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How to Talk to a Conservative About Social Security
By : Alternet - Wednesday February 16, 2005
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The White House and their deep-pocketed allies have launched a $35 million public relations effort to spread misinformation about President Bush’s Social Security privatization scheme. This fact sheet will arm you with all the facts you’ll need to take them on. Fiscal Outlook Claim: “By the year 2042, the entire system would be exhausted and bankrupt.” [President Bush, 2/2/05] Fact: In 2042, enough new money will be coming in to pay between 73-80 percent of (...)
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Democrats Want More Accountability for Iraq Spending- Propose War Funding Accountability Act
By : Dan Robinson - Wednesday February 16, 2005
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President Bush’s request to Congress for $82 billion dollars in additional funding for military and reconstruction needs in Iraq and Afghanistan is receiving scrutiny on Capitol Hill. This comes amid growing concern among lawmakers about examples of waste, fraud and abuse in how funds were spent in Iraq. There is little if any disagreement between Democrats and Republicans about the need for the extra money needed to support U.S. troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Republicans in (...)
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Bush’s Budget: Cut education, services for needy, add new tax cuts for the wealthy
By : Baltimore Sun - Sunday February 13, 2005
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AT THE Detroit Economic Club last week, President Bush boasted that his latest budget is "the most disciplined proposal since Ronald Reagan." And, yes, his proposed cuts — in food stamps, Medicaid, housing and child care — are stunning, mainly for their targeting of low-income workers and families. But even President Reagan never displayed such a taste for tax cuts, though he tried at first. Faced with mounting deficits, Mr. Reagan reversed himself, raising taxes. Mr. (...)
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Billions $ for WAR, Cuts for the POOR
By : Tricky Cheney - Thursday February 10, 2005
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GEORGE W. BUSH’S budget proposal will impose deep cuts in domestic spending, while showering money on the military and homeland security. Bush claimed that his principle in deciding on the cuts was that “a taxpayer dollar must be spent wisely, or not at all.” To judge from a budget that will reduce or eliminate funding for some 150 government programs, the administration must think that it’s “unwise” to spend anything on helping the poor or vulnerable in (...)
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Forget The UN. The US Occupation Regime Helped Itself To $8.8b Of Mostly Iraqi Money In Just 14 Mnts
By : George Monbiot - Thursday February 10, 2005
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Fraud And Corruption: Forget The UN. The US Occupation Regime Helped Itself To $8.8b Of Mostly Iraqi Money In Just 14 Months George Monbiot Tuesday February 8, 2005 The Republican senators who have devoted their careers to mauling the United Nations are seldom accused of shyness. But they went strangely quiet on Thursday. Henry Hyde became Henry Jekyll. Norm Coleman’s mustard turned to honey. Convinced that the UN is a conspiracy against the sovereignty of the United States, they (...)
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Bush Pays Halliburton For Services Never Rendered- Shouldn’t congress hold them accountable?
By : Evelyn Pringle - Tuesday February 8, 2005
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As of June 2004, the Government Accounting Office estimated that more than $1 billion in taxpayer money had been wasted due to illegal overcharges by contractors in Iraq, since the onset of the war. Furthermore, experts say that once the total is calculated correctly, the losses could very well add up to billions more. According to GAO Comptroller General, David Walker, the $1 billion represents about 2% of the $60 billion spent in Iraq between March 2003 and June 2004. To no one’s (...)
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Where The Missing $9 Billion Went
By : Emad Mekay - Thursday February 3, 2005
Where The Missing $9 Billion Went Emad Mekay February 02, 2005 WASHINGTON - The US-run administration in Baghdad failed to keep track of nearly US$9 billion of money it transferred to various Iraqi ministries, according to an official audit released Sunday. The report by the US Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction says that the now defunct US-lead Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) did not exercise adequate managerial control over funds paid to Iraqi government (...)
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$9B Missing in Iraq includes funds to pay "ghost" employees
By : AP - Monday January 31, 2005
From Reuters "The report said the CPA failed to ensure funds were not used to pay "ghost" employees and cited one example where CPA officials authorized payment for about 74,000 guards but only a fraction of these could later be validated." From AP story below: "Some of the transferred funds may have paid "ghost" employees, the inspector general found. CPA staff learned that 8,206 guards were on the payroll at one ministry, but only 602 could be accounted for, the report said. At another (...)
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Congress should reject request for $80 billion-No More Funds For Failed Iraq Policy
By : DK - Tuesday January 25, 2005
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WASHINGTON — January 25 — Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), a leader in the House of Representatives against the war in Iraq, released the following statement in response to news reports that the Administration will request an additional $80 billion dollars for the war in Iraq: "Congress should reject the Administration’s request for an additional $80 billion in funds for the war in Iraq. The Administration’s entire case for the war has now been debunked, Iraq (...)
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Coronation of Corruption : celebration of Exploitation
By : Manuel Valenzuela - Thursday January 20, 2005
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By Manuel Valenzuela At the apex of the highest mountain stand the facilitators of human corruption, in proud self-adulation, glorification and ego-driven debasement readying themselves with a forty million dollar celebration of pomp and circumstance, enjoying the comforts of luxury and unfettered power spun by the web of exploitation, for victorious do they see each other, this power-addicted and profit-hungry cabal of corporatist and elitist vermin, extolling both the virtues of (...)
