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Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453


Cost of War in Iraq


Cost of War in Afghanistan

The cost in your community

flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Video Interview w/Naomi Klein & William Greider--Is Disaster Capitalism Here to Stay?

Message from Sender:

excellent interview with two of the most original and best investigative journalist/economics-historian-reporters- of the shock doctrine and its disaster capitalism

 The Nation's Naomi Klein and William Greider returned to Charlie Rose on Monday, May 11th. The award winning journalists discussed the financial crisis and economic bailout.

OpEdNews: Has Obama Appointed a Clarence Thomas to the EPA?

Bold and Daring: The Way Progressive News Should Be
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Jesus of Suburbia by Jim Quinn

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Newest Articles

By Rick Rozoff
Pentagon Preparing For War With The 'Enemy': Russia

Pentagon Preparing For War With The Enemy: Russia

By Jon Faulkner
Paying To Subjugate Yourself
Republicans have realized their goal of breaking the government. The nation's wealth has been transferred successfully to the corporations and the wealthy, and Americans are not far away from suffering the ultimate indignity. Paying to have their freedom and independence taken from them.

By Stephen Lendman
The Russell Tribunal On Palestine
The Russell Tribunal is committed to holding Israel accountable for its war crimes

By John Pagoda
A Catholic Education
Sanctimony + Hypocrisy = Notre Dame

By Jim Quinn
Jesus Of Suburbia

Beneath the finely groomed blissful suburban facade of America lurk desperation, denial, hypocrisy, and anger. The Ozzie & Harriet idealized version of suburbia from the 1950's has degenerated to the Green Day nightmare vision of today. The suburbs have mansion-like homes with spotless interiors, entertainment centers, three car garages, manicured lawns, and no soul.

By Ross Levin
Election News Roundup: 5/8/09 - 5/14/09
This week: Ballot access lawsuits, Supreme Court election law cases, why the Hell Mike Gravel is in South Korea (hint: he's not lost), one fourth of overseas votes go uncounted, universal voter registration proposed in New York state, and more!

By Rob Kall
Rob Kall Interviews Sibel Edmonds
Rob Kall interviews Sibel Edmonds, discussing Jane Harmon, Turkey, Dennis Hastert, Edmond's being silenced...

By Sameh Abdelaziz
Electronic Health Records Are Wrong Prescription For Automation
The Obama plan to spend $19.2 billion on electronic medical records as the sole path to achieve health care automation is the equivalent of Kennedy dictating to NASA the specifications of the rocket to the moon.

By GL Rowsey
K.H. Hodicke, And European And American Art Since The 1960's

This artist's talent is so multi-faceted; I've selected five of his paintings as representative of each of the last four decades of the 20th century and one for the first decade of the 21st century.

No Sure Bet For Thoroughbred Horses
While on-track breakdowns are dramatic, racehorses are much more likely to meet a different end. The horses who will be revered, praised and wagered on during this year's Triple Crown races may very well end up in a slaughterhouse.

By Gwen DArcangelis
"Swine Flu": Is The Scare Over?
The public health politics of the swine flu scare begs a critique of the role of corporate biomedicine and xenophobic border patrol measures in disease control. Public health resources should be directed to more commonplace diseases and healthcare issues.

By Bill Hare
Cheney's Multiple Layers Of Deceit
From the time that he selected himself to become George W. Bush's running mate in 2000, Dick Cheney has engaged in a steady pattern of deceit to achieve his objectives in Iraq.

By Vi Ransel
Alternative Energy
Here's another way to look at those "view-destroying" wind farms. This on is in Madison County, New York.

By Lord Rudi C. Loehwing
Codex Alimentarius And Non-European Countries - Part One

A detailed series of reports on Codex Alimentarius and its potential impact on the natural health industry in non-European countries.

By Ron Fullwood
Hiding Torture Photos Is Just Another Tactic In The 'Information War'
The withholding of images of our militarism won't shift 'anti-American opinion' to accommodate and welcome the U.S. and their grudging attacks across sovereign borders, but it just might keep those still in blind or willing support of the military action from reacting in horror to the realities these target nations know from memory.

By Robert Braunstein
In Defense Of Wanda
poem, outrage,anger,semantics

By Lord Rudi C. Loehwing
Codex Alimentarius - Part Two: The Current U.S. Consensus

How is it that the US Congress is oblivious to the potential impact Codex Alimentarius will have to unseat even the landmark Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act of 1994 when it clearly agreed with a number of international trade agreements that give it the power to supersede even our own sovereign laws on vitamins?

By Laurel Vale
How To RUIN An Industry: GM WHEAT!

Industry leaders in Canada, the US and Australia are teaming up to force GM wheat on a resistant public.

By Kenneth Briggs
Don't Ask Don't Tell
President Obama remains committed to repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell [DADT].

By Rob Kall
Obama Picks A Clarence Thomas For The EPA
another betrayal by Obama, in the form a of a minority appointee-- female, latina, but look at hear history. Do we have a Clarence Thomas for the environment? Obama came talking about change but the change we've seen is HIM looking more like the do-nothings in congress on both sides of the aisle... except what they do for corporations and lobbyists.

By Allan Pierson
Tea Party's Potential Wasted Playing Politics
These tea parties that are being staged across the country are missing the real point.

