August 13th, 2008

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Federal budget deficit nearly tripled in July to $102.8 billion

Budget deficit soars to $102.8 billion in July

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit soared in July, pushed higher by economic stimulus payments and $15 billion in outlays to protect depositors at failed banks.

The Treasury Department reported that the deficit for July totaled $102.8 billion, nearly triple the $36.4 billion deficit recorded in July 2007.

The deficit outstripped the $97 billion gap that Wall Street economists had been expecting for July.

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McCain's enormous Georgian conflict of interest

While Aide Advised McCain, His Firm Lobbied for Georgia

Campaign Dismisses Timing of Phone Call, Contract

By Matthew Mosk and Jeffrey H. Birnbaum

Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, August 13, 2008; A03

Sen. John McCain's top foreign policy adviser prepped his boss for an April 17 phone call with the president of Georgia and then helped the presumptive Republican presidential nominee prepare a strong statement of support for the fledgling republic.

The day of the call, a lobbying firm partly owned by the adviser, Randy Scheunemann, signed a $200,000 contract to continue providing strategic advice to the Georgian government in Washington.

The McCain campaign said Georgia's lobbying contract with Orion Strategies had no bearing on the candidate's decision to speak with President Mikheil Saakashvili and did not influence his statement. "The Embassy of Georgia requested the call," said campaign spokesman Brian Rogers.

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Israel fishing for Jews in Georgia

An intelligent, penetrating analysis of of a key Zionist motive in confronting Russia. The neocons and  Zbigniew Brzezinski are playing up the comparison of the Russia-Georgia conflict to the rise of Nazi Germany. WWII drove Jews out of Europe, serving the Zionist mission to populate Palestine.


Demographics is one of the main reasons ‘project Israel’ is dying.


There cannot be a Jewish state without a Jewish majority and the majority of people in Israel/Palestine are ever increasingly not Jewish. They are Arab Muslims and Christians.

Israel spends billions of US dollars on campaigns designed to attract immigrants to live in it. In the past, Jews volunteered to go to Israel thinking that life there would be ‘rosy’ as portrayed in mainstream Zionist media. Today, Israel suffers terribly from emigration but this is an issue which is taboo and which Israel doesn’t like to expose or release statistics on. Young Israelis and Jews are emigrating from Israel. They have no interest in living in an apartheid racist state which thrives on war and which obviously has no plans to establish peace with its neighbors.

Israel is running out of Jews. It has even started accepting poor Christian immigrants who accepted to be converted to Judaism in exchange for free housing and schooling for their kids.. c/o the US tax-payer of course. Israel is dying and one way to delay Israel’s inevitable death is to increase Jewish immigration.

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Israel Gears up for Wave of Immigrants from War-Torn Georgia

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Police ordered to shoot protesters in Kashmir

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Police ordered to shoot protesters in Kashmir

Wed Aug 13, 5:54 AM ET

Indian police say they have issued orders to shoot protesters defying a curfew in the town of Kishtwar in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Senior police official Hemant Lohia said the order was given Wednesday after Hindus and Muslims clashes in the town the previous day.

Violence has roiled the Himalayan region since June 23 when Muslims and Hindus began tit-for-tat protests over a government proposal to transfer land to a Hindu shrine in India's only Muslim-majority state.

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US thwarts Israeli plans to strike Iran?

Ed note: I'm not buying. the Israelis already have an overdose of weapons sufficient to strike Iran.


US thwarts israeli plans to strike Iran

Of course, israelis get everything else they want, but like true, blue zioniists ... they still bitch and moan...

Something tells me zionists are planning something BIG to get the US to "change its mind"...

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The American administration has rejected an Israeli request for military equipment and support that would improve Israel's ability to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

A report published last week by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) states that military strikes are unlikely to destroy Iran's centrifuge program for enriching uranium.

The Americans viewed the request, which was transmitted (and rejected) at the highest level, as a sign that Israel is in the advanced stages of preparations to attack Iran. They therefore warned Israel against attacking, saying such a strike would undermine American interests. They also demanded that Israel give them prior notice if it nevertheless decided to strike Iran.

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Using Georgia to Target Russia

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Georgia war only a neocon election ploy?


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

by Stephen Lendman

After the Soviet Union's 1991 dissolution, Georgia's South Ossetia province broke away and declared its independence. So far it remains undiplomatically recognized by UN member states. It's been traditionally allied with Russia and wishes to reunite with Northern Ossetes in the North Ossetia-Alania Russian republic. Nothing so far is in prospect, but Russia appears receptive to the idea. And for Abkhazia as well, Georgia's other breakaway province. The conflict also has implications for Transdniestria, the small independent Russian-majority part of Moldova bordering Ukraine, and for Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan.

Tensions arose and conflict broke out in late 1991. It resulted in a 1992 ceasefire to avoid a major confrontation with Russia, but things remained unsettled. Moscow maintains a military presence in the province as well as in Abkhazia and exerts considerable political and economic influence. Throughout the 1990s, intermittent conflict erupted but nothing on the order of early August 7 when Georgia acted with aggression against the S. Ossetian capital, Tskninvali.

Russiatoday.com reported the early timeline:

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Police Turn to Secret Weapon: GPS Device

By Ben Hubbard

Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 13, 2008; A01

Someone was attacking women in Fairfax County and Alexandria, grabbing them from behind and sometimes punching and molesting them before running away. After logging 11 cases in six months, police finally identified a suspect.

David Lee Foltz Jr., who had served 17 years in prison for rape, lived near the crime scenes. To figure out if Foltz was the assailant, police pulled out their secret weapon: They put a Global Positioning System device on Foltz's van, which allowed them to track his movements.

Police said they soon caught Foltz dragging a woman into a wooded area in Falls Church. After his arrest on Feb. 6, the string of assaults suddenly stopped. The break in the case relied largely on a crime-fighting tool they would rather not discuss.

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Report: Syria fears Israel strike, taking preventive steps

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w w w . h a a r e t z . c o m
Last update - 13:49 13/08/2008

By Yuval Azoulay, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service

Syria's leadership fears that a drill conducted Tuesday by the Israel Defense Forces in the Golan Heights may develop into a military offensive against Damascus, the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Watan reported Wednesday.

Syrian sources told the daily that Damascus has taken several preventive measures against a possible Israeli strike. The sources added that the IDF drill in the north is increasing tensions in the region and is not in line with recent peace initiatives.

"The danger of these exercises is greater because they are being carried out near the cease-fire line bordering Syria," the sources were quoted as saying, "and because Defense Minister Ehud Barak and IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi supervised."

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'Poor Little Georgia' – Not! : Bill Kristol and the Menshevik myth of democratic Georgia

August 13, 2008

by Justin Raimondo

The commander in chief of America's laptop bombardiers, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, can always be counted on to reveal not only the content of the neoconservative party line, but also, in so many words, the impulse that motivates it. In his latest peroration from his perch at the New York Times, the intellectual architect of our disastrous war in Iraq lays out a rationale for yet another catastrophic blunder in the foreign policy realm, this time in the Caucasus:

"In August 1924, the small nation of Georgia, occupied by Soviet Russia since 1921, rose up against Soviet rule. On Sept. 16, 1924, The Times of London reported on an appeal by the president of the Georgian Republic to the League of Nations. While 'sympathetic reference to his country's efforts was made' in the Assembly, the Times said, 'it is realized that the League is incapable of rendering material aid, and that the moral influence which may be a powerful force with civilized countries is unlikely to make any impression upon Soviet Russia.'

