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"Liberty cannot be
preserved without a general knowledge among the people" - John Adams- Second
- 1797 - 1801
The principal power in Washington is no longer the government or the people it
represents. It is the Money Power. Under the deceptive cloak of campaign
contributions, access and influence, votes and amendments are bought and sold.
Money established priorities of action, holds down federal revenues, revises
federal legislation, shifts income from the middle class to the very rich. Money
restrains the enforcement of laws written to protect the country from abuses of
wealth--laws that mandate environmental protection, antitrust laws, laws to
protect the consumer against fraud, laws that safeguard the securities markets,
and many more: Richard N. Goodwin- Speechwriter for John F.
Big money and big business, corporations and commerce, are again the undisputed
overlords of politics and government. The White House, the Congress and,
increasingly, the judiciary, reflect their interests. We appear to have a
government run by remote control from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National
Association of Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute. To hell with
everyone else: Bill Moyers - PBS Commentator
Money becomes evil not when it is used to buy goods but when it is used to buy
power... economic inequalities become evil when they are translated into
political inequalities: Samuel Huntington - Political Scientist
Number Of Iraqis
Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq"1,320,110"
Number of U.S.
Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America'sWar On Iraq
The War in Iraq Costs
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U.S. Stirs a
Hornet's Nest in Pakistan
By ERIC MARGOLIS
If this continues, at some
point patriotic Pakistani soldiers may rebel and shoot the corrupt generals and
politicians on Washington's payroll. Equally ominous, a poor people's uprising
spreading across Pakistan -- also mislabelled "Taliban" -- threatens a radical
national rebellion reminiscent of India's Naxalite rebels.
U.S. Attack Killed
140 Villagers - Afghan Probe
By Hamid Shalizi
and Peter Graff
A copy of the government's
list of the names, ages and father's names of each of the 140 dead was obtained
by Reuters earlier this week. It shows that 93 of those killed were children --
the youngest eight days old -- and only 22 were adult males.
Obama Takes Over
Where Bush Left Off
By Mike Whitney
Barack Obama is
aggressively stepping up the war in Afghanistan. He's intensified the
cross-border bombing of Pakistan and he is doubling the number of U.S. troops to
68,000 by 2010. He's also a strong proponent of pilotless drones even though
hundreds of civilians have been killed in bombing raid blunders.
By Howard Zinn
Where progress has been
made, wherever any kind of injustice has been overturned, it's been because
people acted as citizens, and not as politicians. They didn't just moan. They
worked, they acted, they organized, they rioted if necessary to bring their
situation to the attention of people in power. And that's what we have to do
Renegade Unit Blamed for Afghan Deaths
By Jerome Starkey
Special Forces group
implicated in three incidents that claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent
civilians / MarSOC was set up by former defence secretary despite opposition
from within the Marine Corps.
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Offensive kills 1,000 alleged militants:
Security forces were
facing off with militants in "intense fire engagements" on the outskirts of
Swat's main town, Mingora, where many of the estimated 4,000 Taliban fighters in
the valley are believed to be holed up, the statement said.
US attack kills 29
Twenty-nine people were
killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a residential compound in the
Mirali tehsil of North Waziristan tribal region.
killed in US drone attacks:
Soon after the attack,
other militants staying at the building arrived and started rescue work. "They
were recovering bodies of the slain militants when the drone fired two more
missiles, almost 12 minutes after the first attack. It was terrible as almost
all the Taliban involved in rescue work were targeted," stated a local militant
commander based in Mirali.
11 persons killed
in two blasts in Peshawar:
At least 11 people,
including two women and two children, were killed and another 31 injured when a
powerful car bomb ripped through a congested locality in Peshawar
70 killed as Sri
Lanka rebels 'concede defeat':
The rebel declaration on
Sunday came shortly after the army said that at least 70 Tamil Tigers had been
killed as they tried to flee the conflict zone.
12 policemen, killed in Afghan violence:
A dozen policemen and an
army soldier were killed in separate Taliban attacks in Afghanistan on Sunday,
while Afghan and international forces killed seven militants in operations,
probes Blackwater Kabul killing:
The U.S. military is
investigating a shooting incident in which four contractors from the re-named
firm formerly called Blackwater are accused of killing an Afghan man after a
traffic accident, a spokesman said on Sunday.
