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A Declaration of Independents

A Declaration of Independents: A New Kind of Politics
by Jack Random
Barack Obama has claimed the nomination of his party for the presidency largely on the promise of a new kind of politics, one that transcends traditional party lines. 
 
Obama and Republican John McCain will be competing in the fall for the decisive independent voters. 
 
So who are the independents?
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Green Scare: The FBI's Domestic Terrorism Program

Green Scare: The FBI's Domestic Terrorism Program
by Kalanu
Hello friends; some of you might have heard me ranting on about the Green Scare, the FBI led witch hunt that has seen almost 20 non-violent environmental activists sentenced to hard time in prison as domestic terrorists.

I don't want to get into the whole background story on this. Needless to say, one of the most disturbing cases that we've been watching involves a 19 year old paid FBI agent provocateur named 'Anna', who strung along a young man and entrapped him into planning with her and two others the destruction of a dam in California.

The bombing never happened, and the planning of it would have never gotten as far as it did were it not for Anna, who went out of her way to keep the group together and on track.


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The Continuing B.C. Rail Scandal

The BC Rail Scandal
by Robin Mathews
The NDP has organized and analysed the materials Justice critic Leonard Krog, MLA, requested from Madam Justice Elizabeth Bennett. When he could get no answers from cabinet members or from Deputy Attorney General Allan Seckel concerning the shift in disclosure protocol made unilaterally by Gordon Campbell in May of 2007, Krog sought help from the court.

On March 10, 2008, Madam Justice Elizabeth Bennett ordered release of "the affidavits [six of them] filed by the government on the application for disclosure of documents seized by way of the execution of the search warrants of the Legislature."

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Working Class Mothers Resist Imperialism! Justice for all Mothers!

Statement of Grassroots Women on Mothers’ Day, May 11, 2008
by Grassroots Women
On the occasion of Grassroots Women’s 5th annual Mother’s Day March and Rally, working class mothers and supporters are taking to the streets to reclaim the political roots of the day in traditions of working class women’s organizing.
 
By doing so, we advance our resistance to the system of imperialism that prioritizes war and plunder over childcare; that tears apart the families of migrant workers who are exploited as cheap and disposable labour; that exploits the labour of working class women who continue to feed, clothe, care for and educate our children and communities while blaming individual women who are unable to buffer their children from the harsh realities of this unjust system.


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Bearing Witness in Beirut

Eyewitness Beirut
by PaulaG and the Indy Collective
As reports come in from Lebanon, an indy.ie correspondent is sending in on the ground, first hand reports.
 
Creative Commons image of Beirut - May 9,2008

The General Strike started on May 7th when unions called for a strike to increase the minimum wage from 300,000 Lebanese pounds to 960,000 due to inflation in food and fuel prices. That's an increase from $200 per month to just over $600 per month, the Government offered a mere $100 of an increase.
 
It was then revealed that Hizbollah had their own telecommunications network and the government demanded that they shut it down.
 
There was to be a big demonstration for the 7th but there were rumours that pro-government militia snipers were going to attack the demonstration and protests at the airport road, so the unions backed down. However the strike went ahead and the usually intensely manic streets were empty of traffic.

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Afterbirth of a Nation

A Miscarriage of Birth; a Miscarriage of Justice
by William A. Cook
A nation cannot be born in torture and terror and be born whole; it is a deformity of humankind, an abomination that must be cleansed through repentance and reconciliation if it is to join the civilized world.
 
Israel, like the United States before it, will be haunted by its past as the living literature that enshrines it captures the hypocrisy of its public statements even as the truth is unearthed beneath the parks, towns and cities that hide the memories of those it devastated to build a mock nation.
 
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Rovics from the Road

Rovics from the Road
by David Rovics
Hi folks; thought I'd mention a few things...  First of all, for those of you on the west coast of the US or Canada, over the next month I'll be doing shows in California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.  (I managed to get into Canada for a wonderful gig in Hamilton, Ontario last week, with a proper work permit, and hopefully will be able to continue to manage that feat...) 

Bjorn-Magne has recently finished doing a fabulous animation to my song, "Punk Rock Baby."  You can see that and all of Bjorn-Magne's other animations to my songs at http://www.youtube.com/user/Khezerghul
 
 
[Punk Ain't Dead, it Just Smells that Way!]
 
 
 


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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Cop?

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Cop? Not I!
by Kahentinetha Horn
Fascist state “apparatchiks” are constantly taking actions designed to generate a continuous state of fear. They think terror breeds obedience. 
MNN has received various reports warning that it is “dangerous” to go into Ontario, which is partly our ancestral Haudenosaunee Territory. We might be arrested on false charges, abducted, “disappeared” or killed in a simulated accident.

We will not live in fear!
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Rules of Engagement: Shoot, Kill, Lie, Repeat

Shoot, Kill, Lie, Repeat: America's New Moral Universe        
by Chris Floyd
Tell me that this doesn't sound like something out of a history of Nazi tactics in World War II:

"The rules [of engagement] explicitly allowed the killing of unarmed Iraqis under certain circumstances... Specifically, the snipers were allowed to shoot unarmed people running away from explosions or firefights... Of course, it's not unusual for innocent people to run from explosions.

"Didier, who has since been promoted to captain, said that "if that individual makes contact with you and then breaks contact of their own accord and disarms themselves while they are breaking contact, they are still an engageable target because they are not wounded, nor did they surrender." He explained, "They are only breaking contact so that they can engage coalition forces at a later time." In court, Sgt. Anthony Murphy, one of the snipers who was responsible for a questionable kill, testified that he interpreted this order about breaking contact so they can engage at a later time as: "Engage fleeing local nationals without weapons."

In other words, if an innocent, unarmed Iraqi runs away to seek safety from a suicide bombing, a missile attack or a gunfight -- which any human being would instinctively do -- then he is fair game to be killed by an American sniper.

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Terror Report: Selective Data, Wrong Lessons

US Terrorism Report: Selective Data, Wrong Lessons
by Ramzy Baroud
The data provided in the US State Department's annual terrorism report for 2007 points to some interesting if puzzling conclusions.
 
The much publicised document, made available 30 April via the State Department's website, makes no secret of the fact that Al-Qaeda is back, strong as ever. It also suggests that violence worldwide is nowhere near subsiding, despite President Bush's repeated assurances regarding the success of his "war on terror".

Will the report inspire serious reflection on the US's detrimental foreign policy and its role in the current situation?

Let's look at some of the data.

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Diyala Province: Nary Any a Drop to Drink

Running Out of Water in Rising Heat
by Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail
Water supply is drying out in what was once the agriculturally rich Diyala province north of Baghdad. Baquba, the capital city of Diyala, is now running out of water both for drinking and for irrigation.

Water supply has been hit by power failures. The central pumping station has been running short of electricity supply over the last two years.

The pumping station is located between two districts in conflict -- Hwaider, which is predominantly Shia, and Jupenat, mostly Sunni. For two years now, fighting between Sunnis and Shias here has led to reduced water supply.


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