October 2009

 

10/30

Canada Sets Aside Its Boreal Forest as Giant Carbon Vault
By banning logging, mining and oil drilling in an area twice the size of
California, Canada is ensuring its boreal forests continue to soak up
carbon
by Suzanne Goldenberg
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/30-1
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Student Expelled to Gaza Strip by Force
Palestinian’s involuntary return is the sixth in 10 days, says human
rights group
by Ben Lynfield in Jerusalem
The Independent/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/30-6
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Arnold, Milton, and the California Nightmare
Naomi Klein on The Shock Doctrine, California style
by Rebecca Bowe
San Francisco Bay Guardian

*Schwarzenegger’s about as “moderate” as an 8.0 Richter reading

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/30-7
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Malalai Joya and the Tale of 2 CNNs
by Eric Garris
AntiWar.com

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/10/30-1
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Coal River Mountain Emergency: Sit-Ins-Funeral March Erupt at EPA/JP
Morgan Chase Offices Across Nation
by Jeff Biggers

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/30-7
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More Than Backpedaling on NAFTA
by Manuel Perez-Rocha

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/30-0
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FAIR Blog
You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Argue That the Afghan War Prevents
Terror–But It Helps

*Comments left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/10/29/you-dont-have-to-be-crazy-to-argue-that-the-afghan-war-prevents-terror-but-it-helps/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Is the Recession Over? Author, Democratic Senate Hopeful Jonathan Tasini
on “The Audacity of Greed: Free Markets, Corporate Thieves and the
Looting of America”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/30/tasini

Deal Reached in Honduran Coup Crisis; Zelaya Restoration Would Depend on
Vote by Honduran Congress

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/30/honduras
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Pelosi Ditches Single-Payer Provision

*The term “Democrat” becomes more of a non sequitur with each passing
day, doesn’t it?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2108

10/29

Cluster Bomb Trade Funded by World’s Biggest Banks
HSBC earned more than £650m in fees from work for Textron, US
manufacturer of cluster weapons
by Nick Mathiason

*Making a killing every way they can

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/29-1
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Palin’s Pet Hoffman Has Taliban Ties
by Laura Flanders

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/29-2
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Why Obama’s Iran Policy Will Fail
Stuck in Bush Mode in a Changed World
by Dilip Hiro

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/29-7
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Kucinich on New Health Care Bill: ‘Is This the Best We Can Do?’

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/29-0
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Institute for Agricultural & Trade Policy (IATP)
Researchers Link Low-Level Mercury Exposure, Zinc Deficiency and
Learning Disorders
Use of mercury in the production of synthetic food ingredients analyzed

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/29-3
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Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
The Nuclear Industry Makes Its Christmas Wish List, and It’s a Long One
Why is a Mature, 50-year-old Industry Still Asking for Massive Taxpayer
Handouts?, Science Group Asks

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/29-4
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Public Option Faces New Test with Pelosi House Proposal, While
Uncertainty Grows over Prospects in Senate

*No, “progressive” reps aren’t “going to lay down in front of the bus”
for this – much less for true universal coverage

They’re going to throw all of us who’ll be screwed by their “pragmatism”
under it

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/29/pelosi

Healthcare Roundtable: With Exclusion of Single Payer, What
Opportunities Remain for Meaningful Reform?

*I guess “meaningful” depends on who’s being asked, doesn’t it?  If
you’re getting fucked, it really doesn’t matter to you whether it’s an
improvement for others, does it?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/29/roundtable

Russian Journalist Elena Milashina Speaks Out on Alarming Rise in
Murders, Threats Against Critics of Government Abuses in North Caucasus

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/29/russian_journalist_elena_milashina_speaks_out

10/28

Long-Time Environmental Activist: ‘It’s About the Confrontation’
Earth First! Co-Founder Reflects on Technology, Protests, Environmental
Battles Ahead in New Book
by Rob Chaney
The Missoulian (Montana)

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/28-5
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Greenpeace Climate Activists Dump Coal Outside Sweden’s Government
Offices
by Agence France Presse

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/28-2
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Healthcare Hypocrites
by Jim Hightower

*Sweet deal for sour bastards

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/28-1
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The Victory of the Commons
Nobel Prize-winning economist Elinor Ostrom proved that people can – and
do – work together to manage commonly-held resources without degrading
them.
by Jay Walljasper

