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Soaring Deficits Put US At Risk
By : Bill Gallagher - Tuesday March 29, 2005
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Soaring Deficits Put US At Risk Bill Gallagher March 29, 2005 Detroit - What is the greatest threat America faces? Why, of course, it’s international terrorism. That "truth" dominates our national life. George W. Bush, our Lord High Protector, often reminds us — with the assurance of Moses reading from the tablets of the Ten Commandants, the words wrought with God’s own hand — he knows his anointed mission is to protect us from this pervasive "evil." Everything - (...)
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Follow The Money: Corruption in Iraq is out of control. Will the U.S. clamp down on it?
By : Michael Hirsh - Sunday March 27, 2005
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Follow The Money Watchdogs are warning that corruption in Iraq is out of control. But will the United States join efforts to clamp down on it? ’Fraud-free zone’: Willis, center, in Iraq with two CPA colleagues, preparing to pay a contractor in 2003 NewsweekApril 4 issue - By many accounts, Custer Battles was a nightmare contractor in Iraq. The company’s two principals, Mike Battles and Scott Custer, overcharged occupation authorities by millions of dollars, according to (...)
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Blank Check for Bush: Congress fails to serve as check and balance
By : An editorial - Sunday March 20, 2005
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Most members of Congress have ceased to function as serious legislators. They simply walk through the motions, collect their checks and then vote as the White House tells them they must. This is not a complaint merely about most Republicans in the House and Senate - whose unwavering allegiance to even their president’s maddest schemes mirrors that of Sancho Panza to Don Quixote. The Democrats are just about as bad, as was illustrated by their support this week of the (...)
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Congress on Steroids! See No-Nonsense Representatives Get Tough on Witnesses!
By : Dave Lindorff - Saturday March 19, 2005
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In the baseball steroid hearings, we saw aggressive questioning by representatives, but when it involves anything important, like war funding or CIA torture, members of this Congress are nothing but yes-men and neutered pussycats. If you watched or read about the Congressional hearings yesterday conducted by the House Government Reform Committee, you’d have thought Congress was a real legislature, with bulldog representatives willing to stop at nothing to get at the truth. There was (...)
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$9 Billion Stolen from Iraqis, Congress investigates Steroids in Baseball
By : Ben Frank - Friday March 18, 2005
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There is real and verifiable corruption in Washington DC. These facts are all public knowledge, but the media refuses to put it all together. The only conspiracy here is that of the media to keep this story buried. Last year whistleblowers exposed fraudulent practices by Dick Cheney’s (433,000 stock options, $1 million annual paycheck) Halliburton. Our government gave Halliburton a no-bid contract valid for 5 years. The top army official recommended an open-bid 1 yr deal, she was (...)
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Out-of-control Spending in Iraq is an insult to US taxpayers: 162 dems vote to give Bush $82B more
By : Rep. Kucinich - Thursday March 17, 2005
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WASHINGTON - Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), a leader in the House of Representatives against the war in Iraq, issued the following statement today on the $82 billion Supplemental Appropriations Bill: "Before we issue another $82 billion for operations in Iraq, to continue a failed policy in Iraq, we must address the greater picture: The Administration has been morally corrupt in its handling of every aspect of the Iraq war, from the very beginning to the present. "Moreover, it has (...)
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KBR spent 27.5 million getting $82,100 worth of fuel into Iraq
By : DAVID IVANOVICH - Wednesday March 16, 2005
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Shipping was extra - a lot extra WASHINGTON - Iraq needed fuel. Halliburton Co. was ordered to get it there - quick. So the Houston-based contractor charged the Pentagon $27.5 million to ship $82,100 worth of cooking and heating fuel. In the latest revelation about the company’s oft-criticized performance in Iraq, a Pentagon audit report disclosed Monday showed Halliburton subsidiary KBR spent $82,100 to buy liquefied petroleum gas, better-known as LPG, in Kuwait and then 335 times (...)
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Vote NO on Bush’s $82 billion Supplemental Budget Request to fund the occupations of Iraq & Afghanistan
By : A.N.S.W.E.R. - Tuesday March 15, 2005
The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on the Bush Administration’s request for an additional $82 billion to fund the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, perhaps as early as Tuesday, March 15, 2005. Every day the U.S. spends over $200 million of working peoples’ money to fund war and occupation in Iraq. 100,000 Iraqis have died. More than 1,500 U.S. soldiers have been killed and thousands more wounded. There should not be one more dime spent on Bush’s criminal (...)
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Democratic Senators Cave on Bankruptcy Bill
By : Matthew Rothschild - Monday March 14, 2005
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by Matthew Rothschild On March 11, the U.S. Senate passed the bankruptcy bill that will fill the coffers of the credit card companies while bleeding consumers dry. The bill passed by a whopping 74 to 25 margin, with eighteen Democratic Senators going over to the dark side. Here are the spineless 18: Max Baucus, Montana. Evan Bayh, Indiana. Joe Biden, Delaware. Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico. Robert Byrd, West Virginia. Thomas Carper, Delaware. Kent Conrad, North Dakota. Daniel Inouye, (...)
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Help Senator Stevens Retire : Fax Congress to keep Arctic Refuge drilling out of the budget
By : Seth Linden - Saturday March 12, 2005
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Robert F Kennedy Jr’s Natural Resources Defense Council is organizing to Tell Congress to keep Arctic Refuge drilling out of the budget Stevens says it may be his last try at ANWR Washington, D.C. - A Senate vote on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next week could have more than just an effect on energy development or conservation efforts. What happens next week may affect the political future of Alaska’s senior senator, Ted Stevens. He’s been nicknamed (...)
