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Call for international mobilizations in Geneva. STOP the WTO corporate agenda before Hong Kong
By : Geneva - Tuesday September 20, 2005
With December’s Ministerial Meeting in Hong Kong in view, WTO members are speeding up negotiations to ensure a successful outcome. The collapse of the trade talks in Cancun still in mind, the WTO changed their negotiating strategy. Negotiators will seek to resolve major conflicting issues in Geneva during General Council meetings - thus avoiding the public scrutiny and popular pressures that contributed to previous deadlocks. Decisions would thus be taken in an even more opaque and (...)
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World Zero Eviction Days: from October 3rd 2005
By : Cesare Ottolini - Saturday September 3, 2005
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For the right to decent, secure housing Fifteen percent of the world population is under threat of eviction for a series of reasons: foreign investment in countries with heavy debts, privatizations of the housing sector, deregulation of rented accommodation, ethnic cleansing, wars and occupation, as well as commercial speculation of natural disasters. Although Target 11 of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal 7 aims at improving the living conditions of at least 100 million (...)
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CORRUPTION-US: Halliburton Whistleblower Demoted
By : William Fisher - Saturday September 3, 2005
by William Fisher NEW YORK, Whistleblowers — those who go public with allegations of waste, fraud and abuse — continue to have a tough time, despite a law protecting them and repeated assurances from the White House, many government agencies and Congress that they maintain a policy of zero tolerance for retaliation. The latest victim of apparent retaliation is Bunnatine H. "Bunny" Greenhouse, the senior contracting officer for the Army Corps of Engineers, who objected — (...)
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Sydney : protesters stopped from bringing down the house
By : Sydney - Saturday September 3, 2005
By Les Kennedy, Samantha Selinger-Morris and Matt Wade Four protesters railing against a gathering of international business leaders were arrested last night after they breached the security barrier outside the entrance to the Opera House forecourt. Police quickly secured the gap as about 500 people converged on the Opera House protesting against the Forbes Global CEO Conference. Protest organisers had hoped to marshall thousands of supporters to disrupt the conference attended by the (...)
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Selling Out American Public Interest to Oil Industry
By : Diana Lee - Thursday September 1, 2005
As one notorious example of selling out public interest to the oil industry, the Senate has passed the Energy Bill that favors corporate interests by increasing gas prices and enacting toothless policies on oil demand, production and imports. At the heart of the fight in this bill is to allow oil drilling in the Alaskan sanctuary, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). However, the House of Representatives can reject it by using a deceptive budget maneuver to thwart the Senate’s (...)
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Weapons Sales Worldwide Rise to Highest Level Since 2000
By : THOM SHANKER - Wednesday August 31, 2005
By THOM SHANKER WASHINGTON The value of military weapons sales worldwide jumped in 2004 to the highest level since 2000, driven by arms deals with developing nations, especially India, Saudi Arabia and China, according to a new Congressional study. The total of arms sales and weapons transfer agreements to both industrialized and developing nations was nearly $37 billion in 2004, according to the study. That total was the largest since 2000, when global arms sales reached $42.1 billion, (...)
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Gods of War, Gods of Greed and Profiteers of Misery
By : Manuel Valenzuela - Monday August 29, 2005
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(Found a great essay originally published August 2004 but extremely relevant today. Enjoy.) www.valenzuelasveritas.blogs... “The process of transformation [American empire building]...is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event-like a new Pearl Harbor.” From PNAC plan entitled Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces and Resources for a New Century, endorsed by neocons in the Bush Administration, the corporate media and (...)
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China Clipper?
By : Dan Stafford - Thursday August 25, 2005
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China Clipper...Too many coincidences: 1. Massive numbers of US manufacturing jobs go to China. 2. Massive amounts of multinational corporate assets and capital are invested in China. 3. Those same manufacturing capacities and ownership levels have left the US with far less up and able manufacturing capacity to support a protracted defense if international supply lines are cut. 4. The heads of those same multinationals now have billions of little green reasons to love China. 5. China (...)
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When spirituality meets commerce. Pope’s German visit spawns product spree
By : COLOGNE - Saturday August 20, 2005
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — The unofficial beer of World Youth Day is drawing more than just small sips from thirsty pilgrims. The beer, bearing a photo of Benedict XVI and brewed in his home of Bavaria, is among the scores of items being sold or traded among the more than 415,000 pilgrims that have journeyed to Cologne for the 20th World Youth Day. Officially sanctioned T-shirts and mugs with the event’s logo, finger rosaries and pictures of Benedict are also selling quickly as (...)
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How Those Big Bucks End Up in Big Oil’s Pockets
By : Steven Mufson - Wednesday August 17, 2005
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By Steven Mufson When oil prices spiked — and oil profits soared — 26 years ago, virtually every newspaper intern in America (including me) was dispatched to gasoline stations to collect quotes from irate motorists. Big Oil was viewed as public enemy number one: Congress convened hearings to skewer oil industry execs, regulatory agencies investigated pricing, and some news organizations rented helicopters to scour the waters (in vain) for signs of oil tankers floating offshore (...)
