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Crude Designs: The Rip-Off of Iraq’s Oil Wealth
By : Greg Muttitt - Wednesday November 30, 2005
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While the Iraqi people struggle to define their future amid political chaos and violence, the fate of their most valuable economic asset, oil, is being decided behind closed doors. This report reveals how an oil policy with origins in the US State Department is on course to be adopted in Iraq, soon after the December elections, with no public debate and at enormous potential cost. The policy allocates the majority[1] of Iraq’s oilfields — accounting for at least 64% of the (...)
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Science Fiction Writer Octavia Butler on Race, Global Warming and Religion
By : Democracy Now! - Friday November 18, 2005
We speak with Octavia Butler, one of the few well-known African-American women science fiction writers. For the past thirty years, her work has tackled subjects not normally seen in that genre such as race, the environment and religion. [includes rush transcript] The Washington Post has called Octavia Butler “one of the finest voices in fiction period. A master storyteller who casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and (...)
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The life and death of Pier Paolo Pasolini
By : Geoff Andrews - Wednesday November 2, 2005
The career and achievement of the filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini is being celebrated thirty years after his brutal murder, but the political controversy surrounding his death haunts Italy still. by Geoff Andrews In the early hours of 2 November 1975, the body of Pier Paolo Pasolini - writer, poet, film director and one of Italy’s leading intellectuals - was found on wasteland in Ostia, just outside Rome. Several hours later, Pino “The Frog” Pelosi, a 17-year-old male (...)
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SCOOTER’S LIBBY’S SEX SHOCKER NOVEL
By : Lauren Collins - Monday October 31, 2005
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Of all the scribbled sentences that have converged to create the Valerie Plame affair, the most remarkable, in literary terms, may belong to Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney’s recently deposed chief of staff. “Out West, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them. Come back to work-and life,” he wrote in a jailhouse note to Judith Miller. Meant as a waiver of confidentiality, the letter touched off the sort of (...)
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Harold Pinter: Torture and misery in name of freedom
By : Harold Pinter - Friday October 14, 2005
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By Harold Pinter who yesterday won the Nobel Prize for Literature The great poet Wilfred Owen articulated the tragedy, the horror - and indeed the pity - of war in a way no other poet has. Yet we have learnt nothing. Nearly 100 years after his death the world has become more savage, more brutal, more pitiless. But the "free world" we are told, as embodied in the United States and Great Britain, is different to the rest of the world since our actions are dictated and sanctioned by a moral (...)
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Randall Robinson Interview
By : Amitabh Pal - Thursday October 13, 2005
By Amitabh Pal Randall Robinson is a disillusioned man. So much so that he decided to leave the United States in 2001 and settle down in St. Kitts, where his wife is from. He has written a book, Quitting America: The Departure of a Black Man from His Native Land, explaining the reasons for his relocation. Robinson hasn’t completely quit the United States, though. He still maintains a home in Virginia and comes back often for visits. A lifelong activist, Robinson is best known as the (...)
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Robert Fisk in London
By : Sarah Meyer - Thursday October 13, 2005
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By Sarah Meyer On 11 October, the reporter Robert Fisk made one of his rare appearances in London. The bookshop, Bookmarks arranged for Mr Fisk to speak to an audience of about 250 in a church hall close to Tottenham Court Road. The event marked the publication of Mr. Fisk’s new book, The Great War of Civilisation, the Conquest of the Middle East, published by Fourth Estate, London. Robert Fisk is an outstanding journalist. His clarity, courage and in-depth knowledge have, (...)
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Death of America’s pre-eminent playwright
By : Brenda Payton - Tuesday October 11, 2005
by Brenda Payton writes for ANG newspapers. IT was probably predictable that the obituaries of August Wilson would describe him as the preeminent African-American playwright. It’s not that it’s an incorrect description, it just isn’t broad enough. Given the scope of his body of work and the remarkable accomplishments of his career, he is arguably the preeminent American playwright. Paradoxically, one of his major themes was addressing that discrepancy, making the point (...)
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The Federal Mafia - Schiff Criminal Tax Trial Fireworks Continue
By : TruthBeFree - Wednesday October 5, 2005
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October 4, 2005 Government’s Case Sputtering Schiff Facing Jail For Contempt The criminal tax trial of Irwin Schiff entered its fourth week Monday with a cantankerous Schiff apparently making significant headway in repelling the government’s prosecution witnesses who have testified thus far. Schiff and his former co-workers, Cindy Neun and Larry Cohen, are defending against a plethora of criminal charges in Las Vegas stemming from consulting activities related to (...)
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Neo-CONNED! and Neo-CONNED! Again
By : Neo-Conned - Tuesday October 4, 2005
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A Must-Read Set on Gulf II After 20 months of extensive research, Neo-CONNED! and Neo-CONNED! Again are finished! Currently on a truck and headed from the printer in Wisconsin to our Chicago distributor and Colorado fulfillment center, these two volumes bring together the leading minds and pens of journalism, politics, the military, the intelligence community, and academia for a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred examination of the immorality, the injustice, the illegality, and the insanity of (...)
