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The Source Beyond Rove

by Roger Morris It is in the hours of late July 7 and early July 8, 2003 that Rove, Libby and other officials get word of Plame's identity from Air Force One, where Administration VIPs like Rice and Powell are in conference rooms and adjoining lounge chairs in closer and easier proximity and informality than in any other official venue. It is in this setting, soon after takeoff, as the New York Times will report two years later, that Powell is seen walking around carrying the memo detailing Wilson's mission and Plame's identity. Rove and Libby will hear of Plame in the drafting with Tenet of his mea culpa, but officials on the plane reading the memo cannot know or be sure of this, and the memo's passages on Wilson, including his wife, are now relayed back to Washington. Reporters later speculate that Powell might have called either Rove or Libby with such information, but as one concludes aptly, "That was above his pay grade." The President himself might have read the memo and called the two aides. But given Bush's style and grasp, that, too, is implausible, though he may well have been informed of the calls and given his approval. The only official on board Air Force One with the knowledge and authority -- motive, means and opportunity -- to instruct Rove and Libby and so betray Plame was Condoleezza Rice

Food Shortages In Iraq

Mazlon said there were several reasons for the shortages. First of all there was insecurity, he said, with few trucking companies willing to operate in Iraq because of the kidnapping of some drivers and threats to others, particularly on the western border with Syria. There has also been a slow response to Iraq's food and commodity needs by suppliers

The Woman Bush Fears Most

by Steve Young Thomas has never held back asking a question, but this White House has froze her out like none other. Since the War President doesn't seem to want to go to battle with Helen, j'ever wonder what she might ask if she had the chance?

London Attacks Prove We Must Follow Bush Blindly

by Steve Young C'mon, Bill. You're a smart guy. Why is does it make so much sense to you that we follow the same people who have blundered us so extraordinary into one catastrophe after another? Since when is it so patriotic to be so partisanly blind?

London's "Silent" Terrorists Defy Profiling

by Breffni O'Rourke Social maladjustments create conditions which can nurture the growth of radicalism. For instance, the July 7 London bombers were British-born but from an immigrant demographic seen as having few prospects for advancement. The large Turkish minority in Germany is still not integrated into mainstream society. And in France, many Muslim youths likewise feel left on the fringes

Analysts See Iran Attack In The Cards

by William O. Beeman The first analysis, by former United Nations nuclear arms inspector Scott Ritter and distributed through the Al Jazeera Web site, claims that the U.S. assault on Iran has already begun. Ritter asserts that the terrorist organization, the Mujaheddin-e Khalg (known as the MEK or MKO in the West) is operating as a strike force under CIA direction, and that the United States is preparing to stage military attacks with U.S. troops from the neighboring Republic of Azerbaijan

Italy Arrests 13 CIA Agents For Rendition Of Muslim Cleric

by Haider Rizvi The prosecution of CIA agents in Italy is the first-ever such action against U.S. officials in connection with the 'war on terrorism.' Officials in both countries are tightlipped about the case, but human rights groups and prosecutors in Europe are growing increasingly angry over the U.S. practice of renditions

Bush Welcomes India Into Nuclear Weapons Club

by Praful Bidwai Essentially, this means that Washington has now accepted India as a nuclear weapons state (NWS) although it is euphemistically referred to as 'a state with advanced nuclear technology.' That would entail a dilution of the global nuclear regime, founded on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which only recognizes five NWS

Pressure Grows On Bush Over Global Warming

by Jim Lobe According to a new public-opinion poll released on the eve of the summit, 94 percent of Bush's fellow-citizens believe that Washington should do a least as much, if not more, than other industrialized nations in limiting the emission of greenhouse gases that most scientists believe are responsible for global warming

Spend $100 Million Now To Prevent Bird Flu Pandemic, Experts Say

International health experts have unveiled a $100 million plan to reduce the likelihood that bird flu could spread to humans and and have asked donors to step forward with funding. Dr. Dewan Sibartie with the World Organization for Animal Health said, 'What this action plan will cost is nothing compared with the financial and economic consequences of an influenza pandemic'

Bush And Ahmadinejad Have Much In Common

by Jim Lobe Like Bush, Ahmadinejad never personally attacked his political rivals, but at the same time did little to discourage his supporters from spreading lies and using other smear tactics against his foes during the election campaign. Similarly, both men attacked their own governing establishments even though they had served as integral parts of them

Rove's Rage Doth Imperil Us All

by Michael Winship Ultimately, of course, what's important about the Joe Wilson/Valerie Plame scandal, for all its complexities and foolishness, is not who said what to whom when or who lied about it, but the pattern of prevarication surrounding the entire Iraq conflict. The attempts to discredit Wilson's exposure of bogus uranium buys are a tiny part, but symptomatic, like the rash that signals a pox

Vietnam, Iraq

by Daniel Ellsberg "We must stay the course." That's what we heard year after year in Vietnam. It is inevitable that people who support the Woolsey bill will say it is right for U.S. to be out and it is better for Iraqis for U.S. to be out, not because the future is clear when we get out or that the future is peaceful when we get out or there will be no problems. In Vietnam we heard about a bloodbath of Catholics that would follow. That didn't happen, fortunately, but they didn't have a happy democratic future either. The point is that if we stay, the people we choose to run Iraq as collaborators will be subject to terrorism just as is happening now. We are the problem that unifies resistance forces

Zimbabwe's Eviction of 700,000 Called Illegal, Catastrophic Injustice

Zimbabwe's eviction of hundreds of thousands of the urban poor and destruction of their homes and shops is a 'disastrous venture that breached both national and international human rights law, and the humanitarian consequences are enormous' in the words of a UN investigative report

Baghdad Garbage Burned On The Streets

by Haider al-Moosawi and Ali Marzook The collapse of Baghdad's garbage collection services has led to a dangerous increase in the amount of hazardous materials being burned on the capital's streets

Legal Battle Erupts Over New Abu Ghraib Photos

by William Fisher The ACLU charged that the government was attempting to prevent the public from seeing detainee abuse evidence by filing sealed documents in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to support its argument that that dozens of photographs cannot be released because they would result in a safety threat to individuals

