Michael Moore: This is a Class War + Naomi Klein: Corporate Coup D’Etat


Democracy Now!
Mar. 10, 2011


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“This is a Class War”: Michael Moore Calls for Renewed Pro-Democracy Movement as Anti-Union Bills Approved in Wisconsin and Michigan

As Wisconsin Republicans passed Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union bill in the State Senate, a bill in Michigan goes even further. In the measure, emergency financial managers would be allowed to break union contracts, dismiss elected officials, and even disincorporate entire municipalities. Michigan Senate Republicans approved the bill yesterday, and protests are expected in the Lansing State Capitol building today. We speak to filmmaker Michael Moore. “[This] is a class war on the people,” Moore says. “I think that the whole world has been inspired by what happened in Tunisia and in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. And while their problems are different than ours, the spirit is the same. And we need a pro-democracy movement in this country, badly, right now.” [includes rush transcript]

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How The So-Called Guardians Of Free Speech Are Silencing The Messenger By John Pilger


By John Pilger
March 10, 2011

As the United States and Britain look for an excuse to invade another oil-rich Arab country, the hypocrisy is familiar. Colonel Gaddafi is “delusional” and “blood-drenched” while the authors of an invasion that killed a million Iraqis, who have kidnapped and tortured in our name, are entirely sane, never blood-drenched and once again the arbiters of “stability”.

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Michael Moore: Union Busting



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on Mar 9, 2011

“This is what’s coming for you. You’ve taken our money, we want the money back. You’ve taken our jobs overseas, we want those jobs back. … This Madison movement has turned into a Mad Nation. There are places all over the country where this is going on. … The good news is, there’s a lot more of us than there are of them …” — Michael Moore

We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore at http://www.michaelmoore.com

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Former detainees want Britain held to account for barbaric acts by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
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Dandelion Salad
crossposted from Irish Times
March 10, 2011

Manama, Bahrain

Blindfolding, electrocution, physical and sexual assault are just a few of the maltreatments to which recently released political prisoners have claimed they were subjected to during their detention by the Bahraini state.

Up to 25 prisoners were set free last week by the state. It was a concession to appease the growing popular uprising that is demanding the overthrow of the unelected government headed by King Hamad al-Khalifa and his uncle and prime minister Prince Khalifa al-Khalifa. The latter has been in office for 40 years, since the country gained nominal independence from Britain in 1971.

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Kucinich, Jones, Ron Paul, 7 other Members Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to End Afghan War


by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
Washington, Mar 9, 2011

Representatives Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Walter Jones (R-NC) and eight others today introduced a bipartisan, privileged resolution, House Concurrent Resolution 28, which, if enacted, would require the President to withdraw all U.S. Armed Forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2011.

The bill is cosponsored by Representatives Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Walter Jones (R-NC), Pete Stark (D-CA), Ron Paul (R-TX), Bob Filner (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Michael Honda (D-CA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) and John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI).

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Afghan Peace will NOT come from the Powers

Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad

on Mar 8, 2011

Before the Afghan winters…
Children like Abdulai collect fuel
9 Kunar fuel-collecting children were killed by NATO helicopters
Peace was vandalized
We’re committed to peace & will rewrite peace 100 times over
Ali, what is Aziz Jan writing?
Aziz Jan is writing, ‘Why not love?
Ali Agha, what does’ Why not love’ mean?
It means…’Why not be friends?’
The wishes of the People are not fulfilled by the Powers
Dear youth, to bring peace, let’s not just talk like the elders
Just come and walk the path of peace
Why not bring peace?
Why not love?
We grieve for those killed in war.
We will walk and work for peace.
‘I wish to live without wars’
Day of the People’s Peace
Afghan News Year’s Day
21st of March 2011

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Empire Means Never Having to Mean it’s Sorry by Cindy Sheehan

by Cindy Sheehan
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
March 10, 2011

Dead children

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“The US is deeply sorry…these deaths shouldn’t have happened.” — General David Petraeus after nine Afghan children gathering wood were slaughtered by the US.

On 3 March, occupying forces in Afghanistan killed nine children gathering wood in Kunar Province. This time, instead of despicably accusing Afghan parents of killing their own children to laughably cast the US in a bad light (we don’t need any help), according to the L.A. Times, Petraeus “swiftly” apologized.

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