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Crime Without Arrest

Crime Without Punishment: A News Roundup
by Chris Floyd 
There are many stories out there that I would like to be writing about in greater detail, but for the moment, time and circumstances are still telling against me.
 
So here's a brief look at some important pieces. Check them out for yourself.

Patrick Cockburn on the recent emergence of opium-growing in Iraq, where warlords and militias in the pay of the United States and the oh-so-sovereign Iraqi "government" are turning Diyala province into a mini-narcostate, with the attendant murder, corruption, and violence. Isn't it very, very strange that America's oh-so-humanitarian interventions seem to spawn vast expansions in the drug trade, as in Vietnam and southeast Asia, Latin America, Afghanistan and now Iraq?
 
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Stopping Traffic: Langford Voters Rebellion

Langford Voters Rebellion: City Council Meeting
by Zoe Blunt
Conflict is expected tonight over the proposed new interchange in Langford as Langford City Council decides whether to adopt one of two controversial new bylaws, and citizens petition against the measures.

Bylaws 1147 and 1148 create a Local Area Service agreement and authorize the borrowing of $25 million to build the new interchange.  The bylaws were rushed through three readings at a poorly-advertised Special Meeting of Langford City Council two days after Christmas, despite an agenda stating they were to be given first reading only. Both bylaws are on the agenda tonight, and the Local Area Service bylaw is up for adoption.


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Pigeons, People & Perceptions

Pigeons, People & Perceptions
by Mickey Z.
New York City Councilman Simcha Felder is sick and tired of some Big Apple residents "doing whatever they do all over the city without anyone trying to stop it."
 
 
Is he talking about trigger-happy cops, double parked cab drivers, omnipresent terror suspects, loud cell phone users, or maybe corporate lawyers?
 
Nope. Felder has his legislative eye on Columba livia, a.k.a. Rock Pigeon (The bird formerly known as Rock Dove).
 

  
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Endless Greed and the Rise of Private Equity

The Endless Greed of Private Equity
by Ignacio Ramonet
While critics of the economic horrors of globalisation argue, a new and even more brutal form of capitalism is in action. The new vultures are private equity companies: predatory investment funds with vast amounts of capital at their disposal and an enormous appetite for more.

Their names -- among them the Carlyle Group, KKR, the Blackstone Group, Colony Capital, Apollo Management, Cerberus Partners, Starwood Capital, Texas Pacific Group, Wendel, Euraze -- are still not widely known. And while still a secret they are getting their hands on the global economy.
 
Between 2002 and 2006, the capital raised by these funds from banks, insurance companies, pension funds, and the assets of the super-rich rose from $135bn to $515bn. Their financial power is phenomenal, more than $1,600bn, and they cannot be stopped.



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Mulroney-Schreiber Affair: Of Foxes and Henhouses

Democracy Watch Seeks Pro Bono Lawyer to Help Challenge Commissioner's Decision and Calls on Parliamentarians to Restore "Apparent Conflict of Interest" Rule 
by Democracy Watch 
Today, Democracy Watch called on lawyers from across Canada to help it challenge the precedent-setting ruling issued Monday [January 7, 2008] by the federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson which concluded that, even when the Prime Minister's and Cabinet ministers' own actions and the actions of one of their close associates are in question, it is fine for them: to choose whether a judicial inquiry will take place; to set the scope of the inquiry; to choose the inquiry commissioner(s) who will judge them, and; to control a legal proceeding against another person who has made allegations about them.

Democracy Watch has written back to the Ethics Commissioner pointing out legal errors and requesting a reconsideration of her ruling, and questioning her lack of enforcement actions since she was appointed.  If the Ethics Commissioner does not reconsider and correct the legal errors in her ruling by issuing an amended ruling, Democracy Watch plans to challenge her ruling in court and is seeking pro bono legal assistance to do so.



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Iraq: Letter from the Lurch

A Letter from the Lurch
by David Swanson
Check out this letter I just received by Email:

The lurch was first mentioned in Dante's "Purgatorio," and I had always wanted to go there. What can I say? I'm an adventurer. That's one reason I joined the military in the first place. Well, that and all the lies about money and college and not having to serve in Iraq.
 
 
When I'd completed my third tour in Iraq and they stop-lossed me, it felt at least as bad as a ticket to purgatory. How could I stay still longer in this real world hell?