Bioprospecting Moves To The Deep Sea

by Sanjay Suri At the moment it is a free-for-all for 'bioprospecting' of genetic resources in the deep seabed. But since that is an expensive undertaking, it is only some developed countries that have the technology and the money to dig deep into ocean water and below. Scientists are now asking for international law to govern such bioprospecting

General Abizaid, I'm Glad You Asked

by Col. Daniel Smith, U.S. Army (Ret.) If Vietnam was a quagmire, Iraq is a black hole that is sucking lives and treasure and talent into its maw. And as already noted, as in Vietnam, it is tearing at the public's trust in the government and the veracity of administration officials. Richard Nixon had a secret plan to end the Vietnam War; many today believe George Bush has no plan other than to 'stay the course' for as long as one terrorist remains alive and free. As far as the U.S. public ever knew, Nixon's plan -- if it existed at all -- was to bomb North Vietnam back to the Stone Age (or some approximation thereof), if necessary, to force Hanoi to come to the negotiating table on U.S. terms. In Iraq, 'staying the course' is nothing more than 'Iraqization,' replacing coalition forces and coalition (especially U.S.) casualties with Iraqis

Israeli Soldiers Getting Away With Murder, Report Finds

by Katherine Stapp Israeli soldiers have killed an average of more than one Palestinian civilian per day since the current intifada uprising began in 2000, but only a handful of cases have even been investigated, according to a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report

Why The Mystery Over John Roberts?

by Molly Ivins Excuuuuuse me, that is public record. Roberts worked for us, he was paid by the taxpayers, this is not a matter of national security. Where does this White House get off pulling this kind of stuff? Right away, it looks like they're trying to cover something up. Lawyer-client privilege? Are they nuts? Everyone's first reaction is, so what's he guilty of?

Union Upheaval

by Molly Ivins Organized labor is weak, but unorganized labor is a hell of a lot weaker. That's what's splitting the AFL-CIO. You may think this is none of your beeswax, but if you work in this country, you owe labor, big time. And I'm talking to you, white-collar worker

Haven't We Had Enough Of Rove's Crap?

by Molly Ivins It is one thing for a political knife-fighter like Karl Rove to impugn the patriotism of people who disagree with him: We have seen this same crappy tactic before, just as we have seen administration officials use 9/11 for political purposes again and again. But how many times are the media going to let them get away with it?

Past Time For Some Reality Based Discourse

by Molly Ivins It is a curious thing that as the disadvantages and, indeed, perils of globalization become clearer and the subject of ever-more worried books by respected economists, the mainstream media keep treating the whole problem as though it were about a bunch of protesters in turtle costumes at the G8 summit

GOP Attacks When The Attack-Meister Is Attacked

by Molly Ivins The entire Republican Party is shocked (!) anyone would think that Karl Rove (!!) would leak a story to damage a political opponent. Oh, the horror. And Karl has always been such a sweet guy. Just to give you an idea, one time Rove was displeased with the job done by a political advance man and said, 'We will f--- him. Do you hear me? We will f--- him. We will ruin him. Like no one has ever f---ed him!' (From an article by Ron Suskind). And that was a guy who was on his side

Spinning The Rove

by Molly Ivins If the prosecutor cannot prove a crime, Rove should still be fired, not just because Bush said he would fire anyone involved in the leak, but also because what Rove did is ethically disgusting

Saddam's Body Count

by Molly Ivins I had been keeping an eye on civilian deaths in Iraq for a couple of months, waiting for the most conservative estimates to creep over 20,000, which I had fixed in my mind as the number of Iraqi civilians Saddam had killed. I could hardly have been more wrong, no matter how you count Saddam's killing of civilians. According to Human Rights Watch, Hussein killed several hundred thousand of his fellow citizens

"Duke" Cunningham, Poster Boy Of Corruption

by Molly Ivins The stirring tale of Randy 'Duke' Cunningham, congressman and bon vivant, becomes more entertaining by the day, and it is far more instructive than another case of a missing white female

Here's To Everybody

by Molly Ivins Anyone who is blase, jaundiced, bored or seldom-startled just isn't paying attention. So here's to all of U.S. who make this a great nation, including the school-crossing guards, the people who line up hundreds of dominos to fall over on other dominos and the bingo players who carry their little plastic chips in blue velvet Crown Royal scotch bags

Seizing Homes In The Name Of Progress

by Molly Ivins People have the most remarkable ability to convince themselves that what they are doing is for the greater good if they are also making a great deal of money out of it

Vietnam War Resisters Setup Toronto Office To Help Iraq War Deserters

by Paolo Pontoniere Anti-war activists have formed the War Resisters Support Campaign to provide legal assistance, shelter, political muscle and financial and moral support to U.S. military deserters. They work out of Steelworker Hall, a low, red-brick building set among a row of Victorians in the heart of the Italian section of Toronto

China Leaps Forward In "Game Of Empire"

by Franz Schurmann Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao succeeded in bringing together India and Pakistan, a feat no American president has achieved since the imperial British divided India into two sovereign states in 1947

John Bolton, Man Of Danger

by Joe Conason In Bolton's absence, as The Washington Post reported recently, everything has changed for the better. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice let the Russians know that we wanted to conclude a deal to guard the plutonium, and the deal got done. Some observers believe that Rice supported the Bolton nomination to get him out of her building, so that such useful projects can be completed

The Forgotten General Ousted For "Coddling" Prisoners At Gitmo

by William Fisher Few will remember Brig. Gen. Rick Baccus, who was sacked in October 2002 as commander of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for allegedly 'coddling' detainees. Under Gen. Baccus's watch, prisoners were given copies of the Koran, meal times were adjusted for Ramadan and other Muslim holidays, and guards were disciplined for screaming at inmates

Arab Media Reaction To Bush Iraq Speech

by Brian Shott Interview with Jamal Dajani, director of Middle Eastern programming at Link TV, who watched Al Jazeera, Al-Arabi and Abu Dhabi television news shows and monitored online Arab newspapers following the president's speech on June 28

Supreme Court Nominee Roberts A Cypher

by William Fisher The dilemma facing groups on all sides of the political spectrum is that the views Roberts has expressed in court are not necessarily his own. He expressed many of them while acting as principal deputy solicitor general -- the government's lawyer -- presenting the official view of the administration, or as a lawyer in private practice representing the interests of his clients

