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Nuclear Chicken

Nuclear Chicken in Poland: Putin Can't Afford to Back Down                  
by Mike Whitney
If the Bush administration proceeds with its plan to deploy its Missile Defense System in Poland, Russian Prime Minister Putin will be forced to remove it militarily. He has no other option. The proposed system integrates the the entire US nuclear arsenal into one operational-unit a mere 115 miles from the Russian border.
It's no different than Khrushchev's plan to deploy nuclear missiles in Cuba in the 1960s.

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View From the Gallows

A View From the Gallows
by Antony Black
I don’t believe in capital punishment - as a rule. But I’m willing to make a few exceptions for our fearless leaders, indeed all the fearless leaders, who have so willingly prosecuted the totally bogus ‘war on terror’; who have, under the banner of peace, democracy and civilization, waged a ruthless campaign of war, terror and barbarism.
Now, truth to tell, I would likely give a moments pause before the gallows floor gaped open - on general humanitarian grounds you understand - though the obscene roll-call of their crimes would, I suspect, soon seal the court’s resolve.

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Popular Myths in the Presidential Race

YOU MUST BE HIGH: Popular Myths in the Presidential Race
by Jack Random
A friend of mine keeps me honest when, in my passion for politics, I go over the top in criticism of candidates or praise for independent allies. He listens to my point of view, rolls it over in his mind, and pronounces his conclusion:  You must be high!  

In general, I am compelled to reconsider my analysis.  

In my observations of the unfolding race for the White House, I am often reminded of my friend’s pronouncement. If you think Barack Obama is a closet Muslim with a secret plan to destroy America from within, you must be high. If you believe Obama is the most liberal member of the United States Senate you must be high.
Wherever he ranks on the liberal scale, it is behind Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, Barbara Boxer of California and fair trade champion Sherrod Brown of Ohio.  

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After the Ruin: Five Years Later

The Past Destroyed: Five Years Later
by Chalmers Johnson
On April 11, 12, 13, and 14, 2003, the United States Army and United States Marine Corps disgraced themselves and the country they represent in Baghdad, Iraq's capital city.
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Having invaded Iraq and accepted the status of a military occupying power, they sat in their tanks and Humvees, watching as unarmed civilians looted the Iraqi National Museum and burned down the Iraqi National Library and Archives as well as the Library of Korans of the Ministry of Religious Endowments. Their behavior was in violation of their orders, international law, and the civilized values of the United States. Far from apologizing for these atrocities or attempting to make amends, the United States government has in the past five years added insult to injury.

Donald Rumsfeld, then secretary of defense and the official responsible for the actions of the troops, repeatedly attempted to trivialize what had occurred with inane public statements like "democracy is messy" and "stuff happens."

On December 2, 2004, President Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, to General Tommy Franks, the overall military commander in Iraq at that time, for his meritorious service to the country. (He gave the same award to L. Paul Bremer III, the highest ranking civilian official in Iraq, and to George Tenet, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, which had provided false information about Saddam Hussein and Iraq to Congress and the people.)

In the five years since the initial looting and pillaging of the Iraqi capital, thieves have stolen at least 32,000 items from some 12,000 archaeological sites across Iraq with no interference whatsoever from the occupying power. No funds have been appropriated by the American or Iraqi governments to protect the most valuable and vulnerable historical sites on Earth, even though experience has shown that just a daily helicopter overflight usually scares off looters. In 2006, the World Monuments Fund took the unprecedented step of putting the entire country of Iraq on its list of the most endangered sites. All of this occurred on George W. Bush's watch and impugned any moral authority he might have claimed.

The United States government seems never to have understood that, when it began the occupation of Iraq on March 19, 2003, it became legally responsible for what happened to the country's cultural inheritance. After all, the only legal justification for its presence in Iraq is U.N. Security Council Resolution 1483 of May 22, 2003. Both the United States and the United Kingdom voted for this resolution in which they formally acknowledged their status and obligations as occupying powers in Iraq.
Among those obligations, specified in the Preamble to the resolution, was: "The need for respect for the archaeological, historical, cultural, and religious heritage of Iraq, and for the continued protection of archaeological, historical, cultural, and religious sites, museums, libraries, and monuments." Every politically sentient observer on Earth is aware of the Bush administration's contempt for international law and its routine scofflaw behavior since it came to power, but this clause remains an ironclad obligation that will stand up in an international or a domestic U.S. court. On this issue, the United States is an outlaw, waiting to be brought to justice.