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/28-4
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Latin America’s Economic Rebels
by Mark Weisbrot

*Taking a left turn on the real “road to ruin”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/28-9
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Doctors Risking Arrest for Healthcare for All, Challenge System That
Makes Them Complicit
by Kevin Gosztola

*Another way of caring for their patients

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/28-3
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Coordinated Attacks Kill 6 UN Workers as US Troops Suffer Deadliest
Month of 8-Year Afghan War

www.democracynow.org/2009/10/28/coordinated_attacks_kill_6_un_workers

“A Woman Among Warlords”: Afghan Democracy Activist Malalai Joya Defies
Threats to Challenge US Occupation, Local Warlords

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/28/a_woman_among_warlords_afghan_democracy

UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings, Philip Alston: Record
AfPak Drone Attacks Under Obama May Violate International Law

*How can there be any legal act of war when the war itself is illegal?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/28/un_special_rapporteur_on_extrajudicial_killings

House Advances Measure to Create Hundreds of New Low Power FM Radio
Stations

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/28/house_advances_measure_to_create_hundreds

10/27

Ecuador Wants Money Not to Drill in Amazon
by Al Jazeera English

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/10/27
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Rhetoric and Reality
by Ralph Nader

*Uncle Barack says:

I Want You

(To give me money for breaking my promises)

And the sad – and scary – thing is, a lot of folks will do it, won’t
they?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/27
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Chromium 6 Still Threatens California’s Drinking Water
by Erin Brockovich

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/27-6
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Public Citizen
As Thursday Vote Looms on Two New Reactors, Popular Opposition May Make
Selling Nuclear Power More Difficult
CPS Wholesale Customers Already Facing Public Relations Battles

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/27-12
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Will Texas Execute Another Innocent Man? The Case of Reginald Blanton

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/27/will_texas_execute_another_innocent_man

“Rape in the Ranks: The Enemy Within”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/27/filmmaker_pascale_bourgaux_on_rape_in
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Protests at Insurance Company Offices

*Into the bloated belly of the beast

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2105

10/26

Peaceful Protesters Included on Police Database of ‘Domestic Extremists’
Peaceful protesters are being included on a national police database of
activists including animal rights activists, far-right groups and other
‘domestic extremists’, according to reports.
by Ian Johnston
the Telegraph/UK

*Use a conscience, go to jail

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/26-2
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War Is a Hate Crime
by Chris Hedges

*Some rights are more equal than others

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/26-0
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Nightmare of a Dream Student
by Cintli Rodriguez

*Reading, writing and racism

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/26-7
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FAIR Blog
WP Opinion Pages Think Someone Else Should Have a Debate on Single-Payer

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/10/26/wp-opinion-pages-think-someone-else-should-have-a-debate-on-single-payer/
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Institute for Public Accuracy
A Woman Among Warlords: Afghan Malalai Joya in U.S.

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2104
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
155 Killed in Double Suicide Bombing in Baghdad

*Intel on the domestic forces in Iraq that should get far more exposure
on DN! and elsewhere than it has, don’t you think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/26/155_killed_in_double_suicide_bombing

Showdown in Chicago: Protesters Greet American Bankers Association
Conference

*Need versus greed

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/26/showdown_in_chicago_protesters_greet_american

100 Days of Resistance: Al Jazeera’s Avi Lewis Reports from Honduras

*Again, going deeper than what’s usually on DN! and elsewhere.

This should be the rule, rather than the exception.  The times call for
nothing less, don’t you think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/26/100_days_of_resistance_al_jazeeras

10/24

American Public More Complacent About Climate Change
by Jim Lobe
Inter Press Service

*Cooling on warming

These fools will soon realize what mortals they be.

