Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Truthout 3/17

William Rivers Pitt | Victory at Last?
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "Take a moment with this. That is the cover of Newsweek from the first week of March, the month in which we will mark the seventh anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. It was 2,555 days ago this Saturday, in fact, when televisions all across America lit up with the pyrotechnic images of 'Shock and Awe,' when explosions and fire roared over the city of Baghdad, when men, women and children were incinerated, when we all became war criminals whether we liked it or not."
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The Lies of Karl Rove
Melvin A. Goodman, Truthout: "Joseph Goebbels, the leading propagandist of the Third Reich, believed in the power of the lie; the greater the lie, the greater the power. Goebbels would have loved Karl Rove's 'Courage and Consequences: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight,' a pastiche of lies, fabrications and distortions designed to rehabilitate the record of the Bush-Cheney years. There are too many lies to treat in this one column, but his greatest lie is that the Bush administration would not have invaded Iraq if it had known there were no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) there."
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Experts' Biggest Fear: New Dodd Bill Won't Stop Another Meltdown, "Epidemic" of Wall Street Fraud
Art Levine, Truthout: "The political jousting since Sen. Chris Dodd proposed new financial reforms on Monday seems at first to be just another Washington ideological rift: liberals favoring regulating an industry, and Big Business and Republicans opposing it. With the Chamber of Commerce willing to spend $3 million to defeat Dodd's bill, plus $50 million in a broad-based campaign targeting dozens of vulnerable Democrats, some liberals doubtless feel it must surely be a powerful blow against the excesses of the financial industry."
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Michael Moore | A St. Patrick's Day Lament
Michael Moore, "It was amazing. Every story on the front page of Monday's New York Times told the story of the Age of Greed during which a system known as capitalism is slowly, but surely, killing us: Insurance company greed: 'Millions Spent to Sway Democrats on Health Care.'"
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Afghanistan Enacts Law That Gives War Criminals Blanket Immunity
Jason Leopold, Truthout: "A law that provides blanket immunity and pardons former members of Afghanistan's armed factions for war crimes and human rights abuses committed prior to December 2001 was quietly enacted three years ago by parliament, despite previous assurances by President Hamid Karzai that he would not sign it or allow it to take effect."
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House May Bypass Direct Vote
Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: "As the clock ticks toward a late-week House vote promised by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Democrats consider the possibility of passing the Senate version of the health care bill without a direct vote."
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Obama's Regulatory Czar Deliberately Stalling Toxic Coal Waste Regulation
Joshua Frank, Truthout: "It may be unsettling to some that the man most responsible for overseeing coal ash regulation within the Obama administration has a track record of siding with polluters instead of the people most affected by toxic waste."
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Guantanamo: Obama's Crockery
William Fisher, Truthout: "In 2008, the Supreme Court, in a landmark decision, ruled that prisoners at Guantanamo Bay had the right to challenge the basis for their detention. That decision - a major rebuke to the administration of then-President George W. Bush - parted the seas for a flood of habeas corpus petitions."
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Military Sexual Assault Reports Rose 11 Percent in 2009
Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers: "The number of sexual assaults reported in the US military rose 11 percent last year, the Defense Department said Tuesday, but Pentagon officials conceded that they still don't know how common sexual assaults are because many troops fear retribution if the attacks come to the attention of their commanders."
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Jim Hightower | The Heartbeat of America's Democratic Reform Movement
Jim Hightower, Truthout: "It read like just another obituary written about someone who'd lived a very long time: 'Doris Haddock died peacefully in her family home,' it began. 'Born in 1910, she lived through two world wars and the Great Depression. She is survived by her son, eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.'"
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Stop Mistreating Working Women!
Dick Meister, Truthout: "Although the global recession has had a serious impact on working men and women alike, two new reports make clear that women in the United States and throughout the world have suffered most because of long-standing discrimination."
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Charity CEO's Get Rich by Taking From the Poor
Emily Spence, Truthout: "The greed and selfishness that the free market capitalist economy inspires seem to impact every area of social and commercial interaction in consenting societies. It's not just Wall Street and government leaders caught in the trap. It's the entire system that is set to keep moving ever more money to the top economic tier by siphoning it from the bottom and middle ones."
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