Sunday, June 27, 2010

Truthout 6/27

Barry Eisler | The New National Security State
In this exclusive excerpt from his forthcoming spy thriller, "Inside Out," former CIA operative turned bestselling author Barry Eisler "takes us on a tour of the darkest crevices of the new National Security State." As constitutional scholar and Harper's contributor Scott Horton notes, "Inside Out" is "a brilliant work of fiction - but is it really so fictional? Eisler's plot lines move dangerously close to real life; they are animated by a reality behind the headlines."
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Nine Years On, Only 41 Percent of Americans Believe US Can "Win" in Afghanistan
Brad Knickerbocker, The Christian Science Monitor: "Until recently, the nine-year conflict in Afghanistan had become 'the forgotten war' for many Americans - a complaint increasingly heard among US troops there.... Most Americans agree with Obama that McChrystal had to go, polls show. But they're far less supportive of the conflict itself, weary of what's become the longest war in US history."
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Disaster Aid or Aid Disaster? Haitians' Thoughts on Foreign Assistance
Beverly Bell and Laura Wagner, Truthout: "The international community has pledged or given $9.9 billion in relief and reconstruction aid to Haiti, since the earthquake on January 12, 2010. Citizens and non-profit agencies of foreign countries have provided billions more. The aid is many times the size of Haiti's annual budget, which was $1.97 billion for the 2009-10 fiscal year.... Yet, for the most part, the impact of the dollars is imperceptible. Where is it going?"
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Feds Won't Charge Blackwater in Sudan Sanctions Case
Warren P. Strobel, Jonathan S. Landay and Joseph Neff, McClatchy Newspapers: "The security contractor Blackwater Worldwide tried for two years to secure lucrative defense business in Southern Sudan while the country was under U.S. economic sanctions, according to current and former U.S. officials and hundreds of pages of documents reviewed by McClatchy.... The Obama administration, however, has decided for now not to bring criminal charges against Blackwater, according to a U.S. official close to the case."
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Monsanto, Big Brother of the New World Agricultural Order: An Interview With Marie-Monique Robin
For Truthout, Mickey Z. talks with award-winning French journalist and filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin about Monsanto's patent abuses, the effects of genetically modified organisms on agriculture, the FDA's revolving door and more.
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BP's Methane Monster: From the Gulf to the Globe
Craig Collins, Truthout: "We hear a lot of talk about carbon dioxide as the most dangerous climate culprit. And we should. So far, loading the atmosphere with CO2 is the single biggest cause of climate disruption. But, in the final analysis, methane may prove to be the most deadly of all greenhouse gases."
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G8 Commits $5 Billion to Maternal and Child Health, but Big Questions Remain
Amy Boldosser, RH Reality Check: "Now we know what money is on the table, but some very important questions remain if we are truly to make progress in reducing the numbers of maternal deaths (more than 350,000 women die every year in pregnancy and childbirth) and newborn and child deaths (more than 8 million children die before their fifth birthday every year). How will these funds be distributed and used?"
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Teaching With Fear
Dallas Darling, Truthout: "When teachers Marbeth Verani and Adeline Koscher held up their signs questioning the lengthy and ongoing wars in Afghanistan at a school assembly honoring six students who enlisted in the US military, their gesture recalled a choice I made twenty years ago. Verani and Koscher will have to live with their choice, as I must live with mine, and they will more than likely suffer reprimands and severe consequences for their actions."
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Labor's Small Business Friends
Dick Meister, Truthout: "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other outspoken foes of organized labor like to claim that small business owners are as anti-union as the notoriously anti-union Chamber and its big business members. But don't you believe it."
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