Sunday, May 16, 2010

Truthout 5/16

Dahr Jamail | Arizona's War on Immigrants
Dahr Jamail, Truthout: "'A disturbing pattern of legislative activity hostile to ethnic minorities and immigrants has been established with the adoption of an immigration law that may allow for police action targeting individuals on the basis of their perceived ethnic origin,' UN human rights experts said."
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BP Fails in Latest Bid to Cap Gulf Oil Leak Amid Liability Concerns
Kathleen McGroy, McClatchy Newspapers: "Late Friday, technicians tried to stop the leak by guiding a six-inch-wide tube with a rubber stopper into the broken undersea pipe. But they had trouble connecting the tube to an oil tanker on the surface, and had to return the contraption to the surface."
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New Arizona Bills Continue Targeting of Minority Groups, Critics Say
Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: "Arizona has banned the school district from offering any courses that are designed for students primarily of a certain race, as well as courses that 'promote the overthrow of the US government ... or advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals' - at the risk of losing up to ten percent of their funding. The state has also told schools state-wide that teachers with 'heavy' or 'ungrammatical' accents are no longer allowed to teach English classes."
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Gulf Oil Spill: Real Disaster Might Be Lurking Beneath the Surface
Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor: "New research suggests that huge plumes of oil might be spread at all levels of the water column, showing how much scientists don't yet know about the complex Gulf oil spill."
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Foreign-Led Commission Now Governs Haiti
Beverly Bell, Truthout: "On April 15, the Haitian Parliament ratified a law extending by 18 months the state of emergency that President Rene Preval declared after the earthquake of January 12. The Parliament also formally ceded its powers over finances and reconstruction, during the state of emergency, to a foreign-led Interim Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti."
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Obama Dresses Down the Military, but What's Changed?
William J. Astore, Truthout: "Is Obama the reincarnation of Harry 'the buck stops here' Truman? Has he brought rebellious generals to heel? Evidence suggests otherwise. First, under Obama the U.S. military has gotten everything it could've possibly wanted, and more: rising defense budgets, more soldiers and Marines added to the ranks, and virtually uncontested control over American foreign policy in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere."
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Racial Tensions Mount in Greece
Iason Athanasiadis, GlobalPost: "It is not a good time to be in Greece. The country is in the middle of a crisis, with official unemployment skyrocketing to over 12 percent in general and 25 percent among young people. Now that construction and industrial jobs are drying up, immigrants are less welcome than ever."
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Red State Road Trip 2: The Economic Perfect Storm (Video - Part X)
Chris Hume, Truthout: "In the summer of 2008, record high gas prices and runaway home foreclosures combined for the makings of an economic perfect storm."
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Friday May 28 at 7:00 pm
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