sponsored, funded, greenlighted and directly aided by the United States government, and I'm going to keep on writing about it.

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The BBC Bias on Palestine

Covering Israel/Palestine: The BBC's Double Standards
by MEDIA LENS
The media reported last week that at least 22 people, including five Palestinian children, had been killed during Israeli 'incursions' into Gaza. The Israeli military 'operations' were 'sparked' by a Hamas ambush that had left three Israeli soldiers dead.
 
Reporting followed the usual script that Israel's state-of-the-art weaponry is deployed as 'retaliation' for 'militant' Palestinian attacks.


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Out of Jail Governor Siegelman Speaks

Out of Jail Governor Siegelman Speaks
by Friends of Don Siegelman
Governor Siegelman will be the guest of nationally renowned journalist Tavis Smiley this evening Tuesday April 22. Check your local listings for the shows time in your area.
 
 
Tavis Smiley's show is a unique mix of news and pop culture to combine for one thought-provoking and entertaining program. A hybrid of news, issues and entert ainment, it features interviews with artists, activists, newsmakers, politicians and everyday people.


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The Birth Date of Fratricide

The Birth Date of Fratricide: May 14, 1948
by William A. Cook
May 14th, 2008, marks the anniversary of two momentous events, the “Declaration of Independence” of the new born state of Israel and the calamitous day of infamy, the al Nakba, that marks both the massacre in their homes of Palestinian people or their mournful march into exile.
 
Ironically, like the Biblical story of Cain and Abel, this date carries the mark of the Almighty, brothers in blood, enemies in intent.

Listen to Cain as he walks beside his brother along the path of death:
  • “There is no judgment and no judge and no world to come! No reward will be given to the righteous nor any account given of the wicked.”

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