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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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Revisiting that Other Hitler: The Trial of Slobodan Milosevic

Western Promises
by Marc Perelman
If you saw the grainy footage of Saddam Hussein being brutally hanged on December 30, 2006, amid the taunts of his political enemies, "international justice" is probably not the first thought that came to mind. "Tribal vendetta" is a more likely guess.
 
More than sixty years ago, the need to avoid vendettas was one of the factors behind the establishment of an international military tribunal at Nuremberg to judge Nazis accused of war crimes. The Nuremberg tribunal has since served as a model of sorts for the handful of international tribunals created by the United Nations in the past two decades to judge people accused of committing war crimes in Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. 
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Still Spinning: Media-Made War

Manufacturing Threats: Sudan, Iran, and the War for Civilisation
by Media Lens
News that British schoolteacher Gillian Gibbons had been jailed in Sudan after allowing her pupils to call a teddy bear Mohammed fed straight into the UK media's hate factory and its "war for civilisation".

The Gibbons story was mentioned in a massive 257 articles in UK national newspapers in the first week, providing an excuse to boost claims of "genocide" in Sudan in 10 of these.
 
The suffering in Sudan has certainly been appalling - it is estimated that the conflict has cost the lives of 100,000 people with two million made homeless. But Iraq is far worse - the occupation has so far resulted in the deaths of 1 million people with more than 4 million displaced from their homes.


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America: A Police State Under the Christmas Tree

Police State America - A Look Back and Ahead      
by Stephen Lendman
Year end is a good time to look back and reflect on what's ahead. If past is prologue, however, the outlook isn't good, and nothing on the horizon suggests otherwise.
 
Voters last November wanted change but got betrayal from the bipartisan criminal class in Washington. Their attitude shows in an October Reuters/Zogby (RZ) opinion poll with George Bush at 24% that tops Richard Nixon's worst showing of 25% at his lowest 1974 Watergate point.
 
And if that looks bad, consider Congress with "The Hill" reporting from the same RZ Index that our legislators scored a "staggering 11%, the lowest (congressional) rating in history," but there's room yet to hit bottom and a year left to do it. Why not with lawmakers' consistent voter sellout and failure record that keeps getting worse.


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