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War Without End: What the Good News from Iraq Really Means

Wrecked Iraq: What the Good News from Iraq Really Means
by Michael Schwartz
As the Smoke Clears in Iraq: Even before the spectacular presidential election campaign became a national obsession, and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression crowded out other news, coverage of the Iraq War had dwindled to next to nothing.
National newspapers had long since discontinued their daily feasts of multiple -- usually front page – reports on the country, replacing them with meager meals of mostly inside-the-fold summary stories. On broadcast and cable TV channels, where violence in Iraq had once been the nightly lead, whole news cycles went by without a mention of the war.

The tone of the coverage also changed. The powerful reports of desperate battles and miserable Iraqis disappeared. There are still occasional stories about high-profile bombings or military campaigns in obscure places, but the bulk of the news is about quiescence in old hot spots, political maneuvering by Iraqi factions, and the newly emerging routines of ordinary life. 

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Chomsky, Zinn, and Obama

Chomsky, Zinn, and Obama
by Mickey Z.
Another Election Day approaches and I’m reminded of something the late Pakistani dissident, Eqbal Ahmad said about Noam Chomsky in the book, Confronting Empire (2000):
“He (Chomsky) has never wavered. He has never fallen into the trap of saying, ‘Clinton will do better.’ Or ‘Nixon was bad but Carter at least had a human rights presidency.’ There is a consistency of substance, of posture, of outlook in his work.”

But along came 2004…when Chomsky said stuff like this:
  • “Anyone who says ‘I don’t care if Bush gets elected’ is basically telling poor and working people in the country, ‘I don’t care if your lives are destroyed’.” And like this: "Despite the limited differences [between Bush and Kerry] both domestically and internationally, there are differences. In a system of immense power, small differences can translate into large outcomes."

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Canada: Harper Promises Half-Trillion Dollar Military Expansion

Dr. Evil to Spend $490 Billion on Military Implementation of the SPP        
by Chris Davenport     
Canada is currently on a course that will see its military incorporated into neoconservative plans for a "New American Century". This plan is being facilitated by a "Revolution in Military Affairs" (RMA), a high-tech "transformation" of the U.S. military which depends upon the domination of space.

The Project for a New American Century successfully predicted in 2000 that "the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor."

The Harper government is pushing the RMA agenda in Canada through the "Canada First Defence Strategy" (CFDS). Under the CFDS, Canada will spend $490 billion over the next 20 years to transform its military to be entirely "inter-operable" with the U.S. military.
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Reviewing the Rape of Palestine

Hope Destroyed, Justice Denied: the Rape of Palestine
by Jim Miles
The cover of Hope Destroyed, Justice Denied: the Rape of Palestine tells a significant story on its own:  from a Palestine of green dotted with a few Jewish settlements, mainly in the north, transiting through the UN partition plan designation and the 1967 war to what is now the reverse - a small strip of green on the coast at Gaza, and a small sprinkling of isolated green bantustan communities huddled in the middle of Israel. 
The Jewish community in Israel has been very successful in their ongoing purpose to achieve dominion over all the lands of Palestine.  They have achieved this by abrogating and denying almost every international law that has been established to govern how one group of people should interact with another in times of peace and war, but mostly war.   

Of the many themes supported in William Cook’s powerful book, the most frequently reiterated is that of the corruption, abuse, and plain denial of international law.  Combined with other themes, Hope Destroyed, Justice Denied sends out a very clear message:  that the Palestinians live under the control of one of the most brutal regimes in our current world. 
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Enter Twice the Peace Maker: Truth Is "Splitting the Sky"

9/11 Truth Is "Splitting the Sky" 
by Peter Zaza
Central to this Iroquois history is the legend of The Peace Maker named Deganawida, a 19 year old Huron prophet and political statesman who brought the Great Law to all five warring nations of the Iroquois; Mohawk, Onieda, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca, uniting them into a grand confederation.
Upon his visit to the Onondaga he was met with opposition, as they would not consent to join the others, so the Peace Maker made a deal that they should be known as the Faith Keepers, and guard the sacred law.
The Peace Maker and his legend grew as he brought good fortune along with his message of togetherness. When the first League meeting was to commence, the representatives from the five Iroquois nations brought their weapons. The Peace Maker convinced them to bury their weapons under the Great Tree of Peace, entrusting those who lived there to always stand guard for the sake of the League.
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South Africa's Newest Joule Discovery

