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Iraq: Getting Half the Story

Basra Battles: Barely Half the Story
by Ramzy Baroud
When it comes to Iraq, reporters appear intent on omitting or fabricating news. The latest battles in Basra, Iraq's second largest city and a vital oil seaport, furnished ample instances of misleading and manipulative practice in corporate journalism today.
One commonly used tactic is to describe events using self-styled or "official" terminology, which deliberately confuses the reader by giving no real indication or analysis of what is actually happening.
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The Wilderness Committee reacted to news reported today in the Globe and Mail that; 
“[T]he Ahousaht band of Clayoquot Sound has signed a memorandum of understanding with Vancouver-based Selkirk Metals to test drill for copper on Catface Mountain, a principal landmark for the Tofino area.”

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Mexico: Journalist Killed, Family Wounded

World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)
by International Solidarity Network
The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, Article 19, and Reporters Without Borders condemn the murder of two community journalists in Mexico, and we demand:

Clarification of the events that occurred on April 8th of this year, on the highway to San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, where community journalists Teresa Bautista Merino y Felicitas Martínez Sánchez, were murdered. Both journalists worked with the radio station "The Voice That Breaks the Silence" (La Voz Que Rompe El Silencio).

Punishment of all those responsible for the murder of these journalists.

The guaranteed safety of the surviving victims, Faustino Vázquez Martínez, Cristina Martínez Flores and her two sons, who witnessed the events, as well as the guaranteed safety of everyone else working at the community radio station.

An end to the impunity that allows the ongoing repression, disappearances, and murders of journalists and mediamakers in general, and which makes Mexico the most dangerous country for journalists, in the Americas.

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Red Surge: Stonewalling Justice in BC Rail Case

The "Krog Affidavit Documents" and the BC Rail Scandal
by Robin Mathews
Leonard Krog, NDP justice critic, tossed a small wrench into the BC Rail Scandal court hearing on February 25, 2008 (The Basi, Virk, and Basi case). Krog asked, in effect, why Gordon Campbell, B.C. premier, suddenly, unilaterally (on May 28, 2007) changed the protocol for screening requested cabinet documents from a protocol that had been in operation since at least early 2004.

He asked related questions of Allan Seckel, Deputy Attorney General - now, apparently, the decision maker about cabinet documents. Seckel, as I have already reported, didn't say why the protocol has been changed by the Province's chief political actor - inextricably involved in the BC Rail Scandal.
Instead, Seckel affected to be almost insulted at the questions, suggesting his integrity may have been impugned, that he was perhaps being accused of being "political" in the matter.

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Whipping the Post: Eminence Front

The Very Annoying Washington Post
by Robert Parry
One of the many annoyances about living in George W. Bush’s Washington is to read the commentaries about the Iraq War on the editorial pages of the Washington Post. Possibly never in modern times has a major newspaper been more wrong, more consistently with more arrogance than has the Post on this vital issue.

Beyond getting almost nothing right – from the Post’s certitude over Iraq’s WMD to its reverence for Colin Powell’s U.N. testimony to its excitement over the purple-ink elections to its enthusiasm over whatever latest corner has been turned – the Post also has this obnoxious tendency to mock Americans who don’t share the paper’s wisdom.

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Save the Ashlu!

Despite the local community and governments denying Ledcor's application for a 49 mega watt hydro project on the Ashlu River twice, Bill 30 has allowed Ledcor to start devastating construction on one of British Columbia's most valuable water resources.

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Hope Sinks

Hope is for Suckers
Mickey Z.
We can’t give up hope, I’m often told. Keep hope alive, the saying goes. If we lose hope, nothing will ever change…or so they believe. Well, I’m here to say: Fuck hope.
We live on a planet brimming with hope yet that same planet is under perpetual assault…and the hopers are losing.
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Arms Fair Opening Night Shut Down

CANSEC Arms Fair Opening Night Shut Down
by PGA Bloc, Ottawa
Tuxedoed corporate war profiteers and their government backers were forced to flee the Ottawa Congress Centre tonight as alarms sounded, fire trucks were called, and police searched in vain for the nefarious anarchists that shut down the opening night of CANSEC 2008, Canada's largest arms fair.

Even the multi-million dollar surveillance and security technology on display, the presence of uniformed police, and the assertion by security forces that they had been gathering extensive 'intelligence' on CANSEC resistance couldn't prevent a group of Ottawa anarchists from infiltrating the event and simply pulling a fire alarm.

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Drowning Not Waving in the Capitalist Ocean

Sink or Swim in the capitalist ocean
by William Bowles
When a group of so-called Aboriginals from I believe Borneo (or maybe it was Papua New Guinea) visited the UK recently they were gob-smacked to find homeless people on the streets of London. The concept ‘homelessness’ simply didn’t exist in their vocabulary and reinforced by the vast wealth that surrounded them (the ‘Aboriginals’ and the homeless). So too was the idea of the ‘nuclear family’. The concept of ‘living apart’ is totally alien to them.

So anyway, somebody had had the idea of making a TV doccie series about their visit, Margaret Mead in reverse so-to-speak. We saw them living with a ‘typical working class family’ and also with a ‘well-off’ one and we followed them as they toured the UK, increasingly bemused by what they found. But is it simply reverse anthropology, having them look at us for a change?

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Extra Zero: A Moment with John Rentoul

EXTRA ZERO: An Exchange With The Independent's John Rentoul
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In the wake of the July 7, 2005 London bombings, the Independent's John Rentoul commented:
  • "A Muslim friend of mine in the East End of London says that the sense of victimisation and injustice goes so deep among his fellow religionists that he sometimes despairs. 'This all goes back to the burning of The Satanic Verses,' he says. It was in 1988 that we should have realised that we were up against a culture - he doesn't like the term 'Muslim community' - that tended to irrationalism and self-pity. Salman Rushdie did not create that culture, but he provided a focus for it and fed its sense of grievance.
  • "The Iraq issue serves much the same purpose today." (Rentoul, 'Islam, blood and grievance,' The Independent, July 24, 2005)
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9/11: Truth and Movement

9/11 Truth Movement vs. 9/11 Truth: Or, who are these people and why do they keep yelling at me?
by David Rovics
I found myself once again singing at an antiwar rally two weeks ago, and once again being confronted by a red-faced white man with an ominous hand-written sign reading, "9/11 was a lie." 
Most of the crowd was filing off for the post-rally march, aside from a few of my loyal fans who were sticking around for the rest of my set.  Among them was the red-faced man, apparently not a fan, who walked towards the small stage with the wild-eyed certainty of a zealot.

"Wake up, David Rovics!  David Rovics, wake up to the truth of 9/11!"  He was screaming at the top of his lungs, standing about two feet from me.  (I continued with the song.)  In case I didn't get the message the first time, the red-faced man repeated his mantra.  "Wake up!  Wake up to the truth of 9/11!"

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