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Isahaqi "all the victims had gunshot wounds to the head.
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"Mr. President say the word "new." Repeat again, "new." Goooood!! Now Mr. President, say the word "clear." That’s right, "clear." Once again, "clear." Gooood! Now put them together, "new+clear." No Mr. President, not "newcuelar," "new+ clear," Goooood!!
World Social Forum, being held at Karachi, March 24-29.
on May 22 of last year, US military commanders announced that they would consolidate troops into four large air bases. ..concrete instead of the usual metal trailers and tin-sheathed military officers.."said the consolidation plan was not meant to establish a permanent US military presence in Iraq."
22 March 2006.. .2500 workers on the Burj Dubai tower and surrounding housing developments chased and beat security officers..smashed computers and destroyed about two dozen cars ..
..In a sympathy strike, thousands of workers building a new terminal at Dubai International Airport also downed tools.
..skilled carpenters on the site earn just $7.60 a day, with labourers getting just $4 a day.
countercurrents eriqat.. But in order for the government to operate “profitably” it will have to employ slave labor, that is, labor it doesn’t have to pay so richly for.
We already have such a precedent. Many of the two million people already incarcerated in this country are veritable slave laborers. They “earn” anywhere from twenty-five cents to one dollar per hour, often working for major American corporations. But in some cases these poor prisoners are then charged room and board for being in prison, thus wiping out their minuscule income. In effect, since they are being forced to work without making any net income, they are slaves.
Late-Breaking News: USA Wins Vietnam War
Here's more from Corpwatch: "For example, 10,000 workers staged an illegal strike at Hong Kong-owned KeyHinge toys in the Central Vietnamese city, Danang. The workers, who manufactured plastic toys given away in McDonalds Happy Meals, told Lao Dong newspaper that unless they worked 12 hours a day without overtime they would be fired. The workers also complained they were only allowed two bathroom breaks a day and that the factory only had one cup for drinking water. They told Lao Dong they were treated like animals, not allowed sick days, and fined for any mistakes."
A powerful new militia dubbed "the Pakistani Taliban" has effectively seized control of swaths of the country's northern tribal areas in recent months, triggering alarm in Islamabad and marking a big setback in America's "war on terror".
The militants are strongest in North and South Waziristan, two of seven tribal agencies on the border with Afghanistan. Strict social edicts have been handed down: shopkeepers may not sell music or films; barbers are instructed not to shave beards. Yesterday a bomb blew up a radio transmitter in Wana, taking the state radio off the air.
Two weeks ago a group of Britain’s brightest young physicists gathered at the US nuclear test site in the Nevada desert and headed for Control Point 1. There they waited for a test codenamed Operation Krakatoa to erupt.
A thousand feet beneath the desert scrub, components for a new British nuclear warhead were ready for detonation. Though it was not to be an earthquaking full nuclear blast — since Britain is a signatory to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty — the physicists were about to witness only the second “sub-critical” test Britain has conducted in nearly a decade.
..Under the NPT, which came into force in 1970, Britain is committed to prevent proliferation and to “pursue” disarmament.
...Last year a former warhead designer from the Los Alamos laboratory revealed there was a serious flaw in the US W76 warhead, on which British warheads are based, that could prevent it exploding.
.. in pursuit of a replacement warhead for the Trident
..by the time the first Trident submarine was commissioned in 1994, and the fourth in 1999, the Soviet empire and cold war were gone.
progressive Howard Zinn .. A more honest estimate of ourselves as a nation would prepare us all for the next barrage of lies that will accompany the next proposal to inflict our power on some other part of the world.
gregpalastlet me remind you of White House spokesman Ari Fleisher's original announcement, three years ago, launching of what he called,
O.I.L. How droll of them,
The top oily-gopolists, the five largest oil companies, pulled in $113 billion in profit in 2005 -- compared to a piddly $34 billion in 2002 before Operation Iraqi Liberation. In other words, it's been a good war for Big Oil.
As per Plan Bush, Bahr Al-Ulum became Iraq's occupation oil minister; the conquered nation "enhanced its relationship with OPEC;" and the price of oil, from Clinton peace-time to Bush war-time, shot up 317%.
Uncle Chutzpah and His Willing Executioners on the Dire Iran Threat: With Twelve Principles of War Propaganda in Ongoing Service E S Herman
alternet 20/03/2006 12:24PM
So why would the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its fellow travelers want to bolster criticism of Hugo Chavez?
In a word: trade. Chavez has been a vocal critic of the FTAA, an agreement designed to benefit transnational corporations whose increased wealth will, the theory goes, "trickle down" and benefit the impoverished. In response Chavez introduced a competing trade agreement, called ALBA, which, according to Teresa Arreaza, "advocates a socially oriented trade block rather than one strictly based on the logic of deregulated profit maximization. ALBA appeals to the egalitarian principles of justice and equality that are innate in human beings, the well-being of the most dispossessed sectors of society, and a reinvigorated sense of solidarity toward the underdeveloped countries of the Western Hemisphere."
.. The rising cost of oil has afforded Venezuela the opportunity to be, as Marc Weisbrot put it recently in the L.A. Times, "the lender of last resort." Venezuela loaned Argentina $2.4 billion, enabling it to kick out the IMF
Safe Streets, Strong Communities, a New Orleans-based criminal justice reform coalition that Price also works with, has just released a report based on more than a hundred recent interviews with prisoners who have been locked up since pre-Katrina and are currently spread across thirteen prisons and hundreds of miles. They found the average number of days people had been locked up without a trial was 385 days. One person had been locked up for 1,289 days. None of them have been convicted of any crime...
riverbend ..It's not the outward differences- things such as electricity, water, dilapidated buildings, broken streets and ugly concrete security walls. Those things are disturbing, but they are fixable. Iraqis have proved again and again that countries can be rebuilt. No- it's not the obvious that fills us with foreboding.
.. The real fear is the mentality of so many people lately- the rift that seems to have worked it's way through the very heart of the country, dividing people. I
.."Are you Sanafir or Shanakil?" I stood there, puzzled. 'Sanafir' is the Arabic word for "Smurfs" and 'Shanakil" is the Arabic word for "Snorks". I didn't understand why she was asking me if I was a Smurf or a Snork. Apparently, it was an indirect way to ask whether I was Sunni (Sanafir) or Shia (Shanakil).
Fukuyama is against the whole concept of a pre-emptive war -- "As Bismarck said, it's like 'committing suicide for fear of death'" -- but he has also been shaken by its execution. It is tough when you blame your own friends for the debacle.
"I'm not just shocked, I'm completely appalled by the sheer level of incompetence. If you are going to be a 'benevolent hegemon' (a reference to America's status as the sole superpower), you had better be good at it."
Fukuyama says his wife Laura Holmgren, a graduate in Soviet studies and stay-at-home mother of three, was strongly anti-war from the start. 20/03/2006 12:01PM
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