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Video: Chavez vs. corporate media

FAIR TV takes a look at how the U.S. media handled the Venezuelan election, how theWashington Post “greened” fracking and how the New York Times used a time machine to “fix” a headline about Israel/Palestine.

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Jimmy Carter speaks out against corrupt elections

Pete Papaherakles | Injecting billions of dollars into U.S. politics is a recipe for corruption, says former President Jimmy Carter. Placing the blame squarely on the Supreme Court for endorsing a corporate spending free-for-all in American politics, he said the ...

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Has Israel’s racism become unstoppable?

Stuart Littlewood | So the Albuquerque Episcopalians got jumpy and ‘disinvited’ the Friends of Sabeel who had booked their cathedral for a conference. Sabeel is an international peace movement which calls itself the Voice of Palestinian Christians. Why would one ...

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Hugo Chavez wins election

Al Jazeera | Electoral Council says with most votes counted Chavez had about 54 per cent of votes, while his rival got 44 per cent. Venezuela’s electoral council says President Hugo Chavez has won re-election, defeating challenger Henrique Capriles. National ...

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Leaked memo suggests Romney could restart waterboarding programme

Peter Foster, The Telegraph | Mitt Romney should scrap Barack Obama’s ban on the torture of terror suspects and consider re-introducing waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” if he is elected president, a leaked Romney campaign policy document has urged. ...

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Chavez Opposition Disintegrating

Stephen Lendman | On October 7, voters get to choose Venezuela’s next president. It’s all over but the cheers, postmortems, and perhaps opposition planned disruptions. Chavez remains overwhelmingly popular for good reason. He’s a shoe in for reelection. In modern ...

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Iranian leader calls for a New World Order

The Associated Press  | Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he has a vision of a new world order that would be absent of the “hegemony of arrogance.” Ahmadinejad, known for past fiery denunciations of the United States and Israel, cited ...

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Survey: 77% of Americans don’t trust politicians

Mick Meaney | RINF News | A new survey has found that 77% of Americans distrust politicians, believing  they favor corporate interests over the interests of their constituents. The report also revealed that: 64% of Americans believe that corporate misconduct was a significant factor ...

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MP Accuses Ministers of Afghanistan War Lies

Paul Flynn has been suspended from the House of Commons after accusing defence ministers of lying about events surrounding the deaths of soldiers in Afghanistan.

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Enter Karl Rove – Need One Say More?

Nick Neil | President Barack Obama is not running against a mediocre man named George W., or at a time most people of all parties, are finally fed up the Bush legacy; and yet it is amazing how Bush’s name, ...

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Another Republican Says Something Dumb About Rape and Pregnancy

Republicans should stop talking about rape. Seriously. It seems as though every time a Republican talks about rape, something stupid comes out.

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Coalition deadlock over the law and politics of human rights

The UK Commission on a Bill of Rights seeks to unravel the disputes about national autonomy that have arisen from Britain’s relationship with the European Human Rights Convention. Regardless of their findings, this inquiry should not be used as evidence ...

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‘The young people you betrayed': Teacher writes open letter to Gove after GCSE decline

Pressure on exam boards to reduce the number of top scores at GCSE “left the dreams of youngsters in tatters”, according to a teacher.

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Obama Institutionalized Unlawful Indefinite Detention

By Sherwood Ross Rather than scrap it as un-American and authoritarian, Godfather Obama has institutionalized the practice of “unlawful indefinite detention” he inherited from his predecessor in the White House. That’s the view of Anthony D. Romero, executive director of ...

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Detective believes Bolger, Schmidt conspired to commit perjury in state House scandal, records show

A Michigan State Police detective said he believed House Speaker Jase Bolger and state Rep. Roy Schmidt may have conspired to commit perjury when they recruited a fake Democratic candidate to run for a Grand Rapids House seat, records obtained ...

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Australia believes US wants to prosecute Assange

The Australian embassy in Washington is taking seriously the possibility that Assange will eventually be extradited to the United States on charges including espionage and conspiracy relating to a huge leak of classified information on the WikiLeaks website, according to ...

