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John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility

by : rawstory
Tuesday June 7, 2005 - 15:57
32 comments

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and his press office remain silent as controversy mushrooms around a planned floor speech on minutes of a secret 2002 meeting between the officials of the U.S. and UK at which the director of British intelligence warned the intelligence was being “fixed” around the policy, RAW STORY has learned.

The minutes have fueled concern among Democrats in Congress that the concern over Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction was staged, a ploy to get Congress to go along with war.

Kerry’s remarks have taken on epic proportion, likely because a NewsMax article conflated Kerry’s quotes with Ralph Nader’s impeachment cry. AlJazeera.com (which is not affiliated with the news channel) led with a headline today ripening the confusion: “John Kerry to call for impeachment of George Bush.”

"When I go back [to Washington] on Monday, I am going to raise the issue," Kerry told Massachusetts’ Standard Times newspaper last week. "I think it’s a stunning, unbelievably simple and understandable statement of the truth and a profoundly important document that raises stunning issues here at home.”

RAW STORY has confirmed that Kerry intends to deliver a statement on the Downing Street minutes.

Any detail beyond that, however, is up in the air. Spokespersons for the senator have declined to comment further, fueling fresh speculation about the Massachusetts Democrat’s move.

The Downing street minutes, first reported in the London Sunday Times, were drafted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s foreign policy advisor. They contain an account of remarks by British MI6 director Sir Richard Dearlove, who said, “Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”

Eighty-nine House members have called on President Bush to answer new questions surrounding the minutes. Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said the president had no need to respond.

Leading the charge is Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), a Detroit liberal who is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

"Unfortunately, the mainstream media in the United States was too busy with wall-to-wall coverage of a "runaway bride" to cover a bombshell report out of the British newspapers," Conyers wrote in a letter calling on congressmembers to sign. "The London Times reports that the British government and the United States government had secretly agreed to attack Iraq in 2002, before authorization was sought for such an attack in Congress, and had discussed creating pretextual justifications for doing so."

"This should not be allowed to fall down the memory hole during wall-to-wall coverage of the Michael Jackson trial and a runaway bride," he added.

http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Plann...


"When I go back [to Washington] on Monday" John Kerry did not show up on Monday. He must have noticed how everyone on the internet was behind him on this, and everyone has been let down by his inability to stand up. Today is tuesday....paging John Kerry......

most excellent comments from Mike Rivero at WhatReallyHappened.com As far as I am concerned, the failure of the US Congress to react to the Downing Street memo pretty much proves they knew Bush was lying all along ... and did nothing about it.

Which pretty much delegitimizes the entire government.

Nobody is under any moral obligation to obey the dictates of a government that lies to the people.

No person serving in uniform is obloigated to spend one more day in a combat zone in a war created with lies.

And given that the war is illegal, by virtue of the lies told to the people and to Congress, I don’t think any American owes any taxes to pay for that illegal war, do you?

Congress’s only way to save itself is to play victim, and pound the crap out of the Bush administration for the lies. Anything less, and it will look like Congress knew the claims about Iraqi WMDs were a lie all along and did nothing about it.



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> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 17:58 - Posted by 5f54b356a565bbb6...

John Kerry, you have let us down...again. Double speak, double speak. Your credibility is down the p00p shoot along with the rest of congress and the administration. What a crap!




> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 18:23 - Posted by 24eec90df63e4444...

Right. Kerry didn’t do what the liars at NewsMax said he was going to do, even though he had never said he was going to do any such thing, and so people on the left will obediently bash him, just as the rightwing spinners intended. Sheesh.



> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Wednesday June 8 - 07:04 - Posted by cb8dcf2759573ea5...

Everyone who spent 10 minutes searching the internet knew that Powell’s testimony to the Security Council was bogus crap. Every member of Congress knew that he was lying and that includes Kerry who voted for Iraq anyway.

Now, the "Democrats" have been offered the prefect opportunity to save face and yet what do they do? Nothing. That makes them doubly complicit.



> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Wednesday June 8 - 22:22 - Posted by 0c6c9159f6189399...

What else would you expect from a pussy like John Kerry. It is left up to Uncle Teddy to do Kerry’s dirty work for him. He is just another Clintonoid humanoid Democrat.



> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 18:13 - Posted by 24eec90df63e4444...