"'Unlikely' was an understatement. Georgians did not enjoy freedom again until 1991."

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Ominous: Navy relieves commander of Bush's nuke air recon squadron

Navy relieves commander of air recon squadron

By CHELSEA J. CARTER – 12 hours ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The commander of a Navy air reconnaissance squadron that provides the president and the defense secretary the airborne ability to command the nation's nuclear weapons has been relieved of duty, the Navy said Tuesday.

Cmdr. Shawn Bentley was relieved of duty Monday by the Navy for loss of confidence in his ability to command, only three months after taking the job.

Capt. Brian Costello, commander of the Navy's Strategic Communications Wing One, removed Bentley from command, said Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown, a spokesman for the Naval Air Forces.

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Geopolitical endgame being played out in Georgia

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August 13, 2008

The geopolitics of Georgia

F William Engdahl: There are far bigger stakes being played out in Georgia than a territorial dispute

US attempts to get Georgia into NATO, coupled with its desire to erect an anti-missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech republic would give it first strike capability towards Russia. Moscow sees this as a national security threat against the sovereignty of Russia. Political economist F William Engdahl believes this is the geopolitical endgame being played out in Georgia.
Bio

F William Engdahl is an economist and author and the writer of the best selling book "A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order." Mr Engdhahl has written on issues of energy, politics and economics for more than 30 years, beginning with the first oil shock in the early 1970s. Mr. Engdahl contributes regularly to a number of publications including Asia Times Online, Asia, Inc, Japan's Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Foresight magazine; Freitag and ZeitFragen newspapers in Germany and Switzerland respectively. He is based in Germany.

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Tough-on-drugs policy 'pointless'

Page last updated at 07:18 GMT, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 08:18 UK

Julian Critchley argues all drugs should be made legal

Britain's policy of being tough on drugs is "pointless", says a former civil servant who once ran the Cabinet's anti-drugs unit.

Julian Critchley now believes the best way to reduce the harm to society from drugs would be to legalise them.

Mr Critchley, who worked with ex-Labour drug tsar Keith Hellawell, said many he had worked alongside felt the same.

They publicly backed government policy but privately believed it was not doing any good, he said.

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Ohio sues Diebold

Ohio sues e-voting company, can't ditch faulty machines

By Julian Sanchez | Published: August 12, 2008 - 08:19AM CT

The name may have changed, but the artist formerly known as Diebold—now Premier Election Solutions—is still catching heat over problems with its electronic voting machines. Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brenner is suing the firm, seeking unspecified damages for breach of contract and fraud. The suit blames faulty software for losing votes in 11 of the 44 counties that use Premier machines.
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The company was already embroiled in a legal battle with Ohio's Cuyahoga county, one it filed preemptively in May after election officials there decided to mothball $22 million worth of Premier touch-screen machines. Premier had hoped to forestall any claims against it by seeking a declaratory judgment that it had met its obligations.

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YouTube Yanks Free Tibet Video After IOC Pressure

Posted by CmdrTaco on Tuesday August 12, @11:16AM

from the ioc-is-not-very-nice dept.
RevWaldo writes "The International Olympic Committee filed a copyright infringement claim yesterday against YouTube for hosting video of a Free Tibet protest at the Chinese Consulate in Manhattan Thursday night. The video depicts demonstrators conducting a candlelight vigil and projecting a protest video onto the consulate building; the projection features recent footage of Tibetan monks being arrested and riffs on the Olympic logo of the five interlocking rings, turning them into handcuffs. YouTube dutifully yanked the video, but it can still be seen on Vimeo. (Be advised; there is some brief footage of bloody, injured monks.)"

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Hillary still trying to ruin Obama's chances

The New York Times

August 13, 2008

Op-Ed Columnist

Yes, She Can

By MAUREEN DOWD

WASHINGTON

While Obama was spending three hours watching “The Dark Knight” five time zones away, and going to a fund-raiser featuring “Aloha attire” and Hawaiian pupus, Hillary was busy planning her convention.

You can almost hear her mind whirring: She’s amazed at how easy it was to snatch Denver away from the Obama saps. Like taking candy from a baby, except Beanpole Guy doesn’t eat candy. In just a couple of weeks, Bill and Hill were able to drag No Drama Obama into a swamp of Clinton drama.

Now they’ve made Barry’s convention all about them — their dissatisfaction and revisionism and barely disguised desire to see him fail. Whatever insincere words of support the Clintons muster, their primal scream gets louder: He can’t win! He can’t close the deal! We told you so!

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Chinese police rough up British TV crew at Olympics protest

Chinese police rough up British TV crew at Olympics

by Charles Whelan 1 hour, 51 minutes ago

Chinese police roughed up a British TV crew and stopped them covering a pro-Tibet protest, witnesses said, in the latest case of interference with media freedom at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Uniformed police pounced on John Ray, China correspondent for Independent Television News (ITN), shortly after protesters unfurled a pro-Tibet banner near the main Olympic complex, witnesses and the reporter said.

His cameraman Ben England was also manhandled and prevented from filming the protest, they said.

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Sovereign Wealth Funds To Buy-Up $29 Billion In Foreclosed Homes

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Published 08/13/08 Jeff Bennett 

The great American sell-off continues. For sale this time: foreclosed homes throughout the United States with depreciating values. These pieces of real estate are tempting foreign big-money sovereign wealth funds to purchase them at an incredible value. Nothing can be truly considered sacred or American when everything is now for sale at discount prices.

According to a report from the New York Post, an undisclosed sovereign wealth fund has allocated $29 billion to begin purchasing foreclosed homes along the West Coast. American home values and the dollar are both plummeting in value, attracting foreign oil money to invest in the nation’s houses. Abu Dhabi, known for its recent purchases of the Chrysler and GM Buildings, is preparing to announce next month what failing American real estate it will soon invest in.

America is defenseless against foreign takeovers of realty and big business as long as it remains addicted to oil. The nations that are buying up America with zeal are rich with American dollars from the purchase of oil. Petro-dollars have allowed Abu Dhabi to amass $875 billion in sovereign wealth fund assets, while Norway has $391 billion, Singapore $303 billion and Kuwait with $264. The U.S. remains subservient to each of these nation’s oil, and their wealth funds are growing large enough to dismantle America bit-by-bit.

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Allegations Of Allowing Fraud, Criminals In Mortgage Biz Lead to FL Regulators Resignation

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Downsizing of finance underway

Associated Press

Florida mortgage regulator resigns under fire

By BILL KACZOR 08.12.08, 4:21 PM ET

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida's top mortgage industry regulator resigned Tuesday amid allegations his agency let thousands of convicted criminals, including bank robbers and racketeers, work in the home loan business.

Gov. Charlie Crist and the state's three Cabinet members, who together oversee the Office of Financial Regulation, also approved emergency rules to stop the licensing of ex-convicts as mortgage brokers.

The panel two weeks ago ordered their respective inspectors general to audit the office in response to a Miami Herald investigation.

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Israel becomes a distinguished exporter of mercenaries

No reason for pride

We should be ashamed of Israeli military experts who sell their know-how worldwide

B. Michael

Published: 08.12.08, 07:51 / Israel Opinion

While keeping one eye on our representatives at the Olympics, we were also watching, with pride and concern, our fine boys fighting in Georgia. Well, not exactly our fine boys, but rather, the students of our fine officers and soldiers, who traveled to Georgia to sell their war skills.

