Sunday, June 20, 2010

Truthout 6/20

Not All Environmentalists Pleased with Climate Legislation
Joshua Frank, Truthout: "One would think that the environmental community would be united behind what is being hailed by some as the most significant and important piece of climate legislation to ever be introduced in the United States Senate. Yet the bill, introduced on May 12 by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman, has been anything but a unifier among those in the climate change movement."
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Turkey Bombs Kurds in Northern Iraq After PKK Attack
Kristen Chick, The Christian Science Monitor: "After the PKK attacks killed 12 Turkish soldiers this weekend, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that his government will not rest until the Kurdish rebels are 'annihilated.'"
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First Signs of Strain in Kandahar Offensive
Ben Gilbert, GlobalPost: "These are some of the first casualties of an 'offensive' in southern Afghanistan that the military has suddenly grown reluctant to call an 'offensive.' It has begun quietly, with the U.S.-led NATO force here seemingly confused about whether the operation is about bringing 'governance' to Kandahar or clearing areas of insurgents. What is clear is that the slow trickle of wounded and the dead back to America has started. Fifty-three NATO troops have died so far this month if the pace continues, it will be the deadliest month since the Afghan war began."
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We Won, Dad, But I'm Lost: Lessons From Tiger, Lance, and Andre
Robert Lipsyte, TomDispatch: "Here's a story that gets me thinking every Father's Day. Twenty years ago, on a public course in Los Angeles, I was approached by an old black golfer who had spotted my notebook. He told me to drop whatever I was covering ... and track down this 15-year-old phenom who would soon overwhelm the game. I edged away, but he was insistent. The key to this kid's success, he assured me, was the furious ambition of his father, a former Army colonel. His defining moment had come when the boy was five or six, and Dad, in civvies, took him to a military golf course. Two white admirals spotted the prodigy and said, 'That's some little golfer you've got there, Sergeant.'"
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American Chernobyl
Hervé Kempf, "An uncontrollable industrial catastrophe, a worm-eaten system controlled by a rigid nomenklatura, a dynamic leader who wants to change things: doesn't that remind you of something? Yes, of course: Chernobyl, the Soviet Communist Party, Gorbachev."
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Life Aboard the Drilling Rig That's the Gulf's Last Hope
Jennifer Lebovich, McClatchy Newspapers: "Here, the Development Driller II and another drilling rig, the DD III, about half a mile away are the last hope for finally plugging the gushing underwater well. Both rigs are drilling relief wells that, deep under the ocean bottom, will aim to tap into the pipe gushing oil, pour cement into it and hopefully stop the oil permanently."
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Arab-Israeli Parliamentarian Fights Death Threats
Mel Frykberg, Inter Press Service: "Zoabi, a member of the Arab-Israeli political party Balad, was on board the 'Mavi Marmara', part of the Free Gaza (FG) flotilla, when it was attacked by Israeli commandos in international waters.... Following her arrest, interrogation and subsequent release Zoabi returned to a very hostile Knesset where she was subjected to a torrent of verbal abuse, including that of a racist and sexist nature. Some of the comments were so degrading and insulting that they were wiped from the Knesset record."
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Did Democrats' Deal With the NRA Kill Campaign Finance Reform?
Gail Russell Chaddock, The Christian Science Monitor: "At issue is a deal brokered by the House Democratic leadership to exempt the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) and others from disclosure requirements in a new campaign finance law. The legislation aimed to restore campaign finance limits stripped away by a controversial 5-4 US Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, which scrapped restrictions on when and how much corporations and unions can spend to influence elections."
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The Intellectual Situation - Internet as a Social Movement
The Editors, n+1: "Ninety years later, we are living through a different revolution. Like the Russian one, it will seem in retrospect may already seem like a smooth inexorable process.... Web 2.0 has been revelatory in lots of ways user-generated naked photos, for one but the torrent of writing from ordinary folks has certainly been one of the most transfixing."
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