No mention here of the corpress’ role in that.  Pretty glaring omission,
wouldn’t you say?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/23-0
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NIE Reveals Qom Facility Followed 2007 Bush Threats
by Gareth Porter
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/23-6
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Maine Voices Speak Out for Marriage Equality

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/10/23-1
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America’s Real Quagmire
by Mark Weisbrot

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/23-11

10/23

The Yes Men
US Chamber Shuts off TheYesMen.org and Websites of Hundreds of Other
Activist Groups
Free Speech, Free Commerce Threatened by “Free Trade” Champion

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/23-5
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Judge Rejects Blackwater Attempt to Dismiss Cases Filed by Iraqi Victims

http://staging.democracynow.org/2009/10/23/black
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FAIR Blog
The Lou Dobbs Poll

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/10/23/the-lou-dobbs-poll/
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DNA Profiling: You May Be Next
Some agencies deem the database system so valuable they have been making
deals with offenders in exchange for a DNA sample
by Patrick Kollman
Mission Local (San Francisco Chronicle)

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/22-11
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The Huffington Post Investigative Fund
When Patients Are Denied: The Battle Over Mental Health Benefits
by Danielle Ivory and Lagan Sebert

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/10/22
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Afghan Policy a “Script” for Escalation

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2103

Al Qaeda Leaders Killed — or Construction Workers?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2101

10/22

DEMOCRACY NOW!
University of Alaska Scientist Rick Steiner Loses Federal Grant Funding
After Criticizing Oil Industry

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/22/university_of_alaska_scientist_rick_steiner

Toxic Waters: Regulatory Absence Allows Chemical, Coal and Farm
Industries to Pollute US Water Supplies

*The last part of this stinks – “good faith efforts” by gummint and
industry, and pity the poor corpress (again, neither challenged by
Goodman and Gonzalez) – but worth the time for the intel.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/22/toxic_waters_regulatory_absence_allows_chemical

CIA Invests in Software Firm Monitoring Blogs, Twitter

*Are you on Big Brother’s favorites list?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/22/cia_invests_in_software_firm_monitoring
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The Movement Against the Banks
by Ruth Conniff

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/22-2
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The Organic Revolution: How We Can Stop Global Warming
by Ronnie Cummins

*Coming clean by soiling ourselves

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/22-11
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Government Accountability Project, National Whistleblowers Center and
Project On Government Oversight
Anti-Corruption and Whistleblower Advocacy Groups Urge Holder to Review
UBS Whistleblower Case
Punishing Whistleblowers Discourages National and International
Anti-Corruption Efforts

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/22-1
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Pentagon Used Psychological Operation on US Public, Documents Show
Figure in Bush propaganda operation remains Pentagon spokesman
by Brad Jacobson
Raw Story

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/21-8
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Pentagon Instructs Officials to Cancel Contracts with ACORN. The
Problem: They Don’t Exist
by Jeremy Scahill
Rebel Reports

*Selective, deflective and defective enforcement

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/21-9
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Attack on Syria Cover Up
Erlich: The US massacre at Al-Sukkariya, Syria in 2008 was a clear
violation of international law
by Paul Jay with Reese Erlich
The Real News Network

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/10/21-0
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A Corporate Monster v. ‘The Vermonster’
by Jim Hightower

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/21
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Corporated Accountability International
Sales Not the Only Thing Dragging for Coke’s Dasani

*Tap outted

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/21-7
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National Priorities Project
National Priorities Project Releases Key Energy Consumption & Federal
Spending Information Coinciding With International Day of Climate Action
Newly updated historical data reflect the local impacts of federal
spending and energy consumption.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/21-0
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FAIR Blog
Feeding the World: The Expert’s Burden

*One hand giveth …

And the horde of other hands taketh away far more

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/10/22/feeding-the-world-the-experts-burden/

WP Poll: Public Evenly Split on Afghan Escalation?

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/10/22/post-poll-public-evenly-split-on-afghan-escalation/

Breaking ACORN News!!!

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/10/22/breaking-acorn-news/

10/21

Govt Threatens Tar Sands Activists with Anti-Terror Laws
by Chris Arsenault
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/20-9
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The Number No One’s Counting
by Alan Fisher

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/20-7
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AT&T Boss Asks Employees to Fake It
by Tim Karr

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/20-6
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Media Ignores Women’s Health Disparities in Shriver Report
by Wendy Norris

*A woman’s work is never done …

Being made harder

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/20-4
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Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
Can We Afford More Subsidies for Nuclear Power?

