Kucinich: President Had Time to Consult with International Community, Not Congress?

Protest Against U.S. Military Action in Libya

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by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
Washington, Mar 29, 2011

Coincidental Timing of French, British War Games Points to Critical Lack of Information

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today sent a letter to Members of Congress in support of his amendment to the next funding measure that would prohibit funds from being used for U.S. participation in the war in Libya. In the letter, Kucinich questioned how the Administration had a month to prepare for the war in Libya, consulting with the Arab League, the United Nations Security Council and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), but did not have time to come to Congress to ask for an authorization for the use of force pursuant to Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. Continue reading

John Perry: Obama’s Sickening Hypocrisy

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Anti-cuts March

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on Mar 29, 2011

Pardon me, Mr. President, but is it not a betrayal of who we’re supposed to be when there is such a deafening silence in Washington regarding the well over one million innocent fellow human beings, in Iraq alone, who now lay dead as a result of the illegal wars of choice launched by your predecessor?

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Immoralities of Empire by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
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March 29, 2011

All empires, historically, were and are ravenous. They have to be, if part of being an empire is to advance beyond one’s borders and claim another’s land and resources as your own. So much is written of the Roman Empire, too much in semi glorifying terms. We read of their advanced technology and how they followed a ‘rule of law‘ that was copied and emulated throughout history, and of course their military prowess has been studied for centuries. Yet, little is mentioned about just how brutal the Romans were. Jewish religious leaders were massacred, unarmed, inside their temple by the Roman commander Pompeii.  Roman law was final! Jesus of Nazareth could testify to that.

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Small Talk (in memoriam, for Joe Bageant, 1946-2011) By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
Featured Writer
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March 29, 2011

Yellow Sunset

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(for J.B.)

This one—tack-witted, sharp of tongue—
thinks he’ll die soon, and so,
smokes on (although he loves his wife).

He has made peace at 62 (my age)
with demons, destiny, and even
the C.O.P.D. that will
kick him in.

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BP In Deep Water: The Making Of the Channel 4 Investigation by Greg Palast + video

by Greg Palast
Featured Writer
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www.gregpalast.com
March 29, 2011

English: Platform supply vessels battle the bl...

English: Platform supply vessels battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. A Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, while searching for survivors. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizon’s 126 person crew. Français : Les restes en feu de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For two decades, investigator Greg Palast has been on BP’s trail. In BP: In Deep Water, Palast takes Dispatches viewers along on his world-wide investigation of the oil giant. (Broadcast tonight, 8pm. UK only.)

One year after BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig blew apart and spewed 170 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP claims victory – that most of the oil is gone.

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Bernie Sanders: Back Off Social Security

Hands Off Social Security

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on Mar 29, 2011

You can join Bernie’s Social Security Caucus:

http://1.usa.gov/eoa71f

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Libya and The Holy Triumvirate by William Blum

by William Blum
Featured Writer
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www.killinghope.org
28 March, 2011

The words they find it very difficult to say — “civil war”.

Libya is engaged in a civil war. The United States and the European Union and NATO — The Holy Triumvirate — are intervening, bloodily, in a civil war. To overthrow Moammar Gaddafi. First The Holy Triumvirate spoke only of imposing a no-fly zone. After getting support from international bodies on that understanding they immediately began to wage war against Libyan military forces, and whoever was nearby, on a daily basis. In the world of commerce this is called “bait and switch”.

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Barack Obama’s Speech on Military Action in Libya + transcript

Protest against US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

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Propaganda Alert!

Warning: please don’t eat or drink anything while watching this video, wouldn’t want to hear of anyone choking.  Thank you.  ~ DS

on Mar 28, 2011

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A sheep in wolf’s clothing? By William Bowles

by William Bowles
Featured Writer
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williambowles.info
March 28, 2011

“The world is suffering, at the same time, the consequences of climatic changes; shortages and prices of foods, military spending and the squandering of natural and human resources are increasing. War was the timeliest event that could happen at this time.” — ‘Partnership of Equals‘ By Fidel Castro Ruz

I’m glad someone is on the ball.

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Obama’s March Madness by Ralph Nader + Nader Questions Government Honesty When It Comes To Japan’s Nuclear Crisis

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Mar. 28, 2011

Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

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President Obama’s pick of Kansas to win the “March Madness” collegiate basketball tournament ended with their defeat by Virginia Commonwealth University this past Saturday. He must know how the Jay Hawks are feeling because he is entangled in his own March Madness that will continue after this month ends.

The expanding nuclear meltdown disaster from Japan’s cluster of nuclear plants gets worse by the day, yet President Obama continues to reassure the nuclear industry that he supports more plants guaranteed by the U.S. taxpayers because Wall Street otherwise will not risk loaning billions of dollars per plant.

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In the face of unbridled attack, a nationwide renewal of resistance in Bahrain by Ralph Schoenman

by Ralph Schoenman
Guest Writer
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28 March, 2011

Friday, March 25th dawned in Manama as F 16 fighter jets, rocket launchers exposed, soared low over Pearl Square, across Manama and out over villages and towns throughout the island kingdom of Bahrain.

The spectacle of super-sonic war planes, bearing rocket cannons, soaring over unarmed civilians protesting for democratic rights against an autocratic regime pointed to the real relation of forces on display. U.S. imperial reach in the entire region is present in the form of the Fifth Fleet with its attack aircraft carriers, missile arsenal and supersonic attack jets at the ready.

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Scores disappear as Bahrain’s uprising continues by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
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crossposted from Irish Times
March 28, 2011
Manama

The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland sent a fact-finding team to Bahrain at the weekend amid claims of attacks by state forces on hospitals and medical staff, including members of the RCSI.

At least four Bahraini senior consultants are known to have been detained by the state. The circumstances of custody are unknown, but relatives of the medics have said they fear for their lives.

Senior consultant Ali al-Ekri was arrested on March 17th while performing a surgical procedure at Salmaniya Hospital in Manama, where hundreds of injured had been admitted following attacks on pro-democracy protesters.

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Ralph Nader: Growing Up Corporate

Ralph Nader after the speech - Green Lecture

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on Mar 27, 2011

Ralph Nader live at Stony Brook University on March 22nd 2011. Sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Government at Stony Brook University.

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The Collapse of Globalization by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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Truthdig
March 28, 2011

March 26, 2011 Protest London
used with permission
photo by William Bowles
http://williambowles.info/

The uprisings in the Middle East, the unrest that is tearing apart nations such as the Ivory Coast, the bubbling discontent in Greece, Ireland and Britain and the labor disputes in states such as Wisconsin and Ohio presage the collapse of globalization. They presage a world where vital resources, including food and water, jobs and security, are becoming scarcer and harder to obtain. They presage growing misery for hundreds of millions of people who find themselves trapped in failed states, suffering escalating violence and crippling poverty. They presage increasingly draconian controls and force—take a look at what is being done to Pfc. Bradley Manning—used to protect the corporate elite who are orchestrating our demise. Continue reading

Joe Bageant, 1946-2011

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Sad news.  Sympathies and condolences to Joe’s family and friends.

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March 27, 2011

After a vibrant life, Joe Bageant died yesterday following a four-month struggle with cancer. He was 64. Joe is survived by his wife, Barbara, his three children, Timothy, Patrick and Elizabeth, and thousands of friends and admirers. He is also survived by his work and ideas.

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