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Countdown: Hillary’s False Gas Outrage + False Protest + All-Wright Already

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4-30-08

Hillary’s False Gas Outrage

She’s at it again. First she’s from NY, then She’s from PA., Now she’s from Indiana. Then her false outrage over gas. Then she has no Idea How To Pump Gas. Or even how to get a cup of coffee for her self. Her words ” Secret Service does this.” People don’t fall for this BS from this lying bitch. and she says Obama is an elite. Who made 110 Million. It was not Obama.

Hillary Stages False Protest

The Clinton’s stage a false protest at the DNC today. Using Clinton supporters from Fl. Now living in Florida as I do, We all knew month’s in advance, that our election did not count. The local election Offices notified everyone and all of the local news agency’s told everyday leading up yo the election. So don’t be fooled by the Clinton Campaign. This is More Hillary Lies.

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All-Wright Already

Barack & Michelle Obama on COUNTDOWN Tomorrow!

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“Man Overboard!”: Obama turns away from a drowning friend By Mike Whitney

Exclusive: Howard Dean, Shut up and pay attention! By J. Brett Whitesell

Barack Obama “outraged” by Reverend Wright (video)

Reverend Wright at NAACP (videos)

Barack Obama is a Pussy

Canada’s C-51 Law To Outlaw 60% of Natural Health Products

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Global Research, April 30, 2008
canadafreepress.com

Don’t Let Big Pharma Do This To Canada

A new law being pushed in Canada by Big Pharma seeks to outlaw up to 60 percent of natural health products currently sold in Canada, even while criminalizing parents who give herbs or supplements to their children. The law, known as C-51, was introduced by the Canadian Minister of Health on April 8th, 2008, and it proposes sweeping changes to Canada’s Food and Drugs Act that could have devastating consequences on the health products industry.

Among the changes proposed by the bill are radical alterations to key terminology, including replacing the word “drug” with “therapeutic product” throughout the Act, thereby giving the Canadian government broad-reaching powers to regulate the sale of all herbs, vitamins, supplements and other items. With this single language change, anything that is “therapeutic” automatically falls under the Food and Drug Act. This would include bottled water, blueberries, dandelion greens and essentially all plant-derived substances.

The Act also changes the definition of the word “sell” to include anyone who gives such therapeutic products to someone else. So a mother giving an herb to her child, under the proposed new language, could be arrested for engaging in the sale of unregulated, unapproved “therapeutic substances.” Learn about more of these freedom-squashing changes to the law at the Stop51.com website: http://www.stopc51.com

New enforcement powers allow Canadian government to seize your home or business

At the same time that C-51 is outlawing herbs, supplements and vitamins, it would grant alarming new “enforcement” powers to the thugs enforcement agents who claim to be “protecting” the public from dangerous unapproved “therapeutic agents” like, say, dandelion greens. As explained on the http://www.Educate-Yourself.orgwebsite ((http://educate-yourself.org/cn/canadian…), the C-51 law would allow the Canadian government’s thugsenforcement agents to:

• Raid your home or business without a warrant
• Seize your bank accounts
• Levy fines up to $5 million and a jail terms up to 2 years for merely selling an herb
• Confiscate your property, then charge you storage fees for the expense involved in storing all the products they stole from you

C-51 would even criminalize the simple drying of herbs in your kitchen to be used in an herbal product, by the way. That would now be categorized as a “controlled activity,” and anyone caught engaging in such “controlled activities” would be arrested, fined and potentially jailed. Other “controlled activities” include labeling bottles, harvesting plants on a farm, collecting herbs from your back yard, or even testing herbal products on yourself! (Yes, virtually every activity involving herbs or supplements would be criminalized…)

There’s more, too. C-51 is the Canadian government’s “final solution” for the health products industry. It’s a desperate effort to destroy this industry that’s threatening the profits and viability of conventional medicine.

Natural medicine works so well—and is becoming so widely used—that both the Canadian and American governments have decided to “nuke” the industries by passing new laws that effectively criminalize anyone selling such products. They simply cannot tolerate allowing consumers to have continued access to natural products. To do so will ultimately spell the destruction of Big Pharma and the outdated, corrupt and criminally-operated pharmaceutical industry that these criminally-operated governments are trying to protect.

Join the rally to protest C-51

On May 9th, 2008, Canadian citizens will be gathering at the Calgary Federal Court to protest C-51 and help protect their access to natural health products. Call 1-888-878-3467 to learn more, or visit the action page of Health Canada Exposed at: www.stopc51.com

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US central bank cuts rates + Oil in 2012: $200 or $50?

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Al Jazeera English
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2008
21:13 MECCA TIME, 18:13 GMT

The US central bank has cut interest rates by a quarter-point from 2.25 per cent to two per cent.

The cut, which had been expected to take place, is the seventh reduction since the Federal Reserve began cutting rates down from 5.25 per cent last September, in response to growing fears of an economic slowdown.

It also means that the federal rate is now at its lowest since December 2004.

The cut comes as figures released on Wednesday showed that the US economy had managed a modest growth rate of 0.6 per cent in the first financial quarter of 2008, slightly topping analysts’ expectations.

…continued

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Oil in 2012: $200 or $50?

By Martin Hutchinson
Asia Times
Apr 30, 2008

CIBC World Markets analysts recently predicted that oil would sell for US$200 a barrel in 2012, as oil supplies grow ever tighter relative to demand. That would imply a continued global boom for the next four years, which would bring inflation, perhaps validating CIBC’s prophesy as the dollar went the way of the 1923 Reichsmark.

All the same, that’s not the way I’d bet; I think $50 is more likely. We are probably not quite at the end of this unprecedented oil and commodities bubble, but we are surely getting close.

…continued

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Iran dumps U.S. dollars in oil transactions

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Global Research, April 30, 2008
Xinhua

TEHRAN, April 30 (Xinhua) — Iran had totally removed U.S. dollars in the country’s oil transactions, an Oil Ministry official said on Wednesday.

