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Gaza: Normalizing Misery

Politicizing Gaza’s Misery
by Ramzy Baroud
The intense debate over Gaza is subsiding as the status quo is, predictably, delineated by those with the bigger guns. But to what extent can human suffering be politicized, turned into an intellectual polemic that fails to affect the simplest change in people’s lives?

Hamas’ political advent in January 2006 as the first ‘opposition’ movement in the Arab world to ascend to power using peaceful and democratic means was successfully thwarted in a brazen coup, engineered jointly by the United States, Israel and renegade Palestinian factionalists.
 
Following this, history was, as usual, re-written by the victor. Thus Hamas, a party representing the democratic institutions in the Occupied Territories, became the party that ‘overthrew’ Abbas’ ‘legitimate’ democracy.
 
As strange a notion as that is – a government overthrowing itself – it went down in the annals of Western media as uncontested truth.


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The Corporate World of Glenn Beck

The Mad Corporate World of Glenn Beck
by Norman Solomon
When I picked up a ringing phone one morning in mid-December, the next thing I knew a producer was inviting me to appear on Glenn Beck’s TV show.

Beck has become a national phenom with his nightly hour of polemics on CNN Headline News -- urging war on Iran, denouncing “political correctness” at home, trashing immigrants who don’t speak English, mocking environmentalists as repressive zealots, and generally trying to denigrate progressive outlooks.

Our segment, the producer said, would focus on a recent NBC news report praising the virtues of energy-efficient LED light bulbs without acknowledging that the network’s parent company, General Electric, sells them. I figured it was a safe bet that Beck’s enthusiasm for full disclosure from media would be selective.


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Security: Doing the Jobs Americans Won't in Iraq

Looking to Security from Paper Police
Inter Press Service
by Ali al-Fadhily
In a country with no security and no jobs, just about anyone can work as a policeman.

"To survive in Iraq under U.S. occupation, there are only two jobs; police and garbage collection," Baghdad journalist Mohammad al-Dulaymi told IPS. "Unemployment is leading many Iraqis to join the security forces despite the risk involved."
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Back in the Ring: Bare Knuckles Rollins Pitching for Huckabee

Huckabee's Chairman Hid Payoff Secret
by Robert Parry
The pundits on CNN’s “Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” were unanimous: Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins was a great guy and his hiring as national chairman for Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign gave it a solid jolt of credibility.

But Blitzer’s panel of journalists on Dec. 14 didn’t seem to either know or care that Rollins has withheld evidence since 1991 about the identity of a top Filipino politician who admitted delivering an illegal $10 million cash payment to Ronald Reagan’s 1984 campaign from Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Rollins, who ran Reagan’s reelection campaign, mentioned the admission in his 1996 book, Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms, recounting how the Filipino casually asserted over drinks that he had carried the money in a suitcase to a Republican lobbyist who was representing the Reagan campaign.


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Life in Wartime: Letter from a B. C. Activist

Letter from a B. C. Activist
by Eloise Charest
Dear Chris, It would be an honor to be on your famous radio show anytime. I' m so thrilled to see the old guardians still in place and standing strong. Compliments on the Pacific Press and the rest, it's refreshing to read real news.
I have just spent most of the summer until late fall blocking the road trying to prevent one of the largest hydro projects from going through. Now that the clearcutting of our old growth has turned the only inland temperate rainforest on earth into a desert that is drying up and prone to fires, they are after our water.
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Secret Library of Hope

The Secret Library of Hope
12 Books to Stiffen Your Resolve
by Rebecca Solnit
Hope is an orientation, a way of scanning the wall for cracks -- or building ladders -- rather than staring at its obdurate expanse.
 
 
It's a worldview, but one informed by experience and the knowledge that people have power; that the power people possess matters; that change has been made by populist movements and dedicated individuals in the past; and that it will be again.
 
Dissent in this country has become largely a culture of diagnosis rather than prescription, of describing what is wrong with them, rather than what is possible for us.


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Dissecting Siamese Twin Politics

Dissecting the Two-Party System      
by Shamus Cooke
It often takes direct experience to better understand one’s surroundings; whether it be a toddler’s mastering of cause and effect, or for our purposes, realizing the Democratic Party’s true nature.
 
 
This latest life lesson has been taught to us by the Democrats themselves, who, public opinion cast aside, have continued to support the Iraq War, not to mention other collusions with the Republicans on many matters that represent “high crimes and misdemeanors”.


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Get Lost Tribe: Israel's Palestinians

Israel's Palestinians and the 'Jewish State'
by Nadim Rouhana
The Annapolis peace talks regard me as an interloper in my own land. Israel's deputy prime minister, Avigdor Lieberman, argues that I should "take [my] bundles and get lost."
 
Henry Kissinger thinks I ought to be summarily swapped from inside Israel to the would-be Palestinian state.

I am a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship -- one of 1.4 million. I am also a social psychologist trained and working in the United States.
 
 
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U.S.A.: Corporate Media Consolidates its Power Further

FCC Hands Power to Media Monopolies,
Portends Congressional Battle"
by John Nichols
The Federal Communications Commission has, as expected, voted along party lines to approve the demand of Rupert Murdoch and other communications-industry moguls for a loosening of limits on media monopolies in American cities.
 
FCC chair Kevin Martin


Now, the real fight begins.
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"We must Sterilize Everyone in the World:" Texas Names Mad Scientist of the Year

Culling The Herd
by Sheila Samples
In 1974, a year after orchestrating a mass terror bombing of Cambodia -- after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize -- Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and his National Security Council completed “National Security Study Memo 200: Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests.”
 
This document, whose sharp edges are dulled by page after leaden page of how to reduce over-population in the Third World through birth control and "other" population-reduction programs, was classified until 1989, but was almost immediately accepted as US policy, and remains the US blueprint for ethnic cleansing today.


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I Legend: Redemption

No Redemption
by Mickey Z.
I went to see I Am Legend yesterday and truly enjoyed it. The ending was both too “action movie” and way too “spiritual” for me but overall, it was well-made...for a Hollywood film. (Plus, Alice Braga is stunning.)
 
I especially appreciated the Bob Marley angle. The main character talks of when Marley was shot before a major concert in 1976 but still performed. Asked why, the singer replied (and I paraphrase): “The bad people trying to make the world worse never take a day off so why should I?”


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