Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Truthout 4/27

William Rivers Pitt | The Real War Reporters
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "A good friend noted recently how little we hear of Iraq and Afghanistan in the news anymore, and further noted the deafening silence regarding those ongoing wars from what he described as 'dishwater left-leaning political activists' whose disengagement from the issue, according to him, makes them full of something I can't repeat in print. That bogus disengagement, he asserts, stems from the fact that Obama is in office now, so everything must be OK."
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The Importance of Getting Wall Street Out of Washington, and Washington Out of Wall Street
Robert Reich, RobertReich.org: "Washington's relationship with Wall Street is growing more schizophrenic by the day. On the one hand, Congress is trying to show how tough it can be on the financial sector by enacting a law ostensibly designed to prevent another near-meltdown and taxpayer-supported bailout. As the mid-term election looms, a staggering number of Americans remain unemployed or underemployed, and most Americans blame Wall Street (whose top bankers are raking in almost as much money as they did before the crisis)."
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Oil Spill: Gulf of Mexico Disaster "Growing by the Moment"
Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor: "The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has tripled in size in 24 hours. Company officials remain confident that they can contain it before it hits land, but environmentalists are increasingly doubtful."
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Henry Giroux: "Democracy Has Taken a Major Hit"
Tolu Olorunda, Truthout: "On April 8, 2010, Henry Giroux took on Roosevelt Auditorium at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, to let out some frank truths about the world we live in and the future awaiting youth."
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Four Brothers Find Success Amid the Rubble of War
Pam Bailey, Truthout: "With the never-ending stream of news about Israeli incursions, crushing poverty, skyrocketing unemployment and scarce health care, success stories coming out of Gaza may seem an oxymoron. But they are there - you just have to look a little harder for them. A case in point is the four Jadallah brothers."
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The Death of Self-Interest Fundamentalism
Joe Brewer, Cognitive Policy Works: "Self-interest fundamentalism was the economic religion of the 20th century. We are now in the midst of an economic reformation on par with the Enlightenment as we enter the new millennium. Have you noticed that a lot of people seem to think that appeals to self-interest lead to a moral and just society?"
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Down Prison Road
David Bacon, Truthout: "High in the mountains overlooking Bakersfield and the south end of the San Joaquin Valley is a piece of California's past, the California Correctional Institution, or as inmates know it, Tehachapi. It was one of the state's first big prisons, built at the height of the Great Depression in 1933 to contain the unraveling social fabric of Hoovervilles, high unemployment, a vast influx of Dust Bowl refugees, and left-wing political movements spreading like wildfire."
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A Fitting Memorial to Labor's Dead and Injured
Dick Meister, Truthout: "We're coming up on another Workers Memorial Day on April 28 - a day when organized labor and its allies honor the millions of men and women who've needlessly suffered or died because of workplace hazards and to demand that the government act to lessen the hazards."
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Arizona May Prod Feds to Finally Act
Froma Harrop, Truthout: "President Obama is right that Arizona's tough immigration law is 'misguided.' And Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is right that her state has been 'more than patient waiting for Washington to act.' The two are not unrelated."
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A Still Moment
James Howard Kunstler, Truthout: "George W. Bush was onto something in the fall of 2008 when he remarked apropos of the Lehman collapse: 'this sucker could go down.' It's my serene conviction, by the way, that this sucker actually is going down, right now, even as I clatter away at the keys - perhaps in slow motion, so that not many other bystanders have noticed yet, and the few who have noticed are mostly too cross-eyed with nausea to speak."
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Why We Object to Franklin Graham's Islamophobia
Mikey Weinstein, Newsweek: "Let's just face it: Franklin Graham is an Islamophobe, an anti-Muslim bigot and an international representative of the scourge of fundamentalist Christian supremacy and exceptionalism. As a result, he fails in the worst way as a role model for Constitutional American citizenship. How can Graham or anyone prejudge/brand all members of a specific culture, religion and/or ethnicity?"
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Mexico Issues Travel Warning Over Arizona Immigration Law
Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor: "Americans are accustomed to State Department advisories cautioning them to steer clear of dicey protests and political turmoil in developing countries, including their neighbor to the south."
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Document: Goldman "Shorted" Mortgages Because World Wouldn't Expect It
Chris Adams and Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers: "A key Goldman Sachs trading manager indicated in his personnel performance review that he could use the 'fear' in the market of a coming collapse in the nation's mortgage market to make profits for the Wall Street firm, documents released Tuesday show."
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Sudan's Al-Bashir Wins in Result Set to Split Country
Tristan McConnell, GlobalPost: "The election victory of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, wanted for alleged war crimes committed in Darfur, paves the way for Africa's largest country to split in two next year."
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The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Past And Present
Lawrence S. Wittner, Truthout: "The opening this May of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference at the United Nations seems likely to feature a conflict that has simmered for decades between nuclear nations and non-nuclear nations."
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Does Anyone Know That a Palestinian Created a Museum of the Holocaust?
Christophe Ayad interviews University of London scholar Gilbert Achcar, author of the just-released book, "The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives," for Liberation: "One finds two symmetrical attitudes among the Palestinians. Some of them have understood that the lessons of the Holocaust are universal and that to deny it is not only wrong but also counter-productive. But does anyone know that a Palestinian created a museum of the Holocaust? Does anyone know that the village of Ni'lin (on the West Bank), known for its struggle against the separation wall, organized an exhibition on the Holocaust? Western media show these kinds of attitudes far less than their opposite...."
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Could Financial Reform Curb Wall Street? (Audio)
Rose Aguilar, Your Call: "Will the financial reform plan that's currently on the table prevent another economic crisis? On the next Your Call, we'll continue our Agenda for a New Economy series by looking at financial reform. Will it fundamentally change the way Wall Street operates? Will it end bank bailouts? What laws do you think should be put in place to protect citizens? Is it even possible to get a good bill with Wall Street and Washington so closely aligned?"
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1 comment:

  1. Mikey is a prime example of why there will be a huge backlash against Israel and Jews one of these days. The backlash will actually fulfill the predictions of Old Testament prophets like Zechariah and Malachi - predictions that two-thirds of all Jews will perish in a future Holocaust that will be worse than Hitler's, also that all nations will someday be against Israel. See Zechariah 14 etc. Evangelicals have long been the Jews' best friends. Maybe Mikey can explain why they love to stab their best friends in the back every chance they get! For more into Google "David Letterman's Hate, Etc."


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