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Covering Fallujah
By : Omar Khan - Monday November 15, 2004
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by Omar Khan November 14, 2004 The Department of Defense seems continually faced with the difficulty of waging a war upon a population while maintaining that it is doing so on behalf of that population. But it is fortunate not to face this difficulty alone. A vast literature has been developed and deployed to effectively manage and promote its excursions in language that its intellectuals can contribute to and the public can repeat. After the US invasion of South Vietnam, one such (...)
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Exit Poll Problems: Math, not conspiracy theory
By : Bob Harris - Monday November 15, 2004
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I hope you’ll read a paper called The Unexplained Exit Poll Discrepancy, http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php... released on Thursday by Prof. Steven Freeman of the University of Pennsylvania. It’s worth seeing in its entirety. A lot of other folks have been posting about it. Rightly so. What jumped out at a lot of people on the night of the election was how the "errors" in the exit polls consistently occured in the same direction. The thing about genuine errors, extremes, (...)
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War Crimes in Fallujah; a Gutsy Campaign Against Lantos
By : ALEXANDER COCKBURN - Monday November 15, 2004
By ALEXANDER COCKBURN The United States is bringing "democracy" to Iraq on the same terms that the Russians imposed its federal mandate on Chechnya, a region which has Iraq’s future written in its rubble. The advocates of intervention in Iraq, the epigones of Wolfowitz , should take a walk through Grozny, and measure against its ruins the fate of their proclaimed ambition to bring democracy to Fallujah and other cities in Iraq. In the waning weeks of the US election campaign the (...)
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The Exit Poll Discrepancies- Still unexplained, ignored by the media
By : Steven F. Freeman, PhD - Monday November 15, 2004
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Steven F. Freeman, PhD University of Pennsylvania November 11, 2004 stfreema@sas.upenn.edu Most Americans who had listened to radio or surfed the Internet on Election Day this year, sat down to watch election night coverage expecting that John Kerry had been elected President. Exit polls showed him ahead in nearly every battleground state, in many cases by sizable margins. As usually happens in close elections, undecided voters broke heavily toward the challenger, and the Democratic (...)
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KERRY WON OHIO JUST COUNT THE BALLOTS AT THE BACK OF THE BUS
By : Greg Palast - Monday November 15, 2004
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Most voters in Ohio chose Kerry. Here’s how the votes vanished. by Greg Palast This February, Ken Blackwell, Ohio’s Secretary of State, told his State Senate President, "The possibility of a close election with punch cards as the state’s primary voting device invites a Florida-like calamity." Blackwell, co-chair of Bush-Cheney reelection campaign, wasn’t warning his fellow Republican of disaster, but boasting of an opportunity to bring in Ohio for Team Bush no (...)
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Latino vote expert disputes exit polls
By : LOS ANGELES - Monday November 15, 2004
Latino leaders are disputing election exit polls that indicate a more than 10 percent increase in support for George W. Bush in 2004 compared to 2000. They point to an exit poll designed to reflect Latino demographics indicating that the Latino vote stayed at 2-to-1 for the Democratic ticket. An exit poll by Edison Media Research for major media outlets, including AP, CBS, CNN and NBC, widely publicized its projection that the Latino presidential vote was 53 percent for Kerry to 44 percent (...)
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Where’s the Bush Bravado Now?
By : pirplestater - Monday November 15, 2004
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In the face of mounting pressure for investigations (see links below) and movements to recount the vote - Ohio and New Hampshire are going forward with recounts - why haven’t we seen our mighty President Bush saying to the forces who stand for full disclosure, "Bring It On"? With the ample assistance of a total media lockdown on any concern over the election just past, the President hasn’t needed to so much as whisper about a potential meltdown of the electoral process, his (...)
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Anything But Straight
By : Wayne Besen - Monday November 15, 2004
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by Wayne Besen The gay movement is the canary in the coalmine for the future of the Democratic Party. If party leaders move right and abandon basic fairness and equality, it is a strong signal that they will capitulate and surrender their other core principles too. This may lead to widespread disillusionment and the creation of a powerful third party that will shake-up American politics. For the record, I have always been a proud Democrat and I still expect to die as one. I have loathed (...)
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White House Orders Purge of CIA ’Liberals,’ Sources Say
By : Knut Royce - Monday November 15, 2004
Agency officials believed to be disloyal to Bush are reportedly the targets by Knut Royce WASHINGTON - The White House has ordered the new CIA director, Porter J. Goss, to purge the agency of officers believed to have been disloyal to President Bush or of leaking damaging information to the media about the conduct of the Iraq war and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to knowledgeable sources. "The agency is being purged on instructions from the White House," said a former senior (...)
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John Kerry sits on 51.6 million while third parties scramble for recount funds
By : Alex Knott - Monday November 15, 2004
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Kerry Almost Doubles Bush’s Recount Funds Primary campaign funds give Kerry the edge By Alex Knott WASHINGTON, November 1, 2004 - Sen. John F. Kerry may have a $24.8 million advantage over President George W. Bush in pursuing any recounts that result from Tuesday’s election, according to the campaigns’ most recent financial filings. Under Federal Election Commission rules, both candidates are allowed to use remaining funds from their primary election committees to (...)
