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Loose Cannon And Nuclear Submarines: West Prepares For Arctic Warfare by Rick Rozoff

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by Rick Rozoff
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30 November, 2009

The Arctic Ocean, and in particular its waters under the ice cap, are Russia’s last retaliatory refuge, that spot on the earth where any element of its strategic forces is comparatively safe from a Western first strike and least targetable by interceptor missiles after such an attack.

That Canada has advanced to the front rank of Western nations confronting and challenging a disproportionately stronger Russia in the Arctic strongly suggests that it has been put up to the task. Being a smaller and weaker nation allows it to be cast in the role of a sympathetic victim of “Russian aggression,” much like Estonia two years ago with alleged cyber attacks and Georgia last year after its invasion of South Ossetia. Leading Western elected officials were champing at the bit to activate NATO’s Article 5 in the last two cases (even though Georgia is not yet a full member of the bloc), and Canada could provide a casus belli impossible to resist.
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In Search of Italy by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
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30 November 2009

The dream and the reality are far apart and the chasm is growing bigger with each passing day, affirms our correspondent

Italy—at once anarchic, stubbornly individualistic and communitarian—is no longer everyone’s second motherland. Her warmth, her legendary charms and generosity, even her sense of humor captured in numerous postwar films, have been eroded by a crass capitalist modernity in which a bastardized, heavily colonized pop culture is ushering an era of impersonality. The old Italy is dissolving before our eyes…Does anyone care?

TWO CARS ARE AHEAD OF ME heading toward the row of a dozen or so trash bins serving my residential area. The bins are strangely empty today. The entire trash zone just opposite the fashionable tennis club that usually looks like Naples seems suspiciously clean. Almost inviting. The huge black Suv ahead of me turns the corner, slows, the darkened passenger window descends and out shoots a plastic bag of garbage which smacks down on the pavement and splits open at the feet of a bin labeled BOTTLES AND METAL OBJECTS. The Toyota accelerates and vanishes.

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Fort Hood & the KSM trial- Parts I-2: What do these terrorism stories have in common? + The al Qaeda Spy

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by Peter Lance

http://www.boilingfrogspost.com

Nov. 30, 2009

Al Qaeda’s Master Spy could be the key to them both

In its firestorm of coverage, the mainstream media has overlooked a potential link between the two biggest domestic terrorism stories of the day: the shootings at Ford Hood and the decision by the Justice Dept. to try accused 9/11 “mastermind” Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in New York City.

Five time Emmy-winning former ABC News correspondent and HarperCollins author Peter Lance shines a light on the man who may well be the greatest enigma in the “war on terror.”

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Chris Hedges: How will we cope with our decline?

by Chris Hedges
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Nov. 30, 2009

In case you missed this talk by Hedges on this post: Chris Hedges: Empire of Illusion – The Cult of Self

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Amy Goodman speaks in Vancouver: Dissent is what will save us! (must-see) + Amy Goodman tells about her mother dying

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H/t and thanks to subMedia.tv, more on his post: Democracy Later.

VMC Video Exclusive: Amy Goodman speaks in Vancouver | Vancouver Media Co-op

By the time Amy Goodman spoke to a standing room only crowd at Vancouver’s Public Library on Wednesday, November 25, there was one thing on everyone’s mind: the 2010 Olympics.

Goodman’s talk started over an hour late, because the US radio host was detained by Canadian Border Services Agency, who asked her if she would be talking about the Olympics during her speech.

“I’m embarrassed, cause as some people who know me know, I’m not a real sports fan,” said Goodman, who said her knowledge of the 2010 Olympics was “exactly zero.”

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Amy Goodman Detained at Canadian Border, Questioned About Speech…and 2010 Olympics by Amy Goodman

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Nov. 30, 2009

Amy Goodman Detained at Canadian Border, Questioned About Speech…and 2010 Olympics

While traveling to Vancouver, Canada to speak at the Vancouver Public Library at a benefit for community radio stations, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and her two colleagues were detained by Canadian authorities. Amy was questioned extensively about the speech she intended to give; their car was gone through by armed border guards, and their papers and laptop computers were scoured. The armed interrogators were particularly interested in whether she would be speaking about the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.[includes rush transcript]

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Peace to Obama’s daughters from Afghan children

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Please send this URL (http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/peace-to-obamas-daughters-from-afghan-children/) or the Youtube URL to President Obama at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

These children’s voices must be heard.  Thank you.

