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Pinochet and Hussein
Left: chile-erleben.de / Right: aftonbladet.se

A Tale of Two Tyrants

Agusto Pinochet’s death and the looming execution of Saddam Hussein inspires former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando to compare and contrast two of America’s favorite dictators.

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Beirut demonstrations
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Lebanon on the Brink

Hezbollah has threatened an escalation in its campaign against Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora unless he resigns.  Hundreds of thousands of Hezbollah supporters took to the streets on Sunday, but Christian and Sunni leaders appear unlikely to bow to the pressure.

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Guards
jwharrison.com

U.S. Has More Prisoners Than Any Other Country

The United States has the largest prison population in the world, with 2.2 million people in prison and 7 million in prison, on probation or on parole.  China, which has about a billion more people than the U.S., has only 1.5 million prisoners.

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Kofi Annan
news.yahoo.com

Annan Rebukes U.S. for Abusing Power

Speaking from the Truman Library in his last speech as U.N. secretary-general, Kofi Annan excoriated the United States for abusing its power in the world community: “No nation can make itself secure by seeking supremacy over others.”


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    Tom DeLay
    progressnow.org

    Tom DeLay Blogs, Briefly

    Disgraced Congressman Tom DeLay reinvented himself as a blogger, briefly, before removing all posts and disabling comments.  Guess it didn’t work out. (h/t: Think Progress)

    Posted on Dec 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Pratt
    nytimes.com

    Public Money Used to Indoctrinate Prisoners

    Tax dollars are going toward an unlawful program of religious indoctrination in prisons, according to Iowa federal Judge Robert W. Pratt, who now finds himself fighting a battle against entrenched forces from evangelical ministries, prison corporations and the Bush administration.

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    Pinochet and Thatcher
    wikipedia.org

    Thatcher Saddened by Despot’s Death

    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has expressed her sorrow following the death of brutal Chilean dictator Agusto Pinochet, a friend until the end.  Victims of Pinochet’s atrocities have also expressed sadness, now that the tyrant will escape trial for years of abuses against his people, including torture and the disappearance of some 3,000 individuals.

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    Rumsfeld
    guardian.co.uk

    Rumsfeld Toughs It Out on 9/11 Link

    While saying goodbye to the troops in Iraq, outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made what one can only hope was his last erroneous link between the war and 9/11: “We feel great urgency to protect the American people from another 9/11 or a 9/11 times two or three ... .”

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    Abbas
    npr.org

    High Noon in Ramallah

    Citing the collapse of unity talks, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to call for early elections less than a year after Hamas took control of parliament.  A leading member of Hamas called the move “a clear coup against democracy.”

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    child sweeping
    warc.jalb.de

    Report: World Bank Fails to Address Poverty

    A new report by the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group criticizes the international lending organization for failing to alleviate global poverty with programs that focus too single-mindedly on growth. The bank estimates that 1.1 billion people subsisted on less than $1 per day in 2001. (h/t: Common Dreams)

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