‘Kidnapped’ Filipinos build US embassy by Nicola Smith

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by Nicola Smith
From The Sunday Times
August 5, 2007

An American civilian contractor has described scenes of panic and hysteria last year as Filipino construction workers were told that they were on a plane bound for Baghdad rather than Dubai.

Passengers jumped out of their seats screaming in protest until a gun-toting air steward ordered them to sit down, claimed Rory Mayberry, an emergency medical technician travelling on the same flight.

Mayberry said the men were “kidnapped” to build America’s luxurious new embassy in Baghdad’s green zone. He gave his account to a congressional committee investigating allegations of fraud at what will be America’s largest diplomatic mission.

The £300m fortified embassy – a cluster of 21 high-rise towers occupying 104 acres on the west bank of the River Tigris – will house 3,000 staff. It is regarded as one of the most dangerous building projects in the world.

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Danse Macabre: An Apology to Democrats by Chris Floyd

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Written by Chris Floyd
Sunday, 05 August 2007

I would like to apologize to the leaders of the Democratic Party for implying in my previous post that they are political cowards. I confess that I was carried away, rhetorically, in the heat of the moment, and was completely mistaken in ascribing their actions on the recent warrantless wiretapping bill to “spineless acquiescence” to the Bush Administration’s authoritarian proclivities.

As one of Empire Burlesque’s readers pointed out, that phrase was inconsistent with the rest of the piece, for it implied that the Democratic elite were actually opposed to the essence of Bush’s authoritarian/corporatist/militarist agenda, and were somehow acting against their will in surrendering to Bush time and again during the past six years. As the reader noted, drawing on Arthur Silber’s analysis (more on this below), the Democrats “are not spineless or weak. Nobody pushes them to do what they don’t want (no matter how much the Digbys would like to explain away their actions that way.). They’re completely corrupt and fully, volitionally complicit.” The reader also pointed me to a comment they’d left on Glenn Greenwald’s takedown of the vote: “It doesn’t take any courage to do what you want to do. Just the opposite. They WANT all these things, but can hardly reveal that to their often sincere but easy-to-dupe followers, so they hide behind the ‘we were threatened, Bush made us do it, we’re spineless, and we don’t want to look weak,’ meme. They cop a plea to the lesser charge but the truth is, tragically, far more dark.”

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see:

Constant Craven: Democrats Go Belly-Up Again by Chris Floyd

Blinded by the Story: Liberals and Progressives as Political Creationists by Arthur Silber

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Inside the surge: the provinces by Sean Smith (videos)

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An exclusive film from Guardian photographer Sean Smith on his time embedded with the US Marines in Iraq’s Anbar Province and the mountain division in the so-called Triangle of Death.

h/t: ICH

Vodpod videos no longer available. from www.guardian.co.uk posted with vodpod

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From Sadr city with “Love”… By Layla Anwar (over 18 only)

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By Layla Anwar
ICH
08/04/07 “Arab Woman Blues

I did not feel like blogging tonight but was somehow compelled.

As usual, I can’t sleep. How I wish I can run away from it all…

Some of you who follow my blog on a regular basis, know of Kamel’s story.

I mentioned in my post “Fresh from the Iraqi oven”, that Kamel is held in an American prison supervised and guarded by sectarian shia militias, on charges of “insurgency”.

I also mentioned that they demanded extortion money in exchange for his release and their signing a piece of paper saying he is not an insurgent- which is the truth.

We finally managed to collect the requested sum of 2 Million Dinars. The money was paid and we got double crossed. They took the money and did not release Kamel. Only God knows what is happening to him right now.

Money is not the only thing they extort from us. Sex read rape is another.

I read a story today on IRIN and am reprinting in its entirety.

Such kind of story is not uncommon at all. You hear them daily…in free Baghdad.

So here it is.

BAGHDAD, Mother of three Um Muhammad al-Daraj, 35, recently went through a traumatic ordeal to try to save her husband’s life.

She told IRIN her husband was kidnapped by militants who had accused him of supporting the insurgents. After two days without news of her husband, Ahmed, two people came to her home and ordered her to follow them to meet her husband, who was reportedly being interrogated.

“I didn’t think twice and left my children with my neighbour. I was desperate for any news of Ahmed and they drove me to a distant neighbourhood where my husband was supposedly being held.

“After half an hour’s drive we reached [predominantly Shia] Sadr City and my legs were trembling because I know how dangerous the area is and the guys with me didn’t speak a word.