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Corruption scandals rock Austrian politics

A series of corruption scandals involving leading politicians is currently dominating political life in Austria. Politicians from the former right-wing government coalition of the People’s Party (ÖVP) and Freedom Party (FPÖ) are accused of gross corruption and abuse of office. ...

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Fall in unemployment will be ‘short lived’

Critics have said the unemployment figures released by the government are distorted. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) recorded a 0.2% drop in unemployment down to eight per cent in the last three months, with those claiming jobseekers allowance down 5,900 to 1.59 ...

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UK Gov to sell school playing fields against advice

The Education Secretary overruled internal advice from his own independent experts to force through the sale of school playing fields, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

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Have civil liberties been eroded under Obama’s presidency?

Civil rights campaigners were thrilled when a constitutional lawyer entered the White House, expecting Barack Obama would restore the rights they felt had been eroded during George W. Bush’s presidency. This would include closing the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay ...

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Biggest political loser of the Olympics? Cameron

It’s not hard to identify the political winners from the Olympics. Boris Johnson, who has never missed an opportunity to make a populist intervention, and whose named was chanted by thousands during that extraordinary speech in Hyde Park, is now spoken of as ...

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Police Charged With Torture

The National Fifteen Bahrain policemen will be charged with torturing doctors held during the Shiite-led protests last year, Bahrain’s chief prosecutor said yesterday. he charges were being brought following an inquiry launched after a complaint was filed by doctors at ...

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ActWithUs To Manage Grassroots Political Campaigns

Bellingham, Washington, USA - ElevenCraft Inc. today announced ActWithUs, a web service for helping volunteers manage large grassroots political campaigns.

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Glenn Beck Stages Rally on Martin Luther King Anniversary

47 years to the day after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. famously spoke at the Lincoln Memorial, Fox News commentator Glenn Beck was promoting his “Restoring Honor” rally along with tens of thousands of predominantly white conservative activists to “help ...

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White House Ducks Afghanistan Exit

by Tom Andrews It was difficult watching the Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing of General David Petraeus today. The number one line of questioning – why the administration has established a date certain to begin withdrawing US forces from ...

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Peter Orszag, White House budget director to resign

According to reports from Washington, Barack Obama’s most senior budget official, Peter Orszag is going to resign later this year. Mr Orszag has been one of the Obama administration’s more prominent faces and will become the most senior official to ...

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William Hague represents Conservative-Liberal Democrat government in Washington

Foreign secretary William Hague will represent the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat government in the US today as he makes his first foreign trip since the coalition was agreed. Mr Hague, a former Tory leader and long-time shadow foreign secretary, said he ...

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David Miliband is first candidate to declare himself in Labour leadership race

By Rosa Prince The battle will be between four young former Cabinet colleagues and one outsider – Jon Cruddas, a Left-wing backbencher. Mr Miliband’s younger brother Ed, 40, is expected to announce his candidacy at the weekend, leading to an ...

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Leading Green attacks Lib Dem voters

By Luke Walsh Green London Assembly member Darren Johnson has criticised people who voted Lib Dem after they sided with the Conservatives in a coalition government. Mr Johnson, who missed out on the Green’s third target seat of Lewisham Deptford, ...

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How aid money is being spent in Haiti

Four months after the devastating earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and left over a million homeless in Haiti, World Food Programme (WFP) Director Josette Sheeran said the country was “not out of the woods yet”. During a press ...

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Heathrow plans ditched by new Government

By Paul Cahalan Plans to build a third runway at Heathrow have been ditched by the new Government. The news, which was expected as both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats opposed the runway, was welcomed by councils – including Wandsworth ...

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UK coalition to halt computer surveillance

The UK will reverse and restrain many of the surveillance systems that have marked its citizens out as the most watched in the world. The agreement on which the UK has formed its first coalition government since the Second World ...

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Iran sentences Newsweek journalist

PA News A Newsweek reporter has been sentenced in absentia to more than 13 years in prison and 74 lashes, raising concerns about a new Iran government crackdown ahead of the anniversary of disputed presidential elections. Maziar Bahari, a dual ...

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£750 compensation for those denied the right to vote

Counts in at least 14 constituencies in eight cities including London, Sheffield and Birmingham were affected by the chaos. By Christopher Hope People formed long lines outside polling stations as returning officers were overwhelmed by the number of people wanting ...