By Ed Tubbs
Beware The Bogeyman!
This slight-of-hand canard would be worthy of David Blaine. (For those unfamiliar with the street magician, let me offer this YouTube link treat. The false choice tactic advanced by Packwood is typical of today's Republican Party.

By Jason Paz
It Takes Generations To Get That Dumb
Pakistan is one of the recipients of the nuclear secrets and has built an arsenal. The irony is the regime is highly unstable and could fall to the Taliban. As their leaders have threatened to nuke the USA that government has escalated her military efforts in the AfPac region.

By Bob Patterson
Salvaging Obama's Legacy
What will Obama's legacy be?

Marriage, Integration, And Immigration Policy -Modern Bureaucracy Reflecting The Worst
Marriage, Visas and Bureaucracy ar e the focus of this piece which attacks the growing love for more control, more planning, more managing, more bureacracy that 2009 and 8 years of Homeland Securty have left us. The example, though, will come primarily from Germany and the EU because the growing rleiance on bigger governemnt is running amok everywhere.

By Danny Schechter
Confessions Of A Twitter Newbie: Old Guys And New Technology
Twiteris the latest in-technology with millions of users worldwide. I was skeptical, cynical and dismissive at first and then it kind of grows on you.

By Philip Greene
Can We Look Back To Go Forward?
As education has gotten more complex, our learning has gone down. Maybe we're on teh wrong track.

By Grant Lawrence
No Future Money For Social Security--Gave It All To The Bankers
Sorry folks, but the bankers have robbed you of your future social security checks. You see there were trillions for the bankers and a trillion or so for wars, but there is no money for you.

By Ralph Lopez
Torture, Joe Six-Pack, And The Iraq Thing
As the stockholders who make campaign contributions to politicians which result in 100,000 and 200,000 PERCENT returns on their politician investments now bargain hunt for property and the 401k mutual funds you had to sell at rock bottom just to eat, it's time for Joe to realize that money didn't just disappear. Someone took it.

By Dr. Leroy Vaughn, MD, MBA, Historian
The Black 'Negro' Wall Street

On May 31, 1921, the successful Black Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma was completely destroyed by one of the worse race riots in U.S. history. A 19 year old Black male accidentally stumbled on a jerky elevator and bumped the 17-year-old White elevator operator who screamed. - From Black People And Their Place In World History by Dr. Leroy Vaughn, MD, MBA, Historian

By Bruce K. Gagnon
Whose War Now?
200 Democrats voted yes to fund Iraq-Afghanistan-Pakistan wars for rest of 2009. No real debate was had as they spent most of the time kicking around the false issue of Guantanamo prisioners being released onto the streets of America. The war parties won this round......

By Lawrence Velvel
The Concept Of Net Equity Being Used By The Trustee And SIPC
The concept of net equity being used by the Trustee and SIPC.

By Rick Rozoff
Adriatic Charter And The Balkans: Smaller Nations, Larger NATO
Adriatic Charter And The Balkans: Smaller Nations, Larger NATO

By Gary Dorrien
A Case For Economic Democracy
We need forms of social ownership that facilitate democratic capital formation, have a greater capacity for scaling up, and are more entrepreneurial. Specifically, we need forms of economic democracy featuring public banks and mutual funded holding companies. This approach can take a variety of forms, but the essential idea is to establish competing banks or holding companies in which ownership of productive capital is vested.

By Nicolas Mottas
European Union: A Progressive Agenda Is Needed

Most of the Europeans seem to ignore the actual politics of Brussels and Strasbourg, focusing on their own territories and their own national issues. Why does it happen? The answer can be found on EU's lack of a progressive political agenda which would really "touch" the actual problems of the member-states.

By Ed Tubbs
A Judge In Georgia, And 5 American Soldiers We Just Killed.
Mr. and Mrs. America, you just shot and killed five US soldiers. Now, what do you want to do? "We're going to Disneyland."

By Richard Volaar
The Beauty Of Torture
Words cannot express my complete and utter disgust towards anyone who can even think of waterboarding or torturing another human being.

By Andrew Bard Schmookler
Questioning Obama's Strategy Against Evil: A Missed Opportunity?
In this, the third installment of the series, I offer my critique of Obama: in making his compromises, he has diminished himself and forfeited the "power of purity." Whether these costs outweigh the advantages of his more cautious strategy, I don't know: the terrain is too complex, the correlation of forces too uncertain, for certainty. But this sense of the clarity Obama might have represented is the root of this series.

By Mary MacElveen
Greed Is The True Demon And Cancer
As the government has cracked down on agents that have caused actual cancers which lead to so many deaths; they have failed at cracking down on the cause of this 'Gordon Gekko' cancer. They allowed this one cancer to strike whomever is in its path.

By Stella Adams
Write The Fed TODAY And Demand Change From Bank Of America
I just found out that there is an open comment period for the reorganization of Bank of America it ends TODAY!!! Here is a sample letter please feel free to include your specific issues of concern BOFA and their products or services please include. We just need to get them in TODAY. please copy and paste and Fax or email TODAY!!! Fax: (804)697-4021

By Michael Fox
Miracles Whipped

President Obama is performing exactly as he said he would, yet many people projected onto him every dream they had, even when he told them something quite different from what they may have wanted to hear. Michael Fox brings you a reality check - and reminds you why patience is necessary:

By John Nichols
The Case For Kenosha
Historians say it was in Kenosha, not Detroit, that cars began "to look like cars." "Very few Obama appointees have ties to the country's core productive sectors: manufacturing, agriculture, energy. Veterans of investment banking, academia or the public sector, they seem to see the economy more in terms of making media, images and trades--as opposed to actually making things."

