Mosaic News – 3/12/09: World News From The Middle East

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“Pakistani Police Detain Hundreds of Protestors,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Pakistani protestors begin march to Islamabad,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Arab Women Hold Sit-in at Quneitra,” Syria TV, Syria
“Bush Shoe-Thrower Gets 3-Year Jail Sentence,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Iraq Launches Widows Empowerment Program,” Al-Iraqiya TV, Iraq
“Sudan Expels France 24 Reporter,” France 24, France
“Dubai: Arab World’s Number One Tourist Destination,” Dubai TV, UAE
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Seven Avoidance Indicators by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
3.13.09

Indicators of avoidance are what come to mind while absorbing the various rescue, recovery, stimulus and guarantee programs coming out of the Obama Administration to slow and reverse a splintering and shattering economy. If the Obamites do not act now when the political time is ripest, to put into motion forces of deterrence and prevention, the casino capitalists of tomorrow will again be able to de-stabilize our economy.

The other day I saw Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, just about predicting another round of recklessness in about fifteen years. But he called it “human nature” not casino capitalism.

Here are seven avoidance indicators which outline what Washington is not doing to prevent another round of greed and misdeeds by the Wall Street few against the innocent many throughout the country.

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The Daily Show: Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer Unedited Interview

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Update: 3.20.09 added a petition; see below

The Daily Show
3.12.09

Jim Cramer criticizes Rick Santelli’s rant and admits he made his own mistakes, in this exclusive, uncensored video.

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Michael Parenti: Economic Crisis the Inevitable Result of “Capitalism’s Self-Inflicted Apocalypse”

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March 13, 2009

Democracy Now! on 3.12.09

Michael Parenti: Economic Crisis the Inevitable Result of “Capitalism’s Self-Inflicted Apocalypse”

Michael Parenti is a longtime political analyst and author of twenty books, including Democracy for the Few and Superpatriotism. Parenti writes, “Free-market corporate capitalism is by its nature a disaster waiting to happen.”

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American citizen critically injured after being shot in the head by Israeli forces in Ni’lin

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International Solidarity Movement
3.13.09

For Immediate Release

13th Friday 2009, Ni’lin Village: An American citizen has been critically injured in the village of Ni’lin after Israeli forces shot him in the head with a tear-gas canister.

Tristan Anderson from California USA, 37 years old, has been taken to Israeli hospital Tel Hashomer, near Tel Aviv.

Anderson is unconscious and has been bleeding heavily from the nose and mouth. He sustained a large hole in his forehead where he was struck by the canister. He is currently being operated on.

Tristan was shot by the new tear-gas canisters that can be shot up to 500m. I ran over as I saw someone had been shot, while the Israeli forces continued to fire tear-gas at us. When an ambulance came, the Israeli soldiers refused to allow the ambulance through the checkpoint just outside the village. After 5 minutes of arguing with the soldiers, the ambulance passed.
Teah Lunqvist (Sweden) – International Solidarity Movement

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Gaza: Lest We Forget By Ahmad Barqawi

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By Ahmad Barqawi
March 12, 2009 “Information Clearing House

Something happened in Gaza that shook the very core of my foundation & being; something that has fundamentally altered my perception of mankind in the 21st century; if this is what the “progress” & “evolution” of the human species have yielded so far; then I don’t even want to imagine what our fated future is holding in store for us. It gives me shudders to think that I am living in a day & age where rationalizing the bombing of unaided infants & children audaciously live on T.V. is just as effortless as opening a soda can, all you have to do is throw in broad & ambiguous justifications… -the most common one of course being “Fighting Terrorism”- & you’re automatically immune against the slightest form of protest, condemnation or even friendly critique.

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Kucinich: Eliminate Deceptive Army Recruitment

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Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Mar 12, 2009

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Armed Services, Mr. Ike Skelton and Mr. John McHugh respectively, requesting that the committee eliminate the budget authority for the Virtual Army Experience (VAE) in the defense authorization bill for the 2010 fiscal year.

“The VAE is a state-of-the-art, interactive recruiting tool used by the Army to give participants as young as 13 years old a naïve and unrealistic glimpse into the world of Soldiering… The VAE shields participants from the realities of killing while glorifying the taking of human life in a thinly veiled attempt to recruit new soldiers,” Kucinich wrote in the letter.

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Gorbachev: US needs ‘perestroika’ of its own

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Press TV
Fri, 13 Mar 2009 03:09:53 GMT

Ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says that Washington must stop giving orders and should reconstruct its financial and political system.

On Thursday, while on a visit to the offices of the British Evening Standard newspaper, recently taken over by Russian owners, Gorbachev said, “One day (US) will have to stop giving orders and stop trying to tell the whole world how it should act.”

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“We need to find a new model of capitalism, taking the best of the old model and the best of socialism,” Gorbachev told the staff of the Evening Standard.

“From capitalism, it must take incentives and stimulus and from socialism, more equality and social justice,” Gorbachev added.

Commenting on the subject of militarization, Gorbachev added, “Even if we got rid of every nuclear weapon in the world, 75 percent of the world’s weapons left over would be in the USA. Therefore, we have to control the militarization of the world, and not just nuclear weapons.”

via Press TV – Gorbachev: US needs ‘perestroika’ of its own

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Jim Hogue: Bursting Our Bubbles – The Theft of Our Common Wealth, the Collapse of the United States

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Submitted by Rob Williams
Vermont Commons
Mon, 02/23/2009

Jim Hogue is an actor who portrays Ethan Allen. He operates a small farm in Calais, has a weekly radio program on WGDR, and works with Vermonters for Voting Integrity.

Jim Hogue’s recent radio interview with Richard Cook served as a springboard for this feature article.

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Ralph Nader on the rise and fall of Madoff, and the Bailouts

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AlJazeeraEnglish

Bernard Madoff, the former chairman of the Nasdaq stock exchange, has pleaded guilty to swindling at least $65 billion from people around the world.

Al Jazeera’s Ghida Fakhry talks with Ralph Nader, a former US presidential candidate and consumer activist, to bring perspective to the rise and fall of Madoff.

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