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The Great Mystery

The Great Mystery
by Janine Bandcroft
Rajiv was either too cowardly, or too sensitive, to take his own life. 
 
It was too messy, too complex, and he didn't want to leave that for someone else to cleanup. 
 
In fact he didn't think about it much at all, now that he had discovered the great mystery. 
 
 
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Pakistan: Getting Together to Build Armageddon

How the World Helped Pakistan Build Its Bomb
by Catherine Collins and Douglas Frantz
Globalization, what a concept. You can get a burger prepared your way practically anywhere in the world. The Nike Swoosh appears at elite athletic venues across the United States and on the skinny frames of t-shirted children playing in the streets of Calcutta. For those interested in buying an American automobile -- a word of warning -- it is not so unusual to find more "American content" in a Japanese car than one built by Detroit's Big Three.

So don't kid yourself about the Pakistani bomb. From burgers to bombs, globalization has had an impact. Pakistan's nuclear arsenal -- as many as 120 weapons -- is no more Pakistani than your television set is Japanese. Or is that American? It was a concept developed in one country and, for the most part, built in another. Its creation was an example of globalization before the term was even coined.
 
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When Words Fail: Writer's Pens Still Down

Words Fail Me - Screenwriters' Strike     
by Ed Naha
With stories of war, governmental avarice and global calamities hitting the news cycles hourly, sometimes a story slips by that, while important, doesn’t have the immediate sting of a catastrophic event.
 
One such story is the ongoing strike by the screen and television writers of America.

Go ahead, snort and roll your eyes. Get it out of your system. According to a lot of media reports, these writers are greedy Hollywood types; you know: lazy, over-paid, latte swilling, no-talents who aren’t content with having two Porsches in their driveways and a yearly paycheck of $200,000! Heck, even I wouldn’t have sympathy for those pinheads… and I am one!


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Dates that Live in Infamy

December 7 is more than Pearl Harbor
by Mickey Z.
While December 7 marks the 66th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, I’d rather reflect upon December 7, 1975.
 
This reflection involves, among others, former New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and requires a geography question: What nation has the largest Muslim population? Not Saudi Arabia, Iran, or Egypt; it’s Indonesia.


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Keeping an Eye on CanWest Goebbels

Defining Racism
by Kim Petersen
The neocon press is not merely confined to the United States. It flourishes in the money-losing Canadian newspaper National Post. The paper rabidly supports Zionism, which means that it supports the dispossession of Palestinians who are indigenous to historical Palestine.

A recent editorial screed (it makes no effort to hide itself as such) was written by a Canadian version of American right-winger Ann Coulter (in regressivism but not glamor), Barbara Kay.
 
Kay describes Israel as a “literal phoenix risen from the ashes…” Ashes? What she didn’t mentioned was that, if there were any ashes, the ashes were of Palestinians who inhabited the territory.
 

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Israel Wins?

Same old, same old – Israel wins again
by Jim Miles
As I sit and read the announcements from today’s first discussions from Annapolis, all I can see is another dismal failure for peace and another year long “negotiation” process that like Oslo, Camp David, the ‘road map’ all lead to the same place.  That place, as so clearly denoted by the late Tanya Rinehart, is nowhere.  

Today the leaders – Olmert and Abbas – “have agreed to re-start negotiations to reach a comprehensive peace deal by the end of 2008.”  Bush it was noted in the article “did not stay for the rest of the conference, leaving Annapolis as soon as the speeches were over.”  He too is obviously quite happy with the status quo in Israel’s favour.  


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Karlheinz Shreiber's Day in "Court"

Payback: Brian Mulroney Tagged in
Canadian Court for Pay-Off Non Performance 
by C. L. Cook
Eds. note: Karlheinz Shreiber managed to stave off yet again extradition from Canada to his native Germany. The former arms trader and emissary for German industry refused to testify explicitly today (Nov. 29, '07) on matters of interest to the Parliamentary committee struck to hear his allegations of deals cut with the former sitting prime minister, Brian Mulroney before his being let out of jail, and allowed to gather his pertinent materials.
 
