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Shadows: Proliferation, Corruption and the Way of the World

The Bomb in the Shadows: Proliferation, Corruption and the Way of the World
by Chris Floyd
This week, the Sunday Times lifted the lid on one of the most important stories of the last quarter-century: how American officials sold nuclear arms technology to illegal proliferators -- including ideological allies of al Qaeda -- in return for bribes and other inducements.
This widespread corruption has been protected from exposure by the highest levels of the U.S. government, which has gone to enormous lengths to protect the truth from coming out.
The entire planet has been put at grave risk by the greed -- and geopolitical gamesmanship -- that lies behind this criminal enterprise, which actually is even more extensive, and goes back further in time, than the newspaper's remarkable revelations.

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Not Alright Reading

Tom's Review of Books
by Tom Engelhardt
Dear Tomdispatch Reader; for 30 years, I've been a book editor in -- or at the edge of -- mainstream publishing. I still co-run and co-edit a series I helped launch back in 2003, The American Empire Project (out of Henry Holt's Metropolitan Books).
I've often written back to readers who wanted me to check out their books (or favorite books of theirs) that the saddest response a long-time book editor is this: I have so desperately little time to read books these days.
And it's true... it really is...
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Imagining a World Without GWOT

The $100 Barrel of Oil vs. the Global War on Terror:
The Bush Legacy (Take Two)
by Tom Engelhardt
Consider the debate among four Democratic presidential candidates on ABC News last Saturday night. In the previous week, the price of a barrel of oil briefly touched $100, unemployment hit 5%, the stock market had the worst three-day start since the Great Depression, and the word "recession" was in the headlines and in the air.
So when ABC debate moderator Charlie Gibson announced that the first fifteen-minute segment would be taken up with "what is generally agreed to be… the greatest threat to the United States today," what did you expect?
As it happened, he was referring to "nuclear terrorism," specifically "a nuclear attack on an American city" by al-Qaeda (as well as how the future president would "retaliate"). 
[Note for Tomdispatch Readers: Last week, I offered my initial take, a year early,
on the Bush legacy, "Journey to the Dark Side." Here's take two.] 

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Cutting Uranium Deals with Ontario's Savages

Algonquin Negotiators Caught "Suckling"
by Kahentinetha Horn 
Eight Mohawks from four communities were invited by Robert “Too Much Mercy” Lovelace, the negotiator for the Ardoc Lake Algonquins, to attend a public meeting in Kingston Ontario.
They were supposedly hammering out a deal between the Ardoc/Sharbot Lake Algonquins, Ontario government and Frontenac Ventures Corporation to “stop” a uranium mining project that may have never been meant to see the light of day. 
“See you there”, he said. The meeting was to start on Sunday, January 6, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm. at the Holiday Inn.
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Barking for Obama: The Revolving Door Democracy Show

The Obama Phenom or Revolving Door ‘Democracy’  
by William Bowles
There are dark forces at work here, namely the pr and media sectors of the ruling elites who have realised that the only way to (hopefully) save their bacon is to have an economically and politically ‘safe’ Black prez who captures the imagination of those who have never voted (about 30% of the eligible population), mostly the young and along the way it’s hoped he’ll capture a significant percentage of Black vote and of course most of the Democratic voters.
He’s right of Hillary Clinton but with loads more appeal, so he even might grab a few Republicans and he’s an African (of Kenyan descent, now there's synchronicity in action). Damn, he comes over like an ad for Benetton or Guess, no wonder the powers that be are backing him.

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Vancouver Police Arrest Alleged Serial Killer

Aldergrove man charged with murder of 2 prostitutes
by  CBC News
British Columbia RCMP have charged a 29-year-old man with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of two sex-trade workers in the Fraser Valley.

The body of Sheryl Lynn Korrol, 50, was found July 7, 2007, in a business district of Langley, B.C.

Davey Mato Butorac was arrested over the weekend and charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Gwendolyn Jo Lawton and Sheryl Lynn Korrol, whose bodies were found last year at different times in Abbotsford and Langley, respectively.

Butorac is expected to make a court appearance later Monday.

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War Baiting Iran in the Straits of Hormuz

Strait of Hormuz: Keeping the Neocon Iran Attack on the Front Burner
by Kurt Nimmo
The Huffington Post is quoting the Associated Press:

  • "In what is being called a serious provocation, Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats harassed and provoked three U.S. Navy ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, officials said Monday.
U.S. forces were on the verge of firing on the Iranian boats in the early Sunday incident, when the boats ended the incident and turned and moved away, said a Pentagon official."

Another news day, another lame attempt to get Iran to respond and thus provide the provocation required for the United States and Israel to kill Iranian toddlers and mothers.

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Iraq: Brother's in Arms

Killer of U.S. Soldiers Becomes a Hero
by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail
The recent killing of two U.S. soldiers by their Iraqi colleague has raised disturbing questions about U.S. military relations with the Iraqis they work with.
On Dec. 26, an Iraqi soldier opened fire on U.S. soldiers accompanying him during a joint military patrol in the northern Iraqi city Mosul. He killed the U.S. captain and another sergeant, and wounded three others, including an Iraqi interpreter.

Conflicting versions of the killing have arisen.
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Chaos Capital: All-Out War on Planet Earth

It’s all-out war on the planet. Chaos (capitalism) rules okay!  
by William Bowles
I have to admit to a feeling of being totally overwhelmed by the state of our planet even though I know the chaos that threatens to drown us all is the direct result of an economic system —capitalism— being nothing more than the anarchic addiction of capital accumulation now run riot (the profits that are being made are obscene and the pain of the victims, numbering in the millions, indescribable).
That since the 1970s and the advent of so-called neoliberalism, it’s been a no holds barred, free-for-all on the people and the planet. And If you have the impression that those who claim to be in control are not only totally clueless but are unable to do a damn thing about it, it’s because you’re correct.

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Keeping the Lie Alive: A Second Look at Charlie Wilson's War

Imperialist Propaganda: Second Thoughts on Charlie Wilson's War
by Chalmers Johnson
I have some personal knowledge of Congressmen like Charlie Wilson (D-2nd District, Texas, 1973-1996) because, for close to twenty years, my representative in the 50th Congressional District of California was Republican Randy "Duke" Cunningham, now serving an eight-and-a-half year prison sentence for soliciting and receiving bribes from defense contractors.
Wilson and Cunningham held exactly the same plummy committee assignments in the House of Representatives -- the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee plus the Intelligence Oversight Committee -- from which they could dole out large sums of public money with little or no input from their colleagues or constituents.

Both men flagrantly abused their positions -- but with radically different consequences. Cunningham went to jail because he was too stupid to know how to game the system -- retire and become a lobbyist -- whereas Wilson received the Central Intelligence Agency Clandestine Service's first "honored colleague" award ever given to an outsider and went on to become a $360,000 per annum lobbyist for Pakistan.
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Bearing Down on Bare Mountain

Bearing Down on Bare Mountain
by Ingmar Lee
It's been difficult to write current updates about the "Bear Mountain Interchange vs. Treesit" issue of late. The convoluted twists and turns of the tale where Babylon meets bush at the edge of Victoria are evolving so fast, that news by the time of writing is usually already obsolete.
The giant cloverleaf interchange project proponents - namely the City of Langford, Ministry of Transportation, Bear Mountain developers and Golder Associates - have been steadily crossing priorities off their lists in advance of the destruction, and are chomping at the bit to go.
In a state of apparently premature excitement last November, the proponents jointly announced that the forest would be bulldozed come mid-December.

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