Yemen Quells Fuel Riots After 3 Days

Eyewitnesses and local media reported that demonstrations against a sharp rise in the price of oil products had left at least 50 dead and hundreds injured, in addition to bringing many arrests

World Bank Forced Yemen To Boost Fuel Prices

by Emad Mekay Under a World Bank program, the Yemeni government agreed to cut spending and reduce subsidies. In Feb. former World Bank president James Wolfensohn had visited Yemen and met with Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh. He conditioned World Bank loans on more policy reforms, especially on the issue of 'energy pricing'

Mob Takes Over Mexico Newspaper, Holds Reporters

by Eduardo Stanley Thirty-one people -- many of them journalists -- have been trapped in their Oaxacan newspaper's building for nearly two weeks. Since 2000, 16 journalists have been assassinated or 'disappeared' in Mexico according to the organization Journalists Without Borders. Five of those cases have occurred this year. But on the morning of June 16, a new wave of aggression against the press took shape when a Oaxacan newspaper was violently taken over by a mob of people pretending to be striking workers from the paper

Bush Denies G8 Summit A Climate Agreement

Analysis by Sanjay Suri Jennifer Morgan from the environment watchdog group WWF said that 'thanks to George Bush, we were not able to move forward.' The wording on science in the communique 'does not move U.S. one way or another,' she said. 'They talk of cutting emissions, but do not say by when, by how much, or even what kind of emissions'

Good News: Bob Geldof, Bono, Declare G8 Triumph

by Sanjay Suri Outside of British officialdom, celebrations over increased G8 aid for Africa were confined mostly to a population of two -- rock stars Bob Geldof and Bono

G8 Deal Opens Africa For West To Dump Cheap Goods

by Sanjay Suri Powerful western nations are committed to developing Africa -- as a market for their goods, a leading agricultural economist says

G8 Offers Africa Little, And At A Steep Price

Analysis by Sanjay Suri On the ground in Africa that figure may not appear so magical. The leaders announced that 'the commitments of G8 countries and other donors will lead to an increase in official development assistance to Africa of $25 billion a year by 2010, more than doubling aid to Africa compared to 2004.' So only 'commitments' -- and those by 2010

Blood And Oil: Bush And Darfur

by David Morse Why has the Bush administration lobbied to weaken the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act? Why has the administration sought instead to cozy up to this bloodiest of regimes? Last spring, the CIA sent one of its own jets to Khartoum to fly none other than intelligence chief Gosh to meet with intelligence officials in Washington D.C. The official reason offered by the Bush administration? Sudan was proving a "valuable ally" in the war against terrorism. The real reason may lie with the oil money that has backed George W. Bush from early in his first campaign for president

Shooting the Messenger: Not the Time to Make a Stand for Journalism Ethics

by David Domke The desire for pro-American news produces this outcome: when news content is critical of U.S. actions, many Americans become angry with the press, rather than the government. In other words, the public becomes likely to shoot the messenger. It would help if the news media stopped providing ammunition.

TreasonGate -- What Did Bush Know, And When Did He Know It?

by Thom Hartmann Somehow -- nobody knows at the moment -- the information in this Top Secret-S/NF document (the identity of Joe Wilson's wife) then migrated from Air Force One to George W. Bush's assistant, Karl Rove, and Dick Cheney's assistant, Scooter Libby. Rove and Libby then immediately began dialing for dollars -- calling reporters with this juicy bit of Top Secret-N/SF information -- in an attempt to politically assassinate Joe Wilson

Junk Food Hearing Turns Into Industry PR Event

by Michele Simon The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services co-hosted a workshop in Washington entitled, Perspectives on Marketing, Self-Regulation, and Childhood Obesity. But what should have been a forum on how to set limits around the marketing of junk food to children turned into a PR opportunity for industry

Patrick Fitzgerald No Ken Starr

by Joe Conason Defenders of the Bush White House have every right to whine about the Fitzgerald probe and the habitual excess of special counsels, no matter how lustily they once cheered the Starr inquisition. But while they'll ignore the obvious differences, with characteristic hypocrisy, that doesn't mean we have to

FBI Again Targets Political, Religious Dissidents, ACLU Says

by William Fisher The FBI is carrying out 'unwarranted investigations for religious or political reasons,' according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which charges that 'the agency has sunk back into the kind of political monitoring it did in the 1960s and 1970s.' The Washington-based advocacy group said a series of FBI inquiries across the country shows that the agency is conducting investigations based on the targets' political activities or religious affiliations

Why Is Bush Silent On Plame Case?

by Joe Conason Even as Matthew Cooper of Time and Judith Miller of The New York Times both face doing time for protecting their White House sources, a question arises that the indignant Washington press corps seems to have forgotten to ask: Why hasn't the president of the United States tracked down the officials who leaked the CIA identity of Valerie Plame Wilson, fired them, and turned them over to the special prosecutor?

Bush Throws Cold Water On G8 Global Warming Debate

by Suvendrini Kakuchi Environmentalists and leaders of several nations who have signed the Kyoto treaty had hoped that British Prime Minister Tony Blair would use what has often been proclaimed to be a 'special relationship' between Britain and the United States to persuade the U.S. government to return to the agreement. But Bush remains clearly unmoved

The Original Desecration Of The Flag

by Jamin B. Raskin If we are going to amend the First Amendment to criminalize thought crime, we should be certain to pick up enemies of the Republic -- in addition to Republican enemies. The new laws can and should be used to ban all display of the seditious Confederate parody of our flag. After all, no other symbolic defacement of the U.S. flag has been more strongly associated with violent rebellion against the United States.

