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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Jesse Ventura Exposes the JFK Assassination Conspiracy Nationally Jesse Ventura's Episode 5 of his wildly popular Conspiracy Theory TV series takes a hard look at the JFK assassination, providing yet more logic and proof that there was indeed a conspiracy to take out Kennedy, and that it emanated from the bowels of the Shadow side of the U.S. Government.
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The Voice of the Wetlands Festival, Part 5: Brad Pitt and the Color Pink Give me 50 Brad Pitts and I will transform the world. As the great architect Gaudi used to say, architecture reflects the soul of a people, and if Brad Pitt's Make It Right Project, in conjunction with powerful community efforts in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans are any indication of this, then the people of this ward are now experiencing a spiritual transformation and cultural renaissance.
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Is Osama bin Laden Dead? Part 4: Deeper into the Confession Tape The linch-pin of the War on Terror has been 9/11, and the pin itself has always been Osama bin Laden. However, this pin is not made of stainless steel, but smoke and mirrors. In Part 3 we looked further into the video tapes right after 9/11 up to our first glimpse of the pivotal bin Laden Confession Tape. Now we will explore that tape further. Was it a legitimate revelation or a fraud, or even some of both?
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JESSE VENTURA RAISES THE QUESTION: DID BP, TRANSOCEAN, HALLIBURTON KNOW THE DEEPWATER HORIZON WOULD BLOW? In Episode 7, Season Two of his widely popular TruTV hit series, Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, Jesse takes on BP, Halliburton, the Army Corps of Engineeers and others as he travels to the Gulf to ask the question, was the Gulf oil disaster actually a conspiracy, as in disaster capitalism, or even worse?
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Is Osama bin Laden Dead? Part 2: the First Tapes The linch-pin of the War on Terror has been 9/11, and the pin itself has always been Osama bin Laden. However, this pin is not made of stainless steel, but smoke and mirrors. In Part 1 I point out how there was a rather broad consensus that he had died sometime in Dec. 2001. Has he been seen since? Not in any public instances, always just on videotape, or heard on audiotape. But what if these tapes are not really genuine?
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A History of the FARC and Reviewing The FARC Revolutionist by Renate Vanegas For most governments, revolutionary forces are guilty of committing acts of violence against civilians and igniting social turmoil. But for these groups, principle is their only weapon to achieve their much-desired goals, for their belief is that they are freedom fighters in search of peace in their respective community and justice for their countrymen. Such is the case in Colombia, where the FARC has struggled for decades.
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Jesse Ventura Hammers The 9/11 Official Pentagon Attack Scenario Episode 8 of Conspiracy Theory with Jess Ventura takes a hard look at the sacred myth of the 9/11 assault on the Pentagon by al Qaeda. I call it a sacred myth for 2 reasons, because to question it is considered blasphemy in official circles, while the facts the myth are built upon are as solid as the images from a hall of distorted mirrors in an amusement park, each mirror designed to give you a false view of reality.
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Images of the French Revolution: Liberté, égalité, fraternité Images of the upheaval of the common people against the ancien régime, as the French Revolution began to rage. The ideals of this revolution helped inspire Haitian slaves, as well as other sectors of Haitian society (Saint-Domingue was the island's French colonial name) to struggle for the very freedoms that French revolutionaries began struggling for in 1789, liberty, fraternity, equality.
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Biloxi, Madmen and the Dixie Mafia Step into the contradictory world of Biloxi, Mississippi, one of the great gambling centers of the South (even legally since the 90s) despite being nearly wiped out in '05. Biloxi, like one of its most famous native sons of the past, George Ohr, the Father of American pottery, keeps bouncing back from adversity. But not without a price, literally, because in Biloxi, only money really talks, as you will see in this photo essay.
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Et Tu Obami, Stabbing the Gulf Coast in the Back? Obama had a George Bush Katrina-like Potemkin Village photo-op this weekend swimming in a sheltered Northern Florida bay with his daughter, then went on to declare that the beaches of the Gulf are safe to swim in, embellishing the ongoing fiction that the Gulf of Mexico is magically mended.
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Tribute to Pernell Roberts - Actor, Singer and Activist, with Playlist Actor, singer, activist Pernell Roberts died on Jan 24, 2010, best known as Adam Cartwright of Bonanza, as well as Trapper John, MD. He was a great one in the entertainment industry, and here is my video tribute to him.
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Haitian Winter, Part 4: The Duvalier Legacy: The Ghosts of Fort Dimanche In Part 4 of my series, we visit the ghosts from the violent past of Haiti in the ruins of the torture center of the Duvalier dynasty, infamous Fort Dimanche.
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Is Osama bin Laden Dead? Part 1: December is for Dying The linch-pin of the War on Terror has always 9/11, and the pin itself has always been Osama bin Laden. However, this pin is not made of stainless steel, but smoke and mirrors. There are just too many contradictions in the storyline that he was and is the Grand Vizier of the Forces of Evil arrayed against us. The biggest problem is that bin Laden may have been dead since Dec 2001, which means we have been suckered BIG TIME.
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Haitian Winter, Part Six: Soaring into the Sun - the Grand New Iron Market Time to revisit the famous Iron Market in Port-au-Prince. When last I left it, it was a holy mess, but now, thanks to two guys with the same first name (plus a host of others as well), it is all but a holy shrine to the Phoenix-rising future of Haiti.
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Auditions for Mother Jones Child-labor, even child-slavery are rampant in Africa and other areas. The rights of women and workers are under siege everywhere, while exploiters are devouring the entire planet. Robber barons and elitists are having a field day at the expense of the living. Just as the excesses of the 19th and 20th Century gave rise to fearless heroines who would fight like Hell for the living, so will today's excesses do the same.
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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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Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 2: Camp Canaan What are conditions like in many of the earthquake refugee camps that have been set up in Haiti, especially the ones that have little government or NGO support? Come take a tour with us and you will see.
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The Potemkin Gulf of Mexico: The Government and BP are Burning Carcasses, Hiding/Ignoring the Oil, Reducing Liability BP and Washington, aided and abetted by the Mainstream Media are not so subtly trying to eliminate the plight of the real Gulf of Mexico and replace it with a Potemkin Gulf of Mexico as they try to slither off the hot seat.
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Russell Means on the Great Paradigm Shift: the Rise of Matriarchy and Collapse of Patriarchy (w/Videos) Nature abhors imbalance, and what the world has been going through for the last six thousand years has been increasing imbalance at the hands of Patriarchy, culminating in the Matrix-like machine cultures of alienation and annihilation that we have today. But, as the great Lakota Sioux Indian leader Russell Means points out, balance will be restored as women get to know their power, get reacquainted with their power.
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Dr. Dahlia Wasfi and the Tragedy of Iraq, Part 1: Interviewing Ross Caputi, a Marine in Fallujah Dahlia Wasfi MD, international speaker, author and human rights advocate on and for Iraq, was in Norfolk during the commemoration of the 8th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq, along with her associate Ross Caputi, ex-Marine who had been in the Nov 2004 assault on Fallujah and later turned peace activist to protest the criminal nature of that war. By providence, one might say, I was able to interview them both.
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Ellis, a "Be Here Now" Folk Singer Who is Ellis, this Texan/Minnesotan with the contagious laugh, big smile and beautiful voice? Is she becoming a leading light in a new generation of folk singers?
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Voice of the Wetlands Festival 2008, Part 1: Mr Bill and the Gulf Restoration Network The 5th Annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival just took place from Oct 10 thru 12 in Houma, Louisiana, and what a hoot and, simultaneously, a deadly serious warning to all of us about the present and future crises of the wetlands in the Gulf states.
