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Former Enron CFO Implicates Skilling

Andrew Fastow, the company’s former chief financial officer, testifies that he concocted fraud in face-to-face meetings with Enron’s chief executive, Jeffrey Skilling.
Also, check out Robert Scheer’s latest column on Enron, or a compendium of earlier ones.

Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


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Patriot Act Renewal Passes by Two Votes

The cliffhanger vote caught Republican leaders by surprise. The president is expected to sign the legislation into law before Friday.
With the nation’s attention trained squarely on the Dubai Ports fiasco (not that it’s an unimportant issue), Congress has passed the most sweeping abridgement of American freedoms in a generation—with barely a peep from the public.

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House Moves Toward Scuttling Ports Deal

Breaking with Bush, House Republicans will allow a vote that could prevent a UAE company from gaining control over six major U.S. ports.

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Former Top Mideast Analyst: Intel Misused

Foreign Affairs magazine (not to be confused with US Weekly) publishes a devastating essay by a former senior Middle East intel officer.
“Intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made ... and the intelligence community’s own work was politicized.”
Also in the mag, a think-tank guru writes that Washington should stop mistaking Iraq for Vietnam and start seeing it for what it really is.
(via The PeaceMajority Report)

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


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Kevork Djansezian / AP

China Censors Ang Lee’s Speech

Government television cut out Lee’s mention of gays and lesbians as well as his thank you to China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Homophobia is alive and well in Communist China. Maybe the Christian right should move there.

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Burning Bridges in Asia

The N.Y. Times says that Bush, on his Asia trip, not only squandered a fine opportunity to shore up alliances and generate goodwill, but probably made things much worse by embarrassing Pakistan’s leader.

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Military Blocking Progressive Websites

A Marine in Iraq fills us in on a few of the sites that CentCom prevents its soldiers from accessing: AirAmericaradio.com, alfrankenshow.com, wonkette.com.
The following come through fine: billoreilly.com, rushlimbaugh.com, etc.
Sense a pattern?

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


Two Grim Assessments of Iraq’s Future

America’s top envoy to Iraq: “The possibility is there” for sectarian violence to lead to civil war and all-out war in the region.
A BBC reporter in Baghdad: “It gives me no pleasure today to forecast further doom and gloom here in Iraq. But, as in Iran in 1978, the facts on the street contradict the assertions of the generals, the politicians and the diplomats.”

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


Dubai May Partner With U.S. Firm—Halliburton’s Name Pops Up

It’s little more than an unconfirmed report in the N.Y. Daily News right now, but the White House is said to be pushing the UAE company to partner with a U.S. firm to ease the acquisition of those six major U.S. ports. The candidate best equipped for the job: Dick Cheney’s old company.

Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


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Jacqueline Bohnert / The New York Times

Conservative Jews Mull Same-Sex Unions, Gay Rabbis

A committee of Conservative Jewish legal experts will consider whether to lift a ban on gay rabbis and same-sex unions. The rabbi pictured here has written a proposal that he says would “enable gays and lesbians to have a love life sanctioned by Jewish law.”

Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


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