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Shock and awe: the night Baghdad burned. Exclusive extract from Robert Fisk’s new book
By : Robert Fisk - Monday October 3, 2005
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In an exclusive extract from his powerful new book about the Middle East, Robert Fisk watches in the Iraqi capital as the US air offensive begins in March 2003 by Robert Fisk A pulsating, minute-long roar of sound brought President George W Bush’s crusade against "terrorism" to Baghdad. There was a thrashing of tracer on the horizon from the Baghdad air defences and then a series of tremendous vibrations that had the ground shaking under us, the walls moving, the sound waves (...)
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BANNING BOOKS
By : peter fredsib - Friday September 30, 2005
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BURN THE BOOKS By Peter Fredson September 30, 2005 “Down in the street little eddies of wind were whirling dust and torn paper into spirals, and though the sun was shining and the sky a harsh blue, there seemed to be no color in anything except the posters that were plastered everywhere. The black-mustachio’d face gazed down from every commanding corner. There was one on the house front immediately opposite. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption said, while the dark eyes (...)
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The DaVinci Code Recoded: How to stop Hollywood from stealing your mind
By : Judy Hodgkiss - Monday September 26, 2005
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by Judy Hodgkiss Producer/director Ron Howard is now bringing to the screen, Dan Brown’s best-selling novel, The Da Vinci Code. With 25 million copies in print, internationally, the book has been breaking all records for adult fiction, even though the only version available is a hardback, selling for $24.95 a copy. And there are no plans for Doubleday to bring out a paperback version any time soon, since sales are only expected to climb, as the publicity for the movie kicks in. (...)
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HE SARTRE MYTH: REBORN?
By : Georges Duncan - Tuesday September 20, 2005
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By Georges Duncan Cubanow.- Half a century later, the texts and words of Jean Paul Sartre, the scandalous French intellectual, are once again being read as if they had never before been read, and his figure is being reconsidered as if it had been hidden and waiting for better times. Recently, in connection with his 100 th anniversary, philosophers and writers, critically searched out files of one of the most lucid and controversial thinkers of the last century. For some, Sartre was the (...)
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America Library Association calls for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq
By : ALA - Friday August 26, 2005
By Sandy English 25 August 2005 At its annual conference in Chicago earlier this summer, the 182-member Council of the American Library Association, representing more than 65,000 librarians, passed a resolution calling for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. The resolution stated: “The justifications for the invasion of Iraq have proven to be completely unfounded and the war already has taken the lives of more than 100,000 Iraqis and more than 1700 U.S. soldiers and these (...)
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Corruption: Falling away from or not returning to the first principle
By : polalor - Tuesday July 19, 2005
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“I am a philanthropist by character,” wrote Washington to the Marquis de Lafayette, “and a citizen of the great republic humanity at large.” Washington to Lafayette, August 15th, 1786. Principle - the basic truth on which all truths depend, in a republic is virtue. Returning to principles has always been the saving grace of republics, but what kind of republic are we talking about. As an American author who loves France for many reasons, I question why there is (...)
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FINDING EVIL IN HARRY POTTER BOOKS
By : peter fredsib - Saturday July 16, 2005
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UNUTTERABLE EVIL AND HARRY POTTER By Peter Fredson July 16, 2005 Another Harry Potter book went on sale yesterday, with bookstores opening at 12 o’clock midnight. People stood in long lines to purchase the long awaited book. When children actually got a copy in their hands they squealed with pleasure and skipped off happily to their homes to read the book. Although millions of people are fans of Harry Potter, yet there are many others that are very unhappy with the books. They (...)
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ONCE MORE, INTO THE BREACH DEAR FRIENDS
By : peter fredsib - Thursday July 14, 2005
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ONCE MORE AND YET AGAIN By Peter Fredson July 14, 2005 Shakespeare’s Henry V urged his troops as follows: “Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead! In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility; But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger; Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, Disguise fair nature with hard-favor’d rage; Then lend the eye (...)
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From Dictatorship to Democracy - A Primer for Freedom
By : opendemocracy.net - Tuesday July 12, 2005
Pro democracy? Learn the strategy and techniques for non violent toppling of goverments that act more like dictatorships than so-called democracies. Velvet Revolution: An interview with Gene Sharp Laura Secor has an interview in the Boston Globe Ideas section with Gene Sharp, the author of a pamphlet, From Dictatorship to Democracy, that has been used by pro democracy groups from Serbia to Ukraine, to learn the strategy and techniques for non violent toppling of dictatorships. (...)
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A spring morning in the autumn of America
By : John Kaminski - Wednesday May 18, 2005
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‘Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone’ By John Kaminski skylax@comcast.net Mornings on my porch these days are exquisite. I pry myself from my bed and shuffle out into paradise in this (what I call) cool Florida spring. Every day starts out at 70 degrees. Sun flashes through the dense foliage, creating lush shadows and undulating sunbeams flecked with shimmering dust motes. The mockingbird symphony (...)
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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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