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USMC / Staff Sgt. William Greeson

Report: U.S. Envoy and Afghan President in Election Meltdown

Afghan President Hamid Karzai got an “explosive” talking-to by U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke, according to the BBC. The meeting, which reportedly covered vote fraud and the possibility of a second election, didn’t last very long.

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Flickr / freegazaorg

Gideon Levy: Bad Journalism Is a Gift to Occupation

Haaretz’s Gideon Levy writes that the “cheap and harmful journalism” of the Swedish organ harvesting story has made life more difficult for opponents of the occupation: “The Israeli occupation is ugly enough without the contribution of Nordic fairy tales. ... [A]ny exaggeration in describing the occupation’s cruelty will ultimately damage the struggle against it.”

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Victory at the Cost of Sanity in Obama’s Forever War

Instead of reading ecology and novels on his vacation, the president should read Charles de Gaulle, who ended the dreadful insurrection in Algeria. Obama and his advisers have a dramatic and ahistorical view of Afghanistan—that “There is no alternative to victory.”

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Kennedy
blackliberal.wordpress.com

Rumble Brews Over Kennedy’s Replacement

Filling Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat isn’t going to be easy, above and beyond his official status as a tough act to follow, because of the highly politicized (and fairly recently reconfigured) protocol for replacing U.S. senators from Massachusetts.

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Facebook
lifeinthenhs.files.wordpress.com

Social Networking for Thieves

Aren’t Facebook and Twitter great? You get to let all your friends know what you just thought about in the shower, take time-wasting quizzes and post fun pix of your summer vacation! Problem with that last part is that people who definitely aren’t your friends also get to know your details and whereabouts—and that might impact insurance premiums down the line.

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Jawad
AP / Rafiq Maqbool

Freed Afghan Says He Was Sent to Gitmo at 12

In December 2002, Mohammed Jawad was accused of throwing a grenade into a Jeep carrying U.S. troops and shipped off to Guantanamo Bay from Afghanistan. Jawad’s now home after seven years, and there’s a bit of a difference between his side of the story and the Pentagon’s—namely, he claims he was just 12 years old when he was arrested.

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SA Obama
voltairenet.org

Base Deal Rocks U.S.-Latin Relations

The U.S. reputation in Latin America continues to be soiled as a plan between the U.S. and Colombia to increase American access to Colombian military bases has erupted in a firestorm of Latin anger against the deal as a form of military imperialist expansion.

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Facebook
semanticweb.org

Facebook to Make Privacy Changes

Even if we still refuse to thank Canada for Alan Thicke and Shania Twain, we can cheer a recent push by the country’s privacy commissioner that will make social networking giant Facebook more transparent and give users more control over the data the site collects about them.

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UN Sudan
fresh.co.il

War Is Over! (If You Say So)

The U.N. military commander in Sudan has announced that the war in Darfur—which has killed more than 300,000 people—is over. Three million Sudanese remain displaced as the conflict ostensibly shifts from full-blown war to mere “security issues.”

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Nollywood
localworlds.org

Nollywood Rising

The Nigerian movie industry, known as Nollywood (a play on Hollywood in the manner of Bollywood), has grown from an accidental discovery into a mega-industry of over 2,000 titles and $200M annually.

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Law, Not Torture, Protects National Security

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his supporters love America so much they would transform it into Stalinist Russia.

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Sanford

Sanford Won’t Be ‘Hangin’ Up the Spurs’ Before His Term Ends

The pressure on South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford to resign hasn’t let up since his revelation earlier this summer of his extramarital escapades in Argentina, but for his part, Sanford says he’s staying put for the remainder of his term, thank y’all very much.

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Flickr / nikoretro

How About ‘Cash for My Crap Mortgage’?

Forget about replicating the success of the surge in Iraq: Whoever came up with “cash for clunkers” should be put in charge of everything. The clunkers program ended Monday—under budget—after moving almost 700,000 new fuel-efficient cars through an auto industry in the grip of rigor mortis. To put things in perspective, the whole program cost less than 2 percent of AIG’s bailout.