“The dollar has completely been removed from our oil trade…. Crude oil customers have agreed with us to use other currencies (in the trade),” Oil Ministry official Hojjatollah Ghanimifard was quoted as saying by the state television.

“We make our transactions with euros in Europe, but yen in Asia,” he added.

Due to the tensions with Washington in the past years over the nuclear disputes and the latest depreciation of dollars, Iran has vowed to decrease the greenback in its foreign trade. Iran central bank also has reduced dollars in the country’s foreign reserves. In last November’s summit of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Saudi Arabia, Iran proposed that it was necessary to replace the U.S. dollar with other major hard currencies in oil trading. But some Arab allies of the United States showed few support to Tehran’s advice.

However, Iran’s Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari has already declared in last December that Tehran had completely stopped selling its oil in dollars, according a report by the semi-official ISNA news agency at that time.

“In line with the policy of selling crude oil in non dollar currencies, currently selling our country’s oil in U.S. dollars has been completely stopped,” Nozari was then quoted as saying. Right now it’s not clear why there seems to be a contradiction between comments by the two officials over the exact time to stop dollars in Iran’s oil trade.

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The March 20, 2008 US Declaration of War on Iran by John McGlynn

Why the US sees Iran as a threat (video)

Why is Iran Still in the Cross-Hairs? by Dr. Ellen Hodgson Brown

‘Blood Diamonds’ ‘Blood Oil’ and ‘Blood Food’ By Pablo Ouziel

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By Pablo Ouziel
ICH
04/30/08 “MEO

True commitment to stopping the war in Iraq requires a global human rights strike, in which the working population of the world stops producing, until the governments and the corporations realize that the voice of the people does indeed matter.

For a while now, I have been thinking about what George W. Bush signifies from a socio-political perspective. Looking at the world from the time of the ‘Big Bang’ of September 11th, 2001, until today almost seven years later, one can clearly observe how monstrous our human interaction has become. After much reading and analysis, I now understand that September 11th was not the starting point of a new world order, but to the contrary, it was purely the end of a specific human state of affairs.

When one grows up in the west, our history books tell us stories about past events in our world. As we grow up, those same stories shape the way in which we look at the world around us. Once this history is indoctrinated into our minds, it frames the scope of our objective judgment. This in turn, leads to a very narrow analysis of our current reality.

As westerners we have the tendency to feel superior to the rest of the human species. Somehow, we have come to believe that our crusades, empires and colonization have led us to a higher understanding of kindness, compassion, love and equality. As westerners, we seem to see ourselves in a higher plane of collective awareness, intellectual and spiritual attainment. I do not doubt for a single minute that in other cultures they have similar prejudices, but I learned from an early age through Christian scriptures, that one must look deep into his or her consciousness, in order to identify mistakes and make corrections. Therefore, for me it is important to focus only on the culture that I know, I live, and that I am an active member of — the western world, as defined by the politicians of the ‘Axis of Good’ who govern us.

We are very comfortable in the west, all of us. Even the most deprived are not as deprived as the whole of Iraq, and by the whole of Iraq, I do mean everyone including the Al Qaeda terrorists, the international soldiers, the Iraqi militias, the possible Iranian insurgents, the government officials, doctors and nurses, contractors, private army operatives, NGO workers, the rich, the poor, the women, men and the children. Nobody there is as good as we are here. Iraq is just one of the many examples of places where the whole population is on its knees as we in the west enjoy our ‘morally evolved’ societies.

People in Haiti are eating mud cakes because of the soaring food prices, the people in Gaza have no electricity, in Afghanistan, the only royal visit they receive, is of a British prince dressed in military gear going to kill on Afghan soil. In India, the farmers are committing suicide due to failed harvests of genetically modified Monsanto crops. Around the world, people are rioting because of lack of food or basic human necessities. Yet in the west, we can move around freely, we can cross borders and fly our budget airlines from capital to capital, observing the comforts of western existence. Organized streets, clean cars, wonderful shopping malls, great monuments, everything is civilized and could be admired, that is, if it was honest. But it isn’t, it is morally wrong and deep down we all know it. We know it, but we just don’t want to do anything about it, because we are comfortable. Only a very small proportion of the population would truly change their position for that of a person in Iraq. I suppose that is why we choose to keep Iraq as a problem of our governments, and the terrorists whom must be eliminated to protect us from ‘evil’.

As westerners, we feel that our commitment to morality and justice is apparent once in a while, with an Anti-War demonstration scheduled in a city for a particular day. We come out to the streets that day, all united, the young ‘Che’ impersonator, holding hands with the 60’s hippy, the businessman who inherited his mother’s company and is well established within his city, the University professor who still holds faithful to her ‘liberal’ values, the working class family which feels that a one day revolution is better than nothing, the yuppie banker, etc… Representations of various segments of our population are present at the event. It lasts a few hours, there is music on the streets, the cameras are filming everything to air it across the television channels of the world. Once the demonstration is over, we all go back to our jobs, we have expressed our concern on schedule and we should not disrupt the system of things any longer. After all, we all have bills to pay, we all must take care of our families or simply ourselves, and there is not that much we can do beyond demonstrations. At least that is the sentiment, which seems to perpetrate from the tragic reality of these events, which although well intended are not truly committed.

True commitment to stopping the war in Iraq requires a global human rights strike, in which the working population of the world stops producing, until the governments and the corporations realize that the voice of the people does indeed matter. If we had the courage to do this, the power would shift automatically from the politicians, bankers and corporations to the majority of the population. This would have been unimaginable just seven years ago, but with the advances in communication technologies and the global mobility of the work force, a global change is plausible.

People in the west however, are generally not interested in change, at the moment. Things are still good. We are having hiccups in our economies and problems in our internal social systems, but these issues are not yet affecting a large enough proportion of our population, in order to get us united. Besides, most people are not fully aware of the connection between the human strife in other countries and the policies of our governments and growth strategies of global corporations. Right now, for most of the west, it would be too cumbersome to focus honestly, on the cruelty which our governments are perpetrating around the world to keep us from loosing our mortgaged style of living.

