The More Things Change… by Cindy Sheehan

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by Cindy Sheehan
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May 10, 2009

I think many of us know the origins of Mother’s Day were for Peace and a universal declaration that we mothers won’t send out children to die in wars or kill the children of other mothers.

Even though we have always been a genocidal, war-like culture, we have gone so far afield from the original meaning of Mother’s Day it’s ridiculous! Now it’s a day that’s a boon for Hallmark cards and long distance phone carriers. We American mothers are still sending our children off to die in Robber Class wars and kill the children of other mothers.

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General James Jones: Air Strikes in West Asia will continue

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After US Strikes, Afghans Describe “Tractor Trailers Full of Pieces of Human Bodies” By Jeremy Scahill

Civilians Pay Price of War from Above By Robert Fisk

Why We Fight – U.S. Troops Die For Rapists By Ted Rall + Afghanistan Women Protest

Pepe Escobar: Killing them softly with air strikes

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My Jihad – A Book Review by Guadamour

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May 10, 2009

Numerous theories abound as to what a happened on September 11, 2001 when two airplanes struck two of the buildings of the World Trade Center. The buildings collapsed within minutes if not seconds. Later building number seven collapsed onto its own footprint. It was at some remove from the other buildings and it was not struck.

If one believes the government story, the fuel onboard the planes crashed into the towers created a fire so hot and intense it caused the buildings to free-tail onto their own foundations.

Scientist have noted that jet fuel does not burn hot enough to melt steel. I am no scientist, but I have done a little welding. Even with a hot enough flame, it takes two or three minutes to heat a thin piece of metal to get it hot enough to become liquid and lose its structural integrity.

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Willie Smits: How we re-grew a rainforest

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http://www.ted.com By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans — and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems.

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America’s “Money Machine” – Reviewing Ellen Brown’s “Web of Debt” Part II by Stephen Lendman

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by Stephen Lendman
Global Research, May 9, 2009

This is the second of several articles on Ellen Brown’s remarkable book titled “Web of Debt….the shocking truth about our money system, (how it) trapped us in debt, and how we can break free.” It’s a multi-part snapshot. Reading the entire book is strongly recommended – easily obtainable through Amazon or Brown’s www.webofdebt.com site.

Bankers Capture the Money Machine – Fighting for the Family Farm

In the 1890s, “keeping the family homestead was a key political issue” given that foreclosures and evictions “were occurring in record numbers,” much like today. The “Bankers Manifesto of 1892” spelled it out – a willful plan “to disenfranchise farmers and laborers of their homes and property,” again like today except that now our very freedom and futures are at stake as sinister forces aim to steal them by turning America into Guatemala and lock it down by police state repression.

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Depressionus Interruptus – Did Bernanke pull the economy back from the brink? By Mike Whitney

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By Mike Whitney
May 09, 2009 “Information Clearing House

Fed chief Ben Bernanke’s understanding of financial crises may have kept the country from sliding into another Great Depression. That doesn’t mean that he’s fixed the credit system, removed the non-performing loans from the banks, or stopped housing prices from crashing. It simply means that pumping liquidity into the system–via huge increases in the money supply, zero-percent interest rates, and multi-trillion dollar lending facilities–has either slowed or reversed the rate of decline in many sectors of the economy. Monetary stimulus works. Manufacturing, industrial output, world trade and global stock markets had all been falling faster than during the Great Depression. Bernanke changed that. His aggressive monetary policy helped to stabilize the financial system and pull the economy back from the brink.

In April, retail sales rose slightly as did consumer spending. The service industries contracted less than expected and manufacturing (ISM) showed modest gains. There are also signs that housing prices are flattening out although future price declines are still expected to be somewhere in the range of 10 to 20 percent. (Housing prices have already slipped 29 percent since their peak in 2006) The underlying problems in the economy have not been fixed, but green shoots popping up everywhere.

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Bill Moyers Journal: Dick Durbin + Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

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Bill Moyers Journal
May 8, 2009

Dick Durbin

As the banking stress test results come in, the JOURNAL takes a closer look at money’s stranglehold on politics. Bill Moyers speaks with Senator Dick Durbin D-IL on campaign finance reform, big lobbying, and making Washington work for the people rather than special interests.

via Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS.

