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The New Spreading Nepocracy

Madame President
by Katrina vanden Heuvel
Her husband is a former governor and president who presided over an economic boom. She is a popular center-left senator -- a tough, disciplined and savvy politician who has led voters to think that they will be getting two leaders for the price of one.

No, not Hillary Clinton. She is Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, newly elected president of Argentina.
 
Kirchner cruised to victory Sunday, becoming the Western Hemisphere's second female president voted into office in the last two years. (Michelle Bachelet, the president of Chile, was inaugurated on March 11, 2006.)
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Britain's Grayest Lady

The BBC Back-peddles Big Time – or how to completely rewrite history before the ink’s even dried
by William Bowles 
The BBC is currently flighting a programme in two parts entitled ‘No Plan, No Peace – the Inside Story of Iraq’s Descent into Chaos’ (28 and 29 October on BBC1).
 
Way back and many times inbetween I have asserted that there was never meant to be a plan (at least in the generally accepted sense of the word) and indeed in 2003, the Bush regime stated that deposing Saddam was never about ‘nation-building’.
 

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Gorilla Radio for Monday, October, 29, 2007

Gorilla Radio for Monday, October, 29, 2007
by C. L. Cook
How long do we in Canada, and the United States, and Britain, and Australia, and those other countries willing to slaughter the innocents of Afghanistan, and Iraq, and if rumour proves true, Iran and Syria and Pakistan next too, abide the criminality of "our" governments?
 
 
This Week on GR; courageous Afghani "MP," Malalai Joya on Canada's involvement in her country; American journalist and author, Dave Lindorff on escalating aerial bombardment of Iraq and Afghanistan; and, Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on good things to get up to in and around Victoria in the coming week.
 
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca .  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com . And, you can check out the GR blog at:  http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com   
 
 
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Bush-Harper Hydra: Partners in Atrocity

Our Dreadful Involvement in the American Afghanistan Atrocity      
by Ingmar Lee
Can there be anybody out there who is not sickened by the ongoing American attack, invasion, occupation, torture, rape and massacre of Iraq and Afghanistan?
 
And can there be anyone who is not shocked by their repetitive ramp-up rhetoric for even more warmongering – and on an exponentially more dangerous scale - as can be heard in the current frantic tattoo on Iran?
 
And is there anybody out there who is not totally ashamed and alarmed by Canada's grovelling complicity in this utter catastrophe?   


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American Disengagement

The Bureaucracy, the March, and the War
by Tom Engelhardt
As I was heading out into a dark, drippingly wet, appropriately dispiriting New York City day, on my way to the "Fall Out Against the War" march -- one of 11 regional antiwar demonstrations held this Saturday -- I was thinking: then and now, Vietnam and Iraq.
 
photo Tam Turse
 
Since the Bush administration had Vietnam on the brain while planning to take down Saddam Hussein's regime for the home team, it's hardly surprising that, from the moment its invasion was launched in March 2003, the Vietnam analogy has been on the American brain -- and, even domestically, there's something to be said for it.


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Political Prisoner Loses Canadian Appeal

Prisoner Loses Canadian Appeal
by Tre Arrow
Hello to everyone. Yes, it's been a while since I've written! Thank you for your continued patience and support.
 
Environmentalist and refugee hopeful, Tre Arrow has been incarcerated in Canada since March 2004.

Two seasons have come since my appeal hearing and on Friday (Oct 19) the court of appeal issued their decision regarding my extradition to the U.S. All three judges denied all the arguments my lawyer Jim made on my behalf. If you would like to read the reasons for the decision, go here.



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Haitian Betrayal: Preval and Disappearing Lavalas

Haitian Betrayal: Preval and Disappearing Lavalas
by Ezili Danto
Under this new occupation following the bloody US-imposed Boca Raton regime, they are not incarcerating the heads of Lavalas; under President Preval's reign, they are executing them, one by one...first Lovinsky, now it's Dr. Maryse Narcisse has been disappeared.
 
Whoever has taken Dr. Maryse Narcisse: An international audience, deeply concerned about the fate of Dr. Maryse Narcisse, is witnessing your actions.
 
Help raise the international concern and visibility of this human rights violation case. Help save the life Maryse Narcisse, stop her torture, prevent her execution. Return her to her family.
 
HLLN's Urgent Action Requested, Oct. 29, 2007 (US Contact information is on our website, Haitian contact info

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Rumsfeld to Stay Home: An American (war criminal) Not Abroad

Rumsfeld and The Taxi to the Darkside      
by Larry C. Johnson
News today that Donald Rumsfeld is the target of a legal complaint filed in France accusing him of masterminding the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo gives Rummy a chance to walk in the shoes of Saddam Hussein.
 
Like Saddam, Rummy insists he did nothing wrong and that he was simply pursuing the best interest of the American people.
 
 
Over one hundred prisoners have died in suspicious circumstances in U.S. custody during the "war on terror". Taxi to the Dark Side takes an ... all in-depth look at one case: an Afghan taxi driver called Dilawar who was considered an honest and kind man by the people of his rustic village. So when he was detained by the U.S military one afternoon, after picking up three passengers, denizens wondered why this man was randomly chosen to be held in prison, and, especially, without trial?

Five days after his arrest Dilawar died in his Bagram prison cell. His death came within a week of another death of a detainee at Bagram. The conclusion, with autopsy evidence, was that the former taxi driver and the detainee who passed away before him, had died due to sustained injuries inflicted at the prison by U.S. soldiers.


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Hunting Haji: Baghdad Bwanas Go On Safari

(Un)Fair Game
Targeting Iraqis as "Big Game"
by Nick Turse
Earlier this month, news of the military's use of Human Terrain Teams -- U.S. combat units operating in Afghanistan and Iraq that contain anthropologists and other social scientists who have traded in their academic robes for body armor -- hit the front-page of the New York Times.
 
While the incorporation of academic experts into combat units has raised ire in some scholarly circles, their use as "cultural advisers" to aid the war effort has been greeted by the military as "a crucial new weapon in counterinsurgency operations" and in the media as an example of increased cultural sensitivity as well as evidence of a new Pentagon willingness to think outside the box.  
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Rendition Less Extraordinary

Further British Involvement in US Rendition Programme Comes to Light      
by Craig Murray
 
CBS reported last week on allegations that U.S. authorities held terrorist suspects on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia as part of a secret prisons network.
 
Diego Garcia, an island of great apparent beauty, is part of the British Indian Ocean Territory. What goes on there is the business of Westminster.


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Home of the Braves

Home of the Brave?
by Dave Lindorff
Several years ago, I warned that as the Bush/Cheney administration sought to reduce politically problematic casualty rates in Iraq and Afghanistan, it would resort to increased use of air attacks to combat the growing insurgency in Iraq and the resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan.

I also predicted that the result of this switch in tactics would lead to higher civilian casualties in those two countries.

We're now seeing those results.


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