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/20-13
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
“Cashing in the War Dividend”: As Healthcare Reform Limited by Deficit
Concerns, Military Spending Continues to Grow

*War and pieces of the pie

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/21/cashing_in_the_war_dividend_as

International Women’s Media Foundation Honors Israeli Journalist Amira
Hass with 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award

*Documenting hell from inside the flames

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/21/israeli_journalist_amira_hass

Jordanian Journalist Rana Husseini on “Murder in the Name of Honor: The
True Story of One Woman’s Heroic Fight Against an Unbelievable Crime”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/21/jordanian_journalist_rana_husseini_on_murder

10/20

Institute for Public Accuracy
Afghan Election Runoff

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2099
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Congress Considers Revoking Health Insurance Industry’s Exemption from
Antitrust Laws

*The sort of liberal McLAUGHLIN GROUP approach that’s largely a waste of
time, or worse, don’t you think?

As for a “public option” – the term has no meaning, does it?  And
“robust” or not, it’s going to fall far short of what’s necessary for
millions of people, isn’t it?

So how do you tell them it was the “pragmatic” thing to do?

www.democracynow.org/2009/10/20/congress_considers_revoking_health_insurance_industrys

In His Mother’s Footsteps: California Man Jailed for Five Days After
Sit-In at Blue Cross Office in Los Angeles

www.democracynow.org/2009/10/20/in_his_mothers_footsteps_california_man

The Yes Men Pull Off Prank Claiming US Chamber of Commerce Had Changed
Its Stance on Climate Change

*Deadly serious comic relief

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/20/yes_men_pull_off_prank_claiming

PR Executive James Hoggan on “Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny
Global Warming”

*If I’m lying you’re dying

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/20/pr_executive_james_hoggan_on_james

10/19

Hillary Clinton Gives ‘Shameless Pitch’ for Crooked Corporation in
Russia
by Jeremy Scahill
Rebel Reports

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/19-8
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Screams, Flames Among Horrors of Botched US Executions
by Lucile Malandain
Agence France Presse

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/19
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A Reality Check From the Brink of Extinction
by Chris Hedges

*Removing hangnails while the patient’s on life support

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/19
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Embrace the Dollar’s Downfall
Banks might suffer if China stopped buying US debt, but the US economy
as a whole would be much better off
by Dean Baker

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/19-8
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Who’s Next? Lessons From the Long War and a Blowback World
by Tom Engelhardt

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/19-3
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American Civil Liberties Union
ACLU Lawsuit Challenges Retaliatory Expulsion of Student Under
Unconstitutional Disciplinary Policy
Expulsion Highlights Pattern of Unlawful Conduct by Authorities in
DeSoto County, Mississippi

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/19-2
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Center for Biological Diversity
Study Shows Water Shortages in Southeast United States Are Due to
Overpopulation, Likely to Be Repeated

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/19-9
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Six Senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commanders Killed in Suicide
Bombing, Iran Blames US and Pakistan

*Pipeline dreams and bloody reality

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/19/six_senior_iranian_revolutionary_guard_commanders
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FAIR Blog
You’ll Never Advertise in This Town Again

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/10/19/youll-never-advertise-in-this-town-again/

Bon Jovi Is News?

*I guess we’ll see an announcement any day now that FOX has signed up
Ted Nugent

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/10/19/bonjovi-is-news/

10/16

Poison on the Platter
by GRITtv

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/10/16
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Obama’s Bad Influence
by Naomi Klein

*Klein might want to take another look at the Obamanian machinations
around Honduras, don’t you think?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/16
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Obama Renews Bush’s 9/11 State of Emergency
by Lewis Seiler and Dan Hamburg

*The mendacity of “hope”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/16-2
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National Day Laborer Organizing Network
287(g) Program Should Be Ended, Not Mended
New Agreements Are More of the Same

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/16-8
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Peasants Worldwide Rise up Against Monsanto, GMOs
La Via Campesina carries out Global Day of Action against Monsanto

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/16-0
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FAIR Media Advisory
Limbaugh Defenders Ignoring Long Record of Racist Remarks

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3928
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
Journalist Ann Louise Bardach on How Cuban Exile Luis Posada Carriles
Remains a Free Man in Miami Despite His Role in Airline and Hotel
Bombings

www.democracynow.org/2009/10/16/journalist_ann_louise_bardach_on_how

150 Years Ago Today: Abolitionist John Brown Raided Arsenal at Harpers
Ferry in Attempt to Start Slave Insurrection in South

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/16/150_years_ago_today_abolitionist_john

10/15

The Arctic Will Be Ice-Free in Summer within 20 Years, Research Says
by Ben Webster
TimesOnline/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/15-1
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Time to Pull the Plug on the Bottled Water Swindle
by John Gibbons