“They asked me to enter a disgusting-looking house and told me to wait. A rude man came into the room and bluntly told me that I had two choices: have sex with him and get my husband released or return to my home and never see Ahmed again.


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House Passes Changes in Eavesdropping Program By Carl Hulse and Edmund L. Andrews

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Truthout Editor’s Note: A few points not covered in The New York Times report below. The White House, and specifically George W. Bush, stand accused by critics and members of congress of breaking the law by engaging in warrantless wiretapping of Americans. This legislation authored by the White House blurs the line between what was clearly an illegal action by Bush and other White House officials and what now appears to be permissible in Congress’ view. As such, it diminishes significantly any chance that any White House official will ever be held accountable for breaking the law to begin with.

In addition, the White House’s insistence that the FISA court’s authority be significantly diminished is consistent with the administration’s pattern of attacking any entity in a position to question their actions. It appears that there is no impediment to the DOJ notifying the FISA court when surveillance is needed, just an ongoing refusal on the part of the White House to share information with anyone, for any reason, regardless. ma/TO

The roll call vote for the surveillance bill can be found at: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2007/roll836.xml 

By Carl Hulse and Edmund L. Andrews
Truthout
The New York Times

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Sunday 05 August 2007

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the measure “does violence to the Constitution of the United States.”

    Washington – Under pressure from President Bush, the House gave final approval Saturday to changes in a terrorism surveillance program, despite serious objections from many Democrats about the scope of the executive branch’s new eavesdropping power.

    Racing to complete a final rush of legislation before a scheduled monthlong break, the House voted 227 to 183 to endorse a measure the Bush administration said was needed to keep pace with communications technology in the effort to track terrorists overseas.

    “The intelligence community is hampered in gathering essential information about terrorists,” said Representative Lamar Smith, Republican of Texas.

    The House Democratic leadership had severe reservations about the proposal and an overwhelming majority of Democrats opposed it. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the measure “does violence to the Constitution of the United States.”

    But with the Senate already in recess, Democrats confronted the choice of allowing the administration’s bill to reach the floor and be approved mainly by Republicans or letting it die.

    If it had stalled, that would have left Democratic lawmakers, long anxious about appearing weak on national security issues, facing an August spent fending off charges from Republicans that they had left Americans exposed to threats.

    Despite the political risks, many Democrats argued they should stand firm against the initiative, saying it granted the administration far too much latitude to initiate surveillance without judicial review.

    They said the White House was using the specter of terrorism to weaken Americans’ privacy rights and give more power to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, an official Democrats say has proved himself untrustworthy.

    “Legislation should not be passed in response to fear-mongering,” said Representative Rush D. Holt, Democrat of New Jersey.

    The legislation makes changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA.

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Patriots Who Love the Troops to Death By Frank Rich

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By Frank Rich
Truthout
The New York Times
Go to Original
Sunday 05 August 2007

Gerald Ford spoke the truth when he called Watergate “our long national nightmare,” but even a nightmare can have its interludes of rib-splitting farce.

None were zanier than the antics of Baruch Korff, a small-town New England rabbi who became a full-time Richard Nixon sycophant as the walls closed in. Korff was ubiquitous in the press and on television, where he would lambaste Democrats and the media “lynch mob” for vilifying “the greatest president of the century.” Despite Nixon’s reflexive anti-Semitism, he returned the favor by granting the rabbi audiences and an interview that allowed the embattled president to soliloquize about how his own faith and serenity reinforced his conviction “deep inside” that everything he did was right.

Clearly we’ve reached our own Korffian moment in our latest long national nightmare. The Nixon interviewed by the rabbi sounded uncannily like the resolute leader chronicled by the conservative columnists and talk-show jocks President Bush has lately welcomed into his bunker. For his part, William Kristol even published a Korffian manifesto, “Why Bush Will Be a Winner,” in The Washington Post. It reassured us that the Bush presidency would “probably be a successful one” and that “we now seem to be on course to a successful outcome” in Iraq. A Bush flack let it be known that the president liked this piece so much that he recommended it to his White House staff.

Are you laughing yet? Maybe not. No one died in Watergate. This time around, the White House lying and cover-ups have been not just in the service of political thuggery but to gin up a gratuitous war without end.

There is another significant difference as well. Washington never drank the Nixon Kool-Aid. It kept a skeptical bipartisan eye on Tricky Dick throughout his political career, long before the Watergate complex had even been built. The charmed Mr. Bush, by contrast, got a free pass; both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and both liberals and conservatives in the news media were credulous enablers of the Iraq fiasco. Now a reckoning awaits, and the denouement is getting ugly.

