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"In the Beginning was the Word," Now What?

The Critical Journey From Apathy to Empathy - "In the Beginning was the Word,"  Now What? 
by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
(part 3)
Most Americans took a deep breath and were grateful when finally, after months and months of incessant political media coverage, we knew who the final Presidential candidates were supposed to be. The onslaught of interviews, political analysts, reports on the Rev. Wright issue and ads declaring that only Hillary Clinton was qualified to pick up the White House phone at 3 AM assaulted us ad nauseum.

I have found myself desiring a new approach to the political campaigns. What would happen if we forced the candidates to take a “temporary” position as President and had them show us, by their actions and not their words, how they would perform as the leader of the USA?
What would happen if we took away their fancy speechwriters, their campaign directors and all their media “spin-doctors” so that all that remained was the human being?

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McClellan: Confessionals and Legal Covers

Scott McClellan: Confessionals and Legal Covers
by Project Humanbeingsfirst
The newsrooms and chatrooms across the United States of America are awash with confessions of Mr. Scott McClellan on President George W. Bush's Iraq “imperial mobilization” under contrived pretexts to prosecute a pre-planned supremely criminal war of aggression and conquest.
The Washington Post of May 28, 2008 on its front page summed the press coverage up:
  • "[I]n a chapter titled “Selling the War,” he alleges that the administration repeatedly shaded the truth and that Bush “managed the crisis in a way that almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option.
  • “Over that summer of 2002,” he writes, “top Bush aides had outlined a strategy for carefully orchestrating the coming campaign to aggressively sell the war. . . . In the permanent campaign era, it was all about manipulating sources of public opinion to the president's advantage.”
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One Man's Online Journey through Bush's Alphabet Soup

"E" for Expeditionary: One Man's Online Journey through Bush's Alphabet Soup
by Tom Engelhardt
The Internet teaches its own lessons, often painfully quickly. In April 2005, I followed an urge, as I often did in those days. Our President, who would soon claim to be spending his spare time absorbing meaty books like King Leopold's Ghost, Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power, and Mao: The Unknown Story, was then largely known for reading The Pet Goat to schoolchildren while the 9/11 attacks were taking place and for being fond of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. So I took a plunge into humor and wrote a mock children's ABC book that I dubbed "George's Amazing Alphabet Book of the Contemporary World, or Al-Qaedas All Around."
I claimed that the manuscript, produced by George W. himself, had been leaked to my website by "a senior official in one of our intelligence agencies."

Maybe it wasn't Jon-Stewart-worthy, but I posted it anyway as my commentary of the week and thought no more about it until the first angry emails began appearing in the TomDispatch mail box. A number of readers claimed I had been "gulled." I shoulda known! The President could never have written such a document! It had obviously been produced by the CIA! No, the Secret Service! No…

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Animal Rights Activists Stormed: Austrian "Police" Rekindle Their Nazi Past

Repression against animal rights activists - 'touch one, touch all'
At around 7:00 am on May 21, 2008, members of the Austrian elite police force (WEGA) stormed several apartments across the country.
Some of the residents were woken up in their beds at gunpoint.
A total of twenty-three (23) apartments, houses and offices were searches in Vienna, Lower Austria, Styria and Tirol. In many of the apartments the WEGA kicked in the doors. The officers stormed the apartments like in bad Hollywood movies.
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Reading Bush the Riot Act: Kucinich Introduces Articles of Impeachment

U.S. Rep. Kucinich Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against President Bush        
by Jason Leopold
Ohio Congressman and former Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush today, alleging the commander-in-chief is guilty of a wide-range of constitutional violations including launching a war on false pretenses, and spying on American citizens.

"The House is not in order," Kucinich said to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat who has said impeachment "is off the table."

Pelosi pounded her gavel. Kucinich then began to read the impeachment articles.