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Stopping a Flu Pandemic: Is King Xerxes Thrashing the Waves? As headlines get more and more shrill about the spreading new influenza strain, it is time to step back and take a sober look at this through the eys of a physician. What is an antigenic shift or a cytokine storm? How strong are the chances that this will become a pandemic, and are politicians, starting with Obama, and health officials blowing smoke when they tell us that they have things under control?
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PROFILES IN COURAGE: Forget Sarah Palin. Run The Gulf's Kindra Arnesen for President! Right now we need people willing to speak out about all the lies, cover-ups and crimes going on in the Gulf at the hands of BP and their countless collaborators inside and outside of government. As Tab Benoit told me and a few others a couple of weeks ago, we need people to jump into the fire and take action, to help out those of us already in the battle. Well meet one who has already answered the call, Kindra Arnesan.
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Life Imitating Art in Haiti? Pontecorvo's Movie Queimada (Burn!) as Presage for What May Go Down Next Is life imitating art in Haiti right now with the return of Baby Doc Duvalier to Port-au-Prince? Is a plan underway to sweep him or, more likely, his faction of the Haitian oligarchy back into back into power on the wings of revolutionary upheaval. It wouldn't be the first time, a fact that did not escape the attention of Gillo Pontecorvo when he made his unsung and underrated movie Burn! or Queimada.
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Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 8: a Weds Morning Sojourn thru Port-au-Prince Continuing with my series on Haiti, here is a closer look at the earthquake damage in Port-au-Prince and how the Haitian people carry on, despite it all.
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Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 4: Heading Toward Cité-Soleil, Center of Resistance to UN Occupation Continuing with my series of photo-essays on Haiti, we have now left Camp Corail and our heading back toward Port-au-Prince, but on the way, we are going to drive into one of its suburbs, Cité-Soleil, which some have called one of the most dangerous slums in the world. Oh?
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Haitian Winter, Part 1: Fire and Ice, How Not to Return to Haiti How a theoretically uneventful flight to Miami, 1st leg of a new trip to Haiti, became a nightmare in the hyperborean wilds of the snow-bound North, better known as Kennedy Airport in NYC, and how I went from ice to fire (metaphorically speaking) to reach Port-au-Prince.
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The Women of the Libyan Revolution and Why aren't American Women Supporting Them? The Libyan Revolution is not just a men's revolution but a women's revolution as well, despite the wretched attempts by some on the Left, not to mention certain conspiracists, to misrepresent their common struggle as a Western-controlled proxy-operation. Meanwhile, for Gaddafi to actually triumph will send a message to the remaining tyrannies in the Middle East that the bludgeon, whip, slaughter and torture still work.
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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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The Face of Cholera in Mirebalais, Haiti, a Photo-Essay by Leah Millis Haiti is in the throes of another crisis, the horrors of a growing cholera epidemic that much of the world seems oh so blase about, if not downright condescending, some cynics invoking sordid Malthusian theories or even subtle eugenics. But funny how the universe responds in kind sometimes, as a young photographer, Leah Millis, puts a human face right before your eyes to challenge your own humanity, or lack thereof.
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Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 3: Camp Corail As I continue with my series of photo-essays on Haiti, we move now to a joint Haitian government/NGO-run camp, Camp Corail, which in many ways is an improvement over those camps left to fend for themselves with little money or support, but at the same time this camp has its own challenges to deal with, from mundane problems like flooding to more psychological ones like frustration with lack of work and productivity.
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The Libyan "Stasi" of Muammar Gaddafi: Revolutionary Committee Files Recovered in Benghazi In Jan 1990 protesting Berliners recovered vast quantities of the Stasi secret police files revealing the grim realities within East Germany before they could all be destroyed. In late February of this year, protesters in Benghazi also recovered a good portion of the Revolutionary Committee secret files for Eastern Libya while THEY were in the process of being destroyed, revealing the grim realities of the Libyan state.
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Updating the BP Gulf Oil Disaster: Wake up, America, You're being lied to! (Video Playlist) Here are some of the latest videos contradicting and exposing the calculated lies of BP and the Obama Administration that the Gulf of Mexico is getting better everyday in every way.
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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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Iceland and Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Tip of the Spear against Global Orwellian Kleptocracy Time to take a good look at Birgitta Jónsdóttir, famous for helping to rally the people of Iceland against the depredations of the International Bankers (Banksters) who were bankrupting Iceland through their sleazy derivatives and other Ponzi schemes. She is also in the global spotlight as one of the five people whose Twitter accounts have been subpoenaed by the US Gov't as it goes after Julian Assange.
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Red Alert: Has Santorum Let the Cat Out of the Bag? Has ex-Senator Rick Santorum inadvertantly let the cat out of the bag about new Black Ops emanating from the bowels of Dick Cheney's office, the Pentagon, the CIA and other covert entities to hit America with staged terrorist attacks this year or next to regenerate their global drive for hegemony? Anything is possible with these criminals, so is this a Paul Revere moment?
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BREAKING: Ding-Dong bin Laden Dead, Really, Really, Really Dead Bin Laden is dead officially, so now let's declare victory and get the Hell out of Central Asia.
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Photo Americana: The Devil's Den, Florida More photo-Americana, this time journeying into the underwater, subterranean world of the Devil's Den, Florida.
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Haitian Winter, Part 2: From C to Shining C, Handy Around the Clinic (Photo Essay) Our first investigative target in Haiti after leaving the airport was a new women's clinic made possible through the efforts of many people collaborating from San Francisco to Boston to some wonderful Haitians themselves, including one very cool Haitian movie star.
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Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 1: Highway One Time to get to know Haiti and the Haitian people a little better, so take a tour with me of the beautiful, poverty-stricken and ever-resourceful country too tough to die.
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Reviving the Embers of Guernica, a Poem The world watches in anguish about Gaza as some of those who supposedly understand best the horrors of war and pogroms against civilian populations perpetrate a brutal pogrom themselves. While some governments work to end this nightmare and the United States works to heighten it, those of us with only our voices should realize we also have our hands, minds, feet and tongues to protest this outrage through all the arts.
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Friday the 13th on Orleans Ave, Where America is Forsaking its Citizens My third photo-essay (with 42 linked photos) takes us to the harsh reality of Orleans Ave, New Orleans, where there's a shameful lack of progress in recovery from Katrina, and a general callousness, if not outright malice toward this neighborhood's citizens, many of whom are still scattered to the winds. This is symptomatic of the halliburtonization of recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast, a modern term for carpetbagging.
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RUSSELL MEANS: Parallels between the Destruction of the American Indian and the Destruction of the Palestinian People Russell Means points out the historical parallels between the conquest of the American Indian, and what is happening to the Palestinians today.
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The Voice of the Wetlands Festival, Part 3: The Cajun and the Lake Continuing with my series on the 5th Annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival that took place from Oct 10 thru 12 in Houma, Louisiana, that not only entertained us, but warned us about the crisis of the wetlands in southern Louisiana, now let us look at what is happening to a typical lake in the region, as well as meet Lee Richoux.
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Photo Essay: Christmas Snow Storm Hits Norfolk, Virginia Many of us wanted a White Christmas, but Norfolk and much of the South got it in spades on Christmas weekend. What is going on with the weather, not just here but in Europe and elsewhere? Is it global warming, global cooling, the BP oil spill, even all three, leading to the slowdown, shutdown or diversion of the Gulf Loop Current, the Northern Atlantic Stream, the Gulf Stream? There is much speculation out there.
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Inside Gaddafi's Torture Chambers - in Tandem with the al Qaeda Canard Al Jazeera has just released a video documenting Gaddafi's torture chambers, while, meanwhile, Gaddafi tries to pull a propaganda rabbit out of his swollen hat with the same al Qaeda canard that the US has used to justify its endless "War on Terror". So now we have a unique moment to observe and ponder the parallels between the delusional propaganda of Gaddafi and that of the American Warfare State.
