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Stop the Clash of Civilizations

Stop the Clash of Civilizations
by Avaaz
Dear friends; great news -- our video "Stop The Clash of Civilizations" is one of six films nominated for "Best Political Video" at the 2007 YouTube Awards.
 
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Dismantling the false clash between Islam and the West, this 2-minute clip shows how global people power can bridge cultures and change things for the better -- starting with a real peace process for the Middle East. The video has already been seen by milliions of people, and shown in hundreds of schools.
 
 


In the YouTube Awards, unlike the Oscars, the public decides which video wins -- but we only have 24 hours to cast our votes, so now's the time to act. If enough people vote for "Stop the Clash" in the next 24 hours, and we win, we can spread our message of hope like wildfire around the world. Click this link now to watch the video and cast your own vote:



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The Difference an Hour Can Make

Nations Ready for Earth Hour
by C. L. Cook
It may seem a diminution of the annual Earth Day commemorations held for more than 35 years in March, but the second annual Earth Hour on the 29th day of March has the immediate potential to effect a measurable change.
 
 
The difference is one of approach; where the global marches, speeches, concerts, and letter writing events integral to Earth Day are great, besides participation levels on the street, there is little to be tangibly taken away at the end of the day. Earth Hour, by contrast is a direct appeal to everyone, everywhere to synchronize their sentiments, if not their watches, and at the appointed time turn off the juice for an hour.

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Iran in the Shadow of War

No Country for Old Men: The Reality of Iran in the Shadow of War 
by Chris Floyd
When it comes, it will come quickly. No big build-up, no new "roll-out of the product." The groundwork has already been laid, the specious casus beli already embraced, enthusiastically, by Congress. Proposed legislation to "compel" Bush to seek Congressional approval for an attack will be ignored, just as Bush blatantly ignores any Congressional stricture he dislikes. If he decides to launch an attack on Iran, no institutional or legal fetter will stop him. That's the stark truth of the matter.

The attack will probably be a limited one at first, with the immediate "reasons" being offered up afterwards or in media res. After all, who is going to seriously question the Commander-in-Chief when our brave boys are in the air over enemy territory in Iran?


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Media's War: Unsung Heroes and Alternate Voices

Unsung Heroes and Alternate Voices: Some of The Best of Five Years of Iraq War Coverage
by Greg Mitchell
In the five years since the tragic U.S. intervention in Iraq began, many journalists for mainstream news outlets have certainly contributed tough and honest reporting. Too often, however, their efforts have either fallen short or been negated by a cascade of pro-war views expressed by pundits, analysts, and editorial writers at their own newspapers or broadcast/cable networks.
 
 
This sorry record is detailed in my new book, So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits -- and the President -- Failed on Iraq.

But allow me -- for once -- to focus on the positive by suggesting that many of the most critical and important journalistic voices exposing the criminal nature of, and the many costs of, this war have emerged from an "alternative" universe that includes former war correspondents, reporters for small newspapers or news services, comedians, aging rock 'n rollers, and bloggers, among others.


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Cathedral Grove Again Under the Axe

Altering Nature for Parks
by Richard Boyce
Using dynamite to blast the trunks of trees into smithereens may make falling a 600-year-old Douglas fir safer for the humans doing the work. That's the contention of the workers compensation board with regards to the contractors working for BC Parks and the Ministry of Environment in Cathedral Grove.
 
According to media reports there are 9 danger trees that must be felled in order to make it safe for tourists to walk on the paths in the Provincial Park.
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Crime Scene: Ohio Election Theft Probe Official

Ohio's Voting Machines are now an Official Crime Scene        
by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman
At least 15 touch-screen voting machines that produced improbable numbers in Ohio's 2006 statewide election are now under double-lock in an official crime scene. And the phony "Homeland Security Alert" used by Republicans to build up George W. Bush's 2004 vote count in a key southwestern Ohio county has come under new scrutiny.

The touch-screen machines were locked up after Ohio's new Democratic Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner, tried to vote last fall.
 
On November 6, she spotted a gray bar with the words "candidate withdrawn" in a slot where the name of Democrat Jay Perez should have appeared. Her husband, voting nearby, told her Perez's name did appear, as it was supposed to, on his machine.


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Who is the Carlyle Group (and why is your pension fund in their hands)?

Carlyle Group May Buy Major CIA Contractor: Booz Allen Hamilton
by Tim Shorrock
The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity funds, may soon acquire the $2 billion government contracting business of consulting giant Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the biggest suppliers of technology and personnel to the U.S. government’s spy agencies.
 
 
Carlyle manages more than $75 billion in assets and has bought and sold a long string of military contractors since the early 1990s. But in recent years it has significantly reduced its investments in that industry. If it goes ahead with the widely reported plan to buy Booz Allen, it will re-emerge as the owner of one of America’s largest private intelligence armies.

Reports of a potential Carlyle acquisition of Booz Allen’s government unit began circulating among U.S. military contractors in December 2007, after Booz Allen’s senior partners and board members – a group of 300 vice presidents who own the privately-held firm – gathered at company headquarters in McLean, Virginia, for an extraordinary two-day meeting.


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Never Having to Say You're Sorry: Globalization Bush-Style

Blowing Them Away Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry:
Globalization Bush-Style
by Tom Engelhardt
Imagine, for a moment, that you live in a small town somewhere near the Southern California coast. You're going about your daily life, trying to scrape by in hard times, when the missile hits.
 
 
It might have come from the Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) -- its pilot at a base on the outskirts of Tehran -- that has had the village in its sights for the last six hours or from the Russian sub stationed just off the coast. In either case, it's devastating.

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The Dollar, Paulson, and Carlyle Capital

Three Easy Pieces: The Dollar, Paulson, and Carlyle Capital
by Mike Whitney
So far, so bad. On Wednesday, crude-futures topped $110 for the first time, the dollar slipped to $1.55 per euro, and gold zoomed to a new high of $1,000 per ounce. Yikes!
 
 
The dollar has been shoved off a cliff and no one knows where it will land. Last week, the G-7 nations announced that if “irrational” prices movements persisted, they would “collectively take suitable measures to calm the financial markets.”
 
Their statement was taken to mean that foreign central banks will secretly intervene in the currency markets to stop the dollar from crashing. But can they do it?
 
 
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Eliot’s Mess: The $200 Billion Bail-out for Predator Banks

Eliot’s Mess: The $200 billion bail-out for predator banks and Spitzer charges are intimately linked
by Greg Palast
While New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was paying an ‘escort’ $4,300 in a hotel room in Washington, just down the road, George Bush’s new Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Ben Bernanke, was secretly handing over $200 billion in a tryst with mortgage bank industry speculators.

Both acts were wanton, wicked and lewd. But there’s a BIG difference. The Governor was using his own checkbook. Bush’s man Bernanke was using ours.

This week, Bernanke’s Fed, for the first time in its history, loaned a selected coterie of banks one-fifth of a trillion dollars to guarantee these banks’ mortgage-backed junk bonds. The deluge of public loot was an eye-popping windfall to the very banking predators who have brought two million families to the brink of foreclosure.


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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Monte Paulsen, Jennifer Andison, Dru Oja Jay, J9 Mon, Mar. 17, 2008

This Week on Gorilla Radio
by C. L. Cook
This week; journalist and author, Monte Paulsen on Vancouver's crisis before the Olympics; Jennifer Andison on the controversial Bear Mountain project and Langford City's attempt to erase Canada's freedom of speech protections; Dru Oja Jay and taking 'The Dominion' on the road; and Janine Bandcroft brings 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: http://cfuv.uvic.ca .  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at:  http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com   

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