I'd hear about how supposedly if Congress were to cut off the funding for occupying Iraq it would be abandoning the troops and leaving us in the lurch, and I'd say to my buddies: "Wherever the lurch is, send me there now!"
 
 
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Brainless: The Media and Horse Race Journalism

The Beast Without a Brain: Why Horse Race Journalism Works for Journalists and Fails Us
by Jay Rosen
Just so you know, "the media" has no mind. It cannot make decisions. Which means it does not "get behind" candidates. It does not decide to oppose your guy... or gal. Nor does it "buy" this line or "swallow" that one. It is a beast without a brain. Most of the time, it doesn't know what it's doing.
 
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This does not mean you cannot blame the media for things. Go right ahead! Brainless beasts at large in public life can do plenty of damage; and later on -- when people ask, "What happened here?" -- it sometimes does make sense to say... the beast did this. It's known as "the pack" in political journalism, but I prefer "the herd of independent minds" (from Harold Rosenberg, 1959) because I think it's more descriptive of the dynamic. 
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Front Lines of a War Crime

Ground Zero: On the Front Lines of a War Crime        
by Chris Floyd     
During the holidays, whilst I was sojourning in that strange land that used to be America (I don't know what it is now; some kind of cheapjack, funhouse-mirror simulacrum of itself, I guess), I missed one of the most important stories about the ongoing war crime in Iraq to come down the pike in a long time: As the Iraqis See It, by Michael Massing, in the New York Review of Books.

There are mountains of commentary (making Ossa like a wart) that I could and should say about this devastating article, but time and circumstances are against me at the moment. So let me just urge you to run to the piece and read all of it for yourself. If you want to know what's really going on in Iraq -- behind all the ludicrous and sickening conventional wisdom about the "success" of the "surge" (which we see now consists largely of two main elements: bribing and arming Sunni extremists, and bombing the hell out of civilian neighborhoods) -- if you want to know what the Iraqis themselves think of what America (or the cheapjack, funhouse simulacrum of America) has wrought in their native land, then get thee not to a nunnery but to the NY Review of Books, pronto.


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The End of Economy: Kiss Your Cash Goodbye

George of Arabia: Better Kiss Your Abe ‘Goodbye’
by Greg Palast
Bend over, pull out your wallet and kiss your Abe ‘goodbye.’ The Lincolns have got to go - and so do the Hamiltons and Jacksons.

Those bills in your billfold aren’t yours anymore. The landlords of our currency - Citibank, the Bush & The King national treasury of China and the House of Saud - are foreclosing and evicting all Americans from the US economy.

It’s mornings like this, when I wake up hung-over to photos of the King of Saudi Arabia festooning our President with gold necklaces, that I reluctantly remember that I am an economist; and one with some responsibility to explain what the hell Bush is doing kissing Abdullah’s camel.


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Of Misinformation and Conflicts of Interest

Langford Exchange: Of Misinformation and Conflicts of Interest
by Cheryl Bryce
The response below is to a letter Denise Blackwell submitted to the editor of a local paper, Goldstream Gazette. I don’t think my response will be published but the message has been sent.
From: cheryl bryce
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2008 7:47 PM
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Subject: Repsonse to: Misinformation mars interchange project
 
 
Dear Editor;  I want to thank you, for publishing Denise Blackwell’s letter. It demonstrates to the public the lack of transparency and accountability. I am sure people residing in Langford, Greater Victoria, BC and potentially internationally will write an opposing response to Blackwell’s opinions.
 
However, one issue I would like to bring to light in reading Blackwell’s letter is potential conflict of interest.
 
Capital Region District Director and Langford Counsellor, Denise Blackwell 
 
Blackwell fails to mention one of her titles in her letter, BC Archaeology Branch Administrator Assistant to Justin Batten, Director.
 

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Requiem for Principle and Law in Britain

Requiem for Principle and Law in Britain
by David Halpin
In the crossbenches stands Lord Boyce, former British Chief of Defence Staff. In a “defence” debate with his peers on 22 November 2007, he spoke of blood on the deck of the Ministry of Defence; fellow warriors have been pleading for the weapons and leaving almost empty handed. Brown without an 'e' is in the frame.
 
Admiral the Lord Boyce - war profiteer 
 
The register of peers' interests show that this ex-sailor [Lord Boyce] holds a remunerated directorship in VT Group plc. This little business sells warships to Her Majesty’s Government, among other boys' toys. Hansard records no declaration of his possible interest in the hardware central to the debate.
 



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