Afghan War: Petraeus Expands U.S. Military Presence Throughout Eurasia by Rick Rozoff

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July 4, 2010

On July 4 General David Petraeus assumed command of 142,000 U.S. and NATO troops in a ceremony in the Afghan capital of Kabul. He succeeded the disgraced and soon to be retired General Stanley McChrystal as chief of all foreign troops in Afghanistan, those serving under U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A)/Operation Enduring Freedom and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

He now commands military units from 46 official troop contributing nations and others from several additional countries not officially designated as such but with forces in or that will soon be deployed to Afghanistan, such as Egypt, Jordan and Colombia. Neither the Carthaginian commander Hannibal during the Second Punic War nor Napoleon Bonaparte in the wars that bore his name commanded troops speaking as many diverse tongues.

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“We Pledge Resistance to the Empire” by Cindy Sheehan + Protest video

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July 4, 2010

“Ms. Sheehan, are you aware that you have a stay-away order from here?” The big, burly cop said to me as he crossed Pennsylvania Avenue to confront our small protest of intrepid peaceniks in Lafayette Park.

“Yes, and I am also aware that I am not violating it right now,” I answered. Continue reading

Israel’s attack on Egypt in June ’67 was not ‘preemptive’ by Jeremy R. Hammond

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4 July, 2010

It is often claimed that Israel’s attack on Egypt that began the June 1967 “Six Day War” was a “preemptive” one. Implicit in that description is the notion that Israel was under imminent threat of an attack from Egypt. Yet this historical interpretation of the war is not sustained by the documentary record.

The President of Egypt, then known as the United Arab Republic (UAR), Gamal Abdel Nasser, later conveyed to U.S. President Lyndon Johnson that his troop buildup in the Sinai Peninsula prior to the war had been to defend against a feared Israeli attack.

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Day 76: SOLIDARITY in the spirit of ’76 by Roxanne Amico

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July 4, 2010

This morning a friend alerted me to the fact that today is day 76 of the Bleeding of the Earth in the Gulf of Mexico, while the U.S. “commemorates” July 4th, ’76… Hence the title of this post, beginning with two QUOTES:

1. “Some day the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice, if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies, you too will die.” — John Hollow Horn, Oglala Lakota

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Fending For Themselves by Dahr Jamail

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July 4, 2010

We drive south on Louisiana Highway 55 towards Pointe-au-Chien. The two-lane road hugs a bayou, like most of the roads leading south into the marsh areas. Incredibly green, lush forest gives way to increasing areas of water the further south we venture, until the very road feels as though it is floating.

We cross over a small concrete bridge over another bayou and find ourselves square in front of the Pointe-au-Chien sign informing us this is their tribal area. We’ve come to meet Theresa Dardar, in order to learn more about how the BP oil disaster is decimating the indigenous populations of Southern Louisiana. Continue reading

4th of July Afghan message to General Petraeus about Kandahar and relationships

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Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger (must-see)

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January 23, 2010

Talk by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett co-authors of “The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger” recorded January 8, 2010 at Hogness Auditorium, University of Washington, Seattle.

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Only Ralph Nader and the Super Rich Can Save Us (2009)

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Craig Stellmacher on Oct 1, 2009

Ralph Nader, spoke in Minneapolis about his new book, his first fiction novel: “Only the Super Rich Can Save Us”. And, the premise is just what the title leads you to think it’s about. I tried to put the gist of his speech in ten minutes of video, part 1. Part 2, is made of interviews with his fans, voters and audience. At the end of part 2, I get one question in to Mr Nader about the internet, could it be an equalizer for those without money? Continue reading