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Channeling Rumsfeld/Bush/Cheney: Now the Gaddafi Regime is Firing Cluster Bombs into Misrata The New York Times and Human Rights Watch have revealed that the Gaddafi Regime is using cluster bombs indiscriminately in Misrata, weapons that over one hundred nations signed a treaty against in December, 2008. Unfortunately, this did not include countries like Russia, China, the United States, Israel and Libya.
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Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 11: The Fortunes of Sugarcane As I continue my Haiti series, let's visit the only functioning sugar mill in the country, noting how NAFTA, the IMF and their flawed paradigms helped bring down the agricultural base of Haiti.
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The Voice of the Wetlands Festival 2008, Part Four: Phoenix Rising in the Lower Ninth Ward Continuing my Voice of the Wetlands Festival series, we are turning now to the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. This is the first place I revisited before I even drove to the Festival. As I explored the Ward, I found that there is a fabulous new spirit emerging there.
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PHOTO ESSAY: The Anti-War March in DC, Mar 20, 2010, Part 1 A renewed and energized, multi-faceted peace movement that understands the intimate connection between America's social, economic, even spiritual woes and the toxic effects of Washington's imperialist wars, occupations, injustices as well as alliances with reactionary forces globally, came together on Saturday, March 20 to speak out for peace with justice. This is my first photo essay, up through the rally, of that day.
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Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 6: Life on the Street in the Heat and the Markets Follow me through the dusty and hot streets, markets and earthquake rubble of Port-au-Prince in my latest photo-essay on Haiti.
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Haitian Winter, Part 8: Hey, Sweet Micky! Let's Clean up Truttier and Haiti's Water As a new administration takes over in Haiti, let us hope that the first thing that Michel Martelly does is to address the catastrophic lack of clean drinking water in Haiti, which lack will continue you to drive poverty, sickness and particularly cholera.
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Voice of the Wetlands Festival 2008, Part 2: Passion for Music and the Wetlands Well, they put on one heck of a great music festival, but just who are the Voice of the Wetlands and Tab Benoit, and what do they stand for? Why is it important that we save the wetlands, and how did they get so badly deteriorated? How do we go about restoring them anyway?
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Waveland, the Hurricane and the Rainbow This is the fifth in my series of articles on post-Katrina conditions along the Gulf Coast, this time focusing on Waveland, which was as close to Ground Zero as it gets, and the lingering destruction shows it. But how many of you know that a rainbow began shining in Waveland after the hurricane, helping victims to recover.
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Syrian President "Papa Doc" Assad's Torture State The reactionary Syrian regime of Bashar Assad has embraced torture whole-heartedly in its attempt to crush the Arab Awakening in Syria. The rest of the world must take a stronger stand against this or live with the sordid consequences.
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Photo-Essay: Across from Haiti's White House, Les Miserables on a Rainy Night There are hundreds of thousands of Haitian earthquake refugees still in tent cities and camps throughout Haiti. Things are bad enough in the hot sun and humidity, but how bad does it get when it rains?
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Science and Islam: How Islamic Culture Advanced Science and Civilization As we read about jaded, so-called "security experts" giving our police departments training lectures extolling the murder of Islamic "militants" AND their children, it is time to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH to the hate-mongers and propagandists before we slide into a national Fascist nightmare. One of the first things we can do is educate ourselves about the many positive contributions of Islam to the world.
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No War on Iran: Outside Little Creek Naval Amphib Base on August 2nd On Saturday, Aug 2nd, some 50 activists rallied against war on Iran at the Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base in Virginia Beach, headquarters for the Navy's ampbibious forces in the Atlantic. This was part of some 70 actions held nationwide against an attack on Iran.
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Set/Mubarak: Attack! Attack! My children of the Night Dictator Hosni Mubarak really is deciding to end his thirty year reign of repression, tyranny and torture with a grim finale evocative not only of a Grade-B horror movie, but of an ancient Egyptian myth. Which myth, you may wonder? Read on.
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Syrian Revolution Reaches out, Adapts to Assad Regime Tactics Reports of the death of the Syrian Revolution are wildly exaggerated.
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Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 14: Not Your Hollywood Movie Bel Air Follow us to Bel Air, Haiti that is. It was the most heavily damaged area of Port-au-Prince after the earthquake. And it had been "red-zoned" by the authorities in the past for too much "violence". Or was that insurrection against the power structure that overthrew President Bertrand Aristide? You never know for sure in Haiti because authorities skew semantics to suit their purposes.
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Eyewitnesses to BP's Handiwork Who Won't Stay Silent Check out these eyewitness videos and podcasts from real, everyday citizens from the Gulf Coast, not advertisers, government zombies hoodooed by BP Voodoo, or Amity-style mayors (from the movie Jaws, remember) who will feed you to the sharks to make tourist bucks. Their stories are riveting and painful.
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Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 7: a Tour of Haiti's University and Educational Hospital HUEH is similar to a public general hospital in an American city. Imagine if every private hospital in Los Angeles was destroyed or shut down in a massive earthquake, and the only thing left halfway standing was the general hospital, with thousands of citizens to treat while some of its own personnel were buried in the rubble. Well, this is what happened to HUEH, and yet they carried on anyway, aided by the global community.
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Gaddafi in History: From Populist Hero to Isolated Dictator If you are utterly confused by all the facts and factoids about Libya and Muammar Gaddafi being flung about, then here's a little historical context to add to your understanding.
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Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 9: Heading Out Highway Two: Camps as the Central Icon of Haitian Life Now This week of July 12th marks the six month anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, and there has been a lot of attention focused on this struggling country in both the mainstream and alternative media. One thing that seems common to almost all reports is the central problem of the camps and how, through default of planning, organization and willpower, they have become like quicksand entrapping the future.
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Earth-Shaker Cable Leaks: the Palestine Papers (Updated) Over the last several months, Al Jazeera has been given unhindered access to the largest-ever leak of confidential documents related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There are nearly 1,700 files, thousands of pages of diplomatic correspondence detailing the inner workings of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
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Gerald Celente Gets Down and Dirty on Coast to Coast AM about our Economy Gerald Celente, the best known trends forecaster in America and head of Trends Research Institute, fields questions from listeners on Coast to Coast AM Radio with host George Noory. Gerald, with his blunt tell-it-like-it-is world view and Bronx humor, comments on the tottering global economy.
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BREAKING NEWS FROM FOXX NEWS: SARKOZY WINS PROMINENT POSITION IN BUSH GALAXY Breaking FOXX News: French President Nicolas Sarkozy, just elected to the French Presidency this past May, has wasted no time in flashing brilliantly like a comet in the Bush constellation of friends and allies, winning a key position within it on September 23.
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The Murder of Christ The abuse of children, those least able to defend themselves, is epidemic on this planet. And children are the closest to pure innocence, spontaneity and love, at least until the adults begin to pervert their characters. In fact, Christ said that we must become again as little children to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. But instead of heeding Christ's advice, so-called civilized nations murder and abuse children in torrents.
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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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Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 5: The Fishermen of Cité-Soleil Going all the way to the end of Cité-Soleil, we ended up at the fishing pier. If you were to go by the paranoid fantasies in the American media, this is where we should get murdered and dismembered. Instead, this is where we enjoyed watching and greeting fishermen and children, and taking photos of them.
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Poetry and Music Review of Caroline Herring's Golden Apples of the Sun Caroline Herring's fifth CD, the Golden Apples of the Sun, has just been released. It is a tour de force of lyrical poetry, very moving music and powerful themes from this Mississippi song-writer with an increasingly international appeal.