Kerry never said he was going to make a floor speech on the DSM. Kerry never said he was going to call for impeachment. The rightwing spin machine built up hype about non-existent statements in order to confuse people and presumably to get Democrats to feel disappointed in Kerry when he didn’t do the things the right-wing spinmeisters had invented.

All Kerry said was that he was going to bring up the DSM with people when he got back to Washington this week. That could easily mean he’s going to call some friends in the Senate and discuss it privately.

Why on earth are you spreading right-wing spin and lies against one of our own people?




> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 18:36 - Posted by 1ca12510c0b031df...

Kerry works for the same people Bush answers to. And no I am not referring to ’we the people’. One very obvious clue was Kerry saying he would wage the same wars as Bush, only more efficently. Was this the message the grass-roots Democrats and Independents were shouting from the streets of NYC?

Kerry is a stooge, he took a dive in 2004, it would be foolish to expect anything good to come from him now. The whole republican versus democrat scenario is designed to divide us, get us arguing with each other, so that we don’t notice the corruption and lies issuing forth from DC regardless of which party is in control.



> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Wednesday June 8 - 00:09 - Posted by 2d6fd4e1d005ebbb...

Excellent post! The old divide and conquer. Always trying to divide us by race or politics and now by class. They are all working for the same source, this you can be sure of.



> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 21 - 08:02 - Posted by 54507032b614eb7a...

Absolutely correct sir. Two past members of Skull and Bones (which only accepts 15 new would be demons a year) run for President, with essentially the same policies on the only issue that matters and we are supposed to believe they are actually opponents? Are we are supposed to believe they stand for something different? Kerry just released his war record - a record which contained PRAISE from some of the Swift Boat Veterns and almost surely would have shut them up. Why did he wait? Why did he not pound Shrub every day by asking, "where is bin Landen Mr. President? " followed up with "where were the planes on September 11th Mr. President?" A syphilitic monkey could have beaten that murderous moron Bush just by asking a few good questions. Questions the corporate media never ask.

No, Kerry was a shill, a fake opponent, simply there to make the world think that there is still a functioning democracy in Amerika.

The minutes are real, fixed means fixed, not attached, wake up America, you were lied to, then, now, yesterday and today. Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld et al are mass murderers and war criminals.

Oh btw Hilary was for the war too, and only idiots did not know the wmd story was a lie, Hiliary is not stupid, but she is just another Kerry - an alternate demon to rule the world, pick your poison Amerika.

Gary_7vn



> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 18:42 - Posted by c93ba43a2f126801...

> Why on earth are you spreading right-wing spin and lies against one of our own people?

ONE OF OUR OWN PEOPLE???????

Are you a millionaire skull and bones-er?
Did you take a dive on election day for a fellow skull and bonesman?
Did YOU promise to uphold the right of EVERY VOTER and back down like kerry did?

Because I know that I DID NOT..... AM NOT ... and WILL NOT vote for another democratic FAKE who will sell out our country like a good ol’ GOP sod.

Screw kerry....

we need REAL politicians and patriots.... not democratic and republican TRAITORS.



> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Wednesday June 8 - 02:42 - Posted by 8dc2adb86a736e20...

A poster said... "we need REAL politicians and patriots.... not democratic and republican (...)"

Sorry, there is no American that would qualify... Not me... Not you... No One... Just look around you... All are hate filled, self-serving creatures who answer to no one... Worship a fake God... Alter [whatever] words that were presumed to be dictated by the Creator to suit our own greed and wants and we live our lives as we see fit...

Face it, we are in it to get all the stuff in this world for us and ourselves... Story Ends...



> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 18:56 - Posted by e6a2349239468b6a...

Good comments by Mr. Rivero.

It goes without saying that Kerry is too entrenched in the "Big Lie" to carry on a campaign against his own handlers. Most blog news watchers know that as soon as Kerry intimated getting involved in the "DSM" it was only going to be a ruse to obfuscate the issue - he’s good at playing "just dumb enough" to f*ck up any investigation to the point that it becomes usable for Rove to go on the attack. He played "just dumb enough" to "just" loose the 2004 election, frickin’ sandbagger and Bush’s "strawman"!! He’s probably at Rove’s place right now, dressed in his best SM leathers beaten the crap out Rove (who is loving it!) and spilling Conyers playbook to the RNC. If he couldn’t be in on the game I say f*ckem now!