In both cases, by the way, the Israeli ego had to make do (so far) with a frustrating “almost.” We almost won an Olympic medal, and Georgia almost won in South Ossetia.

Yet this almost did not undermine the joy and pride. The media here reported heart-warming details regarding the impressive performance of the elite regiments trained in line with the imported IDF tradition, and many Israelis blushed when a grateful Georgian minister warmly praised the courage of soldiers instructed by former Israeli officers.

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What the Russian papers say on Georgia

What the Russian papers say

20:00 | 13/ 08/ 2008

MOSCOW, August 13 (RIA Novosti)

In South Ossetia, Russia employs Western know-how - expert / War with Georgia shows Russia's intense global isolation / No sense in recognizing South Ossetia and Abkhazia / Georgia's withdrawal won't mean much to CIS - experts / Authorities pleased with troops' performance in conflict area / Most Russians support the government's actions in South Ossetia

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

In South Ossetia, Russia employs Western know-how - expert

Moscow seems to have carefully learned all the lessons taught by the world's greatest powers over the past few years, said Vladislav Inozemtsev, the head of the Center for Postindustrial Studies, a Moscow-based think tank. First, when launching its offensive on Tkhinvali Georgia had no idea how wrong it was not to expect an immediate response from Russia. That response in fact followed to the letter a scheme developed by Western powers and tested in Yugoslavia, East Timor and other hot spots.

Second, Moscow successfully used more than just rhetoric, but performed a real-life "humanitarian intervention," the expert said. Russia must have understood that the widely criticized Western doctrine could be used to its own advantage. President Dmitry Medvedev's rhetoric was a far cry from bold threats earlier issued by previous Russian governments, but a cool statement of Russia's intention to force Georgia to peace.

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Russian peacekeepers remove weapons from Georgian arms depot

19:37 | 13/ 08/ 2008

MOSCOW, August 13 (RIA Novosti) - Russian peacekeepers are removing equipment and weapons from an arms depot discovered near the Georgian town of Gori, close to the border with South Ossetia, a peacekeeping spokesman said on Wednesday.

"We have discovered an undefended Georgian army depot containing a significant amount of military hardware and weapons near the town of Gori. The military hardware is in full working order and combat ready," the spokesman said.

He said the peacekeepers were trying to clear the area close to the conflict zone of weapons and military hardware to guarantee the security and safety of the civilian population. He once again denied that Russian troops are continuing to advance inside Georgia.

"Any claims that Russian troops are advancing inside Georgia are untrue," he said.

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Israel and Iran: A bridge too far?

The misplaced fear of an Iran-origin nuclear holocaust awaiting Israel, unless pre-emptive action is unleashed to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities, has now reached such a disproportionate height as to trigger another major crisis in the Middle East. Yet it would not take much to ease anxieties on both sides.

Aug 14, 2008

By Kaveh L Afrasiabi

"A nation has no permanent enemies and no permanent friends, only permanent interests."
- British statesman Winston Churchill

Iran is gripped by heated controversy over a public statement by a close aide to President Mahmud Ahmadinejad expressing affection toward the Israeli people.

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Lonely Night in Georgia

war stories: Military analysis.

The Bush administration's feckless response to the Russian invasion.

By Fred Kaplan

Posted Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, at 5:47 PM ET
Georgian soldiers run from the scene of a destroyed armored vehicle. Click image to expand.

It is impossible to think about the Russian assault on Georgia without feeling like a heartless bastard or a romantic fool. Should we just let Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev roll their tanks into Tbilisi in recognition of Moscow's sphere of influence—and let a fledgling democracy die? Or should we rally sanctions, send arms, and mobilize troops—none of which is likely to have any effect? Is there some third way, involving a level of diplomatic shrewdness that the Bush administration has rarely mustered and, in this case, might not have the legitimacy to pursue?

Regardless of what happens next, it is worth asking what the Bush people were thinking when they egged on Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia's young, Western-educated president, to apply for NATO membership, send 2,000 of his troops to Iraq as a full-fledged U.S. ally, and receive tactical training and weapons from our military. Did they really think Putin would sit by and see another border state (and former province of the Russian empire) slip away to the West? If they thought that Putin might not, what did they plan to do about it, and how firmly did they warn Saakashvili not to get too brash or provoke an outburst?

It's heartbreaking, but even more infuriating, to read so many Georgians quoted in the New York Times—officials, soldiers, and citizens—wondering when the United States is coming to their rescue. It's infuriating because it's clear that Bush did everything to encourage them to believe that he would. When Bush (properly) pushed for Kosovo's independence from Serbia, Putin warned that he would do the same for pro-Russian secessionists elsewhere, by which he could only have meant Georgia's separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Putin had taken drastic steps in earlier disputes over those regions—for instance, embargoing all trade with Georgia—with an implicit threat that he could inflict far greater punishment. Yet Bush continued to entice Saakashvili with weapons, training, and talk of entry into NATO. Of course the Georgians believed that if they got into a firefight with Russia, the Americans would bail them out.

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Massive Corruption Involving Azerbaijan Oil Privatization, Int'l Financier, and Fmr World President

8/12/2008

GAP Report Details Azeri Privatization-World Bank Corruption

Today, GAP filed a report with the U.S. Treasury Department that exposes the World Bank’s role in the widespread corruption surrounding privatization in Azerbaijan during the late 1990’s. The report shows that James Wolfensohn, then president of the World Bank, personally assisted a rogue financier in his efforts to gain control of the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR). While these efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, documents show that Wolfensohn silenced Bank staff members who spoke out about corrupt government officials working with Viktor Kožený, a notorious financial operator who had allegedly defrauded investors in the Czech Republic of nearly $1 billion only three years earlier.

Click here to read the report  
Click here to read GAP's press release   

In response to James Wolfensohn’s contention that World Bank staff members did not warn Azeri officials and others about the risks inherent in an investment with Viktor Kožený, GAP is posting the following documentation:

Letter from Kozeny to Bodmer showing Kozeny team's efforts to affect World Bank opinion

Letter from Chairman of Azerbaijan State Property Committee to Kozeny advising him of World Bank staff member warnings

Letter from Kozeny attorney Andre Wahrenberger to Kozeny attorney Frank Chopin about World Bank staff member allegations against Kozeny

In addition, GAP points out that Johannes Linn, the Vice President of the World Bank cited by Wolfensohn’s spokesman as responsible for verifying Bank staff members’ comments about Kožený, told GAP, when interviewed, that he had “never heard” of Viktor Kožený.

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Ill and in Pain, Detainee Dies in U.S. Hands

The New York Times

August 13, 2008

By NINA BERNSTEIN

He was 17 when he came to New York from Hong Kong in 1992 with his parents and younger sister, eyeing the skyline like any newcomer. Fifteen years later, Hiu Lui Ng was a New Yorker: a computer engineer with a job in the Empire State Building, a house in Queens, a wife who is a United States citizen and two American-born sons.

But when Mr. Ng, who had overstayed a visa years earlier, went to immigration headquarters in Manhattan last summer for his final interview for a green card, he was swept into immigration detention and shuttled through jails and detention centers in three New England states.

In April, Mr. Ng began complaining of excruciating back pain. By mid-July, he could no longer walk or stand. And last Wednesday, two days after his 34th birthday, he died in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a Rhode Island hospital, his spine fractured and his body riddled with cancer that had gone undiagnosed and untreated for months.