As speculators are busy speculating with food and commodity prices, causing instant death around the world and indescribable misery, creating a market for ‘blood food’ and ‘blood oil’. We in the west will attribute this failure to a few unwanted elements in our society. It is evident now, that if the west attacks Iran, the western population will pinpoint the blame on George W. Bush. He will then move on, and someone will clean up the mess. The fact remains however, that George W. Bush is indeed serving the interests of America and its allies. Unless the western population is willing to lower its standard of living and cut down on its thirst for natural resources, we are going to fight a perpetual war, defending our privileges and exploiting the basic human rights of others.

For this war, George W. Bush is the right man. However, if we decide that annihilating the rest of the world is not the way to go about it. We must learn to cut back on spending, organize ourselves as tax payers, and begin to demand disarmament from our governments, to pull them out of those apparently “unwanted” wars. Until then, the diamonds in our stores will be bloody, the food in our supermarkets will be bloody and the gasoline at our pumps will be bloody. Washing our hands of the problem will maybe help us in the short-term, but in the long term, we will see that just like in the times of the Nazi’s, our collective hands are tainted with innocent blood.

It is time for the west to accept that although some might hate George W. Bush’s style, he is fighting to guarantee our privileges and is a reflection of our socio-political interests. Let us stop our double standards and begin to look at our reality. A lot of people are dying hoping for some solidarity, yet in the west, we are reluctant to accept responsibility for our cruelty to other human beings.

Pablo Ouziel is a sociologist and freelance writer.

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“Man Overboard!”: Obama turns away from a drowning friend By Mike Whitney

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By Mike Whitney
04/30/08 “ICH”

Obama is “outraged”.

After weeks of blistering attacks by the media, Barack Obama held a press conference yesterday and made it official; his friendship with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright is over, terminated, kaput. He would no longer associate with a man who believed that the United States of America could do horrible things to its people or that 9-11 might have been the result of US foreign policy. As Obama said, that’s just “outrageous”.

Obama”s press conference:

“I have spent my whole life trying to bridge the gap between different human beings…..That’s who I am and that’s what this campaign is all about. Yesterday we saw a very different kind of vision of America (Rev Wright’s speech to the National Press Club) I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened over the spectacle. The Reverend Wright I saw yesterday was not the person I knew 20 years ago. His comments were not only divisive and destructive, but they give comfort to those who prey on hate. They do not accurately portray my values and beliefs. If Reverend Wright thinks that is ‘political posturing’ than he does not know me very well. And based on his comments yesterday I may not know him as well as I thought either.”

Blah. blah, blah. The media, of course, is elated with their victory; they’ve achieved their goal. They “persuaded” Obama to betray a friend. Mission accomplished. 1,816 articles appeared overnight on Google News celebrating the prodigals return to the fold; Barack is back. Hooray. Obama’s capitulation may be the greatest media triumph since the shrewish Linda Tripp produced the blue dress with the incriminating splotch. It just doesn’t get any better than this. Obama showed that he is not only willing to sacrifice his friends for his political ambitions, but that he’s also willing to distance himself from the very traditions and movements which made his candidacy possible. What more could they want?

But this is just the beginning of Obama’s political education and Wright is just one of many weapons that will be used to bludgeon the well-meaning candidate into submission. By inauguration day, he’ll have been stripped of his dignity, his aspirations, and his identity as a black American. In other words, he should be primed and ready to accept his duties as the next President of the United States.

But Obama’s travails haven’t ended just because he ran up the white flag. Oh, no. In fact they’re just beginning. The free ride is over. The Wall Street Journal ran an article on Wednesday that represents the next line of attack on the guileless Illinois senator. This time the target is not Wright, but black academics and “Afrocentric educators” which the WSJ dismisses as “charlatans”.

Wall Street Journal:

“The list of Afrocentric “educators” whom the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has invoked in his media escapades since Sunday is a disturbing reminder that academia’s follies can enter the public world in harmful ways. Now the pressing question is whether they have entered Barack Obama’s worldview as well.

Some in Mr. Wright’s crew of charlatans have already had their moments in the spotlight; others are less well known. They form part of the tragic academic project of justifying self-defeating underclass behavior as “authentically black.” That their ideas have ended up in the pulpit of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ and in Detroit’s Cobo Hall, where Mr. Wright spoke at the NAACP’s Freedom Fund dinner on Sunday, reminds us that bad ideas must be fought at their origins — and at every moment thereafter.

Approving of self-destructive behavior in school is just one part of the vast academic project to justify black underclass dysfunction.” (“The Wright Side of the Brain” Heather MacDonald, WSJ)

“Part of the tragic academic project of justifying self-defeating underclass behavior as authentically black”?

Ouch. That’s gonna leave a mark!

But MacDonald is right; how dare black Americans think they can have their own history, traditions and education? What utter effrontery. As the Ms. MacDonald so persuasively points out; it’s all “crackpot Afrocentric pedagogy”. But we must be vigilant (the WSJ warns us) because “we may be on the verge of seeing such madness spread into the White House.”

Hide the children!

Obama naively believed he could simply toss Wright overboard and be done with it. Wrong. There’s no Faustian bargain in politics; no “one moment” when a man sells his soul and moves up to the next level. Politics is like gangrene; it’s piecemeal. One body part turns black and rots off and then the disease moves somewhere else. It all depends on the host. The same is true of politicians; as they ascend the electoral stairwell they discard one chunk of their humanity after another. Eventually—if they can avoid the many land-mines—they enter El Dorado and take the swivel chair in the Oval Office.

