Monday, April 26, 2010

Truthout 4/26

Behind Arizona Immigration Law: GOP Game to Swipe the November Election
Greg Palast, Truthout: "Don't be fooled. The way the media plays the story, it was a wave of racist, anti-immigrant hysteria that moved Arizona Republicans to pass a sick little law, signed last week, requiring every person in the state to carry papers proving they are US citizens."
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Computerized Front-Running: Another Goldman-Dominated Fraud
Ellen Brown, Truthout: "While the SEC is busy investigating Goldman Sachs, it might want to look into another Goldman-dominated fraud: computerized front-running using high-frequency trading programs."
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Yes, We Could ... Get Out! Why We Won't Leave Afghanistan or Iraq
Tom Engelhardt, "Yes, we could. No kidding. We really could withdraw our massive armies, now close to 200,000 troops combined, from Afghanistan and Iraq (and that's not even counting our similarly large stealth army of private contractors, which helps keep the true size of our double occupations in the shadows). We could undoubtedly withdraw them all reasonably quickly and reasonably painlessly."
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Hashmi: Finally, a Trial!
William Fisher, Truthout: "Tomorrow should be a big day for Syed Fahad Hashmi. After close to three years in solitary confinement in a federal detention center in New York City, the 29-year-old Queens-born American citizen will finally get his day in court."
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The Deficit and Our Children: Just the Facts
Dean Baker, Truthout: "This is deficit-fest week with President Obama's deficit commission scheduled to have its big public kickoff on Tuesday, followed by an all-day affair sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Institute the next day. If the deficit hawks succeed, everyone should be really really scared about the deficit by the end of the week and just dying to cut Social Security and Medicare for the sake of our grandchildren."
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Arizona's Act of Vengeance
Eugene Robinson: "Arizona's draconian new immigration law is an abomination - racist, arbitrary, oppressive, mean-spirited, unjust. About the only hopeful thing that can be said is that the legislation, which Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed Friday, goes so outrageously far that it may well be unconstitutional."
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Real Agenda Revealed in Attack on Anti-Choice Democrats
Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check: "It was a small news item in Politico, but one that unwittingly revealed the truth behind one of the most persistent myths about the anti-choice movement, which is that they are 'single issue' voters. The story is simple. A number of anti-choice groups have decided to target anti-choice Democrats who voted for health care reform, even though there's no reality-based reason to think the law provides funding for abortion."
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Genetically Modified Crops Go to US High Court
Matthew Berger, Inter Press Service: "The US Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in its first-ever case involving genetically modified crops. The decision in this case may have a significant impact on both the future of genetically modified foods and government oversight of that and other environmental issues."
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Bashir Wins Sudan Election. Now What?
Scott Baldauf, The Christian Science Monitor: "President Omar al-Bashir has won the first democratic Sudan election in 24 years, closing a chapter on his 22 years as the country's military ruler and potentially opening the way to new legitimacy as a democratically elected leader."
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Jesus and Climate Change - the Journey of Evangelical Leader Rich Cizik
Paul Rogat Loeb, Truthout: "When we become frustrated in working for change, we might remember how hope can come from unexpected places and historically resistant constituencies. Rich Cizik's efforts to engage his fellow evangelicals on global warming exemplifies this."
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The Right Court Fight
E.J. Dionne Jr.: "The genius of American conservatives over the last 30 years has been their understanding that the most effective way to change the country is to change the terms of our political debate. On issue after issue, they have done just that."
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Afghanistan: War Zone Medical Aid Doubly Endangered
Paul Virgo, Inter Press Service: "The case of the three Italians arrested this month on suspicion of trying to assassinate a southern Afghan governor concluded with a happy ending of sorts and a sure-fire certainty - an uncompromising attitude that makes war-zone medical aid doubly dangerous."
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The Shill on the Hill
Ira Glunts, Truthout: "Syracuse University President Nancy Cantor stands by her decision to invite Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase chairman and CEO, to give the commencement speech at this year's graduation ceremony, despite vehement and vocal protests by students. JP Morgan Chase has a close collaboration with the university and has pledged $30 million to the school."
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