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Haiti: A Cycle of State Violence

Brazilian Military’s Experience Comes Full Circle in Haiti
by Kevin Pina
US Marines, Canadian Special Forces and troops of the French Foreign Legion were authorized by the UN Security Council to 'stabilize' Haiti following the ouster of president Jean-Bertrand Aristide on February 29, 2004.
 
In June 2004, the United Nations sent the militaries of Brazil, Argentina and Chile to take control of Haiti with the objective of creating conditions for new elections. The Brazilian armed forces were given overall control of the military component of the UN operation.

On February 19, 2008, Brazilian military forces stormed the neighborhood of Village de Dieu on the outskirts of the capital of Port-au-Prince. Their troops entered with weapons drawn and began a massive sweep with UN police in tow that ended with the arrest of dozens of young men in the area. Residents claim this military incursion was executed without a single warrant being presented from Haiti’s courts or just cause.
 
 
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Of Surge and Siege: A Terrifying Journey Through the American Psyche

Crusade of Surge and Siege
by Manuel Valenzuela
Sojourn into the outer recesses of a nation bordering on madness, into a land deeply disturbed and emotionally bewildered, a world of anti-intellectualism and anti-rationalism, of fanaticism and fundamentalism, entering a case study into fantasyland and escapism, taking a pilgrimage into realms both of purposeful ignorance and blindness, of electing lifelong incompetents based on wanting to have a beer with them, walking through the dark valley of indifference, climbing the monolithic mountain of hubris, finally reaching the hallowed halls of smoke and mirrors, a place where only the blind lead the blind and where the deafening roars of death and destruction are easily suppressed in delusion and denial.
 
Journey, if you will, into a nation that lost its moral compass inside the dungeons of fear and hatred.


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know where the !@#$% Tajikistan is?

Admit it: You don’t know where the !@#$% Tajikistan is
by Greg Palast
Or Kyrgyzstan. Or Turkmenistan. But as your kids will be fighting there among the oil pipes, you should kiss Ted Rall’s crazy ass for going there first - and getting it all down in a book of dead-on cartoons and reportage, Silk Road to Ruin.

Rall almost didn’t make it back. The Taliban who was supposed to execute Rall spoke English - the gunman picked it up as an NYU grad student. As happens when two guys from New York get together, they talked about New York women. Rall told his executioner that you could learn a lot about women by looking at their legs. The Talib said he looks at their eyes. “Not like you got much choice,” Ted opined, noting the draped figures nearby.


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Freedom to Speak: Another Look at the First Amendment

Freedom of the Press, Bush Edition
by Scott Horton
Today No Comment features an interview with Anthony Lewis based on his new book Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment.
 
Lewis celebrates the triumph of modern First Amendment liberties, starting with the writings of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and Louis Brandeis, through the break-through year of 1931, when the Supreme Court finally began to take the First Amendment seriously and on to current issues relating to commercial speech, the internet and political speech.
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Fidel Steps Out, Corpse Media Tees Off

Fidel Steps Down, Press Puts Him Down; Obama, McCain Win Again
by Danny Schechter
A wall of predictable mostly one-sided media hostility, sarcasm, criticism and contempt in the press, laced with a large dose of anti-communism and “democratic” pretension greeted the announcement that Fidel Castro was stepping down as the President of Cuba in a peaceful transfer of power after having outsurvived 8 US presidents, most of who tried to ignore, isolate and even kill him. That in itself is quite a political achievement.
 
I am sure if a global poll was taken tomorrow on who is more admired, the Cuban President or our own, you know which would get the most votes.


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Kosovo: NATO and the Gangsters

Kosovo: The US and the EU support a Political Process linked to Organized Crime
by Michel Chossudovsky
Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci is part of a criminal syndicate.
 
Hashim Thaci and EU Secretary-General Javier Solana

"Our orientations are clear. The building of the state of Kosova, economic development, economic and social well-being and rigorous measures against corruption, organized crime and negative behavior, so we can have improved security and integrate Kosova into European Union structures." - (Hashim Thaci, chairman of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Prime Minister of the Kosovo provisional government, former KLA leader and known criminal)
 
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Presto! Change-O!: Bush the Magnificent

The Million Year War: How Never to Withdraw from Iraq
by Tom Engelhardt
Think of the top officials of the Bush administration as magicians when it comes to Iraq. Their top hats and tails may be worn and their act fraying, but it doesn't seem to matter. Their latest "abracadabra," the President's "surge strategy" of 2007, has still worked like a charm.
 
They waved their magic wands, paid off and armed a bunch of former Sunni insurgents and al-Qaeda terrorists (about 80,000 "concerned citizens," as the President likes to call them), and magically lowered "violence" in Iraq. Even more miraculously, they made a country that they had already turned into a cesspool and a slagheap -- its capital now has a "lake" of sewage so large that it can be viewed "as a big black spot on Google Earth" -- almost entirely disappear from view in the U.S.

Of course, what they needed to be effective was that classic adjunct to any magician's act, the perfect assistant.
 
 
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Into the Trees: Saving What's Left

The West Coast Tree-sit Raids
by Jeff Muskrat
With the fall of the Bear Mountain tree-sit in Victoria, BC, it seems like this is a very crucial time for activists in the trees up and down the west coast.
 
There are two campus trees-sits, one under attack right now at UC Berkeley and one at UC Santa Cruz. These actions are opposing the unnecessary development of greenspace.
 
Photo courtesy of http://insurgentphoto.com/main.html

The Berkeley Action is opposed to the destruction of a large grove of Coast Live Oaks in order for the campus to place an athletic training center adjacent to the campus stadium.

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Constitutional Tinkering: Bye, Bye Fourth!

Tom the Tinker Few and Far Between
by Kurt Nimmo
In the video here, Rush Holt (D-NJ) stands on the floor of the House and denounces the neocon plan to trounce a moribund Fourth Amendment, although Mr. Holt, a statist, is little more than namby-pamby about it all.

Nobody laughs when Holt mentions the popular myth — popular that is with Congress critters, starry-eyed grade school teachers, and clueless flag-wavers who have never read a paragraph of history — that in America the government is the servant of the people.


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Afghanistan: Why Europe Would Rather Quit than Fight

Europeans See What America Cannot
by Eric Margolis
At this week's NATO conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, an angry U.S. Secretary of Defence Robert Gates accused some Europeans of not being prepared to "fight and die" in Afghanistan in the battle against the Taliban.

The undiplomatic Gates is quite right. Most Europeans regard the Afghan conflict as a) wrong and immoral; b) America's war; c) all about oil; or d) probably lost.


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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Richard Leblanc, Ingmar Lee, Zoe Blunt, J9 February 18, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week; Richard Leblanc and finding a home for the Woodwynn Therapeutic Community; Ingmar Lee and Zoe Blunt on the continuing battle to save the dwindling wild lands around Victoria; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on good local goings-on in the coming week. 
 
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. And, you can check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com 
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