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400 Disabled Veterans Raise Hell At Congressional Hearings On VA Budget
By : Leo Shane III - Saturday March 12, 2005
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By Leo Shane III, Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON - Hundreds of disabled veterans booed and jeered Republican House members on Tuesday for their budget proposal for veterans’ health care, which critics call inadequate to deal with the future needs of current troops. Following testimony before a pair of congressional committees by officials from the Disabled American Veterans, or DAV, the crowd of more than 400 wounded and disabled veterans cheered House members who criticized the (...)
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Kucinich Demands Investigation Of Missing $9 Billion- Instead We Get An Investigation of Steroid Use
By : BRETT MARCY - Saturday March 12, 2005
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WASHINGTON - Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), the Ranking Member on the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, today demanded a broad investigation of the $9 billion in missing reconstruction funds in Iraq, including a criminal investigation and Congressional hearings. Kucinich will send two letters today calling for a full investigation into the missing $9 billion in funds in Iraq. One letter will be sent to (...)
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Halliburton Whistleblowers Highlight Waste of Taxpayer Dollars
By : Michael Shnayerson - Friday March 11, 2005
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The Spoils of War By MICHAEL SHNAYERSON Halliburton subsidiary KBR got $12 billion worth of exclusive contracts for work in Iraq. But even more shocking is how KBR spent some of the money. Former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official Bunnatine Greenhouse is blowing the whistle on the Dick Cheney-linked company’s profits of war This time, she was sure, they were going to get her. Bunnatine Greenhouse had been a huge nuisance since the buildup to the war in Iraq-questioning (...)
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Christian Leaders Urge Congress to Reject Bush Budget
By : Five Reverends - Wednesday March 9, 2005
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Joint Statement: Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Church of Christ and Methodist Churches We are preachers, and so, in explaining our opposition to the 2006 Federal Budget that President Bush has sent to Congress, it seems only fitting that we should begin with Scripture. There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell (...)
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Explain to me how you lose 9 billion dollars?
By : Randi Rhodes - Monday March 7, 2005
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Hello campers, We’ve all overdrawn our checking account and there are times when we can’t account for a few dollars here or there. It’s no surprise to anyone that we seem to be shelling out more and more money each year for more or less the same things. But explain to me how you lose 9 billion dollars! That’s right I said billion, with a B! The U.S. occupation authority in Iraq was unable to keep track of nearly $9 billion it transferred to government ministries. (...)
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Documents unearthed in whistleblower suit show how Custer Battles cashed in on Iraq
By : Jason McLure - Saturday March 5, 2005
A $33,000 food order in Mosul was billed to the U.S.-led interim government of Iraq at $432,000. Electricity that cost $74,000 was invoiced at $400,000. Even $10 kettles got a 400 percent markup. Documents unearthed as part of a whistleblower suit against Fairfax, Va.’s Custer Battles reveal for the first time the extent to which the defense contractor is accused of gouging the Coalition Provisional Authority, which governed Iraq following the U.S. invasion of the country in 2003. (...)
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Iraq’s missing billions; Bremer shrugs off loss- Iraqis are used to corruption anyhow
By : James Ridgeway - Wednesday March 2, 2005
Iraq’s missing billions Ibrahim Jaafari, the prime-minister-to-be in Iraq, is unlikely to hand over the nation’s valuable oil assets to foreign companies, but he won’t be able to do much about the rest of the Iraqi economy, which was strangled by Coalition Provisional Authority chief L. Paul Bremer in rules and regulations benefiting Western business. A few of these rules, left over from the Bremer occupation period, as collected last year by Foreign Policy in Focus, the (...)
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Custer Battles: Justice Dept. won’t Intervene to Reclaim Millions From Military Contractor in Iraq
By : Amy Goodman - Wednesday March 2, 2005
A U.S. military contractor in Iraq is at the center of a controversy over how American-forces disbursed and accounted for hundreds of millions of dollars in Iraq. The firm, Custer Battles is being charged in a lawsuit of defrauding the Coalition Provisional Authority of tens of millions of dollars during work in Iraq, which included securing Baghdad International Airport. Two former employees sued the company last year under the False Claims Act, seeking to recover damages on behalf of (...)
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$9B Goes Missing In Iraq-Huge Sum Disappears Without A Trace
By : Helen Thomas - Friday February 25, 2005
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by Helen Thomas Profiteering from the Iraq war is not a surprise, especially in light of the Bush administration’s pandering to the military-industrial complex. But some Democratic lawmakers are concerned that profiteering may have achieved stratospheric dimensions in the case of the $9 billion that is missing from the sale of Iraqi oil. This money was to have been used for humanitarian aid and reconstruction for Iraq. It seems no one is watching the store. The fund was transferred (...)
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$9 Billion is ’Missing’, and Republicans Refuse to Investigate
By : Ben Frank - Thursday February 17, 2005
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by Ben Frank There are 6 Congressional Committees investigating the Oil-for-Food (UN) scandal, yet not a single Republican Committee Chairman will call a hearing to investigate the whereabouts of 9 billion dollars missing in action. What has emerged recently is that the corruption is beyond the scope that anyone could have possibly imagined: A British adviser to the Iraqi Governing Council claimed that officials in the CPA were demanding bribes of up to $300,000 in return for awarding (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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