[APR-news] Weekend Edition (December 15-17, 2006)

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www.altpr.org - Weekend Edition (December 15-17, 2006)

Link of the week
http://www.well.com/user/davidu/extinction.html
The World Wide Web's Most Comprehensive Source of Information on the Current 
Mass Extinction

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http://www.altpr.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=703
Hollowcaust Hullabaloo
by Gabriel Ash

Let me spell out the hypocrisy of the Holocaust hawkers. The West has 
elevated the crimes of the Nazis into a benchmark of evil. Paradoxically, 
every subsequent crime, especially when the perpetrator is Israel, can now 
be excused on the ground that it falls short of the death camps. Conversely, 
the genocidal tendencies inherent in the systematic obliteration of the 
basis of civilian life can be ignored by invoking the ritual condemnation of 
the "false analogy" with Nazism, even as such systematic destruction has 
been incorporated in the military practice of the West and is operative 
wherever modern armies must contend with popular resistance.

http://www.altpr.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=704
Take This War and Shove It
By Ron Jacobs

Talk about stepping into the abyss. George Bush and his Pentagon allies are 
considering increasing the number of troops in Iraq by 40,000. The idea is 
supported by some members of Congress, although John McCain is the only one 
so far to express his support publicly. This is despite the fact that over 
60% of US residents want the troops out of there sooner rather than later. 
Not only does the Bush position represent another blow to the idea that the 
people of the US run the country, it is a blatant kick in the voters' face.

http://www.altpr.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=705
Come 2008, Will Kucinich and the "New Democrats" Fool Us Again?
By Kurt Nimmo

Since when do Democrats and Republicans care about what the American people 
want? Poor Dennis. He actually believes, or expects us to believe, that 
pressure from below, from the Democrat rank and file, will force change upon 
Hillary and the War Party, neocon lite faction. Fat chance. As White notes, 
the "Democratic Party is committed to continuing the criminal occupation of 
Iraq and the escalation of violence against those who oppose US domination 
of the Middle Eastern country. While sharp tactical divisions exist within 
the US political establishment, the Democrats are just as committed as the 
Republicans to the use of military force to secure US domination over the 
oil resources of the Middle East and to prevent a Vietnam-style defeat in 
Iraq.

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Videos of interest

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15830.htm
Why We're At War? : George Bush Is Not The Problem

John Perkins, author of "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" blows the lid 
of U.S. imperialism and provides the reasons as to why we are at war in the 
Middle East

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8163.htm
Operation Hollywood: The inside story of the cozy relationship between big 
box office American war movies and the Pentagon

"You must glorify war in order to get the public to accept the fact that 
your going to send their sons and daughters to die."

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Other articles of interest

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/december2006/151206mccainbill.htm
McCain Bill Is Lethal Injection For Internet Freedom
Paul Joseph Watson, Prison Planet

Republican Senator John McCain has introduced legislation that would fine 
blogs up to $300,000 for offensive statements, photos and videos posted by 
visitors on comment boards, effectively nixing the open exchange of ideas on 
the Internet, providing a lethal injection for unrestrained opinion, and 
acting as the latest attack tool to chill freedom of speech on the world 
wide web.

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2006/12/12/18337142.php
The Cuban Five and US Terrorism
Michael Parenti and Alicia Jrapko, Indymedia

Since 1959 Cuba has been subjected to threats, sanctions, invasion, 
sabotage, and terrorist attacks upon its soil resulting in 3,478 deaths - 
all organized from within the United States by terrorist groups that are 
financed, organized, and sheltered by the US national security state.

http://www.prospect-magazine.co.uk/article_details.php?id=8145
The DIY State
Charles Leadbeater, Prospect (UK)

Illich was a critic of industrial society who, in a series of polemical 
books in the 1970s, set about the failings of modern institutions and the 
professionals who organise them: Deschooling Society, Limits to Medicine, 
Disabling Professions and Tools for Conviviality. He was ahead of his time 
by being behind the times. His critique of industrialisation harked back to 
pre-industrial, more communal forms of organisation, in which local, 
low-technology production met most demand. He also foresaw a post-industrial 
world, using the language of networks and webs long before the internet

http://www.detroitblog.org/?p=287
Wild Kingdom in Downtown Detroit
Detroit Blog

Throughout Detroit, as half the population fled in the last half-century 
outward towards the suburbs and later towards more rural areas, the city 
itself has, ironically, become more rural, with wild animals and lush green 
plants coexisting with an industrial, modern metropolis. Nature, driven back 
by progress during the city's 300 years, has aggressively reasserted itself 
in recent decades, reclaiming land from which man has turned away.

http://www.peopleandplanet.net/doc.php?id=2896
Flying blind to the brink of extinction
George McGavin, peopleandplanet.net

The idea that growth can be sustainable is nonsense. When resources are 
finite, any growth, however small, will ultimately become unsustainable. 
Environmental problems such as salination through excessive irrigation, 
desertification and overconsumption has caused the collapse of numerous 
civilizations in the past.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/121506R.shtml
It Takes a Village to Cool the Planet
Kelpie Wilson, Truthout

When tree plantations are established on land that indigenous people have 
rights to, the damage is compounded. Larry Lohman writes: "Like the 
enclosure movement of early modern Europe, through which common lands were 
taken away from the rural poor and broken up, privatized and traded into the 
hands of the better-off, the movement for carbon 'offset' plantations is in 
essence a movement to extend and normalize inequality." The rural poor pay 
twice, once by suffering the effects of climate change caused by affluent 
countries, and again by having their land taken to offset the guilt of 
affluent people.

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Dec06/Sullivan15.htm
The Credit Card Industry and Predatory Capitalism
Charles Sullivan, Dissident Voice

The booming credit card business is one of the most profitable and 
destructive industries to ever emerge from the inventive capitalist mind. 
Citibank is raking in more money than Microsoft and Wal-Mart. Obscene 
profits are realized without lifting a finger to perform any physical work. 
In 2004, a single credit card company, the MBNA, realized 1.5 times the 
profits of fast food industry giant McDonald's. Collecting on credit card 
debt is a very lucrative business.

http://electroniciraq.net/news/2723.shtml
Where Next after the Iraqi Genocide?
Anwar Darkazally, Electronic Iraq

In what Human Rights Watch rightly termed a "genocide" in 1993, between 
50,000 and 182,000 Kurds were killed by Saddam. But if the figures are 
correct, and we have no other data to go on, then the current situation in 
Iraq dwarfs even the evil done by the Saddam regime.

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NewsWire

http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2006/12/13/481036-new-publishing-rules-restrict-scientists
Bush administration clamping down on scientists at U.S. Geological Survey

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/dec2006/kuci-d15.shtml
Dennis Kucinich, political coward and pathetic apologist for pro-war Dem 
ticket in 2004 to run again in 2008

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15904.htm
'Gitmo Is Like Being Alive in Your Own Grave'

http://jta.org/page_view_breaking_story.asp?intid=6042
Israeli court backs assassinations

http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1563273,00.html
Israeli soldiers tell of indiscriminate killings by army and a culture of 
impunity

http://environment.guardian.co.uk/climatechange/story/0,,1971637,00.html
This year will be Britain's warmest since records began

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L14565762.htm
Oceans may rise 4 ½ feet by 2100

http://www.earthpolicy.org/Updates/2006/Update62.htm
Why China Is Rising and the United States Is Declining

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