Killings Of Guatemala's Women Recalls Brutal Civil War

by Adrian Reyes The demobilization of thousands of former members of the security forces without any program for their reinsertion into society and readaptation to civilian life, along with the fact that an estimated two million firearms are in the hands of the civilian population, are factors that play a significant role in the wave of the murders of women. Several former combatants who joined the national police have, in fact, committed attacks on women using their old counterinsurgency tactics

Nepal Civil War Forces Children Into Cities To Work

by Damakant Jayshi Many forced to leave their villages due to threats from Maoists. Today they work in restaurants and carpet factories, among others, facing hardships that range from low wages to sexual abuse. Most of the children who flee home or are sent away by their parents to prevent their forced recruitment by the Maoists end up in Nepal's urban areas, either as domestic help, 'khalasi' like Dipak, or child laborers in carpet factories, stone quarries or brick kilns

Russian Tourists May Turnaround Tsunami Economies

by Kester Kenn Klomegah The long and cold winter might be of some help to tsunami victims as Russians head south to Asia to revive themselves and the economies of their destinations

The Facts Are In: So Is Rove Out?

by Jim Lobe Like most of the Washington wisdom purveyed on cable television, all this knowing babble is either inaccurate or misleading. The 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act doesn't hinge on whether someone utters an operative's name. Its text refers to disclosure of 'any information that identifies an individual as a covert agent.' That covers the phrase 'Wilson's wife'

Air Force Academy Merely "Insensitive" To Non-Evangelicals, Pentagon Says

by William Fisher Chaplain Williamson said problems of religious intolerance 'were not unique' to the academy, but rather reflected a national debate on issues of religious interpretation. He cited Monday's Supreme Court decisions on display of the Ten Commandments on public property as examples of these disparate interpretations of the First Amendment to the Constitution

U.S. Media Ignores Darfur Genocide, Report Shows

by Jim Lobe The report noted that the major network and cable television stations devoted 50 times more coverage to the child molestation trial against Michael Jackson last month than to events in Sudan, including both Darfur, where as many as 400,000 people have died over the past two years, and the outbreak of fighting in the eastern part of the country

Lobbyist Abuse Of Non-Profits Widespread

by William Fisher Dozens of registered lobbyists sit on the boards of non-profit organizations that aggressively sponsor congressional junkets. While lobbyists are prohibited from paying for congressional travel, the non-profits they are connected with are free to arrange and finance such trips. Many of these lobbyists arrange such travel, however, and even go along on the trips

Track Rocket Propellant Cleanup, GAO Says

A system to track sampling and cleanup results for the chemical perchlorate should be established, GAO investigators recommend after an 18 month long study

Baghdad Hit By Water Crisis

by Nasir Kadhim Water pumps have become one of the best selling items in the city, as residents battle water shortages during the unbearable heat of July. The answer for many residents has been to purchase a water pump, which costs about $10 dollars in local markets. The pump is hooked up to a water faucet and sucks out the water in the pipes

Oaxaca Newspaper Stormed By Masked Men

by Diego Cevallos Local human rights groups say the incident is just part of an enternched pattern of behavior by the governments of Oaxaca, which have been controlled by the PRI for over 70 years

Noticias Reporter Describes Attack On Newspaper

by Eduardo Stanley 'What happened on Monday was savagery,' Raciel Martinez, a veteran reporter who has been with Noticias for 13 years, said by phone. 'They went in violently, and not only did they hurt our colleagues, they stole their things and destroyed part of the paper's operating system. But despite it all, we have continued and will continue to publish the newspaper. A lot of people have supported us'

Besieged For Three Weeks, Mexico Journalists Keep Newspaper Running

by Diego Cevallos The 31 reporters and editors at Noticias, Oaxaca's biggest newspaper, have been trapped in their offices by an armed mob that allegedly includes plainclothes police officers. Nevertheless, they continue to put out the newspaper, using the Internet to send material to a secret location outside the building to be printed

Desperate Iraqis Sell Their Blood To Survive

Iraqis are selling their own blood to people who are buying supplies for relatives in need, due to a shortage, doctors say. This has caused concern over the spread of disease since the supplies are not checked for blood-bourne infections

Carter Tried To Stop Bush's Energy Disasters -- 28 Years Ago

by Thom Hartmann Ronald Reagan's first official acts of office included removing Jimmy Carter's solar panels from the roof of the White House, and reversing most of Carter's conservation and alternative energy policies. Today, despite the best efforts of the Bushies, the bin Ladens, and the rest of the oil industry, Carter's few surviving initiatives have borne fruit. It is now more economical to build power generating stations using wind than using coal, oil, gas, or nuclear

Killing Of Innocent Brazilian Exposes Britain's Racial Profiling

by Earl Ofari Hutchinson The Terrorism Act of 2000 gives British officials virtually unlimited power to question and detain anyone they deem a likely terrorist suspect. In nearly all cases, the suspect is black, Asian or Muslim

Haitians Again Flee Country In High Numbers

by Jim Lobe The U.S. Coast Guard picked up and forcibly returned more than 400 Haitians found in the seas around the country in May, a sharp rise from the monthly average of 200 who were swept up since January. In just the first 10 days of June, the Coast Guard, which has escalated in its deployments in the area, picked up nearly 300 more

Military Delays, Detours Make Driving In Iraq Frustrating

by Trish Schuh Outside the city, progress was frustrated by a mile long convoy of U.S. armored personnel carriers, tanks, humvees and military supplies waiting for deployment to 'Operation Lightning' in Baghdad. Hundreds of civilian vehicles were forced off the four lane highway onto a narrow dirt road bisected by rail tracks

Thomas Friedman's Muslim Problem

by Behrooz Ghamari Friedman's prescription hides the historical and political roots of terrorism. It does not matter what the Saudis teach in their primary and secondary schools about Christians and Jews so long as every Saudi citizen understands which world powers support their corrupt regime, which countries seal their mouth against injustices in their country to keep open the flow of oil

Bush's Iraq Speech Turned Facts Upside-Down

by Stephen Zunes Though foreign fighters are only a small percentage of the active resistance against U.S. forces in Iraq, President Bush overemphasized their presence in his speech. Foreign fighters are in Iraq for the same reason many of the foreign fighters were in Afghanistan during the 1980s: to repel a foreign army which had invaded an Islamic country, overthrown its government, and set up a new regime that the foreign occupier hoped would be more compliant with its strategic and economic interests

Taliban Radio Back On The Air

by Amin Tarzi The radio station broadcasting to Kandahar is one of three owned by the neo-Taliban, Hakimi said. The other two stations will 'start functioning soon,' he added. In a separate interview with AIP, the spokesman said that the additional stations would broadcast in other local languages, namely Uzbek and Turkmen

