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Seal Hunt: Farley Mowat Seized

Seal Defenders Attacked!
At 0700 Hours (PST) and 1100 Hours Atlantic time the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel Farley Mowat was attacked by officers from two Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers the Des Groseilliers and the Sir Wifred Grenfell.

Captain Alex Cornelissen informed the boarders that the Farley Mowat is a Dutch registered ship in international waters and that Canada had no legal right to restrict the free passage of the vessel through international waters.
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Israel Meets Its Match?

Hizbullah: Has Israel Met Its Match?
by M. Shahid Alam
On January 31, 2008, when the Winograd Commission submitted its final report on the Second Lebanese War of July 2006, this was a first in Israeli history: a report on why the Israeli military had failed in a war.

The Winograd Commission offers a quite honest appraisal of some aspects of the July 2006 War.1 It acknowledges that it was “a serious missed opportunity.” Israel had “initiated a long war, which ended without its clear military victory (italics added).”
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The Dictator's Progress: "Worse than Saddam"

From One Dictator to the Next
by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail
Many Iraqis have come to believe that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is just as much a dictator as Saddam Hussein was.

"Al-Maliki is a dictator who must be removed by all means," 35-year-old Abdul-Riza Hussein, a Mehdi Army member from Sadr City in Baghdad told IPS. "He is a worse dictator than Saddam; he has killed in less than two years more than Saddam killed in 10 years."
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Names Named: Following Back the Torture Trail to Its Authors

“History Will Not Judge This Kindly”
by Scott Horton
Gripping news: ABC News reports that the senior most advisors of President Bush, led by Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice, met in the White House repeatedly to discuss and approve specific torture tactics, including waterboarding and physical assault, as applied to particular prisoners.
Watch this report which resulted from a five month study by ABC News (and in connection with which I was interviewed):

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Living without Morality

The War of Words: Living without Morality – Profit not Peace
by William A. Cook
There exists in the great satirists – Swift, Voltaire, and Twain – a profound respect for the human’s ultimate weapon against mass stupidity, the human intellect. 
That stupidity is exemplified in allegiance and obeisance to organized religion, political parties, exclusive philosophies, the fanatical adherence to charismatic idiots, and to a blind belief in the equity of Capitalism as an economic panacea for the world’s ills. When one views our world today through the eyes of Swift or Voltaire or Twain, we cannot help but see whole societies kneeling before ministers, priests, rabbis, and imams reciting in unison beliefs determined by self-proclaimed prophets of their respective gods, shedding in the process their allegiance to their intellect, the font of reason that enables each of us to distinguish good from evil.
As it is with organized religion, so it is with political parties, neo-conservative philosophies, Islamic Jihad, and secular Zionism all of which drool with words without meaning – democracy, liberty, freedom, security, everlasting life, and peace – all made meaningless as they are made achievable through fear, the glue that solidifies countless minds  into mass stupidity.
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Iraq: Getting Half the Story

Basra Battles: Barely Half the Story
by Ramzy Baroud
When it comes to Iraq, reporters appear intent on omitting or fabricating news. The latest battles in Basra, Iraq's second largest city and a vital oil seaport, furnished ample instances of misleading and manipulative practice in corporate journalism today.
One commonly used tactic is to describe events using self-styled or "official" terminology, which deliberately confuses the reader by giving no real indication or analysis of what is actually happening.
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British Columbia: Open Pit Mining Planned for Clayoquot Sound "Biosphere Reserve"

Wilderness Committee Predicts “Massive” fight over plans for open pit copper mine in Clayoquot Sound
The Wilderness Committee reacted to news reported today in the Globe and Mail that; 
“[T]he Ahousaht band of Clayoquot Sound has signed a memorandum of understanding with Vancouver-based Selkirk Metals to test drill for copper on Catface Mountain, a principal landmark for the Tofino area.”

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Mexico: Journalist Killed, Family Wounded

World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)
by International Solidarity Network
The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, Article 19, and Reporters Without Borders condemn the murder of two community journalists in Mexico, and we demand:

Clarification of the events that occurred on April 8th of this year, on the highway to San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, where community journalists Teresa Bautista Merino y Felicitas Martínez Sánchez, were murdered. Both journalists worked with the radio station "The Voice That Breaks the Silence" (La Voz Que Rompe El Silencio).

Punishment of all those responsible for the murder of these journalists.

The guaranteed safety of the surviving victims, Faustino Vázquez Martínez, Cristina Martínez Flores and her two sons, who witnessed the events, as well as the guaranteed safety of everyone else working at the community radio station.

An end to the impunity that allows the ongoing repression, disappearances, and murders of journalists and mediamakers in general, and which makes Mexico the most dangerous country for journalists, in the Americas.

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Red Surge: Stonewalling Justice in BC Rail Case

The "Krog Affidavit Documents" and the BC Rail Scandal
by Robin Mathews
Leonard Krog, NDP justice critic, tossed a small wrench into the BC Rail Scandal court hearing on February 25, 2008 (The Basi, Virk, and Basi case). Krog asked, in effect, why Gordon Campbell, B.C. premier, suddenly, unilaterally (on May 28, 2007) changed the protocol for screening requested cabinet documents from a protocol that had been in operation since at least early 2004.

He asked related questions of Allan Seckel, Deputy Attorney General - now, apparently, the decision maker about cabinet documents. Seckel, as I have already reported, didn't say why the protocol has been changed by the Province's chief political actor - inextricably involved in the BC Rail Scandal.
Instead, Seckel affected to be almost insulted at the questions, suggesting his integrity may have been impugned, that he was perhaps being accused of being "political" in the matter.

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Whipping the Post: Eminence Front

The Very Annoying Washington Post
by Robert Parry
One of the many annoyances about living in George W. Bush’s Washington is to read the commentaries about the Iraq War on the editorial pages of the Washington Post. Possibly never in modern times has a major newspaper been more wrong, more consistently with more arrogance than has the Post on this vital issue.

Beyond getting almost nothing right – from the Post’s certitude over Iraq’s WMD to its reverence for Colin Powell’s U.N. testimony to its excitement over the purple-ink elections to its enthusiasm over whatever latest corner has been turned – the Post also has this obnoxious tendency to mock Americans who don’t share the paper’s wisdom.

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Save the Ashlu!

Despite the local community and governments denying Ledcor's application for a 49 mega watt hydro project on the Ashlu River twice, Bill 30 has allowed Ledcor to start devastating construction on one of British Columbia's most valuable water resources.

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