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"No Iraqis Left Me on a Roof to Die" Katrina and Cindy Blow into Town
By : Tom Engelhardt - Monday September 26, 2005
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By Tom Engelhardt George was out of town, of course, in the "battle cab" at the U.S. Northern Command’s headquarters in Colorado Springs, checking out the latest in homeland-security technology and picking up photo ops; while White House aides, as the Washington Post wrote that morning, were attempting "to reestablish Bush’s swagger." The Democrats had largely fled town as well, leaving hardly a trace behind. Another hurricane was blasting into Texas and the media was (...)
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The GOP’s Fiscal Policies Turned a Natural Disaster into a Man-Made Catastrophe
By : Jason Leopold - Sunday September 25, 2005
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By Jason Leopold Republicans like to brag that, as a political party, they are more fiscally responsible than their Democratic counterparts. Well, thanks to President Bush’s four years in office that theory can now take up residence in the urban legend department. If anything, Bush’s tenure as president proves that the Republican tax cuts (which everyone knows truly benefits the wealthiest one percent), drastically slashing funds in the federal budget for much needed (...)
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Blair falls into line with Bush view on global warming
By : Geoffrey Lean and Christopher Silvester - Sunday September 25, 2005
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By Geoffrey Lean and Christopher Silvester Tony Blair has admitted that he is changing his views on combating global warming to mirror those of President Bush - and oppose negotiating international treaties such as the Kyoto Protocol. His admission, which has outraged environmentalists on both sides of the Atlantic, flies in the face of his promises made in the past two years and undermines the agreement he masterminded at this summer’s Gleneagles Summit. And it endangers talks (...)
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Chavez nails US again-Chickens in Cuba get better treatment than US residents
By : news24 - Sunday September 25, 2005
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Washington - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez suggested on Sunday that chickens in Cuba get better treatment from authorities than black residents of the hurricane-ravaged US city of New Orleans. "In Cuba, when they know a hurricane is coming, chickens, hens and people are all evacuated," Chavez said in an interview with The Washington Post and Newsweek magazine, stepping up his rhetoric against the US government. "A hurricane recently destroyed many towns in Cuba but not a single person (...)
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Global warming? You better believe it
By : Derrick Z. Jackson - Sunday September 25, 2005
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By Derrick Z. Jackson AS THE MEDIA screams about the one-two punch of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the question becomes how many more times does America need to be knocked to the canvas before we answer the bell on global warming. The only talk from our leaders is about rebuilding. In his address to the nation from a ghostly New Orleans, President Bush said, ’’When one resident of this city who lost his home was asked by a reporter if he would relocate, he said, ’Naw, I (...)
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FEMA Chief Brown Paid Millions to Fla. Residents Unaffected by ‘04 Hurricane to Help Bush Win Majority of Votes There
By : Jason Leopold - Saturday September 24, 2005
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By Jason Leopold Michael Brown, the embattled head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approved payments in excess of $31 million in taxpayer money to thousands of Florida residents who were unaffected by Hurricane Frances and three other hurricanes last year in an effort to help President Bush win a majority of votes in that state during his reelection campaign, according to a May 19 story in the Washington Post that quoted DHS sources. “Some Homeland Security sources said (...)
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Letter to President Hugo Chavez
By : Leuren Moret - Saturday September 24, 2005
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Mr. Roraima Albornoz Press Attaché VHEADLINE.COM Dear Mr. Roraima Albornoz. I would like to send a big thank you to President Hugo Chavez, and the people of Venezuela, for the kindness and good will they have offered the citizens of the US who have suffered so much from Hurricane Katrina. I am from the City of Berkeley in California, known as the only city in the United States with its own foreign policy. We have adopted sister cities all over the world where US imperialism and foreign (...)
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THE FOX AT THE HENHOUSE
By : William Fisher - Saturday September 24, 2005
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By William Fisher Either President Bush just doesn’t get it, or he just doesn’t care, or he thinks the people he serves are all gullible morons. He’s appointed his own Homeland Security Advisor, Ms. Frances Townsend, to lead the White House investigation into how the government screwed up with Hurricane Katrina ? and what to do about it. Does the president really believe the American people will find such an investigation credible? I’m sure Ms. Townsend is a very (...)
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Glover & Belafonte Speak Out on Katrina
By : Danny Glover & Harry Belafonte - Saturday September 24, 2005
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by Danny Glover & Harry Belafonte The following speeches were made during the PBS/BET-televised Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit concert on Saturday, September 17, 2005 Danny Glover: John Coltrane once said "the main thing a musician would like to do, is to give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things he knows of and senses in the universe." When Miles Davis asked him why he played so long, Coltrane answered, "It took that long to get it all in." New Orleans is (...)
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This is global warming, says environmental chief
By : Michael McCarthy - Saturday September 24, 2005
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As Hurricane Rita threatens devastation, scientist blames climate change By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor Super-powerful hurricanes now hitting the United States are the "smoking gun" of global warming, one of Britain’s leading scientists believes. The growing violence of storms such as Katrina, which wrecked New Orleans, and Rita, now threatening Texas, is very probably caused by climate change, said Sir John Lawton, chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental (...)