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The KingFish Schemes to Reignite the National Psychosis How should we treat Congressman King and his McCarthyite-redux House Committee on Homeland Security, as angst-producing, racist threat to American Moslems or as farce? Or perhaps, as both. Johnathan Swift certainly knew that one of the greatest swords against injustice is political satire.
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PHOTO-POEM: If Tiger Woods Lived in Sweden Imagine if Tiger Woods had been sowing his wild oats in Sweden. Not only would he not get to swing any big phallic golf clubs for quite a while, but he might never even get out of prison if the same level of severity were to be applied to him as to Julian Assange!
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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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Time to HOWL Again: A Movie Review A new movie about Allen Ginsberg, named after his most famous poem, Howl, is out, and it is attracting kudos and making waves wherever it opens. Starring James Franco in the title role, this movie will educate and open the minds of a new generation, if enough people see it, in the search for self-expression, freedom and a higher vision of humanity in a world rapidly degenerating into an Orwellian nightmare.
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Jack Bauer, Wilhelm Reich and Confronting Fascism It is time to resurrect the teachings of Wilhelm Reich regarding Fascism and the unnatural, mechanistic societies that generate Fascism by alienating us from our bodies, natural love and the universe, while entertaining us with psychotic, paranoid screeds such as Fox's "24", not unlike the bread and circuses of the Romans.
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Confronting the National Myth: The Elephant in the Room In case you missed it, the 2008 award-winning documentary "Elephant in the Room", produced and directed by Englishman Dean Puckett, a street level, critical look at the myths and deceptions of 911, as well as a spotlight on the 911 Truth Movement, can now be watched in its entirety on the Internet.
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Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 13: The Order of Light for the Establishment of Global Fraternity On Wednesday night, May 12th, the three of us ended up at a real Vodou ceremony in a Port-au-Prince neigborhood, almost the exact opposite of what is unfortunately depicted in Hollywood B-movies. Come see what I mean.
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A Message to You from the Divine Cosmos via Kirk Nugent Have Faith, persevere! What started in Egypt will even come here. The tyrants of darkness are beginning to fall, so stay focused on Oneness. Know that God and Goddess are all.
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Who are the Rebels of Benghazi? An Interview with Reporter Jihan Hafiz Just who are Libyan rebels? To hear ideologues of both the Left and Right, they are tools of al Qaeda, a propaganda smear that Gaddafi also uses 24/7. Yet conspiracists and much of the Left also damn them as tools of the CIA and Western Imperialism, failing to note the contradiction of branding them as pawns of the West and enemies of the West at the same time. Meanwhile, reporter Jihan Hafiz, sheds real light on the rebels.
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Is BP Playing TWO WELL MONTE? Has BP pulled yet another fast one on us, the ever-gullible American public? There are two wells down there, the one abandoned in early 2010, and the subsequent rushed drill well that blew out. The problem is that the roving cameras are showcasing the successful capping of, as well as displaying the coordinates of the FIRST WELL, at least according to the official MMS document BP was supposed to drill by.
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Reigning Chutzpah Champion Tries to Beard Obama in his Own Den! Time to Throw Down, Barack President Obama's media interview with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was a battle of wills beneath the thin veneer of official decorum, which Netanyahu wasted no time in trampling over as he "took it to the President", who seemed content to take his "body blows". Round one will likely go to Netanyahu, but this is a fifteen-round fight.
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"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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Photo-Essay: Homage to Mother Earth on Earth Day Let's celebrate our gorgeous, infinitely creative and intelligent Mother, Grandmother to the Sioux, Gaia to the Greeks, who sustains us all despite how our species mistreats Her, but who, however, really does appreciate our love and respect when we give it to her. This photo album is my homage to Earth Day. Take the time to offer Her something yourself if you can.
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VIDEO: At the Lincoln Memorial: The One Nation Working Together Rally on 10-2-10, Washington DC With a 187 or so photos, two video segments, one of them of Harry Belafonte, and the excerpts from four other speeches, I have put together a ten minute audio/photo montage for you of the October 2nd, 2010, One Nation Working Together Rally in the shade of the Lincoln Monument on the National Mall. Enjoy!
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Haitian Winter, Part Seven: Arts and Artifacts of the Resurrected Iron Market I left you all off in Part Six last time, at the famous Iron Market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, promising to return to take you on a little tour of the actual merchant vendors' halls. So today, we will visit the North hall, and step into the surrealistic world of Haitian art and culture.
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Bringing Karl Rove to Trial, Test Run Karl Rove, who has left a wake of destruction throughout the planet by helping to usher in the most reactionary regime the United States has ever seen, has yet to be brought to justice for his many outrages, the latest of which is his arrogant refusal to testify before Congress. However, in Virginia Beach on Friday, July 18, some 40 protestors gave us an example of how that just might be accomplished.
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LATEST UPDATE: Aristide has Landed! - Jean-Bertrande Aristide is in-Flight for Port-au-Prince Despite ongoing efforts by the White House and State Department to obstruct his return, exiled former president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, overthrown in a US-backed coup in 2004 and arguably still the most popular man in Haiti, is airborne and headed back to Port-au-Prince, accompanied by his wife Mildred, Hollywood star Danny Glover, Amy Goodman, co-producer and host of Democracy Now and other notable individuals.
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Gaddafi: Megalomania Devolving into Evil as Rebellion Heightens (Videos Updated) Muammar al-Gaddafi is degenerating into megalomania, madness and pure evil, all the while he sits on a massive array of Western provided weaponry and ordnance with billions to spend on mercenaries, murderers and torturers. And yet his fall is inevitable. Godspeed the revolution to overthrow such a perverse tyrant.
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Haitian Winter, Part 3: Color, Art and Artisans Everywhere (Photo Essay) Still on day one in Haiti, we take a ride through Port-au-Prince and end up hanging from the gates of the National Palace, cameras in hand, as the world waltzes by.
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Welcome to the Lower Ninth Ward, Where Tragedy and Hope Meet This photo essay takes you to the scene of some of the worst flooding in New Orleans during Katrina, the Lower Ninth Ward, where today, 20 months later, despite the heroic efforts of residents and volunteers, the challenge to rebuild still looms like Mt. Everest, with the Feds and city government more of an obstacle to recovery efforts than a source of inspiration and support. So groups like Common Ground have taken the helm.
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Brutal Gaddafi Army Bombardment of Misrata Outskirts: Scores Dead and Injured Gaddafi forces have launched their second heavy bombardment and ground assault on the outskirts of Misrata in only three days, resulting in heavy casualties with horrific injuries that have field clinics and Misrata's main hospital overflowing. Although Gaddafi's army is still able to inflict brutal casualties, in combat on the ground they lack the morale of rebel fighters, who have again repelled yet another assault.
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Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 10: Into the Mountains and Macassin As we continue to witness the reality of post-earthquake Haiti, in this photo-essay we drive up the mountains to the village of Macassin to see how Haitians there are coping. And we get a bit of bird's eye view of the Haitian countryside.
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Humans of the World Unite! You have Nothing to Lose But Your Chains DUMÉNIL: Well, you see, what's happening now--I explained before what neoliberalism is about, which is a restoration, the tremendous increase of the income of the richest fractions of population. Okay? Now, this mechanism led to a major crash, to a major crisis. And what are they doing? They are trying to transfer the costs of the crisis to the people;
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The Great Paradigm Shift, Part 2 (Revisiting Reich): the Rise of Matriarchy and Collapse of Patriarchy (w/Videos) Here is Part 2 of my series pivoting around Indian leader Russell Means and his lectures on Matriarchy, with added discussion this time on Wilhelm Reich.