The ranks of unreconstructed Iraq hawks are thinner than they used to be. Some politicians in both parties (John Edwards, Chris Dodd, Gordon Smith) and truculent pundits (Peter Beinart, Andrew Sullivan) who cheered on the war recanted (sooner in some cases than others), learned from their errors and moved on. One particularly eloquent mea culpa can be found in today’s New York Times Magazine, where the former war supporter Michael Ignatieff acknowledges that those who “truly showed good judgment on Iraq” might have had no more information than those who got it wrong, but did not make the mistake of confusing “wishes for reality.”

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Media Blitz for War: The Big Guns of August By Norman Solomon

A Nail in Maliki Government’s Coffin? By Ali al-Fadhily

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By Ali al-Fadhily*
Inter Press Service
August 03, 2007

BAGHDAD, Aug 3 (IPS) – The recent resignations of Iraq’s Army Chief of Staff and several of his council military leaders underscore a continuing decomposition of Iraq’s U.S.-backed government.

Everybody in Iraq — politicians, political analysts, poets, scientists, porters – seems to agree that the U.S.-backed Iraqi government headed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is a total failure.

Security, basic services, and all measurable levels of Iraq’s infrastructure are worse now than under the rule of Saddam Hussein. Nevertheless, the U.S., Britain and Iran all continue to support this government.

“Politicians in this country are the best at serving their personal interests, and that is what has kept al-Maliki in power,” Amjad Hussein, an Iraqi journalist in Baghdad told IPS. “Wherever I go in Iraq, people complain of the very bad living conditions caused by the wrong policies of this government. Even those who voted for the (Shia) Iraqi coalition bite their fingers in regret for the support they gave to this group of people who have led the country into darkness.”

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Iowa Republican Debate (video + links) (08.05.07)

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August 05, 2007
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ABC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAklv1Z-ZEg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgRuuWZKrbg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZVz09rE2sA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvCXNQ6D8R4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKYv-QFXkXU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfXxRik1Gf0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTDi05pwniw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPcWbRxwuG8

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Ron Paul at Iowa GOP Debate (short video) + Ron Paul in ABC Iowa debate (video)

A Sad Day? How About a Sad Six-and-a-Half Years? by Dave Lindorff

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by Dave Lindorff
This Can’t Be Happening
August 04, 2007

What was Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) thinking when he told Senate colleagues it was a “sad day” when that body started taking its marching orders from an outsider (the president and the director of national security), in passing a new version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that gives the president a free hand to spy on communications of Americans without a judicial review?

Is he implying that this is the first time the Senate has done this?

Isn’t that exactly what the Senate (and the House) did when they passed the so-called USA PATRIOT Act in October, 2001? Isn’t that what they did in overturning the Posse Comitatus Act and in altering the Insurrection Act last fall? Isn’t it what they did in approving the Military Commissions Act last year, which retroactively okayed the use of torture on captives?

The truth is that the Senate and House have both become little more than rubber stamps for Administration power grabs ever since 9-11. Indeed, since that date, the members of Congress have been willing sell-outs of their own institution, which today bears no resemblance to what the Founders described in Article I of the Constitution–a document which the members have effectively destroyed.

For the past six-and-a-half years we have watched as a group of political midgets have destroyed what hundreds of thousands of our ancestors put their lives on the line to create and defend–a government system that was founded on the concept of individual rights and liberties, and that was structured to limit the power of the executive.

Much has been made of a conversation at the White House a few years ago, in which Bush is reported to have told a few Republican members of the House that the Constitution is “just a goddamned piece of paper.” In fact, that is what the members of Congress have also decided by their actions–and by their continued inaction.

Prior to 2006, it was primarily the Republicans in Congress who were trashing the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the concept of separation of powers, though with significant Democratic backing. Now, it is the Democrats who are the wrecking crew.

Make no mistake: the Democrats did not have to pass this latest piece of legislation, loosing the NSA spies on us all. They had the power to kill that bill in its tracks. Instead, they succumbed to the President’s empty threat to label them all “soft on terror” if they didn’t give him what he wanted: a blank check. They caved, just as they did when they had the power to end the war in Iraq last April by cutting off funding for it, and instead, voted to fund it in full.

The Democrats in this Congress are a bunch of spineless cowards and willing enablers, and they now bear the chief responsibility for establishing the elements of an American police state.

For that is clearly where this nation is headed.

