Sunday, May 9, 2010

Truthout 5/9

Will Pitt | How to End the Recession
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "I found myself walking all over downtown Boston on Thursday to take care of some personal business. It was a beautiful day to walk the city. The sun was shining, everything was in full bloom, the air was warm with a cooling breeze, thousands of people were out and about, and the city was filled with unbelievably powerful and dangerous weapons of war. Wait, what?"
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Mother's Day Manifesto: 2010
Eileen Fleming, Truthout: "The genesis of Mother's Day in the USA began when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community. And 15 years later, Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist and author of the lyrics to the 'Battle Hymn of the Republic,'organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace.'"
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RED STATE ROAD TRIP 2 - Part 8: The War on the Streets (Video)
Chris Hume, Truthout: "From the heartland to the heart of urban America, guns are everywhere. Decades of propaganda by the gun industry have created a deadly environment in places like inner city Chicago."
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Gulf Oil Spill Setback: Dome Doesn't Work as Planned
Patricia Mazzei and Donna Melton, McClatchy Newspapers: "Efforts to cap a leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico suffered a major setback Saturday, after ice-like crystals clogged the inside of a massive dome meant to contain an 18-day-long spill."
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Amy Goodman Strikes Back Against RNC Arrest, Files Lawsuit
Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: "Amy Goodman, host of the 'Democracy Now!' news program and two of her producers filed a federal lawsuit against the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Wednesday, following the journalists' arrest and mistreatment."
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At Guantanamo, Even Soldiers are Stripped of Their Legal Rights
Andy Worthington, Truthout: "In the habeas corpus petitions submitted by prisoners at Guantanamo, district court judges have, to date, ruled in 34 out of 47 cases that the government has failed to demonstrate that the men in question had any meaningful connection to either al-Qaeda or the Taliban."
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Tea Party Ousts Sen. Bob Bennett in Utah
Brad Knickerbocker, The Christian Science Monitor: "Three-term Republican Senator Bob Bennett lost his reelection bid at the GOP nominating convention in Salt Lake City. Other Republican incumbents are feeling the Tea Party heat."
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Kent and Jackson State: Protest and Death; Hope and Defeat
Stephen Soldz, Truthout: "I was 17 and a college dropout in May, 1970, the month of the Kent and Jackson State killing of protesting students. For me, these events came at the end of two years of active engagement in, and many years of passive support for, the anti-war and other social movements of the time. I had attended innumerable demonstrations, been chased by police with batons at the ready, handed out leaflets, read nearly every radical publication I could get my hands on, and believed that radical social change was on the agenda."
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Confessions of a Military Mother
Susan Galleymore, Truthout: "In America, Mother's Day falls on May 9 this year. In Palestine, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon it fell on March 21, and in Afghanistan it fell on March 8, where it is also celebrated as the first day of spring. Israel forgoes Mother's Day in favor of Family Day, celebrated on February 14 this year."
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You Drill, You Spill
Alexander Cockburn, Truthout: "Sobering, is it not, to realize that the possible survival of a huge oil company, of several billion shrimp, assorted species of fish and birds, not to mention avoidance of a near lethal lurch in the fortunes of Louisiana's fishing and ocean rec industries and the future of offshore drilling along the Atlantic coast could depend on a feat as tricky as rolling a condom on the end of a string onto the penis of a man at street level by remote control from the top of the Empire State building."
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A Mother's Day Wish for a Non-Toxic World
Elizabeth Arndorfer, RH Reality Check: "There's just one thing I want for Mother's Day. But my three fabulous kids can't give it to me, neither can my wonderful husband. The one thing I want, only Congress and the President can give me: peace of mind."
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A Mom's Worry Becomes a Son's Calling
Connie Schultz, Truthout: "Nell Ann Craig is not one of those mothers who need material proof of their sons' love ... The spend-spend-spend mantra of Mother's Day always has bugged Nell, but this year's retail overdrive pushed all her buttons until they stuck. All those stories and ads urging us to buy this and send that. As if a mother's love has an expiration date or expands with the ka-ching of commerce."
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