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By ALONE
CULTURE, DEMOGRAPHICS, CHURCH-MOSQUE STRESSES
In Europe Christians and others concerned about cultural change are worried about the growth of Islam on the continent. The real sources for the stress are seldome handled. One of these stresses is by the lack of christian and muslim dialogue worldwide to find out what they have in common. Another problems is the unwieldy and unfriendly immigration policies which Americans and non-Americans face when desiring to move to EU

By John Jonik
Big Dioxin's Assaults On Smokers And Health Policies
Based on searches at the site of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, it becomes clear that this prominent supposed health advocate organization is part and parcel of the health-damaging industrial system.

By Mary Shaw
I'm Not Against Religion, I'm Against Religious Hypocrisy
While I might not share your beliefs, I will defend your right to hold those beliefs, and to practice them -- so long as they do not interfere with the rights of others.

By Kevin Gosztola
Are The Days Of Free Internet News Coming To End?

But like the free tap water you took for granted as a child, which is now bottled and sold for a pretty penny, the free Internet news some grew up being able to get whenever they wanted may, in the not-so-distant future, cost a pretty penny. That is, if �ber capitalist extraordinaire Rupert Murdoch is able to get his way.

By Rob Kall
What Does Bottom Up Mind Have To Do With You Personally?

how does using a bottom up mind, seeing with bottom up eyes, engaging in work and projects and relationships have to do with you personally? That's my question. That's why I'm writing this book, because I believe that if you have "bottom up consciousness" you will more intentionally both tap the power of bottom up to make a difference in the world AND your life and you will challenge the top down systems and structures...

By Deena Stryker
What Specter's Spectacular Could Portend
How Specter's move could make it possible to create a third party without having to start from scratch.

By Dave Lindorff
The Obama Administration Is Becoming A Stand-Up Comedy Act
The "stress tests" of the banking system are a scream. So is seeing the president huckstering for Detroit. After eight years of the "cringe" presidency, now we have a stand-up act.

By James Raider
Common Sense - Apple Will Not Twitter
Going all the way back to '81 when Apple established an alliance of sorts with Logo Computer Systems for the Logo programming language that solidified Apple's position in the world of education, the hardware manufacturer has a history of establishing effective relationships to solidify its market presence. Spending $700 million on Twitter doesn't fit that blueprint.

By Dana Gabriel
UN Treaties Fail To Respect American Sovereignty And The Constitution
Continued membership in the UN only serves to undermine American sovereignty. The UN is guilty of dictating environmental, labor, trade, gun and health laws. Through its system of international treaties, the U.S. finds itself increasingly bound by UN agreements.

By Ralph Lopez
A Really Stupid, Unnecessary War
What the congressmen and the media don't tell us as they bluster and pump us up for more war is that this is an easy one. Flood Afghanisan with cash-for-work job programs like they already have in some provinces like Jawzjan, Uruzgan, and Balkh, and you've got that many more young men who don't even like the Taliban quitting and not shooting at our guys.

By H. Lewis Smith
UN Treaty On Children's Rights: The Dawning Of A Conspiring New World Order?
Experts who have studied the document say: "...the treaty, which creates 'the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion' and outlaws the 'arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy,' intrudes on the family and strips parents of the power to raise their children without government interference."

By Ashin Mettacara
Buddhism: Vesak Fesival Or Buddha Birthday

Wesak Day aka Vesak Festival celebrates three major events in the life of Lord Buddha: His birth, Enlightenment and passing away (achievement of Nibbana).

By Kenneth T. Tellis
The United States Has Been In Denial Of Its Own Illegal Actions For Years
Let's consider first the actions of former-president William Jefferson Clinton who decided that he could use NATO forces to bomb Serbia into submission. This he did with gusto... The bombing of apartment buildings, railway stations, hospitals, trains, and trolley-buses continued.

By Amy Fried
Call Her Secretary Rice
Dr. Rice diminishes her power to shirk responsibility.

