Georgia fired first shot, say UK monitors

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Jon Swain
Times Online
Nov 9, 2008

Two former British military officers are expected to give crucial evidence against Georgia when an international inquiry is convened to establish who started the country’s bloody five-day war with Russia in August.

Ryan Grist, a former British Army captain, and Stephen Young, a former RAF wing commander, are said to have concluded that, before the Russian bombardment began, Georgian rockets and artillery were hitting civilian areas in the breakaway region of South Ossetia every 15 or 20 seconds.

Their accounts seem likely to undermine the American-backed claims of President Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia that his little country was the innocent victim of Russian aggression and acted solely in self-defence.

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via Georgia fired first shot, say UK monitors – Times Online

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Undercover cops were among the unruly at DNC

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By Felisa Cardona
The Denver Post
11/06/2008

When a Jefferson County deputy deployed pepper spray into a crowd during the first night of the Democratic National Convention, he did not know that his targets were undercover Denver police officers.

During a melee that occurred Aug. 25 between protesters, police and bystanders near Civic Center Park, undercover Denver detectives staged a struggle with a police commander in order to get out of the crowd undetected.

A Jefferson County deputy, unaware of the presence of undercover police, thought that the commander was being attacked and deployed the pepper spray, according to a police use-of-force report obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.

The report does not say whether the pepper spray used on the undercover police officers was the first deployment or whether the melee already was underway.

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via Undercover cops were among the unruly at DNC – The Denver Post

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Obama’s chief of staff choice favors compulsory universal service

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by J.D. Tuccille
http://www.examiner.com
Nov. 6, 2008

Rep. Rahm Emanuel of  Illinois, President-Elect Barack Obama’s choice for chief of staff in his incoming administration, is co-author of a book, The Plan: Big Ideas for America, that calls for, among other things, compulsory service for all Americans ages 18 to 25. The following excerpt is from pages 61-62 of the 2006 book:
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How to Survive the Coming US Dollar Collapse By Christopher Laird

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By Christopher Laird
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk
Nov 7, 2008

Now that the US election is over, we get to think about the Future. And, no matter how you look at it, the entire world, the West particularly, is in for tough sledding financially.

First, we will continue to battle an emerging economic slowdown. Then, later, we will be battling world currency instability – we already have signs of this now.

Even though gold and commodities have taken a big hit because of a general liquidation in everything, there is one thing none of us should lose sight of, and that is what happens when the USD finally lets go.

Why the USD is presently rallying

Just because the USD happens to be rallying now (with weekly fluctuations) does not mean that its fate is not bleak. There are many reasons the USD is rallying right now. They include flight to cash in general during market liquidations in all areas, but also cash hoarding because businesses cannot roll over the short term credit they use to do payrolls and ongoing operations. Then we have the usual end of year cash surge for businesses and financial institutions. Then of course there is flight to the USD for safety, and then finally, other countries currencies are adjusting to the slowing world economy, and the once hot foreign markets are cooling and there is lots of money moving out of the ‘emerging’ markets.

But, we are going to be facing two particular problems in 09 that none of us is really used to, that we really have never seen. The world is going to have a severe recession bordering on an economic depression. Essentially no one alive today knows what that is like. Only the oldest of us have lived through that experience.

But then, on top of that, at some point later the USD will finally collapse. This is not something way way out there in the future. This issue is becoming a near term threat.

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via How to Survive the Coming US Dollar Collapse :: The Market Oracle :: Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting Free Website

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Will the US default on its foreign debt? Interview with Michael Hudson

I.O.U.S.A.: The 30-Minute Version

World Economic Crisis

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

Can Obama Stop the Bush Admin’s Final Economic Heist? + The New Trough by Naomi Klein

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By Naomi Klein
http://www.alternet.org
NaomiKlein.com
November 6, 2008

To understand the meaning of the U.S. election results, it is worth looking back to the moment when everything changed for the Obama campaign. It was, without question, the moment when the economic crisis hit Wall Street.

