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General Delusion: Petraeus Speaks

American Grand Delusions: Why the Testimony of General Petraeus Will Be Delusional
by Tom Engelhardt
Yes, their defensive zone is the planet and they patrol it regularly. As ever, their planes and drones have been in the skies these last weeks.
 
They struck a village in Somalia, tribal areas in Pakistan, rural areas in Afghanistan, and urban neighborhoods in Iraq. Their troops are training and advising the Iraqi army and police as well as the new Afghan army, while their Special Operations forces are planning to train Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps in that country's wild, mountainous borderlands.

Their Vice President arrived in Baghdad not long before the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki launched its recent (failed) offensive against cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia in the southern oil city of Basra.
 
 
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Bad Samaritans: A Review

Bad Samaritans: A Review
by Jim Miles
Every now and then a ‘prize’ of a book comes along that includes all the elements of good writing.  Bad Samaritans is one of them. 
 
Using straightforward language that generally avoids using the lexicon of economists, and explains it well when it is used, Ha-Joon Chang writes a strong narrative about the ills of the capitalist world. 
 
It is a combination of anecdotal history and comparative history that uses many good statistical elements to support his common sense arguments. 
 
 
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Where are the Iraqis?

Where are the Iraqis in the Iraq War?
by Ramzy Baroud
Five years after the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, mainstream media is once more making the topic an object of intense scrutiny. The costs and implications of the war are endlessly covered from all possible angles, with one notable exception -- the cost to the Iraqi people themselves.

Through all the special coverage and exclusive reports, very little is said about Iraqi casualties, who are either completely overlooked or hastily mentioned and whose numbers can only be guesstimated. Also conveniently ignored are the millions injured, internally and externally displaced, the victims of rape and kidnappings who will carry physical and psychological scars for the rest of their lives.


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Punkz 4 A-Pin: Getting Down with the Dictatorz

Progressives for Pinochet
Mickey Z.
All American progressives should unite for Augusto Pinochet. Sure, I know so many of you incredibly busy with the urgent task of pretending that a certain multi-racial motivational speaker is Frederick Douglass reincarnated...but, trust me, Augusto Pinochet (a.k.a. "A-Pin") is the real deal.

*Barack Hussein Obama (BHO) sez: "It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today."

  • A-Pin kicks BHO's ass with this: "Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood."
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Tipped Scales: Finding Justice in the Siegelman Case

Siegelman and the Fairness Doctrine
by Scott Horton
When CBS News’s 60 Minutes put out its report “The Prosecution of Governor Siegelman” (for which I was repeatedly interviewed) one sole affiliate, the Northern Alabama station WHNT, suffered mysterious technical problems that blocked 12 minutes—virtually the whole Siegelman story, but nothing else in the program—on its initial airing. The Washington Independent weighs in today with a very solid exploration of the issue:

"WHNT first claimed the blackout was the result of a faulty feed originating with CBS in New York. A more thorough investigation, station officials later said, revealed that the trouble was a local equipment failure preventing WHNT from receiving the CBS signal–a situation remedied 12 minutes into the Siegelman segment. In response to local complaints, WHNT re-ran the segment four hours after it was initially scheduled, and again the following evening. But the re-runs did little to cool the suspicions of Democrats. FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, a Democrat, pushed hard for an official inquiry, which was initiated nine days following the blackout."


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Chief Donny Morris: Canada's Next Newest Political Prisoner

Canada’s Latest Political Prisoners
by Justin Podur
 
On March 18, 2008, the Ontario Superior Court’s Judge Patrick Smith sentenced Chief Donny Morris and six other council members from the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (or KI) First Nation, a community of about 1200 people in northern Ontario, Canada, to six months in jail for ‘contempt of court.’
 
They defied a court order to stay away from a part of their lands, slated for mining by the Platinex Corporation.
 
They were also fined an exorbitant sum, but the judge applied the jail terms because he knew that they could not pay – they were already bankrupt because of the $500,000 in court fees they had paid trying to defend themselves from Platinex before the court, over the past several years. 
 
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The Pentagon's Cyborg Insects

Weaponizing the Pentagon's Cyborg Insects:
A Futuristic Nightmare That Just Might Come True
by Nick Turse
Biological weapons delivered by cyborg insects. It sounds like a nightmare scenario straight out of the wilder realms of science fiction, but it could be a reality, if a current Pentagon project comes to fruition.

Right now, researchers are already growing insects with electronics inside them. They're creating cyborg moths and flying beetles that can be remotely controlled. One day, the U.S. military may field squadrons of winged insect/machine hybrids with on-board audio, video or chemical sensors. These cyborg insects could conduct surveillance and reconnaissance missions on distant battlefields, in far-off caves, or maybe even in cities closer to home, and transmit detailed data back to their handlers at U.S. military bases.

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What the Classroom Didn't Teach Me About the American Empire

Empire or Humanity?
What the Classroom Didn't Teach Me About the American Empire
by Howard Zinn
With an occupying army waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan, with military bases and corporate bullying in every part of the world, there is hardly a question any more of the existence of an American Empire. Indeed, the once fervent denials have turned into a boastful, unashamed embrace of the idea.

However, the very idea that the United States was an empire did not occur to me until after I finished my work as a bombardier with the Eighth Air Force in the Second World War, and came home. Even as I began to have second thoughts about the purity of the "Good War," even after being horrified by Hiroshima and Nagasaki, even after rethinking my own bombing of towns in Europe, I still did not put all that together in the context of an American "Empire."


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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook - Mike Palecek, J9 Monday Mar. 31, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week, American novelist Mike Palecek on his latest release, Iowa Terror, a walk with the Western Canada Wilderness Committee and a couple thousand friends in Victoria, and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on good goings-on in and around the lower island 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. Check out the GR blog at:  http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com   

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my account of the bare mountain bonanza corporation

bare mountain bonanza corporation
by Janine Bandcroft 
i got the news last friday morning, when ingmar dropped into the solstice cafe and told me that our bc government had opened the door and let him in. i felt a joy i hadn't felt for years. 
 
we environmentalists, we really take it on the chin.  after a decade, after two or more, it's tempting to just want to give up.  not give up and join them, necessarily, although when it's convenient ...... don, one of the street newz writers, was laughing out loud as we contemplated our mining opportunities.  chris joined us, and then larry and lise, and our imaginations carried our newly formed 'bare mountain bonanza corporation' to dizzying new forest defending heights.

it seems ingmar, undoubtedly one of vancouver island's most beloved/despised earth defenders (depending who you talk to), is now the proud owner of the mineral rights to all of bear mountain, including the interchange site many of us worked (in our many and diverse ways) to protect this past year. 
 
 
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Progressives for Koolaid: All Aboard the 'Bama Bus

Progressives (and Z Net) for Obama?
Mickey Z.
Every four years, much of the (so-called) Left gleefully drinks the Democrat’s Kool Aid. Such liberals spend three years droning on about social justice (as everything gets progressively worse) and then they throw their support behind whatever corporate-funded millionaire the Democrats nominate. This trend is no longer surprising or even noteworthy.

This year, however, Lefty Inc. has managed to take things to a depressing new level of denial and acquiescence…thanks to the presence of a multi-racial carnival barker named Barack Obama.


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