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Candidates for Sale

Rollingstone.com

What do Obama and McCain have in common? The same big donors, who will expect to have their way no matter who wins

MATT TAIBBI


Posted Aug 21, 2008 9:42 AM

Remember the total, hideous, inexcusable absence of oversight that has been the great hallmark of George Bush's America for almost eight years now? Well, now we're getting to see that same regulatory malfeasance applied to yet another cornerstone of our political system. The Federal Election Commission — the body that supposedly enforces campaign-finance laws in this country — has been out of business for more than six months. That's because Congress was dragging its feet over confirmation hearings for new FEC commissioners, leaving the agency without a quorum. The commission just started work again for the first time on July 10th under its new chairman, Donald McGahn, a classic Republican Party yahoo whose chief qualifications include representing Tom DeLay, the corrupt ex-speaker of the House, in matters of campaign finance.

Apart from the obvious absurdity of not having a functioning election-policing mechanism in an election year in the world's richest democracy, the late start by the FEC makes it almost impossible for the agency to do its job. The commission has a long-standing reluctance to take action in the last months before a vote, a policy designed to help prevent federal regulators from influencing election outcomes. Normally, the FEC tries to root out infractions and loopholes — fining campaigns for incomplete reporting, or for taking shortcuts around spending limits — in the early months of a campaign season. But that ship sailed way too long ago to take the stink off the 2008 race.

"The time for setting the ground rules was earlier," says Craig Holman, a lobbyist with the watchdog group Public Citizen. "There isn't time to do much now."

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Curfew expanded in Helena, Arkansas: May go citywide, Police patrol streets with M16 rifles

4:00 p.m. - Helena-West Helena Curfew Changes
Play Media
Reported by: Cecillea Pond-Mayo, KARK 4 News

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2008 @04:00pm CST

 Leaders in Helena-West Helena have come up with a new plan after criticism by the ACLU of the mayor's recent curfew on a particular part of town.

This past weekend, Mayor James Valley issued a mandatory curfew for Second Street and the surrounding blocks -- a place he considers to be a "hot spot" for crime.

The curfew applied to anyone of any age at any time of day.

On Tuesday, city leaders devised a plan that divides Helena-West Helena into six zones for better population control.

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FBI Frame-up of Dead Anthrax Scientist Made Simple

Tag(s): 911 Coverup; 911 Truth; ASHCROFT; Anthrax; Establishment; Fraud; Ivins Bruce; Scientists; Unusual

August 12, 2008

by Michael Green

On Wednesday, August 8, 2008, the Department of Justice held a news conference announcing that Bruce E. Ivins, a former anthrax researcher for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), was the sole person responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks. Headed by U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Taylor and FBI Assistant Director Joseph Persichini, the presentation was noteworthy for often not answering relevant questions, but instead referring reporters to several dozen court documents they had just been provided. After hurriedly reading one of these documents I decided to hedge my strong conclusion in an essay that the FBI had persecuted and framed Ivins in order to protect the actual perpetrators until determining enough facts to decide the matter. I stated, "The most important question is whether Ivins was provided with fully weaponized cutting-edge anthrax that he could use by merely drying it out as the FBI case requires. If not, then the cover-up explodes in the face of the FBI." See "911 Plotters Bury the Evidence of Anthrax as their Follow-up Punch" http://tinyurl.com/694avu And, indeed, the cover-up had exploded in the face of the FBI and DOJ.

Richard Spertzel, UNSCOM's biological weapons chief from 1994-199, had described an exquisitely weaponized anthrax contained in the letters to Senators Leahy and Daschle that "far exceeds that of any powdered product found in the now extinct U.S. Biological Warfare Program." These included anthrax spores of 1.5-3.0 microns necessary to make a pure spore mix, a polyglass that tightly bound hydrophilic silica to each particle (to prevent clumping) and a weak electrical charge to optimize dispersion by means of repulsion with no other propellant required. Spertzel concluded:

The multiple disciplines and technologies required to make the anthrax in this case do not exist at the Army's Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. Inhalation studies are conducted at the institute, but they are done using liquid preparation, not powdered products.

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Bush has ordered the Navy into the Black Sea: US-Russia clashes now possible

US and Russian clashes are now possible, many Georgian ships sunk, Update

Posted by morris108 on August 13, 2008

Update:

Bush has ordered the US Navy into the Black Sea

George Bush, the United States president, has said that Russia must keep its word and act to end its crisis with Georgia and that he would be dispatching US military aircraft and naval forces with humanitarian supplies to the area. Source

The first direct US-Russian military clashes in Georgia are now possible if the Russians fail to give way when challenged by US air transports and vessels heading for Georgia. For seven days, Russia has exerted exclusive mastery of Georgia’s skies, sea and land routes. Source

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Ukraine has forbidden Russian ships to return to their base in Ukraine without 10 days notice.

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Russian Planes downed by Ukrainian crews & Equipment…

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Pelosi: 'This election is like death for life on this planet as we know it today'

Posted by morris108 on August 13, 2008

WTF!?

I found all this post’s quotes (& pics) on a blog called rockthetruth
Pelosi was promoting her new book and:

American University of Judaism’s Rabbi Robert Wexler, who moderated the 75 minute discussion, asked Pelosi to analyze a recent Rasmussen poll that found nine percent of voters polled believed Congress was doing a good job, far lower than President Bush’s overall approval rating.

She answered to vote for Obama:

[...]“Whether it’s the deficit or the challenges to the constitution we have to dig our way out,” Pelosi said, adding

“this election is like death for life on this planet as we know it today.”

She should know, it sounds about right, but we don’t know exactly what she was thinking about when she said it. Probably at least that the whole election is a staged show, with a lot more war planned. And that as she has learned, no politician can change anything nor stand up to the Military Industrial Complex.
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Georgian Defense Minister Went To High School In Israel, & more details of Israeli involvement

Posted by morris108 on August 12, 2008

What to do about dual loyalties?

First of all it works BOTH ways! Nobody in Israel is happy about what has happened in Georgia.

Their has long been plenty of Georgians who hate their historical big neighbour (Russia). Did the Zionist fervour of sacrifice for Jewish ancestry permeate their Georgian identity?

Did they act as an insulated cabal (like the Neocons).

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City readies warehouse for mass DNC arrests: New lockup has chain-link cages, stun-gun warnings

By Tillie Fong, Rocky Mountain News

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What is this?

Some protesters arrested at the Democratic National Convention could be jailed in a city- owned warehouse, complete with metal cages and barbed wire, CBS4 News has learned.

Investigative reporter Rick Sallinger discovered the location and managed to get inside Tuesday for a look. The newly created lockup, in a warehouse northeast of Denver, contains dozens of metal cages made of chain-link fence material, topped by rolls of barbed wire.

Each of these fenced-in areas is about 15 feet by 15 feet, with a lock on the door.

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Police State America: Fascism on the Move

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Bush: Why don’t you shut up? (Russian paper)

Bush: Why don’t you shut up?

12.08.2008 Source: Pravda.Ru

Taking the words of the illustrious King of Spain, in his imbecillic retort to President Hugo Chavez, we use them not as a response to a diatribe but rather, a just retort to an imbecile. President George W. Bush, why don’t you shut up?

President Bush,

Why don’t you shut up? In your statement on Monday regarding the legitimate actions of the Russian Federation in Georgia, you failed to mention once the war crimes perpetrated by Georgian military forces, which American advisors support, against Russian and Ossetian civilians. Kinda embarrassing, eh?