There was no need to give the president new warrantless surveillance powers. Would be terrorists are already fully aware of the government’s spying capabilities and certainly are being cautious in their use of phones and email to communicate. Moreover, the secret FISA court has demonstrated that it is most accommodating of spying requests, having only rejected one such request from the President and National Security Agency in the past two years. It is obvious then that what the president is seeking is expanded power to spy on Americans. And incredibly, despite his 27-percent support rating in the polls, and despite widespread public fears of this kind of government snooping, he is getting it.

Sen. Feingold has been one of the staunchest defenders of the Constitution, voting against the USA Patriot Act and against the invasion of Iraq, but he is wrong to imply that before Friday’s betrayal of that document, the Senate was acting as an independent body. Both the Senate and the House ceased playing their constitutional role and became rubber stamps a long time ago.

Instead of empty rhetoric, Sen. Feingold needs to take action and mount a filibuster against this shameful and dangerous bill, so that when it comes back for a final vote after being reconciled with whatever comes out of the House, it is killed.

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Blinded by the Story: Liberals and Progressives as Political Creationists by Arthur Silber

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by Arthur Silber
August 04, 2007

The vanishingly small number of Americans who genuinely desire liberty and peace, and who also understand what those great values require in terms of both political theory and political reality, have desperately grasped at any sign, no matter how miniscule, that a sufficient number of their fellow citizens might awake in time to prevent the ultimate catastrophe. There is no reason of any significance to find such signs any longer.

Americans now reside in the Land of the Living Dead. For the moment, the dim, blurred forms of a constitutional republic remain, but they are entirely empty and drained of life and vitality. We continue to go through the meaningless rituals of elections, many of us trying to convince ourselves that one party might be even a slight improvement over the other. As I pointed out before last fall’s election, such hopes rely on willful self-delusion and an all-encompassing ignorance of history. As I have also said more than once, my estimate of how awful the Democrats’ performance would be even if they took back both the House and the Senate — and it was very awful — has proved, in the event, to be laughably generous.

Please note — and I underscore this point at least five times for emphasis — that I absolutely do not include those individuals who so tirelessly work for Democratic electoral victory among those Americans who truly value liberty or peace. The criminal who currently resides in the White House and his fellow gang members may have taken the lead in destroying the remnants of our freedoms — but they were supported and enabled every step of the way by the “opposition” party. From the Patriot Act, through both Authorizations for the Use of Military Force, and on to the monstrous Military Commissions Act, the Democrats offered enthusiastic support for the metastasizing authoritarian state or, when they meekly attempted to slow the tide, they fought in the manner of a skeletally thin imitation of a human being, about to fall over and finally expire due to a fatal lack of moral and spiritual nourishment.

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h/t: Empire Burlesque

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Constant Craven: Democrats Go Belly-Up Again by Chris Floyd

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Written by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Sunday, 05 August 2007

(UPDATED BELOW)

I had it in mind to write an angry piece denouncing the Congressional Democrats for their latest sell-out to the Bush Tyranny, legitimizing a warrantless spy program so blatantly illegal that not even the rubber-stamps of the super-secret FISA court could stomach it. But upon reflection, I don’t see any point in yet another thunderous blast at these moral cretins masquerading as political leaders.

I’ve written many such pieces during the past six years, chronicling and condemning the Democrats’ spineless acquiescence and outright complicity with the Bush gang’s relentless assault on the laws and liberties of the American republic. Their active participation in the Bushist coup has become glaringly evident in the months since the Democrats took control of Congress; despite having the initial backing of the majority of Americans, despite facing one of the most widely despised presidents in American history, they have retreated on every issue of substance. They have not only not stopped the Iraq War, they have funded its escalation. (This is their greatest crime – and it is, literally and legally, complicity in a criminal act – and will light them down in dishonor to the latest generation, to borrow Lincoln’s phrase.) They have not rolled back or repealed the authoritarian excesses of the Administration approved by the bootlicking cadres of the previous, Republican-controlled Congress (such as the Military Commissions Act), but have let them continue unabated. They have not instigated the impeachment of a constitutional officer, the attorney general, who has lied to their faces about a plethora of illegal activities.

In six months’ time, they will renew this latest tranche of dictatorial powers; with an election looming, the political fear of looking “soft on terrorism” will be even greater then than it is now, as the White House knew full well when it “compromised” on the “temporary” nature of the measure. This fall, these same Democrats will doubtless acquiesce in an extension of the “surge” after a “frank, hard-hitting but ultimately hopeful” progress report from General Petraeus. When Bush decides to pull the trigger on Iran, they will dutifully line up behind the “Commander-in-Chief.” Indeed, if the increasing Republican chatter about (and open longing for) yet another “new Pearl Harbor” comes to fruition, it is very easy to imagine these Democrats agreeing to whatever “stern measures” the Bush Regime proposes: martial law, internment camps, even the suspension of the 2008 elections.