*Bottle, bottle everywhere
Nor many stop to think

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/15-7
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Reviving the Local Economy With Publicly Owned Banks
State and local leaders are considering creating publicly owned banks
that can funnel credit to where it is needed most: directly into the
local economy.
by Ellen Brown

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/15-4
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Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
USDA and EPA Pushing Coal Ash for Growing Crops
Toxic Contamination Risks Spread through Soil and Fertilizer
Applications

*King Coal says

“Kiss my ash”

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/15-1
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
As Foreclosures Hit All-Time High, Wall Street on Pace to Hand Out
Record $140B in Employee Bonuses

*Solid segment – good intel that’s fairly simple to suss, which isn’t
always the case in this area (at least for me)

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/15/black

10/14

Drugmakers, Doctors Rake in Billions Battling H1N1 Flu
Swine Flu Is Bad for Victims, But Good for Businesses That Cater to
Expanding Market
by Dalia Fahmy
ABC News

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/14-1
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Unsafe Abortions Kill 70,000 a Year
Countries with restrictive laws most affected – Global report shows
overall fall in terminations
by Sarah Boseley
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/14-14
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Earth’s Life Support Systems Failing
by Stephen Leahy
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/14-4
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Are Women Getting Sadder?
Or Are We All Just Getting a Lot More Gullible?
by Barbara Ehrenreich

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/14-0
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No Surprises: Baucus-Braly-Blue Cross Bailout Advances to Final Act
by Donna Smith

*A comic tragedy that’s sold us out night after night

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/14-3
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Justice for the Unemployed
by John Buell

*Takin’ what they’re givin’ ’cause I’m not workin’ for a livin’

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/14-7
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Farm Workers and Allies Ask Gov’t to Protect Kids From Toxic Pesticide
Drift
Petition to EPA includes immediate no-spray buffer zones around homes,
schools, day care centers for most toxic pesticides

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/14-4
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Institute for Public Accuracy
Abbas Reverses on Goldstone Report

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2097
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
As US and Other Wealthy Nations Slash Aid, UN Warns of “Silent Tsunami
of Hunger” in Global Food Crisis

*Why is it called “foreign aid” when it’s meant to benefit domestic
corporations by making local populations dependent on their products?

The Lord helps those who help themselves by pretending to help others.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/14/as_us_and_other_wealthy_nations

10/13

Decline of a Tribe: and Then There Were Five
The last surviving members of an ancient Amazonian tribe are a tragic
testament to greed and genocide
by Guy Adams
The Independent/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/13-3
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US Ammunition Blamed for Iraqi Cancer Hike
by Al Jazeera English

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2009/10/13-0
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FAIR Blog
Is Engel Too Opinionated–or Does He Have the Wrong Opinion?

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/10/13/is-engel-too-opinionated/
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DEMOCRACY NOW!
“Love Is Worth It”: Iraq War Vet Facing Discharge for Violating “Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell” Helps Lead Massive Rally for Gay Rights

*Don’t you have a problem with this?  Choi extols military “virtues” and
proudly declares his willingness to kill and die for the empire, and
he’s never challenged on that?

There’s no question that queer folks should be treated equally in the
military.  And when they make comments like the above on a so-called
“progressive” program, they should be confronted, as anyone else who
would advocate for war and dominance – out of ignorance or not – should
be, don’t you think?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/13/love_is_worth_it_iraq_war

The Fight for Equality: A Look at the State of the Gay Rights Movement

*Vaid says some important things about the connections among struggles,
but then she, like so many other “progressives”, gives Obama the benefit
of the doubt.

But there is no doubt, is there?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/13/the_fight_for_equality_a_look

Author Barbara Ehrenreich on “Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion
of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America”

*Please read, but – and, speaking of anger, I’m getting really goddamn
tired of saying it – Ehrenreich gives Obama a pass.

She talks about not deluding yourself, then proceeds to fantasize about
his “better angels”.

This dinky blog may be an inexpert attempt at contradicting the
contradictions, but when so many of the “experts” are making ’em left
and … well … left, there aren’t a hell of a lot of folks left,
literally, who are gonna do it, are there?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/13/author_barbara_ehrenreich_on_bright_sided

10/12

A Columbus Day Meditation – As Nobel Laureate Obama Decides Whether to
‘Conquer’ Afghanistan…
by Thom Hartmann

*Excellent piece, which is marred by the last paragraph.

