Egypt: US-Backed Repression is Insight for American Public by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
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29 January, 2011

Free #Egypt rally Sat noon Market & Montgomery...

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As thousands more Egyptian citizens take to the streets in anti-government protests, the country is in danger of witnessing a bloodbath – at the behest of Washington.

Defying a ban on public demonstrations by the government of President Hosni Mubarak, tens of thousands of Egyptians have for the fourth consecutive day rallied on the streets of the capital Cairo and other major cities calling for his abdication. Continue reading

NASA’s Culture Kept Safety from Forefront by Richard C. Cook

by Richard C. Cook
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crossposted at OrlandoSentinel.com
January 29, 2011

Space Shuttle Challenger ' s smoke plume after...

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A little more than a minute after Challenger was launched at the Kennedy Space Center on a frigid winter morning 25 years ago, the shuttle broke to pieces when an o-ring joint in one of the solid rocket boosters failed, and the seven Challenger astronauts died.

That 1986 Challenger launch was arguably the high water mark of the U.S. manned space program. Through Mercury, Gemini and the Apollo lunar exploration program, as well as numerous unmanned scientific probes, we had boldly answered the call of space. There was no apparent limit to the adventure, sense of national accomplishment and economic benefits space exploration could confer. NASA and the White House intended the Teacher-in-Space and the proposed Journalist-in-Space flights to convey that excitement to the world.

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The Democratic Party’s “Far Left” Used to be Considered Just Common Sense by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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crossposted on Buzzflash.com
January 29, 2011

Political commentators ranging from those of the Propaganda Channel (otherwise known as the Fox”News”Channel) to Chris Matthews are enamored of referring to the “Far Left” of the Democratic Party. It is also known among that ilk as the “Pelosi Wing” of the Party (although one wonders what the wealthy lady from San Francisco ever actually did other than shepherd the Health Insurance Industry Subsidy Act of 2010 through the House of Representatives, strongly support repeal of DADT, and bring to the floor much mainstream Democratic legislation that was never even taken up by the GOP-controlled Senate).

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Washington Intensifies Push Into Central Asia by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
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January 29, 2011

Political Map of the Caucasus and Central Asia

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A recent editorial on the website of Voice of America reflected on last year being one in which the United States solidified relations with the five former Soviet republics in Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

One or more of the five nations border Afghanistan, Russia, China and Iran and several more than one of the latter. Kazakhstan, for example, adjoins China and Russia.

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Egyptian Uprising and the Middle East + Egyptian police hold fire during prayer

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Security forces blocking the bridge exist

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Egyptian People Shaking Foundations of US Policy in the Middle East

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Are We Witnessing the Start of a Global Revolution? by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
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January 28, 2011

North Africa and the Global Political Awakening, Part 1

For the first time in human history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive… The resulting global political activism is generating a surge in the quest for personal dignity, cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world painfully scarred by memories of centuries-long alien colonial or imperial domination… The worldwide yearning for human dignity is the central challenge inherent in the phenomenon of global political awakening… That awakening is socially massive and politically radicalizing… The nearly universal access to radio, television and increasingly the Internet is creating a community of shared perceptions and envy that can be galvanized and channeled by demagogic political or religious passions. These energies transcend sovereign borders and pose a challenge both to existing states as well as to the existing global hierarchy, on top of which America still perches…

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Israeli troops ordered to “cleanse” Gaza

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Nurit Kedar’s film, Concrete, hears from Israeli soldiers who blame their military leaders for encouraging a “disproportionate” response to Hamas’s rockets.

They claim their commanders used to “psych up” soldiers before an operation so they were ready to shoot indiscriminately.

This is the first time Israeli soldiers have come forward publicly with claims which counter those of their bosses.

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Howard Zinn: Myths of the Good Wars (Three ‘Holy’ Wars) (must-see) (repost)

Repost in case you missed this or would like to view it again.  We’re thinking of you, Howard Zinn.

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Jan. 28, 2011

Howard Zinn

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September 15, 2009

Historian, Author, Playwright: Howard Zinn Sponsored by Cape Codders for Peace and Justice Filmed by Paul Hubbard at the Wellfleet Public Library on 9-13-09. Continue reading

Michael Hudson: Inquiry Doesn’t Call Crisis Systemic Fraud

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TheRealNews | January 27, 2011

Michael Hudson: Financial Crisis Inquiry Report fails to call for criminal prosecutions against Wall Street

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Chris Hedges on NPR: Government’s not a corporation

with Chris Hedges
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January 27, 2011

NPR

Journalist Chris Hedges wrote a book criticizing the left — from farther left. His book Death of the Liberal Class argues that liberal politicians, academics and others have sold out. He tells Steve Inskeep he’s no fan of the president’s speech.

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Middle East: the Undoing of America’s Mendacious Foreign Policy by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
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27 January, 2011

There may be plumes of acrid smoke rising from burning tyres in cities across the Middle East, but there is the discernible whiff of something else – fear. And it is not so much fear among the tens of thousands of people who are taking to the streets facing down paramilitary police forces in Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Egypt and elsewhere to protest against their governments. It is rather more the fear among the rulers of these unwieldy regimes – a fear, or at least grave concern, that must also be seeping into the corridors of power in Washington and other Western capitals.

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A Socialist Response to the State of the Union by Billy Wharton

by Billy Wharton
Guest Writer
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January 25, 2011

Workers Of The World Unite!

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Obama Out of Touch with the American People

Tonight’s State of the Union speech revealed just how far out of touch President Barack Obama is from the reality of working people in America. What a distance from the White House to the unemployment line. From the Rose Garden to the food pantry.

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“Ask Not What Your Country Blah Blah Blah,” and Other Ridiculous Memes By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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January 27, 2011

“Truly men hate the truth; they’d liefer
Meet a tiger on the road.” — Robinson Jeffers

What it’s not

First, let’s clarify: a “meme” (rhymes with “scream”) is not what Sarah Palin says when she goes on a family outing with her daughter; as in, “Meme Bristol’s gonna shoot up some mooses.”

Even in herspeak, that don’t get it.

What it is

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Afghanistan: War Without End In A World Without Conscience by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
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January 26, 2011

The largest foreign military force ever deployed in Afghanistan is now well into the tenth year of the longest and what has become the deadliest war of the 21st century.

Some 154,000 occupation troops, almost two-thirds American and the rest from fifty other nations, are waging an armed conflict that has become more lethal with each succeeding year.

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Will the Last Mercenary Turn Out the Lights On U.S. Empire by Glen Ford

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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
Black Agenda Report
25 January 2011

The United States’ use of mercenaries is unprecedented in scope for a major power in modern times, and further weakens a decaying empire. Unable to defeat the resistance in two of the poorest nations on the planet, America increasingly depends on high-paid killers-for-profit to man the battlements. In Iraq, where the U.S. is reluctantly making an exit, “President Obama plans to substitute outgoing U.S. troops with mercenaries.” The same may happen, soon, in Afghanistan.

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