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Pastors Want Answers for Seized Computers

Pastors for Peace Caravan Returning from Cuba Monday July 14 to Request Release of Seized Computers Destined for Cuba
by Pastors for Peace
The Pastors for Peace US/Cuba Friendshipment Caravan will return to the US on Monday June 14 after delivering nearly 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Cuba, and will request the return of the 32 donated computers for Cuba that were seized from their caravan by US officials on July 3.
"We will continue to challenge this dumb, foolish, petty, counterproductive, mean-spirited, and immoral blockade until it is ended," said Rev. Lucius Walker, Jr., executive director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace.
The caravan is returning to the US on the same day as the Venceremos Brigade and several other organizations engaging in challenging US restrictions on travel to Cuba.

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Fascist States: Voices from a Raid

Voices from a Raid
by American News Project - Immigration arrests from work-site raids have increased tenfold in the last five years.
American News Project: Immigration arrests from work-site raids have increased tenfold in the last five years. As politicians on both sides of the aisle grapple with the issue, families are caught in the middle. ANP went to Annapolis, MD to see how people were coping in the aftermath of the state's largest immigration roundup in years.
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The Peoples' Walk Arrives in DC

Walking with Integrity: The Peoples' Walk Carries Sacred Items to the East
by Brenda Norrell     
Tohono O'odham and other Native Americans focused on protecting the rights of passage for Indigenous Peoples at the borders have made it to DC area. The Peoples Walk, arriving from the south, includes Tohono O'odham, Hopi/Pueblo, Dine', Lakota and other Native Americans. Walkers in the Peoples Walk are carrying sacred items and completing their journey.

While in Washington D.C., the walkers will meet with international leaders and international organizations, but will not meet with leaders of the United States government. The U.S. government has betrayed Native people, carried out genocide and is currently involved in the promotion of xenophobia and Nazi-style tactics at the borders, oppressing Indigenous Peoples at the southern and northern borders in their traditional homelands.

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Bush Farewell: A Legacy of Continued Secrecy

Bush Looks to His (Secret) Legacy
by Jason Leopold
George W. Bush, who has expanded his power to access the e-mails and other electronic communications of Americans, is resisting congressional demands that White House e-mails be saved for later research by historians.

Bush signaled he would veto a House-passed bill that seeks to overhaul the Presidential and Federal Records Act to ensure that e-mails and other government documents are preserved in the age of the Internet.
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Dying California Farm Workers: What About Two-Buck Chuck?

Farm Worker who died connected to "Two-Buck Chuck"
by UFW 
We told you about the tragic death of 17-year-old Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez who died while laboring in a Stockton area vineyard in 100 plus degree heat. According to a Wednesday AP story, the San Joaquin County Coroner has officially confirmed that Maria died of heat stroke. Maria had been working 8 hours in the blistering heat without shade or sufficient water. The closest water supply was a 10 minute walk away. (Click to read Maria's story.)

According to worker charges filed with Cal OSHA, the land owner where Maria suffered heat stroke continues to utilize labor contractors that don't abide by the law. And Friday, a month after Maria's passing, another charge was filed for lack of water and shade at one of the company's locations.

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Guardian: Canada Bad, Big Oil Blameless

Canada: This is the dirtiest oil in the world
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[They don't show the huge tar lakes they leave because it would shock the public opinion. They don't talk about the smell in the whole region nor about the workers getting sick from breathing air. They don't mention cancer statistics either.----------- This video could have been produced by the oil industry and it would be no different.----------- We could commute with a car doing hundreds of miles per gallon but car makers sleep with the enemy.----------- Lithium energy storage was developped but was engineered to be unapplicable for electric vehicules. The motor wheel development was slowed.----------- They want us to believe that hybrids are the way to go ? Same as a car just add many different parts and software to control their life cycle.----------- The only sensible choice, a full electric light vehicule, does not create enough added value, it's too simple, too efficient, too sturdy.----------- Give me a few lithium batteries that were developed by Hydro-Que]
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Remains of Our Open Society: FISA's Real Target

FISA Bill's Real Target: What Remains of Our Open Society
by Chris Hedges
If the sweeping surveillance law signed by President Bush on Thursday -- giving the U.S. government nearly unchecked authority to eavesdrop on the phone calls and e-mails of innocent Americans -- is allowed to stand, we will have eroded one of the most important bulwarks to a free press and an open society.

The new FISA Amendments Act nearly eviscerates oversight of government surveillance. It allows the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to review only general procedures for spying rather than individual warrants. The court will not be told specifics about who will be wiretapped, which means the law provides woefully inadequate safeguards to protect innocent people whose communications are caught up in the government's dragnet surveillance program.

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Date with the Crown: First Nations Elders Assaulted by CBSA Now Charged

Statement of People Concerned About the Rights of Two  Women  Who Were Brutally Assaulted by Canada Border Services Agents
by MNN
On June 14th 2008 Katenies and Kahentinetha – who are both writers and contributors to Mohawk Nation News were handcuffed and tackled to the ground at the Cornwall border checkpoint.

The Canada Border Services agents acted as though they had lost control of themselves, or they had no regard for legal propriety. Neither woman did anything wrong.  The attacks were unprovoked but seems to have been directed by whoever was at the other end of the cell phone.
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Karl's Skeletons: American Justice Betrayed

Progress in the Paul Minor Case?
by Roger Shuler
The Paul Minor case has a special resonance here at Legal Schnauzer. And word comes today we have reached a landmark on the road to possible justice in a case that can only be described as gruesome.

Attorneys for Minor have filed an appeal in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. We will look at some of the key issues on appeal in a moment. But first, a word about why this case matters so much to us--and why it should matter to all Americans.

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The Not-So-Historic Talabani-Barak Handshake

A Kodak Moment: The Not-So-Historic Talabani-Barak Handshake
by Ramzy Baroud
Most people would not have even realised that the 23rd congress of the Socialist International was being held near Athens were it not for the moment when Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak shook the hand of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

An Associated Press report, published in the Israeli daily Haaretz, dubbed the handshake "historic". History was supposedly made in Athens on 1 July 2008. Centred in a photo, featuring a widely grinning Barak and Talabani, is Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who was credited for introducing the two.

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Obama: Rendering Unto Jesus

On the Peace Born of Faith
by Scott Horton
Max Blumenthal reports last week in The Nation on a hushed meeting convened on June 10 in the plush conference room of a Chicago law firm. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama met with thirty leading figures from the evangelical community. The show was stolen by the Rev. Franklin Graham, the son and successor of the evangelical world’s hottest seller, Billy Graham, better known for his highly inflammatory comments about Islam—which he once called a “very evil and wicked religion.” According to Blumenthal, Graham, who sat next to the candidate,

  • "directly confronted Obama about his supposedly Muslim background and Christian authenticity. . . He peppered Obama with pointed questions, repeatedly demanding to know if the senator believed that “Jesus was the way to God or merely a way.”

It appears that Obama impressed many with his depth in Protestant theology, but in the end failed to satisfy his socially conservative, white southern audience with answers about abortion and gay marriage.

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