South African Company Unveils World-Class Locally Developed Electric Car
by Optimal Energy
cape town, south a
frica - Optimal Energy, a privately-owned South African company based in Cape Town that specialises in optimal solutions for urban transport, has revealed plans to launch Africa’s first all electric vehicle.
Appropriately named Joule, the zero emission car is a six-seater MPV (multi-purpose vehicle). Designed by Optimal Energy in association with legendary South African born automotive designer, Keith Helfet, the ultra sleek Joule is scheduled to make its global debut at the Paris Motor Show (04-19 October 2008).
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“Despicable” Crime of Observing the Murder of Seals in Canada

Five Found Innocent of the “Despicable” Crime of Observing the Murder of Seals in Canada
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Today, Quebec Provincial Court Judge Jean-Paul Décoste declared the defendants in the case of five seal-hunt observers innocent.
This verdict has been anticipated by The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society International since the case first began in October 2007.

The defendants – Canadians Rebecca Aldworth and Andrew Plumbly, Americans Chad Sisneros and Pierre Grzybowski, and British citizen Mark Glover – are all representatives of the Humane Society of the United States or members of the media.
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Zinn Backs Obama (with a proviso)

Zinn: Vote for Obama but Direct Action Needed
Howard Zinn says real change will come when people take direct action to stop house foreclosures


Howard Zinn says vote against McCain, vote for Obama. Even though Obama does not represent any fundamental change, he creates an opening for a possibility of change. Obama will not fulfill that potential for change, unless he is enveloped by a social movement, which is angry enough, powerful enough, insistent enough, that he fills his abstract phrases about change with some content. We need direct action, because only that kind of indignation is going to have some affect on the people in Washington.
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These Days of the Borg

In These Days of Borg
by Diane Walsh
George Orwell lives. No wait; it gets better.  Greg Palast’s latest literary missile Armed Madhouse warns us we might actually be living in Orwell’s satirical world 1984.
Yikes!!! is right.
Worse we’re living it as a cartoon Borg species as if trapped in a ground hog day re-run. Worse still it's like ground hog year 1984 playing out in our very lives over and over again.
Look at the mainstream press. Same hegemonic bull as 2000 and 2004 elections years. More of the same tricks. Think of Sarah Palin's recent speech where she talks about "voter fraud". A classic if voter fraud refers to voters with "wrong" ID trying to sneak in their vote.  When we all know it should refer to the institutions and institutional figures who have tried and are continuing to interfere to prevent democratic votes from happening.  I better not spell out actual chain syndicates or I might be chased and trampled by a horse.

The clock rolls back. 

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Time to Resist Like You Mean It!

It's Our Turn Now
by Mike Ferner
It is not pleasant to conclude that, contrary to what you’ve learned all your life, the place you call home has become just another empire intent on enforcing its will on humanity.
Our discomfort is trivial compared to the suffering of those living where our missiles land, but still there are days when the latest news from the colonies leaves you screaming with anguish and rage against the terror rained upon the innocent without end.

It’s enough to make you want to strike back in any way possible, understanding that doing so would be to join those who rose up against impossible odds and at times fought even the mighty Roman Empire or England’s feudal aristocracy to a bloody standstill.
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The Idiots Who Rule

The Idiots Who Rule America
by Chris Hedges
Our oligarchic class is incompetent at governing, managing the economy, coping with natural disasters, educating our young, handling foreign affairs, providing basic services like health care and safeguarding individual rights.
That it is still in power, and will remain in power after this election, is a testament to our inability to separate illusion from reality. We still believe in “the experts.” They still believe in themselves.
They are clustered like flies swarming around John McCain and Barack Obama. It is only when these elites are exposed as incompetent parasites and dethroned that we will have any hope of restoring social, economic and political order.  
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