By Rick Rozoff
Australian Military Buildup And The Rise Of Asian NATO
Australian Military Buildup And The Rise Of Asian NATO

By Bob Koehler
The Hounds Of Heaven
The U.S. military's evangelical fervor in the Middle East is deeply troubling, but God is only a side show.

By George Washington
Some Experts Think This Could Be WORSE Than The Great Depression
Make sure to read the comic relief at the end.

By Thomas Riggins
Richard Haass, Torture, And The Rule Of Law
Former Bush officials is against prosecutions for torture memos.

By Matt Kjeldsen
The Myths That Control Us
Myths prevent people, especially Americans, from discerning and even reaching for the truth. Myths are created by and used by the elite power structure to control the masses. Myth number one-we are a democracy. Myth number two-we have a free press.

By E. Nelson
Max Baucus, Listen To Ed Schultz And Give Doctor Marcia Angell A Seat At The Table
Ed Schultz and Doctor Margaret Flowers from 'Physicians for a National Health Program' call on Democratic Senator Max Baucus to give Doctor Marcia Angell a seat at the table along with the 'for profit' health insurance CEOs at an upcoming Senate Finance Committee hearing on May 12th for finding solutions to our current health care crisis.

By Mikel Weisser
Current Comedy, 5/04/09: This Is Only A Test
Sometimes in television-land, a soap opera or a situation comedy will get stuck in a recurring theme long after all the entertainment value has been beaten out of it. Thus it is in the current week of the comedy that passes for TV news. At least that is the way it reads with this week's installment of the now continuing series "Gun-Toting Rednecks for Jesus."

By William Lewis
The Nail In Our Economic Coffin
We Americans commonly refer to our system of government as a "great experiment," but we rarely look at our economic system in the same light.

By Dean Hartwell
Fix Our Policies To Fix The Budget
It is no mystery why our nation is so badly in debt. We want tons of entitlements, fight two wars, continue a war on terrorists and so much more. Balancing the budget would mean changing the policies that prompt our spending. With a nation brainwashed on the need to continue to pointless wars and chasing the ghost of bin Laden, that's not going to happen.

By Joan Brunwasser
Interview With Dr. Margaret Flowers, Arrested Tuesday On Capitol Hill, Part Two
This is a rights-based movement& will only succeed if we treat it as such, stand up & say that enough is enough.We can do this!Congress is on a timeline.They want legislation by August & voted on by November.The whole "health care debate" is being scripted to lead us into a Massachusetts-style of reform.It will be too expensive & won't guarantee that everybody can get healthcare.It would be better if nothing is passed..

By Sheila Samples
Seeds Of Truth
This goes way beyond garnering profits for agriculture conglomerates such as Monsanto. It is about disrupting the natural order of life -- whether plant or animal. And, for those orchestrating this havoc, it is about control.

By George Washington
Time Calls Geithner A "Con Man" And The Stress Tests A "Confidence Game"
A sucker born every minute?

By Paul Craig Roberts
Criminalizing Criticism Of Israel
To keep American minds captive, the Lobby is working to ban as anti-semitic any truth or disagreeable fact that pertains to Israel. It is permissible to criticize every other country in the world, but it is anti-semitic to criticize Israel, and anti-semitism will soon be a universal hate-crime in the Western world.

By Allen L Roland
The Thriving Fear Based Prison / Industrial Complex
While the nation flounders economically, a for-profit prison firm, The GEO Group Inc, rakes in millions from the US Government detaining undocumented immigrants and other federal inmates amid increasing charges of negligence, civil rights violations, abuse and even death: Allen L Roland

By Kathy Malloy
Dear God, Why Are My Parents Homophobic?
Who did Jesus hate, exactly? Was it just homosexuals? Try as I might I just can never find that part of the New Testament where Jesus talks about all the different groups you're supposed to hate. Happy Mother's Day to ALL the Mommies out there, whether married to "Robert" or "Roberta!"

By Ellen Theisen
'Daily Voting News' For May 08, 2009
'Daily Voting News' For May 08, 2009

By Mark Lange
Forget Tea Parties. Bring A Pitchfork To A Shareholder Meeting.
How to make sure the country's financial elite become productive members of society again.