It’s no different for Obama; and that doesn’t make him a bad man either. In fact, he would probably make a much better president than John McCain or Madame DeFarge. It just means that the system won’t allow people of integrity to reach the highest rung on the political ladder. They end up being compromised. Eventually, the level of compromise is so great that the system no longer functions properly; the economic situation deteriorates, the country is wracked with debt and corruption, the military is bogged down in unwinnable wars, and the liberties upon which the nation was built begin to crumble. Everything that’s happening right now. Obama can’t change that nor can anyone who operates within the system. That is what makes men like Reverend Wright more important historically than Obama, even if Obama becomes president. Wright represents people-powered change, “transformational change”; the change that takes place when workers organize into labor unions and shut down plants and factories. The kind of change when women form liberation movements and demand the right to vote or equal pay. The kind of change when gays demand equal protection under the law and equal opportunity at work. The kind of change when black people say “enough” and take their place at “white’s only” lunch counters or in seats at the head of the bus.

These society-altering changes, which have shaped the class-race-gender struggle in America, have nothing to do with politics or politicians. The heavy-lifting was all done by grassroots movements that took the political system by the throat, threw it to the ground, and demanded radical change. Those groups were spearheaded by dynamic and passionate leaders like Jeremiah Wright.

Reverend Wright:

“Our congregation took a stand against apartheid when the government of our country was supporting the racist regime of the African government in South Africa.
Our congregation stood in solidarity with the peasants in El Salvador and Nicaragua, while our government, through Ollie North and the Iran-Contra scandal, was supporting the Contras, who were killing the peasants and the Miskito Indians in those two countries.”

Radical change!

There’s nothing wrong with Obama; he’ll probably be a better-than-average president. But don’t hope for miracles. Transformational change will not come from within the system; it must be forced on the system. And that’s what Jeremiah Wright is all about.

Good luck, Reverend.

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The Jeremiah Wright You Won’t Hear on FOX News By Mike Whitney

National Press Club – Rev Wright Q & A (videos)

Rev. Wright at the National Press Club (videos)

Permanent Wars for Oil and Permanent Terrorism by Rodrigue Tremblay

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by Rodrigue Tremblay
Thursday, May 1, 2008

“Oil in the next war will occupy the place of coal in the present war, or at least a parallel place to coal. The only big potential supply that we can get under British control is the Persian [now Iran] and Mesopotamian [now Iraq] supply…. Control over these oil supplies becomes a first class British war aim.” — Sir Maurice Hankey, Britain’s First Secretary of the War Cabinet, 1918

“Whatever their publicized angst over Saddam Hussein’s ‘weapons of mass destruction,’ American and British authorities were also concerned about violence in an area that harbours a resource indispensable for the functioning of the world economy.” — Alan Greenspan, Fed Chairman 1987-2006

[We cannot leave Iraq because] “extremists [may] be in a position to use oil as a tool to blackmail the West… and they will do so unless we abandon Israel ” — George W. Bush, November 1, 2006

“When there is a regime change in Iraq, you could add 3 million to 5 million barrels of production to world supply,” — Lawrence Lindsey, former George W. Bush’s then-chief economic adviser, 2002

“Secure supplies of energy are essential to our prosperity and security. The concentration of 65 percent of the world’s known oil reserves in the Persian Gulf means we must continue to ensure reliable access to competitively priced oil and a prompt, adequate response to any major oil supply disruption.” — U.S. White House, “National Security Strategy of the United States”, March 1990

When the Bush-Cheney administration took over in January 2001, the international price of oil was about $22 a barrel. Now, nearly eight years later, the price of oil is hovering around $120 a barrel, a more than five hundred percent increase. Thus, as far as oil is concerned, things have not unfolded in Iraq as planned and expected by the Neocons in the Bush-Cheney administration. First, they thought that gushing Iraqi oil would pay for the invasion and occupation of the country. Instead, the cash outlay for this adventure is likely to reach one trillion dollars, and the total cost to the U.S. economy will likely surpass three trillion dollars. Second, the price of oil is reaching record levels with no top in sight and this is threatening to tip the U.S. and the world economies into a protracted economic recession. This is partly due to the fact that Iraqi oil output has not increased as planned and is rather below where it was when the United States invaded and occupied Iraq in 2003. From a macroeconomic point of view, this ill-advised and illegal war has been an unmitigated disaster.

Nevertheless, despite sporadic pious declarations about leaving Iraq when asked, the Bush-Cheney administration is planning a 50-Year American military occupation of Iraq. They do not want to set a date to end the occupation of Iraq, because they see it as an open-ended military occupation. —This is to be expected, since the real reasons they invaded Iraq in the first place was to pursue the long run goal of controlling Middle East oil and of protecting the state of Israel from its Muslim neighbors. Indeed, everybody knows that the military invasion of Iraq by American forces had nothing to do with “democracy” or the wishes of the people. It had everything to do with securing Iraq’s oil reserves and with removing one of Israel’s enemies in the person of Saddam Hussein.

Last May 31 (2007), Secretary of Defense Robert Gates confirmed these long-term plans when he said that the United States was looking for a “long and enduring presence” in Iraq. That is the reason the U.S. has built the largest embassy in the world, 21 buildings on a 100-acre site on the banks of the Tigris, which will be capable of housing one thousand employees. That is also why they are consolidating some 100 plus military bases in that Muslim country into 14 permanent super-military bases – all geared to control militarily that part of the world for a very long time.

This is also why the Bush-Cheney administration is pushing the Iraqi Parliament hard to adopt a law that would privatize the Iraqi oil industry. If the current puppet regime now in place in Iraq were to refuse passing such a law, the so-called “Hydrocarbon Act”, it would lose over a billion dollars in reconstruction funds that would be blocked by the Bush-Cheney administration.

This overt military grab of the oil resources of a Middle East nation is a sure recipe for feeding permanent terrorism in the world and permanent war in the Middle East for as long as one can see. And if Americans elect a Republican president for a third term next November, by voting for presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), that is what will happen since this politician is already committed to a one hundred year war in that part of the world.

According to polls, a vast majority of Iraqis is opposed to the privatization of their oil industry. Nevertheless, privatization of Iraqi oil is one of the main “benchmarks” that the Bush-Cheney administration is imposing on the Iraqi government.

