Jason Leopold and Andy Worthington on closing Guantanamo Bay Prison

by Andy Worthington
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www.andyworthington.co.uk
11 October 2009

Three months ago, veteran progressive radio host Peter B. Collins interviewed me for an in-depth podcast on his website, where, as I described it at the time, he is “pioneering a listener-funded new media project to make hard-hitting political interviews available online without editorial interference from networks and without the often extensive advertising breaks that do so much to disrupt the flow of so many shows.” Continue reading

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Osama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive? by David Ray Griffin

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by David Ray Griffin
www.globalresearch.ca/
October 9, 2009

Is Osama bin Laden still alive? I have dealt with this question in a recent little book entitled Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive? The present essay summarizes the main points of this book.

Since the transference of power from the Bush administration to that of Barack Obama administration, the question of whether bin Laden is dead or alive has become more important.

Although George W. Bush famously said that he wanted Osama bin Laden “dead or alive,” he made clear that he was not serious about this. Besides stating that he was not concerned about bin Laden, he demonstrated this by diverting most of America’s military resources to Iraq. Bush could, of course, be unconcerned about bin Laden because he knew that, besides the fact that bin Laden had nothing to do with 9/11, he was probably dead anyway.

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Sibel Edmonds ungagged! Part 2

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The Peter B Collins Show
Info on Podcast #49
09 October 2009

As the corporate media continues to ignore the important information about illegal Turkish influence on our government, Edmonds details the sequence of events that led to the unprecedented gag orders issued to her and enforced by Judge Reggie Walton, and the incredible retroactive gag order on Congress, which also classified her date of birth! She reveals that Rep. Henry Waxman backed off his promise to permit Edmonds to testify under oath, informing his staff just after he met with Speaker Pelosi in March, 2007. She reacts to the comments of retired FBI manager John Cole from Podcast #45 confirming that top FBI management knew Edmonds was telling the truth as they moved to gag her. Part 3 will be released next week, providing a tour of Turkish interests and influence in the US. http://www.123realchange.blogspot.com.

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Travels of a Dedicated Peace Monger by Cindy Sheehan

By Cindy Sheehan
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
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Oct. 10, 2009

I am up late in Sweden after spending 5 days here speaking at seminars and doing interviews.

I am heading back to the U.S. tomorrow and after a stop in Albuquerque, I will head back to my home in California on Monday. Continue reading

Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities

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October 05, 2009

http://www.ted.com Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from? Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world.

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The War On Cancer by Guadamour

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by Guadamour
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Oct. 10, 2009

Who would have thunk that the Nazis would have been the first to systematically explore the hazards in the environment as pertains to the development of human and animal cancers? In The Secret History of The War On Cancer (Perseus Books Group 2007) Dr Devra Davis, an Epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh, details what was known about cancer and when it was known.

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“Visions” by Cindy Sheehan

By Cindy Sheehan
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
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Oct. 10, 2009

Today, a President of the largest violently military empire in the world, won the Nobel Peace Prize while his nation is mired in wars in three countries where his actions have oftentimes made things worse.

Let’s also make this clear that the Nobel prizes are supposed to be awarded for work done the previous year (2008), so that means Obama was awarded the prize for campaigning for the presidency of the USA, where his “vision” (platform) was consistently pro-more war. The nominations are also due by February 1st. Ten days after the inauguration and about a week after a drone in Pakistan killed over 3 dozen innocent people.

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War and peace prizes by Howard Zinn

by Howard Zinn
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crossposted on guardian.co.uk
October 10, 2009

The dismaying gift of the Nobel prize puts Barack Obama on the list of its winners who promised peace but prosecuted war.

I was dismayed when I heard Barack Obama was given the Nobel peace prize. A shock, really, to think that a president carrying on two wars would be given a peace prize. Until I recalled that Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Henry Kissinger had all received Nobel peace prizes. The Nobel committee is famous for its superficial estimates, won over by rhetoric and by empty gestures, and ignoring blatant violations of world peace.

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Peace Prize winner Obama: We will target al Qaeda wherever they take root


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Propaganda Alert

compiled by Cem Ertür
Featured Writer
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10 October 2009


1) The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize goes to US President Barack Obama (9 October 2009)
2) Obama: We will target al Qaeda wherever they take root (6 October 2009)
3) Obama agrees to keep Israel’s nukes secret (2 October 2009)
4) The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Resolution on Israeli Nuclear Capabilities (18 September 2009)

from the archives:

1) Israeli President Peres: The best way to deter Iran from continuing its nuclear program is to threaten it with a ‘nuclear response’ (April 2009)
2) European mayors’ petition against the deployment of US nuclear weapons (December 2007)

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http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2009/press.html


excerpt from: The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009

The Nobel Peace Prize website, 9 October 2009

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.

The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.