Just 5 Percent Of Power Plants Cause Much Of Air Pollution

by J.R. Pegg Five percent of the nation's power plants account for nearly a third of the sector's air pollution, according to a new analysis released today by the Environmental Integrity Project. The report says these emissions could be controlled by existing technology if air regulations were enforced and utilities held accountable for the impact air pollution has on public health and the environment

Justice Groups Say Ongoing Payments To Kuwait Burden Iraq

by Haider Rizvi International social justice groups are calling on the United Nations to stop paying out millions of dollars in Iraqi oil revenues to Kuwaiti businesses and individuals as war reparations for Saddam Hussein's invasion of that country 15 years ago

Britain Avoids Mention Of Iraqi Shadow Over Train Attacks

by Sanjay Suri An Iraqi connection was conspicuously missing from the first statements British Prime Minister Tony Blair made on the bomb blasts in London Thursday last week. But new developments suggest a powerful link between the British invasion and occupation of Iraq and the bomb attacks

European Union Acts To Crackdown On Terror Financing Networks

by Stefania Bianchi Under the plans banks will be required to register the name, address and account number of everyone making money transfers in the European Union's (EU) member states. That information would not normally be disclosed, but would be made available to police seeking to prevent money laundering, or to investigate or prosecute those behind terrorist funding. The new requirement would apply to even the smallest amounts of money, and would include all transfers made from abroad into the EU and from the EU to accounts outside Europe

UK Seeks To Build Archive Of Internet, Phone Records

by Stefania Bianchi Clarke said progress had been made on agreeing the 'substance' of plans to force European phone and internet firms to keep records of calls, text messages and e-mails. 'The statement focuses around a wide range of different exchanges of data and information, whether on stolen explosives or communications data or operational cooperation between different forces. We are saying today that we have to do better,' he said

England's "Homegrown" Terrorists Looked To Pakistan

by M B Naqvi 'Everybody talks of Iraq and Palestine but they are not comparable with the kind of atrocities that have been committed in Afghanistan, the forgotten front,' said Siddiqui adding that the London attacks were essentially political rather than religious in nature. 'The issue is not at all religious but a political statement," opined Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim, a legal luminary who has served terms as Supreme Court judge, Attorney General and Law Minister. 'This may be a political group that thinks it is the guardian of Islamic interests and defines it narrowly,' said Ebrahim adding that what was clear, however, was that the 'bombers were incensed by what western governments, especially the United States and Britain were currently doing in large parts of the Islamic world'

Postage Stamp Highlights Mexico's Hidden Racism

by Earl Ofari Hutchinson The Mexican government's sale of the racially offensive cartoon character Memin Pinguin as a commemorative stamp is an outrageous sign that top Mexican officials still refuse to deal with Mexico's racism

London Bombs Part Of Schism Between Extremist Groups

by Jalal Ghazi The bombings were designed to punish the most loyal ally of the United States for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But why now? The answer goes beyond the G8 summit, which coincided with the explosions, and lies instead within an ongoing conflict between two Islamic trends. The first trend, largely represented by the Muslim Brotherhood, which was established by Hassan al-Banna in 1928 in Egypt, calls for peaceful political participation to bring about a society based on Islamic principles. The other one, largely represented by Al Qaeda, supports any means necessary, including violence, to achieve similar goals

Corn Ethanol Takes More Energy Than It Makes, Study Finds

Using ethanol as an additive to make gasoline burn cleaner does more harm than good to the environment, finds a new report by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The study concludes that the cumulative energy consumed in corn farming and ethanol production is six times greater than the power the ethanol provides in a car engine

Fear-Mongering Over China - UNOCAL Deal

by Robert Scheer The fear-mongering must be confusing to Asians, who've been hectored by the West for two centuries about the ineffable beauty of free trade. Americans, for instance, don't think that Asians should feel in the least bit threatened because of UNOCAL's ownership of natural gas fields on their continent. That's just the market in action

Iraq's Dangerous New Friend

by Robert Scheer Now, thanks to the U.S. invasion, a new alliance is being formed between Iran and Iraq that threatens to further destabilize the politics of the Mideast. It wasn't supposed to work out this way

The Real Rove Scandal

by Robert Scheer In the end, though, what Rove's leak and Novak's column really exposed was the depravity of the administration's deliberate use of a false WMD threat and its willingness to go after anyone willing to tell the truth about it

Bush's Cold War

by Robert Scheer Bush has justified an enormous military buildup, spent tens of billions of dollars in Iraq, reorganized the federal government, driven the nation's budget far into the red and assaulted the civil liberties of Americans and people around the world, all without bothering to seriously examine the origins of the 9/11 attacks or compose a coherent strategy to prevent similar ones in the future. Meanwhile, Osama bin Laden remains at large, as do his financial and political backers in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere

Little Difference Between Ayatollahs In Iran And Iraq

by Robert Scheer It was a replay of the election in Iraq, in which candidates groomed by Tehran's theocracy herded loyal Shiite followers to the polls to dip their fingers in purple election ink. Only this time the sight of lines of shuffling, chador-clad women voting away their human rights was not applauded by the White House

Iraq, Iran Move Closer

by Jim Lobe The Iran Iraq military-cooperation accord among other agreements, included a prayerful pilgrimage to the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic and arch-foe of the 'Great Satan' itself -- as he called the U.S. -- must have stuck deeply in the craw of neo-conservatives and other hawks here who had long assumed that a 'liberated' Iraq would gratefully cooperate in ousting the mullahs in Tehran

Like Al Qaeda-Style Terrorists, London Bombers From Educated Middle Class

by William Dalrymple It is still uncertain whether the three visited any madrassa in Pakistan -- intelligence sources have yet to confirm this. More important, the link between madrassas and international terrorism is far from clearcut, and new research has poured cold water on the much-repeated theory of madrassas being little more than al-Qaeda training schools

Job Massacre Coming At GM

by Alan Maass General Motors will cut 25,000 jobs over the next three years -- almost one in four of the hourly blue-collar jobs left at the biggest of the U.S. automakers. GM will be left with 86,000 hourly workers in 2008 -- about the same number of workers the company employed 30 years before in the city of Flint, Michigan alone

FBI Again Spying On American Critics, Papers Show

by William Fisher In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the FBI is again armed with expanded powers to collect information on ordinary citizens. And it has been doing so

Pakistan To Open Special Schools For Child Ex-Camel Jockeys

by Zofeen T Ebrahim Burney estimates there are 5,000 to 6,000 child jockeys under 16, about 2,000 among them Pakistanis. However, according to a preliminary survey by the UAE interior ministry, the number is 3,000 total kids, of which 2,000 are Pakistanis. Burney is skeptical of the official figures. 'We only have 170 kids in the center. Where are the missing kids? Even if our figures are exaggerated -- which they are not -- even going by the figures given by the UAE, where are the rest of the kids?'

