Sharing in a common struggle by Anthony Arnove

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Anthony Arnove, Howard Zinn’s collaborator on projects like the book Voices of a People’s History of the United States and the documentary The People Speak, pays tribute to a friend whose sense of solidarity and joy in life was infectious.
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February 12, 2010

FILMING OUR documentary The People Speak in Boston one afternoon, Howard said that the camaraderie between our cast members, the sense of collective purpose and joy, was a feeling he hadn’t experienced with such intensity since his active participation in the civil rights movement. Continue reading

The Daily Kos Poll and the GOP Response by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

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by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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Feb. 14, 2010

The Daily Kos does a good deal of polling on a regular basis.  Not too many of their polls get much attention in the what now passes for the “Mainstream (otherwise known as the ‘we make our choices very carefully’) Media.”  However, one that was published a couple of weeks ago (Feb. 2, 2010) got quite a bit of publicity.  It had surveyed a reasonably random sample of self-identified GOPers to see what their views were on a number of policy and political issues known to be dear to at least some GOP hearts.  Among the findings, not necessarily in order of anybody’s ranking of importance, with brief comments from yours truly, were:
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FOUND: U.S. Constitution by Walter Brasch

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by Walter Brasch
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February 14, 2010

Sarah Palin stood before an audience of 600 at the first Tea Party convention and in her twinkly home-spun rhetoric, she declared we don’t need a professor of law but a commander-in-chief. As expected, she received roaring applause. And, as expected, she was wrong.

After Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, aided by a compliant Congress and a nation largely afraid to stand up for their rights, abused the Constitution for almost eight years, what the United States needs is a leader who understands constitutional law and who is unafraid of making sure all Americans understand that the fabric that became America should not be torn apart for political convenience.

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Anti-poverty activists angry over Winter Games + Torch bearer forced off Commercial Drive

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Olympic Protests in Canada

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Israeli warplanes draw Lebanese anti-aircraft fire

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Sun, 14 Feb 2010 18:21:06 GMT

The Lebanese Army has opened anti-aircraft fire on intruding Israeli military aircrafts flying low over its airspace, reports indicate.

The Lebanese forces launched the defensive fire on four intruding aircrafts “overflying southern Lebanon, Hasbaya, the Shouf and the Bekaa,” all in southeastern Lebanon, read an army statement quoted by the AFP.

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US seeks cell phone tracking of suspects without warrant

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Sat, 13 Feb 2010 06:47:37 GMT

A US Appeals Court weighs a government petition on whether to allow the police to track down suspected criminals through cell-phone signals without a warrant.

The Federal Appeals Court in Philadelphia has begun working on a government appeal meant to authorize the law enforcement to obtain cell-phone tracking information of suspected individuals from telecommunication companies without having to give a possible reason for their probe.

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Cellular user privacy at risk

By Catherine Crump
Philadelphia Inquirer
02/11/2010

If you own a cell phone, you should care about the outcome of a case scheduled to be argued in federal appeals court in Philadelphia tomorrow. It could well decide whether the government can use your cell phone to track you – even if it hasn’t shown probable cause to believe it will turn up evidence of a crime.

The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology will ask the court to require that the government at least show probable cause before it can track your whereabouts.

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It Is Now Official: The U.S. Is A Police State + Paul Craig Roberts on Russia Today

The United Police States of America by Cindy Sheehan

Taliban Regime Pressed bin Laden on Anti-US Terror by Gareth Porter

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Thursday 11 February 2010
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Washington – Evidence now available from various sources, including recently declassified U.S. State Department documents, shows that the Taliban regime led by Mullah Mohammad Omar imposed strict isolation on Osama bin Laden after 1998 to prevent him from carrying out any plots against the United States.

The evidence contradicts the claims by top officials of the Barack Obama administration that Mullah Omar was complicit in Osama bin Laden’s involvement in the al Qaeda plot to carry out the terrorist attacks in the United States on Sep. 11, 2001. It also bolsters the credibility of Taliban statements in recent months asserting that it has no interest in al Qaeda’s global jihadist aims.

A primary source on the relationship between bin Laden and Mullah Omar before 9/11 is a detailed personal account provided by Egyptian jihadist Abu’l Walid al-Masri published on Arabic-language jihadist websites in 1997.

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The Goal of Modern Propaganda: Mythocracy + Presidential Assassination Program by Cindy Sheehan

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February 14, 2010

"Stop Bitching - Start a Revolution"
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“The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief.” Jacques Ellul

On Super Bowl Sunday, the reason that I wrote my new book: Myth America: 20 Greatest Myths of the Robber Class and the Case for Revolution, literally hit home.

Since it was the Holy Day of Obligation for our national religion of Football, I headed for my health club because I have always been a heretic. I arrived there a little before kick off, so the club was still occupied, but after kick-off it was deserted.

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