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Politicians cost public £500 million each year

Britain’s politicians apparently cost the taxpayer £500million a year. The number of political professionals has grown by ten-fold in the past decade to 29,000 and the cost of paying them has risen just as sharply, figures show. Worse, there are ...

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Obama Admin Will Not Probe Afghan War Crimes

Obama administration officials said Friday they had no grounds to investigate the 2001 deaths of Taliban prisoners of war who human rights groups allege were killed by U.S.-backed forces.     The mass deaths were brought up anew Friday in a report ...

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Protest in London over ‘rigged’ Iranian election

Green flags and banners fly as a crowd of 2,000 or so demonstrators chant anti-Iranian regime slogans. Many pump their fists into the air, screaming in Persian: “Guns and tanks are of no use to you any more because the ...

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G8 leaders fail to reach agreement on global crisis

China, France, Russia challenge supremacy of US dollar The leaders of the G8 group of major industrialized countries lined up for their photo call at the conclusion of this year’s summit and sought to put their deliberations in the Italian ...

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Bush admin discouraged probe into afghan killing

Bush administration officials discouraged an investigation into a mass killing in Afghanistan, government officials and human rights workers say. Hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of Taliban prisoners of war were killed by forces under Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, a warlord who ...

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Activists Sound the Alarm on Obama’s Budget

Over two dozen AIDS activists were arrested just outside the U.S. Capitol building yesterday while protesting President Barack Obama’s failure to honor his campaign promises of increased funding for AIDS programs.   During the election, Obama pledged to spend over ...

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UN human rights chief says reports suggest possible war crimes in Somalia

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said Friday it is clear that grave violations of international human rights and humanitarian law – possibly amounting to war crimes – are being committed in Somalia, as fighting continues to ...

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Sink the BNP

Tonight the BNP leader told the BBC that we should sink boats with refugees coming from Africa. BBC Correspondent Shirin Wheeler replied: “I don’t think the EU is in the business of murdering people at sea.” But Shirin need not have ...

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BNP email shows party is ashamed of itself

In an email to members and supporters, party chairman Nick Griffin told them to “try and avoid” owning up to being BNP supporters when writing to complain about the treatment of two activists. An emailed newsletter, entitled “Adam Walker needs ...

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BNP suspected in terror plot

A network of suspected far-right extremists with access to 300 weapons and 80 bombs has been uncovered by counter-terrorism detectives. Thirty-two people have been questioned in a police operation that raises the prospect of a right-wing bombing campaign against mosques. ...

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Action threatened against fascist BNP

Who? John Wadham, 57-year-old legal director of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Why is he in the news? The EHRC has written a letter before action to the British National Party (BNP) over possible breaches of anti-discrimination law ...

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Obama Declares Coup “Not Legal” Amid Uncertainty

Capping a day of mixed signals, U.S. President Barack Obama said late Monday that he considered Sunday’s ouster and exile of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to be “not legal” and that Washington still considered him the legitimate president of the ...

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Obama contemplates Executive Order for detention without charges

When Obama first unveiled his “preventive detention” policy, many defenders praised him (and claimed he was different than Bush) because of his vow that — as he put it — “my Administration will work with Congress to develop an appropriate ...

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Agents say DEA is forcing them illegally to work in Afghanistan

As the Obama administration ramps up the Drug Enforcement Administration’s presence in Afghanistan, some special-agent pilots contend that they’re being illegally forced to go to a combat zone, while others who’ve volunteered say they’re not being properly equipped. In interviews ...

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Iran Police Crack Down As Thousands Protest

His backers were demonstrating over the re-election of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who won by a landslide despite opposition claims the result was rigged. The protesters defied a call from the country’s supreme leader for the demonstrations to end. Eyewitnesses ...

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Iranians Use Internet, Phones to Share Protest News

With independent media coverage of Iranian protests restricted by authorities, witnesses are reaching out online and by telephone to report what they see on the streets of Tehran. Opposition Web sites said protesters had planned to gather Saturday in Revolution ...