By George Washington
Expert: Prosecuting Those Who Created Torture Program Will Reduce Attacks Against U.S. And American Troops
Prosecute the torturers to keep America safe.

By Jason Leopold
Cheney Intervened In CIA Inspector General's Torture Probe
Former Vice President Dick Cheney intervened in CIA Inspector General John Helgerson investigation into the agency's use of torture against alleged "high-value"- detainees, but the watchdog was still able to prepare a report that concluded the interrogation program violated some provisions of the International Convention Against Torture.

By Allen L Roland
Cheney Wrapping Himself Around The Flag Of Patriotism
The last refuge of a scoundrel is patriotism and former VP Dick Cheney's defense of torture is, in reality, Cheney wrapping himself, as his last refuge, around the flag of patriotism: Allen L Roland

By George Washington
Executive Summary: What Do The Experts Say About Torture?
What do the EXPERTS say about torture?

By Naomi Klein
The Cure For Layoffs: Fire The Boss!

Tomorrow night (May 15) at Cooper Union in New York City, we're taking part in a panel that looks at this phenomenon, called Fire the Boss: The Worker Control Solution from Buenos Aires to Chicago.

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
The Other Farrah Story
Farrah Fawcett watched her personal, moving and life affirming story on ABC-TV. Millions applauded her for her valiant fight against cancer and her inspirational message to fight on to many others who wage their own private medical battle against the dread disease. Lawanda Jackson was not one of them who applauded Fawcett.

By Bev Harris
BlackBox Blog-O-Lection May 15, 2009
New Jersey groups beginning to use voting rights frame for e-voting; Patronage massacre in Tennessee, Republicans have fired (so far) 28 Democratic election officials; Awesome potential for public interest software programming; Philadelphia citizens overcome refusal to publish election results; "Stealth election" in Alabama, and helpful election stats now available for Los Angeles.

By Don Siegelman
Tell Obama To Clean Out The DoJ!
n addition to the US Attorneys appointed by President Bush,there are several high level Bush appointees still in control of all criminal cases against all public officials.It is time for President Obama to "change" the direction of the DOJ from the Bush policies to his policies.Please email the White House and tell President Obama to clean house of all Bush holdovers at the DOJ and to immediately remove the Bush-appointed US

By Dave Lindorff
Caught In A Lie: US Uses Phosphorus Weapons In Afghanistan

The US has been caught using phosphorus weapons in Afghanistan, as it did in Iraq. Thank the New York Times, even if it didn't make call it lying.

By Ellen Theisen
'Daily Voting News' For May 15, 2009
'Daily Voting News' For May 15, 2009

By Donald De Fano
Who Cares What Nancy Pelosi Knew Or When She Knew It?
Does anyone seriously believe that had she raised fierce objections to the policy it would have been changed?

By Bobby Ramakant
Justice, Where Art Thou? Two Years Of Dr Binayak Sen's Imprisonment
Jonathan Mann awardee (2008) Dr Binayak Sen, who is a well-known paediatrician and human rights defender, will complete two years on 14 May 2009 in a Raipur prison on false charges of abetting Maoist activity in Chhattisgarh, sedition, and waging war against the State. Not only in India, but in countries around the world the pressure is mounting for the release of Dr Sen.

By Alan17b0
Letter To Congressman Van Hollen For Single Payer Health Care
Why not write something similar to yours?

By Jason Paz
Miss India World Raised By Heroic Single Mom

When the Miss India came down to the final five, the question involved God and Man. The other girls answered in cosmic terms, but Pooja Chopra spoke glowingly of her mom. She faced the awful choice of killing her child or leaving the security of her husband's home. She walked out on him never looking back.

By Chuck Simpson
The Government's Shameful War On Marijuana Users

A lucid explanation of insane reasons for America's insane war against citizens who use marijuana.

By Robert Wexler
AG Holder Repudiates Torture
Information from an email from Representative Wexler: Two weeks ago, my colleagues and I introduced HRes 383 � which would set up a Select Committee with subpoena power to investigate Bush Administration conduct and to issue detailed recommendations on how to reform our national security laws so what happened in recent years � never happens again.

By Eric Walberg
NATO In Georgia: Fun And Games

Bringing the threat of war to Russia's borders is having wide-ranging repercussions

By Press Release
American Perceptions Of Peace, Arab Attitudes America: A New Perspective
Commentators John Zogby, President and CEO of Zogby International, and James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute, join respondent Amjad Atallah and moderator Farah Stockman to discuss the results of a recent poll that reveals a deep partisan divide, with voters who supported the President overwhelmingly supporting a "get tough" policy to stop settlements and achieve a two-state solution to the conflict.

By Background N015e
Why Isn't THIS Memo Front And Center In The Torture Debate?
This memo by Maj. Sherwood Moran has to be part of any discussion of torture -- especially by US forces engaged in combat.


Best News Links from the Web

9-11 Conspiracy Theorists Sue St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (CN) - Two 9-11 conspiracy theorists say St. Louis used an unconstitutional ordinance to violate their right to free speech. Donald Stahl and William Demsar say city police arrested them on Feb. 6 for carrying a banner that stated, "911 Was An Inside Job!"