President Bush,

Why don’t you shut up? Your faithful ally, Mikhail Saakashvili, was announcing a ceasefire deal while his troops, with your advisors, were massing on Ossetia’s border, which they crossed under cover of night and destroyed Tskhinvali, targeting civilian structures just like your forces did in Iraq. Kinda humanitarian, eh?

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Suskind: How the Bush Admin Deliberately Faked an Iraq-al-Qaeda Connection

August 13, 2008

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The Way of the World: Ron Suskind on How the Bush Admin Deliberately Faked an Iraq-al-Qaeda Connection and Undermined Diplomacy, Democracy in Pakistan and Iran

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Judiciary Committee say they will review allegations the White House ordered the CIA to forge and disseminate false intelligence documents linking al-Qaeda and Iraq. The revelation is among several in Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind’s explosive new book, The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism. Suskind joins us for the hour to talk about the letter controversy and the thin denials that have followed its disclosure. He also reveals details of his lengthy conversations with the late Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto and her frustrations with the Bush administration in the months before her assassination, and discloses the previously unknown case of an interrogation “cell” beneath the White House. [includes rush transcript–partial]

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Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism. His earlier books include The One Percent Doctrine, The Price of Loyalty and A Hope in the Unseen.

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Gunman wounds chairman of Arkansas Democratic Party

Gunman shoots Arkansas Democratic party chairman

By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press Writer  8 minutes ago

A gunman entered the Arkansas Democratic Party headquarters Wednesday and shot the party chairman, who was hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.

The gunman asked to speak to the party chairman, Bill Gwatney, and fired three shots at the office near the state Capitol.

"He came in and went into this office and started shooting," police Lt. Terry Hastings told reporters near the party headquarters.

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U.N. pledges to expand in Iraq five years after bomb blast

U.N. pledges to expand in Iraq, 5 years after blast

By Missy Ryan 2 hours, 27 minutes ago

The United Nations pledged on Wednesday to hasten its cautious steps in helping Iraq rebuild, five years after a devastating bomb pushed it to pull foreign staff out of the country.

U.N. and Iraqi officials gathered at U.N. headquarters in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone for a somber ceremony commemorating the 22 people who died when a truck bomb struck U.N. offices in a Baghdad hotel on August 19, 2003.

It was a grim turning point in the first months after the U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, prompting the U.N. to withdraw most foreign staff and foreshadowing the bloodshed that quickly took hold across Iraq.

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Is McCain the Nostradamus of the Supreme Court?

August 12, 2008, 3:21 PM

Posted by Ryan Corsaro

(CBS)
From CBS News' Ryan Corsaro:

(YORK, PA.) - Does Senator John McCain know something that Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t know?

Asked today if he would push a conservative agenda as president, McCain said he would, and promised to nominate Supreme Court judges like Samuel Alito and John Roberts to hold the judicial branch’s highest honor. But then he said something that made my ears perk up.

“There’s going to be two, maybe three vacancies on the Supreme Court, according to people that decide these things. People that pay close attention.”

Whoa, wait a second.

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Syria and Lebanon agree diplomatic relations

Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:53pm EDT

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanese President Michel Suleiman agreed on Wednesday to establish diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level, a Syrian official said.

The two countries announced last month that they intended to open diplomatic relations for the first time. Wednesday's agreement formally set those ties on the highest level.

"The two presidents...have instructed their foreign ministers to take the necessary steps in this regard, starting from today," Buthaina Shaaban, an adviser to President Assad said.

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Stunning Revelations About Vote Fraud: Call To Investigate Karl Rove’s Election Manipulations


8/10/08: VR Launches New Campaign To Investigate Karl Rove’s Election Manipulations

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EUJ0_3ynmc

VR has launched a new campaign, www.rovecybergate.com, to galvanize citizens and the press to support investigations of Karl Rove and his cohorts for recent allegations of election manipulations. Just today, sources in the Department of Justice leaked that the US Attorney scandal investigation is now focused on a cover-up hatched out of the White House to protect Rove. According to many, such as ex-Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, the US Attorney scandal was part of Rove’s strategy to manipulate elections by ensuring that the White House could use the power of the Justice Department to target Democrats, cover up fraudulent elections, and intimidate organizations registering citizens to vote.
Our new campaign involves a multi-pronged approach: first we want as many people to send a letter to Congress asking that it hold public hearings on the allegations and that the Department of Justice appoint a special prosecutor to investigate. Second, we want to spread the word to citizens and the media, and therefore www.rovecybergate.com has all the press articles about the Ohio legal case targeting Rove; and third, we want to raise substantial funds to support the Ohio attorneys’ legal case—legal fees, expert witnesses, press, investigators, and depositions.
The catch phrase for the campaign is, “Protect Elections, Prosecute Rove.” The word prosecute can mean either civil or criminal action. In this campaign, we are supporting the civil action to get discovery and take depositions and, if criminal activity is exposed, the attorneys will refer that for criminal prosecution. Whistleblowers, such as GOP Cyber Sleuth Stephen Spoonamore and others are saying that Rove architected and directed the actual manipulation of votes in several elections. Spoonamore also says that the GOP has been “stealing elections” and “lying about it.”
Please visit www.rovecybergate.com to get the latest updates. And don’t forget to make a contribution, big or small, to the support the Ohio legal strategy. You can earmark your donation here.

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American protesters arrested in Beijing

American protesters taken away in Beijing

Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:44am EDT

By Nir Elias

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese security forces dragged away five U.S. pro-free Tibet protesters who blocked the entrance to a northern Beijing park on Wednesday, breaking up the latest demonstration on the sidelines of the 2008 Olympics.

A British television journalist covering the protest said he had also been briefly detained and that at one point he was pinned to the ground by four or five police officers.

About half a dozen guards took hold of three men and women protesters yelling "Free Tibet!" and led them away from the wooden entrance to the Ethnic Culture Park, not far from the main Olympics sporting complex.

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Why Russia’s Response to Georgia was Right

While this version of events is being written in much of the western media, the facts present a different picture.

By Sergei Lavrov
The writer is minister of foreign affairs of the Russian Federation

Published: August 12 2008 19:52 | Last updated: August 12 2008 19:52

For some of those witnessing the fighting in the Caucasus over the past few days, the narrative is straightforward and easy. The plucky republic of Georgia, with just a few million citizens, was attacked by its giant eastern neighbour, Russia. Add to this all the stereotypes of the cold war era, and you are presented with a truly David and Goliath interpretation – with all its accompanying connotations of good and evil. While this version of events is being written in much of the western media, the facts present a different picture.

Let me be absolutely clear. This is not a conflict of Russia’s making; this is not a conflict of Russia’s choosing. There are no winners from this conflict. Hours before the Georgian invasion, Russia had been working to secure a United Nations Security Council statement calling for a renunciation of force by both Georgia and South Ossetians. The statement that could have averted bloodshed was blocked by western countries.

Last Friday, after the world’s leaders had arrived at the Beijing Olympics, Georgian troops launched an all-out assault on the region of South Ossetia, which has enjoyed de facto independence for more than 16 years. The majority of the region’s population are Russian citizens. Under the terms of the 1992 agreement to which Georgia is a party, they are afforded protection by a small number of Russian peacekeeping soldiers. The ground and air attack resulted in the killing of peacekeepers and the death of an estimated 1,600 civilians, creating a humanitarian disaster and leading to an exodus of 30,000 refugees. The Georgian regime refused to allow a humanitarian corridor to be established and bombarded a humanitarian convoy. There is also clear evidence of atrocities having been committed – so serious and systematic that they constitute acts of genocide.