It has installed in occupied Iraq a puppet government of its own that is delivering the merchandise, even though some arm-twisting pressure has been necessary. Last July 3 (2007), for instance, the U.S.-controlled al-Maliki’s Cabinet approved, with no Sunni ministers present, a US-backed draft oil law that will share Iraqi oil wealth between the three main Iraqi groups, but which will, above all, let American and foreign oil companies into the Iraqi oil sector and enact privatization under so called production sharing agreements. This has been a key political target and even a “benchmark” set by the Bush-Cheney White House, but so far the Iraqi Parliament has balked in approving the required controversial legislation, because there have been many protests, many Iraqis being very reluctant to adopt a policy of sharing oil production and revenues with foreign oil companies, especially when they have been taken away from them “at gunpoint”.

The Iraqi oil industry has been nationalized since 1975, some thirty-three years ago. Indeed, before the American-led military invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Iraqi oil fields were controlled by the Iraqi government through a state-owned corporation. This was the foundation for a relatively high standard of living in Iraq, which had one of the best health care systems in the region and was producing more Ph.D.s per capita than the U.S. It is this prosperity and this wealth that are being destroyed by the Bush-Cheney administration. Under their military occupation of Iraq and the contemplated oil arrangements, much of Iraqi oil production and oil revenues would fall under the control of foreign oil companies, mainly American and British [Exxon/Mobil, Chevron/Texaco, BP/Amoco, and Royal Dutch/Shell].

One of the two main rationales for launching the illegal invasion of Iraq would have been accomplished, i.e. to keep the flow of oil going, under the surveillance of American troops, the other rationale being the destruction of one of Israel’s strategic enemies. — Many knowledgeable observers, such as Australian Defense Minister Brendan Nelson, have confirmed that Oil Supply Security was a paramount reason for the Iraq invasion and occupation when he said that maintaining “resource security” in the Middle East was a priority. That is the reason why, when the American armies arrived in Baghdad, in early April 2003, their orders were to secure only one kind of public buildings, those of the Iraqi Oil Ministry. All the rest did not matter.

Finally, let us remember that on October 11, 2002, the U.S. Senate voted 77-23 to give George W. Bush and Dick Cheney a blank check authorization to launch a war of aggression against Iraq. Two current presidential candidates, John McCain and Hillary Clinton voted for the resolution. Let us remind ourselves also that ten days earlier, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had issued a confidential 90-page classified version of the National Intelligence Estimate, which contained a long list of dire consequences to follow if the USA were to invade Iraq. The report was made available to all 100 senators, but only six of them bothered to avail themselves of the opportunity to read it. Thanks to that knowledge, people have a glimpse now about how decisions were made in Washington D.C. before the onset of this war. Even on questions of life and death, improvisation prevailed on a high scale. And now, the seeds have been sown for permanent military occupations, permanent wars and permanent terrorism in the Middle East and in the world.

The price for such a misguided policy will be high and will linger on for years to come. Indeed, many Americans are beginning to see that there is a link between Iraq war spending and deficit, and the ongoing recession and accelerating inflation. Such waste and spending on wars reduce the amount of financial resources available to finance other essential government programs at home, from education to infrastructure. They increase the balance of payments deficit and force the U.S. to borrow abroad. And when the Fed lowers interest rates to mitigate the banking crisis, the dollar plummets, which feeds inflation further when oil prices and all other prices connected with transportation and world-traded commodities go up. The current stagflation is a direct consequence of excessive U.S. military spending abroad. The sooner a majority of Americans see that, the better.

Rodrigue Tremblay lives in Montreal and can be reached at rodrigue.tremblay@yahoo.com Visit his blog site at: www.thenewamericanempire.com/blog. Author’s Website: www.thenewamericanempire.com/ Check Dr. Tremblay’s coming book “The Code for Global Ethics” at: www.TheCodeForGlobalEthics.com

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Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich: “Privatizing Iraq’s Oil is Theft!” (vid)

Oil

Exclusive: Howard Dean, Shut up and pay attention! By J. Brett Whitesell

By J. Brett Whitesell
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Come The Revolution
April 30, 2008

Years ago the CEO of Long John Silvers, the fast food seafood restaurant chain, told its real estate department, “Do not build unless you can see the golden arches.” Why – because McDonalds had already spent millions in marketing and research to determine the best locations to build in every city and town they wanted to be in. Why do it again?

By the time the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had whittled down their candidates to two, the Republican Party had already spent a ton of money researching all the candidates. They had already beaten John Edwards before. Bill Richardson would make a great neighbor, but president?

Then while no one was looking Barack Obama shoots through the group with the crowds and charisma that made even Bill Clinton jealous. Obama had hit #1 with a bullet and looked like no one could beat him in November. What weapon could the GOP possibly use to stop him? Hillary Clinton, the other Democrat. They are so sure they can beat Hillary in November that they stop beating her up on the airwaves, are willing to spend millions of dollars and thousands of hours going into each open primary state rallying the republican base to vote for her. The GOP has recruited the use of Rush Limbaugh and Don Imus to convince all republicans that voting for Hillary today ensures a win for John McCain in November.

They are handing her all the ammunition she needs to beat up Barrack Obama. Obama is now being called a racist, a terrorist, and an elitist by his own party member, while the DNC stands by and watches. Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid have said that one of the candidates will have to be willing to stand down by the end of June, leaving the decision up to them. The reason? To allow Democratic voters enough time to heal.

Obama is the only one of the two with enough class to sacrifice his own ambitions for the better of the party. He is also the one taking the beatings from both sides. Anyone with any sense at all would walk away from this madness. The Republican Party has already spent the money and done the research. The GOP is now in control of the Democratic Primaries. They already know whom they can and can’t beat in November. They know who the next president of the United States could be. Someone in the DNC needs to slap Howard Dean in the face and tell him.