Obama Names Huntsman To China Post
Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. was named Saturday by President Barack Obama to be U.S. ambassador to China. Huntsman speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese learned for an LDS Church mission to Taiwan. He and his wife, Mary Kaye, adopted a daughter from China. The governor, 49, has served as U.S. ambassador to Singapore, and was on a short list to fill the same role in China under President George W. Bush.

Minorities Affected Most As New York Foreclosures Rise
By MICHAEL POWELL and JANET ROBERTS Published: May 16, 2009 Defaults occur three times as often in predominantly minority areas of the region as in mostly white ones, a New York Times analysis finds, with the black middle class hit hardest. It now touches every corner of the region, from estates along the Connecticut Gold Coast to the suburban tracts of Long Island....

Obama Chooses NYC Health Chief To Head CDC
In a statement, Obama called Frieden, 48, "an expert in preparedness and response to health emergencies" who in seven years as the city health commissioner has "been at the forefront of the fight against heart disease, cancer and obesity, infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and AIDS, and in the establishment of electronic health records."

Bill Moyers Journal . Shahan Mufti And Juan Cole
The situation is more complicated than that, say historian Juan Cole and journalist Shahan Mufti on BILL MOYERS JOURNAL. And while both agree that the insurgency in the north is a serious problem Pakistan must address, neither believes Pakistan is in immediate danger of becoming a failed state.

Expressions Of Nakba On The 61st Anniversary
Expressions of Nakba was an international competition and exhibition that commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Nakba: the expulsion and dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes and land in 1948. The online gallery showcases the winning entries from the competition range from visual arts, poetry, essays, music, video and digital media.

Colo Rep Jared Polis On Why He Voted NO On The Supplemental
Statement by freshman congressman from Colorado, Jared Polis, on why he voted against the supplemental funding bill.

Know When To Walk Away
Instead of sending more troops to Afghanistan, the new administration should admit that we can do nothing except allow our soldiers to be killed. It is too late to capture bin Laden. It is time to fold and walk away. The longer we stay, the more occupying soldiers will die. In addition, we will kill dozens of Afghans, many women and children, for every one of our soldiers lost for this folly. This truly is a lose-lose war.

Obama Picks Top Polluter Lawyer To Enforce Environmental Laws
President Barack Obama has nominated a lawyer for the nation's largest toxic polluters to run the enforcement of the nation's environmental laws.

Swine Flu Swindle: Mass Vaccination « Journal Of Whole Food And Nutritional Health
Surprising info on the danger and ineffectiveness of vaccines.

Guantanamo Detainee Released To Join Relatives In France
France agreed this month to accept Lakhdar Boumediene, a 43-year-old Algerian who was arrested with five compatriots in Bosnia in 2001. The six were accused of involvement in a plot to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo. But a U.S. federal judge ordered five of the six released last November after he said the evidence against them was not credible.

Sony Pictures CEO Doesn't See Anything Good Having Come From The Internet. Period.
At a breakfast cohosted by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and The New Yorker Thursday, Michael Lynton wasn't just trying for a laugh: He complained the Internet has "created this notion that anyone can have whatever they want at any given time. It's as if the stores on Madison Avenue were open 24 hours a day. They feel entitled.

Thank You Leonard Cohen
An amazing number of people cherish the legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen and rightfully so. At age 75 he is still performing at his peak, a message for us highly individualistic people to hang in and do what we truly believe in. His current concert tour is incredible as is his most recent DVD and CD.

Baucus' Raucous Caucus
Still absent from the debate are advocates for single-payer, often referred to as the "Canadian-style" health care. Single-payer health care is not "socialized medicine." According to Physicians for a National Health Program, single-payer means "the government pays for care that is delivered in the private sector." A February CBS News poll found that 59 percent in the U.S. say the government should pro

Little Known Military Thug Squad Still Brutalizing Prisoners At Gitmo Under Obama
Scahill: As the Obama administration continues to fight the release of some 2,000 photos that graphically document U.S. military abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, an ongoing Spanish investigation is adding harrowing details to the ever-emerging portrait of the torture inside and outside Guant�namo.

Why Didn't Pelosi Speak Out Against Torture?
Robert Sheer: If the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and later House Democratic leader, lacked the authority to publicly question a policy of torture, then how can we condemn, indeed imprison, ordinary soldiers who thought it their duty to follow orders?

Chalmers Johnson On The Cost Of Empire
On the opening page of her introduction to the current volume, Lutz makes a real contribution to the study of the American empire of bases. She writes, "Officially, over 190,000 troops and 115,000 civilian employees are massed in 909 military facilities in 46 countries and territories" She cites as her source the Department of Defense's Base Structure Report for fiscal year 2007.

The Happiest Taxes On Earth
Think having a high GDP = Happiness? Think again, America is 11th in Happiness even with the highest GDP. Maybe that's because we're 15th on a per capita basis. If you want to be happy, says a new Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development survey, move to the chilly climes of Northern Europe, and pay up to 2/3 in taxes.

The Ugly Truth Behind Organic Food
An Alternet news article reports on the business practices of organic produce growers and how it exploits its labor force.

Why Atheist's Have Great Sex
A Alternet news article about atheist's having better sex due to less religious control over peoples lives.