Obama … wisdom?  In what alternate universe?  One where Hellfire
missiles under his command don’t obliterate infants, presumably.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/12-1
.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
NOAA Raises Red Flags on Aggressive Offshore Drilling Plan
Exclusion Zones, Buffers and Oil Spill Protections Would Scale Back
Lease Schedule

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/12
.

Veterans for Peace
Press Conference and Action for ‘Rape in the Military Awareness Week’

*Kind of puts the lie to fighting in Afghanistan for “women’s freedom”,
doesn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/12-4

10/11

Millions Will Starve as Rich Nations Cut Food Aid Funding, Warns UN
by John Vidal, in Bangkok
The Guardian/UK

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/10-0
.

What Lies Beneath the War in Afghanistan
by Eric Margolis

*Some intel worth seeing here, but again, no mention of the grand prize
of pipeline routes and their central role in global power games

I was hoping the title was alluding to that, but no such luck

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/10-4
.

War and Peace Prizes
by Howard Zinn

*Laying it on the bottom line

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/10-3

10/9

Four Degrees of Devastation
by Stephen Leahy
Inter Press Service

*Place your bets

Will we blow ourselves up before we burn ourselves up?

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/09-9
.

A Nobel Worthy Effort: Ending Youth Violence From Chicago to Afghanistan
by Jesse Hagopian

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/09-6
.

Common Sense Could Go a Long Way to Promote Food Safety
by Jim Goodman

*Good intel, but I’d hold off on declaring a “sea change” at the USDA,
don’t you think?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/09-1
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
As US Continues Afghan, Iraq Occupations and Quashes Accountability for
Gaza Assault, Critics Decry Awarding of Nobel Peace Prize to Obama

*To be crude, it should be renamed the Noble Piece of Unbridled Shit
Prize, shouldn’t it?

www.democracynow.org/2009/10/9/as_us_continues_afghan_iraq_occupations

Guam Residents Organize Against US Plans for $15B Military Buildup on
Pacific Island

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/9/guam_residents_organize_against_us_plans

Forcibly Exiled Nearly 40 Years Ago, Diego Garcia Natives Fight to
Return to Island Home Now Used as Key US Military Outpost

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/9/forcibly_exiled_for_nearly_40_years

Study: Foreclosure Crisis Worsened by Scarcity of Legal Assistance for
Struggling Homeowners

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/9/study_foreclosure_crisis_worsened_by_scarcity
.

Institute for Public Acccuracy
Nobel Peace Laureate: Obama Choice “Disappointing”

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2095
.

FAIR Blog
CJR’s Bogus ‘Liberal Media’ Evidence

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/10/09/cjrs-bogus-liberal-media-evidence/

NYT: Gaza War Worked

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/10/09/nyt-gaza-war-worked/

10/8

Thousands Stand in Line for Help Paying Bills in Detroit
Chaos Reigns at Detroit Aid Event
by Tammy Stables Battaglia
The Detroit Free Press

*Crumbs for the crushed

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/08-3
.

War of the Worlds
London, 1898; Kabul, 2009
by Tom Engelhardt

*Solid piece, but again, no mention of precisely *why* the US is in
Afghanistan.

I don’t know if Wells detailed the Martians’ reasons for invading Earth,
but it’s incumbent upon every damn writer on this war to state the
empirical imperial rationale of our gummint, isn’t it?

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/08-6
.

A Historian’s Account of Democrats and Bush-Era War Crimes
by Glenn Greenwald

*It’s my party and I’ll lie if I want to

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/08-8
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Palestinian President Abbas Faces Uproar for Aiding US-Israeli
Derailment of UN Report on Gaza Assault

*Yanking the puppet’s strings too hard

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/8/palestinian_authority_president_abbas_faces_growing

ACORN Defunding Spurs Proposals to Bar Federal Money to Companies
Convicted of Felonies

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/8/acorn_defunding_spurs_proposals_to_bar

Sen. Bernie Sanders on ACORN, Healthcare and Afghanistan

*I’m posting this due to some important intel, but for Sanders to say
that the war on Afghanistan was initially “legitimate” …

Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

That, and other positions on that issue and others, force me to always
put quotes around the term “progressive” when I’m referring to him,
Feingold and most all the rest in Congress who are labeled as such.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/8/sen_bernie_sanders_on_acorn_health

As Helen Keller Honored at US Capitol, Lifelong Radical Politics Go
Ignored

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/8/as_helen_keller_honored_with_statue
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Veterans on Afghanistan

*Reyes speaks of “winning” in Afghanistan.