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Final Report of the Wabauskang First Nations Indigenous Knowledge and Contaminants Program

Keeping a Promise: Industrial Pollution and the Anishinaabek at Paa-kaa-aa-gaamoni (Quibel) (without Appendices)
Leanne Simpson (Mississauga), Ph.D.
566 Bolivar Street
Peterborough, ON K9J 4R8

Final Report of the Wabauskang First Nations Indigenous Knowledge and Contaminants Program

Funded by the Indigenous Health Research Development Program
October 2007

It is now widely known that the mercury contamination of the English-Wabigoon River system in northwest Ontario is one of the largest and most severe examples of industrial contamination in North America.
The Anishinaabek People of Asupbeechoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows) and Wabaseemoong Independent Nations (Whitedog) have been suffering with the tragedy of mercury poisoning on their lands, in their waters and in their bodies for seven decades. ii
Although this part of the story has received national news attention over the past 30 years, another group of Anishinaabek people have also been quietly suffering with the tragedy, unaware they had also been exposed to the very same contamination until the 1980s.

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by Iakoha’ko:wa of Sharbot Lake of Haudenosaunee Territory
The Canadian military base near Trenton, Ontario, Canada, was a make-work project in 1931 and part of preparations for World War II.  In other words, the war was no accident.  It was planned.  It wasn’t all Hitler’s fault!  Today the capitalists are sprucing up the old blueprint.  They’re salivating at the thought of all the bags of money they’re going to make by killing people and imposing martial law.

One sign is the recent court order where the army will be brought in when 6 Nations demonstrate against illegal development on Haudenosaunee Territory.  War games are being practiced on the main resisters, the Indigenous People.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Geraldine Cahill, Mike Ferner, J9 Monday June 9, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week, Geraldine Cahill of The Real News, an upstart web-based media collective filling in the gaps left by old media; Mike Ferner of Vets Against the War on War Inc., the legacy of  America's reaction to 9/11; Janine Bandcroft bringing us up to speed with all good goings-on in and around the south island 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:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:

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Losing Latin America: The Obama Doctrine

Losing Latin America: What Will the Obama Doctrine Be Like?
by Greg Grandin
Google "neglect," "Washington," and "Latin America," and you will be led to thousands of hand-wringing calls from politicians and pundits for Washington to "pay more attention" to the region.
True, Richard Nixon once said that "people don't give one shit" about the place. And his National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger quipped that Latin America is a "dagger pointed at the heart of Antarctica." But Kissinger also made that same joke about Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand -- and, of the three countries, only the latter didn't suffer widespread political murder as a result of his policies, a high price to pay for such a reportedly inconsequential place.

Latin America, in fact, has been indispensable in the evolution of U.S. diplomacy. The region is often referred to as America's "backyard," but a better metaphor might be Washington's "strategic reserve," the place where ascendant foreign-policy coalitions regroup and redraw the outlines of U.S. power, following moments of global crisis.

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Meet the New Con

Make No Mistake: McCain's a Neocon
by Robert Parry
Since clinching the Republican presidential nomination, John McCain has sought to hide the forest of his neoconservative alignment with George W. Bush amid the trees of details, such as stressing differences over military tactics used in Iraq.

But the larger reality should be clear: McCain is a hard-line neoconservative who buys into Bush’s “preemptive war” theories abroad and his concept of an all-powerful “unitary executive” at home.

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Revisited: War Inc.

War, Inc.
by Mike Ferner
(Revised June 7, 2008)
Note to the revised version: This article was first written for publication in December, 2001, weeks after the U.S. started bombing Afghanistan. It appeared in the April 2002 issue of “Wild Matters,” a national environmental journal Michael Colby published in Vermont. 

When John Cusack’s film, “War, Inc.” opened in June 2008, I considered suing him for stealing my title and distorting the number of web hits for my “War, Inc.,” from a stable, long-standing total of about a dozen, to a million and a half... but decided my time could be better spent updating the original piece.

The initial purpose of War, Inc. was to question why the U.S. chose to go to war after the attacks of September 11, 2001.  One could argue that other kinds of responses were possible, such as treating the attacks as a criminal act instead of an act of war which, in any sense of how we understand the word, they were not.  Pursuing a criminal response would bring to bear the intelligence-gathering forces of virtually the entire world, then in universal sympathy with the United States, to arrest and try those responsible for the attacks.  Leaving aside for a moment the argument that a criminal investigation into the September 11 attacks would never have been allowed since the federal government at the very least looked the other way before the attacks took place, I think we can safely say the last seven years prove that the path we chose – war – has generated far more innocent victims, grieving families, ruined lives and overall problems for the U.S. than had we sought justice without resorting to war. 
Which leaves open the question, why did our government choose to respond by invasion and war?

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