Up to that point, things weren’t looking all that good for Barack Obama. The Democratic National Convention barely delivered a bump, while the appointment of Sarah Palin seemed to have shifted the momentum decisively over to John McCain.

Then, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac failed, followed by insurance giant AIG, then Lehman Brothers. It was in this moment of economic vertigo that Obama found a new language. With tremendous clarity, he turned his campaign into a referendum into the deregulation and trickle down policies that have dominated mainstream economic discourse since Ronald Reagan. He said his opponent represented more of the same while he stood for a new direction, one that would rebuild the economy from the ground up, rather than the top down. Obama stayed on this message for the rest of the campaign and, as we just saw, it worked.

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via Can Obama Stop the Bush Administration’s Final Economic Heist? | Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace | AlterNet

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The New Trough

The Wall Street bailout looks a lot like Iraq — a “free-fraud zone” where private contractors cash in on the mess they helped create

by NAOMI KLEIN
Rolling Stone
Nov 13, 2008

Editor’s note: The online version of this story has been amended to reflect developments since the publication of the print edition.

On October 13th, when the U.S. Treasury Department announced the team of “seasoned financial veterans” that will be handling the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street, one name jumped out: Reuben Jeffery III, who was initially tapped to serve as chief investment officer for the massive new program.

On the surface, Jeffery looks like a classic Bush appointment. Like Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, he’s an alum of Goldman Sachs, having worked on Wall Street for 18 years. And as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 2005 to 2007, he proudly advocated “flexibility” in regulation — a laissez-faire approach that failed to rein in the high-risk trading at the heart of the meltdown.

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via The New Trough : Rolling Stone

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Naomi Klein: Now Is the Time to Resist Wall Street’s Shock Doctrine (video)

Now Is the Time to Resist Wall Street’s Shock Doctrine By Naomi Klein

Will the US default on its foreign debt? Interview with Michael Hudson

World Economic Crisis

Interview with Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine (video)

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

Obama-Barack

Reflections on class and race in America by Barry Grey

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by Barry Grey
http://www.wsws.org
7 November 2008

A historical milestone?

It is striking that the American media, beginning on election night and continuing in the aftermath of the vote, has been virtually unanimous in interpreting the victory of Barack Obama entirely in racial terms. This trend is epitomized in the treatment of the Democratic sweep by the New York Times, the most prominent organ of the American liberal establishment, which ran a banner headline on Wednesday declaring, “Obama: Racial Barrier Falls in Decisive Victory.”

Even by elementary journalistic standards, this headline is remarkable for its lack of any pretense at objective reporting. This is not a news headline. It is not how a mainstream newspaper normally presents the outcome of a national election.

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The Times, by contrast, chose to present Tuesday’s election entirely as a referendum on race—not a popular repudiation of the Bush administration and the right-wing politics of the Republican Party, not a repudiation of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, nor of three decades of social policy single-mindedly devoted to the further enrichment of the financial elite. This interpretation ignores the indisputable fact that the most decisive issue in the election was the economic crisis, which prompted tens of millions of working people and youth, of all races, to vote for Obama in the hope that his election would signal a reversal of previous economic policies.

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This constant invocation of Obama’s skin color and personal background underscores the pervasive manner in which conventional political analysis in America operates within racial categories. But it also serves definite political aims. It facilitates an attempt to obscure the political issues that drove the election, including popular opposition to war. The fact that Obama initially established his credibility by running as the candidate who had opposed the war in Iraq is virtually ignored.

This, in turn, clears the way for a continuation of the right-wing economic and foreign policies that were repudiated by the electorate. That the president-elect is preparing just such a course is already clear from his decision to name as his chief of staff Congressman Rahm Emanuel, an early supporter of the Iraq war and key ally of Chicago real estate and financial interests, and reports that Obama will appoint at least two Republicans to his cabinet.