Language is a virus, and regardless of his actual meaning, using such
terms only reinforces the idea that there’s some moral reason for the US
occupation, doesn’t it?

Pipelines and power are the true reasons, aren’t they?  Given that, the
only thing this gummint should be doing is getting the hell out ASAP and
paying for the horrific damage it’s done, don’t you think?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2094

10/7

FAIR Blog
Working the Refs: The Right, the Media and ACORN

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/10/07/working-the-refs-the-right-the-media-and-acorn/

‘Rush the Racist’ Bidding for St. Louis Rams?

*Comments left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/10/07/rush-the-racist-bidding-for-st-louis-rams/
.

Chemical Linked to Aggression in Girls
by Sarah Avery
The News & Observer (Charlotte, NC)

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/07-6
.

8 Years and Counting (and Still Standing)
by Raju Woodward
The Corvallis Gazette-Times (Oregon)

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/07-10
.

Activism Works. Kingsnorth Coal Plant Shelved
Kingsnorth Power Station Plans Shelved by E.ON
by Mark Tran
The Guardian/UK

*Well, that’s one way – the only way – to have “clean coal”

Don’t build the goddamn plant

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/07-12
.

Demos
New Study Debunks Flawed Heritage Foundation Report on Low Income Voter
Registrations
Claims That Lower Public Agency Registration Caused by Welfare Reform
Rather Than Poor Implementation Undermined

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/07-4
.

Human Rights Watch
India: Too Many Women Dying in Childbirth
Despite National Commitment, Many Unable to Access Services

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/07-11
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Voices from Afghanistan: Afghan Women’s Activist Zoya Speaks Out on
Eight Years of Occupation

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/7/voices_from_afghanistan_afghan_womens_activist

“Return of the Warlords”: Afghan Elections Marred by Fraud, Warlord
Dominance

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/7/return_of_the_warlords_afghan_elections

Arrest of 61 Peace Activists Outside White House Kicks Off Week of
Protest Against Afghan War

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/7/arrest_of_61_peace_activists_outside
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Cause of Credit Card Debt: Stagnant Wages

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2092

Helen Keller: Radical, Socialist

*”She was one of the U.S.’s most effective ambassadors after World War
II.”

Man, that remark sort of slaps you in the face amongst the talk of her
radicalism and socialism, doesn’t it?

So just what the hell does it mean?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2093

10/6

Lawyers Scarce for Poor Facing Foreclosure
by Brad Heath
USA Today

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/06-8
.

An ACORN Amendment for Pfizer
by Jeremy Scahill

*Here’s hoping a great oak of real justice from the Defund ACORN Act
grows

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/06-0
.

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
New Report: Stemming the Rising Costs of Health Care Through
Globalization
Study Projects Substantial Savings From Allowing Medicare Beneficiaries
to Buy into Health Care Systems of Other Countries

*There’s no place like home

Not in the developed world, anyway

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/06-6
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
$1 Trillion for War: What Could It Have Gotten?

*Getting our priorities straight …

To hell

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2091
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Twitter Crackdown: NYC Activist Arrested for Using Social Networking
Site during G-20 Protest in Pittsburgh

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/6/twitter_crackdown_nyc_activist_arrested_for

A Hidden $34 Billion Bank Subsidy? Study Exposes How Taxpayers Are
Subsidizing Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and Other Large
Banks

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/6/a_hidden_34_billion_bank_subsidy

Environmental Battle Brews in New York over Natural Gas Drilling

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10//6/environmental_battle_brews_in_new_york
.

FAIR Extra!
Alternative Cartoonists Nearing the Punch Line?
As alt weeklies go, so go alt comics
By Megan Tady

*See you in the funny papers?

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3915

Institutional Racism Ignored
More feelings than facts in coverage of inequality
By Janine Jackson

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3913

10/5

Migrants Give More than They Take, Says UN
by Suzanne Hoeksema
Inter Press Service

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/05-4
.