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Time To Cancel Tsunami Countries’ Debt
By : Mark Engler - Thursday January 13, 2005
by Mark Engler Despite an increase in promised aid to tsunami-affected countries last week, the United States’ aid offering still isn’t topping the list. Australia, for one, has donated much more. But the United States could make up for its somewhat meager offering by forgiving debt payments for tsunami countries. A temporary moratorium on payments won’t be enough. It’s time to go farther-much farther-and end debt obligations for tsunami countries in Southeast Asia. (...)
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Tsunami Relief ....for some.
By : Leigh Johnson - Friday January 7, 2005
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Vultures of the insurance industry By Leigh Johnson | Janury 7, 2005 SURVEYING THE immense loss of life and structural damage in coastal Southeast Asia from the tsunamis, the global insurance industry had a perverse response: Relief. While survivors searched for lost relatives and clean water, insurers were celebrating that the tragedy wouldn’t have a “material impact” on their 2004 profits. At least 5 million people have been made homeless, but because few have (...)
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Cuban Parliamentary Sessions End with Support to Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas
By : Havana - Sunday December 26, 2004
Havana, December 25 (RHC) — Cuban Parliamentary sessions concluded on Friday in Havana with the presence of President Fidel Castro and with the approval of the budget and economic and social guidelines for 2005. A total of 10.5 billion pesos will be earmarked for education, health and social assistance, culture, sports, sciences and technology - 68 percent of expenditures included in the budget. Education (4.1 billion pesos), health and new programs to improve medical and assistance (...)
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Restoring Workers’ Rights Has Always Been a Moral Value
By : AFL-CIO - Wednesday December 1, 2004
By Stewart Acuff National AFL-CIO Organizing Director We should not minimize the imminent, destructive potential of a second George Bush term. We as progressives should do some serious thinking and listening about what happened on November 2 and what we should do about it. But there are a few things that occur immediately to me. Before the election and now after it, I take hope and encouragement from the great energy and activism on our side. I cannot remember a national election where (...)
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Audit: Halliburton lost track of government property in Iraq
By : John Solomon - Sunday November 28, 2004
By John Solomon WASHINGTON (AP) A third or more of the government property Halliburton Co. was paid to manage for the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq could not be located by auditors, investigative reports to Congress show. Halliburton’s KBR subsidiary ’’did not effectively manage government property’’ and auditors could not locate hundreds of CPA items worth millions of dollars in Iraq and Kuwait this summer and fall, Inspector General (...)
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Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election
By : Politicasso - Friday November 26, 2004
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By Wayne Madsen Online Journal Contributing Writer November 25, 2004-According to informed sources in Washington and Houston, the Bush campaign spent some $29 million to pay polling place operatives around the country to rig the election for Bush. The operatives were posing as Homeland Security and FBI agents but were actually technicians familiar with Diebold, Sequoia, ES&S, Triad, Unilect, and Danaher Controls voting machines. These technicians reportedly hacked the systems to skew (...)
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U.N.: Afghanistan Sees Increase in Opium
By : PAUL GEITNER - Saturday November 20, 2004
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By PAUL GEITNER Heroin production is booming in Afghanistan, undermining democracy and putting money in the coffers of terrorists, according to a U.N. report Thursday that called on U.S. and NATO-led forces get more involved in fighting drug traffickers. "Fighting narcotics is equivalent to fighting terrorism," said Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime. "It would be an historical error to abandon Afghanistan to opium, right after we reclaimed it (...)
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Life in the Second Bush Administration
By : Charles Shaw - Thursday November 18, 2004
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by Charles Shaw Featuring: "The Four Horsemen of the Average Fixed Cost" by Poet-in-Residence Ronnie Pontiac Throughout the last forty years a legitimate Revolution was taking place in this country. It was quieter and more clandestine than the Socialist revolutions of the 60’s, growing from within, from the grassroots upward. It was by the Right, and they now have control of the nation. Orwell may be spinning in his grave, but Barry Goldwater is cackling like a madman in his. In (...)
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End Game Democracy: America Sells its Soul & Loses the World
By : Zulu Bywyd - Thursday November 11, 2004
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Bravo Zulu Bywyd 11-11-2004 An open letter to the world community: " I say we had better look our nation searchingly in the face, like a physician diagnosing some deep disease." —Walt Whitman, "Democratic Vistas" Now we have come the End of the colonial experiment known as the "United States of America." It has ended as the founders had warned it would likely end, with concentration of wealth, corruption, and despotism despoiling its democratic foundations. (...)
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Kerry Wins If All Legal Votes Counted in Ohio!
By : Cheryl Guttman - Monday November 8, 2004
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Yes you read that right, Kerry WINS if all legal votes are counted. Provisionals will count even though they are counted late and if the "spoiled" ballots can be won either by a Dem challenge (which they have decided against but maybe can be pressured on) or a citizen lawsuit(probably one or more people from Ohio) to count these ballots, then Kerry can WIN, even though he conceded! If the Republicans seemed to lose but they knew that all the legal votes were not counted you better (...)
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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
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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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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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
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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