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Friends in Low Places: Karl Rove's Press Gang

Mr. Blackledge’s Black Helicopters
by Scott Horton
Back in October, as the House Judiciary Committee was conducting its first hearings into the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don E. Siegelman, I spoke with Simon Heller, the legal director of a Washington-based advocacy organization called the Alliance for Justice. Heller told me he had gotten a telephone call.
 
  • “It was strange. The man on the other end of the phone identified himself as a reporter. But he certainly didn’t act like one. We had put out a press release talking about Judge Mark Fuller and the role he played in the Siegelman case, and questioning how, given his many conflicts, he had failed to recuse himself. But this reporter wasn’t interested in our view. Instead he was hysterical, screaming into the phone, asking how we dared to criticize such a great American? I’ve never had a press experience quite like that one.”
The name of the reporter? Brett Blackledge, the award-winning prize star of the Birmingham News.

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Harper Budget Raids Employment Insurance Surpluses

Federal Budget 2008: Bracing for downturn?
by CBC News
Sixteen years of almost uninterrupted job growth has produced an embarrassment of riches in Canada's Employment Insurance account — a surplus, in fact, of $54 billion at current reckoning.

But with economic storm clouds gathering south of the border, the Conservative government looks to be preparing for some turbulence ahead. It is creating a special cushion of $2 billion in a side account to help pay for any quick surge in payouts caused by an economic downturn.


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Lucky 13: Canadian Parliament to Vote on Afghanistan

Manley Report: Ottawa Gets Advice On Prolonging Afghanistan War
by Roger Annis
Troubled by the failures of the U.S./NATO war in Afghanistan, the Canadian government commissioned a review last October of the war and Canada’s participation.
 
 
A panel of five corporate and political figures was cobbled together in an effort to reach broader consensus among the war’s proponents.


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US Military’s Human-Testing Program Returns

Breaking the Nuremberg Code: The US Military’s Human-Testing Program Returns
by Heather Wokusch
The Pentagon is slated to release a suspected toxicant in Crystal City, Virginia this week, ostensibly to test air sensors.
 
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The operation is just the latest example of the Defense Department’s long history of using service members and civilians as human test subjects, often without their consent or awareness.

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Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo

FINDING JELENA: Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo
by Jen Marlowe
On February 17, Kosovo declared independence.  The declaration was unilateral; Belgrade, which ruled the province until NATO air strikes in 1999 brought it under UN administration, refuses to consider anything other than a status of autonomy for Kosovo. 
 
Kosovo, Belgrade insists, remains the cradle of the Serbian nation.  Modern Serbs still commemorate the 1389 Battle of Kosovo Polje; it’s key to their sense of national identity. The US recognized the newly declared state; Russia has not. Tensions have erupted once again, though at the moment most of the violence has been directed towards the US Embassy and international troops, it could spill over into new violence between the communities.


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Southern Justice: Brain Dead, or Just Heartless?

A Brain-Dead Press
by Scott Horton
Back in the sixties, when the citizens of Alabama wanted to get a fair report on the progress of the Civil Rights movement in their state, they had to turn to the national media, and especially the network news, to get it. The local print and broadcast media would either grossly distort what was going on, or, more likely, they would simply report nothing.

In a sense those days are back. There are a handful of independent papers in the state, but the three Advance newspapers published in the state’s major urban areas, operate to the historical tradition of their most shameful moment. The big offenders, as I have chronicled repeatedly, are the Birmingham News and the Mobile Press-Register.
 
 
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Whalers Shoot Sea Shepherd Watson

Japanese Open Fire on Sea Shepherd Crew: Three Injured
by Sea Shepherd News
At 1545 hours (0445 GMT), a clash between the crew of the Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin and the Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Maru turned violent when the Japanese Coast Guard began to throw flash grenades at the crew of the Steve Irwin.
 
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Captain Paul Watson was struck by a bullet in the chest. Fortunately, the bullet was stopped by his Kevlar vest. The bullet struck just above the heart and mangled Captain Watson’s anti-poaching badge, which was worn on his sweater underneath the Kevlar vest.

UPDATE: Japanese Spin Shooting Story
 
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Of FARC, Fakes, and Feckless Democrats

$300 MILLION FROM CHAVEZ TO FARC A FAKE
by Greg Palast
Here’s the written evidence… and - please say it ain’t so! - Obama and Hillary attack Ecuador
 
Do you believe this?

This past weekend, Colombia invaded Ecuador, killed a guerrilla chief in the jungle, opened his laptop – and what did the Colombians find? A message to Hugo Chavez that he sent the FARC guerrillas $300 million – which they’re using to obtain uranium to make a dirty bomb!

That’s what George Bush tells us. And he got that from his buddy, the strange right-wing President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe.


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NAFTA Gaff Revisited: The Audacity of Hillary Clinton

The NAFTA Gaff Revisited: The Audacity of Hillary Clinton
by Jack Random
Imagine the smile that curled the lips of Senator Hillary Clinton when, on the eve of the Ohio and Texas primaries, she came across a story from the Canadian press that her opponent had delivered a duplicitous message on NAFTA to the Canadian government:  We are going to play some political games with NAFTA but don’t worry, we are not serious.  

Clinton knew full well that it was in fact her people that had contacted the conservative, pro NAFTA, pro Free Trade government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to deliver that same message:  We intend to play political games but it is only for show.  We will not act.  We will not renegotiate NAFTA to include the rights of labor.  


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O! Canada '08: Reviewing the Unrecognizable Nation

O! Canada '08: Reviewing the Unrecognizable Nation
by C. L. Cook
The Century has not so far been kind to those Canadians pining reminiscent for the days the country was a liberal democracy; run by relatively responsible actors on the world stage, the brokers of peace, guarantors of civility and fair governance in a dangerous, chaotic world.
 
 
To be fair to the successors of Brian Mulroney, the prime minister who hitched the nation's wagon to America's seemingly forever rising star through the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), destiny dealt them a crummy hand; but both the Jean Chretien and Paul Martin administrations went beyond the investment oriented FTA (later to morph, with the inclusion of Mexico, into the tripartite NAFTA agreement) "committing" Canada to both America's foreign policy objectives, and the military methods it employs to achieve them.


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