By Tom Hayden
Tom Hayden On Mark Rudd
Rudd struggles to reconcile these two selves, representing two eras, in his memoir, "Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen," an important contribution to a growing collection of narratives from former participants in the revolutionary 1960s' underground. Other recent works include Bill Ayers' "Fugitive Days," Cathy Wilkerson's "Flying Close to the Sun," Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers, and Jeff Jones' "Sing a Battle So

 

Best News Links from the Web


Mother's Day Manifesto 2009
In 1999, the UN dedicated the first decade of the 21st century to Create a Culture of Nonviolence for All Children of The World. America is on the record in the UN as stating: "We cannot support this initiative as it will make it harder for us to wage war." So far, 4,284 American's who went to Iraq will never see their mother again. 1,320,110, Iraqis have also been slaughtered.

"Gaza II' Unfolding In The East
Due to Israel's military assistance to Sri Lanka, Palestinians reportedly began aiding the Tamils in the 1980s. It is also believed that Israel's Mossad recruited agents among Sri Lanka's large contingent of foreign workers in the Persian Gulf Arab states.

CIA Support Of The Dalai Lama No Conspiracy Theory
This article is interesting because it may help us to understand why the Dalai Lama supports the War on Terror and so called just wars.

Gaza Homes Destruction 'wanton'
Human rights investigators say Israeli forces engaged in "wanton destruction" of Palestinian homes during the recent conflict in Gaza.

Israel's Bad-Faith Negotiating Position
Israel has always believed in "creating facts on the ground," whose existence may later come as an unpleasant surprise to others. Iran now seems to have learned from this Israeli precedent, to Israel's disadvantage.

Poland, Hitler And Abortion
"Hitler was first to introduce legal abortion in Poland. - The right to choose is not freedom, but extermination of the innocent. For feminists killed children are stats, for us a tragedy." There is also a photo of a fetus and another slogan, "Abortion is a murder," in red letters, with Falanga website URL at the bottom.

Two Killed In West Bank Violence
There are reports that the soldier may have been killed by friendly fire. The Israeli army is investigating.

S 787 Federal Water Theft
If water falls out of the sky and into a pool of water on my property, I'll be damned if I am going to pay the Feds, Corp USA, one red cent to drink it. Do you hear that Senator Feingold? You can take your S 787 and shove it!

"They Frankly Own The Place"
"Sold Out: How Wall Street and Washington Betrayed America", a 231-page report debuted in March by Essential Information and the Consumer Education Foundation, details the lobbying and campaign spending by the financial industry and the legislation they got in return. The defeat of the mortgage "cram down" amendment was just the latest win for the banks. The report lists numerous anti-regulation steps taken by politicians

Government Could Destroy Records In Hundreds Of Guantanamo Cases
Leftover Bush ruling needs attention. A stockpile of documents about hundreds of Guantanamo Bay detainees, some written by the prisoners themselves, could be destroyed under a little-known provision of a federal court order the Bush administration obtained in 2004.

Little Search Engines That Could
But Google isn't perfect. While some call it simple, quick, and effective, others describe the site as incomplete, dull, and a lowest common denominator. Here are four search alternatives to cut through the Web and find what you're looking for.

The Subprime Court
By now everyone knows the new Supreme Court tilts to the right. What's less known is the court's newly expanded function as an institution of corporate power. Since Bush's appointments, the court has begun hearing far more business cases and, in case after case, has "pushed the law in a direction favored by business," as the Wall Street Journal reports.