Democratic Senator's Health Care 'Fix': Arrest Doctors, Nurses
A video: At the first Finance Committee session last week, Dr. Margaret Flowers and seven others were taken into custody when they urged Baucus to include witnesses who support single-payer. Flowers discussed her arrest on Ed Schultz's MSNBC show, explaining that physicians, nurses and reform groups representing more than 20 million Americans had repeatedly asked to be heard by Baucus and his colleagues.

Opinion: State Employee Cuts Do More Harm Than Good
A civil engineer for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. In the continuing fiscal crisis, magical thinking afflicts the State Capitol. Gov. Jim Doyle is again busy pushing -- and some legislators are buying into -- the politically handy myth that laying off public employees and cutting their wages are effective in helping ease the state's multibillion-dollar budget deficit. Not even close.

Speaker's Comments Raise Detainee Debate To New Level
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's extraordinary accusation that the Bush administration lied to Congress about the use of harsh interrogation techniques dramatically raised the stakes in the growing debate over the Bush administration's anti-terrorism policies even as it raised some questions about the speaker's credibility.

Shadowy Bilderberg Group Meet In Greece � And Here�s Their Address
Don�t tell anyone, don�t breathe a word, but the world�s most powerful men are meeting secretly again to save the planet from economic catastrophe. Oh, and their address, should you want to send them your opinions, is: c/o Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel, Apollonos Avenue 40, 16671 Vouliagmeni, Greece.

In Case You Missed It -- Eliot Spitzer: Fed Dread
Given the power of the N.Y. Fed, it is time to ask some very hard questions about its recent performance. The first question to ask is: Who is the New York Fed? Who exactly has been running the show? Yes, we all know that Tim Geithner was the president and CEO of the N.Y. Fed from 2003 until his ascension as treasury secretary. But who chose him for that position, and to whom did he report?

The Politics Of Excusing Torture In The Name Of National Security
I would encourage those who are demanding exposure and prosecution to keep pounding their drums. Clearly, they are on the right side of this issue, and Obama knows it. While he is going to placate the national security bureaucrats from time to time in order to lead them effectively, hopefully the pressure for him to deal with the atrocious behavior of Bush and Cheney is only just getting started.

WILLIAM RIVERS PITT: Why The Caged Bird Sang
Dick Cheney has been doing a lot of talking lately. From his most recent barrage of public statements, we have gleaned that he loves Rush Limbaugh, doesn't much care for Colin Powell, believes President Obama is about to sell the Sixth Fleet to the Taliban for pennies on the dollar and thinks torture is a nifty and effective tool that saves lives and defends freedom.

The Carlyle Group Admits Payments Of $13 Million To Indicted Middleman To Get New York State Business
The Carlyle Group, a giant Wall Street firm best known for its ties to former President George H.W. Bush and other prominent public officials, made more than $13 million in payments to a indicted political fixer who arranged for the firm to receive business from a New York pension fund, New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo said today.

Netanyahu Asks Pope To Condemn Iran
Pope Benedict XVI became further entangled in Middle East politics on Thursday when the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, urged him to denounce Iran.

PAUL KRUGMAN: Empire Of Carbon
As the United States and other advanced countries finally move to confront climate change, they will also be morally empowered to confront those nations that refuse to act. Sooner than most people think, countries that refuse to limit their greenhouse gas emissions will face sanctions, probably in the form of taxes on their exports.

JASON LEOPOLD: The Right Bullied Obama On Photos
In reversing an earlier commitment to release photos of U.S. soldiers abusing prisoners, President Barack Obama succumbed to a propaganda barrage unleashed by former Bush administration officials, their congressional allies, the right-wing news media and holdovers who retain key jobs under Obama.

Insurers Get Preliminary OK For Treasury Funds - TARP
The federal government has agreed to extend billions in bailout funds to six major life insurers, helping them shore up their capital positions in the wake of major investment losses. The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. said Thursday that it had been notified by the Treasury Department that it was eligible for $3.4 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. Others are listed.

Prosecutor, Rove End Session On Fired US Attorneys
In Friday's session, Rove and the prosecutor who interviewed him, acting U.S. Attorney Nora Dannehy, declined to comment as they left the offices of Rove's lawyer separately. It is conceivable Rove may have to undergo further questioning. A Justice Department inquiry that wrapped up in late 2008 concluded that political considerations played a role in the firings of as many as four of the U.S. attorneys.

Taliban Want New World Order
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2009 Int. Sand Sclupture Festival In Pera, Portugal
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Outbound Tourism From China Gets A Flu Attack
A China Daily/English news article of how Chinese tourism abroad has screeched to a halt for fear of contracting the A(H1N1) Flu when overseas.

Gazans Gather To Remember 1948 Exodus
An news article reports on the 61st anniversary of the "Nakba" or catastrophe, of the dispersal of hundreds of thousands of refugees after the creation of Israel.

Norway's Socialism Success Makes Her Red With Envy
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China/US Navies Try To Resolve Martime Discords
A China Daily news article reports on the Chinese and US Navies searching for ways to alleviate maritime tensions.

Moscow Warns Of Future Energy Wars
A news article says Russia may have energy wars near its border in the near future.

Fact: We Tortured To Justify War
An Alternet news blurb about how the US tortured to justify its farce War Of Terror against those who had nothing to do with 9/11.

