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Film shows Cleland’s cause Disabled vet says Iraq war a tragic error
By : DAVID HO - Friday July 2, 2004
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By DAVID HO NEW YORK - Max Cleland never wanted to come full circle. But for the Vietnam veteran and former U.S. senator from Georgia, his recent visits to see American soldiers wounded in Iraq have the feel of history repeating itself. "This is Vietnam revisited in every way," Cleland, who lost two legs and an arm in a 1968 grenade explosion, said in an interview Wednesday. "I thought I’d never see it again in my lifetime. I thought we’d learned some basic lessons." Cleland (...)
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80% of US believe Bush of Iraq disinformation
By : Julian Borger - Friday July 2, 2004
Iraq doubts keep Bush’s popularity on the slide by Julian Borger George Bush’s popularity fell to a new low yesterday in a poll which suggests that there is an increasing level of scepticism about the motives for the Iraq invasion and rising concern about its consequences. Nearly 80% of the Americans questioned in the poll for the New York Times and CBS news thought he had been either "hiding something" or "mostly lying" in his statements on Iraq. Only 18% believed (...)
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Nukes in the US Protectorate of Iraq? Iran Looks to Its West and Says: I Don’t Think So
By : RON JACOBS - Wednesday June 23, 2004
By RON JACOBS In one more instance of duplicity and hypocrisy as regards the US plans for Iraq, Undersecretary of State John Bolton stated June 8, 2004 that Iraq could one day build nuclear power plants. Although that day is, in Bolton’s words "a ways down the road," it could happen once things settled down there. When that will be is anyone’s guess, of course, but that won’t stop the nuclear industry from salivating over more taxpayer dollars going into their pockets. (...)
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Hill won’t release abuse dossier for risk of offending US
By : Tom Allard - Tuesday June 22, 2004
By Tom Allard, Defence Reporter The Federal Government has refused to make public a detailed 61-page dossier outlining what Australians knew about prisoner abuse in Iraq, with the Minister for Defence, Robert Hill, claiming some details would offend the US. Senator Hill was yesterday censured in the Senate for his role in misleading Parliament and his failure to take responsibility for the false statements made by him, the Prime Minister and senior Defence officials. Senator Hill had (...)
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Irreversible Mental Damage
By : Uri Avnery - Sunday June 20, 2004
By: Uri Avnery* Two weeks ago, the international community made a shocking declaration. Giving in to a demand by George Bush, the “Quartet” accepted the “Revised Disengagement Plan” of Ariel Sharon. This means that the United Nations, the European Union, the Russian Federation and the United States confirmed this document. I wonder if any one of the honorable diplomats has read the document with their own eyes. In the first paragraph of the “plan”, the (...)
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The view from the editorial pages
By : Stephen W. Stromberg - Saturday June 19, 2004
by Stephen W. Stromberg President Bush may still believe in the pre-war Iraq-al Qaida connection as much as a 5-year old does in Santa Claus, but the editorial boards of several major newspapers are no longer deluded — thanks in large part to this week’s revelation by the 9/11 commission that Iraq and al-Qaida had no working relationship. The Financial Times: "Whether the Osama and Saddam thesis was more the result of self-delusion or cynical manipulation, it — along (...)
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Bush’s Mercenary Army
By : Stewart Nusbaumer - Friday June 18, 2004
Stewart Nusbaumer Until the first bomb landed on the center of Baghdad, I insisted, although my friends insisted I was nuts, we were not going into Iraq. Not my best predication. What went wrong, with me? I underestimated George Bush’s stupidity. My friends are better at stupidity than I am. My firm belief that our military was not going into Iraq was based upon a certainty on my part that a U.S. occupation of Iraq would turn out to be an utter disaster, for both Iraqis and (...)
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Did Iran use Chalabi to lure the U.S. into Iraq?
By : TED GALEN CARPENTER - Friday June 18, 2004
TED GALEN CARPENTER, Cato Institute The Bush administration’s disenchantment with its onetime favorite Iraqi client, Ahmad Chalabi, has centered on the explosive allegation that he and his associates may have forwarded highly classified U.S. information to the fundamentalist Islamist government in Iran. Specifically, Chalabi and his cohorts are accused of informing Tehran that the United States had broken the communications code of Iran’s intelligence service. If true, this (...)
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US Army Paralyses Baghdad with Fortifications
By : Baghdad - Monday June 14, 2004
Baghdad Fumes as the Americans Seek Safety in ’Tombstone’ Forts By Patrick Cockburn in Baghdad http://news.independent.co.uk/low_r... The US army is paralyzing the heart of Baghdad as it builds ever more elaborate fortifications to protect its bases against suicide bombers. "Do not enter or you will be shot," reads an abrupt notice attached to some razor wire blocking a roundabout at what used to be the entrance to the 14 July bridge over the Tigris. Only vehicles with (...)
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Rewriting the script
By : Sidney Blumenthal - Friday June 11, 2004
Unlike the current occupant of the White House, Reagan was willing to improvise on the far-right script, which is what ultimately saved his presidency. By Sidney Blumenthal Ronald Reagan’s presidency collapsed at the precise moment on Nov. 25, 1986, when he suddenly appeared without notice in the White House briefing room, introduced his attorney general, Edwin Meese, and instantly departed from the stage. Meese announced that funds raised by members of the National Security (...)
