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Diebold AccuVote touch-screen voting machine: No voters required.
By : Solve et Coagula - Sunday February 26, 2006
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Why do Diebold’s Touch-Screen Voting Machines Have Built-In Wireless Infrared Data Transfer Ports? IrDA Protocol Can ’Totally Compromise System’ Without Detection, Warns Federal Voting Standards Website So far, no state or federal authority — to our knowledge — has dealt with this alarming security threat We hate to pile on... (Or do we?) But, really, with all the recent discussion of California Sec. of State Bruce McPherson’s mind-blowing about-face (...)
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MSNBC Countdown provides analysis from David Sirotaan who is an expert on big money’s influence on government
By : Simpleton Says: - Saturday February 25, 2006
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MSNBC Countdown provides analysis from David Sirotaan who is an expert on big money’s influence on government: This is not a scandal about one deal with one country. What’s especially motivating the President in his threat to issue a veto is the fact that he knows that if Congress is allowed to override this [deal] a precedent is set. ... America’s trade policy, for two decades, has entirely been [controlled by] corporate-owned free trade. If this deal is allowed to be (...)
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FEDS CALL COURT CERTIFIED DOCUMENTS A "THEORY" IN BILL BENSON CASE
By : Simpleton Says: - Tuesday February 21, 2006
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Posted: February 15, 2005 1:05 AM Eastern NewsWithViews.com Bill Benson is a former revenue collector for the State of Illinois. Back in 1984, Benson was commissioned to conduct an investigation into the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Benson traveled to all 48 states which had been admitted to the Union at the time of the ratification of this amendment in 1913. He spent close to a year in the bowels of these state archives collecting official documents. (...)
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CONNECTING THE DOTS
By : peter fredson - Thursday February 9, 2006
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CONNECTING THE DOTS By Peter Fredson February 9, 2006 The man hitting himself on the head with a hammer was asked why he was doing it. He replied: “Because it feels so good when I stop.” This country is hitting itself on the head but can’t seem to stop. Yesterday evening I accidentally tuned in to Larry King who was conducting a live TV report. It showed a number of people in an underground garage milling about, some looking bored, others anxious. They had been (...)
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The Italian leader is not fit to hold high office, and activists worldwide should join to ensure his election defeat
By : Tristram Hunt - Tuesday February 7, 2006
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A Berlusconi victory would be as damaging as was Bush’s by Tristram Hunt In typically vulgar style, Silvio Berlusconi committed himself last week to sexual abstinence until the Italian general election on April 9. Unfortunately, Mrs Berlusconi’s well-earned break promises to come at the expense of European politics. For a determined Berlusconi could well win himself another term in office. Some 15 months ago the global progressive community headed to America in a forlorn (...)
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Freshly Elected Hamas Comes Out From the Shadows
By : Scott Wilson - Monday February 6, 2006
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Outlook Shaped by Years in Exile, Prison By Scott Wilson GAZA CITY — Ahmed Bahar arrived here in his mother’s womb, the beginning of a journey that has taken him from the refugee camps of the Gaza Strip into exile, prison and, soon, a seat in parliament. Along his sandy street flutter the triumphant green banners of Hamas, the radical Islamic movement he has helped foster since before its official founding nearly two decades ago. A professor of Arabic, Bahar is the earnest (...)
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"...Shall We Not Revenge?"
By : Uri Avnery - Monday February 6, 2006
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by Uri Avnery IF ONE wants to understand what the Palestinians did on election day, one has to see the film "Paradise Now", which has been nominated for an Oscar for the best foreign film, after collecting several prestigious international prizes. It explains better than a million words. Its makers - the screen-writer-cum-director, Hani Abu-As’ad from Nazareth, and the actors, are Palestinians. (Amir Harel, one of the producers, is a Jewish Israeli.) The two main characters, (...)
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PALESTINE: WHAT’S NEXT?
By : William Fisher - Friday February 3, 2006
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By William Fisher That President Bush is a big fan of elections should surprise no one. He’s won a lot of them. But his simplistic equation — elections = freedom = democracy = peace — has been running into a bit of trouble lately. The president hyped the deeply flawed presidential and parliamentary elections in Egypt as steps toward democracy. But the result was a dramatic rise in votes for the outlawed Islamic brotherhood and Mubarak’s principal contender for the (...)
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The End of a Political Fiction?
By : Adam Hanieh - Wednesday February 1, 2006
by Adam Hanieh Hamas’s landslide victory in the January 25 elections for the 132-seat Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) is an unprecedented turning point for politics in both Palestine and the broader Middle East. Arguably for the first time since the establishment of Israel in 1948, an official administrative power in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has strong popular support and is not directly beholden to Israeli or Western interests. Pre-election polls had consistently forecast (...)
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The problem with democracy
By : Robert Fisk - Tuesday January 31, 2006
And now, horror of horrors, the Palestinians have elected the wrong party to power By Robert Fisk "The Independent" — -- Oh no, not more democracy again! Didn’t we award this to those Algerians in 1990? And didn’t they reward us with that nice gift of an Islamist government - and then they so benevolently cancelled the second round of elections? Thank goodness for that! True, the Afghans elected a round of representatives, albeit that they included some warlords and (...)
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How do you like your democracy now, Mr. Bush?
