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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
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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Iraq: 12 Answers to Questions No One Is Bothering to Ask

Unraveling Iraq: 12 Answers to Questions No One Is Bothering to Ask about Iraq
by Tom Engelhardt
Can there be any question that, since the invasion of 2003, Iraq has been unraveling? And here's the curious thing: Despite a lack of decent information and analysis on crucial aspects of the Iraqi catastrophe, despite the way much of the Iraq story fell off newspaper front pages and out of the TV news in the last year, despite so many reports on the "success" of the President's surge strategy, Americans sense this perfectly well.
In the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, 56% of Americans "say the United States should withdraw its military forces to avoid further casualties" and this has, as the Post notes, been a majority position since January 2007, the month that the surge was first announced. Imagine what might happen if the American public knew more about the actual state of affairs in Iraq -- and of thinking in Washington.

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Canadian Postal Union Joins Israel Boycott

Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) Congratulates Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) on Historic Boycott Resolution!
CAIA extends its warm congratulations to the delegates of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers national convention held in Ottawa, Canada, April 13-17th 2008.

At the convention, CUPW passed an historic resolution, Resolution 338/339, in support of the global campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israeli Apartheid. 
This resolution is an extremely significant landmark for the Palestinian solidarity movement in Canada. It represents the first time in North American history that a national union has passed a BDS resolution.
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The Right Reverend Jeremiah Wright

Reverend Jeremiah Wright: Religious Freedom Versus State Religion, Ethics, Politics and Strategy
by James Petras
The sustained vituperative attack and the feeble apologetic defense of Reverend Wright’s brilliant, eloquent and substantive sermon in defense of human dignity speaks to the basic ethical, political and strategic issues of our epoch. For Reverend Wright was not merely ‘commenting’ on an ethical omission of our day but raising fundamental principles about the behavior of states, the role of individual conscience in the face of crimes against humanity and the need to give name and take action in the face of evil.
The entire spectrum of politicians, the mass media and, in particular, the political parties and two (and a half) of the presidential candidates raise, by their hostile reaction and the substance of their criticism, vital issues of the relation between the State and Religion.

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SPP: Negotiating with the Diabolos

New Orleans Security and Prosperity Partnership Summit: Negotiating with the Diabolos
by Joan Russow
In New Orleans, On April 21, 2008, Bush, Harper and Calderon meet with their mentors- transnational corporations and spurious institutions, to enter into further trilateral provisions that undermine international norms.
This summit provides an opportunity for opponents of the SPP to evaluate the transgressions of the US administration, aided and abetted by coerced states, and by transnational corporations. 
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Preserving the Sutikalh: Eight Years Protecting Wild B.C.

by Sutikalh Camp
Background on Sutikalh
On May 2, 2000, members of the St'at'imc nation and their allies established a permanent camp near Melvin Creek, located off Highway 99 between Mt. Currie/Pemberton and Lillooet, in the southern Interior region of BC.
Melvin Creek (Photo by John Baldwin) 

Known as Sutikalh, the St'at'imc winter spirit of the area, the camp was set up to stop government and corporate plans to build a $500 million all-season ski and recreation resort in an untouched Alpine mountain area.
Part of the Cayoosh Moutain Range, the region is a transition zone from the coast to the Interior. It is habitat to Grizzly bears, cougar, bobcat, wolverine, deer, hawks, owls and many other small animals. It also contains one of the largest herds of Mountain Goats now remaining in North America.

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Passing the Bucks: Bill 15 Hamstrings Private Power Oversight

Bill 15 to enrich private power producers, shock ratepayers
and harm the environment says Wilderness Committee
The Wilderness Committee today sounded the alarm about legislation rapidly moving towards becoming BC law. Bill 15, the Utilities Commission Amendment Act, is waiting for Royal Assent in the BC Legislature, before becoming law.

Two years ago the government of BC passed Bill 30, which removes local community government oversight of private power projects. Now Bill 15 aims to significantly reduce the oversight of the BC Utilities Commission over private power projects.
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Carter's Peace Mission

Carter's Peace Mission
by Mike Whitney
Jimmy Carter arrived in Syria today in an effort to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. He is scheduled to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal.
Carter has been severely criticized in the western media for meeting with Hamas and was snubbed by Israeli leaders during his stay in Israel. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, and opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu, all refused to meet with the former president. They believe that Carter's trip undermines Israel's current policy towards the Palestinians and will force them to negotiate with a group they think is a terrorist organization.

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