Saturday, June 19, 2010

Truthout 6/19

US Stands, and Lies, With Israel
Ira Chernus, Truthout: "'We stand by Israel,' State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley declared, as he voiced the State Department's support for Israel's internal investigation of the attack on the flotilla bound for Gaza. Israel 'has the institutions and certainly the capability to conduct a credible, impartial and transparent investigation,' Crowley said."
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Witness: US Agent Aimed at Mexican
Dennis Bernstein and Jesse Strauss, Consortium News: "An eyewitness to the June 7 shooting death of a 14-year-old Mexican youth said a U.S. Border Patrol agent took aim at the boy for several seconds after the boy emerged from behind a pillar of a bridge on the Juarez side of the border near El Paso, Texas."
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Obey's Afghanistan: At Long Last, It's Guns vs. Butter
Robert Naiman, Truthout: "One of the many destructive legacies of the Reagan Era was the effective Washington consensus that wars and other military spending exist on their own fiscal planet. Reagan got a Dixiecrat Congress to double military spending at a time when the U.S. was not at war (unless you were a poor person in Central America.) Meanwhile, Reagan got the Dixiecrat Congress to cut domestic spending - we just couldn't afford those costly social programs. Reagan pretended the two things were totally unrelated, and the Dixiecrat Congress went along."
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Why Wall Street's Generous to New Democrats in House
David Lightman and Kevin G. Hall | McClatchy Newspapers: "Members of the powerful New Democrat Coalition in the House of Representatives are among the top Democratic recipients of Wall Street campaign money this election cycle - and also among the most vocal advocates for weakening a plan to regulate complex financial instruments called 'derivatives' that helped fuel the near-collapse of the economy in 2008."
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G-20 Summit: Financial Reform Is Needed. But How Fast?
Dan Murphy, The Christian Science Monitor: "The heads of state for the Group of 20 (G-20) - a body that seeks to coordinate financial regulation and standards across some of the world's largest economies - will hold a two-day summit in Canada starting June 26 at which almost all participants are expected to call for more banking regulation but where some, echoing St. Augustine's famous prayer, are expected to say 'please, not yet.'"
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Michael Winship | Miley, We Hardly Knew Ye
Michael Winship, Truthout: "Amid all the news of petrochemical malfeasance in the Gulf - and thank you Rep. Joe Barton, pride of Texas, for your apology to BP, demonstrating everything that's wrong with a Congress jammed too snugly in the pocket of big business - I watched teen sensation Miley Cyrus on "David Letterman" Thursday night. Oh, my. Listening to her, I thought, there is no there there. And that made me sad."
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Who is Bob Dudley? Five Things to Know About BP's New Point Man
Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor: "The chairman of BP announced Friday that the company's CEO, Tony Hayward, will no longer have day-to-day responsibility for managing the company's oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico. That task now falls to another longtime BP executive, managing director Bob Dudley. Mr. Hayward will remain the firm's chief executive."
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Weeping and Anger Over a Lost Shrimping Season, Perhaps a Way of Life
Elizabeth Grossman, SolveClimate: "'This is the one thing that could destroy our culture and I don't want to see it happen,' says Grand Isle, Louisiana resident Karen Hopkins wiping at tears she's clearly fighting. She's talking about this year's lost shrimp season, and the fear that it won't be the last."
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The Hangings for Which They Can Hardly Wait
J. Sri Raman, Truthout: "India's far right has found its holy cause for the immediate future: the hanging of Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab and Mohammad Afzal also known as Afzal Guru. The political lynch mob is pressing for the ultimate punishment for the duo on death row as the litmus test of the government's loyalty to the nation."
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Paul Abowd | Another Detroid Is Happening, But Which One Do We Need?
Paul Abowd, Truthout: "Tens of thousands of activists are converging for the June 22-26 United States Social Forum. Detroit will host the second iteration of a global justice 'movement of movements' revival, bringing together nearly every cause on the American left's radar. But Forum-goers are also focused on the host city at a time when the event's tagline - 'Another Detroit is Happening' - is both promising and foreboding."
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