The Climate Question: Degrees of Change, Parts 1 and 2

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Climate Change has become one of the biggest, most complex issues of our time. And the warnings from some of the world’s leading scientists are getting louder. But skeptics remain. Despite the data, many are unconvinced the science is on target. So we ask: is climate change man-made and, if so, what can we do to stop it? From the crumbling ice caps of the Arctic to the shifting sands of the Arabian Gulf, Al Jazeera takes you around the world to see first-hand the impact mankind is having on our planet. Continue reading

Post-Election: Expect More Drone And Space War by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
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Nov. 20, 2012

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An estimated $6 billion was spent on the November 7 U.S. federal elections – $2.5 billion on the two major parties’ presidential campaigns alone, $1 billion of that on television ads – and Americans woke up the following morning to discover that nothing had changed. Sadder perhaps if no wiser.

The White House and the Senate remained in the hands of the Democratic Party and the House of Representatives under Republican control. Built-in structural stalemate will continue, with no substantive legislation passed for four more years, surely none beneficial to the American people or to world peace, each party blaming the other for the lack of results. Onward to the next six-billion – or ten-billion – dollar election.

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As Gaza is savaged again, understanding the BBC’s historical role is vital by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
Global Research
www.johnpilger.com
November 22, 2012

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In Peter Watkins’ remarkable BBC film, The War Game, which foresaw the aftermath of an attack on London with a one-megaton nuclear bomb, the narrator says: “On almost the entire subject of thermo-clear weapons, there is now practically total silence in the press, official publications and on TV. Is there hope to be found in this silence?”

The truth of this statement was equal to its irony. On 24 November, 1965, the BBC banned The War Game as “too horrifying for the medium of broadcasting”. This was false. The real reason was spelt out by the chairman of the BBC Board of Governors, Lord Normanbrook, in a secret letter to the Secretary to the Cabinet, Sir Burke Trend.

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Israeli Сrimes Expose US Arab Despots by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
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Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
Nov. 23, 2012

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American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s hasty diplomatic shuttle from Southeast Asia to the Middle East this week can be seen as reflecting Washington’s priority to shore up stability in the region. It is a deep apprehension to maintain a shaky status quo that motivates Washington’s concern, not negotiating an end to appalling violence and human suffering in Gaza…

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: This is What Corporate Governance Looks Like, Part I by Andrew Gavin Marshall

by Andrew Gavin Marshall
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http://andrewgavinmarshall.com
Nov. 19, 2012

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The following is the first installment of a three-part exclusive for Occupy.com on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Originally published at Occupy.com.

In 2008, the United States Trade Representative Susan Schwab announced the U.S. entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks as “a pathway to broader Asia-Pacific regional economic integration.” Originating in 2005 as a “Strategic Economic Partnership” between a few select Pacific countries, the TPP has, as of October 2012, expanded to include 11 nations in total: the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia, with the possibility of several more joining in the future.

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Michael Hudson: Fiscal Cliff An Artificial Crisis + Transcript

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Updated: added the transcript

with Michael Hudson
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November 24, 2012

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Michael Hudson: Fiscal cliff was manufactured to shift more of the burden of the crisis onto ordinary people.

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Noam Chomsky: The Dismantling of the Social Contract

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The War Game (1965)

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"XX-34 BADGER" atmospheric nuclear test - April 1953

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_Game

The War Game is a 1965 television documentary-style drama depicting the effects of nuclear war on Britain. Written, directed, and produced by Peter Watkins for the BBC’s The Wednesday Play anthology series, it caused dismay within the BBC and in government and was withdrawn from television transmission on 6 August 1965 (the twentieth anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing). Continue reading

IAEA Data on Sensitive Iranian Stockpile Mislead News Media by Gareth Porter

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Updated: Nov. 25, 2012, added a video report

by Gareth Porter
Featured Writer
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crossposted at ISP
Nov. 20, 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov 20 2012 (IPS) – News stories on the latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report suggested new reasons to fear that Iran is closer to a “breakout” capability than ever before, citing a nearly 50-percent increase in its stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium and the installation of hundreds of additional centrifuges at the Fordow enrichment installation.

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Owen Jones: What Really Happened In Gaza 14-22 November 2012

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On BBC’s Question Time on 22.11.12, journalist Owen Jones described the reality– largely ignored by the mainstream media — of Israel’s brutal attack on Gaza, 14-22 November 2012, that left close to 160 killed, over 30 of them children.

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A Deadly Déjà Vu–Operation Pillar of Cloud by Clive Hambidge

by Clive Hambidge
Guest Writer
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November 22, 2012

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“Now we can sense the sweet scent and the soulful breeze of the spring, a spring that has just begun and doesn’t belong to a specific race, ethnicity, nation or region, a spring that will soon reach all territories in Asia, Europe, Africa and the US.” This cloud of words, this gentle precipitation, came from the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when addressing the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on the 26th September 2012. The truth of these words by Ahmadinejad had, once again, penetrated my waking consciousness in stark contrast, and simultaneously, of another cloud, an Israeli thunder cloud, that rains down death and destruction upon the innocent, seldom a militant, in the open air prison that is Gaza today.

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Gareth Porter: Hamas Has Been Willing to Negotiate a Peace Deal Based on ’67 Borders

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Nov. 22, 2012

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Gareth Porter: Hamas proposed talks several times that were rejected by Israel.
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Ceasefire: Egypt Manages the Crisis; More US Arms for Israel

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TheRealNews Nov 21, 2012

Vijay Prashad: Egypt brokers Gaza crisis working with US; Palestinians won’t give up their struggle; There will be no accountability for Israel’s illegal war.
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Israeli Refusnik, Maya Yechieli Wind: Israel is a Nation of Soldiers

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Abby Martin talks to Maya Yechieli Wind, an Israeli activist and dissenter, who advocates against Israeli aggression toward occupied Palestine.
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A Thanksgiving Day Fast For Peace By Gary Corseri (2005; repost)

First published on Dandelion Salad in 2008. Originally published in 2005.

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By Gary Corseri
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