In 1258 AD the Mongols descended on Baghdad and pillaged its magnificent libraries. A well-known adage states that the Tigris River ran black from the ink of the countless texts the Mongols trashed, while the streets ran red with the blood of the city's slaughtered inhabitants. The world has never forgotten that medieval act of barbarism, just as it will never forget what the U.S. military unleashed on the defenseless city in 2003 and in subsequent years. There is simply no excuse for what has happened in Baghdad at the hands of the Americans.
- Chalmers Johnson, August, 2008

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Tory Deathwish in Ontario: Party Bosses Cutting Grassroots

Do The Tories Have A Death Wish?
by Charles W. Conn
The federal riding of Halton lies west of Toronto. The city of Milton is in the centre and corners of Oakville and Burlington lie on its southern border. The rest is farm, estate and small village country. It's a natural Tory stronghold and the Tories are doing everything they can to hand it over to the Liberals.

It's Garth Turner's riding. He was a staunch Tory until he offended some sensitive person(s) in the PMO and the Party threw him out. Now he's a staunch Liberal.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Thomas van Heyningen, J9 Aug. 25, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week, a look at Canada as Fall approaches; Thomas van Heyningen and the Diabetes Hope Foundation scholarship program for youth with the disease; Janine Bandcroft bringing us up to speed with 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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Obama Abroad: It's All About Bases

For the Pentagon, It's all About Long Term Bases
by The Real News
Senator Barack Obama's Middle East/Central Asia leg of his whirlwind world tour was as smooth as the three-pointer he shot in front of US troops. Military historian Gareth Porter explains what's left unsaid behind the triumphal profusion of meetings and photo opportunities.
Gareth Porter is a historian and investigative journalist on US foreign and military policy analyst. He writes regularly for Inter Press Service on US policy towards Iraq and Iran. Author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam.

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Greenwashment of Coulson's Continued Ruination of Clayoquot's Forests

Greenwashment of Coulson's Continued Ruination of Clayoquot's Forests
by Ingmar Lee
Hi all, Adriane Carr has ostensibly run afoul of FORESTETHICS message-management leadership for the greenwashment of Coulson's continued ruination of Clayoquot's forests.
By apologizing for said research error Adriane and Maryjka have squandered essential INTERFOR-bashing mileage which should have accrued here.
Actual photos of Coulson's Clayoquot devastations are easily available which should have been produced to continue milking this story.
It wasn't the mistaken photo which was the problem here, -the problem is that they have now lost control of its framing by their apology.

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Iraq: "Pullout" Horizon Accomplished - Maybe

US and Iraq Set Pullout Date
by The Real News
Iraq and US negotiators set troop pullout for end of 2011 but many Iraqis opposed to late date.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iraq's foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari said on Thursday that a broad document setting out the nature of any future US troop presence and of Washington-Baghdad relations is close to fruition, but not yet complete. A key part of the draft agreement envisions the withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq by December, 2011, a date further in the future than the Iraqis initially wanted.
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Statement to the Press from the Free Gaza Movement

Statement to the Press from the Free Gaza Movement
by FGM
Forty-six international human rights workers are now sailing to Gaza through international waters with one overriding goal: to break the Israeli siege that Israel has imposed on the civilian population of Gaza.
Any action designed to harm civilians constitutes collective punishment (in the Palestinians’ case, for voting the “wrong” way) and is both illegal under international law and profoundly immoral.
Our mission is to expose the illegality of Israel’s actions, and to break through the siege in order to express our solidarity with the suffering people of Gaza (and of the occupied Palestinian territory as a whole) and to create a free and regular channel between Gaza and the outside world.

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Deconstructing Brzezinski

Deconstructing Brzezinski's Russia  
by Jim Miles
The warrior ethic of the American Imperial elite, embodied in its fullest measure by Zbigniew Brzezinski, has been rejuvenated momentarily by Russia’s attack on Georgia. 
Reading Brzezinski’s words leaves one choking on their overt hypocrisy or laughing insanely at the obvious absurdity of them.  His writing technique is flawless, based on the big lie technique – tell it straight up, tell it often enough, and ignorant masses will tend to believe it.
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