Why Are Boy Scouts Being Trained To Fight Terrorist's?
A Alternet news article reports on Boy Scouts being trained to fight "Terrorism".



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May 15, 2009

Inside Guantánamo Bay: Desperate prisoners ask 'where is freedom?'

The man's bearded face appeared at the narrow cell window, eyes dark and raging, his arms gesticulating wildly. From the confines of the 12ft by 8ft cell at Guantánamo Bay's Camp V — the maximum security unit for the "least compliant" inmates — he made violent slashing motions across his wrists, pounded the side of his head, and jammed imaginary feeding tubes up his nose. "Alpha-3," he kept mouthing as he tried to tell us that the inmate in Alpha-3 cell was suicidal and on hunger strike.
Then he began to place family pictures up against the glass, including two little boys staring at the camera clutching a fluffy toy deer. Soon another face appeared at another cell window — he covered his face with the Koran and disappeared from view — and another, screaming: "What is freedom? Ask them, what is freedom?"
These are strange, unnerving days inside this prison complex on the sweltering Cuban coast toured by The Times this week — a vast maze of chain-link fences topped by millions of feet of razor wire.
Spotlights blaze through the night while guards watch from towers emblazoned with the Stars and Stripes. Life inside the jail continues unchanged, because nobody here knows — from the guards to the 241 remaining inmates — just how President Obama is going to make good on his increasingly shaky promise to close this symbol of US brutality and extra-judicial excess by January.
The uncertainty has begun to take its toll. On Sunday one detainee, Adnan Latif, a Yemeni held without charge at Guantánamo since 2002, slashed his wrist and hurled a plastic cup full of blood at his lawyer. He had used a piece of veneer from the table to saw through a vein.
The lawyer, David Remes, said that his client was a "very sick man, physically and psychologically". Prison officials said that he did not need stitches and returned him to his cell. Mr Latif alleged in a letter to his lawyer last month that since Mr Obama took office, "oppression has increased, torture has increased and insults have increased" — something officials at the jail deny fiercely.
Another detainee, Mohammad al-Qaraani, a Chadian national, said in a phone call to the al-Jazeera television channel last month that he had been beaten and mistreated since Mr Obama was elected.
"They will make up just about anything to make the US look bad," said Petty Officer Wilson — he declined to give his first name — a baby-faced 20-year-old who has been a guard at Guantánamo for 15 months. "We treat them humanely and safely."
For his first six months, he patrolled Camp VI, a medium-security, $37 million facility opened in January 2007. Nearly every day, he said, inmates would hurl faeces at him or cover themselves in their own excrement. The job, he says, "wears you down, but it's a great experience". Forced extractions, where a six-man team of guards enter a cell in black helmets and riot vests, are not uncommon, he said.
The prison commander, Rear Admiral David Thomas, told The Times that Mr al-Qaraani's allegations were "categorically untrue". He added: "There's nothing that goes on here that I wouldn't be proud to show my mum or my kids." On election nght in November, a celebratory chant of "Obama! Obama! Obama!" spread through the jail as inmates learnt that he was heading to the White House. When Mr Obama announced, on his second day in office, that he would close the prison, detainees were excited, shouting at guards: "Have you heard? We're getting out of here!"
The executive order to close Guantánamo by January 22, 2010, was posted by prison officials on noticeboards in the recreation yards where the well-behaved inmates kick around a plastic children's ball.
All the excitement of January has gone, according to detainees' lawyers, as Mr Obama's pledge runs into ever greater problems in Washington. Now a joke is making the rounds among the detainees, told with gallows humour. "At least Bush released people."
Robert Gates, the US Defence Secretary, is now talking of sending up to 100 inmates to Saudi Arabia. Up to 100 more could be transferred to US jails, with many facing indefinite detention, but the opposition to such a move is intensely fierce from Republican and Democrat politicians, who are declaring not-in-my-backyard. Between 50 and 100, Mr Gates estimates, can neither be tried nor released, because they are either too dangerous or because the evidence against them is tainted. Nobody knows what to do with them.
"The mood is grim," one lawyer who represents several of the inmates told The Times. "There is a growing belief that the order to shut the jail was more about showing a good PR position to the world and less about having a plan to get them out." He had just spoken by phone to one client, he said, who had gone from being "happy" back in January to asking: "Am I ever going to get out of here? Where am I going to go?" He was, the lawyer added, "desperate, hopeless and mentally ill".
Yet since the first detainees, blindfolded and shackled, landed in Guantánamo Bay from Afghanistan in January 2002, when they were transferred in orange jumpsuits to the outdoor steel cages of Camp X-Ray, huge advances have been made in the way they are handled. Of the approximately 800 who have passed through the facility, about 550 have been released.
Camp X-Ray, which was used for four months and gave the world the infamous images of shackled prisoners being wheeled around in wheelbarrows, is now besieged by vegetation, giant rodents known as banana rats, and boa constrictors. The new facility is a sprawling complex that includes Camps V and VI; Camp IV, and the almost mythical, top secret Camp VII, which is run by the CIA and houses roughly thirty "high value" detainees including Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks. Only a handful of people have ever seen it.
A mile up the coast sits Camp Iguana, which houses 17 Chinese Uighurs who have been cleared for release — but whom no country will take. As we looked at them through fences on Wednesday, one proffered a middle finger; another, looking at a female photographer, shouted: "Hey, beetch."
Remarkably, officials at Guantánamo say that 90 detainees are still being interrogated to glean intelligence from them, although most have not had contact with the outside world for years. They are "interviewed" sitting on blue sofas, their feet in shackles bolted to a concrete floor. The session — which is voluntary — is filmed. Admiral Thomas says that they are primarily useful to get prison information to keep his own guards safe.
Inside the complex there is a library with 15,000 books in 20 languages, including copies of King Lear and Asterix the Gaul in Arabic. In Camp IV there is a classroom with the English and Arabic alphabets on the wall, leg shackles by each desk, two rusting step machines, a table football set and a communal dining area. The television, which beams two Arab news networks and the Abu Dhabi soccer channel, sits behind a Perspex screen. The previous one was destroyed when the detainees were confronted by a half-naked lady advertising Palmolive soap.
They are provided with Arabic newspapers and USA Today, censored before arrival. Painted on the concrete floors are black arrows, pointing to Mecca, for the five daily prayer sessions. When The Times entered, Camp IV was in "shakedown" mode, an unannounced search of every cell and detainee. As eight guards looked on, a line of four detainees at a time were slowly frisked. One man left his cell using a walking frame.
Inside the medical facility, staff boast that the detainees get better access to healthcare than most Americans. The military says that over the years there have been 5,000 vaccinations, 7,000 dental procedures, 25 colonoscopies and eight prosthetic limbs fitted. Each detainee is fed between 4,500 and 5,000 calories a day, and can choose from six halal menus.
Hunger-strikers have no such choice. The equipment used to keep them alive as stacked on tables in the hospital: yellow feeding tubes that are pushed up their noses and into their stomachs, and small tins of high-protein drinks. Each hunger-striker — there are 34 at present — is shackled to a chair in his cell before the procedure.
"This is the worst posting I've ever had," one guard said. "There's so much sadness here. But why are they closing it? There are some here you can't release. I can't think of a better place in the world to keep 'em."

