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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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Iraq violence
intelmessages.org

Study Group: Pentagon Conceals Iraq Violence

Despite all the attention focused on the Iraq Study Group’s report, one of its more damaging allegations has largely escaped media scrutiny: The Pentagon and intelligence agencies are drastically underreporting acts of violence in Iraq.  The panel said that one day the U.S. reported 93 acts of violence when in fact there were more than 1,100. (h/t: Randi Rhodes)

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Feingold
news.wisc.edu

Feingold: Iraq Report a ‘Washington Inside Job’

Sen. Russ Feingold critiques the Iraq Study Group report and argues for a more holistic approach to counter-terrorism: “The Iraq Study Group essentially sees Iraq the same way that most of official Washington does—as the be-all and end-all of our foreign and national security policy. Nothing could be further from the truth….”

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Doc Hastings
house.gov

Foley Scandal: Ethics Committee Chastises to No Avail

Having just finished its investigation of the Mark Foley coverup, the House Ethics Committee said lawmakers behaved inappropriately, but that no rules were broken: “In all, a pattern of conduct was exhibited among many individuals to remain willfully ignorant of the potential consequences of former Representative Foley’s conduct with respect to House pages.”

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Alive in Baghdad: Iraq Through the Eyes of Iraqis

Founded by Brian Conley, a 26-year-old American journalist, and coordinated in Iraq by 21-year-old Iraqi Omar Abdullah, the website Alive in Baghdad features short films by Iraqis documenting daily life in their war-ravaged country. You must see this site. (BBC story, AiB site)

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no smoking
designofsignage.com

Pelosi Mulls Smoking Ban

D.C. may be smoke-free, but Congress gets to set its own rules.  Unfortunately for nicotine-craving lawmakers (25% of Congress), the Democrats’ victory may lead to change for more than Iraq and the minimum wage—Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi is considering a ban on smoking in the U.S. Capitol.

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