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Infamous ‘Miami Model’ of Protest Clampdown, Coming to a Town Near You
By : Christopher Getzan - Wednesday June 9, 2004
by Christopher Getzan The News Standard http://newstandardnews.net/content/... Jun 8 - When thousands of demonstrators converged in Miami last November to protest the latest round of negotiations over a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), city authorities dreaded a repeat of the failed police response that allowed activists to hobble the 1999 World Trade Organization ministerial in Seattle. Before the activists arrived in Miami last year, police warned that violent anarchists were (...)
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Down Goes Tenet
By : William Rivers Pitt - Saturday June 5, 2004
By William Rivers Pitt http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/060... The news over the last week or so has been grim for the White House. Ahmad Chalabi, Bush’s favorite Iraqi, has been accused of passing high-level intelligence secrets to Iran. Questions as to who could have coughed up those secrets have been auguring towards Defense Department officials Douglas Feith and William Luti, the two men who ran the secretive Office of Special Plans (OSP). The OSP, organized for the express (...)
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Bush Faces Italian Anger Over Iraq on Rome Visit
By : Caren Bohan - Friday June 4, 2004
ROME (Reuters) - Italians greeted American soldiers as liberators when they marched into Rome 60 years ago but President Bush faces deep anger on his visit on Friday over the actions of a new generation of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Authorities fear violent demonstrations during Bush’s two days in Rome, and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, worried by the prospect of clashes in the streets, urged Italians to show "maturity and understanding of history." While Berlusconi has been among (...)
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2004 Racism Watch Calls for Action to End Use of Anti-Arab Books by the U.S. Government
By : Ted Glick - Friday June 4, 2004
Ted Glick, 973-338-5398 Manning Marable, Director of African American Studies at Columbia University, today called for immediate action to be taken to end use by the U.S. military of a book, "The Arab Mind," by Raphael Patai. In the words of Brian Whitaker, Middle East correspondent for Britain’s Guardian newspaper, the book presents "an overwhelmingly negative picture of the Arabs." "It is outrageous that a book full of racially charged stereotypes and generalizations would be a (...)
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Other things Iraq war funding can pay for
By : Collective Bellaciao - Thursday June 3, 2004
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Congress and President Bush have so far provided $119.4 billion for the war in Iraq. Here are examples of what else that money could buy. It could send 748,495 people, nearly everyone in Jacksonville, Fla., to Harvard University for four years. Based on Harvard’s 2004-05 school year costing $39,880 for tuition, fees, room and board, multiplied by four. Or send 2,806,506 people — almost all the residents of Chicago — to the average-priced public university for four (...)
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UFPJ condemns "State of Emergency" declared by Georgia Governor
By : UFPJ - Monday May 31, 2004
United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) condemns an executive order issued by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue declaring a “state of emergency” throughout six coastal counties in Georgia. Perdue issued the highly unusual declaration to spread fear and interfere with fundamental constitutional rights to protest at an upcoming summit of international leaders. A private island of the coast of Georgia, Sea Island, will be the site for a Group of Eight (G-8) meeting June 8-10. The (...)
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The Bush orthodoxy is in shreds
By : Sidney Blumenthal - Saturday May 29, 2004
A series of investigations has shattered neocon self-belief By Sidney Blumenthal http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/s... The Guardian (UK) At a conservative thinktank in downtown Washington, and across the Potomac at the Pentagon, FBI agents have begun paying quiet calls on prominent neoconservatives, who are being interviewed in an investigation of potential espionage, according to intelligence sources. Who gave Ahmed Chalabi classified information about the plans of the US (...)
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An illegal and immoral war, betrayed by images that reveal our racism
By : Robert Fisk - Saturday May 8, 2004
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by Robert Fisk First, our enemies created the suicide bomber. Now, we have our own digital suicide bomber, the camera. Just look at the way US army reservist Lynndie England holds the leash of the naked, bearded Iraqi. Take a close look at the leather strap, the pain on the prisoner’s face. No sadistic movie could outdo the damage of this image. In September 2001, the planes smashed into the buildings; today, Lynndie smashes to pieces our entire morality with just one tug on the (...)
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Abuse at Abu Ghraib, the Psychodynamics of Occupation
By : Stephen Soldz - Monday May 3, 2004
Stephen Soldz May 2, 2004 "ICH" — This week, CBS’ 60 Minutes II published the now infamous pictures of abuse and torture by US soldiers at the Abu Ghraib detention facility in Iraq (some of the pictures can be viewed on the New Yorker web site at http://www.newyorker.com/online/sli... Seymour Hersh has documented in the May 10, 2004 New Yorker (Torture at Abu Ghraib: http://informationclearinghouse.inf... ) that the abuse shown in these photos was just the tip of the iceberg. (...)
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What Colin Powell saw but didn’t say
By : Sidney Blumenthal - Sunday April 25, 2004
The rush to war in Iraq echoes Reagan’s Iran- contra scandal Sidney Blumenthal "History? We won’t know," George Bush tells Bob Woodward. "We’ll all be dead." But in his book, Plan of Attack, Woodward’s facts move the past from the shadows, adding significant new documentation to the story of the rush to war in Iraq. The serious constitutional issues and governmental abuses, the methods and even the continuity of some personnel that Woodward catalogues evoke (...)
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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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