Obama's Violin: Populist Rage And The Uncertain Containment Of Change
The standard historic pattern of Democratic Party co-optation and surrender is currently trying to repeat itself amidst epic economic crisis and imperial disruption. David Rothkopf, a former Clinton administration official, commented on the president's corporatist and militarist transition team and cabinet with a musical analogy- "the violin model: you hold power with the left hand and you play the music with the right"

Security Blanket: How Social Security Can Save Us All
But the elderly tend to live off their assets. These include homes, already down by nearly 30 percent nationally and much more in certain parts of the country. They include corporate stocks, often in 401(k) accounts, down by 50 percent or so, so far. They include cash and bonds, which earn the interest rate-enough said. And there's not much else. A sharp decline in any one of these would be a problem; the simultaneous crash

Concerned Scientists Offer Online Column On The Science Of Agriculture
A new online UCS column, "The Real Scoop," will offer a science-based perspective on industrial-style agriculture. Written by Doug Gurian-Sherman, senior scientist and author of the report Failure to Yield, the column will cover genetic engineering, CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations), and other food production methods that have enormous impacts on human health, the environment, and society.

The Secret Right-Wing Strategy On Health Care--Exposed! | OurFuture.org
First, progressive pollsters have been entirely right about health care. Conservatives who oppose reform have very little public support. Progressives have conducted a great deal of survey research on health care over the past two years, much of it by top pollster Celinda Lake working with the Herndon Alliance, FamiliesUSA, AFL-CIO, and Health Care for America Now. Lake makes it clear that Americans strongly support progress

Genetically Engineered Crops Banned From National Wildlife Refuge
A federal court has ordered the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to stop planting genetically engineered (GE) crops on its Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. While the ruling is limited to Prime Hook, the lawsuit may serve as a model for similar litigation at more than 80 other national wildlife refuges now growing GE crops across the country.

Vietnam Orders Russian Subs
A Fox News report about Vietnam ordering Russian subs, to counter Chinese threat.

Intelligence Report: Pelosi Briefed On Use Of Interrogation Tactics In Sept. �02
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefed on the use of �enhanced interrogation techniques� on terrorist suspect Abu Zubaydah in September 2002, according to a report prepared by the Director of National Intelligence�s office and obtained by ABC News.

U.S. Admits Civilians Died In Afghan Raids
United States officials acknowledged Thursday for the first time that at least some of what might be 100 civilian deaths in western Afghanistan had been caused by American bombs. In Afghanistan, residents angrily protested the deaths and demanded that American forces leave the country.

PAUL KRUGMAN: Stressing The Positive
Actually, a multiyear period of economic weakness looks likely in any case. The economy may no longer be plunging, but it�s very hard to see where a real recovery will come from. And if the economy does stay depressed for a long time, banks will be in much bigger trouble than the stress tests � which looked only two years ahead � are able to capture.

After Air Force One Flyover, Military Office Director Resigns
The director of the White House Military Office submitted his resignation on Friday, less than two weeks after he authorized an Air Force One flyover of the Statue of Liberty that terrified thousands of people in New York City. Louis Caldera, who served as the secretary of the Army in the Clinton administration, apologized for the �distraction� that approving the flyover caused.

Religious Bullying Is A Problem Around The World
A Christian Science News article reports on religious bullying around the world.

Reagan Faux Record
A Smirking Chimp news blurb with some refuting facts about the "Gross Ignorance" the GOP tend to ignore about Ronald Reagan.

China & Globalization
A Smirking chimp news article about China's economic recovery.

History Of CIA Torture: Unraveling The Web Of Deceit, Part I
First of four part series on a half-century history of CIA torture. Debunks claim Bush sought independent Justice Department analysis before engaging in torture.

Lost Tourist Search Turns Up Seven Corpses
A Reuters news article reports search party's around Ti-Mountain in Shandong Province has turned up seven corpses.

SRI - The Natural And Organic Way To Solve World Hunger
SRI is the natural and organic way to solve world hunger. This process increases crop yields 50-100%, and reduces seed costs by 80-90%, while improving the soil each year.

4 Reasons Why 'Modern' Agriculture Is Bad For You
Here are four of the negative effects of industrial agriculture on the well-being of people and the ecosystems we depend on: Genital feminization of male humans and animals caused by ag chemicals. Herbicides linked to cancer, neurological disorders. Antibiotics fed to livestock have created antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Plants absorb antibiotics from soil amendments.

 


 

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