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http://www.nctc.gov/docs/20091006_obama-speech.pdf


excerpts from: Remarks by President Obama at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

National Counterterrorism Center website, 6 October 2009

“We know that al Qaeda and its extremist allies threaten us from different corners of the globe – from Pakistan, but also from East Africa and Southeast Asia; from Europe and the Gulf. […]

We will target al Qaeda wherever they take root; we will not yield in our pursuit; and we are developing the capacity and the cooperation to deny a safe haven to any who threaten America and its allies.”


[US President Barack Obama, speech on the 8th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan, National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) in Virginia, 6 October 2009]

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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/oct/02/president-obama-has-reaffirmed-a-4-decade-old-secr/


excerpts from: Obama agrees to keep Israel’s nukes secret

by Eli Lake, Washington Times,  2 October 2009

President Obama has reaffirmed a 4-decade-old secret [agreement, whereby] […] the U.S. has not pressured Israel to disclose its nuclear weapons or to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which could require Israel to give up its estimated several hundred nuclear bombs. […]

The officials […] said Mr. Obama pledged to maintain the agreement when he first hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in May.


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http://www.iaea.org/About/Policy/GC/GC53/GC53Resolutions/English/gc53res-17_en.pdf


excerpts from: “Israeli nuclear capabilities”: Resolution adopted on 18 September 2009 during the tenth plenary meeting

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) website, 18 September 2009

Recalling the 2000 NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty] Review Conference, which welcomed the fact that all States in the Middle East, with the exception of Israel, are States parties to the NPT […] [the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) ]  [e]xpresses concern about the Israeli nuclear capabilities, and calls upon Israel to accede to the NPT and place all its nuclear facilities under comprehensive IAEA safeguards.


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from the archives:



http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE53S78020090429


excerpt from: Israel’s Peres sees containment for a nuclear Iran

by Dan Williams, Reuters, 29 April 2009

“Simply attacking the nuclear facilities is not the be-all and end-all. There are other options for the West, or the coalition that arises. The first thing is to tell the Iranians … ‘If you use a nuclear weapon — no matter against whom — you’ll get a nuclear response.’ “ [Israeli President Shimon Peres told Israel’s Channel Ten television].


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http://www.2020visioncampaign.org/pages/319


excerpt from: European mayors want withdrawal of US nukes from their territory marking INF [i.e. the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty] 20th anniversary

2020 Vision Campaign website, 6 December 2007

“While our public is regularly provided alarming media reports of nuclear dangers in Iraq, North Korea or Iran, what is supposed to be a well-informed western audience is living in ignorance of the destructive power of thousands of potential Hiroshimas stored in their backyards.”


[Mayors for Peace petition launched on 6 December 2007 by the European Mayors on whose territory US nuclear weapons are deployed, namely:

Vedat Karadag (Incirlik, TURKEY), Stefano Del Cont (Aviano, ITALY), Anna Giulia Guarneri (Ghedi, ITALY), Theo Kelchtermans (Peer, BELGIUM), Dr. Joke W. Kersten (Uden, NETHERLANDS), Heinz Onnertz (Buechel, GERMANY) ]

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related link:


Phony Nuclear Disarmament

by Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report, 4 August 2009

http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/freedom-rider-phony-nuclear-disarmament

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War and peace prizes by Howard Zinn

Obama wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize + OK, He’s A Nice Guy, But … by Andy Worthington

The Nobel Peace Prize Goes To … + Ron Paul’s commentary

What Does Peace Mean? By Cindy Sheehan

Presidential Remarks to National Counterterrorism Center Staff 289318-1 : C-SPAN Video Library (video)

Moore vs Hannity Day 2: Health Care

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October 10, 2009

Here’s round two of Michael Moore on The Sean Hannity Show. It was recorded live-to-tape on the same day as round one of the showdown, but Hannity decided to break it into two separate shows. I suppose he likes to take his beatings piecemeal. Enjoy round two of the TV appearance that turned Fox News viewers against Sean Hannity.

Changing hearts and minds daily at http://www.michaelmoore.com/

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Bill Moyers Journal: Simon Johnson and Marcy Kaptur + Health industry lobby + Charlie Houston

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Bill Moyers Journal
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October 9, 2009

Simon Johnson and US Rep. Marcy Kaptur

Just over a year after economic calamity brought promises of reform from Washington, has Wall Street really changed? Former International Monetary Fund chief economist Simon Johnson and US Rep. Marcy Kaptur D-OH report on the state of the economy.

transcript Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS.

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Israel’s nukes and Iran + What’s intelligence got to do with it?

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Updated: Oct. 11, 2009

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October 09, 2009

Beneath the hype Pt.3: US intelligence experts Ray McGovern & Greg Thielmann weigh-in on the consequences of US silence regarding Israel’s nuclear weapons

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Iran: What’s intelligence got to do with it?

Beneath the hype, Pt.4: Ray McGovern and Greg Thielmann discuss the disconnect between the intelligence community, the government, and the public. For more, visit http://www.therealnews.com.

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Beneath the hype: Is Iran close to nukes? Pt. 2