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Al Gore and the Bali Ballyhoo

Gored Again: Bipartisan Bagmen in Bali and Kyoto        
by Chris Floyd     
In the interests of full disclosure, I must own up to some tenuous personal connections to Al Gore, whose Carthage homeplace was about 20 miles or so from my home in Watertown.
My cousin was one of his press officers for several years, back in Gore's House and Senate days.
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Prisoners We

We Are All Prisoners Now      
by Paul Craig Roberts
At Christmas time it has been my habit to write a column in remembrance of the many innocent people in prisons whose lives have been stolen by the US criminal justice (sic) system that is as inhumane as it is indifferent to justice.
Usually I retell the cases of William Strong and Christophe Gaynor, two men framed in the state of Virginia by prosecutors and judges as wicked and corrupt as any who served Hitler or Stalin.

This year is different. All Americans are now imprisoned in a world of lies and deception created by the Bush Regime and the two complicit parties of Congress, by federal judges too timid or ignorant to recognize a rogue regime running roughshod over the Constitution, by a bought and paid for media that serves as propagandists for a regime of war criminals, and by a public who have forsaken their Founding Fathers.

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Bhutto Assassination: Back Story

US Illusions Die With Benazir Bhutto
by Christian Parenti
The ad hoc and shortsighted nature of US policy toward Pakistan is on display once again. Benazir Bhutto has been murdered, most likely by religious fanatics. In the West, pundits and diplomats now wring their hands and lament: “Oh no. All our eggs in one basket.”
But let's step back for a second to look at how thoroughly bankrupt US policy in that region has become, and recognize the desperate need for a New Diplomacy toward the Muslim world in general.

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Pakistan: Unraveling

Pakistan is Unraveling
by Mona Eltahawy
At a conference on radicalization in The Hague in October, a former Pakistani foreign minister told a small group of us that he had recently warned Benazir Bhutto in a phone conversation that her return to Pakistan after eight years of self-imposed exile could be greeted by someone wearing a suicide belt.

“Do you doubt my popularity?” she asked him from Dubai, where she had been living.

No, he replied, reminding her instead that Pakistan had changed since she left.
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Drums Along the Congo

Congo's Crisis, Congo's History
by Christian Parenti
The horrors of violence in the eastern Congo demand some explanation. Reports from the ground paint a picture of a hell on earth, one of the world’s worst ongoing humanitarian crises. But too often these reports, providing little context, can leave an implicitly racist aftertaste.
The implication seems to be, “Well, these people are just savages.” Some history makes the madness appear slightly more logical, if no less evil.

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The Blurring of Public and Private Interests

Langford’s Bear Mountain Interchange: Urbanization on the Western Frontier and the Blurring of Public and Private Interests
by Ben Isitt
In February 1998, land surveyor Danny Carrier prepared a report for Western Forest Products (WFP) on “the development potential of Crown Lands …in the Municipality of Langford.” Carrier concluded that: “Possible impediments to development of the sites are public opposition, environmental issues and the required funding of off-site services.”2
WFP sought Crown lands in the vicinity of Goldstream Provincial Park for a high-end golf course and residential subdivision. The forest company also proposed a new highway interchange from the Trans-Canada Highway to service the development.
Herb Doman, owner of WFP’s parent company, Doman Industries Ltd., wrote to the deputy minister of Environment, Lands and Parks objecting to “further delays.” 3Another WFP official, chief lobbyist Bob Flitton (himself a former deputy minister of lands in the Social Credit government of the 1980s, and today Bear Mountain’s Residential Project Manager) wrote optimistically: “the next step would be for us to have the surveyors ribbon the proposed subdivision boundary.” 4
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Good and Evil at the Center of the Earth

Good and Evil at the Center of the Earth:
A Quechua Christmas Carol
by Greg Palast
I don’t know what the hell seized me. In the middle of an hour-long interview with the President of Ecuador, I asked him about his father. I’m not Barbara Walters. It’s not the kind of question I ask. He hesitated. Then said, “My father was unemployed.”

He paused. Then added, “He took a little drugs to the States… This is called in Spanish a mula [mule]. He passed four years in the States — in a jail.”

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Boycotting Wines from the Occupation

Boycotting Wines from the Occupation
by Hanna Kawas
"'The land of Israel has been producing wines for 5,000 years', said Norman Gladstone, Principal of International Cellars Inc. 'In the last thirty years, the wine industry in Israel has adopted modern technology leading to higher quality wines which have burst onto the international scene. We are pleased and honoured to bring Israel's top wineries to British Columbia.'"
With these words, the news release issued by the Canada-Israel Committee on Dec 20, 2007 announced the introduction of these wines to the Canadian province of B.C.
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Iraq: 'Awakening' New Conflicts

'Awakening' Forces Arouse New Conflicts
by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail
The controversial move of the U.S. military to back Sunni "Awakening" forces has created another wedge between Sunni and Shia political groups.

Following disputes between the tribal groups assembled into Awakening forces and the Iraqi government, the creation of these forces has become also a political issue.

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Ten Myths about Iraq 2007

Top Ten Myths about Iraq 2007
by Juan Cole
[Approaching the fifth anniversary of the American led invasion and occupation of Iraq, Middle-East scholar, Juan Cole takes a look at the enduring myths and misconceptions allowing the disaster continue.
The top ten myths about Iraq in 2007. - lex]

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The 2007 P.U.-litzer Prizes

Announcing the 2007 P.U.-litzer Prizes
by Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon
The year's stinkiest media performances.  Many journalists qualified for the sixteenth annual P.U.-litzer Prizes, but only a few were able to win recognition for turning in one of the truly stinkiest media performances of the year.
As the judges for this un-coveted award, we have done our best to confer this honor on the most deserving.

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