Mr. Heinz is as fake as his absurd mechanical politician speaking voice that turned off millions of voters because "there is no choice in this election" - and shit! wasn’t he right? He may yet jump into the "DSM" fray yet, but mark my words - he’ll step in shit everytime he opens his mouth and give the administration all the counterpoints it will need to drive the story back to the "ether" were it came from!! Rehearsed for public MSM consumption...

mr. optimism



> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Thursday June 9 - 07:02 - Posted by ae100618dfa19872...

Kerry is NOT "one of our own people". He’s a mainstream wuss democrat who didn’t raise a single question about Bush’s Iraq madness before the war, and even voted in favor of it!

He didn’t have the courage to call Bush a liar when it would have mattered, during the election campaign. Kerry lost because wimps deserve to lose. Bush deserved to lose too, but you have to admit that he has more balls than Kerry. Or maybe chutzpah is a better word.



> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 21 - 08:09 - Posted by 54507032b614eb7a...

Kerry is not a wimp, he did muster up the courage to hose down a "VC" teenager in a loin cloth. He is a fake, a phoney, someone who once was a man but is now a mere shadow, in the employ of the shadow government.

Vote repub, at least they are honest murderers and hegemonists.

Gary_7vn



> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 19:04 - Posted by 28c92523b80c2cc9...

its so obvious kerry and bush are one and the same. i’m glad he lost the election...nothing would be different...




> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 19:33 - Posted by 31669dcd05df67b2...

Count every vote! remember that wimp out? same old thing and hey, I voted for the guy. he’s got no stones.



> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 19:39 - Posted by 132a831ce73c9e41...

This proves that the so called political opposition (democratic party) is only an illusion. All this left-wing versus right-wing fights is to keep the masses distracted and divided while the illuminati controlled politician do the true bidding of their masters. As far as I’m concerned the republic has been long dead since America has been taken over by a private bank. America as many know it is an illusion; time to move out.




> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 19:41 - Posted by 06839900305b1eca...

What are "We the People" waiting for? If the democrats and the republicans are no longer effective in thier job, do "we the people" not have recourse? If I am not mistaken, I believe we do. It would be to our advantage to use that recourse wisely. Instead of protesting in the street, we should be addressing this issue in a mass legal petition. This should surely wake up the congress and let them know that we are not happy with thier performance. It is time to get rid of the trash in our house, It is OUR house, and impeach the lot of them. We need people that will act within the guidelines of the law and for the best interest of the people.




> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 20:49 - Posted by 5d8fbb6fa02ac788...

Why don’t people get it through their thick heads that the criminals in control of the so-called American Government in Washington, D.C., and in many Statehouses across the Nation, WILL NOT GO GENTLY INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT!! These people don’t care about what you think, or feel, or want, or say, or vote, or write; the only way to get the attention of these criminals and their minions is through violence. So go ahead and puff yourselves up and think you’re all big and bad and beautiful because you talk and write a lot, but when Patriots move to rid America—and you—of all of our trash, how many of you will risk welcoming those Patriots with open front doors? And how many of you will cower behind the back door?




> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 21:40 - Posted by 6ba3c2924e6b00db...

There will come a moment when those who prize Democracy and Freedom will stand together and fight against the rising tide of Fascism.

There will come a moment when the clouds of obfuscation and deceit will clear for a moment and everybody will be able to see the base evil that those in Power are capable of.

In that moment, the corporate-controlled media will not be able to spin the truth or distract the masses with around-the-clock coverage of some insipid and silly fluff. The people will be talking to each other and passing information electronically to each other and calling each other and meeting each other in the streets and the halls and the stores and the offices and telling the story. The strategies of the BIG LIE (9/11 = Iraq) and the Baby-with-the-Bathwater (CBS Memogate, Newsweek Abu-Grab) will no longer work to mask the truth, for the truth will be so clear and visible that only the small percentage of people who are totally delusional will be able to look at it and not see it.

In that moment, the main stream media will be irrelevant, the police impotent, and the government no longer will stand unopposed. The 100th Monkey will have come around. The time will be ours.