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Republican Computer Security Expert Explains Why Electronic Voting Can Never Be Trusted

Leading Computer Security Expert Slams Diebold

In an interview from October, 2006, that has only now seen the light of day, Stephen Spoonamore, one of the world's leading experts in cyber crime and a self-described "life-long Republican" destroys Diebold's already non-existent credibility.

Spoonamore lays it out for anyone to see and understand. If you care about America and it's survival as a democratic republic, you'll watch this interview.

The interviews are on YouTube and are being carried by a new site created by Velvet Revolution, RoveCyberGate.com.

Read below the fold for details and background.

There is a civil suit pending in Ohio, King Lincoln Bronzeville v. Blackwell. We covered a July 17 press conference about this case here. The issues in this case are complex, but in a nutshell, some Ohio voters filed a lawsuit about the 2004 election. These voters want to get the deposition of Mike Connell, a Republican IT expert who set up Ohio's computers for the 2004 election while simultaneously running the IT network for the Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign.

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South Africa Hearing Claims Elite Unit Controlled by CIA, MI5

CIA behind Scorpions, Aids: expert

August 12 2008 at 03:37PM

British intelligence organisation MI5 and the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are the masters of South Africa's elite crime fighting unit, the Scorpions, a public hearing into their dissolution heard in Durban on Tuesday.

Sam Kikine, the head of the International Traditional and Medicine Research Council, accused these two organisations of controlling the Scorpions.

"Why have the Scorpions not investigated [chemical warfare expert] Wouter Basson and the CIA who have created this Aids? The Scorpions are working for MI5 and the CIA and not for South Africa," he told the hearing at the Umlazi Indoor Sports Complex.

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Double standards and cowardice still guide Western diplomacy

The Caucasus and the Palestine-Israel conflicts

By Stuart Littlewood

13 August 2008

Stuart Littlewood contrasts the West’s condemnation of Russia’s intervention in Georgia with its silence over Israeli breaches of international law and crimes against humanity.

While the fragile “freedom” boats and their courageous volunteer crews steer a course for Palestinian territorial waters in an effort to break Israel’s illegal siege of the Gaza Strip, our Western leaders are once again tripping over their double standards.
"X has invaded a sovereign neighbouring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people,” lectures Bush. “Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century. X's government must respect Y's territorial integrity and sovereignty."

On cue, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown chips in. X's military action in Y "threatens the stability of the entire region and risks a humanitarian catastrophe”, he chirps. “We are committed to working ... to ensure a peaceful and speedy resolution ... which maintains Y's territorial and political integrity."

UK Conservative leader and Prime-Minister-in-waiting David Cameron brands X a "dangerous bully" and urges the international community to stand up and condemn its action. He tells the BBC:

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'Snooper's charter' to check texts and emails

· Hundreds of public bodies to access personal details
· Home Office measure driven by EU directive

* Alan Travis, home affairs editor

* The Guardian,
* Wednesday August 13 2008

The Home Office says keeping communications data is vital in the fight against terrorism.

Local councils, health authorities and hundreds of other public bodies are to be given the power to access details of everyone's personal text, emails and internet use under Home Office proposals published yesterday.

Ministers want to make it mandatory for telephone and internet companies to keep details of all personal internet traffic for at least 12 months so it can be accessed for investigations into crime or other threats to public safety.

The Home Office last night admitted that the measure will mean companies have to store "a billion incidents of data exchange a day". As the measure is the result of an EU directive, the data will be made available to public investigators across Europe.

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Journalist on Fox Downplaying Nuclear Sub Report on TV Is Also Navy PR Officer

Journalist downplaying sub report is also PAO

By Philip Ewing - Staff writer

Posted : Wednesday Aug 13, 2008 13:41:34 EDT

The editor of a Washington defense trade publication appeared Friday on Fox News to downplay reports that a nuclear submarine leaked tiny amounts of radiation across the Pacific Ocean for two years. What the editor didn’t say was that he’s also a Navy Reserve public affairs officer.

Reserve Lt. Cmdr. John Robinson, who is editor of Defense Daily in his civilian job, told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer that the radiation leak of the fast-attack submarine Houston was “not serious” and a “non-story from many angles.” Robinson repeated a point, which had been part of earlier messages from Navy spokespeople, that the Houston had released about as much radiation as would be found in a household smoke detector.

“The Navy has such extremely high standards for safety when there’s any sort of infirmity or anything that’s at least a little bit out of line,” he said. “But clearly no one was ever in any danger.”

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Crime and Israeli army punishment

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From the Los Angeles Times

In the Israeli military, injuring a handcuffed Palestinian is 'conduct unbecoming' a soldier -- but less so than tying cardboard wings to an antenna.

By Etgar Keret

August 13, 2008

Afew weeks ago, I saw a short news interview of a man who killed his wife with a kitchen knife. "Are you sorry for what you did?" the interviewer asked, and the murderer shrugged and said, "A little." His answer was only two short words, but they contained a ton of subtext. As if the murderer had said, "OK, I accept the fact that slaughtering my wife in front of my kids wasn't really right, but to handcuff me for it, to take me to court and send a TV crew? Don't you think you're overdoing it a little?"

An Israeli military court last week held a hearing about an incident captured on videotape that allegedly shows a regiment commander holding a bound, blindfolded Palestinian man, arrested at a demonstration, while a soldier shoots a rubber bullet at his leg. There is some disagreement between the soldier and the officer as to whether the soldier was ordered to do so. The two were indicted on the charge of conduct unbecoming to members of the Israeli army. The prosecution apparently is not even seeking any prison time, and some reports say that a plea bargain is likely.

There are many charges that could be brought against soldiers and commanders who fire at a handcuffed detainee, and the army's choice of conduct unbecoming carries the same tone as the statement made by the man who murdered his wife: We don't think it's really right to shoot at a handcuffed detainee who poses no threat. But, guys, let's keep things in perspective. The bullet was rubber, not steel; the kid didn't die, he was just wounded; and let's not forget that we're talking here about a pain-in-the-neck demonstrator and not someone strolling innocently along the beach promenade eating ice cream.

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Roaming Freely in a Land of Restraints

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The New York Times

August 13, 2008

By ABBY AGUIRRE

RAMALLAH, West Bank — There is an Arabic word for Raja Shehadeh’s pastime.

“Sarha is to roam freely, at will, without restraint,” he writes in “Palestinian Walks: Forays Into a Vanishing Landscape,” an account of six walks in the West Bank, which won this year’s Orwell Prize, Britain’s pre-eminent award for political writing, and was published by Scribner in the United States in June. “A man going on a sarha wanders aimlessly, not restricted by time and place.”

Of course, it is difficult not to be restricted by time and place in the occupied territories, where movement is everyday more limited by a growing number of Israeli-built fences, walls, barriers, checkpoints, settlements and the separate roads constructed to link them. But Mr. Shehadeh — a lawyer and founder of Al Haq, a Palestinian human rights organization, who apart from a sojourn in London for law school has lived his entire life in Ramallah — still tries.

One recent walk began on the side of a road near the village of Ein Sinya, a short drive from the city center. Mr. Shehadeh took measured steps down a trail lined with sage, Syrian thistle, flowering oregano and wild artichoke. On either side rose limestone-buttressed terraces of olive trees.