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Why Obama’s CIO Wants to Put All Gov’t Info Online

The Obama administration’s most radical idea may also be its geekiest: Make nearly every hidden government spreadsheet and buried statistic available online, all in one place. For anyone to see. Are you searching for a Food and Drug Administration report ...

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All in a day’s work for the Israeli army: beating and torturing children

Jonathan Cook reports on how Israeli soldiers routinely, and as a matter of policy, practise torture against Palestinian children, hundreds of whom are “convicted in Israel’s military courts each year, with children older than 12 denied access to lawyers in ...

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Al Qaeda leader arrested over Sunni MP’s killing

Iraqi police arrested a top Al-Qaeda operative on Wednesday over the killing of a senior Sunni Muslim MP and human rights advocate who was shot dead in a Baghdad mosque last week.   The arrest came after intelligence efforts led ...

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Craig Murry on Iran

For me, any sensible discussion of Iran must accept a number of facts. I will set these out as Set A and Set B. Both sets are true. But ideologues of the right routinely discount Set A, while ideologues of ...

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EU “disturbed” by Iraq executions, calls for freeze

The European Union protested against reported executions in Iraq on Monday and called on Baghdad to resume a moratorium on the death penalty. “The European Union is deeply disturbed at reports that in recent days further death sentences were carried ...

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MEP Nick Griffin – An audience with a racist

Nick Griffin: MEP elect, BNP mouthpiece, convicted Holocaust-denier and would-be deporter of black people invites me into the back seat of his car. He jokes that there is no egg on his jacket as I move it and climb in: ...

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Racist rants of elected BNP man, Andrew Brons, revealed

One of the British National party’s first MEPs’ attempts to play down his past links to the extreme right as “silly” teenage posturing are today exposed as a sham after it emerged that for many years he played a crucial ...

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Iran polls prompt vote rigging allegations

Iran went to the polls today in presidential elections, with incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seeking a second four-year term. Four candidates were contesting the election, although much power rests with the unelected Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and presidential powers are ...

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Iran election may decide war or peace for Middle East

More than 42 million Iranians are eligible to vote Friday in the presidential election, and long lines were reported around the country’s polling places. Voting has already been extended at least two hours because of heavy turnout.   Incumbent hard-line ...

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Spying Teachers – MI5 Wants Recruits

Now pay attention school teachers: your country needs you. The British Security Service MI5 is seeking to recruit teachers to serve as intelligence officers in the fight against terrorism, espionage and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Where once ...

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The Ugly Side of Globalization: Slavery

The offer came to families on the edge of desperation, living and working around the clock on garbage dumps whose sickening stench seeps into their clothes. A motherly woman accompanied by a kindly gentleman arrived one day in early December, ...

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US cybersecurity plan poses new war threats

By Tom Eley | President Barack Obama announced on Friday the creation of a new “cyber czar” position. The Cybersecurity Coordinator, who is yet to be named, would oversee billions of dollars in funding for developing and coordinating defense of ...

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High court rejects claims against Ashcroft

By Joan Biskupic | WASHINGTON — A closely divided Supreme Court on Monday threw out a Pakistani man’s civil rights claim against former attorney general John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller for abusive treatment he says he received when ...

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On British “success” in Iraq

By David Morrison | “Tony Blair, I’m afraid, would never accept that our foreign policy actually had any impact on radicalization. …That’s clearly rubbish.” (Lord West) Lieutenant-General John Cooper used to occupy a small office in the vast new US ...

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The Politics of Excusing Torture In The Name of National Security

Allow me to share some analysis about the way things work in Washington. President Obama’s flip-flop on his agreement to turn over photographs of detainees being tortured by American soldiers is a message with broad and clear implications. Those who ...

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British Government claims it wants to extend Freedom of Information Act

By Warwick Ashford  | The UK’s Freedom of Information Act is to be extended beyond public sector bodies, it emerged at a conference hosted by the Information Commissioner’s Office in London yesterday. The government plans to extend the Act to ...

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How U.S. Officials Circumvented the Bill of Rights

By Jacob G. Hornberger | In another embrace of President Bush’s war-on-terrorism policies, President Obama has announced that he might retain the Pentagon’s military-commission system to try people accused of terrorism. Apparently, the president, like the U.S. military, lacks confidence in ...

