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Electing The Great American President

Empire Burlesque's Official Endorsement
in the 2008 Presidential Race        
by Chris Floyd     
People often say to me, "Gosh, Chris, you sure give our politicians a lot of guff. Seems like you find something wrong with everybody out there, no matter what their political stripe. Is there anybody at all that you could support for president?" That's what people say to me.

Well, thanks to the good offices of Scott Horton at Harper's, I'm happy to say that I have now found a presidential candidate to whom I can give my wholehearted, full-throated support: a man of the people, a son of the soil, a straight-talker with business moxie, military experience and a wide knowledge of foreign parts. I am proud to stand here today (why yes, I do write this blog standing up – and I hope you read it in the same way) and second Horton's nomination for the only man who can lead our great nation back to, er, greatness.

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Resealing Palestine's Fate

The Slow Starvation of the People of Gaza
by Saree Makdisi
The people of Gaza were able to enjoy a few days of freedom last week, after demolition charges brought down the iron wall separating the impoverished Palestinian territory from Egypt allowing hundreds of thousands to burst out of the virtual prison into which Gaza has been transformed over the past few years -- the terminal stage of four decades of Israeli occupation -- and to shop for desperately needed supplies in Egyptian border towns.
 
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Gaza's doors are slowly closing again, however. Under mounting pressure from the United States and Israel, Egypt has dispatched additional border guards armed with water cannons and electric cattle prods to try to regain control. It has already cut off the flow of supplies crossing the Suez Canal to its own border towns.
 
 
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Imran Khan on America Undermining Pakistan

Imran Khan on America Undermining Pakistan 
by Democracy Now! 
Pakistani Opposition Leader Imran Khan on Musharraf, Bhutto, and How the U.S. Has Undermined Pakistani Democracy
On a visit to the U.S., legendary cricket star turned politician Imran Khan discusses the challenges he faces opposing the U.S.-backed military government of President Pervez Musharraf. Khan is boycotting the upcoming elections and calling for an end to military action in the embattled border regions of Pakistan.

Imran Khan, Pakistani Opposition figure who is boycotting the upcoming elections and calling for an end to military action in the embattled border regions of Pakistan. Founder and chairman of the Movement for Justice party, known in Pakistan as “Teh-reek eh-Insaaf.”


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Changing Channels: The Last State of the Union

Bush's Last Hurrah
by The Nation Editors
Senator John McCain, busy pressing his campaign in Florida, didn't bother to show up. The Wall Street Journal reported the speech on page 3. The New York Times relegated the full text to its website. TV chatter focused more on Senator Edward Kennedy's stirring Camelot embrace of Barack Obama earlier that day than George W. Bush's proposals in what was, blessedly, his last State of the Union address.
 
What happens when a President gives a State of the Union speech and nobody listens?


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Echoes and Remembrance

An Anniversary to Ponder
by Scott Horton
Today marks an important anniversary. On January 30, 1933 —seventy-five years ago today— the power of the state fell into the hands of Hitler and his Nazi party, what Germans know as the Machtergreifung, literally “seizure of power.”
 
 
On January 30, 1933 President von Hindenburg appointed Hitler as the Reich Chancellor. This photograph marks their meeting in Potsdam roughly two months later. 
 
But was it a “seizure,” lacking all semblance of legitimacy? More clear-sighted historians, like Fritz Stern, use the term Machtübergabe, or transfer of power, which marks some important points: the Nazis fared well in the elections, not reaching a majority of course, but they were able to take the reins of power through an alliance with conservatives whose distaste for the liberal Weimar constitution was only slightly less than their own.
 
 
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Palestine: The Soldiers Could Only Kill a Hundred of Us Before We Overpower Them

People’s Power in Gaza: They Simply Did it
by Ramzy Baroud
In a radio interview prior to the US invasion of Iraq, David Barsamian asked Noam Chomsky what ordinary Americans could do to stop the war. Chomsky answered, “In some parts of the world people never ask, ‘what can we do?’ They simply do it.”

For someone who was born and raised in a refugee camp in Gaza, Chomsky’s seemingly oblique response required no further elucidation.

When Gazens recently stormed the strip’s sealed border with Egypt, Chomsky’s comment returned to mind, along with memories of the still relevant - and haunting - past.
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Did You Forget? Canada's Real Role in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Canada's Iraq?
by C. L. Cook
Defence Minister, Bill Graham says the plan to re-deploy Canadian operations currently in and around the northern capital city of Kabul are to go ahead. He also announced, an additional 1250 troops by early next year.

May 22, 2005
 
Last week, in a speech to the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs and the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, National Defence Minister Graham reiterated how Canada will face its "new" role in global military affairs.
 
He cited the completion of a new Defence Policy Statement and its central document,  A Role of Pride and Influence in the World.
 
 
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Crack'd: Democracy Rocks!

One Bush Left Behind
by Greg Palast
Here’s your question, class: In his State of the Union, the President asked Congress for $300 million for poor kids in the inner city. As there are, officially, 15 million children in America living in poverty, how much is that per child? Correct! $20.

Here’s your second question. The President also demanded that Congress extend his tax cuts. The cost: $4.3 trillion over ten years. The big recipients are millionaires. And the number of millionaires happens, not coincidentally, to equal the number of poor kids, roughly 15 million of them.
 
OK class: what is the cost of the tax cut per millionaire?
That’s right, Richie, $287,000 apiece.


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Caught in a Frozen Moment of Realization

Caught in the Glare of History’s Headlights  
by William Bowles
Trying to capture the moment, that brief glimpse of reality that penetrates the defences we erect to protect our fragile selves, is, I suppose one of the objectives of a writer, or indeed any creative act, at least that’s my experience.
 
Occasionally, by some miracle we succeed in communicating it, that frozen moment of time when all is revealed, before our eyes move on, are urged on even, to the next ‘event’.

I think we’re in that ‘frozen moment’, right now for once, if we care to look that is, when the awful truth of our predicament is caught in the glare of history’s headlights. Of course, the media, courtesy of its professional peons, are paid to make sure the headlights move on before it reveals that what is caught in the glare is the ‘roadkill’ of capitalism. 
 
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Gulag U.S.A.: Political Prisoner Siegelman

The Gulag Comes to America: The Don Siegelman Case
by Ernest Partridge
A Political Prisoner: Today, Don Siegelman, former governor of the state of Alabama, sits in a federal prison, sentenced to a seven year term for bribery. Every day that Siegelman remains in prison every American citizen who openly dissents from the policies and protests the criminality of the Bush/Cheney regime is less free and more vulnerable to politically motivated prosecution.

For the plain fact of the matter is:
Don Siegelman is in effect a political prisoner.
 
 
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Who Crashed Mohawk News Network?

WHO “CRASHED” MNN WEBSITE?  
Was it Hurt Feelings Over Nicknames?
by Kahentinetha Horn
The gross corruption revealed in “Access to Information” documents from Public Security and Emergency Preparedness Canada and Indian Affairs has not made the front pages of the corporate media. [Dossier No. 1336-A-2006-0034]. 
 
 
Instead [they’ve] temporarily sabotaged MNN. It appears to now be owned by 1599754 Ontario Limited!!  How could this happen? 
 
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