Celebrating Slaughter: War and Collective Amnesia
by Chris Hedges

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/05-0
.

Follow the Money
Cure Millions of Leprosy — or Just Give Hank Paulson a Tax Break?
by Matt Bivens

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/05
.

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea?
by Scott Klinger and Rebecca Adamson

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/05-6
.

Getting Past the Smoke and Mirrors
by Sarah Anderson and Sam Pizzigati

*Making CEO chicken salad out of corporate chicken shit

Your tax dollars at dirty work

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/05-3
.

Lack of Universal Health Care Is a Mass Killer
by Deb Richter

*Insuring the pain and death inflicted on the uninsured

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/05-2
.

Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch and BP Whistleblower to Specify Environmental and
Health-Related Risks of Gulf Coast Atlantis Oil Platform

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/05-9
.

Institute for Public Accuracy
White House Cherry-Picking Doctors for Meeting

*Is there a doctor in the White House (who gives a damn about true
reform)?

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2089
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya Speaks from the Brazilian
Embassy in Tegucigalpa

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/5/ousted_honduran_president_manuel_zelaya_speaks

10/2

How to Sustain a Local Economy: From PB&J to Regional Currencies
by Mary Morgan
The Ann Arbor Chronicle (Michigan)

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/01-6
.

Wall Street’s New Halloween Trick
by Jim Hightower

*Death, where is thy sting?

Wall Street will be making a mint off your ass!

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/10/01-2
.

Amazon Watch
Indigenous Blockades Escalate After Police Violently Attack Protest in
the Ecuadorian Amazon
One Confirmed Dead and Dozens Injured in Unprovoked Attack on
Demonstrations About Proposed New ‘Water and Land Rights Laws’

*Pretty words – deadly actions

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/01-17
.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
Don’t Expect New Marine Sanctuaries Under Obama
NOAA Chief Says No Plans to Even Begin Considering New Ocean Reserves

*No sea change we can believe in

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/10/01-0
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Sportswriter Dave Zirin on Obama’s Olympic Error

*Just do it

(To whomever gets in your way)

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/2/sportswriter_dave_zirin_on_obamas_olympic

Rethink Afghanistan: Filmmaker Robert Greenwald Launches Film Opposing
Escalation of War

*Again, not a goddamn thing about pipelines or “Grand Game” geopolitical
strategy – and it you’re not going to talk about that, how the fuck can
you claim to be “educating” folks about this horror?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/2/rethink_afghanistan_filmmaker_robert_greenwald_launches

Pittsburgh Police Challenged over Use of Sound Cannons During G-20 and
for Wrongfully Arresting Dozens of University of Pittsburgh Students

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/2/pittsburgh_police_challenged_over_use_of

10/1

Institute for Public Accuracy
Iran Nuclear Story “Doesn’t Add Up”

http://accuracy.org/newsrelease.php?articleId=2087
.

Scanning the Horizon of Books and Libraries
by Amy Goodman

*Sounding the bugle on Google

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/09/30-2
.

California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee
(CNA/NNOC)
California Nurses Association/NNOC Issues Policy on H1N1 Flu
Vaccination: Encourage, Don’t Mandate

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/09/30-20
.

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Is Taxpayer Money Subsidizing the “Too Big to Fail” Banks?
Gap in interest rates between TARP recipients and smaller banks rises to
extraordinary level over the past year.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/09/30-27
.

FAIR Blog
‘Top Things You Think You Know About Iran That Are Not True’

*Comment left at link

http://www.fair.org/blog/2009/10/01/top-things-you-think-you-know-about-iran-that-are-not-true/
.

DEMOCRACY NOW!
Supreme Court to Take Up PATRIOT Act with Review of Case on Humanitarian
Assistance to Groups on Terror List

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/1/supreme_court_to_take_up_patriot

Mother Speaks Out on Insurance Giant CIGNA’s Denial of Healthcare to
Cancer-Stricken Twin Daughters

*Think of this the next time (and it will be a very short time) you see
one of those “We Care” ads for an insurance corporation.

And hope you can keep from wretching.

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/1/mother_speaks_out_on_insurance_giant

South Africa’s Poor Targeted by Evictions, Attacks in Advance of 2010
World Cup

*Cults of personality and party north and south

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/10/1/south_africas_poor_targeted_by_evictions

 

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