Fears Of Iraq Civil War Drives Plans For Fast U.S. Exit

by Jim Lobe Pessimism about averting civil war in Iraq, as well as mounting concerns that the U.S. military presence there may itself be fuelling the insurgency and Islamist extremism worldwide, has spurred a spate of new calls for the United States to withdraw its 140,000 troops sooner rather than later

Gays Bring "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Lawsuit

by William Fisher 12 gays and lesbians discharged from the military because of their sexual orientation are suing the U.S. government in an effort to overturn the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars open homosexuals from serving

Arab Media Condemns London Terror Attacks

by Jamal Dajani The National Association of British Arabs issued a press release to all Arab media on the day of the attacks. They unequivocally condemned the bombing, calling it a horrific attack against 'this most diverse of cities.' They noted that two of the blasts took place in largely Arab and/or Muslim communities, and called on all Londoners to 'resist any voices inciting racial or religious hatred'

Latin America Drifting Left, Maybe Out Of U.S. Control

by Tom Barry On the city street and across rural Latin America, popular organizations are challenging traditional elites and elevating leaders of their own -- none of which win favor with the U.S. government

Concerts Are 'Hijacking' G8 Protests, Activists Say

by Stefania Milan "Twenty years ago, (Live 8's) predecessor Live Aid was collecting money and was hoping to relieve poverty by buying food. The naivete of this approach was clearly visible, even back then," an activist who identified himself as Sean told IPS. In 2005 the focus has changed. "We do not want your money, we want you," was the Live 8 organizers' slogan. "Live 8 has realized that sending money will not solve the problem, and instead it is appealing to the G8 leaders to solve it. But this approach is at least as naive," Sean said

Despite London Attacks, Bush Cuts Public Transport Security Funds

by Stephen Leahy Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said last week that he did not think additional investment in public transit was needed despite the London bombings. In the new $31.8-billion Homeland Security spending measure, transit security funding was cut from $150 million to $100 million

CIA Probes Possible Kosovo Links To London Terror

by Vesna Peric Zimonjic The U.S.-backed wars that led to the disintegration of former Yugoslavia brought in arms, drugs and people smugglers of all kinds from all over the world. The region was flooded with weapons and ammunition. And with this abundance of arms there was a strong al-Qaeda presence

London Attack Comes As Support For Bush Terror War Hits New Lows

by Jim Lobe Michael Chertoff, the Secretary for Homeland Security, indicated he also believed that an al Qaeda-like group was involved but stressed that Washington had no 'specific credible information of an imminent attack here.' His department raised the terrorism warning alert to orange and ordered extra precautions on public transportation systems, especially the rail system

London Blasts Attack "Heart" Of Europe

by Stefania Bianchi Speaking in Rome, EU justice commissioner Franco Frattini said the wave of blasts showed that terrorism had returned to the 'heart' of Europe and he called for greater EU coordination against terror

London Terror Derails G8 Talks

by Sanjay Suri The tragic disruption was particularly damaging because no draft communique had been agreed ahead of the summit. The critical negotiations were due to take place over Thursday and Friday between the leaders after the ministers sent prior to the summit failed to reach agreement

After London Terror, The Old Question: Why Do They Hate Us?

by Jim Lobe Based on comprehensive data on the 462 consummated suicide-terrorist attacks carried out around the world between 1980 and early 2004 -- including those committed by non-religious groups, such as the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka and the al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade in Palestine -- Pape's survey found that over 95 percent had as their central objective the eviction of foreign troops from occupied countries or regions that were considered by the terrorist groups itself to be occupied

London's Olympic Euphoria Abruptly Turns To Nightmare

by Sandip Roy Instead of waking up to the hangover of too much Olympic partying, London woke to a daisy chain of bomb blasts. Today, everyone is talking about the Blitz. The geographic spread of attacks means everyone is somehow touched by them. Despite the outward air of business as usual, people are worried. The Islamic Human Rights Commission has condemned the bombings and asked Muslims to be vigilant and stay indoors

Upswing Of European Arrests Preceeded London Attack

by Kathleen Ridolfo The extent of the presence of Al-Qaeda and its affiliated groups in Europe has come to light in recent months after a series of arrests and investigations in Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands. The success of such networks lies in the fact that they are 'homegrown,' operated by Muslims living in European states who know the terrain and possess European passports that enable them to move easily throughout Europe and the Middle East. A number of jihadist websites supporting Al-Qaeda have reportedly boasted about the group's European martyrs in Iraq in recent weeks, and Iraq-based terrorist leader Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi has appealed to Muslims in Europe to join Al-Qaeda

Judith Miller, Anti-Hero

by Jack Random The ironies of history are plentiful. Richard Nixon opened relations with Red China, Deep Throat was lap dog for J. Edgar Hoover, Dan Rather was a cheerleader for war, and Judith Miller was a mouthpiece for the lies that led to war. Now, she is a martyr for her profession

Energy Price Riots In Poor Nation

by Nabil Sultan Demonstrators stoned police who tried to scatter them with tear gas. They hurled stones at the offices of the ministers' council and at the house of vice-president Abdu Rabu Mansour. Offices of the ruling People's General Congress party were ransacked and destroyed in several governorates. A branch of the Al-Rafidain Bank was burnt in Sana'a, and demonstrators then tried to burn the building of the Yemeni Central Bank. Black smoke was visible all over Sana'a

Iraq Political, Ethnic Squabbles Slow Democracy Efforts

by Ferry Biedermann Powerful Shiite leaders, such as Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, have made very clear that they will not tolerate any challenges to the political dominance of their group in the new Iraq, based on their numbers. How much leeway he will give the Shiite politicians may well depend on how his more radical, and anti-American rival Moqtada Sadr reacts to the constitutional process

