Sunday, July 18, 2010

Truthout 7/18

Dahr Jamail and Erika Blumenfeld | The Source of Our Despair in the Gulf
Dahr Jamail and Erika Blumenfeld, Truthout: "For the first time in 87 days, little or no oil could be escaping into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's Macondo well. The new capping stack was deployed on July 11 from onboard the Transocean Discoverer Inspiration. With a new containment cap atop the damaged well, many are hopeful. But all is not well, after all."
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Managed News: Inside The US/NATO Military Industrial Media Empire
Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff, Truthout: "We face what appears to be a military industrial media empire so powerful and complex that truth is mostly absent or reported in disconnected segments with little historical context. A case in point: The London Times reported on June 5, 2010, that American troops are now operating in 75 countries. Has President Obama secretly sanctioned a huge increase in the number of US Special Forces carrying out search-and-destroy missions against al-Qaeda around the world? If so, this increase is far in excess of special forces operations under the Bush administration, and reflects how aggressively Obama is pursuing al-Qaeda behind his public rhetoric of global engagement and diplomacy. Somehow this information didn't make it into the US media."
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Taliban's Mullah Omar Orders Attacks on Women, US Says
Dion Nissenbaum and Saeed Shah, McClatchy Newspapers: "US intelligence officials say they have intercepted new orders from the Taliban's spiritual leader that call on insurgents to target women and Afghan civilians helping American-led forces."
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Obama's Done a Lot, but Gets Little Credit for It; Why?
Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers: "Step by step, President Barack Obama is building a record of major legislation that's sure to make a mark on history. The most sweeping financial regulation since the Great Depression. A vast expansion of health care, which Democrats had wanted for more than six decades. An $862 billion stimulus package that locked in long-sought Democratic priorities."
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Big Oil Makes War on the Earth: The Gulf Coast Joins an Oil-Soiled Planet
Ellen Cantarow, TomDispatch: "If you live on the Gulf Coast, welcome to the real world of oil - and just know that you're not alone. In the Niger Delta and the Ecuadorian Amazon, among other places, your emerging hell has been the living hell of local populations for decades."
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James Kwak | Hope
James Kwak, The Baseline Scenario: "It's become a commonplace observation by now that the reform bill, instead of making structural changes to the financial sector, instead increases regulators' discretionary powers to constrain - or not constrain - the behavior of the industry. As a result, the success of reform, in the words of its supposed architect, depends on hoping that presidents will appoint good people and that that will be enough to attract people to being regulators."
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Will Turkey Sever Ties With Israel?
Nichole Sobecki, GlobalPost: "After the Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid ship in May, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, 'nothing would ever be the same again.'"
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The Myth of the Global Economy
Ian Fletcher, Truthout: "If there's one thing everyone knows these days, whether they're happy about it or not, it's that we live in a 'global' economy. This fact is taken as so obvious that anyone who disputes it is regarded as not so much wrong as simply ignorant - not even worth arguing with. So it may come as a shock to many that, in reality, the cliche that we live in a borderless global economy does not survive serious examination. The key is to ignore the Thomas Friedmanesque rhetoric the media is flooded with and get down to some hard numbers."
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Earth's Upper Atmosphere Collapses - Nobody Knows Why
The Christian Science Monitor: "An upper layer of Earth's atmosphere recently collapsed in an unexpectedly large contraction, the sheer size of which has scientists scratching their heads, NASA announced Thursday."
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