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Blackwater Down
By : Jeremy Scahill - Saturday September 24, 2005
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by Jeremy Scahill The men from Blackwater USA arrived in New Orleans right after Katrina hit. The company known for its private security work guarding senior US diplomats in Iraq beat the federal government and most aid organizations to the scene in another devastated Gulf. About 150 heavily armed Blackwater troops dressed in full battle gear spread out into the chaos of New Orleans. Officially, the company boasted of its forces "join[ing] the hurricane relief effort." But its men on the (...)
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Public Pressure Mounts for Bush to Curtail Iraq War After Katrina Disaster
By : Beth Gorham - Saturday September 24, 2005
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by Beth Gorham WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush says he can wage war in Iraq and still pay most of the huge bill for rebuilding the hurricane-lashed Gulf Coast. Most Americans don’t agree with him. And for the first time, Bush is facing a serious revolt in his own party over how to pay for hurricane relief. Republicans already edgy about the estimated $200-billion US price tag to clean up after Katrina were bracing for more damage by week’s end as hurricane Rita hurtled (...)
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Healthcare swept away
By : Derrick Z. Jackson - Saturday September 24, 2005
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By Derrick Z. Jackson ONE OF THE most sordid stories to come out of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina was the discovery of 154 bodies in hospitals and nursing homes. They account for 21 percent of the currently counted fatalities in Louisiana. Despite the heroism of doctors and nurses, The New York Times wrote, ’’the collapse of one of society’s most basic covenants — to care for the helpless — suggests that the elderly and critically ill plummeted to the (...)
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Journalist Jim Pinkerton of Newsday Thinks that Katrina Victims are "Whiners"
By : Mary MacElveen - Saturday September 24, 2005
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by Mary MacElveen Dear Folks, So, Jim Pinkerton thinks that Katrina victims are whiners? If you wish to send him an email, here are his email addresses, jim@jamesPPinkerton.com or pinkerto@ix.netcom You may also wish to remind him that aid from other countries such as Venezuela and Cuba were offered at no expense to tax payers, but this federal government said, “Thanks but no thanks” My letter to Jim Pinkerton: Dear Jim, We have corresponded on a cordial level in the past, (...)
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Rita and Katrina have ideologues spinning
By : Don Williams - Saturday September 24, 2005
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by Don Williams This is what we’re up against. If an unpleasant possibility rears its head in the real world-one that runs counter to pet policies of ideologues—they simply decree it isn’t so and move on. That’s how ideologues so often operate. Take these lines from a column that ran in newspapers, including this one Sept. 9. Charles Krauthammer wrote: “This kind of stupidity merits no attention whatsoever, but I’ll give it a paragraph. There is no (...)
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Rita : bus fire kills 20 people
By : Dallas - Friday September 23, 2005
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Bus fire ’kills 20’ Rita evacuees A bus carrying elderly evacuees from Hurricane Rita has caught fire on a gridlocked motorway, killing up to 20 people, a police spokesman says. The bus was engulfed in flames, causing a 17-mile (27-km) tailback on the Interstate 45 highway, the main route north from the Gulf Coast to Dallas. Oxygen used by the elderly people could have contributed to the blaze, a police spokesman told AP news agency. He said early indications were that the (...)
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The Reason The Hurricanes Will Intensify The Anti-War Effort:
By : Dan Stafford - Thursday September 22, 2005
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I really wish I didn’t have to say this, but it needs to be said... The Reason The Hurricanes Will Intensify The Anti-War Effort: They say Katrina & Rita are going to detract attention from the effort to end the war. I say Bullshit. They are going to cost so damn much money that they are going to force the Bushwackers to BRING THEM HOME to deal with it financially and physically. There are too many links between the subjects. 1. The war in iraq is about oil. Even Bushwack (...)
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Bush Is Insane
By : Jennifer Monroe - Thursday September 22, 2005
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President compares hurricane and terrorism by Jennifer Monroe WASHINGTON, D.C. — (OfficialWire) — 09/22/05 — Well, it was bound to happen. In the face of incoming Hurricane Rita, George W. Bush on Wednesday linked the American response to terrorism and its response to Hurricane Katrina, declaring that the United States is emerging a stronger nation from both challenges, and saying that terrorists look at the storm’s devastation "and wish they had caused it." (...)
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Last Gas...
By : Dan Stafford - Thursday September 22, 2005
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"And they said her name was Rita..." She came ripping up the gulf like a bad Godzilla swarm, Mother Nature’s take on B-flick horror, Headed straight for the refineries like a tight-wound white steamroller, Storm surges higher than twenty feet. Those silvery Moonlight beaches of Galveston I remember will never be the same. The pundits were screaming five bucks plus and lines at the pumps, The stocks were at the bottom and digging for China, Guess they had a bamboo handle on the (...)
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KATRINA RELIEF AND FEDERAL SPENDING AND DEFICITS
By : Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - Thursday September 22, 2005
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By Jim Horney, Robert Greenstein, and Richard Kogan Some conservative lawmakers and pundits are arguing that while the funding for relief and recovery efforts from the hurricane may be money that the nation has to spend, the costs will swell federal spending to dangerous and unprecedented levels. This claim is being used both to advance calls for sharp cuts in other domestic programs - in order to offset the costs of relief and recovery efforts - and to reject any suggestion that the tax (...)
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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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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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