Rove Scandal Interrupts Neo-Cons' Warmongering Agenda

by Jim Lobe Far-right and neo-conservative personalities who found themselves trying, on the one hand, to persuade their compatriots to prepare to take on new enemies in what they call 'World War IV,' while, on the other, mounting rear-guard actions against faint-hearted allies who want out of Iraq and Democrats who are calling for the head of President Bush's 'brain,' Karl Rove

Bush Exaggerating Rise In African Aid

by Jim Lobe Instead of a tripling of U.S. aid to Africa between 2000 and 2005, as Bush has frequently insisted, Washington has increased aid by only 56 percent in real terms, according to the report by the Brookings Institution

Smuggler Of Iraqi Refugees Jailed, But Controversy Lingers

by Bob Burton The sentencing of a former Baghdad goldsmith for helping organize a people-smuggling operation that ended in tragedy has not quelled controversy over the Australian government's role in the October 2001 drowning of 353 Iraqi asylum-seekers on their way to this country from Indonesia

Questions, Anger Over London Police Killing Of Innocent Man

by Sanjay Suri They said they shadowed him 15 minutes on a bus, but not a word why they did not intercept him earlier. Followed the announcement that he was an illegal immigrant and that he therefore ran when he saw the police. It then turned out he was not illegal at all. And no word why he ran, or even whether it was the case that he was challenged by the police and was running from the police. And there was more, that he came from a suspect neighborhood, that his jacket was too heavy for that hot summer day

G8 Summit Starts On Weak Foot With Pop Diplomacy

by Sanjay Suri British officials -- who had clearly failed to convince officials from the other G8 countries to adopt radical and substantive agreements either on fighting poverty in Africa, or on measures to contain climate change -- had clearly resorted to pop diplomacy in a last-ditch attempt

Don Eberly, Architect Of Bush's Compassionate Conservatism

by Bill Berkowitz In the United States, Don Eberly has been a champion of a vigorous brand of conservative civil society. Eberly's vision has the government's social safety net being replaced by the financial support of private foundations and individual philanthropists, and the good works of faith-based organizations and perky volunteers

U.S. Positioned To Control Most Oil In Central Asia

by MB Naqvi When and if this UNOCAL project -- intended to transport as many hydrocarbons from Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Khyrghistan and Kazakhstan as possible -- succeeds, the United States may have attained its objective of acquiring effective control over most of the oil of the former Soviet republics in Central Asia

Judy Miller Vs. The Ethical Media

by Joe Conason Very few of the journalists rallying behind New York Times reporter Judith Miller seem thrilled about defending her, no matter how strongly they believe in shielding sources. While they may admire her guts in going to jail, their lack of enthusiasm for her case is understandable

Over There

by Steve Young We say that we don't care what the rest of the world thinks. We mean it. For if we did, we'd have to care about people being killed over there. The rest of the world over there. But we don't. If we did, the day to day Iraqi bombings would be as horrific to us as London or 9/11. Or as horrific as it is to each Iraqi citizen. But the Lords of Loud demean the lack of good stories coming out of Iraq. Why weren't they screaming for the good stories coming out of London last week?

Iraq's Poor Selling Kidneys On Black Market

by Nasir Kadhim and Salam Nasir Poverty in Iraq means there are currently plenty of people willing to sell their kidneys, with middlemen bringing vendor and buyer together

Hundreds Of Toxic Chemicals Found In Newborn's Blood

The analysis tested for pollutants including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides and a chemical used in the production of Teflon, PFOA. In total, the babies' blood had 287 chemicals, including 209 never before detected in cord blood

Plame Scandal Puts White House Under Siege

by Jim Lobe The case may also prove to be one more string -- albeit a very central one -- that, if pulled with sufficient determination, could well unravel a very tangled ball of yarn, and one that would confirm recent revelations in the British press -- the so-called Downing Street memo -- that the Bush administration was 'fixing the facts' about the alleged threat posed by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in order to grease the rails to war

"Massacre" Charged In UN Raid On Haiti Slum

by Haider Rizvi Human rights and trade union activists said they had evidence proving that UN military forces had carried out a 'massacre' in Cite Soleil, one of the poorest communities in Port-au-Prince

Haiti Buried In Trash

by Dario Montero No Haitian city has a sewage system in good condition, and there are only a few isolated water treatment plants. The insufficiencies have led to contamination of nearly all water supplies in the capital, according to international institutions. Local statistics are conspicuous in their absence

U.S. Ignores Anti-American Past Of Leading Iraq Shiite Group

by Jalal Ghazi The Shiites in Iraq have fared well in their alliance with America. Al-Da'wa al-Islamiyya (Islamic Call) Party is the longest established Iraqi Shiite movement, whose members were severely persecuted by the Baathists under Saddam Hussein. Now it has become the leading Shiite political party in post-Saddam Iraq and has been strongly backing U.S. efforts in fighting remnants of the Baath Party and insurgents. For pragmatic reasons, Washington has chosen to ignore the Al-Da'wa Party's record of anti-Americanism

My Chernobyl

by Nnimmo Bassey Pripyat, whose residents were hastily evacuated in the days following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, was once home to Chernobyl workers and popularly known as the 'city of roses.' Now, nearly 20 years after the world's worst nuclear accident, Pripyat's only residents are dogs and wild animals -- a silent, empty place haunted by Chernobyl's nuclear legacy

The Money Trap: Debt And Corruption

by Nnimmo Bassey However the debt was incurred, it has become a yoke by which weaker states are kept weak and are made to subsidize the more powerful states. This external debt serves is a conduit by which lifeblood is siphoned from weaker states in a continual net transfer of funds from the majority world to the rich nations

Senate Bill Would Form Commission On Prisoner Abuse

by William Fisher The Biden legislation would establish a national commission to examine the role of policymakers in the development of intelligence related to the treatment of individuals detained during Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom, and the impact of the abuse of prisoners by the U.S. personnel on the security of the armed forces

Film Traces Sick Ground Zero Workers Still Waiting For Aid

by Haider Rizvi While Washington continues to spend billions of dollars on its global Terror War, thousands of volunteers who took part in cleaning up the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks are wondering if they will ever receive government aid for medical treatment