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The Sparks + Deke Dickerson + Thanksgiving at St. Francis House

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Addicted to Nonsense by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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Nov. 30, 2009

Will Tiger Woods finally talk to the police? Who will replace Oprah? (Not that Oprah can ever be replaced, of course.) And will Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the couple who crashed President Barack Obama’s first state dinner, command the hundreds of thousands of dollars they want for an exclusive television interview? Can Levi Johnston, father of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s grandson, get his wish to be a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars”?

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George Monbiot: Climate change emails profoundly disappointing Pts 1-3

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TheRealNews
November 29, 2009

http://therealnews.com

George Monbiot: Emails don’t disprove climate change science, but suppressing skeptics unacceptable

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Honduras opposition claims victory in presidential vote

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PressTV
Mon, 30 Nov 2009 05:26:38 GMT

As Honduras is soaked in a political crisis, opposition candidate Porfirio Lobo claims he won a presidential election that has been condemned by Latin American leaders.

Official results showed on late Sunday that Lobo had over 55 percent support with more than half the ballots counted.

Honduras’ conservative opposition National Party said its candidate Lobo won the election. Lobo’s main rival Elvin Santos of the ruling Liberal Party also conceded defeat.

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via Honduras opposition claims victory in presidential vote

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Bogus Honduran Elections Today by Eva Golinger

US to recognise Honduras poll result + Elections as coup laundering

Crunch time for peace movement by Bruce Gagnon + Chicago Afghan Wedding Party Protest

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End the Wars!
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by Bruce Gagnon
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Organizing Notes
November 29, 2009

Protests have begun across the country to take a stand against Obama’s coming announcement to surge in Afghanistan.

Here in the midcoast of Maine ten of us signed a letter to the editor of our local paper outlining our opposition and informing the community about our planned protest in Brunswick next Wednesday right after Obama’s announcement.

This announcement will be “do” or “die” time for the peace movement in America. If we simply take it without significant push-back then Obama and the rest of the war hawks will feel empowered to continue their expansion of the Afghanistan-Pakistan war. Instead, if they see significant and growing opposition that could translate into the House of Representatives finding the courage to cut funding for these wars then a whole new dynamic comes into play.

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Secret letter to reveal new Blair war lies

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By Simon Walters, Mail on Sunday Political Editor

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Last updated at 1:48 AM on 29th November 2009

An explosive secret letter that exposes how Tony Blair lied over the legality of the Iraq War can be revealed.

The Chilcot Inquiry into the war will interrogate the former Prime Minister over the devastating ‘smoking gun’ memo, which warned him in the starkest terms the war was illegal.

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via Secret letter to reveal new Blair war lies | Mail Online

h/t: CLG

see also

Lord Goldsmith ‘warned Tony Blair Iraq war could be illegal’ in 2002 – Telegraph

h/t: CLG

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The Iraq War ‘Inquiry’: ‘Revelations’? What revelations? By William Bowles

Iraq Inquiry: Sir Christopher Meyer Confirms That Iraq War Was Illegal by Andy Worthington

The Iraq inquiry + Iraq inquiry hears regime change claim

Bogus Honduran Elections Today by Eva Golinger

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by Eva Golinger
Postcards from the Revolution
Nov. 29, 2009

Hypocrites Washington, Costa Rica, Panama, Perú, Colombia & Israel the only nations to recognize the illegal elections

“What are we going to do, sit for four years and just condemn the coup?” a senior U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told reporters in Washington.

The true divides in Latin America – between justice and injustice, democracy and dictatorship, human rights and corporate rights, people’s power and imperial domination – have never been more visible than today. People’s movements throughout the region to revolutionize corrupt, unequal systems that have isolated and excluded the vast majority in Latin American nations, are successfully taking power democratically and building new models of economic and social justice. Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador are the vanguard of these movements, with other nations such as Uruguay and Argentina moving at a slower pace towards change.

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via Postcards from the Revolution: BOGUS HONDURAN ELECTIONS TODAY: Hypocrites Washington, Costa Rica, Panama, Perú, Colombia & Israel the only nations to recognize the illegal elections.

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US to recognise Honduras poll result + Elections as coup laundering

Seattle 1999 WTO Ministerial – Westlake Park Mass Arrest

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talkingsticktv
November 28, 2009

Video of the Seattle 1999 WTO Ministerial mass arrest at Westlake Park, December 1, 1999, Seattle, WA.

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