Czechs quit hunger strike as MPs join missile protest + Bruce’s Day 11

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Updated: added Bruce Gagnon‘s story

RussiaToday

The Czech Social Democratic Party is supporting two hunger strikers in their campaign against a U.S. radar base in the country. The pair starved themselves for three weeks, despite warnings from doctors. But with their protest now set to receive political support, they no longer need to go to extreme lengths to be heard.

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An Agony Foretold: Bitter Roots, Bitter Fruits in the Middle East by Chris Floyd

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by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Sunday, 01 June 2008

Long before the Nabka, long before the Holocaust, the present-day agony in Israel and Palestine had already taken root. The ineradicable core of the conflict is brutally simple: the attempt by one people to take another people’s land. In this respect, the turmoil in the Middle East is just another chapter in one of the world’s oldest stories, for human beings have always been about the bloody business of conquest, dispossession and domination. The United States, for example, was built on this ancient principle. Its settling was cast largely in the same terms as those used later by the Zionists in Palestine: the claiming and cultivation of a land that was essentially empty — save for a few savages who could only benefit from the imposition of a superior civilization. (And if they couldn’t, so much the worse for them.)

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Prison ships, torture claims, and missing detainees

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by Duncan Campbell and Richard Norton-Taylor
The Guardian
Monday June 2 2008

America may have held terror suspects in British territory, despite UK denials

The controversy over prison ships was first highlighted in June 2005 when the UN’s special rapporteur on terrorism spoke of “very, very serious” allegations that the US was secretly detaining terrorism suspects in various locations around the world, notably on vessels in the Indian Ocean.

The US authorities have not denied that ships have been used to incarcerate detainees. Questioned four years earlier about the purpose of holding prisoners on ships, specifically the USS Peleliu, Rear Admiral John Stufflebeem, spokesman for the US joint chiefs of staff, replied: “I don’t know the specifics. Central command determines for either medical considerations, for the protection of those individuals, for the isolation in the sense of not having forces that would try to come get somebody out of a detention centre, for a security aspect, and obviously an interest to continue interrogation.”

The US has admitted that the Bataan and Peleliu were used as prison ships between December 2001 and January 2002. After the post-September 11 bombing of Afghanistan, General Tommy Franks, the commander of US forces, referring to the “American Taliban”, John Walker Lindh, said: “We will continue to control him on the Peleliu until the determination is made regarding whether we handle him within the military or whether he is handled on the civilian side.”

Lindh is now serving a 20-year sentence in jail in California.

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h/t: CLG

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Cubs In First Place, End Of The World Near (satire)

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by R J Shulman
Dandelion Salad
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Robert’s blog post
June 2, 2008

CHICAGO – With the Chicago Cubs not only in first place in the National League Central, but with the best record in baseball, global experts are predicting the end of the world. “Things got bad enough when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 and again three years later,” said Karl Meiner, Professor of Geology at Yale, “there were tornadoes, typhoons and earthquakes. But if the Cubs win, it’s all over for planet earth. Scientific studies show that within hours of a Cubs victory the North Pole will begin to boil.”

“I’m not worried at all,” said Tinker Chance a long-suffering Cubs fan. “Those guys will find a way to choke.” Vice President Al Gore plans a visit to Wrigley Field next week to talk to the team’s management. “I’ll try and convince them to get rid of their good players before the trade deadline,” Gore said, “to prevent the mother of all global warmings.”

“I’ve never been a Cubs fan, but I am one now,” said Reverend James Goodfall of the United Assembly of God’s Bloody Warrior Church of Corpus Christi, Texas. “If Chicago wins the World Series, Lord have mercy, here comes the four horses of the apocalypse. I can’t wait for Jesus to take me home.”

The Cubs have a record of 32-21. The last time they were in first place on June 1st was in 1908, the year they last won a world series. Just under six years later, World War I broke out.