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Pentagon records show that at least 8,000 members of the all-volunteer U.S.
Army have deserted since the Iraq war began. Hey, at least somebody has an
exit strategy. - Tina Fey
For the women of South Dakota: an abortion manual
South Dakota's Slide to Theocracy
by Mike Whitney
Rounds' spearheads a coterie of finger-wagging zealots who see it as their
religious duty to force others to accept their blinkered dogma. Their
contempt for individual freedom is barely concealed behind their pretensions
about "loving their fellow man" or "turning the other cheek". Love, however,
never enters into the equation; their real intention is to imbue their
convictions with the power of the law; ensuring that others conform to their
wacky ideas. This is how they seek political vindication for, what amounts
to, self-righteous discrimination. The right to choose is the right to have
sovereignty over one's own body.
Coalition Mobilizes for Man's Rights in US Courts
By Sonia Nettnin
A US citizen for almost 30 years and a resident of Bridgeview, IL Salah has
been charged in both the State of Israel and the US for allegedly funneling
money to the Palestinian Occupied Territories and into Israel for Hamas
military operations in 1993. In the upcoming trial scheduled for October
2006 US prosecutors want to use the 1993 Hebrew statements signed by Salah
while he was in Israeli custody as evidence. Salah's lawyers have filed a
motion to suppress the statements. They say Salah was tortured into signing
the 1993 confessions and that the confessions are in a language Salah does
Other articles of interest
The End Of Civilization
Dave Eriqat, Countercurrents.org
One way to keep the truth from people, aside from today's favored approach
of simply suppressing it, is to feed them a steady diet of compelling
distractions. Elections are one such distraction. Elections arouse peoples'
passions and keep them entertained for weeks or months. Elections even give
people the illusion of participation, when, in fact, elections mean
absolutely nothing in a country like the United States, which is run by
money. Of course, elections are run by, and legitimized by governments.
Inviting Anarchy Into My Home
Liz Seymour, ZNet
After Isabell came home from college an anarchist herself, I began to put
aside my preconceptions about these people - as disorderly, violent and
destructive - and to see them as a community dedicated to replacing
hierarchy with consensus and cooperation. (Isabell once described them as
Quakers who swear a lot.) Over time I found myself drawn to their hopeful
view that people know best what is best for them and to their determination,
naïve or not, to build a better world right away. Anarchism, at least as
practiced here, seemed to be more about building community gardens and
making your own fun than about black bandannas and confrontations with the
riot police (although it was about those things, too).
Big Brother's Youth League Snoops Colorado Teacher
Kurt Nimmo, Another Day in the Empire
In Orwell's novel 1984, Big Brother's Youth League and the Spies harassed
Winston Smith, accused him of thought crime, threatened to turn him in to
the Ministry and have him sent to the salt mines. Jay Bennish, high school
teacher in Aurora, Colorado, was not threatened like Winton Smith, although
a student spy tape recorded his comments in the classroom and now it appears
Bennish, who compared Bush to Hitler, will lose his job.
War on the First Amendment: The Great Green Scare and the Fed's "Case"
Against Rod Coronado
Ben Rosenfeld, CounterPunch
The federal government has been champing at the bit to put Rod Coronado back
in prison since the moment he got out in 1999, refusing to repent for his
role in a 1992 arson at a Michigan State University fur research lab.
Federal officials have publicly branded Coronado a leader of the Animal
Liberation Front, even though the ALF is apparently non-hierarchical. He is,
however, an unabashed advocate of property destruction in defense of
animals, and his indictment in San Diego in February, for giving a speech in
which he explained how the incendiary devices used in the Michigan arson
were made, is a flimsy pretext to punish him for his radical views.
BOOM! Who are the real terrorists?
Alan Pittman, Eugene Weekly
Environmental activists are calling the "ecoterrorism" crackdown a "green
scare," comparing it to the "red scare" periods of anti-communist repression
and civil rights abuses after World War I and in the 1950s. Jim Flynn, a
local Earth First! activist, said that after the indictments "people were
quite intimidated" in the environmental protest movement. John Zerzan, a
local anarchist author, said the arrests and the recent conviction of seven
animal rights activists in California for what they wrote on a website "is
very scary." Zerzan said the government is pushing back the line on what
before was considered free speech. "That's a police state kind of move."
A Matter of Authority
Shawn Stone, Metroland
For 20 years, the Critical Art Ensemble have made challenging
interventionist art-now one of their members may spend 20 years in federal
prison for it.
War Crimes: Goose and Gander
Marjorie Cohn, Truthout
We will also never see a trial in the ICTY for Bill Clinton, Madeleine
Albright or Wesley Clark for the 1999 US-led NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. Nor
will George W. Bush, Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld be prosecuted by an
international tribunal for their war crimes in Iraq.
Rest Easy, Bill Clinton: Milosevic Can't Talk Anymore
Jeremy Scahill, Common Dreams
What the corporate media overwhelmingly ignores in Milosevic's death is what
they ignored in his life as well--his intimate knowledge of US war crimes in
Yugoslavia. While Milosevic was undoubtedly a war criminal who deserved to
be tried for his crimes, he was also the only man in the unique position of
being able to expose and detail the full extent of the US role in the bloody
disintegration of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. In fact, that is precisely what
he was fighting to do at his war crimes trial when he died.
THE US GULAG PRISON SYSTEM - THE SHAME OF THE NATION AND CRIME AGAINST
Stephen Lendman, Uruknet.info
No, not the one you think, outrageous as it is. I'm referring to the US
prison system that's with no exaggeration about as shockingly abusive as the
gulag abroad. It qualifies for that label by its size alone - more than 2.1
million as of June, 2004 and growing larger by about 900 new inmates every
week. Blacks (mostly poor and disadvantaged) especially are affected. While
they make up just 12.3% of the population, they account for half the prison
population, and their numbers there have grown fivefold in the last 25
years. Hispanics (also poor) account for another 15%.