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Senate Hears Testimony On Torture Policy

A key Senate subcommittee is set to hear testimony today on the torture policies of the Bush administration. The hearing, to be held by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, will feature testimony from former ...

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How Americans Came to Support Torture, in Five Steps

By Roy Eidelson | In recent weeks, new revelations about the harsh interrogation and torture of detainees during the Bush administration years have made headlines and stirred controversy. The positions of prominent advocates and opponents on each side are clear. ...

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British Labour’s divisive Equality Bill

The government’s Equality Bill has been condemned as “socialism in one clause” by Britain’s right wing and a “landmark” in overcoming inequalities by the liberal media and the trade unions. It is neither. Far from promoting equality in any meaningful ...

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Documents shoot holes in Cheney’s theories on torture

What a difference an election makes. Our national position has now shifted from “we don’t torture” to “we don’t torture anymore.” Let us, then, disabuse ourselves of former President George W. Bush’s notion that waterboarding and the other so-called “harsh” ...

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EFF sues Obama administration for promised access to secret copyright treaty documents

Rebecca from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, “The U.S. government is still blocking the release of information about a secret intellectual property trade agreement with broad implications for privacy and innovation around the world, despite the Obama administration’s promises to ...

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Senators Accuse Pentagon of Delay in Recovering Millions

The Pentagon has done little to collect at least $100 million in overcharges paid in deals arranged by corrupt former officials of Kellogg Brown & Root, the defense contractor, even though the officials admitted much of the wrongdoing years ago, ...

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Obama administration spearheads wage cuts for American workers

By Patrick Martin | The wage cuts imposed on auto workers at Chrysler and General Motors at the insistence of the Obama administration demonstrate the class strategy that American big business as a whole is carrying out: to impose a ...

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The compulsive liars in blue

IT’S NOT the violence of the police that gives away their nature–it’s the systematic compulsive Bart Simpson-style lying. They could be caught on film battering someone with a cricket bat, and in seconds, they’d issue a statement that went, “I ...

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Obama administration indicates military commission trials to resume

Recent statements by top Obama administration officials and reports in the New York Times and Washington Post indicate that President Barack Obama plans to resume the system of military commission trials for some Guantánamo prisoners. The articles, which are based ...

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War Criminals Seek Safe Haven With Lib Dems

By Craig Murray | Apparently some of the Blairite right of New Labour are in talks with Paddy Pantsdown over the possibility of defecting to the Lib Dems. As the Blairite right is well to the right of Thatcher, drove ...

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MP angered by Street View ‘invasion’

By Ed O’Mara | CITY MP Stewart Jackson has accused “creepy” global internet giant Google of an unacceptable invasion of privacy after its Street View cameras arrived in the city. The US company is in the process of photographing every ...

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Spain’s Socialist Party government suppresses torture probe of Bush officials

The Obama administration and Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) government are working in tandem to prevent the prosecution of top Bush officials. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero were both popularly elected because of their professed opposition to ...

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Prosecuting War Crimes

The following is an excerpt from a talk by Nick Mottern on April 19, 2009, delivered after receiving a Peace and Justice Award from the WESPAC Foundation in White Plains, New York. I asked (several friends) what they would like ...

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UN rebuke on racism conference boycott

TOP UN officials have slammed “a handful” of Western countries for boycotting a UN conference on racism as the meeting kicked off in Geneva on Monday. One hundred and three countries are participating in the five-day Durban Review Conference, which ...

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FBI database use to remain secret

Despite a pledge to open government, the Obama administration has endorsed a Bush-era decision to keep secret key details of an FBI computer database that allows agents and analysts to search a billion documents with a wealth of personal information ...

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Obama presidency keeps some Bush secrets

WASHINGTON – Despite a pledge to open government, the Obama administration has endorsed a Bush-era decision to keep secret key details of an FBI computer database that allows agents and analysts to search a billion documents with a wealth of ...

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A golden opportunity to test Obama pledge on open government

IT is said to be the most impregnable vault on Earth: built out of granite, sealed behind a 22-tonne door, located on a US military base and watched over day and night by army units with tanks, heavy artillery and ...