Afghanistan Describe Chaos of U.S. Strikes:
Villagers, including two
girls recovering from burn wounds, described devastation that officials and
human rights workers are calling the worst episode of civilian casualties in
eight years of war in Afghanistan.
dropped in Afghanistan in April:
In the past month,
warplanes released 438 bombs, the most ever. April also marked the fourth
consecutive month that the number of bombs dropped rose, after a decline
starting last July.
Four Iraqis killed
in Mosul car bomb: -
Four people, including one
policeman, were killed by a car bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on
Sunday, police said.
killed in Iraq attacks:
Two Iraqi policemen were
killed and three others were wounded on Sunday in two separate attacks,
including a car bombing, in the volatile northern city of Mosul, police said.
force soldier killed in combat in Iraq:
A U.S. occupation force
soldier was killed in a combat action in southern Iraq on Saturday, the U.S.
Obama's Tribunals "Bush Lite":
In an apparent reversal,
President Barack Obama is reviving the Bush administration's much-criticized
military tribunals for Guantanamo Bay detainees, shocking those who expected the
president to end them completely.
Panetta to CIA
employees: We told Pelosi the truth:
CIA Director Leon Panetta
just sent a stern message to his employees defending the agency against Speaker
Nancy Pelosi's criticisms. His message: We didn't mislead Congress; stay focused
on your job.
Lifting the Hood:
Must Watch Video -
As the 'hooded man' in the
infamous Abu Ghraib pictures, Haj Ali became an icon of everything that was
wrong with the US occupation. He tells his story and we hear from other
Amira Hass /
Israel bans books, music and clothes from entering Gaza:
Israel allows only food,
medicine and detergent into the Gaza Strip. Thousands of items, including vital
products for everyday activity, are forbidden.
Arabs see Israel -
not Iran - as nuclear threat:
Arab League chief says
Israel's nuclear bombs arsenal poses 'real danger' in troubled Middle East.
Obama says Iran
war not off the table:
President Barack Obama
says the US has not taken military action against Iran over its nuclear program
off the table ahead of the Israeli premier's trip to Washington.
strike on Iran would be 'insane':
"It would be completely
insane to attack Iran," ElBaradei told Germany's Der Spiegel magazine. "That
would turn the region into one big fireball, and the Iranians would immediately
start building the bomb - and they could count on the support of the entire
leaders inadvertently expose Israeli lobbyists behind letter to Obama:
The email to
congressmembers seeking their support said they hoped they'd sign onto "the
attached letter to President Obama regarding the Middle East peace process,"
which argued that the US "must be both a trusted mediator and a devoted friend
to Israel" and added, "Israel will be taking the greatest risks in any peace
The U.S. to Raise
Military Aid to Israel:
The budget proposed to
Congress for 2010 includes $2.775 billion in aid to Israel, compared to $2.5
billon budgeted for 2009. This is more than a 10% increase in total U.S. aid to
US Nuclear Weapons
Spending Topped $52 Billion Last Year:
According to a new report
by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, spending on US nuclear
weapons infrastructure and related programs surpassed $52 billion in 2008.
Deaths a Day, and No Respite in Sight:
On the day a report was
released ranking Venezuela as one of the most violent countries in the world, a
local anti-drugs prosecutor was murdered, a mob lynched a suspected criminal in
the capital, and gunmen fired 20 shots, killing another suspect.
Unionists Continue Unabated:
Two shots to the head,
fired from a van, put a sudden end to the life of Argenis Vásquez, the
organising secretary of the Toyota assembly plant workers' union. - The day
before, on May 4, 29-year-old Keller Maneiro, a delegate of the Union of
Construction and Lumber Workers in Ciudad Guayana, 500 kilometres southeast of
Caracas, was murdered in the parking lot of a supermarket.
Thousands march to
demand Guatemalan leader resign:
Thousands of Guatemalans
gathered for a march to the National Palace on Sunday to demand the president
resign over accusations that he ordered a lawyer killed, a scandal threatening
the rule of the country's first leftist leader more than 50 years.
Let Us Work
Towards Peace And Joy