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Photo-Essay: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 12: Highway 2, Hugo Chavez and on up to Pétionville In Part 12 of my Haiti series, we returning to Port-au-Prince, noting the signature of Hugo Chavez along the way, before heading up to well-to-do Pétionville.
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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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Dr. Dahlia Wasfi and the Tragedy of Iraq, Part 2: We've Got Problems, We've Got Problems After various delays since my first article on prominent peace activist for Iraq, Dahlia Wasfi, I finally am in a position to share more of my interview with her to you as she explains the background that allowed the invasion of Iraq to happen: decades of stereotyping and dehumanizing Arabs and Moslems in America, something we are only now beginning to rise above against the backdrop of the Arab Spring.
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Ball Girls, Big Lies and Bombing Iran What do a ball girl for a Triple A ball team and the Neocon propaganda campaign against Iran have in common? More than you think.
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Is Osama bin Laden Dead? Part 3: Confession as Theater The linch-pin of the War on Terror has been 9/11, and the pin itself has always been Osama bin Laden. However, this pin is not made of stainless steel, but smoke and mirrors. In Part 2 we looked at videotapes that surfaced right after 9/11 and now in Part 3 we will continue to focus on those tapes up thru Dec 2001, including the confession tapes, yes, plural, because there was one, allegedly, that never quite made it to press.
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Army Veteran Arrested Trying to Petition Rep. Thelma Drake The First Amendment was denied to an Army Vet on Thurs, Feb 22 thru the machinations of the office of Rep. Thelma Drake, Virginia. He was trying to deliver citizens' letters to her, but was arrested instead. This is a shot across the bow of American Democracy. If Drake gets away with this, what will the authoritarians think of next on the road to tyranny. It is time for us to take action.
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Exploring Western anti-Moslem Bigotry Moslems, since 9/11, if not before, have become the new "Jews" of a bigoted and benighted West which has never risen above militarism, prejudice and the need for scapegoats to project their dark sides upon. But just how did this come about? Jay Paul and two scholars explore this question.
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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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Haitian Winter, Part Nine: the Iron Market's Interior Architecture After several disruptions, I am now finishing the tour of the resurrected Iron Market in Haiti, with a closeup look at more of the architecture.
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As Aristide Returns, Haitian Spring Arrives and With it, New Hope for the Haitian People (Photo-Essay) As Aristide returns to Haiti in tandem with Spring and the Vernal Equinox, does this signify new hope for the Haitian people?
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The Voice of the Wetlands Festival, Part 6: Cypress Triangle, Martin Luther King Elementary and Michael Franti Singing Here is Part 6 of my series, the Voice of the Wetlands 2008. This time we return to the rebounding Lower Ninth Ward and Common Dround Relief to learn about efforts to restore the wetlands nearby, to visit Martin Luther King Elementary School and to enjoy a Michael Franti concert there.
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PHOTO ESSAY: The Anti-War March in DC, Mar 20, 2010, Part 2 A renewed and energized, multi-faceted peace movement that understands the intimate connection between America's social, economic, even spiritual woes and the toxic effects of Washington's imperialist wars, occupations, injustices as well as alliances with reactionary forces globally, came together on Saturday, March 20 to speak out for peace with justice. This is Part 2 of my photo essay, the march itself after the rally.
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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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Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah Speaks in Solidarity with the Arab Spring, Equates Gaddafi with Israel Nasrallah gives us a look at the Arab Spring through the eyes of the Shiite Islamic world. Nasrallah is in full solidarity with the aspirations of Arab peoples everywhere, heaping scorn on all tottering tyrannies, ridiculing allegations that any of these revolutions are Western-manufactured.
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Saul Williams - When The Clock Strikes Me As C.L. Pagano recently wrote: "I don't know about you, but I lived through the 60s and I just know they're back! It's a feeling, it's the similarities of social unrest and it's something more cosmic". She's not alone with this feeling. Many of us, such as Saul Williams, welcome this energy of transformation's arrival and are eager to channel it's healing power into the contracting veins of our dying civilization.
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We Need New Lyrics for the Battle of New Orleans We need a new version of the song made famous by Johnny Horton to reflect the new and deadly British invasion of 2010: The Battle of New Orleans
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Still Hidden in the Bayous: BP Does Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The jaded powers-that-be who are interested only in the bottom line and covering their own rears in the ongoing BP disaster in and along the Gulf of Mexico depend upon the remoteness of the bayous and marshes from the public eye to maintain the fiction and myth that everything is suddenly OK in the Gulf. But they hadn't counted on everyday people like Lorrie Williams and many others exposing the awful truth.
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GLOBAL MANHUNT FOR JULIAN ASSANGE, JOHNNY HOLMES IMPERSONATOR: PERSONAL APPEAL FROM SWEDISH PROSECUTOR! (satire) Julian Assange, sexual maniac and cult follower of Johnny Holmes, must be stopped at all costs before he can accost yet another member of the Fair Sex! It could be your mother, sister, or wife that he lets the "rubber meet the road with" leading to yet another "blowout"!
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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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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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Breaking News from FOXX News: Yet Another bin Laden Tape In the past 24 hours al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, apparently not content with just one new message to the American people, has now released another videotape, which this time heavily attacks Americans' social habits, singling out Michael Vick for special criticism as a terrible role model for our youth.
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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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Hitler, Propaganda and Recycling Iraq as Iran How many of you know that the very propaganda techniques employed with devastating effect by the White House and worldwide Neocon apparatus were first articulated by Adolf Hitler back in 1925 in his autobiography, Mein Kampf? His spiritual heirs are employing them today to manipulate us into war against Iran.
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Nancy Pelosi's Lady MacBeth, Anti-Impeachment Oration (Satirical Poem) Why is it that Nancy Pelosi continuously protects George Bush from impeachment? One can only speculate about what hidden thoughts course through her mind, but perhaps by contemplating the works of Shakespeare we can come to some sort of intuition. Is Speaker Pelosi perhaps really a cross between a xenophobic Lady MacBeth and patrician Marc Antony, plotting for and defending, against all comers, her favorite would-be emperor?
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Full, Unedited Post of Cultures of Resistance Raw Footage Smuggled Out of the Attack on the Mavi Marmara Iara Lee, co-founder of San Francisco-based Cultures of Resistance, has now released the full hour plus of raw video footage that Israeli commandos failed to jam, locate or destroy of events her videographers captured on and about the Mavi Marmara before and during the Israeli attack.
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Happy New Year from the World to the World! (Video Playlist) Happy New Year, folks. This is a New Year's gift for all of you.
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Congress Prostrates Itself Before the Golden Calf yet Again: Interview with Lawrence Wlikerson Congress's euphoric adoration of Right-wing Israeli zealot Benjamin Netanyahu the other days was a spectacle to behold alright. Well-known pundit Lawrence Wilkerson gives his take on what is clearly an irrational state of affairs in the American body-politic, one that puts American increasingly at odds with the rest of the world.
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Photo-Essay with Video: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 16: Strolling Through the Iron Market Take a stroll with us through the fabulous Iron Market of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a market which flourishes daily despite all the chaos and misfortune the Fates can throw at Haiti.
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Art Photography: Sun Setting in the Winter at the Pogada Garden If you're facing ice, snow and sleet this Winter, look at it from the bright side. It can sure be beautiful.
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Ongoing Torment for Civilians as Misrata Becomes a Mini-Stalingrad On Tuesday Libyan government artillery bombarded Misrata yet again, the only major city in the western half of the country that remains under PARTIAL rebel control while suffering a 24/7 siege that is taking an awful toll on the population.