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An Open Letter to Congress: do Your Job, Investigate the Voter Fraud Allegations
By : Carol Norris - Monday November 15, 2004
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by Carol Norris Dear Members of Congress: As you are no doubt aware, concerns about possible voter fraud abound. Irregularities have been well documented in many states, more than enough to raise legitimate questions. Is it widespread or in several isolated places? Might it change the outcomes of any of the races? What changes need to be made to protect our vote? We need you to investigate. But more than that, we need you to understand that this issue is not a partisan one. It’s not (...)
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Vote Interrupted. Were the absentee ballots lost or stolen? Either way, it’s a crime.
By : BOB NORMAN - Monday November 15, 2004
BY BOB NORMAN By the time you read this, you might know the identity of the next president. Or perhaps lawyers reign and the world’s fate is hanging, like so much chad, in the balance. Either way, Broward County is screwed. It’s stuck with a dysfunctional elections office that was plagued by technological problems, ill-equipped early voting stations, and, worst of all, the disappearance of thousands of absentee ballots. The question lingers: Was that mysterious disappearance (...)
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Two N.C. Races Held Up by Voting Problems
By : STEVE HARTSOE - Monday November 15, 2004
By STEVE HARTSOE RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Florida-style nightmare has unfolded in North Carolina in the 10 days since Election Day, with thousands of votes missing and the outcome of two statewide races still up in the air. The fiasco has not reached the proportions of what happened in 2000 in Florida - in part because the presidential race was not close here. But election observers say North Carolina has been the site of some of 2004’s worst problems. The biggest failure resulted (...)
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Vote Fraud Theories, Spread by Blogs, Are Quickly Buried
By : New York Times - Monday November 15, 2004
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New York Times The e-mail messages and Web postings had all the twitchy cloak-and-dagger thrust of a Hollywood blockbuster. "Evidence mounts that the vote may have been hacked," trumpeted a headline on the Web site CommonDreams.org. "Fraud took place in the 2004 election through electronic voting machines," declared BlackBoxVoting.org. In the space of seven days, an online market of dark ideas surrounding last week’s presidential election took root and multiplied. But while the (...)
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Major bugs found in Diebold vote systems
By : Washington, DC - Sunday November 14, 2004
The voting machine controversy likely will linger after a look at the systems source code software from Ohio-based Diebold yielded reports of numerous bugs. Diebold was one of three companies — including Election Systems & Software and Sequoia — that provided updated technology for the 2004 election. Computer Science Professor Avi Rubin of John Hopkins University analyzed Diebold’s 47,609 lines of code and found it uses an encryption key that was hacked in 1997 and (...)
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Arafat’s death a major test for Bush
By : Jim Lobe - Sunday November 14, 2004
By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON - The death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will test whether US President George W Bush intends to maintain his staunch support for Israel’s right-wing government at the risk of further alienating the US’s European allies and Muslim public opinion. It will also provide an early insight into whether the hardline coalition that has dominated US foreign policy since September 11, 2001 - aggressive nationalists, neo-conservatives who support (...)
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Don’t have a cow, man. Bush won, America lost, get over it!
By : Jane Stillwater - Sunday November 14, 2004
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by Jane Stillwater Sometimes I think politics is like watching the Simpson show. "I actually found a new Attorney General who is a worse civil rights abuser than John Ashcroft!" Who said that? Krusty the Clown? And what about the 2004 election? An estimated NINE MILLION Americans cast questionably weird votes. Would Montgomery Burns be that evil? Would Homer Simpson be that dumb? "If you want to find out if there are nine million fake votes," said my friend Joe, "just tally up the voter (...)
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U.S. use of depleted uranium under fire
By : LORI MATSUKAWA - Sunday November 14, 2004
By LORI MATSUKAWA Alvin Clark, of Tacoma, developed aplastic anemia he believes is related to his exposure to depleted uranium dust after he was hit by friendly fire in Saudi Arabia. Shells and armor used by U.S. tanks, gunships and helicopters are often made of depleted uranium because depleted uranium, or D.U., is a heavy metal, able to pierce armored vehicles or resist being pierced. But it’s also radioactive, a waste product of nuclear enrichment plants like Hanford. A pentagon (...)
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Rocket the Vote
By : Naomi Klein - Sunday November 14, 2004
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by Naomi Klein P. Diddy announced on the weekend that his “Vote or Die” campaign will live on. The hip-hop mogul’s voter-registration drive during the U.S. presidential elections was, he said, merely “phase one, step one for us to get people engaged.” Fantastic. I have a suggestion for phase two: P. Diddy, Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and the rest of the self-described “Coalition of the Willing” should take their chartered jet and fly to (...)
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Veteran CIA terror hunter quits over gag
By : Shaun Waterman - Sunday November 14, 2004
By Shaun Waterman A veteran CIA terror hunter has quit the agency, saying it gagged him for fear his exposure of intelligence failures would embarrass other U.S. agencies. Michael Scheuer, a 22-year CIA veteran who headed its operations against terror mastermind Osama bin Laden, told United Press International that he was barred from publishing a critique he wrote in May "documenting management and leadership failures" in U.S. efforts to disrupt al-Qaida and capture or kill its leader, (...)
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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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