Oil and Islam. Will America Shift Away from Its Past Unilateralist Policies? by Prof. Peter Dale Scott

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by Prof. Peter Dale Scott
Global Research, June 10, 2009

In his remarkable speech at Cairo University on June 4, President Obama promised “a new beginning.” In the words of the Israeli commentator Uri Avnery, the speech offered “the map of a new world, a different world, whose values and laws he spelled out in simple and clear language — a mixture of idealism and practical politics, vision and pragmatism.”1

Much of what Obama had to say was new, and warmed the hearts of observers like myself, who had become increasingly concerned about the new president’s fidelity to the financial and military policies of the previous Bush-Cheney administration. But while Obama broke new ground on Israel-Palestine issues, he glossed over troubling issues pertaining to the US presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also glossed over one of the fundamental issues alienating the Muslim world: America’s relentless efforts to preserve its threatened financial status by moves to dominate the region’s oil resources. Here his careful ambiguity was ominously reminiscent of the Bush era.

The speech reaffirmed a complete withdrawal of US forces from Iraq by 2012, as the U.S. committed itself to do in a signed agreement last December. In addition Obama asserted that “we do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan… We would gladly bring every single one of our troops home if we could be confident that there were not violent extremists in Afghanistan and now Pakistan.”

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CIA, Iran and the Election Riots

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June 14, 2009

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Are You Ready For War With Demonized Iran? By Paul Craig Roberts + Ahmadinejad Won. Get Over It

Iran boils over by Lee Sustar

US Media Campaign to Discredit Iranian Election By Charting Stock

Some observations on the Iranian presidential election and its aftermath by Phil Wilayto

Presidential election in Iran: selected items from the British press

Are You Ready For War With Demonized Iran? By Paul Craig Roberts + Ahmadinejad Won. Get Over It

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By Paul Craig Roberts
June 16, 2009 “Information Clearing House

How much attention do elections in Japan, India, Argentina, or any other country, get from the US media? How many Americans and American journalists even know who is in political office in other countries besides England, France, and Germany? Who can name the political leaders of Switzerland, Holland, Brazil, Japan, or even China?

Yet, many know of Iran’s President Ahmadinejad. The reason is obvious. He is daily demonized in the US media.

The US media’s demonization of Ahmadinejad itself demonstrates American ignorance. The President of Iran is not the ruler. He is not the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. He cannot set policies outside the boundaries set by Iran’s rulers, the ayatollahs who are not willing for the Iranian Revolution to be overturned by American money in some color-coded “revolution.”

Iranians have a bitter experience with the United States government. Their first democratic election, after emerging from occupied and colonized status, in the 1950s was overturned by the US government. The US government installed in place of the elected candidate a dictator who tortured and murdered dissidents who thought Iran should be an independent country and not ruled by an American puppet.

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House passes war-funding bill, despite reservations

“Same as it ever was.”  While I’m disappointed, I am not surprised.  The Dems have let down the country once again.  ~ DS

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By David Lightman
McClatchy Newspapers
June 16, 2009

WASHINGTON — A divided House of Representatives Tuesday approved by 226 to 202 a $105.9 billion emergency spending bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and help curb flu outbreaks.

However, many lawmakers in both parties were uneasy.

Many Democrats wanted President Barack Obama to provide a clearer strategy for Afghanistan. Republicans protested aid to the International Monetary Fund. Members of both parties were skittish about the lack of an explicit ban on releasing terrorist detainee photos.

Democratic leaders won, though, with some heavy lobbying from the White House, reminding colleagues about the inclusion of some sweeteners such as a “cash for clunkers” auto sales program, funds to help provide air service in rural areas and housing aid for victims of 2005’s hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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Campaign to stop IMF and war funding

The American Empire Is Bankrupt by Chris Hedges

The IMF Collects Debts on Behalf of the World’s Largest Banks by Michael Hudson

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Babak Yektafar: Revolutionary guard in charge

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Massive protests as Revolutionary Guard consolidates power, likely to expand economic control

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Earth Focus: Obama’s Climate Action + The Big Swindle Movie

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June 15, 2009

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This time on Earth Focus glacial melt threatens Asia’s food and water, and environmentalist Deb Callahan discusses Obama’s climate action. Also, watch how solar energy is coming to remote places. Continue reading

Obama calls for cuts in Medicare and Medicaid + The Idiot’s Guide To Paying For Health Care Reform

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by Jerry White
http://www.wsws.org
16 June 2009

Over the weekend, President Barack Obama called for cuts in funding for Medicare and Medicaid, the federal health insurance programs for the elderly and the poor, including the elimination of subsidies for hospitals that treat uninsured patients. This proposal, combined with plans to limit medical tests and treatments, underscores the reactionary, anti-working class character of Obama’s proposed “reform” of the health care system.

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In a speech before the American Medical Association (AMA) in Chicago on Monday, President Obama made it clear that his health care reform would in no way impinge on the profit interests of insurance companies, hospital chains and drug companies. He added that he was open to limiting the ability of patients to pursue medical malpractice suits.

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The Idiot’s Guide To Paying For Health Care Reform

LeeCamp2
June 15, 2009

Now that Obama wants to reform health care, the Republicans keep asking “Where will the money come from?” Hmmm, why haven’t I heard this in the past??

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Countdown: Bill Maher Talks About Taking On Obama

Bill Moyers Journal: Robert Reich + Thomas Paine + Gun Violence

Why We Can’t Get Single Payer Health Care by Ed Ciaccio

Democrats to propose national public healthcare plan; Would revolutionize US healthcare + What is Single Payer?

Facing the Bushes’ Iranian whirlwind by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman + Shots fired on an angry crowd

Crossposted with permission from The Free Press.

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by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
The Free Press
June 15, 2009

The parallels between the stolen Iranian election of 2009 and the American of 2000 and 2004 are tempting. The histories—and futures—of the two nations are inseparable. Bound up in their tortured half-century of crime and manipulation are the few glimmers of hope for lasting peace in the Middle East.

In both countries, a right-wing fundamentalist authoritarian with open contempt for human rights and the Geneva Convention has come up a winner, with catastrophic consequences. In both countries, the blowback of two George Bushes loom large. Continue reading