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I have also written one book, a combination of poetry, photography and essays entitled "Post Katrina Blues", my reflections on the Gulf Coast and New Orleans two years after Katrina struck. Go to the store at http://sanfranciscobaypress.com/ to purchase. And I also have a blog called Plutonian Mac.

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       Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Argentina Gives 12 Ex-Officers Life Terms For Murder, Torture In 'Dirty War' The long arm of justice: A court sentenced a former navy spy known as "the Angel of Death" and 11 other former Argentine military and police officers to life in prison Wednesday for crimes against humanity committed during the 1976-83 military dictatorship.

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       Sunday, October 23, 2011
Libya Celebrates Liberation: Oct 23, Day 1 Of A New Era Today, Oct 23, 2011, marked the dawn of a new era in Libya.

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       Tuesday, October 18, 2011
"Thomas Jefferson" Strongly Supports Occupy Wall Street Our third president, Thomas Jefferson, through his most famous interpreter, the scholar and actor Clay Jenkinson, devotes an hour podcast to expound upon the Occupy Wall Street movement. You may be quite surprised as to his thoughts on protests, the elite and confronting corrupted government.

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       Saturday, October 15, 2011
Occupy Protests Go Global: 951 Protests Worldwide and Counting Although it took American protesters awhile to catch up with protesters in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe this past year, now their own Occupy Wall Street movement has spread like a wave around the globe. There are some 950 plus reported protests going on around the world today, Saturday, Oct 15th.
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       Friday, September 30, 2011
Would You Buy a Used Car from Tony Blair? Senior political analyst Marwan Bishara of Al Jazeera ponders whether it is time for the world to punt Tony Blair into Outer Mongolia, far away from anything having to do with peace and justice in the Middle East.

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       Friday, September 23, 2011
Palestinians Submit Statehood Request to UN Friday Sept 23, 2011 has been a propitious day for the coming State of Palestine.
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       Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Gaddafi Family Values (Updated) The storming of the Gaddafi family compound in Tripoli as well as the seizure of some of their other houses and properties by revolutionary forces have brought to light more than ever the opulence and decadence of their lifestyles, but now another term often used in reference to at least some of the Gaddafis is finding new emphasis: sadism.
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       Thursday, August 25, 2011
The Hidden Things of Muammar Gaddafi For someone whose core vocabulary in public speeches and broadcasts often consists of nouns like "rats, vermin, snakes and cockroaches", all of whom hide in dark places or burrow underground, it is not surprising that Muammar Gaddafi and his regime have had a propensity for doing the same during his 42-year reign, both literally and figuratively.

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       Monday, August 22, 2011
Democracy Now on the Battle for Tripoli and the Collapse of the Gaddafi Regime Most of Amy Goodman's Monday, August 22, 2011 Democracy Now broadcast was devoted to news and discussion on the dramatic events in Tripoli and the end of the Gaddafi regime in Libya, including interviews with Robin Waudo, an International Red Cross spokesperson in Tripoli, Khaled Mattawa, an acclaimed Libyan poet and scholar, Fred Abrahams of Human Rights Watch and Professor Juan Cole, well-known blogger on the Arab World.

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       Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The Arab Spring Transmutes into the Jewish Summer: Welcome to the July 14th Movement The forces that ignited revolutionary struggle and transformation in the Middle East and North Africa have now spread to Israel, as the common Israeli man and woman take to the streets also to confront the jaded powers that be in their country that are suffocating their rights, freedoms and economic well-being.

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       Friday, July 22, 2011
The Youth of Libya, Finally Free to Speak Out As the suffocating era of Gaddafi in Libyan history continues toward its fiery denouement, the youth generation in Libya is now finding its own voice, music, ideas and art, freed from the chains of ideological conformity and political and social servility to an Orwellian state.
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       Thursday, July 14, 2011
Rally/Demonstration Wars in Libya Although much has been said lately about pro-Gaddafi rallies in Tripoli, not much has said about pro-rebel rallies in the rest of Libya. What we have here are the "Rally Wars" of Summer.
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       Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Dahlia Wasfi and the Tragedy of Iraq, Part 4: Survival, Women's Rights and Death Squads This is the last in my series based on a two hour interview with Dr. Dahlia Wasfi on her experiences in and reflections on Iraq under the American occupation. Her final advice: End the occupation. Enough harm has been done.
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       Sunday, July 10, 2011
Latest News on and a Tribute to Facundo Cabral The latest news on and a musical tribute to slain musical artist and writer Facundo Cabral.
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       Friday, July 8, 2011
Saturday July 9th is the Birth of a New Nation - South Sudan South Sudan has just become the world's newest nation, the climax of a process made possible by the 2005 peace deal that ended a long and bloody civil war.
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       Thursday, July 7, 2011
Dahlia Wasfi and the Tragedy of Iraq, Part 3: Becoming a Spokeswoman for Justice for Iraq Continuing with my long interview with Dr. Dahlia Wasfi on Iraq, she explains how she became a spokeswoman for justice there, and we begin to get into divide and conquer and the Salvador Option.

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       Friday, June 24, 2011
The Indignant: Why Spain's Young People Took to the Streets * UPDATE In May a TV crew from Televisio de Catalunya filmed the vast social movement now taking place in Spain called, in English, the Indignants. Here is their look inside the movement, as well as some breaking news on a new marathon protest March walking from Barcelona to Madrid.
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       Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Death Rains Down from Above on both Sides in Libya Death is raining down on both sides in Libya. Is there any way out of this conundrum?
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       Sunday, June 19, 2011
OpEdNews Writer Nienaber Called it: Surge in Haiti Cholera Cases Happening Last year's cholera epidemic has returned with a passion, as al Jazeera reports in this dismaying video.
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       Thursday, June 16, 2011
Kucinich and Turner Debate the War Powers Act, Amy Goodman Refs Today's June 16th Democracy Now! program took on a new hot item in the news, the debate as to whether Obama is in defiance of the War Powers Act regarding his decision to take part in implementing UN Chapter 7 Security Council Resolution 1973. Amy Goodman hosted an actual debate between Dennis Kucinich and Robert Turner.

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