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Barack Obama “outraged” by Reverend Wright (video)

The Jeremiah Wright You Won’t Hear on FOX News By Mike Whitney

Obama’s Crotch Itch Problem by Joel S. Hirschhorn

McCain: Mission Accomplished (video)

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FACT: McCain Said “I Believe That The Success Will Be Fairly Easy.” During an appearance on CNN’s Larry King Live, McCain said, “I know that as successful as I believe we will be, and I believe that the success will be fairly easy, we will still lose some American young men or women. And that’s a great tragedy.” [CNN, "Larry King Live," 9/24/02]

FACT: McCain Said “And There’s No Doubt In My Mind That… We Will Be Welcomed As Liberators.” During an appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball, McCain said, “I don’t know how long they’ll hang out. It doesn’t take a large number of people to cause difficulties in house to house fighting we’ve just seen that in southern Iraq. But there’s no doubt in my mind that we will prevail and there’s no doubt in my mind, once these people are gone, that we will be welcomed as liberators.” [MSNBC, "Hardball," 3/24/03]

FACT: McCain Said “I Believe That We Can Win An Overwhelming Victory In A Very Short Period Of Time.” During an appearance on CNN’s Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, McCain said, “I believe that the United States military capabilities are such that we can win a victory in a relatively short time. And I, again, I don’t think it’s, quote, ‘easy,’ but I believe that we can win an overwhelming victory in a very short period of time.” [CNN, "Late Edition," 9/29/02]

FACT: McCain Said “This Is A Mission Accomplished.” During an interview on ABC News’ “This Week” McCain was asked about the capture of Saddam Hussein and the effect on US Forces. McCain said, “Their morale could not be higher. This is a mission accomplished. They know how much influence Saddam Hussein had on the Iraqi people, how much more difficult it made to get their cooperation. Every member of the military and civilian over there are rejoicing today. It was interesting to see Ambassador Bremer’s emotion. It was well- deserved.” [ABC, "This Week," 12/14/03]

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McCain: If I’m elected, I’ll shrink govt, just not my job (satire)

The McCain Health Plan: Millions Lose Coverage, Health Costs Worsen, & Insurance & Drug Industries Win

McCain: I will follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell + McCain’s Serious Foreign Policy

McCain Sound Bytes the MSM Ignored (videos)

McCain visits New Orleans: I would have nuked Katrina first (satire)

McCain-John

Mosaic News – 4/29/08: World News from the Middle East

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

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“Tareq Aziz Stands Trial,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Olmert: Escalation Will Continue in Gaza,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Mofaz Opposes Return of Golan Heights,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Hamas Plans Major Terr Attack,” IBA TV, Israel
“Father Mourns Death of Children,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Hariri Supports Dialogue with Oppsition,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“High Prices Bankrupt Lebanese Farmers,” New TV, Lebanon
“US Embassy Active in French Suburbs,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Egyptians Celebrate Ancient Holiday,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.

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Hamas Blocking & Stealing Fuel Supplies into Gaza is Wrong By Liam Bailey

Jimmy Carter Interview (videos)

Riz Khan: Somalia: Forgotten war? (vids)

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Norway has just hosted a meeting of the International Contact Group for Somalia to discuss the political process, security situation and desperate humanitarian conditions in the country which has endured 17 years of chaos and civil war. Jeffrey Gettleman, the East Africa bureau chief of The New York Times, and John Prendergast, the co-chair of the Enough Project which seeks sustainable solutions to on-going crises in Africa, join Riz Khan to discuss this volatile region of the Horn of Africa.

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Somali town subject to US ‘war on terror’ (video)

New Britney Spears Sex Tape Bares All! by Chris Floyd

Somalia

Somalia (from my old blog)

Invading Iran: Two wrongs make a right wing (satire)

Robert

by R J Shulman
Dandelion Salad
featured writer
Robert’s blog post
April 29, 2008

SANTA MONICA, California – A new study by the Rand Institute shows that the reasons many Republicans support a US invasion of Iran is that they believe that two wrongs make a right. “They are not unaware the invasion of Iraq was a monumental blunder. Quite the contrary, as only a mentally challenged person would think otherwise,” said Arthur Josserand a senior researcher, “what these conservatives believe is that a second similar mistake absolves them of the first.” Josserand said, “This is the same reason why after realizing Bush was an incompetent fool, they voted for him again in 2004.”

The report cites among other findings, that Bush deliberately repeated Reagan’s disastrous “trickle down” theory of giving huge financial breaks to the ultra wealthy in hopes it would benefit the middle class. “In their minds, the second mistake made everything OK,” the report said.

“Of course, this report is right,” said CNN’s Glenn Beck, “everybody knows if you make three hard lefts, it becomes a right and so it follows that two wrongs also make a right.”

“I prescribe to that theory of wrongs making rights,” said President Bush. “Because the wronger I get, the righter I am and that means after all that I’ve done in my life, I am now the rightest person in the whole wide planet.”

“The good news about all the death and carnage I have caused,” said Dick Cheney, “Is that I get to do it all over again.”

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The Iraq War Morphs Into The Iranian War By Paul Craig Roberts

The Clock is Ticking for an Attack on Iran by Dave Lindorff

Looking Back 30 Years by Guadamour

by Guadamour
Dandelion Salad
featured writer

Guadamour’s blog post
Originally posted Dec. 13, 2007

Revised: April 30, 2008

Looking Back 30 Years

Today the world faces global warming. The USA is fighting two undeclared wars based on the rights to have access to petroleum. Cars are bigger than they were thirty years ago, there are more of them and for the most part they don’t get any better mileage. The dollar and the economy are in the toilet and many experts think things are headed down the drain and into the sewer.

In 1975 the US faced its first oil crisis when OPEC doubled the price of oil. The price of gasoline in the USA went from around 35 cents a gallon to 75 cents a gallon or more, and many service stations were completely out of gas or limiting purchases so that they wouldn’t run out.

In 1975 the Vietnam (Undeclared) War was ending after the failed Truman Doctrine originally involved the USA in this conflict in the 40s.

In 1976 Jimmy Carter was elected President and took office in January of 1977.

The USA was still getting over the Nixon Watergate era, and many laws were passed restricting the power of the executive branch.