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Photo Essay: Thoughts for the Fourth of July: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk for Peace With 2 wars going, let us look at some people who feel very strongly that war in general is not only wrong but horribly threatening and destructive to all sentient life on the planet, particularly at this stage in the planet's evolution, where resources for survival are dwindling and social problems magnifying exponentially. Let us look at people who not only talk the talk about a peaceful world, but walk the walk to create it
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Seeing through the Modus Operandi: Don't Fall for Israeli Propaganda The Israelis are master propagandists. They know the value of muddying the waters when whatever is floating beneath the surface is not to their advantage for the world to see, be it assassinations or invasions. So now is the time to go diving, with a dive light if need be, to get to the truth.
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Haitian Winter, Part 5: Saturday Morning Kaleidoscope: JFK, Tourist Troopers and the Road to Truttier In part 5 of my Haiti series, we hit the road quickly and extensively on Saturday morning of our trip, witnessing UN troops playing a reversal of roles, a "Kennedy" market in action and more.
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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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Reel Bad Arabs - Confronting Stereotypes Media critic Jack Shaheen wrote a book that has now become a just-released film exploring Hollywood's decades-long history of stereotyping Arabs, a history with disturbing similarities to anti-Semitic and other racist caricatures throughout history. And these stereotypes have had a lethal effect on the collective American consciousness, not to mention foreign policy.
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WILLY PETE DOES FALLUJAH - Fallujah, the Guernica of our Times, Part 8 This is the last of a series detailing the destruction of Fallujah by the American military culminating in November of 2004. This article focuses on the horrific use of white phophorus against humans in the final assault, despite initial Pentagon denials. It also explores the concept of the Fascist Plague, a term first coined by Wilhelm Reich against the Nazis some seventy or so years ago. It is perhaps time to resurrect it.
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Why Haitians Don't Like UN "Peacekeepers" (UN MINUSTAH) in their Country: Video Testimonies There is a common misconception among a great many people in the world that the UN military presence is benign, selfless and humanitarian, but in reality MINUSTAH was sent in to "stabilize" the Haitian people shortly after a coup d'etat against popular and progressive President Bertrand Aristide in 2004 that Aristide says the US abetted. In otherwords, the defacto UN Mission was to solidify a Right-wing coup d'etat!
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Gaddafi's Libya: A State of Terror and Breaking the Silence For decades, Colonel Gaddafi has been able to keep the lid on the horrors that his death squad/torture-state repressive apparatus has visited on the Libyan people so that he can maintain de facto absolute power and full access to the wealth of the Libyan people. But now Libyans around the world have found the courage to expose Gaddafi's lies and tell the shocking truth.
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Photo Americana: The Manatees of Crystal River One of the tresures of Florida is its natural wildlife, particularly the Florida manatee, which is loved by millions. Thousands have had the opportunity to actually swim with the manatees, and here's your chance too, at least virtually, so if you are feeling froggy, come with me.
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Ancien Régime Dying, New World Painfully Rising in Syria Syria has crossed a clear line of violent authoritarian repression now. How will the situation in Syria evolve or devolve next?
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An injury to one is an injury to all! Support the Egyptian Revolution Everyone - This is About Us All (Videos) The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or the Wobblies) have a famous motto: An injury to one is an injury to all.
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Sick of All the Hate about Moslems? How about Actually Visiting the Moslems Behind the "Ground Zero Mosque" Enough is enough with the rabid Right and its Islamophobia. Take a look at the real deal itself that is the object of so much vitriol and controversy: The Cordoba Initiative
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Gaddafi Pulling a Fallujah on Zawiya: Tanks and Planes Reportedly Hammering Everything (with VIDEO) From the BBC, Sky News and the Guardian UK: Gaddafi has launched a ruthless assault on rebel-held Zawiya, according to eyewitnesses, with one saying it had been reduced to ashes. Gaddafi's tanks, planes, artillery are pounding Zawiya, as trapped residents cower from the onslaught. A witness told BBC News that it seemed every building was being hit by a shower of bullets. Mosques and hospitals have reportedly been hit.
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Hundreds of Women Report Rapes by Gaddafi forces Charges that the Gaddafi regime is using mass rape as a weapon of war are increasing, and so is the evidence, which is being presented to the International Criminal Court.
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Along the Gulf coast, Post-Katrina, Part 1: Pascagoula While endless billions of dollars disappear down the black hole of destruction and profiteering that is Iraq, the real needs of the American people are being grossly ignored along the Gulf Coast, which is still reeling from the vast destruction caused by Katrina. Here is the first of a series of photo albums that highlight the lingering devastation.
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Norfolk Activists Protest Flotilla Massacre and Gaza Blockade Veterans for Peace and the Tidewater Peace Alliance held a vigil against the assault on the Freedom Flotilla this past Wednesday, June 2nd, in Norfolk, Virginia, home of the Atlantic Fleet.
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Human Rights Watch to Gaddafi Regime: End Indiscriminate Attacks in Western Mountain Towns Libyan government forces have launched what appear to be repeated indiscriminate attacks on mountain towns in western Libya, Human Rights Watch said today. Accounts from refugees who fled the conflict say the attacks are killing and injuring civilians and damaging civilian objects, including homes, mosques, and a school. Human Rights Watch called on Libyan forces to cease their indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas.
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Photo-Americana: A Thanksgiving Day in Williamsburg Welcome to historical Colonial Williamsburg to celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday and weekend.
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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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Update: We Need New Lyrics for the Battle of New Orleans - Well, Here Are Some! At then end of May I wrote: "Who wants to rewrite and perform a new and timely version of the Battle of New Orleans", one that will reflect the struggle against Big Oil and corrupt government in the Gulf? Well, I got some replies from viewers. Here they are, sometimes just lyrics, sometimes with music, not always exactly what I asked for, but, hey, artistic freedom at work.
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Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Hosni Mubarak has GOT to GO! A video montage of events, past and present, that have led to revolution in Egypt in late January, 2011
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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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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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Richard Engel on Gaddafi's Options and Propaganda Richard Engel, chief correspondent for NBC, explains Gaddafi's strategic options as well as propaganda capabilities.
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Photo-Americana: North Beach to Broadway, San Francisco on a Friday Evening Come with me on a photo and music video tour of North Beach, San Francisco as I wander about Little Italy, Columbus Avenue, Washington Square and on up to Broadway Street.
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Ongoing Victims of the Ongoing Gaddafi War Machine (Videos) We are now seeing the strange phenomenon of some of the so-called Left and so-called Peace Movement both evade or even deny the ongoing slaughter of civilians by Gaddafi's brutal forces, some, furthermore, parroting his 24/7 propaganda machine with the frenzy of true believers, a propaganda mill on the level of the North Korean State if not actually much worse.
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Potemkin Tripoli Shows a Crack: Libyan Woman Says Gadhafi Forces Beat, Raped Her TRIPOLI -- A distraught Libyan woman stormed into a Tripoli hotel Saturday to tell foreign reporters that government troops raped her, setting off a brawl when hotel staff and government minders tried to detain her.
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Photo-Americana: On the Fourth of July in South Central Virginia: Part 2, A Step Back in Time Celebrate this past Fourth of July with me through idyllic images of rural Virginia that just might take you back in time.
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Photo-Americana: On the Fourth of July in South Central Virginia: Part 1, Lake Rawlings There is still much to be thankful for on the Fourth of July in the small towns and natural landscapes of America, including in one of our founding states, Virgina. So on the Fourth, I took a little trip to witness this. Welcome to Lake Rawlings.
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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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Revolutionary Songs of the Arab Awakening You cannot understand the revolutionary forces sweeping through the Middle East, North Africa and beyond if you cannot hear their songs, so listen up.
