Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Truthout 7/7

Dahr Jamail | Mitigating Annihilation
Dahr Jamail: "From the air, the area north of Grand Isle, Louisiana, much of it around Barataria Bay, looks like scorched earth. This area has been and is heavily afflicted by BP's oil. The so-called cleanup efforts, including laying out booms to supposedly prevent oil from destroying more marsh and killing more wildlife, are a farce.Opaque, multi-color sheen stains much of the bay and is visible in countless inlets that snake their way into the marsh."
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Jason Leopold | Alyeska CEO Resigns Following Truthout Expose
According to employees, Kevin Hostler, the chief executive officer of Alyeska Pipeline, informed staff of his resignation Wednesday morning - one day after Truthout published an extensive investigative report that was highly critical of his leadership of the company and revealed details of alleged mismanagement from insider sources and documents.
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Marjorie Cohn | Losing in Afghanistan
Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: "Last week, the House of Representatives voted 215-210 for $33 billion to fund Barack Obama's troop increase in Afghanistan. But there was considerable opposition to giving the president a blank check. One hundred sixty-two House members supported an amendment that would have tied the funding to a withdrawal timetable. One hundred members voted for another amendment that would have rejected the $33 billion for the 30,000 new troops already on their way to Afghanistan; that amendment would have required that the money be spent to redeploy our troops out of Afghanistan."
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Hamas Lawmaker: Gaza Flotilla Did More Than 10,000 Rockets
Robert Naiman, Truthout: "Who now doubts that strategic nonviolent action can transform the politics of the Israel/Palestine conflict? Not Hamas parliamentarian Aziz Dweik, The Wall Street Journal reports: 'When we use violence, we help Israel win international support,' said Aziz Dweik, a leading Hamas lawmaker in the West Bank. 'The Gaza flotilla has done more for Gaza than 10,000 rockets.'"
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John Pilger | The Charge of the Media Brigade
John Pilger, Truthout: "The TV anchorwoman was conducting a split screen interview with a journalist who had volunteered to be a witness at the execution of a man on death row in Utah for 25 years. 'He had a choice,' said the journalist, 'lethal injection or firing squad.' 'Wow!' said the anchorwoman. Cue a blizzard of commercials for fast food, teeth whitener, stomach stapling, the new Cadillac. This was followed by the war in Afghanistan presented by a correspondent sweating in a flak jacket."
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Stop Burma's Ticking Bomb
J. Sri Raman, Truthout: "Is Burma going to be the ninth nuclear-weapon state after the P5 and the India, Pakistan and Israel trio? Does today's most notorious military dictatorship pose a third potential nuclear threat after North Korea and Iran?"
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Tom Tomorrow | This Modern World
Award-Wining political cartoonist Tom Tomorrow focuses on the corporate strain of pretending to care about the environment.
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What Eisenhower Could Teach Obama, Part I
Melvin A. Goodman, Consortium News: "Fifty years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower told his senior advisers in the Oval Office of the White House, 'God help this country when someone sits in this chair who doesn't know the military as well as I do.' Several months later, he issued his famous warning about the military-industrial complex."
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Europe Puts Limits on Banker Bonuses
Ben Quinn, The Christian Science Monitor: "A crackdown on unlimited bonuses for bankers and financial traders was approved today by members of the European Parliament in a move that gives the 27-country European Union one of the world's toughest regimes in the field."
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A Drive Through Detroit (Video)
Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: "The first thing Mark asked me when I stepped out of the glaring Detroit summer sun and into his yellow cab was whether I was in Detroit for the US Social Forum. I was, I told him. How was I finding the city? he wondered. Fine, I said, though I hadn't really had much of a chance to explore the place that was being pegged as the symbol of American economic decline."
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Guantanamo Won't Close, but Illinois Supermax Will Open
Jean Casella and James Ridgeway, Solitary Watch: "Obama's oath to close the military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay within a year of his election was more than a campaign promise or a post-inauguration executive order; for many people, it signified a return to some semblance of the rule of law after eight years of a rogue administration. But the 44th president had barely taken office when the opposition - and the backpedaling - began. In January 2010, the White House announced that it would miss its original deadline for closing Guantanamo."
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Jim Hightower | Six Ways to Reassemble America's Democracy
Jim Hightower, Truthout: "On the Fourth of July, we celebrated Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, Madison and all the other great men who created our democracy, right? Not exactly. The Founders did create the framework for a democratic republic, but they didn't create much democracy. Indeed, in America's first presidential election, only 4 percent of the people were even eligible to vote."
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The Militarization of the Gulf Oil Disaster
Anne McClintock, CounterPunch: "In the Gulf, the forever spill has become the forever war. A calamity of untold magnitude is unfolding and, alongside it, a strange militarization has emerged, as the language for managing the crisis becomes the language of war."
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Put Reporters on the Ground and Ground the Helicopters
Leslie Griffith, Truthout: "Moments after the 1992 not guilty verdict came down in the Rodney King trial, the first violence I witnessed at the Los Angeles county courthouse came from a white man. He ran out to the courthouse parking lot screaming, 'You've got to be kidding me!?' He then busted a car window with his well-made briefcase. It was a sign of things to come."
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