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Hypocrisy & Denial: Here's how Israel would destroy Iran's nuclear program:

Here's how Israel would destroy Iran's nuclear program:
Israeli government ministers and Knesset members who will help make the decision about whether to attack Iran's nuclear facilities do not have to wait any longer for a preparatory briefing by the Israel Air Force.

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4 articles--Obama vs Fotos, Trial Chages-////9/11 Commission Report Based On Torture "Evidence":

9/11 Commission Report Based On Torture "Evidence":

One of the Main Sources for the 9/11 Commission Report was Tortured Until He Agreed to Sign a Confession that He Was NOT EVEN ALLOWED TO READ
Obama mulls 'indefinite detention' of terror suspects:
President Barack Obama's "administration is weighing plans to detain some terror suspects on US soil -- indefinitely and without trial -- as part of a plan to retool military commission trials that were conducted for prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay," The Wall Street Journal said.
Obama to revive terror tribunals:
President Barack Obama will restart military tribunals for a small number of Guantanamo detainees, reviving a fiercely disputed trial system he once denounced
Obama reverses decision to release prisoner abuse photos:
In an about-face, President Barack Obama is seeking to withhold photos of past abuse of prisoners in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan, arguing that their release could endanger soldiers abroad and threaten national security - an assertion that his lawyers failed to make in court only weeks ago.
McCain Backs Obama on Blocking Abuse Photos:
Senator John McCain on Thursday welcomed President Obama's decision to oppose the release of photographs documenting prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan by United States military personnel, even as criticism continued from groups of the left.
Least we forget:
Some of the images Bush did not want us to see
Photographs have been leaked of Iraqi citizens tortured by US soldiers at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad.

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Boycott Israel campaign starts to bite:

Boycott Israel campaign starts to bite:
Motorola, Caterpillar, Veolia, the Tesco supermarket chain, and other companies across the world that do business with Israel are suffering losses due to a global boycott in support of Palestinian rights.

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Billions promised, but Gazans still waiting

Billions promised, but Gazans still waiting:
International diplomats, Israeli officials and leaders of the Palestinian Authority haven't been able to figure out how to rebuild Gaza while keeping the cash out of the hands of Hamas, which runs the narrow strip of land. Food aid can get in, but substantial reconstruction hasn't begun.

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HRW: U.S. procedures fail Afghan civilians: -

Group: U.S. procedures fail Afghan civilians: -
Human Rights Watch accused the U.S. military of not doing enough to reduce civilian casualties during battles in Afghanistan and called Friday for "fundamental changes" to prevent civilian deaths like those during an airstrike this month.

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PressTV---US to be buried in 'Graveyard of Empires': says former Reagan Analyst

US to be buried in 'Graveyard of Empires':
"The idea of trying to establish a central government...that is going to be pro-American is foolish," said political analyst and former special assistant to ex-US president Ronald Reagan, Douglas Bandow on Thursday.

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the REALITY of No Change-- House Approves 96.7 Billion for War--Senate Rejects Capping Credit Card Interest Rates

Senate Rejects 15% Limit on Credit-Card Interest Rates
By Carl Hulse
The effort by Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, drew only 33 votes and needed 60, with a bipartisan group of 60 senators opposing it as the Senate pushed its credit card overhaul toward the finish line. See who voted against capping Credit Card interest rates?
US House approves $ 2.3 billion for Pakistan:
The U.S. House of Representative has approved a $ 96.7 billion supplemental measure to fund Iraq and Afghanistan wars, with $ 2.3 billion flowing into Pakistan as economic and security assistance as well as financing for enhanced American diplomatic missions in the key anti-terror allied country.

