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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

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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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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