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Elections '08: The Fix is In – Again!

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Ernest Partridge, Co-Editor
The Crisis Papers

August 12, 2008



Better get used to the idea: John McCain will probably be the next President of the United States.

The fix is in, as it has been in every election since 2000.

This follows from two overarching facts that the corporate media will not report, and the Democrats choose to ignore:

1. The ruling oligarchy can not allow a reformist Democrat to occupy the White House.

2. They have the means to prevent it, as they did in 2000, in 2004, and as they might do again in 2008.

All other aspects of this “election” – issues, personalities, media blitzes – are secondary and perhaps even irrelevant.


The Stakes

What “oligarchy”? It’s the “military-industrial complex” that Dwight Eisenhower warned us about in 1961, now expanded into a “military-industrial-academic-media-congressional complex.” These include corporate CEOs who earn more, in half a day, than their median workers earn in an entire year. These are among the one-tenth of one-percent richest Americans (annual income of more than $1.6 million) whose income from 1980 to 2002 increased two and a half times, while the median family income was essentially unchanged; the same super-rich 0.1 percent that received 15% of Bush’s tax cuts. These oligarchs sit on each others’ Boards of Directors, and on University Boards of Regents. They own the mass media and thus control the “news” that is fed the general public. (See theyrule.net).  And they fund political candidates before elections and, quid-pro-quo, dictate policy after elections.

To be sure, the super-rich (and getting richer) include a few progressive individuals such as Warren Buffet and George Soros, but they are the “mavericks.”  However, by and large, the “hyper-rich” (David Kay Johnson’s term), own, operate and control America.inc.

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Will American Insouciance Destroy the World?

August 13, 2008

Two Morons: Bush and Saakashvili

"President Bush, Will You Please Shut Up?"

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

The neoconned Bush Regime and the Israeli-occupied American media are heading the innocent world toward nuclear war.

Back in the Reagan years the National Endowment for Democracy was created as a cold war tool. Today the NED is a neocon-controlled agent for US world hegemony. Its main function is to pour US money and election-rigging into former constituent parts of the Soviet Union in order to ring Russia with American puppet states.

The neoconservative Bush Regime used the NED to intervene in Ukrainian and Georgian internal affairs in keeping with the neoconservative plan to establish US-friendly and Russia-hostile political regimes in these two former constituent parts of Russia and the Soviet Union.

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For America, War is Like Breathing

By Maurizio Blondet

The large weight of the military-industrial complex has distorted society--economically and spiritually--to such an extent that the society now depends on war like a drug addict depends on his dose.

Translated By Simone Urru

August 3rd, 2008

Italy - Effedieffe - Original Article (Italian)

The National Defense Authorization Act, signed by Bush in 2008, had already ratified the presence of atomic propulsion in new aircraft carriers, submarines and cruisers.

Motivation: "The future of our naval force must free itself from fossil fuel. If we eliminate the necessity for fossil fuel, the effectiveness and power of our forces will increase a lot."

But the Defense National Authorization Bill for 2009--approved by 384 of 407-- adds a further alarming element: atomic propulsion will be operating in "Landing Vehicles," as well. In short, landing crafts, included in the progressive overgrowth of American armament: LHDs* and LHAs* are designed with a platform used for vertical take-off; smaller Landing Platform Docks (LPDs) carry heavy vehicles as well as storm troops. They are all "expendable" warships, subject to direct enemy fire and therefore to an inevitable damage.

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US Following Brzezinski's Playbook for Eurasia

Obama's top foreign policy advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, wrote in his book The Grand Chessboard, that the top priority for the U.S. was seizing control of Eurasia and its rich oil resources.

Here are some sample quotes:

  • "Ever since the continents started interacting politically, some five hundred years ago, Eurasia has been the center of world power."- (p. xiii)
  • "It is imperative that no Eurasian challenger emerges, capable of dominating Eurasia and thus of also challenging America. The formulation of a comprehensive and integrated Eurasian geostrategy is therefore the purpose of this book.” (p. xiv)
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Kristol: Powell to Endorse Obama

by FOXNews.com

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell will endorse Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, Weekly Standard Publisher Bill Kristol told FOX News exclusively on Thursday.

“He may well give a speech at the Democratic convention explaining his endorsement of Obama,” Kristol said, citing inside sources. “For whatever reason I think he has decided he’s going to endorse Obama. I think [Powell] has a high respect for Senator McCain, they go back a long way.”

Kristol continued, “This is not an absolute done deal, but these people are very confident that Powell will endorse Obama.

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Global War On Terror – Where It's Heading?

Part IV

Thu, 2008-08-14 01:23

By Habib Siddiqui

Part IV

While the USA has given us capitalism, modern technology, presidential form of democracy, she has also given us the most lethal practice of arms conceivable.

In a joint statement on November 21, 2001, Presidents Bush and Putin declared, "The United States and Russia have overcome the legacy of the Cold War. Neither country regards the other as an enemy or threat." And yet the buildup of nuclear arsenal continues unabated! According to a report published in the USA Today, in 2007 America possessed some 7000 nuclear weapons compared to Russia's 7800. And yet all those nuclear bombs and missiles were of no use to protect the USA on the fateful day of 9/11/01. Truly, America's definition of its role in the world was altered not by the challenge of a mighty rival like Russia or China but by the suicidal act of a few unknown terrorists inspired and supported by a remote but zealous underground group lacking any of the attributes of a modern state power. National security has, therefore, become a very important issue in America.

When President Bush launched the Global War On Terror (GWOT) after the 9/11 attack, few Americans needed much explanation of its purpose. They wanted the threat eradicated and perpetrators responsible for causing America’s greatest tragedy in the post-Cold War era captured or killed. Emboldened by military success in Afghanistan, Bush exploited Americans' fear of potential terrorism on their soil by citing that Iraq was posing a direct threat to the USA. His administration contended that Saddam Hussein had acquired weapons of mass destruction – chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, and thus, justified pre-emptive invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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Also Read:

1. American National Security in the Age of Insecurity

2. American National Security in the Age of Insecurity - Part II

3. Is It Possible to Find Common Grounds for Global Security with Dar al-Islam? – Part III

 

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War crimes closer to home

DETAINEE ABUSE


Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 3:20 p.m.
Why is it that only foreigners are prosecuted for war crimes? It's certainly not because Americans don't do prisoner abuse.

An expert on detainee mistreatment, Deborah Pearlstein, testified recently before the House Judiciary Committee that, as of 2006, the U.S. government had documented 330 cases of detainee abuse at the hands of U.S. personnel, including 34 reported to be homicides. The witness testified that at least eight "were tortured to death."

The testimony received scant attention, at least in this country. Meanwhile, a great deal of attention was paid to the war-crime trial of Salim Hamdan at Guantanamo Bay. Hamdan, a Yemeni captured in Afghanistan, was a driver for Osama bin Laden. Waiting in the wings for war crimes prosecution are some 80 other Guantanamo detainees.

Granted, Hamdan's prosecution warranted attention as the first test of the military commission system, Still, Americans ought to wonder about the double standard of a minor foreign figure who was locked away for more than five years while he awaited trial and faced life in prison as a war criminal while Americans who commit crimes against detainees escape notice and do the crimes virtually with impunity.