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Bill Moyers Journal: Changing Times + Obama + Racism + Studs Terkel

Does a Leopard Change Its Spots? by William Bowles

Howard Zinn: Keep the Expectations High for Obama

Ali Abunimah: Obama picks pro-Israel hardliner for top post

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

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What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been By Bill Ayers

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By Bill Ayers
http://www.inthesetimes.com
November 7, 2008

Looking back on a surreal campaign season

Whew! What was all that mess? I’m still in a daze, sorting it all out, decompressing.

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Alex Jones speaks out on Obama’s team on Russia Today

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RussiaToday

Judging by Obama’s pre-election statements and the political advisors he’s got, one shouldn’t hope for any thaw in US-Russia relations, believes American political commentator Alex Jones.

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Nader: Obama will be like Bush + Obama recruits “Rahmbo” Emanuel + Howard Zinn

Ali Abunimah: Obama picks pro-Israel hardliner for top post

Bill Moyers Journal: Changing Times + Obama + Racism + Studs Terkel

With Ralph Nader on Election Night + Nader speaks on an Obama presidency

The November 5th Movement Starts Right Now!

Obama advisers discuss preparations for war on Iran

Obama-Barack

Frost over the World: Dennis Kucinich + James Baker

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AlJazeeraEnglish

Dennis Kucinich, a Democratic congressman and former presidential [candidate], and James Baker, the former US secretary of state, join the show to discuss the challenges facing Barack Obama, the US president-elect.

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Will the US default on its foreign debt? Interview with Michael Hudson

Bill Moyers Journal: Changing Times + Obama + Racism + Studs Terkel

Obama’s First Press Conference 11.07.08

Does a Leopard Change Its Spots? by William Bowles

Howard Zinn: Keep the Expectations High for Obama

Kucinich debates O’Reilly

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

Obama-Barack

Bill Moyers Journal: Changing Times + Obama + Racism + Studs Terkel

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Bill Moyers Journal
Nov. 7, 2008

Moyers on Changing Times

A Bill Moyers essay on change and the new administration.

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Eric Foner and Patricia Williams

Bill Moyers sits down with Columbia University professor Eric Foner, who specializes in political and African-American history, and Patricia J. Williams, a professor of law at Columbia University.

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Kevin Phillips

Does Barack Obama’s victory mean a new and permanent political alignment in American politics? Bill Moyers speaks with Kevin Phillips about how America has changed since Phillips penned THE EMERGING REPUBLICAN MAJORITY 40 years ago.

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Moyers: “The top one percent of households in this country saw their real income more than triple while the majority of labor of the labor force got virtually no increase at all in real wages over the last 35 years. How does the new administration turn that around?”

via Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS

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Bill Moyers on Terkel and Leonard

Bill Moyers on Studs Terkel and John Leonard.

via Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS

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Mumia Abu-Jamal on Pres. Barack Obama

Will the US default on its foreign debt? Interview with Michael Hudson

Obama’s First Press Conference 11.07.08

Does a Leopard Change Its Spots? by William Bowles

Between Hope and Reality – An Open Letter to Barack Obama By Ralph Nader

Ali Abunimah: Obama picks pro-Israel hardliner for top post

Class divisions begin to emerge in Obama coalition

Chamber of Commerce hopes to avoid Employee Free Choice Act

Studs Terkel Interviews Michael Moore in ‘The Big One’

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse

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Mosaic News – 11/07/08: World News from the Middle East

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“Mohamed VI accuses Algeria of Igniting War in the Region,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Rice Admits Middle East Deal this Year is Unlikely,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“US Strikes Car at Syrian-Iraqi Border,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Iraqis Still Apprehensive of Security Plan,” Al-Alam TV, Iran
“Preserving Iraq’s History,” Al-Iraqiya TV, Iraq
“Pakistan Says 13 Killed in US Missile Strike,” Press TV, Iran
“Syrian TV Airs ‘Confessions’ of Damascus Bombing Suspects,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Americans Are Not Racists,” Link TV, USA
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