At this stage of the game, any outrage wasted on these slavish wretches would just be “an expense of spirit in a waste of shame.”  They will never act any differently, and no one should expect them to. They are what they are: abettors and accomplices of moral rot, bought and paid for by the elite interests that float their campaigns and shape the corrupt system that produces such shallow, third-rate fools as “leaders.”

UPDATE: Arthur Silber is back and loaded for bear, with this blistering disquistion on the Congressional cave-in and its deeper implications and historical roots — and the cluelessness of the “progressive” response to this inevitable Democratic betrayal of liberty (and the countless ones that preceded it, going back many decades).

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The Big Thaw: Big Oil Has Been Banking On It by Glitzqueen

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We’ve been bitch-slapped by big biz again. Nobody, not even Al Gore, was more convinced than they that global warming is a — shall we say? — slam dunk. And the truth of it, for them, couldn’t be more convenient.

They’ve made fools of us all: not only their dupes and the “experts” paid to trump up denials, but also the environmentalists who thought their foes were just selfishly opposing pollution control and alternate energy development.

A far bigger lie sparked their dedicated efforts to undermine climate science. The goal from the get-go was capturing Arctic oil and gas. Their professed doubts and the resultant delays have made sure the place is melting on schedule. Soon they’ll be drilling in Santa’s back yard. The only remaining question is, “Under whose flag?”

Little media attention has been paid in this country (no surprise), but news from foreign sources burst upon my radar screen about three weeks ago. The first blip concerned Canada’s determination to enforce polar sovereignty by beefing up its navy to patrol the Northwest Passage. I previously had no idea that the notion of a northern waterway linking the Atlantic and Pacific had ever advanced beyond myth and legend, nor that it’s navigable through much of the year already, nor that Canadian PM Stephen Harper made its close supervision a campaign issue last year, nor that other nations (including ours) regard parts of the area as international waters or their own property, based on undersea extensions of land masses. Next came word of a polar exploration deal between Canada and Exxon Mobil subsidiaries Imperial Oil Ltd. and ExxonMobil Canada.

Funny how these things never made it into American media until lately. So why now? Well, their hand seems to have been forced by Uncle Vlad of the Once-Transparent Soul. Making huge news elsewhere (and gradually reaching our shores) is that the Russians are racing under ice floes to plant a titanium flag symbolizing their claim to a polar region as big as western Europe and believed to contain a quarter of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas reserves. They set off to the accompaniment of a spy plane thought to be ours and British subs are monitoring the situation, too. Here’s the (London) Guardian account from last weekend.

Other players in a battle long brewing without our heed include Norway and Denmark, the latter through its control of Greenland. The Danish claim is cited in this (London) Telegraph story from 2004, in which Torquil Meedon, a senior science and technology official, said: “Climate changes indicate that ice in the polar sea may disappear within 50 to 100 years. That will open up the Northwest Passage as a new and valuable shipping route. It will also be opened up to fishing and then there are the oil and gas reserves …”

About a year later, this piece from Newsweek International (not our American version of the mag) laid out a further wealth of detail, including: “As global warming sets in, the polar ice cap is receding fast. Scientists reckon that by the end of the century the entire Arctic Ocean could be open water for the first time since prehistory, uncovering potentially vast reservoirs of oil and natural gas — perhaps a quarter of the world’s undiscovered reserves, according to a study from the U.S. Geological Survey.”

Fascinating that the U.S. Geological Suvey didn’t mind giving foreigners that information, without supplying so much as a clue for us! And the same MSNBC website that stables the Newsweek International story told Americans with fanfare on Jan. 12, 2007, that Exxon Mobil “has stopped funding groups skeptical of global warming claims … (I)ts vice president for public affairs, Kenneth Cohen… (stated that) while questions remain about the degree to which fossil fuels are contributing to warming, the computer modelling on what the future may hold ‘has gotten better.’ And, he said, ‘we know enough now — or, society knows enough now — that the risk is serious and action should be taken.’ “

What a joke. On us. They wouldn’t be calling off the deceit, unless confident that the damage is done.

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The Battle for the Arctic has Begun – Russia to claim North Pole Seabed

Someone should tell Santa about this one By Eric Margolis

The Coming Conflict in the Arctic – Russia and US to Square Off Over Arctic Energy Reserves by Vladimir Frolov