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The Depleted Uranium Threat

Wednesday 13 August 2008

by: Thomas D. Williams, t r u t h o u t | Report

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Explosive depleted uranium tank round. (Photo: Tuberose.com)

"The DoD, the nation's biggest polluter, is now cleaning up 29,500 currently or formerly contaminated sites in every state and territory. California alone has 3,912 contaminated sites on 441 current and former DoD installations. Many of DoD's facilities have already contaminated groundwater sources of drinking water.... The cost to clean up toxic munitions contamination and unexploded ordnance at active and former military installations around the country may reach $200 billion." - The National Resources Defense Council, April 21, 2004.

"The Defense Department is refusing to comply with orders or sign contracts to clean up 11 hazardous waste sites, including one in Hawaii, and has asked the White House and Justice Department to intervene on its behalf." - The Associated Press, July 1, 2008

    While attempting to act as the planet's nuclear watchdogs, the United States and Great Britain have become two of the world's largest, cancer-causing radiated dust and rusty depleted uranium projectile polluters.

    Using tanks and planes, the US and British military have fired hundreds of tons of radioactive depleted uranium munitions (DU) while fighting the first Gulf War, the Balkans War, and the more recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. For two decades, successive US and British government leadership has done little overall to clean up the hazardous war waste. And, when repeatedly asked questions about it, spokespersons for Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown and US President George W. Bush, as well as the two presidential candidates, Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) and Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), didn't respond to a large number of e-mails and telephone calls over a month's time.

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Colombia, Laboratory of Witches: Democracy and State Terrorism


Hernando Calvo Ospina’s recent book, Colombia, Laboratorio de Embrujos: Democracia y Terrorismo de Estado is the most important study of Colombian politics in recent decades and essential reading in light of the Western media’s and politicians’ celebration of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
. 08.12.2008

Calvo Ospina’s study provides a wealth of historical and empirical data that highlights Colombia’s peculiar combination of electoral politics characteristic of a Western capitalist democracy and the permanent purge of civil and political society characteristic of totalitarian dictatorships.

Unlike most Latin American countries, Colombia has never experienced the modernization of its political system. Since the 19th century Liberal and Conservative parties run by urban and rural oligarchies have controlled the political process through violence and patronage.

Middle and working class ‘radical’ and center-left parties in Colombia have been violently repressed and marginalized, in contrast to the political differentiation, which took place in Chile and Argentina in the early 20th century. No labor or social democratic or Marxist parties were allowed to secure representation and legitimacy unlike the experience in Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia or elsewhere in Sough America. The ‘two party system’ based on oligarchic family elites were ill prepared to accommodate and accept the challenges of the burgeoning urban working class and rural peasant movements of the post-World War period. In Colombia resistance to plural social representation and to a multi-party system reflecting lower class interests took the form of civil war – la violencia – as the Liberal and Conservative Parties resorted to massive blood letting in the 1950’s to resolve which of the two factions of the ruling class would rule. The result was a bi-partisan pact to alternate the presidency between the two parties. The key theoretical point is that the unity of the Colombian elite was based on rule through mass violence, social exclusion and the monopoly of political power.

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08:17 am: Federal budget deficit nearly tripled in July to $102.8 billion
08:26 am: McCain's enormous Georgian conflict of interest
08:28 am: Israel fishing for Jews in Georgia
08:38 am: Police ordered to shoot protesters in Kashmir
08:42 am: US thwarts Israeli plans to strike Iran?
08:46 am: Using Georgia to Target Russia
08:52 am: Police Turn to Secret Weapon: GPS Device
08:56 am: Report: Syria fears Israel strike, taking preventive steps
09:04 am: 'Poor Little Georgia' – Not! : Bill Kristol and the Menshevik myth of democratic Georgia
09:09 am: Ominous: Navy relieves commander of Bush's nuke air recon squadron
09:13 am: Geopolitical endgame being played out in Georgia
09:33 am: Tough-on-drugs policy 'pointless'
09:34 am: Ohio sues Diebold
09:36 am: YouTube Yanks Free Tibet Video After IOC Pressure
09:39 am: Hillary still trying to ruin Obama's chances
09:41 am: Chinese police rough up British TV crew at Olympics protest
09:59 am: Sovereign Wealth Funds To Buy-Up $29 Billion In Foreclosed Homes
10:10 am: Allegations Of Allowing Fraud, Criminals In Mortgage Biz Lead to FL Regulators Resignation
10:16 am: Israel becomes a distinguished exporter of mercenaries
10:20 am: What the Russian papers say on Georgia
10:21 am: Russian peacekeepers remove weapons from Georgian arms depot
10:27 am: Israel and Iran: A bridge too far?
10:39 am: Lonely Night in Georgia
10:43 am: Massive Corruption Involving Azerbaijan Oil Privatization, Int'l Financier, and Fmr World President
11:00 am: Ill and in Pain, Detainee Dies in U.S. Hands
11:04 am: Firestorm Erupts As McCain's Infidelity Discussed on Fox
11:07 am: Candidates for Sale
11:22 am: Curfew expanded in Helena, Arkansas: May go citywide, Police patrol streets with M16 rifles
11:26 am: FBI Frame-up of Dead Anthrax Scientist Made Simple
11:30 am: Bush has ordered the Navy into the Black Sea: US-Russia clashes now possible
11:40 am: Pelosi: 'This election is like death for life on this planet as we know it today'
11:48 am: Georgian Defense Minister Went To High School In Israel, & more details of Israeli involvement
11:49 am: City readies warehouse for mass DNC arrests: New lockup has chain-link cages, stun-gun warnings
11:57 am: Police State America: Fascism on the Move
12:12 pm: CIA Had Killer Anthrax
12:14 pm: Bush: Why don’t you shut up? (Russian paper)
12:20 pm: Suskind: How the Bush Admin Deliberately Faked an Iraq-al-Qaeda Connection
12:33 pm: Gunman wounds chairman of Arkansas Democratic Party
12:37 pm: U.N. pledges to expand in Iraq five years after bomb blast
12:50 pm: Is McCain the Nostradamus of the Supreme Court?
12:51 pm: Bush heading to Crawford for vacation. During a crisis. Really
12:59 pm: Syria and Lebanon agree diplomatic relations
01:03 pm: Stunning Revelations About Vote Fraud: Call To Investigate Karl Rove’s Election Manipulations
01:15 pm: American protesters arrested in Beijing
01:19 pm: Why Russia’s Response to Georgia was Right
01:29 pm: Republican Computer Security Expert Explains Why Electronic Voting Can Never Be Trusted
01:31 pm: South Africa Hearing Claims Elite Unit Controlled by CIA, MI5
01:50 pm: Double standards and cowardice still guide Western diplomacy
01:59 pm: 'Snooper's charter' to check texts and emails
02:00 pm: Journalist on Fox Downplaying Nuclear Sub Report on TV Is Also Navy PR Officer
02:30 pm: Crime and Israeli army punishment
02:33 pm: Roaming Freely in a Land of Restraints
02:38 pm: Elections '08: The Fix is In – Again!
02:53 pm: Will American Insouciance Destroy the World?
02:59 pm: For America, War is Like Breathing
03:03 pm: US Following Brzezinski's Playbook for Eurasia
03:07 pm: Proof that Government Spying Is Not For Our Protection
03:11 pm: Kristol: Powell to Endorse Obama
03:19 pm: Global War On Terror – Where It's Heading?
03:24 pm: War crimes closer to home
03:31 pm: The Depleted Uranium Threat
03:37 pm: Colombia, Laboratory of Witches: Democracy and State Terrorism