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Palestinian Poet Extraordinaire: Remi Kanazi Recites "Only as Equals" in Austin Keeping the poetic fires alive for Palestine: poet Remi Kanazi performs his powerful poem "Only as Equals" at Monkeywrench Books in Austin, Texas on 4/4/11.
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Set Your Intention to Stop an Attack on Iran It is time for progressives to focus their energies collectively on stopping an attack on Iran before it starts, as well as rejecting the demonization of 70 million of our brothers and sisters on our planet.
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Art Photography: Winter Storm in Norfolk, Jan 30 Want to see a slice of Winter Americana in MidAtlantic Virginia? Then look no farther.
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Testimonies from the Voices the Syrian State is Trying to Silence Seeing beyond the fog of Syrian State propaganda and information repression through interviews with Syrian refugees and critics.
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Hidden in the Bayous As I continue my series about the Gulf Coast, we take a look at lingering hurricane destruction in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, a typical city where much of the damage is really hidden from the casual tourist. You have to go off the beaten path, so to speak.
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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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Photo-Essay with Video: Haiti After the Earthquake, Part 15: Even the Banks Got Hammered My series on Haiti is winding down now as I take my last tour of downtown Port-au-Prince, making it all the way to the banking district in this segment.
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Art Photography: Autumn Leaves, Trees and Flowers My present to all of you at OpEdNews and beyond this Thanksgiving, folks. No wishes that you eat well (which usually just means you will have extra calories and sugar rushes to worry about) or that you remember Plymouth Rock, which has been commercialized ad nauseum, just that you get in rhythm with the season, which, when you take the time TO LOOK, is astoundingly beautiful.
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The Ongoing Disaster in and along the Gulf of Mexico: New Citizens' Video Testimonies Here are more testimonies, in words, song and images, of the continuing disaster in the Gulf that much of the media and the powers-that-be are trying to ignore and deny. However, nothing is going away, not the people, who are fighting mad, and not the oil.
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Aftermath of the Worst of the Misrata Siege The Siege of Misrata is waning finally after Gaddafi forces have been driven West, block by block and acre by acre in the last few weeks. But the regime has left behind a legacy of destruction against this major Libyan city hard to phantom.
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Zen and the War on Terror As Obama makes the fateful decision to escalate an already horrific, convoluted war in a tortured and haunted land cursed with the specters of countless soldiers and warriors since ancient times, perhaps a poem would be useful to add a deeper perspective to the sounds and furies of our current crop of politicians and generals uttering tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury signifying nothing other than profound folly.
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Not so Happy First BP Oil Disaster Anniversary for the Gulf (Videos) This week is the anniversary of the worst environmental disaster in history, the BP oil catastrophe and coverup. BP, from the very moment disaster struck the Deepwater Horizon, began to act like a hit and run driver, and what they couldn't run from, they tried to cover up and buy out with all their billions, simultaneously launching a PR campaign to create a Potemkin Gulf, which, however, has nothing to do with reality.
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Photo-Americana: Chinatown, San Francisco, from Friday Evening to Saturday Afternoon Time to escape from the angst and mayhem of the raging world for a little while. Take a trip with me back to colorful Chinatown on a Friday night and return to hit the outdoor markets on Saturday.
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Gaddafi Depravity of the Day: Libya BBC Staff Arrested and Tortured by his Forces Muammar Gaddafi has crossed so many lines defining civilized bahavior and human rights that he and his regime are capable of almost anything now, including beating and mock-executing foreign journalists. What will be the next barbaric outrage from this demented despot who apparently thinks he can con and brutalize the entire world?
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Photo Americana: The Devil's Den, Part 2 Part 2 of The Devil's Den, Florida, more photo-Americana, this time the the wonders of the natural beauty of Florida.
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Misrata, a Sea of Misery at Gaddafi's Hands (Video Updates) The ancient city of Misrata, home to over half a million people when revolution in Libya broke out, is suffering grievously at the hands of the Gaddafi regime for going over to the rebel side, as Gaddafi continues to try to brutally subdue the population. The Turkish government, under cover of its own military contingent, has just brought scores of wounded out of the city on a makeshift hospital ship, the Ankara.
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Photo-Americana: Chinatown, San Francisco, on a Friday Afternoon While much of American society has become atomistic amidst cultural and economic disintegration, it is always refreshing to wander through Chinatown, where tradition, community and cultural identity still proceed at a vibrant pace.
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Tuesday's Palestine Papers: Vichy Palestinian Authority Conspired w/Israel to Kill Palestinians The shocking revelations in the Palestine Papers continue for a third day, as we learn just how far the Palestinian Authority is willing to go in collaborating with the Israelis against their fellow Palestinians. And even Wikileaks gets in on the act with its own cables.
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More Songs for Grieving, Healing, Battling BP and Protesting in the Gulf More songs about the Gulf disaster and resurrection are coming into OpEdNews. Here are more many of you haven't heard yet by Island Bill, The Raging Grannies, the Kinsey Sicks, Ellis and others.
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Prime Minister al Maliki Meets with Old Pro Vidkun Quisling (Satire) Nouri al Maliki, Prime Minister of the American puppet government of Iraq, raced to Oslo, Norway yesterday to confer with well-known traitor Vidkun Quisling on how best to sign Dick Cheney's security pact without looking like he had sold out his fellow countrymen.
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Fallujah, the Guernica of Our Times, Part 6 This is the 6th in a series of articles on the destruction of Fallujah, Iraq by the American military. This November is the 2nd anniversay of the final assault on that luckless city, which commenced, amazingly, with attacks on the hospitals. This article focuses on what happened to Fallujah General Hospital in particular in the first few days of Operation Phantom Fury.
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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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Representatives of 61 Tribes from across Libya Call for Gaddafi to Step Down While trying to tell the world that all Lybians (except for the "rats", he decries) love him while simultaneously slaughtering thousands of them thus far, now we have yet another monkey wrench thrown into his propaganda machine: chiefs or reps from 61 Lybian tribes have signed a document asking him to step down, although some tribes are 100% behind their rep, others only partially, to be exact.
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Stories from the Gulf: Living with the Gulf Oil Disaster With an opening narration by Robert Redford, these powerful stories will wake you up about the dire situation in the Gulf.
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(Satire) MARIE SAYS: LET THEM EAT CAKE! Senator Jim Bunning, who has no problem with voting for billions for mindless wars, suddenly waxes fiscally indignant at the thought of spending money on unemployed workers struggling to feed their families and pay the rent. Is he descended from French Bluebloods I wonder?
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You want to know about WAR CRIMES? Falluah, the Guernica of Our Times, Part 7 This day, two years ago, the final assault on Fallujah by the American military had just begun. By the middle of that fateful November, 2004, most of the city would lie in ruins, a testament to modern barbarity. Ironically, the insurgency that this extreme operation was meant to decapitate would only spread, Hydra-like, to the rest of Iraq, while in Fallujah today, there are still insurgent activities.
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Fallujah, the Guernica of Our Times, Part 3 This is the 3rd in a series of articles first published in print-form only for the Southern (((I))) of Hampton Roads, Virginia this year, a series covering the tragedy of Fallujah, all but destroyed in two major assaults by US-led forces in 2004, the second assault in November of that year. As we approach the second anniversary of that final destruction, I am now submitting them online for the first time to help us remember.
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Aristide returns to Haiti (Videos) Here is video documentation of Aristide's return to Haiti after seven long years. Crowds came out en masse to greet him.
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Open Letter to the Presidents of Russia and China All the storm warnings are there that the White House is poised to attack Iran on utterly specious grounds, with a clear ulterior motive, to carry out the Neocon agenda of turning the Middle East into an American super-colony. Gulag might be a better term. Moreover, this could profoundly damage the world economy, given the instability of oil prices and resources. What, then, are Russia and China doing to stop this?