By : Juan Cole - Sunday January 29, 2006
Hamas’ stunning victory underlines the contradictions and hypocrisies in Bush’s Mideast policies. By Juan Cole Jan. 27, 2006 | The stunning victory of the militant Muslim fundamentalist Hamas Party in the Palestinian elections underlines the central contradictions in the Bush administration’s policies toward the Middle East. Bush pushes for elections, confusing them with democracy, but seems blind to the dangers of right-wing populism. At the same time, he continually (...)
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What Was the Matter with Ohio?: Unions and Evangelicals in the Rust Belt
By : James Straub - Friday January 27, 2006
by James Straub It was a fittingly ironic end to an election full of grotesque twists: When George W. Bush was narrowly reelected president of the United States, it was the electoral votes of the state he had harmed most that gave him the final nudge across the finish line. Ohio went for the second election in a row to the Republican clown prince. But if the first Bush victory was tragedy, the one in 2004 was surely farce: has world history ever turned before on the artful elevation of gay (...)
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The Chinks in the ’Hillary’s an ’08 Lock’ CW Armor
By : Arianna Huffington - Thursday January 26, 2006
by Arianna Huffington You hear it again and again around the Beltway. Hillary sitting atop the Democratic ticket in ’08 is all but a done deal. She’s got too much name recognition, too much money, too much star power to be denied. In short, the Washington Conventional Wisdom is that Hillary is unbeatable for the nomination because she is unbeatable for the nomination. QED. But how reliable is this piece of DC CW? According to a quick survey of the facts on the ground: not (...)
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Why the “Free State” of Maryland Isn’t So “Free!”
By : William Hughes - Wednesday January 25, 2006
The governor of Maryland receives an annual salary of $150,000 for fulfilling his official duties. Nevertheless, the incumbent office holder, Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., a Republican, and Pavlovian lapdog for the warmongering President George W. Bush, raised $4.6 million last year for his November 7, 2006 reelection efforts. The two Democratic wannabes, Martin O’Malley and Douglas M. Duncan, raised a combined $5.6 million in 2005, in their quests for the same governorship. I say a plague (...)
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Election Morning In Canada- Koincidence from Kanukistan
By : Dr. Coincidence - Wednesday January 25, 2006
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MANHATTAN: PHILANTHROPIST STRUCK BY CAR Andrea M. Bronfman, 60, a philanthropist and the wife of Charles R. Bronfman, of the Seagram empire, died yesterday at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital after she was struck by a livery cab while walking her dog, the police said. Mrs. Bronfman, above, was crossing East 65th Street shortly before 7 a.m. when the driver made a left turn from Fifth Avenue and struck her, the police said. The driver’s identity was not released by the (...)
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Deliberate birth of an activist: Fo runs for mayor in Milan
By : Richard Owen - Monday January 23, 2006
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by Richard Owen in Milan OUTSIDERS, says Dario Fo, think of Milan in terms of fashion and style, "but the people who run the city have neither elegance nor moral values. This used to be a city in which engineers, architects and artists all thrived." That’s why Italy’s finance and fashion capital could soon find as its mayor the Nobel prize-winning playwright, a man with a reputation as an anarchic clown and a merciless, sharp-tongued satirist of the rich and powerful. At his (...)
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Pity the Orphan
By : Uri Avnery - Monday January 23, 2006
by Uri Avnery IT WAS a colorful day in Bil’in. Political flags of many colors were fluttering in the brisk breeze, the vivid election posters and the colorful graffiti on the walls adding their bit. It was the biggest demonstration in the beleaguered village for a long time. This week, the protest against the Fence was interwoven with Palestinian electioneering. I was happily marching along in the wintry sunshine, holding high the Gush Shalom emblem of the flags of Israel and (...)
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The Right to Vote
By : Jesse Jackson Jr. - Monday January 23, 2006
by Jesse Jackson Jr. "The vote" is a human right. It is seen as an American right. In a democracy there is nothing more fundamental than having the right to vote. And yet the right to vote is not a fundamental right in our Constitution. Some liberals argue that the fundamental right to vote for every American citizen is implied in the Constitution, based on Supreme Court precedent. Yet when I ask them about the denial of voting representation in Congress to District of Columbia citizens, (...)
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The Stolen Election of 2004 : Democracy RIP
By : Son of a Bush - Monday January 23, 2006
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I well remember Novembre 2, 2004. The exit polls , they are actually two separate exit polls , showed Democrat John Kerry was headed for a popular vote victory of between 2% - 4%. It wasn’t just the early exits but the third and fourth waves of exit polls that seemed to bode such an ill wind for Team Bush. My hopes soared until are I started monitoring the blog at National Review , the redoubt for bed-wetting chickenhawks who want YOU to die to sate Israel’s grand (...)
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Weighing the Options: The Next Path for Israel/Palestine
By : Remi Kanazi - Saturday January 21, 2006
By Remi Kanazi Given the recent political death of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, many in Israel and the Occupied Territories are wondering who will the former premier’s spot. Likewise, Palestinians and Israelis are closely watching to see who will govern Palestinian society. The Palestinians engage in the political process first-with parliamentary elections on January 25. The question on how smoothly they will run still remains. It is of the utmost importance that Palestinian (...)
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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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