Latin America and Asia are at last breaking free of Washington's grip
Noam Chomsky, The Guardian
The US-dominated world order is being challenged by a new spirit of
independence in the global south.
Mass Starvation and Democracy Prevention
Ghali Hassan, Axis of Logic
To satisfy it Zionist ideology, Israel is proceeding to impose a Nazi-like
economic siege over nearly 4 million defenceless Palestinians, intended to
starve them into surrendering their democratic freedoms.
The US Government's Nuremberg Crime
William Bowles, williambowles.info
In exploring the nature of the US bioweapons programme Boyle also reveals
the complicity of the universities and of the scientists employed in
bioweapons development with billions of dollars of funding being channelled
into campuses not only across the US but also overseas. He even warns them
that they too are liable to life imprisonment for their work on bioweapons.
Fighting for Their Lies: The Deadly Delusions of America's Troops
Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque
While much has been made of the recent poll showing that a majority of U.S.
troops on the ground in Iraq think we should get out - heartening news for
all those who oppose Bush's bloodsoaked war crime - the poll contained
another revelation that should disturb anyone - anti-war or pro-war - who
still believes in American democracy: the fact that some 85 percent of US
forces in Iraq believe they are fighting to avenge Saddam Hussein's role in
the September 11 attacks.
Alexander Zaitchick, Freezerbox
"There is a clear understanding [on the part of Islamist groups] that if you
want to hit America or the West, you go after oil, which is right in their
backyard," says Luft. "They don't have to go all the way to New York and
deal with the INS and FBI."
That the pipeline attacks have undermined more than just the U.S. occupation
in Iraq was first recognized by Osama bin Laden in an audiotape released
Dec. of 2004. In the tape he called upon his followers to "focus your
operations on the oil, especially in Iraq and in the Gulf, as this would
mean [the West's] death."
Petrocollapse: your basic wake-up call plus caveat
Jan Lundberg, Culture Change
Peak oil extraction is estimated to be upon us, with natural gas soon to
follow, indicating a free fall to an uncertain minimum-energy universal
lifestyle. Anyone who really believes that some alternative form of energy
will ride in like a knight in shining armor to save us is sadly misinformed.
Doug Henwood, The Nation
People haven't merely been buying houses, they've been conducting scary
experiments in financial innovation. Time was, you had to come up with a
hefty down payment to buy a house. No longer: In 2005 the median first-time
buyer put down only 2 percent of the sales price, and 43 percent made no
down payment at all. And almost a third of new mortgages in 2004 and '05
were at adjustable rates (because the initial payments are lower than on
fixed-rate loans). At earlier peaks interest rates were near cyclical highs,
but the past few years have seen the lowest interest rates in a generation.
So adjustable mortgages are likely to adjust only one way: up.
Lynching Barry Bonds
Dave Zirin, CounterPunch
McCovey also raised the idea that people who call for "hanging Bonds"
summarily dismiss: that racism is an unspoken part of this discussion.
"Knowing what I have gone through in sports, there are always those little,
you know, racial overtones," said McCovey, who started his career in the Jim
Crow south of the 1950s. McCovey also pointed out the hypocrisy of how Mark
McGwire, even after his sad congressional testimony, was viewed as a tragic
figure, not an evil one like Bonds. "I don't think it would be this big a
deal if McGwire was still playing and was in the same shoes chasing that
record," he said. "I don't think they would be spending all this time to dig
all this dirt up on him. [Racism] is a thing that we have to live with that
people don't even realize."
Not Your Parents' Protest Music
Naeem Mohaiemen, AlterNet
The burgeoning politi-punk band Outernational discusses what it means to be
Big Brother is listening
FBI grills professor over support of Venezuela
Media lies and hypocrisy in wake of Milosevic's death
Bush declares war on freedom of the press
US military to continue to pay Iraqi media to plant stories
FBI Officer Speaks at Law School, lists Indymedia aned Food Not Bombs on
"Terrorist Watch List"
Centcom team engages bloggers
Pentagon admits errors it had wrongly added peaceful demonstrators to
database of possible domestic terrorist threats
Play on Rachel Corrie canceled by NY theater group
LA's South Central Farm Receives Eviction Notice
Ready or not, bird flu is coming to America
Reports of serious illnesses, including a rare cancer, in a small First
Nations community near the province's oilsands
Death of the world's rivers
Pesticides linked to cancer, birth defects, and neurological disorders
contaminate almost all of the nation's rivers and streams
Pollution soaring to crisis levels in Arctic; Scientists plead for action to
save poles from 'tipping point' disaster
Melting Antarctica causing sea levels to rise
Oops, we helped ruin the planet
Thirst for oil threatens a fifth of the world's fresh water
Burst oil pipeline causes catastrophe in Alaska
Sharp rise in CO2 levels recorded
Canada has warmest winter on record, shatters previous record
Climate change 'irreversible' as Arctic sea ice fails to re-form
Scientists confirm massive historic flooding in climate change
8000 desert during Iraq war
US Government kills its own soldiers..and us..and lies.and signs deals
US contractor arrested with explosives: More US security contractors caught
trying to kill Iraqis?
US military plans to create insect cyborgs
U.S. military airstrikes significantly increased in Iraq
U.S. invasion responsible deaths of over 250,000 civilians in Iraq
14,000 detained without trial in Iraq
High school students raped by Marine recruiters found guilty, set free
300,000 march for immigrant rights
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