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Obama, Manichaeism and the Shadow Today, Dec 9, 2009, President Obama justified brutal war as the path to peace by retreating into Manichaeism and skipping around the psychological reality of America's collective Shadow, ignoring the vast destruction that this has wrought in the world to maintain the fiction that we are the chosen ones to advance civilization.
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More Defections from Gaddafi Inner Circle after Moussa Koussa - Plus, Secret Talks Not all Libyan officials are Mafia-type thugs. Some are smart and well-educated, indeed apparently smart enough to jump off a runaway freight-train heading for a cliff. Moussa Koussa is the biggest name to flee Gadafi, and now, apparently, there are more. Meanwhile, the Guardian UK states that there are secret talks going on between the Gaddafi regime and London, so what does that portend? Will the train divert itself?
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Gaza's Reality - from Occupation 101 Americans continue to know very little about conditions in occupied Palestine, where some 4,255,000 plus Palestinians live in pathetic to horrific conditions. This short video takes you inside a refugee zone in Gaza.
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Gaddafi Forces Shell Port while "Red Star" Loading Wounded and Migrants Misrata has become a scene out of Kafka, humanity savagely under assault by humans now less than human, while being simultaneously betrayed by all too vacuous humans.
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Fallujah, the Guernica of Our Times, Part 5 This is the 5th in the Fallujah series, detailing the political and military situation inside Falluah between the first American assault in April, 2004 and the second offensive in November of that year. A formerly diverse, secular city was now transformed into a hunkered down, desperate enclave run by Sharia Law and the Mujahedeen.
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UN Seeks Probe after Torture and Slaying of Syrian Boy UNICEF called on Syria on Tuesday to investigate reports of "horrific acts" of violence against children detained during the current wave of unrest in the Arab country. The call came after The New York Times reported on Monday that an online video showed a 13-year-old boy, arrested at a protest on April 29, who it said had been tortured, mutilated and killed before his body was returned to his family.
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Art Photography: Night Zinnias If Dracula had been a little more sensitive, instead of waxing euphoric over his howling wolves as his "children of the night", he might have gone on a moonlight walk (or flight) and admired some of the beautiful flowers of the night.
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Fallujah, the Guernica of Our Times, Part 4 This is the 4th of a series of articles recounting the destruction of Fallujah, Iraq by the American military during two assaults in 2004. This article brings us to the end of the 1st siege, examining civilian suffering and the role of independent journalists in telling the whole, brutal story, not the corporate media's sanitized version of events. We are indebted to those who risk their lives in pursuit of the truth.
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Yes! Finally a Song Sent Me: Lament for the Gulf of Mexico by Tina Micula From Tina Micula: This song, with photos by Georgianne Nienaber, well-known independent photo-journalist, goes out to the people of the Gulf of Mexico, indeed to all beings, with the hope that this disaster will be a wake up call to protect our fragile earth.
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Chess Games in Libya and London while Rebel Gov't and Army Solidify What is clear lately is that the Gaddafi regime is showing fissures, with more defections and a state or paranoia setting in against its own officials, while the rebel government is gaining more international recognition as, also, the rebel army, despite setbacks militarily, is slowly overcoming their lack of discipline and training.
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Art Photography: A Snowstorm Blankets South Carolina Another slice of Winter Americana, South Carolina, Feb 12, 2010.
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Fallujah, the Guernica of Our Times, Part 2 This is the 2nd in a series of articles first published in print-form only for the Southern (((I))) of Hampton Roads, Virginia this year, a series covering the tragedy of Fallujah, all but destroyed in two major assaults by US-led forces in 2004, the second assault in November of that year. As we approach the second anniversary of that final destruction, I am now submitting them online for the first time to help us remember.
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A Poetic Reflection on 9/11: Zen and the War on Terror There are, to simplify, two pathways one can follow in this world, two paradigms one can choose from to try to survive and prosper with. One is the path of Fear, the other the path of Love. Thus far America has been following the pathway of Fear. And look to what sorry state it has led us. Time to try the other approach.
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American Boots ARE on the Ground in Libya, Libyan-American Boots that is. Some Libyan Americans, not to mention Libyans in other countries, after seeing the horrors Muammar Gaddafi has been inflicting upon his own people, are returning to their homeland to join up with the rebels to liberate their country before it is too late, acts of real courage against a regime known to beat, torture and/or execute prisoners.
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Fallujah, the Guernica of Our Times, Part 1 This is the first in a series of articles first published in print-form only for the Southern (((I))) of Hampton Roads, Virginia this year, a series covering the tragedy of Fallujah, all but destroyed in two major assaults by US-led forces in 2004, the second assault in November of that year. As we approach the second anniversary of that final destruction, I am now submitting them online for the first time to help us remember.
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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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REDUCED Warning to Southern Lousiana and the Gulf Coast, Cyclone Threat now Just Heavy Rains UPDATE: CYCLONE THREAT DISSIPATES FOR HEAVY RAIN THREAT. Why are we not seeing more warnings in the media about a potential cyclone not far from Ground Zero of the BP Oil Spill? Everyone should be taking action to prepare for the consequences of high winds and surf mixing with the vast accumulations of oil and chemicals in the vicinity.
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The Frat Boys and Their Holocaust - Is it One Million Now? A new report by an Australian scientist is now putting the Iraqi death toll at one million. What will it take for Pelosi to enlarge her compassion beyond just the American dead to care about the Iraqi dead, or is that just collateral damage to her? America is now overseeing a Holocaust. Is that how we want History to rememeber us?
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Two Paths to Solving the World's Problems Well, war and torture and Machiavellian intrigues have certainly ushered in a new Golden Age globally, haven't they, especially in the Middle East? Not! As the planet now descends into the lower circles of Hell, it is time to rethink our underlying philosophy. Or as Gandhi put it, he would become convinced that violence could solve the world's problems when someone could prove to him that darkness can dispel darkness.
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The Appeal for Redress from the War in Iraq Members of the Armed Forces should be aware that they have a legitimate right through the Appeal for Redress mechanism to register their opposition to the war in Iraq, as well as the right in general to criticize the war, so long as they follow military protocol.
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MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF IMMIGRANT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES CRITICAL IN IMMIGRATION REFORM Speaking on behalf of the American Psychological Association, Suárez-Orozco urged Congress to make reforms that stress the importance of keeping families together and enforcing the laws humanely.
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OPERATION IRAQI GENOCIDE Let's start dismantling our Orwellian government's Double Speak one cliche at a time, starting with one of the most odious. Their thought-forms must be neutralized and exposed for the negative energies and realities they hide.
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Confronting the Propaganda War Against Iran The big lies are continuing to mount to demonize Iran. The White House and its faithful sidekick, Israel, are already engaged in low-level warfare against Iran and are setting the stage for a direct attack. It is time for progressives to escalate our own efforts to stop this insane rush toward mindless, massive destruction on yet another front.
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Return the Lunatics to the Asylum Let's not mince words. The lunatics running America are creating disaster after disaster globally and must be returned to the asylum, so to speak, as quickly as we can straight-jacket them. Iraq is already approaching the holocaust category, if not already within it, and will soon be comparable to Cambodia if Bush and company are not stopped. The horror there has probably already surpassed Guatemala's killing fields.
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Protest Against Bush Attack on Iran Protesters against an attack on Iran demonstrated outside the Naval Operating Base, Norfolk Virginia, this past Sunday as the nuclear carrier USS Eisenhower prepared for departure this Tuesday, leading a strike force headed for the coast of Iran.