Mosaic – 4/6/09: World News From The Middle East

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“Obama: US not at war with Islam,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Muslim Americans Hope for Change,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Six car bombs kill 34 across Baghdad,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Looking Back at Six Years in Iraq,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“Egypt strike fizzles amid heavy security presence,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Mubarak on Collision Course With Muslim Brotherhood,” Al-Alam TV, Iran
“Palestinians Live in Military Barracks,” New TV, Lebanon
“Record Unemployment in Israel,” IBA TV, Israel
Produced for Link TV by Jamal Dajani.

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Council kills surveillance camera plan (MO)

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By Sara Semelka
The Columbia Daily Tribune
Tuesday, April 7, 2009

In a move that surprised city staff and the downtown business community alike, the Columbia City Council last night on a 6-1 vote denied a transfer of funds that would have allowed the lease of surveillance cameras for downtown streets.

The mobile camera units, perched on trailers at downtown intersections for the past month during a trial period, will soon be hauled away, Assistant City Manager Tony St. Romaine said.

What started out as a transfer of funds from one account to another to cover a budgeted expense became a lengthy discussion of privacy, safety and civil rights among council members and members of the public.


Matt Volkert, of the Van Matre, Harrison, Volkert and Hollis law firm, said he does not want the cameras even though he often works late into the night. “Giving police officers tools to combat crime is one thing. But things don’t take a turn for the worse all at once. It’s a series of steps,” he said. “These will be abused. People are corruptible, and they will abuse if they have the chance.”


via Council kills surveillance camera plan | The Columbia Daily Tribune – Columbia, MO

h/t: Dan

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Eurasian Crossroads: The Caucasus In US-NATO War Plans by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
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April 7, 2009

The South Caucasus is rapidly becoming a critical strategic crossroads in 21st century geopolitics, encompassing the most ambitious energy transit projects in history and the consolidation of a military corridor reaching from Western Europe to East Asia, one whose command centers are in Washington and Brussels.

The culmination of eighteen years of post-Cold War Western designs is on the near horizon as oil and gas are intended to be moved from the eastern shores of the Caspian Sea to Central Europe and beyond and US and NATO troops and equipment are scheduled to be deployed from Europe and the Persian Gulf to Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Nothing less is at stake than control of world energy resources and their transportation routes on one hand and the establishment of a global army under NATO auspices fanning out in South and Central Asia and ultimately Eurasia as a whole on the other.

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Salbuchi: Global Financial Collapse + Will It Be World Government?

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An Argentine opinion on the Global Financial Crisis, describing the whole Global Financial System as one vast Ponzi Scheme. Like a pyramid, it has four sides and is a predictable model. The four sides are: (1) Artificially control the supply of public State-issued Currency, (2) Artificially impose Banking Money as the primary source of funding in the economy, (3) Promote doing everything by Debt and (4) Erect complex channels that allow privatizing profits when the Model is in expansion mode and socialize losses when the model goes into contraction mode.

How will the Global Financial Collapse end? Are we on the way towards global war and world government?

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Burning our bridges to the XXI century by Dmitry Orlov

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by Dmitry Orlov
Energy Bulletin

The future does not resemble the past – or does it? When the lights go out, people burn candles and oil lamps, just like they used to before the electric grid came into existence. No longer accustomed to working with open flame, they tend to set things on fire, and for a while, until they regain this experience or until natural selection whittles away the truly incompetent, the neighborhood is a constant blaze.

When we find out that the supermarket is out of food and that the cupboard is bare, we hunt, fish, forage, plant kitchen gardens, and start experimenting with raising poultry and rabbits. Those who are incapable of doing so, or who feel that such lowly pursuits are beneath their dignity, become dependent on the charity of those who are more adaptable, or starve.


via Burning our bridges to the XXI century | Energy Bulletin

h/t: Speaking Truth to Power


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Michael Hudson Interview on Iceland

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Michael Hudson on Icelandic debt

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Focus on Gaza: Legacy of war

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Focus on Gaza takes a closer look at one deadly legacy of the war on Gaza – unexploded munitions. Plus, we examine the obstacles facing young Gazans as they attempt to pursue an education.

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Obama: Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat to its neighbors

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compiled by Cem Ertür
Featured Writer
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7 April, 2009

“So let me be clear: Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat, not just to the United States, but to Iran’s neighbors and our allies.”

[US President Barack Obama’s speech in Prague, 5 April 2009] [1]

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Frederick Taylor: The biggest bastard ever

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Frederick Taylor, founder of scientific management, was one of the most influential thinkers on the labor process.

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The Assault against Gaza — More Facts

Crossposted with permission from Jewish Peace News

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Jewish Peace News:
6 April 2009

A medical fact-finding mission on Israel’s assault against Gaza, continues to indicate the urgent need for an independent, international investigation.

The communique below describes the mission, quotes briefly from its report, to which it also links, and lists three pressing practical conclusions entailed by the mission.

Rela Mazali

Subject: Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) published today its special report on the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, 27.12.2008 – 18.01.2009

Independent fact-finding mission of medical experts commissioned by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) published today its special report on the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, 27.12.2008 – 18.01.2009

In their report, the experts detail 44 testimonies by civilians who came under attack and by medical staff who were prevented from evacuating the wounded. The report provides first-hand evidence regarding the broader effects of the attacks on a civilian population that was already vulnerable on the eve of the offensive.

To download the Report click here. [pdf]

The experts collected samples of human tissue earth, water, grass and mud suspected to be contaminated by unidentified chemicals. These were sent by the team to laboratories in the UK and South Africa for analysis.

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Justice extends to Bagram, Guantánamo’s Dark Mirror by Andy Worthington

by Andy Worthington
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7 April 2009

Since coming to power in a blaze of reforming glory, promising to close Guantánamo within a year, to stop the CIA from running offshore torture prisons, and to restore the Geneva Conventions to prisoners seized in wartime, the Obama administration has proceeded to make a number of poor decisions in relation to its predecessors’ reviled “War on Terror” policies.

One was the decision to invoke the state secrets privilege to quash a lawsuit against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen for its role as the CIA’s travel agent in a case brought by a number of prisoners subjected to “extraordinary rendition,” although this was understandable if the floodgates were not to be opened with regard to everyone involved in the Bush administration’s lawless policies rather than, say, the senior officials who authorized the crimes. Another, I believe, was the refusal to substantially redefine the terms of reference for “enemy combatants,” while the administration was scoring a propaganda point by dropping the use of the term.

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