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McClellan Bush's Dean?

George Bush's John Dean?
by John Nichols
Scott McClellan's admission that he unintentionally made false statements denying the involvement of Karl Rove and Scooter Libby in the Bush-Cheney administration's plot to discredit former Ambassador Joe Wilson, along with his revelation that Vice President Cheney and President Bush were among those who provided him with the misinformation, sets the former White House press secretary as John Dean to George Bush's Richard Nixon.

It was Dean willingness to reveal the details of what described as "a cancer" on the Nixon presidency that served as a critical turning point in the struggle by a previous Congress to hold the 37th president to account.

Now, McClellan has offered what any honest observer must recognize as the stuff of a similarly significant breakthrough.

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No Voice Unheard: An Interview with Diane Leigh

No Voice Unheard: An interview with animal rights activist Diane Leigh
by Mickey Z. 
Diane Leigh is the co-author of the book 'One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter,' a book Derrick Jensen says, "Reveals both the tragedy of our relationships with non-humans and the triumphs that these relationships can be."
She is also co-founder of the non-profit organization No Voice Unheard (NVU), which is "dedicated to promoting compassion and respect for all living beings and the planet we share." That mission has led to NVU publishing "beautiful and creative books that give animals a unique voice." 
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Attorneys Scandal: Removal of Canary Sought

U.S. Attorneys Scandal: Removal of Canary Sought as Paulose Resigns
by Scott Horton
Just as the new attorney general has removed the Karl Rove-connected U.S. Attorney in Minneapolis, Rachel Paulose, he has received a request that he take similar steps against the U.S. Attorney who initiated the notorious Siegelman prosecution, Leura Canary.
U.S. Attorney Leura Canary, Alabama’s number one power couple, suggests Time Magazine, consists of Leura Canary, the U.S. Attorney in Montgomery, and her husband William J. Canary, the state’s most prominent G.O.P. campaign advisor.
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Scott McClellan Talks: The Pressman's Story

Bush's Plame-gate Cover-up
by Robert Parry
In early fall 2003, George W. Bush joined in what appears to have been a criminal cover-up to conceal the role of his White House in exposing the classified identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson.

That is the logical conclusion one would draw from a new statement by then-White House press secretary Scott McClellan when it is put into a mosaic with previously known evidence.

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Gordon Campbell and British Columbia's 'Big Lie' Government

The Big Lie
by Corky Evans
Dear Friends: Back a few years, before the election of 2005, I was working in the town of Nakusp.  Walking down the street one day, I ran into a guy I used to know who has served many years as a Social Credit Cabinet Minister.
British Columbia Premier, Gordon Campbell

It was winter and, in winter in Nakusp, pretty much everyone you meet on the street is someone who lives there.  The unlikely meeting of two historical political combatants on the streets of a little town on the Arrow Lakes made for a sense that we were on neutral turf.  We struck up a conversation more personal than public.

He asked me if I would run for office again and then, surprisingly, he almost begged me to re-enter politics.  I knew this fellow by virtue of our mutual years as enemies, so I asked him why he cared.

His answer surprised me.  I am only now beginning to understand.  He said, “Because Campbell is running the worst government in history and we have to bring him down before he destroys British Columbia.”

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Haiti: Preval Government Caves to Global Privatizers

CTH Worries About the Governance of the Country
by Confederation of Haitian Workers
Today, the CTH has come to the realization that workers and the Haitian people are up to their last breath. Instead of this government taking concrete measures to put the country on the track of development, by facilitating the creation of jobs; they have instead put their heads between their legs in the privatization of government-owned enterprises. As a result there is widespread unemployment, misery and hunger.

At this very moment, the Preval/Alexis government has decided to lay-off more than 1500 people; mostly head of households who were working at the telephone company (Teleco); this is going to increase even more an already large sector of the population who are unemployed.

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Life in the Sacked City

Fallujah Now Under a Different Kind of Siege
by Ali al-Fadhily
Three years after a devastating U.S.-led siege of the city, residents of Fallujah continue to struggle with a shattered economy, infrastructure, and lack of mobility.

The city that was routed in November 2004 is still suffering the worst humanitarian conditions under a siege that continues. Although military actions are down to the minimum inside the city, local and US authorities do not seem to be thinking of ending the agonies of the over 400,000 residents of Fallujah.

"You, people of the media, say things in Fallujah are good," Mohammad Sammy, an aid worker for the Iraqi Red Crescent in Fallujah told IPS, "Then why don’t you come and live in this paradise with us? It is so easy to say things for you, isn’t it?"

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Electing Not

Of Boycotts and Elections
by Charles Sullivan
One hopes that at some point the American people will come to the realization that most elected officials these days do not serve the public interest, but their own economic self interests and those of their financial backers.
The few who would serve the public interest are filtered out by the insurmountable fortress of capital that is the bulwark of electoral politics, especially at the federal level.
Genuine public servants have roughly the same chance of winning a seat in Congress or the Whitehouse, as one has of winning the lottery. For the totally uninitiated, or those on narcotics: the odds are astronomical.

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Pakistan: Bhutto's Overriding Ambitions

Trappings of Democracy in Pakistan
by Graham Usher
United States Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte lands in Islamabad this weekend "hopeful that moderate elements [in Pakistan] can join together to have increased dialogue to work through this political situation," said the White House.

It's a tough call. Two weeks after General Pervez Musharraf banged martial law on his country, Washington's other most-favored "moderate element" is barricaded in a Lahore residence behind a thicket of police. "It's over with Musharraf," Benazir Bhutto told a queue of media on a crackly mobile phone from her lavishly furnished cell.

"He has lost the confidence of the people of Pakistan. He is unable to give the nation a fair election. And he is bent on maintaining and sustaining a dictatorship," she said. Asked whether there were "any circumstances" in which she could serve in a future government under his presidency, the two-time prime minister, for once, was categorical. "None," Bhutto said.

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Spectacular Times: Bigger Cages, Longer Chains

Spectacular Times: Bigger Cages, Longer Chains
by Mickey Z.
"We remain passively receptive to the overall design."

"The only choice we are presented with is the choice between the spectacle of domination and the spectacle of opposition."

The above quotes are from one of Larry Law’s excellent Spectacular Times pamphlet series. I’ve read these mini books maybe 20 times over the past 15 years or so and never failed to learn, today, I thought I’d share some Situationist-style thoughts on activism and see what you think.

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Pentagon Fudging Its Casualties Numbers

Pentagon Cover Up: 15,000 or more US casualties in Iraq War
by Mike Whitney
The Pentagon has been concealing the true number of American casualties in the Iraq War. The real number exceeds 15,000 and CBS News can prove it.
CBS’s Investigative Unit  wanted to do a report on the number of suicides in the military and “submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Defense”. After 4 months they received a document which showed--that between 1995 and 2007--there were 2,200 suicides among “active duty” soldiers.


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