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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)

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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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