One of the first things Carter managed to get passed through congress was a bill creating the Department of Energy. Its stated goal was to make the USA energy independent of outside sources of petroleum and energy.

Towards that goal of energy independence, fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks were mandated for the first time irregardless of the extreme protest of Detroit automobile and truck producers.

Japanese auto manufacturers and other foreign producers had no trouble meeting these requirements, and used their success to secure a larger and larger share of the US auto and small truck market. That trend continues to this day.

Under the Department of Energy, tax credits were given to home owners for insulating their homes and installing solar and wind energy in their homes. Many of the solar hot water heaters installed at that time are still in operation.

The Department of Energy funded research into alternative energy.

The current news about the huge potential for generating bio-diesel from algae was discovered at that time, and is just now being developed.

Many people can make the argument that Carter was neither a good or efficient president. The Democrat, Tip O. Neil. makes a good argument for that in his autobiography, Man Of The House.

Carter didn’t win reelection and Ronald Reagan was elected President in 1980 after secret negotiations with theIranians who were holding American captives.

One of the first items of business the Reagan Administration completed when they assumed office in 1981 was to completely dismantle the Department of Energy. This included removing the solar system that had been installed in the White House.

The Department of Energy effectively ceased to exist. There were no longer tax credits for solar and weather proofing one’s home.

All funding of research into alternative energy sources was stopped.

Few mandates for increased gas mileage for vehicles have come down from the Federal government since that time.

When Ronald Reagan left office in 1989 the US debt was over four times larger than when he took office. The rate of the growth of the debt has become bigger under every Republican president since Reagan.

Today under very questionable and arguably unconstitutional Presidential “signings” the power of the executive branch is larger than it has ever been. This totally ignores the laws that were enacted after Nixon’sabuse of power. Nixon’s abuse of power seems trite in relationship to what is happening today.

Sort of makes one wonder what state the world would be in today if Jimmy Carter had been elected to a second term, especially considering the fact that he was able to broker the only lasting peace pacts in the Middle East.

If Carter had been re-elected there is a good possibility that the world would not be facing a possible World War III with the US planned invasion into Iran. Iran is not occupying other countries as are the US and Israel, nor has it invaded anyone. The same cannot be said for the US & Israel.

Amid mounting food crisis, governments fear revolution of the hungry

Dandelion Salad

by Bill Van Auken
Global Research, April 30, 2008
wsws.org – 2008-04-15

Last week’s meetings in Washington of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Group of Seven were convened in the shadow of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. While Wall Street’s turmoil and the deepening credit crunch dominated discussions, leaders of the global financial institutions were forced to take note of the growing global food emergency, warning of the threat of widespread hunger and already emerging political instability.

The seven major capitalist powers in the G-7—the US, Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Canada—made virtually no mention of the global food crisis, referring in only one brief reference to the risk of “high oil and commodity prices.” Instead, they focused on the stability of the financial markets, promising measures to shore up investor confidence.

The IMF and World Bank, however, felt compelled to acknowledge the emerging worldwide catastrophe, in part because while these agencies are instruments of the main imperialist powers, they must posture as responsive to the needs of all countries. It would be too revealing for them to focus exclusively on the fate of major finance houses, while ignoring the fact that hundreds of millions across the planet are being threatened with starvation.

More decisive, however, is the realization that this crisis confronting the most impoverished countries and poorest sections of the world’s population is threatening to unleash a revolution of the hungry that could topple governments across large parts of the world.

Even as the IMF and World Bank were meeting, the government of Haiti was forced out in a no-confidence vote passed in response to several days of demonstrations and protests against rising food prices and hunger that swept all the country’s major cities. Clashes between protesters and United Nations occupation troops left at least five people dead and scores wounded and saw crowds attempt to storm the presidential palace.

Food prices in Haiti had risen on average by 40 percent in less than a year, with the cost of staples such as rice doubling.

The same essential story has been repeated in country after country, from Africa to the Middle East, south Asia and Latin America.

* In Bangladesh, on Saturday, some 20,000 textile workers took to the streets to denounce soaring food prices and demand higher wages. The price of rice in the country has doubled over the past year, threatening the workers, who earn a monthly salary of just $25, with hunger. Scores were injured in clashes with police, who used gunfire in an attempt to disperse the crowds.

* In Egypt, protests by workers over food prices rocked the textile center of Mahalla al-Kobra, north of Cairo, for two days last week, with two people shot dead by security forces. Hundreds were arrested, and the government sent plainclothes police into the factories to force workers to work. Food prices in Egypt have risen by 40 percent in the past year.

* Unions and shopkeepers staged a two-day general strike in the West African nation of Burkina Faso last week to protest high prices. The strikers demanded a “significant and effective” cut in the price of rice and other staples.

* Several hundred demonstrators marched on parliament in Phnom Penh, Cambodia April 6 to protest food price hikes. The cost of a kilogram of rice has risen to $1 in a country where the average income is barely 50 cents a day. Police armed with cattle prods broke up the protest.

* Earlier this month, in the Ivory Coast, thousands marched on the home of President Laurent Gbagbo, chanting “we are hungry” and “life is too expensive, you are going to kill us.” The country has seen food prices soar by between 30 percent and 60 percent from one week to the next. Police broke up the protest with tear gas and batons, injuring over a dozen people.

Similar demonstrations, strikes and clashes have taken place in Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Yemen, Ethiopia, and throughout most of sub-Saharan Africa.

With terrifying rapidity, hundreds of millions of people all over the planet have been confronted with the inability to obtain the basic necessities of life. The global capitalist market is dictating intolerable conditions for masses of people on every continent, provoking a worldwide eruption of class struggle.

It is the concern that this struggle will spin out of control that found expression in the statements of concern issued by the IMF and World Bank leaders together with finance ministers and central bank chiefs gathered in Washington.

“If food prices go on as they are today, then the consequences on the population in a large set of countries, including Africa, but not only Africa, will be terrible. Hundreds of thousands of people will be starving. Children will suffer from malnutrition, with consequences all of their lives,” Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the International Monetary Fund managing director, told an April 12 press conference in Washington.

