Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Jesus on the wall of the senior Home

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Goldstone challenges US over Gaza report + Israel and war crimes

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AlJazeeraEnglish
October 21, 2009

The United States has criticised the Goldstone report into Israel’s war on Gaza, calling it one-sided.

In an interview with Al Jazeera’s Shihab Rattansi, Justice Richard Goldstone challenged the US government to justify its claims that his findings are flawed and biased.

Goldstone said the attacks on him have become personal and he believes most critics have not even read the report.

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Countdown: Congressman Clyburn: Medicare for Everybody!

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October 21, 2009

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Why We Desperately Need Health Care for All – Now by Dennis Kucinich

Ralph Nader: Congress has shut us out

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Dollar Trouble By Mike Whitney

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By Mike Whitney
Information Clearing House
October 21, 2009

The dollar is not going to crash. In fact, many economists believe that the dollar will rally when the Fed ends its quantitative easing program (QE) sometime in early 2010. The Fed is on track to buy nearly $2 trillion dollars of mortgage-backed securities, US Treasuries and agency debt. In other words, the Fed is printing money and pumping it into the housing market to keep the market from collapsing. This keeps interest rates low, but it also weakens the dollar. When the program ends, long-term interest rates will rise and the dollar will strengthen.

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Rep. Alan Grayson: The party of “no” is well on their way to being the party of “nobody”

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October 21, 2009

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Barack Obama, Heaven Sent for GOP, Part I by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

Ugly Americans Stay Home, Soiling Our Nest – Why Does the Unhinged Fringe Hate America? by Robert S. Becker

Taking Stock of the Republicans By Mike Whitney

A Postal Strike In Britain Is The War At Home By John Pilger

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By John Pilger
Information Clearing House
www.johnpilger.com
October 21, 2009

The postal workers’ struggle is as vital for democracy as any national event in recent years. The campaign against them is part of a historic shift from the last vestiges of political democracy in Britain to a corporate world of insecurity and war. If the privateers running the Post Office are allowed to win, the regression that now touches all lives bar the wealthy will quicken its pace. A third of British children now live in low-income or impoverished families. One in five young people is denied hope of a decent job or education.

And now the Brown government is to mount a “fire sale” of public assets and services worth £16bn. Unmatched since Margaret Thatcher’s transfer of public wealth to a new gross elite, the sale, or theft, will include the Channel Tunnel rail link, bridges, the student loan bank, school playing fields, libraries and public housing estates. The plunder of the National Health Service and public education is already under way.

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Jo Comerford: Cashing in the War Dividend

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Democracy Now!
Oct. 21, 2009

Eight is (More Than) Enough: End the Wars!

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“Cashing in the War Dividend”: As Healthcare Reform Limited by Deficit Concerns, Military Spending Continues to Grow

As lawmakers hash out the final details of legislation to reform the nation’s healthcare system, one of the key questions is: How much will it all cost, and how will it affect the federal deficit? While $900 billion over ten years may sound like a hefty price tag, it is a mere fraction of this country’s spending on the military, which is expected to grow by at least $133.1 billion over the next decade. [includes rush transcript]

Jo Comerford, executive director of the National Priorities Project. Her latest article is available at TomDispatch.com. It’s called, Cashing in the War Dividend: The Joys of Perpetual War.

ANJALI KAMAT: On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are hashing out the final details of legislation to reform the nation’s healthcare system. And one of the key questions is: How much will it all cost, and how will it affect the federal deficit?

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Pentagon used psychological operation on US public, documents show By Brad Jacobson

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By Brad Jacobson
The Raw Story
Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Figure in Bush propaganda operation remains Pentagon spokesman

In Part I of this series, Raw Story revealed that Bryan Whitman, the current deputy assistant secretary of defense for media operations, was an active senior participant in a Bush administration covert Pentagon program that used retired military analysts to generate positive wartime news coverage.

A months-long review of documents and interviews with Pentagon personnel has revealed that the Bush Administration’s military analyst program — aimed at selling the Iraq war to the American people — operated through a secretive collaboration between the Defense Department’s press and community relations offices.

Raw Story has also uncovered evidence that directly ties the activities undertaken in the military analyst program to an official US military document’s definition of psychological operations — propaganda that is only supposed to be directed toward foreign audiences.

The investigation of Pentagon documents and interviews with Defense Department officials and experts in public relations found that the decision to fold the military analyst program into community relations and portray it as “outreach” served to obscure the intent of the project as well as that office’s partnership with the press office. It also helped shield its senior supervisor, Bryan Whitman, assistant secretary of defense for media operations, whose role was unknown when the original story of the analyst program broke.

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via Pentagon used psychological operation on US public, documents show | Raw Story

Barack Obama, Heaven Sent for GOP, Part I by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

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by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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Oct. 21, 2009

It was likely the GOP would lose the 2008 election, although that was hardly a sure thing. If the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the subsequent chain reaction in finance capitalism had occurred on November 18 instead of September 18, McCain might have won. If Hillary Clinton had somehow been able to pull out the Democratic nomination, whether or not the financial collapse and the revelation of the new Great Recession that had actually started some months earlier came before or after November 5, 2008, McCain might well have won anyway. (Given the way that Clinton ran her primary campaign, relying more and more on racism as it progressed, it is highly likely that huge numbers of African-Americans would have stayed home on election day.) But the financial collapse did occur before Election Day and Barack Obama was the nominee and he did win.

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Reese Erlich: Attack on Syria in 2008 was a cover up + Terrorist attack in Iran

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Updated: Oct. 24, 2009

TheRealNews
October 21, 2009

Erlich: The US massacre at Al-Sukkariya, Syria in 2008 was a clear violation of international law

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Frontline: The Warning

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Frontline
PBS
October 20, 2009

“We didn’t truly know the dangers of the market, because it was a dark market,” says Brooksley Born, the head of an obscure federal regulatory agency — the Commodity Futures Trading Commission [CFTC] — who not only warned of the potential for economic meltdown in the late 1990s, but also tried to convince the country’s key economic powerbrokers to take actions that could have helped avert the crisis. “They were totally opposed to it,” Born says. “That puzzled me. What was it that was in this market that had to be hidden?”

via FRONTLINE: the warning: watch the full program online | PBS

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Upcoming Iraq Election Seen as Key to Promote Investments in Oil Sector by Jeremy R. Hammond

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by Jeremy R. Hammond
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21 October 2009

With a general election in Iraq scheduled for January 2010, the U.S. is encouraging the Iraqi legislature to pass the requisite election law, while international oil corporations continue to compete for contracts to exploit Iraq’s natural energy resources.

After a meeting at the White House on Tuesday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Obama said, “We are very interested, both of us, in making sure that Iraq has an election law that is completed on time so that elections can take place on time in January.”

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William Greider: The Soul of Capitalism (2003)

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talkingsticktv
October 04, 2009

Interview with William Greider author of “The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy” given September 23, 2003.

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A Painfully Bad Document, but an Excellent Indictment: General McChrystal’s Report on Afghanistan by Daniel N. White

by Daniel N. White
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Oct. 21, 2009

General McChrystal’s report is one of the worst written, most amateurish and unprofessional, buzzword and cliche-filled reports I’ve ever had the ill fortune ever to have to read.  On the other hand, it is revealing and informative in a way that the author(s) probably didn’t intend, a much more useful document than one with its gross flaws would normally be.  It is also a document that gives great insight into  the institutional deficiencies of our military and also into institutional and cultural defects present in  several important  areas of the American state.  The report is criminally bad, but like any other great crime, it is all perfectly out in the open for anyone who cares to see it, or in this case, read it. Continue reading