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All the President's Nazis: An Open Letter to Bush

All the President's Nazis (Real and Imagined): An Open Letter to Bush
by Larisa Alexandrovna
Dear Mr. Bush; your speech on the Knesset floor today [15/05/08] was not only a disgrace; it was nothing short of treachery.
 
Worse still, your exploitation of the Holocaust in a country carved out of the wounds of that very crime, in order to strike a low blow at American citizens whose politics differs from your own is unforgivable and unpardonable.
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Impunity Condemned after Two More Journalists Killed

Government’s Poor Record in Combatting Impunity Condemned after Two More Journalists Killed
by Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is saddened by the murders of two more journalists, Wissam Ali Ouda and Haidar Hashem Al-Husseini, in separate incidents in Baghdad and the central province of Diyala.
 
They bring the number of journalists killed in Iraq since the start of the year to seven, and the overall media death toll since the start of the war in March 2003 to 215.

  • “Journalists will continue to die until the Iraqi authorities make a much greater effort to put an end to the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators and instigators of these killings,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Those who target journalists must be arrested and punished severely. The media are all the more vulnerable because of the feeling of impunity that has taken hold in Iraq in the past five years. Many journalists have been forced to flee the country. Those that have stayed risk their lives every day.”

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Resistance: A Trickle to a Torrent

River of Resistance: How the American Imperial Dream Foundered in Iraq
by Michael Schwartz
On February 15, 2003, ordinary citizens around the world poured into the streets to protest George W. Bush's onrushing invasion of Iraq.
 
Demonstrations took place in large cities and small towns globally, including a small but spirited protest at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Up to 30 million people, who sensed impending catastrophe, participated in what Rebecca Solnit, that apostle of popular hope, has called "the biggest and most widespread collective protest the world has ever seen."

The first glancing assessment of history branded this remarkable planetary protest a record-breaking failure, since the Bush administration, less than one month later, ordered U.S. troops across the Kuwaiti border and on to Baghdad.


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George Bush and the Children of the ‘War on Terror

For His Treatment of Children in the ‘War on Terror,’ Bush Is a War Criminal
by Dave Lindorff
Surely nothing that President Bush has done in his two wretched terms of office — not the invasion and destruction of Iraq, not the overturning of the five-centuries-old tradition of habeas corpus, not his authorization and encouragement of torture, not his campaign of domestic spying — nothing, can compare in its ugliness as his approval, as commander in chief, of the imprisoning of over 2500 children.
 
Omar Khadr, languishing yet in Guantanamo Bay after being taken prisoner in Afghanistan at 15

According to the US government’s own figures, that is how many kids 17 years and younger have been held since 2001 as “enemy combatants” — often for over a year, and sometimes for over five years.
 
 
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Attorneys Firing Scandal: Karl Rove Served with Judiciary Committee Subpoena

Attorneys Firing Scandal: Karl Rove Served with Judiciary Committee Subpoena
by C. L. Cook
Dana Siegelman, intrepid daughter of wrongly convicted former Alabama governor, Don Siegelman sends a link to an Associated Press account of Karl Rove, once famously touted as 'Bush's Brain' to appear before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions regarding his knowledge of, and possible involvement in, tampering with the nation's judiciary, culminating in the firing of at least nine U.S. States Attorneys General for political reasons.
 
Governor Siegelman was recently released from prison, pending appeals of the court's finding against him, and the unprecedented nature of his sentencing.
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The Shared Fate of a "Special Relationship"

Anglosphere Blues: The Hellish Stink of the 'Special Relationship'        
by Chris Floyd
George Monbiot and Vincent Bugliosi deliver themselves of some hard truths about the degenerate governments of Great Britain and the United States.
 
Monbiot sheds no tears for the dying husk of the "New Labour" project, which has produced Britain's "most right-wing government since the Second World War," headed by "a cabinet of war criminals." Stateside, Bugliosi, the famed prosecutor, calls for George W. Bush to be tried for murder – and, once convicted, to be shown the same kind of "mercy" he bestowed when signing 152 death warrants as governor of Texas.
 
 
 

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America, Don't Worry!

“America Don’t Worry! Israel is Behind You!”
By Nadia Hasan
I remember a few years ago walking through the wonderful narrow streets of the occupied Old city of Jerusalem, seeing a small shop managed by an old Palestinian man who was selling souvenirs to the tourists.
 
I entered the shop, not because I wanted to buy something, I am not a tourist in my own land (despite the Zionist entity who is occupying my land allowing me to enter there just as a tourist) but because I was captured by the smell of fresh coffee that beckoned me from inside the shop.
 
As I know my people, I knew that as soon as I set foot inside the shop I would be welcomed with this hot and stimulating beverage.
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The Capitalist is Naked

Rosa Luxemburg's Shock Doctrine
by Ron Jacobs
Naomi Klein’s 2007 release Shock Doctrine addressed in a rather mild way the dependence of the capitalist economy on cataclysmic events for its progress. These events displace millions and cause personal hardship for an even greater number while they ensure capitalism’s survival.

A century ago, there was another woman who took this observation further and devoted her life to ending capitalism. Her name was Rosa Luxemburg.
 
She was a Polish woman who dedicated her life to socialist revolution and was murdered by the 1919 social democratic government of Germany for her uncompromising belief in that revolution.
 
 
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A Father's Day for Migrant Workers in Canada

A Father's Day for Migrant Workers in Canada
by Eva Roa
My name is Eve Roa. I am the founder of Even Better Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services, and Even Better Foundation.
 
I am officially inviting you to advertize what we are doing for the Mexican migrant workers for Father’s Day.

We are going to thank them for growing our vegetables and fruits. We are going to thank them for their hard work. We are going to show appreciation for leaving their wives and children behind, so that they can make a decent living for their families. We’ll have raffle, gifts, music etc.

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CIA Death Squads Killing with “Impunity” in Afghanistan

CIA Death Squads Killing with “Impunity” in Afghanistan
by Joe Kay
A United Nations investigator released a preliminary report last week citing widespread civilian deaths in Afghanistan, often at the hands of unaccountable units led by the CIA or other foreign intelligence agencies.

The investigator is Philip Alston, a New York University professor serving as the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution. His report provides a partial glimpse into the illegal actions of intelligence agencies, occupying forces, and Afghan police, as they seek to repress opposition to the US-led occupation and US-backed government.


A more detailed final report will be released later this year.


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CIA Implicated in Extrajudicial Assassinations in Afghanistan

CIA Implicated in Extrajudicial Assassinations in Afghanistan 
by Professor Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
I have spent 12 days in Afghanistan at the invitation of the Government and I am deeply grateful to them for the full cooperation I received. I have visited Helmand, Kabul, Kandahar, Kunar, Nangarhar, Jowzjan, and Parwan and met with victims and witnesses, Provincial Governors, Ministers in the national Government, senior international military officers, civil society, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, the UN, and many others.

I should make clear that I am not a staff member of the United Nations. In other words, I am not a member of UNAMA or the UN Secretariat charged with implementing official UN policy. Instead, I play a different role within the UN system. I have been appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to provide that body with a report analyzing problems relating to unlawful killings and making recommendations for how those killings could be more effectively prevented.
 
It will be for the Government, the United Nations, the international community, and civil society to give those recommendations appropriate consideration.
 


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