He warned that governments “will see what they have done totally destroyed and their legitimacy facing the population destroyed also.” Strauss-Kahn added: “So it’s not only a humanitarian question. It is not only an economic question. It is also a democratic question. Those kind of questions sometimes end into war.”

“In just two months,” World Bank President Robert Zoellick said in an opening speech to the meeting of finance ministers, “rice prices have skyrocketed to near historical levels, rising by around 75 percent globally and more in some markets, with more likely to come.

“In Bangladesh, a 2-kilogram bag of rice,” he said, holding up such a bag, “now consumes about half of the daily income of a poor family.”

He added that wheat prices had increased by 120 percent, more than doubling the cost of a loaf of bread.

“If food prices go on as they are today, then the consequences on the population in a large set of countries … will be terrible,” said Zoellick.

The “international community will also need to take urgent and concerted action in order to avoid the larger political and security implications of this growing crisis,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told international finance and trade officials at a UN meeting following the weekend talks in Washington.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Jean Ziegler offered among the bleakest prognoses for the continuing crisis. “We are heading for a very long period of rioting, conflicts (and) waves of uncontrollable regional instability marked by the despair of the most vulnerable populations,” he told the French daily Liberation Monday.

He pointed out that, even before the present crisis, hunger claimed the life of a child under the age of 10 every 5 seconds, and 854 million people in the world were seriously undernourished. What was now posed, Ziegler warned, is “an imminent massacre.”

While finance ministers from the US and Europe indicated agreement that the crisis was severe, there was no indication that the major capitalist powers have any plan to mount the kind of effort needed to stave off a humanitarian catastrophe.

The White House announced Monday that it is releasing $200 million in emergency food aid in response to a World Bank appeal for funding to make up for the shortfall in food assistance caused by soaring prices. The amount—roughly what the US spends in half a day on its war to conquer Iraq—is less than a drop in the bucket in the face of the looming global catastrophe.

In the end, the crisis is a product of the capitalist market itself. It is not a matter of too many mouths to feed or too little food to supply human needs. Food is available, but the market has driven prices to a level out of reach for a growing portion of humanity in the most oppressed countries, and at the same effectively slashing the living standards of workers in the more advanced capitalist world.

This process is driven by a number of factors, including climatic ones, such as the impact of a drought in Australia on wheat production and a flood in Bangladesh on rice. There is also the rise in demand, particularly from growing middle class layers in India and China.

But more fundamental is the effect of speculation in food as a commodity—like oil and precious metals. It has become a haven for financial investors fleeing from paper assets tainted by subprime mortgages and other toxic credit products. The influx of buyers drives prices and makes food unaffordable for the world’s poor.

“Fund money flowing into agriculture has boosted prices,” Standard Chartered Bank food commodities analyst Abah Ofon told the media. “It’s fashionable. This is the year of agricultural commodities.”

Speculation in food as a commodity has been sharply accelerated by the decline in the value of the dollar, soaring oil prices and the promotion of biofuel production in the US and elsewhere. This attempt to generate a new investment “bubble,” based on the fraud that somehow turning corn into ethanol represents a “green” alternative to fossil fuels, has driven up the price not only of corn, but other grains, while diverting a major share of food production into a more profitable venture.

Subsidized by the US government, American farmers have diverted fully 30 percent of corn production into the ethanol scheme, driving up the cost of other, more expensive, grains that are being bought as substitutes for animal feed.

“When a biofuel policy is launched in the United States, thanks to subsidies of $6 billion, of bio-fuels that drains 138 million tons of corn from the market, the foundation is laid for a crime against humanity to satisfy one’s own thirst for fuel,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Jean Ziegler told Liberation.

This assessment was repeated by India’s finance minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram, who declared, “When millions of people are going hungry, it’s a crime against humanity that food should be diverted to biofuels.”

US officials dismissed the charges, insisting that biofuel production was only one factor among many and indicating that there is no plan to change Washington’s policy.

Country after country has been left vulnerable to the global commodity price surge by “free market” policies implemented at the demands of Washington and the international financial agencies such as the IMF and World Bank over the past quarter century.

The closer integration of the economies of the oppressed countries into the world market has been accompanied by their increasing concentration on specialized export crops, while tariff barriers have been demolished, opening the way to subsidized agricultural staples from the more advanced countries capturing local markets.

Now, attempts by individual national governments to remedy the problem within their own borders—often taking the form of commodity producers erecting barriers on exports—have served to exacerbate the crisis internationally, driving food prices even higher, while triggering protests by farmers in countries stretching from India to Argentina. According to a recent World Bank survey, at least 58 countries have implemented at least some form of food-trade protectionism.

What is emerging in the crisis over food prices is a tumultuous manifestation of a breakdown of the global capitalist order. The catastrophe facing billions of people around the globe cannot be resolved within the confines of a system based on private profit and the nation state.

The revolutionary implications of this crisis are beginning to dawn on elements within the ruling establishment itself. In an article published Monday, the influential US magazine Time noted: “The idea of the starving masses driven by their desperation to take to the streets and overthrow the ancien regime has seemed impossibly quaint since capitalism triumphed so decisively in the Cold War… And yet, the headlines of the past month suggest that skyrocketing food prices are threatening the stability of a growing number of governments around the world.”

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out of frustration…and in weakness…

Global Famine: The Lords of Capital Decree Mass Death by Starvation

Food Fights: Predation vs Protection by The Other Katherine Harris

FOOD CRISIS: The greatest demonstration of the historical failure of the capitalist model

Fueling Food Shortages by Ralph Nader + Harry Chapin: Cats In The Cradle

High prices & less land keep Haiti hungry (vid) + The Black Hole of Debt

Food

Don Siegelman on Thom Hartmann (audio)

Dandelion Salad

Thom Hartmann Nationwide

Click on the second hour podcast on April 29, 2008.

Audio link

h/t: MARILYN NOYES

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