Seymour Hersh Describes “Battlefield Executions” in Afghanistan

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“Drop Dead Economics”: The Financial Crisis in Greece and the European Union by Michael Hudson

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by Michael Hudson
Global Research, May 11, 2010

The Wealthy Won’t Pay Their Taxes, So Labor Must Do So

Riddle: How are the Greek rioters like America’s Tea Party movement?

Answer: Both reject government being taken over by the financial oligarchy to shift the tax burden onto labor.

The difference is that the Tea Partiers have lost faith in government. This is just what the financial oligarchy wants, of course. Giving up hope of gaining electoral control to pursue a fair fiscal agenda, the Tea Partiers have abandoned the centuries-long fight for reform to make governments better by giving them the power to check predatory finance and wealth. Sliding to the right wing of the political spectrum and acting mainly out of frustration, they have succumbed a utopian desire simply to shrink government that they see acting adversely to their interests.

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Bernie Sanders’ Press Conference – Amendment to Audit the Fed Passes 96-0

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May 11, 2010 — Sen. Sanders holds a Capitol Hill press conference following overwhelming passage by the Senate of his amendment to audit the Federal Reserve and force the agency to disclose which institutions received low-interest loans. The amendment passed 96-0.

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Israel: Our technological capabilities can be used for a war on Gaza, for a war on Lebanon, for a war on Syria, and also for war on Iran

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11 May 2010

1)  PM Netanyahu:  Israel has no intention to attack its neighbors, despite false rumors (11 May 2010)

2)  Deputy PM Ya’alon:  Israel’s improved technological capabilities can be used for a war on Gaza, for a war on Lebanon, for a war on Syria, and also for war on Iran (10 May 2010)
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Vanunu Returns to Prison and The End of Israel’s Nuclear Ambiguity

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11 May, 2010

On May 11, 2010, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Mordechai Vanunu, will “serve a three-month jail sentence handed to him by Jerusalem District Court and not community service.” [1]

The ‘justices’ refused Vanunu’s offer to do community service in occupied east Jerusalem, because they do not view that side of town to be a part of their community.

On April 30, 2007, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, convicted Vanunu on 14 [out of 21] counts of violating a court order prohibiting him from speaking to foreign journalists in 2004. Vanunu was also convicted for traveling the four miles from Jerusalem to Bethlehem when he hoped to attend Christmas Eve mass at the Church of the Nativity, his first Christmas after being released from 18 years in jail [most of it in solitary] on April 21, 2004.

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Britain’s Hung Politics: The Death Throes of Parliamentary Democracy by Finian Cunningham

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11 May, 2010

Despite the seeming ongoing ambiguity in the wake of the British national elections, one thing is clear: the spectrum of British polity has now officially shrunk to a meaningless, narrow band of monochrome politics, where the majority of citizens have no choice or influence on any important areas of policy. Democracy is being expropriated from the electorate.

This is reflected in over one-third of the electorate abstaining from voting on 6 May and none of the parties receiving any decisive support – resulting in a “hung parliament” where no one party can form a government. This unfortunate phrase could serve as an altogether more foreboding metaphor for the condition of British parliamentary democracy and western democracy in general.

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Gordon Brown resigns as UK prime minister + David Cameron is UK’s new prime minister

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11 May, 2010

Gordon Brown has announced he is resigning as UK prime minister.

Mr Brown has officially tendered his resignation to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and recommended Conservative leader David Cameron succeed him.

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via BBC News – Gordon Brown resigns as UK prime minister.

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Kucinich Bill Will be Crucial to First Lady’s Anti-Obesity Efforts

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, May 11, 2010

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Aims to Eliminate Tax Break for Junk Food Marketing

Following the release of a report from the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today urged colleagues to support HR 4310, Kucinich’s bill that would revoke tax write-offs for marketing unhealthy food to children.

“Astonishingly, taxpayer money is being used to fuel the childhood obesity epidemic because the costs of marketing junk food and fast food to children are tax deductible..

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