The state allowed he be held in house arrest pending the outcome of the growing scandal hearing. Shreiber, a Canadian citizen, has fought the extradition proceedings launched by Germany for his alleged involvement with political crimes committed in that country more than a decade ago. Here's how Pacific Free Press covered the latest press discovery of the connections between Brian Mulroney and Karlheinz Shreiber back in July, and a link to a 2001 Gorilla Radio interview I did with journalist and author, Stevie Cameron, who co-authored the ground-breaking book on the Shreiber-Mulroney link in, 'The Last Amigo.' 
 
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Shocked!

Shock Therapy (Part 1)
by Hannah B.
As all good torturers know, fear and uncertainty can be wonderfully motivating. In Naomi Klein’s latest book, The Shock Doctrine, she explains how this simple principle has been used by international financial institutions to push through neo-liberal economic policy around the world.
 
In the wake of crises and disasters, the boys from the IMF and the World Bank would show up, loans in hand, preaching the gospel of privatization and austerity.

The natives, their better judgment clouded by fear and confusion — or bribes, when needed — would generally submit. It was called “shock therapy.”

Klein has, however, been at some pains to deny any deliberate engineering of crisis by the neo-liberal shock cadres. And though I’m generally enamored with her thesis, here we part ways.
 
 
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Why American Troops Can't Go Home

Catch 22 in Iraq: Why American Troops Can't Go Home
by Michael Schwartz
Every week or so, the Department of Defense conducts a video- conference press briefing for reporters in Washington, featuring an on-the-ground officer in Iraq.
 
Col. Jeffrey Bannister
 
On November 15th, that briefing was with Col. Jeffrey Bannister, commander of the Second Brigade of the Second Infantry Division. He was chosen because of his unit's successful application of surge tactics in three mainly Shia districts in eastern Baghdad.
 
He had, among other things, set up several outposts in these districts offering a 24-hour American military presence; he had also made generous use of transportable concrete walls meant to separate and partition neighborhoods, and had established numerous checkpoints to prevent unauthorized entry or exit from these communities.

As Col. Bannister summed up the situation:
 
"We have been effective, and we've seen violence significantly reduced as our Iraqi security forces have taken a larger role in all aspects of operations, and we are starting to see harmony between Sunni and Shi'a alike."


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Venezuela’s D-Day: CIA Coup Plot Exposed

Venezuela’s D-Day: The December 2, 2007 Constituent Referendum
by James Petras
On November 26, 2007 the Venezuelan government broadcast and circulated a confidential memo from the US embassy to the CIA which is devastatingly revealing of US clandestine operations and which will influence the referendum this Sunday (December 2, 2007).

The memo sent by an embassy official, Michael Middleton Steere, was addressed to the head of the CIA, Michael Hayden. The memo was entitled ‘Advancing to the Last Phase of Operation Pincer’ and updates the activity by a CIA unit with the acronym ‘HUMINT’ (Human Intelligence) which is engaged in clandestine action to destabilize the forth-coming referendum and coordinate the civil military overthrow of the elected Chavez government.
 
 
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Payback: Mulroney Tagged in Canadian Court for Pay-Off Non-Performance

Payback: Brian Mulroney Tagged in
Canadian Court for Pay-Off None Performance 
by C. L. Cook
Eds. note: Karlheinz Shreiber managed to stave off yet again extradition from Canada to his native Germany. The former arms trader and emissary for German industry, refused to testify explicitly today (Nov. 29, '07) on matters of interest to the Parliamentary committee struck to hear his allegations of deals cut with the former sitting prime minister, Brian Mulroney before being let out of jail, and allowed to gather his pertinent materials.
 
The state allowed he be held in house arrest pending the outcome of the growing scandal hearing. Shreiber, a Canadian citizen, has fought the extradition proceedings launched by Germany for his alleged involvement with political crimes committed in that country more than a decade ago. Here's how GR covered the initial press discovery of the connections between Brian Mulroney and Karlheinz Shreiber back in 2001 and a link to an interview I did with journalist and author, Stevie Cameron, who co-authored the ground-breaking book on the Shreiber-Mulroney connection, 'The Last Amigo.' 
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