The Iowa Stranglehold

by Ari Melber "Two small states have a disproportionate impact on the nominating process. We need candidates in states that reflect issues across the country." Dingell added that most Democrats agree with this position. "We're not asking for Michigan to go first. We're asking for a system that allows all states to be relevant," she said. Besides these egalitarian goals, Dingell is also quick to argue that history is on her side. After Kerry's loss, she reminded Democrats, "Iowa and New Hampshire are not giving U.S. national winners"

Monsanto Hid GM Research That Showed Health Risks

by Stephen Leahy Genetically engineered maize planted in Canada and the United States, and sold in both markets, had an adverse affect on rats, according to secret Monsanto research released by a German court

Mourn on the Fourth of July

by Norman Solomon Back in 1776, all the flowery oratory about freedom did nothing for black slaves, women, indentured servants or Native Americans. If we forget that fact, we are remembering only fairy tales instead of history

Thomas Friedman, Liberal Sadist?

by Norman Solomon Is it unfair to say that Friedman seems to get a charge out of urging systematic infliction of pain and death? Well, consider his fixation on four words in particular. During the spring of 1999, as the U.S.-led NATO bombardment of Yugoslavia went on, Friedman recycled his witticism 'Give war a chance' from one column to another

Judith Miller -- Drum Major for War

by Norman Solomon Now people are hailing your dedication to the principle of journalistic independence. For many, you will always be the courageous reporter who went to jail. But I'll always remember what happened when we met under hot lights and you showed your stuff

General Westmoreland's Death Wish

by Norman Solomon Augmenting his strictly military functions, Westmoreland did his best to spin the media. Along the way, he was eager to condemn Americans who exercised their First Amendment rights to oppose a horrific war

War and Venture Capitalism

by Norman Solomon Writ large, the balance-sheet outlook of venture capitalism is being widely applied to the current war in Iraq -- even while defenders of the war are apt to indignantly reject any claim that it's driven by zeal for massive profits. But let's take the corporate firms at their own words

Poll: U.S. Wants Tough Standards For CAFTA Pact

by Mamoun Fandy Supporters say that it will boost interregional trade, help U.S. companies and businesses and stimulate economic development in Central American nations. Under CAFTA-DR, more than 80 percent of U.S. consumer and industrial exports and over half of U.S. farm exports to Central America would become duty-free, that is, without tariffs

Drop In India IQ Leads To Ban On Non-Iodized Salt

by Ranjit Devraj India was a pioneer in the global effort to provide universal salt iodization, beginning with research conducted during the 1950s. But there was opposition from the large cottage salt industry, which was historically supported by Mahatma Gandhi in his fight against British colonial taxes. In more recent times, cottage salt retains commercial advantage for sheer cheapness, selling at a third of the cost, appealing to Indians living below the poverty line and already nutritionally deficient, who are likely to buy the cheaper, non-iodized salt and suffer the consequences

No Reprimand For General Behind Prisoner Abuse Policies

by William Fisher Barring future allegations of prisoner abuse, the Miller probe ends all outstanding inquiries into an issue that has inflamed critics of the Bush administration for several years. In the dozen previous investigations -- all carried out by military or Pentagon-appointed panels -- only one high-level officer has faced disciplinary action

Iraqi Women May Lose Rights Under New Constitution

by Thalif Deen If implemented, the proposed new laws will restrict women's rights, specifically in matters relating to marriage, divorce and family inheritance. A marriage enjoined by a woman's free will is likely to be made more difficult, and divorces by men relatively easier.

Hard To Take Plame Scandal Seriously

by Alexander Cockburn Wilson wasn't damaged. The White House maimed itself. The outing of Plame was no big deal, and wasn't even technically a crime until Bush Sr. pushed through the Agents' Protection Act as a reprisal against lefties who truly sought to damage the CIA by exposing its undercover operatives. The scandal has mostly shown how truly stupid big-time operators like Rove and his colleagues in the White House can be

The Supreme Court's Jackboot Liberals

by Alexander Cockburn So much for the right to die in your own home, smoking a joint to take your mind off the pain. Thanks to the liberals on the U.S. Supreme Court, the feds can haul you to prison from your death bed for smoking medical marijuana, and any local authority can raze your house and give the land to Wal-Mart for a parking lot

Don't You Dare Call It Treason

by Alexander Cockburn The CIA's covert wing is not in the business of advancing world peace and general prosperity. The record of 60 years is one of uninterrupted evil. So we should drop all this nonsense about treason and clap Rove warmly on the back for his courageous onslaughts on the cult of secrecy. By all means delight in the White House's discomfiture, but spare us the claptrap about national security and treason

Judge Roberts, Corporate Extremist

by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair Already some seasoned court watchers are saying Roberts should not be teamed up with the court's two right-wing ultras, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, but with the corporate-oriented, pro-big government 'center,' Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer

Judy Miller, The Lucky Martyr

by Alexander Cockburn Is there ever anyone luckier than Judy Miller? All last year she was pilloried as the prime saleslady for the imaginary WMDs that offered the prime pretext for the invasion of Iraq. Although it refused to denounce her by name, the New York Times publicly castigated itself for poor reporting, and Miller's career seemed to be at an end, except for the occasional excursion to CNN studios for tete-a-tetes with Larry King

Afghanistan's War Criminals Holding Key Government Posts

by Jim Lobe The abuses include indiscriminate shelling and rocketing of civilian areas that reduced entire neighborhoods to rubble, and the robbery, abduction, murder and rape of civilians, including women and children. Amid the most responsible commanders and leaders were Abdul Rabb al-Rasul Sayyaf, a radical Islamist commander who currently acts as an adviser to Karzai and who has placed a number of key followers in the Afghan judiciary and elsewhere in the government

Karl Rove's Treason: Do I Smell A Medal Of Freedom?

by Steve Young No matter how loud the indignant whine, nothing can distract from this reality: For all intent and purposes, the President's right-hand man is a traitor to his county, and to those who put their lives on the line for his country. There's not enough lipstick in the galaxy to pretty up this pig.

The No Comment Lies Of Scott McClellan

by Steve Young With the advent of full transcripts and sound easily downloaded through the Internet, even the public/voter has a portal into the press briefing with all its unintended embarrassments. And no longer do the conservative talkers have total dominion over embarrassing soundbites

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