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

Bill Moyers speaks with one of America’s leading educators and author of THE THIRD CHAPTER: PASSION RISK AND ADVENTURE IN THE 25 YEARS AFTER 50.

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The Report from Iron Mountain Revisited by Richard C. Cook

What To Do With The Skeleton of Unfettered Capitalism?

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Thousands join [UK] Army to escape recession

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article6251988.ece

excerpts from:

Thousands join Army to escape recession

by Deborah Haynes, Times, 9 May 2009

Quote:
The Army is nearing full strength for the first time in a generation as the recession is prompting thousands of young people to sign up.
Recruitment rose by 14 per cent in the six months to March 31 compared with a year earlier. It is expected to reach full strength in 2011 after years in which it struggled to win recruits.

There are also fewer people leaving. The number who quit the Armed Forces in 2008 dropped by 8.3 per cent year on year as fear of competing in a shrinking civilian jobs market persuaded more to stay on. […]

Hitting the full strength target of 101,790 soldiers will help to ease pressure on troops in the field, many of whom have endured multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. There is currently a deficit of about 2,550.

An overhaul of recruiting techniques, including internet and television campaigns, and a softening of public opinion towards the Armed Forces after the unpopular war in Iraq are also helping to boost numbers.

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SAS and other special forces to be expanded to defeat al-Qaeda

Telegraph, 25 April 2009

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/4741032/100 00-British-troops-to-be-fighting-Taliban-in-Afghanistan-within-12-mont hs.html

More than 10,000 British troops will be fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan within 12 months

Sunday Telegraph, 22 February 2009

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Mosaic News – 5/8/09: World News From The Middle East

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Continuation of the National Emergency with respect to the actions of the government of Syria

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1) Continuation of the National Emergency with respect to the action of the government of Syria
2) U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing (8 May 2009)

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http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Continuation-Message-to-Con gress-from-the-President-and-Federal-Register-notice-concerning-Syria/

Continuation of the National Emergency with respect to the action of the government of Syria

The White House website, 8 May 2009

On May 11, 2004, pursuant to his authority under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. 1701-1706, and the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003, Public Law 108-175, the President issued Executive Order 13338, in which he declared a national emergency with respect to the actions of the Government of Syria. To deal with this national emergency, Executive Order 13338 authorized the blocking of property of certain persons and prohibited the exportation or re-exportation of certain goods to Syria. On April 25, 2006, and February 13, 2008, the President issued Executive Order 13399 and Executive Order 13460, respectively, to take additional steps with respect to this national emergency.

The President took these actions to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the actions of the Government of Syria in supporting terrorism, maintaining its then-existing occupation of Lebanon, pursuing weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, and undermining U.S. and international efforts with respect to the stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq.

Because the actions and policies of the Government of Syria continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, the national emergency declared on May 11, 2004, and the measures adopted on that date, on April 25, 2006, in Executive Order 13399, and on February 13, 2008, in Executive Order 13460, to deal with that emergency must continue in effect beyond May 11, 2009. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1622(d), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared with respect to certain actions of the Government of Syria.

This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

BARACK OBAMA
THE WHITE HOUSE,
May 7, 2009.

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http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2009/05/123184.htm

excerpt from: [U.S. Department of State] Daily Press Briefing

by Robert Wood, Acting U.S. Department of State spokesman

U.S. Department of State website, 8 May 2009

Quote:
QUESTION: If we can go to Syria, President Obama, I believe yesterday, signed an executive order renewing sanctions that were imposed on Syria, I believe in 2004. Obviously, he does this just as Ambassador Feltman is in – has been in Syria. What does the – and I realize it’s a White House decision to renew the sanctions, but I remember when they were first imposed it was briefed out here. What does the renewal of the sanctions mean for your effort to improve and – improve your relationship with Syria and engage with them more?

MR. WOOD: Well, look, the President felt it was necessary to take these measures. These are not new sanctions, and there is still – I think this shows you that we still have some very serious concerns about Syrian behavior and activity in the world. We’ve said to you before our concerns about what Syria is doing in Iraq, its support for terrorist groups.

We have encouraged the Syrians to play a positive role in the Middle East. We’re willing to engage them in a dialogue to try to address not only our concerns, but concerns that they may have. But there’s – it’s – there’s no secret we have some very serious problems with the government in Syria. And we hope to be able to try to work out those differences, but a lot of it is going to be up to Syria. […]


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