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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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Scheherazade Does D.C.: A Thousand and One Tales of Spin

Scheherazade in the White House
by Christian Salmon
A few days before the 2004 presidential election, Ron Suskind, a columnist who had been investigating the White House and its communications for years, wrote in The New York Times about a conversation he had with a presidential adviser in 2002.
 
“The aide said that guys like me were ‘in what we call the reality-based community’, which he defined as people ‘who believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality’. I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ‘That’s not the way the world really works anymore,’ he continued. ‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors.. and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.’ ”



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Who the Insurgents Are

Who Are the Insurgents?
by Dahr Jamail
"Suppose Iraq invaded America. And an Iraqi soldier was on a tank passing through an American street, waving his gun at the people, threatening them, raiding and trashing houses.Would you accept that? This is why no Iraqi can accept occupation, and don’t be surprised by their reactions," says "The Imam," a young man from a mixed Sunni-Shia family, as he explains the genesis of the insurgency in Iraq and its exponential growth.

He is one of the protagonists that Meeting Resistance presents as unmistakable evidence that the root cause of the conflict in Iraq is the occupation itself. The film has resistance fighters themselves tell their story.


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Will Canada to War with Iran Next?

Will Canada to War with Iran Next?
by C. L. Cook
The Canadian Broadcast Corporation is reporting today comments made by Defence Minister Peter Mackay charging Iran is responsible for arming Taliban elements of the Afghani resistance. It is, the CBC says, the first time Canadian officials have made such allegations publicly.
 
MacKay was in Afghanistan with Canada's Chief of Defence Staff, General Rick Hillier, and made his statement after helping serve Christmas dinner to some 900 Canadian soldiers stationed at Kandahar Airfield.


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A Song for the Holy Land

Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem (Revisited)      
by William A. Cook

Oh, little town of Bethlehem, How strange you seem tonight!
 
Above the dark foreboding sky, The stars now hide their light, The streets below dare not show The everlasting light.
 
What hopes and fears are mingled here, In dread, this sacred night?
 
 

 
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Rising Tide: Red States Blue

Global Warming Will Save America from the Right...Eventually
by Dave Lindorff
Say what you will about the looming catastrophe facing the world as the pace of global heating and polar melting accelerates. There is a silver lining.

Look at a map of the US.

The area that will by completely inundated by the rising ocean—and not in a century but in the lifetime of my two cats—are the American southeast, including the most populated area of Texas, almost all of Florida, most of Louisiana, and half of Alabama and Mississippi, as well as goodly portions of eastern Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
 
 
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Jelly Beans and Potato Soup: Security and Prosperity Partnership

The Security and Prosperity Partnership:
Jelly Beans and Potato Soup
by Hal. C. Sisson, QC
Jelly beans are funny per se; you never find them in discussion of serious matters, but usually used in a humourous or derisive manner.
 
Stephen Harper's spin doctors know this, which is precisely why they used jelly beans as an example when referring to the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) that is more transparently described as the North American Union (NAU). Couple of years ago people said the NAU was only a ludicrous conspiracy theory never to be implemented. Not any more. The question now is are we going to be a part of it?

Prime Minister Harper intimated in his August speech in Montebello, Quebec, that the terms of the SPP agreement being discussed between Canada, the United States and Mexico was nothing more than an attempt to harmonize the policies, laws, rules, and regulations regarding trade of jelly beans throughout North America.
 
 
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Baseball's Gamed Steroids "Investigation"

The Mitchell Report Is a Fraud
by David Zirin
Ever had someone spit in your face and tell you it's raining? That's how it felt watching former Senator George Mitchell's press conference on steroid use in Major League Baseball.
 
The former Senate majority leader unleashed his "investigative findings" in the somber, deliberate tones of an exhausted undertaker. Mitchell strained to heap scorn upon baseball owners and the player's union for being "slow to act."
 
Yet beneath the surface, his report is an ugly, sanctimonious fraud, meant to absolve those at the top and pin blame on a motley crew of retired players, trainers and clubhouse attendants. This is truly the old saw of the magical fishing net that captures minnows but lets the whales swim free.



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The End of the Pacific Wild Salmon

Capitalism and an Impending Wild Salmon Apocalypse
by Kim Petersen
That sea lice from salmon farming pens imperil wild salmon populations is known.1 A recent article in the respected academic journal Science has confirmed these earlier reports. 2 But more ominously, the article authors warn that the sea lice threaten a “99% collapse in pink salmon population … expected in four salmon generations.”
 
 
The culprit is corporate salmon farming whose pens provide a platform where the sea lice can proliferate. The wild juvenile pink salmon that venture to the sea past these salmon farms are at risk of picking up sea lice.
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Siegelman Case Gets Smellier with Release of Accuser

Siegelman Accuser Released
by Scott Horton
The nation’s highest profile political prosecution just got a little smellier–as if that were possible.
 
U.S. Attorney Leura Canary and her chief prosecutor, Louis Franklin, built their case against Siegelman largely off the testimony of businessman Lanny Young.
 
As Time magazine’s Adam Zagorin recounts, Young came in to the discussions with the Justice Department telling them he had dynamite information linking Alabama Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions and then-Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to corruption. He also had something quite trivial relating to Governor Siegelman.

But it turns out that the prosecutors didn’t want to hear a word about the big-name Republicans. They only cared about Siegelman.
 
 
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