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Obama’s Poll Numbers Are Falling to Earth

By DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN and SCOTT RASMUSSEN | It is simply wrong for commentators to continue to focus on President Barack Obama’s high levels of popularity, and to conclude that these are indicative of high levels of public confidence in the ...

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FDA Scientists Accuse Agency of Corruption, Intimidation

A group of nine FDA scientists has sent letters to top politicians, accusing agency managers of intimidating and coercing scientists into changing or suppressing scientific data. In October, the scientists sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. ...

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Knife crime figures ‘were fiddled’

Ministers have been accused of “fiddling the figures” after new statistics undermined claims made in a notorious Home Office press release. The data, put out last year despite protests from NHS statisticians that it had not been fully checked, purported ...

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U.N. report says U.S. rendition policy broke international law

By Julie Sell  | LONDON – A U.N. expert is accusing the United States and some of its allies of breaching international law for the so-called extraordinary renditions and subsequent alleged torture of terrorism suspects during the Bush administration’s global war ...

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Obama’s backsliding on torture

guardian.co.uk | Not long ago, I marched across the gravel of Guantánamo Bay‘s Camp Echo with two overstuffed grocery sacks and tramped up the stairs of the hut where a prisoner sat, shackled and waiting. A guard swung open the grate. ...

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Obama lawyers argue to drop Yoo torture suit

By Bob Egelko | President Obama’s Justice Department defended former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo in a San Francisco federal court Friday, arguing that a prisoner formerly held as an enemy combatant had no right to sue Yoo for writing legal ...

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George Bush could be next on the war crimes list

THE HAGUE – George W. Bush could one day be the International Criminal Court’s next target. David Crane, an international law professor at Syracuse University, said the principle of law used to issue an arrest warrant for Omar al-Bashir could ...

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The Case for Prosecuting Bush Officials

By Daphne Eviatar | The Senate Judiciary Committee’s “Getting to the Truth Through a Nonpartisan Commission of Inquiry” convened this morning to consider Sen. Patrick Leahy’s (D-Vt.) proposal for a sort of “truth and reconciliation” commission. The hearing was full of ...

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BUSH’S LAWYERS GAVE GREEN LIGHT TO ILLEGAL SPYNG

By Michael Isikoff  | In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Justice Department secretly gave the green light for the U.S. military to attack apartment buildings and office complexes inside the United States, deploy high-tech surveillance against U.S. citizens ...

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CIA destroyed terror interrogation tapes

By Alex Spillius | The revelation that far more tapes had been destroyed than previously acknowledged came in a letter filed by US government lawyers in New York. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit seeking more details ...

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OLC Authorized Pentagon to Ignore Bill of Rights On U.S. Soil

By Daphne Eviatar  | In an October 2001 memo released on Monday, then-Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel John Yoo advised the Pentagon’s top lawyer that the president may not only deploy the military within the ...

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How Credit Unions Survived the Crash – Casino Capitalism

CounterPunch  While the reckless giant banks are shattering like an over-heated glacier day by day, the nation’s credit unions are a relative island of calm largely apart from the vortex of casino capitalism. Eighty five million Americans belong to credit ...

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Despite Obama call for open government, Justice resists disclosing Bush secrets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite President Obama‘s vow to open government more than ever, the Justice Department is defending Bush administration decisions to keep secret many documents about domestic wiretapping, data collection on travelers and U.S. citizens, and interrogation of suspected ...

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Chávez wins Venezuela referendum

guardian.co.uk  Hugo Chávez‘s ambition to lead Venezuela for decades to come was backed by his people last night as the country voted yes in a referendum to abolish presidential term limits, paving the way for his indefinite re-election. Electoral officials ...

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Congress on bended knee before Wall Street executives

By Jerry White  Chief executive officers from the eight largest banks in the US, which have collectively received $125 billion in bailout money, appeared before the House Financial Services Committee Tuesday. The hearing was a demonstration of the utter prostration ...

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Amy Goodman: Obama’s Afghan Trap

President Barack Obama on Monday night held his first prime-time news conference. When questioned on Afghanistan, he replied, “This is going to be a big challenge.” He also was asked whether he would change the Pentagon policy banning the filming ...

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