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Camera Shy Republicans: Goodman and Producers Busts at RNC

Amy Goodman Arrested
by Democracy Now!
­Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was unlawfully arrested in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Police violently manhandled Goodman, yanking her arm, as they arrested her. Video of her arrest can be seen here:

Goodman was arrested while attempting to free two Democracy Now! producers who were being unlawfuly detained. They are Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Kouddous and Salazar were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman’s crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.
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Big Easy to Big Empty

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The untold story of the drowning of New Orleans.
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Arrests at Six Nations Kingspan Blockade

by Mohawk News Network
THIS IS A CALL FOR HELP.  three people are in jail.  Five more are surrounded by cops.  They need support and supplies. Take #403 to Brantford, exit at Oak Park Road, turn left at the T - Junction; take the first right onto Fen Ridge; the site is across from the Proctor & Gamble distribution facility.  

The OPP have created chaos at Six Nations - Again!  Suddenly yesterday, on Sunday August 31, 2008, reports starting coming to MNN about harassments and arrests.  Highway 6 was blocked.  People are being stopped from going to their homes in the Six Nation communities by the Caledonians and the OPP.  Everyone's worried because school starts tomorrow.  What's happening?
Call to help 519-717-7043; 519-717-7099

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Obama: Hope False and Otherwise

Curb Your Enthusiasm for Obama
by Chris Hedges
Barack Obama’s health care plan coddles the corporations that profit from the misery and illnesses of tens of millions of Americans. The plan is naive, at best, and probably disingenuous when it insists that we can coax these corporations, which are listed on the stock exchange and exist to maximize profit, to transform themselves into social service agencies that will provide adequate health care for all Americans.
I wish we lived in such a rosy world. I know, and I suspect Obama knows, that we do not. 

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Gain on the Roundabouts Lose on the Swing Votes

What you Gain on the Roundabouts
you Lose on the Swing Votes
by Janine Bandcroft
Today's Times Colonialist newspaper has a front page story that mentions the Green Party favourably.  Will wonders never cease?

There's no denying it's a big story - the first Green MP.  But they sure didn't report the story the way I would have.  It's not that I have anything against the Green Party per se, or that I like to slam politicians (though they're often such easy targets).  Not at all --- I'm the first to celebrate anytime I hear about people working for something bigger than themselves, something beneficial to all life on earth, and the earth herself.

Can I tell you my version of the 'First Green MP' story?
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Dr. Bob Bowman, Nat Smith, J9 Mon. Sept. 1, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week: Retired American fighter pilot, nuclear and rocket scientist, and patriot, Dr. Bob Bowman begging the question: "Can Canada escape U.S. takeover?" Dr. Bob Bowman and Canada going down the Armageddon road with America in the first segment; Nat Smith, organizer with Critical Resistance, an organization formed ten years ago this month to fight the growth of the Prison Industrial Complex; and, Janine Bandcroft will be here to bring us up to speed with all the good goings on in and around Victoria in the coming week. 
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:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:

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Surging in Afghanistan: Too Much, Too Late?

Surging in Afghanistan: Too Much, Too Late?
by Ann Jones
Despite George W. Bush's claim that he's "truly not that concerned" about Osama bin Laden, the administration is erecting 10 "Wanted" billboards in Afghanistan, offering rewards of $25 million for bin Laden, $10 million for Taliban leader Mullah Omar, and $1 million for Adam Gadahn, an American member of Al Qaeda, now listed as a "top terrorist." That's 10 nice, big, literal signs that the administration is waking up, only seven years after 9/11 and the American "victory" that followed, to its "forgotten war."

When I wrote this piece for TomDispatch in February 2007, I'd been working intermittently since 2002 with women in Afghanistan -- women the Bush administration claimed to have "liberated" by that victory. In all those years, despite some dramatic changes on paper, the real lives of most Afghan women didn't change a bit, and many actually worsened thanks to the residual widespread infection of men's minds by germs of Taliban "thought." Today, Afghanistan is the only country in the world where women outdo men when it comes to suicide.

To transfer those changes from paper to the people, "victory" in Afghanistan should have been followed by the deployment of troops in sufficient numbers to ensure security. Securing the countryside might have enabled the Karzai government installed in the Afghan capital, Kabul, to extend its authority while international humanitarian organizations helped Afghans rebuild their country. As everyone knows, of course, that's hardly what happened.

Now, a promised new American surge in Afghanistan threatens to be too much, too late. Bent on victory again, Americans are easily manipulated by false information to call in air strikes and wipe out whole villages -- men, women, and children -- even with no enemy in sight. (In 2007 alone, the U.S. dropped about a million pounds of bombs on the Afghan countryside.)
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Putin Accuses US of Staging Georgia Conflict

Putin Accuses US of Staging Georgia Conflict
by The Real News
Gareth Porter: The US is going to use a double standard to condemn Russia

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the US of staging the Georgian conflict. His statements echo two articles pointing to Senator John McCain's foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, in which conservative politician Pat Buchanan calls Sheunemann " a dual loyalist, a foreign agent whose assignment is to get America committed to spilling the blood of her sons for client regimes who have made this moral mercenary a rich man." Gareth Porter also states that The US is going to use a double standard to condemn Russia."
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Bugging Out: Evacuations Ordered for New Orleans

New Orleans residents get out of Gustav's way
by CBC News
The first of two mandatory evacuations of New Orleans was being carried out Sunday morning as people along Louisiana's coastline prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Gustav, now moving over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Gustav weakened slightly overnight to a Category 3 storm, but was expected to regain strength and possibly become a top-scale Category 5 hurricane later in the day. The centre predicts it will hit Louisiana late Monday or early Tuesday.

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Recalled: Katrina at Three

Katrina at Three
by C. L. Cook
Hard to believe three years are passed since the biggest natural disaster in living memory struck Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Harder yet to believe is the Bush administration's complete evasion of responsibility for the criminal abrogation of its sworn duty to protect the citizenry both before and after Hurricane Katrina made landfall August 29th, 2005.
I recall spending a week's vacation time watching slack-jawed the calamity that was allowed to happen. I wrote feverishly, in real-time, as one incredible "failure" followed another, and the people, primarily poor and black, were abandoned to the rising waters. That is, when they were not being hunted and shot down like dangerous zoo escapees.
Below is the collection of articles I wrote, and others I collected and published in that fateful week.
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Financial Times and the “Self-Confessed Mastermind of 9/11”

The Financial Times and the “Self-Confessed Mastermind of 9/11”
by James Petras
In recent days there is mounting evidence of the advance of totalitarianism in the political and media mainstream. The entire Western world, led by the United States, has embraced a Georgian regime, which invaded South Ossetia totally demolishing its capital city of 50,000 residents, assassinated 1500 men, women and children and dozens of Russian peace keepers.
The US has mobilized a naval and air armada off the Iranian coast, prepared to annihilate a country of 70 million people. The New York Times published an essay by a prominent Israeli historian, which advocates the nuclear incineration of Iran. All the major mass media have mounted a systematic propaganda campaign against China, supporting each and every terrorist and separatist group, and whipping up public opinion in favor of launching a New Cold War.
There is little doubt that this new wave of imperial aggression and bellicose rhetoric is meant to deflect domestic discontent and distract public opinion from the deepening economic crises.

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