A Highway For Peace by William John Cox

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by William John Cox
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March 14, 2010

The latest flap over Israeli housing construction in East Jerusalem has caused me to reflect upon the very deep and complicated feelings I have about the city.

I first passed through Jerusalem in December 1979 in an attempt to sneak into Tehran shortly after the American embassy hostages were taken. I returned two years later following the favorable verdict in the Holocaust Denial case and shared morning tea with Prime Minister Begin. In 1992, I testified in a trial there about the publication of the suppressed Dead Sea Scrolls and refused to identify my secret client. My last visit was in 2000 when my wife and I were married at Christ Church in the Old City on Valentine’s Day.

The political issue is not who has the greatest property rights in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Nor, is it whether the Palestinian people are more genetically related to the ancient Israelis who occupied Jerusalem at the time of Jesus, than are the Ashkenazi Jews who now control the Israeli government and who exercise great influence over U.S. policy.

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Central Asia Pipeline Plan Begins To Emerge by Bruce Gagnon

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by Bruce Gagnon
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Organizing Notes
March 14, 2010

The Washington Post today introduces us to a controversy over Afghanistan war strategy. The Post reports that operations in Delaram (in the southwest) are “far from a strategic priority for senior officers at the international military headquarters in Kabul. One calls Delaram, a day’s drive from the nearest city, ‘the end of the Earth.’ Another deems the area ‘unrelated to our core mission’ of defeating the Taliban by protecting Afghans in their cities and towns.”

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CIA’s European Secrets: Clandestine prisons investigated

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March 14, 2010

A vast network of covert CIA facilities appears to be everywhere in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe. CIA secret prisons were reported to be operating in Poland and Lithuania, and the controversy over this news has divided Europe and triggered a political crisis in several countries. Are the allegations true?

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American Democracy: No More Illusions by Sean Fenley

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“I don’t think people have any right to be disillusioned about Obama, there was no basis for the illusion in the first place.” — Noam Chomsky

by Sean Fenley
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The Anything and Everything
March 14, 2010

Now that the wheels have fallen over Madison Avenue’s hope and change wagon, the Wall Street/more of the same express seems to have swung into full throttle! Frankly, I never got what other people saw in Barack Obama, he always seemed to me to be to the right of John Edwards — who ran as a liberal/populist but didn’t really have the record. Obama didn’t run as a progressive and he didn’t even try to fake the record; that he unequivocally couldn’t lay a claim to. More seasoned candidates with vastly superior records, of course, ran for the presidency, but thanks to the corporatist media and the least worst-ism of many progressive voters they barely made the needles jump at the polls.

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Rasmussen In Poland: Expeditionary NATO, Missile Shield And Nuclear Weapons by Rick Rozoff

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by Rick Rozoff
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Stop NATO-Opposition to global militarism
March 14, 2010

The civilian chief of the world’s only, and history’s first self-proclaimed global, military bloc is having a busy month.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen delivered an address in Washington, DC on February 23 on the military alliance’s new 21st century Strategic Concept along with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her predecessor twice-removed Madeleine Albright and National Security Adviser James Jones, the last-named a former Marine Corps general and NATO Supreme Allied Commander. [1]

At the seminar and on the preceding evening at Georgetown University in what is arguably NATO’s true capital, Rasmussen sounded familiar themes: Highlighting the need to prevail in Afghanistan, NATO’s first ground war and first armed conflict outside of Europe. Applauding the work of the bloc’s new cyber warfare center in Estonia, ostensibly to protect the comparatively new member state against attacks emanating from Russia. Identifying Iran and North Korea for particular scrutiny.

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We are ALL Americans! Cindy Sheehan interviews Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales

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by Cindy Sheehan
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March 14, 2010

Todos Somos Americanos – Those words mean “We are ALL Americans.”  Today is the day!  This Sunday (March 14th) Cindy says a warm “hello” to Pacifica Radio, starting with this interview with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, to honor exactly that sentiment!  Cindy’s request to interview President Hugo Chavez Frias of Venezuela was finally granted on March 2nd, when Cindy and two photographers were down in Montevideo, Uruguay with President Chavez for the inauguration of the new left-ish president and freedom fighter, Jose Mujica.  Eva Golinger (Venezuelan-American attorney and author) was the translator.

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Eric Margolis: Wars sending U.S. into ruin

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Eric Margolis: Obama the peace president is fighting battles his country cannot afford

Eric Margolis is a journalist born in New York City and holding degrees from Georgetown the University of Geneva, and New York University. During the Vietnam War he served as a US Army infantryman. Margolis is the author of War at the Top of the World –- The Struggle for Afghanistan and Asia is a syndicated columnist and broadcaster whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, Mainichi Shimbun and US Naval Institute Proceedings. Margolis is an expert of military affairs, a former instructor in strategy and tactics in the US Army, and a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the Institute of Regional Studies in Islamabad, Pakistan. Eric Margolis’ books have been published in the US, Canada, Britain, and India. He often appears and contributes to national and international news items for outlets such as CNN, ABC,CBC and Voice of America to the Wall Street Journal and Maninichi-Tokyo. He broadcasts regularly on foreign affairs for Canadian TV (TV Ontario and CBC), radio, and has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, and PBS

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Cornel West on Barack Obama, Racism, The Tea Party and Foreign Policy

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March 11, 2010

Avi Lewis talks to Cornel West, professor of African American Studies at Princeton, hip hop artist, and one of the most controversial academics in the US about the state of democracy for African-Americans in the US today, US foreign policy, global recession, and his dispute with Lawrence Summers.

on vodpod: Fault Lines – Cornel West

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Capitalism cut adrift – Part 2: Looking Sideways By William Bowles

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By William Bowles
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14 March, 2010

Crossposted at Strategic Culture Foundation

‘Self-sufficiency, do-it-yourself, ‘green’ technologies, raising vegetables, crafts, ‘heritage’ projects , history, archeology, geneology, all manner of ‘community’ projects like cleaning up neighbourhoods or restoring poisoned rivers, the list is constantly expanding in what can only be described as a headlong flight from the shopping mall to the allotment and hence from corporate ‘culture’ in all its vileness and mediocrity. I kid you not, our ‘winter of discontent’ has been transformed into a ‘reality show’.’

That’s how I ended Part 1 but this is by no means the first time that capitalism has caused such revulsion as the inexorable march of accumulation destroyed traditional communities across this ‘green and pleasant land’. In fact we now live in at least the third version of capitalism to blight this England.

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