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Italy : probe raises ghost of Calvi affair
By : Fred Kapner - Wednesday August 10, 2005
By Fred Kapner To seasoned observers of Italy’s colourful financial imbroglios, this summer’s Banca Antonveneta affair evokes memories of many of the country’s most lurid scandals. As details emerge of how Antonio Fazio, governor of the Bank of Italy, sought to favour Banca Popolare Italiana, a small Italian bank, over Dutch lender ABN Amro in the takeover battle for Antonveneta, one past scandal comes readily to mind: the Banco Ambrosiano affair. This culminated with (...)
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A Look Into the Mirror By Manuel Valenzuela
By : Manuel Valenzuela - Wednesday August 10, 2005
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Through the veneer that is Washington, with its grand monuments to great men, its hallowed halls of history, its monolithic structures of governance, its corridors of power, its seats of wealth and effervescent illumination as the reincarnation of ancient Rome, can we, if we dare look upon the vision emanating from its shallow pools, see the manifestation of what America, and by consequence Americans, has become. To see inside the capital of modern day Democracy, Freedom, Liberty, Manifest (...)
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Ex-Employees Faulted Halliburton Role in Iraq
By : Deborah Hastings - Sunday August 7, 2005
By Deborah Hastings WASHINGTON (AP) - Others besides Bunnatine Greenhouse have testified that Halliburton, the biggest holder of American rebuilding contracts in Iraq, has deceived the government and cheated taxpayers. The company denies the claims. Rory Mayberry, who worked for Halliburton subsidiary KBR from February through April 2004, testified from Iraq, via videotape, to the Democratic Policy Committee in June. As a food manager at a U.S. military camp, Mayberry said he witnessed (...)
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CAFTA: Democracy Sold Out
By : Deborah James - Saturday July 30, 2005
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By Deborah James At 12:03 a.m. on July 28, the House of Representatives approved CAFTA, the Central America-Dominican Republic-United States Free Trade Agreement. The bill, which would expand NAFTA to Central America and the Dominican Republic, would devastate farmers, privatize essential public services, and accelerate the race to the bottom on wages in the U.S. and all over Central America. At the end of the allotted 15 minutes of voting time, the count was 180 to 175 against CAFTA, (...)
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Our new Supreme Ct Nominee: His wife is big in satellite systems; her company is targeting Iraq
By : M. Burns - Wednesday July 27, 2005
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Yet another first for our boundary-breaching White House: for the first time in American history, we’re going to have a justice on the high court whose spouse facilitates financing and putting together global satellite systems. Also, the company in which she is a partner, Shaw Pittman, emphasizes among other things its expertise in facilitating business in Iraq: “We offer one-stop service to clients pursuing projects in Iraq, from solicitation and RFP counseling to working (...)
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China, Russia issue joint statement on new world order
By : xinhuanet - Saturday July 2, 2005
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MOSCOW, July 1 (Xinhuanet) — China and Russia here Friday issued a joint statement on a new world order in the 21st century, setting forth their common stand on major international issues, such as UN reforms, globalization, North-South cooperation, and world economy and trade. The statement was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao after their talks. During their talks, the two leaders discussed ways to further enhance the (...)
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Halliburton has received 52% of the $25.4 billion that the Pentagon has paid private contractors
By : Pratap Chatterjee - Friday July 1, 2005
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Halliburton Hearing Unearths New Abuse Every morning 120 trucks line up at the Kuwait-Iraq border to deliver gasoline from Kuwaiti refineries. The drivers, mostly poor South Asian men from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, must cross at dawn because if they wait too long, the managers from Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), a subsidiary of Texas-based Halliburton, who operate the border post during the day, will subject them to rigorous checks that effectively shut down the deliveries. "The (...)
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Chávez explains the fundamentals of Petrocaribe
By : PUERTO LA CRUZ - Friday July 1, 2005
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Venezuela has greater oil reserves than any Middle Eastern nation To contribute $50 million initially for Petrocaribe to immediately begin functioning BY JOAQUIN RIVERY TUR Granma daily special correspondent PUERTO LA CRUZ, Venezuela, June 29 ­ President Hugo Chávez explained during the 1st Energy Summit of Caribbean Heads of State and Government that the Venezuelans had designed a plan for Petrocaribe, according to which oil supplies would be directed toward three points: Cuba (...)
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Auditors: Halliburton Overcharged Taxpayers $1 Billion
By : Reuters - Tuesday June 28, 2005
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WASHINGTON: A top US army procurement official said today Halliburton’s deals in Iraq were the worst example of contract abuse she had seen as Pentagon auditors flagged over $US1 billion ($NZ1.42 billion) of potential overcharges by the Texas-based firm. Bunny Greenhouse, the Army Corps of Engineers’ top contracting official-turned whistle-blower, said in testimony at a hearing by Democrats on Capitol Hill that "every aspect" of Halliburton’s oil contract in Iraq had been (...)
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When US Indulges In Blackmail
By : Tony Nwosu - Monday June 13, 2005
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When US Indulges In Blackmail Tony Nwosu June 09, 2005 A few days ago, the Joint Development Authority (JDA) released the winners of latest licensing round of oil blocs in the Joint Development (Economic) Zone (JDZ) owned by Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe, on behalf of the two countries. The JDA administers the economic zone in the Gulf of Guinea, said to be very rich in oil deposits. At the end of the exercise, many Nigerian companies were successful in the various consortia that won (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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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
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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
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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