That moment COULD have come in November or December of 2004, had John Kerry and John Edwards stood against the tide of election fraud that swept Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Iowa, New Mexico, and perhaps other states. If they had fought at every step for every vote to be counted and every vote irregularity to be investigated and corrected, that moment might have come. If they had stood tall and taken the slings and arrows of the media as they were pilloried as "sore losers" and "anti-American" there were millions who would have stood with them. If they had pointed to the exit polls and questioned the "post-election corrections" it would have been a bit harder for the Administration to use that same technology to denounce elections in the Ukraine only weeks later — it might have created that MOMENT. But they did not, and the opportunity for a moment of decision was passed.

That moment could have come as the DSM came to light. Those who are our supposed "opposition leaders" could have risen to point out that the big lie ("Democrats voted for this war too") was only true because they were LIED TO! That the American People were LIED TO. That the LIES are the true crime, and that if the Republicans in congress are more beholden to their PARTY than to their COUNTRY, then we must take back our Democracy by some other means.

OK, so John Kerry took more bad advice lately from his pathetic advisors and didn’t create join in a movement of opposition leaders to create that moment for us with a public discussion of the DSM. That’s OK. Personally, I don’t think John Kerry is the person to create that moment for us.

But that moment WILL come.

We must be prepared to defend America from the forces of Fascism that have taken over every branch of our government and even our media. We must be prepared to SHUT THIS COUNTRY DOWN until we can have it back. We do not need to be the ones to fire the first shots, but we must be prepared for the possibility (likelihood!) that those in power will NOT go quietly and may shoot at us. Surprisingly, we will find people standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us that we would have scorned a decade ago. The "true" conservative does not support a government that is run by corporations and runs up enormous debts to give money to the wealthiest few. The "true" Christian does not support a government that kills, maims, wages war, and stops progress in the name of religion. And, of course, there are the Democrats who will stand with us — those willing to take a chance on the worst happening in order to protect what was once the most amazing political experiment in history.

The moment will come.

We must be ready.

Charlie L
Portland, Oregon
CLL2001@Gmail.com



> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Wednesday June 8 - 00:58 - Posted by a42193f6a89e2ead...

I agree with Charlie L. I think it’s great that we can all talk to each other about our feelings, but we’re preaching to the choir. We all have the means and the methods to stop the machine and take back our government. Our strength is in our numbers. Why wait years for change? All it would take is for someone to organize us, and say ready, set, go! Until that day comes, we all need to stop feeding the tapeworm! Keep your money local, and away from corporations. Cancel cable TV, stop shopping at the big box stores, etc...



> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Wednesday June 8 - 06:11 - Posted by e29573108b6f4446...

Michael Jackson has more people show up on the street in support of him than there are supporters at the demonstrations demanding girlie-Bush’s impeachment! What does that say about Americans and America? Seems most Americans are completely satisfied with criminals and creeps and only slightly amused by rabble-rousers. Past generations of Americans were passionate and caring; now Americans are aloof and diffident - - - they just really don’t give a shit without a ton of Ex-Lax to help them!



> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 22:13 - Posted by caae31560a558ae5...

Can’t say I didn’t see this coming, Kerry is nothing more than opportunist who is not willing to stick his neck out for the American people.




> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 23:02 - Posted by 7c4a38fb60b7780b...

In the News at Wildlanders.com suggests that Dean is the answer. We all remember Deam speaking out boldly but being displaced by Kerry. If I remember right, he even suggested Kerry played some nasty political games against him. This would tend to confirm many of the posts here than Kerry is just another Bush. But I am curious what folks think of Dean.

 Ken




> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 23:12 - Posted by addada36337d97e4...

All members of Congress play for the same team...and it aint US.




> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 23:14 - Posted by addada36337d97e4...

All members of Congress play for the same team....and it aint US.




> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 7 - 23:49 - Posted by c7d4825c586beff6...

John-I-don’t-Kerry proved to America what has happened to the GOV of the empire! Sad part is Bush and his band of thiefs will get away with these war crimes? George Galloway was right. Patriots have been muted and/or bought off. Blood money is difficult to spend, I am ashamed of what has come?




> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Wednesday June 8 - 00:33 - Posted by 9171edfadd861ae5...

I SAY THE WHOLE REPULICANS That are in the Congress and All Over Our Nation MUST GO WITH BUSH,CHENEY,RUMSFIELD,RICE,POWELL,WOLFOWITZ,CARD,ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT BACKED BUSH’S ACT OF TREASON WHEN THEY ALL KNEW ABOUT IT TOO.............




> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Wednesday June 8 - 05:58 - Posted by 3b1910e4fc6687ae...

just collected five bucks from my wife on a bet dealing with Kerry’s planned speech. Easiest money I’ve made in months.

sooner or later someone will figure out that the Kerry nomination was all part of the plan to re-elect bush. Oh, and how interesting that Dean landed such a blum job after running interference for the Senator from Mass. funny, no one has ever researched the fact that although the Dean the campaign was an instant money machine, they had no money after the Mass primary and as early as January had no plan to carry on their campaign.




> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Thursday June 9 - 21:35 - Posted by fe7aa52dccc7b4be...

Kerry issued this statement yesterday, 6-8-05!

"Senator Kerry believes every American deserves a thorough explanation of the Downing Street memo. The Administration and the Washington Republicans who control Congress insult Americans by refusing to answer even the most basic questions raised in this memo about pre-war intelligence and planning for the aftermath of war. That is unacceptable, especially with the lives of Americas sons and daughters on the line. John Kerry will demand answers in the Senate. Stay tuned."

http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston...




> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Friday June 10 - 10:29 - Posted by 9208e65847e75cf9...

Know what really shocks me, the American people. For literally years during Clinton, with increasing lethality, shorter time periods between each incident, Ameicans were being slaughtered world wide and domestically-all prior to 9/11. I did not see or hear any of you protesting that. When France and Germany were up to their necks in the Oil-For-Food Program, and the Iraqi children were enhungered and the population tortured and genocide was systematically the capitualted nod for Hussein, the Red Cross and Amnesty International were as silent then as they are toward the genocide of white farmers and the pillage of their land in Africa today.

The UN and its "global test" adied and abetted the deaths of countless lves as islamic fundamentalist terrorism spread to 60 countries. Where were the overfed, trendy, spolied and alltogether selfish railing and demonstrating amd rioting and writing books and commenting on how terrible Bush is? You all were silent. This completely inavlidates your argument-and shows you as much an instrument of the enemy as your kind was during Viet Nam.

John Kerry? A spolied brat coat-tail rider who has quite nicely reaped what he has sown.

Continue to contest and scrutinize this nation’s right to exist, as long as you live in suburbia and have all the material comforts you desire. One day, if you keep pushing and limiting its ability to defend itself and capitualte, you may wind up like innocent Germans in the late 1930s, used, abused and suffering because you supported what sounded like the right thing to do.

Bush called the dogs off the porch. Enough is enough. I don’t care if there was WMD, because there probably was. The world community gave enough of a tip-off and a place of escape for years to this regime. Our intelligence community has been demoralized, understaffed, politicized and in general loathed since the 1960s. That is our fault, mainly the ilk of the the Democratic philosophy. Well, they got countless people killed.

Your choice, slit yourt own throats or come along with us and defend our right to be who and what we are.




> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Sunday June 12 - 06:12 - Posted by 19a93dcb33b2e665...

Check out the progress Big John has made on the Downing Street Minutes.




> John Kerry wimps out on bringing up Downing Street Minutes/Memo- Last chance for Dem’s credibility
Tuesday June 28 - 03:42 - Posted by 9adff23678ac95eb...

John Kerry did submit a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee. http://www.lightupthedarkness.org/b...






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HILLARY LIKENS PUTIN TO HITLER
Saturday 8 - 05:36
by SON OF A BUSH
Polio Continues To Be A Major Threat For Millions Of Children
Saturday 8 - 00:39
by Brian McAfee
The Dark Ages Have Descended Anew: No Truth Need Apply
Friday 7 - 22:01
by Daniel Patrick Welch
Rule by oligarchs: Kiev appoints billionaires to govern east (video)
Friday 7 - 10:29

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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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MAY GOD DAMN WALL STREET, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THE SUPREME COURT
Monday 13 February
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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Don’t say I didn’t warn you. In my article The Greatest Threat to America, I stated that the five so-called “conservative” members of the United States Supreme Court—Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Roberts and Kennedy—“have destroyed American democracy and its fundamental freedoms more ruthlessly and effectively than any terrorist group in the world” (Pravda.Ru 01/27/2010). They accomplished this in the 2010 case of Citizens United v. Federal (...)
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