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Palestinians Recall 61 Years of Exile Nakba remembered amid Gaza suffering Video

Palestinians Recall 61 Years of Exile
Nakba remembered amid Gaza suffering
Perhaps nowhere are the events of the "Nakba" more pertinent today than in the Gaza Strip, where Palestinians are still feeling the devastating effects of the latest Israeli attacks.

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We Tortured To Justify War--Cheney & The Inventing of Evidence

We Tortured To Justify War
By Joe Conason
Dick Cheney keeps saying "enhanced interrogation" was used to stop imminent attacks, but evidence is mounting that the real reason was to invent evidence linking Saddam Hussein to al-Qaida.

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Rumsfeld Remained You're A War Criminal Video

Rumsfeld Remained
 You're A War Criminal

 At the entrance to the White House Correspondents Dinner, Donald Rumsfeld remained by Codepink "You're A War Criminal"

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In Case You Missed It Abu Ghraib - The Sequel This is a must watch video

In Case You Missed It
Abu Ghraib - The Sequel
This is a must watch video
These are the photos the American Government doesn't want you to see. While researching a story on guards at Abu Ghraib, I obtained a copy of the unreleased photographs and videos. Taken at the same time as the photos released in 2004 and often of the same abuses, this is the first time they have been shown to the public.

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New 'Prisoner Abuse' Photographs Emerge Despite US Bid to Block Publication

New 'Prisoner Abuse' Photographs Emerge Despite US Bid to Block Publication

Graphic photographs of alleged prisoner abuse, thought to be among up to 2,000 images Barack Obama is trying to prevent from being released, emerged yesterday.

By Alex Spillius in Washington

May 15, 2009 "The Telegraph" -- The shocking images of inmates in Iraq and Afghanistan were published just a day after the US president announced plans for a legal battle stop them ever being seen.

They risked provoking renewed hostility in the Middle East as Mr Obama attempts to build bridges with the Islamic world.

He is scheduled to make a major speech in Cairo on June 4 when he will launch his version of a plan to bring peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

One picture showed a prisoner hung up upside down while another showed a naked man smeared in excrement standing in a corridor with a guard standing menacingly in front of him. Another prisoner is handcuffed to the window frame of his cell with underpants pulled over his head.

Others yet to be released reportedly show military guards threatening to sexually assault a detainee with a broomstick and hooded prisoners on transport planes with Playboy magazines opened to pictures of nude women on their laps.

The images emerged from Australia yesterday where they were originally obtained by the channel SBS in 2006 in the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal. They were not distributed around the world at the time but are now believed to be among those the president is trying to block.

Mr Obama previously committed to allowing thousands of images to be published but changed his mind after senior generals warned that their publication could place US troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in greater danger.

The president's change of heart brought bitter criticism from the left wingers and the American Civil Liberties Union, which had brought a freedom of information case against the US government applying to see the pictures.

Pledging to fight the case all the way to the Supreme Court, the ACLU accused him of betraying his principles of open government and "complicity in covering up" the "commission of torture by the Bush administration".

"It is true that these photos would be disturbing. The day we are no longer disturbed by such repugnant acts would be a sad one," said Anthony Romero, executive director.

"Only by looking squarely in the mirror, acknowledging the crimes of the past and achieving accountability can we move forward and ensure that these atrocities are not repeated."

The White House legal team was yesterday preparing for a June 9 deadline to present its case that it would be against the interests of national security to make the pictures public.

The controversy came as it was revealed that the administration is considering detaining terror suspects from Guantanamo Bay indefinitely and without trial on US soil.

Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator, said after meeting White House lawyers that terror suspects deemed too dangerous to release could be jailed permanently by a new national security court.

Other options include revising the Bush administration's military commissions for senior al-Qaeda suspects that have been criticised for relying too heavily on hearsay and uncontestable intelligence information.

When he took office on Jan 20 Mr Obama ordered that the prison at a US naval base on Cuba be closed within a year.
© Copyright of Telegraph Media Group Limited 2009

The photos America doesn't want seen:


The photos America doesn't want seen:

By Matthew Moore

02/14/06 "SMH" -- -- MORE photographs have been leaked of Iraqi citizens tortured by US soldiers at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad.

Tonight the SBS Dateline program plans to broadcast about 60 previously unpublished photographs that the US Government has been fighting to keep secret in a court case with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Although a US judge last year granted the union access to the photographs following a freedom-of-information request, the US Administration has appealed against the decision on the grounds their release would fuel anti-American sentiment.

Some of the photos are similar to those published in 2004, others are different. They include photographs of six corpses, although the circumstances of their deaths are not clear. There are also pictures of what appear to be burns and wounds from shotgun pellets.

The executive producer of Dateline, Mike Carey, said he was showing the pictures leaked to his program because it was important people understood what had happened at Abu Ghraib.

Seven US guards were jailed following publication of the first batch of Abu Ghraib photographs in April 2004.

Mr Carey said he could not explain why the photographs had not yet been published, as he thought it was likely that some journalists had them.

"It think it's strange, maybe they think its more of the same."

Copyright © 2006. The Sydney Morning Herald

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