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His Own Man

The obituaries say that Kennedy never achieved the dream of becoming president. But there is a difference between a family destiny and a man’s dream.

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The Eternal Flame

Ten summers ago, I asked Ted Kennedy’s office to provide an account of key legislation he had sponsored in what already was a long and distinguished career. I received a very humble 32-page fax.

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Hitler
current.com

Hitler’s Delusions of Artistic Grandeur

It’s well known that Adolf Hitler dabbled in watercolor and that the Führer and his Nazi underlings amassed vast stashes of ill-begotten works of art, but according to art historian Birgit Schwarz, Hitler’s artistic streak ran deeper into the dark zones of his psyche than most people realize.

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Schwarzenegger
Flickr/Ambidanze

Schwarzenegger Sells Signed Cars for California

Here’s a, um, creative way to funnel some money into a broke state’s coffers: Hold a California-themed garage sale, starring actor-turned-Gubernator Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor has added a personal touch to some bigger-ticket items, such as automobiles, by signing them in an effort to clear out the state’s storage sheds and bring in the cash. What’s next, a Golden State bake sale?

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Flickr / Nick Perla

Brown Is the New Green in Trendy Los Angeles

It takes a lot of someone else’s water to keep L.A.’s palm trees growing and its Jacuzzis bubbling, but Angelenos are defying their moochy reputation and conserving like nobody’s business. The city’s mayor thanked his citizens for their double-digit cuts in water and power consumption last month—in the thick of summer no less. Update

Posted on Aug 26, 2009 READ MORE


map of Afghanistan
un.org

Yet Another Blast Shakes Kandahar

On Wednesday, another large explosion was reported in Kandahar, Afghanistan—just a day after a spate of bombings killed more than 40 people in that city—as the outcome of last week’s election still hung in the balance.

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Flickr / Wayne National Forest

Solar Power: Cheaper Than Ever

Spain accounted for almost half of the world’s solar power market in 2008, thanks to a Spanish subsidy that is now ending. The subsidy change, combined with an increased supply of solar equipment from China and Taiwan, has crashed international demand. Now solar modules are selling for half what they used to, according to a report on Global Post.

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Mark Sanford
thenewliberator.wordpress.com

S.C. Lieutenant Governor Pushing Sanford to Step Down

Looks like Mark Sanford’s days as governor of South Carolina could well be numbered. Despite his public shows of contrition and creative application of biblical themes to the particulars of his life, Sanford can’t seem to get past his Argentine assignation, as least in the eyes of his detractors—one of whom is the state’s No. 2, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.

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The End

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Now in Color

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Ted Kennedy
Mr. Fish

Ted Kennedy’s Humanity

Ted Kennedy’s suffering and failures fed a humane humility that led him to reach out to others who fell, to empathize with those burdened by pain, to understand human folly, and to appreciate the quest for redemption.

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Kennedy
AP / Charles Dharapak

Remembering the Real Deal

The light has gone out, and with it that infectious warm laugh and intensely progressive commitment of the best of the Kennedys. Not, at this point, to take anything away from the memory of his siblings—Bobby, whom I also got to know, was pretty terrific in his last years—but Sen. Ted Kennedy was the real deal.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


Ted Kennedy in Pictures

There’s a lot missing in this hastily constructed array of Ted Kennedy’s life. His run for the presidency, for instance, and the scandal that never quite left him. We also leave out his many legislative accomplishments to focus on his family and the extraordinary swan song that might have been.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


Kennedy
Wikimedia Commons / kennedy.senate.gov

Ted Kennedy Dies at 77

Having beaten his doctors’ previous prognosis and living to help usher in a new American administration, Sen. Ted Kennedy succumbed to brain cancer late Tuesday night at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 77.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Waxman
AP / Susan Walsh

Waxman Gears Up for Health Care Showdown

By the time Congress returns from its recess and takes another whack at the health insurance mess, Rep. Henry Waxman will have started revealing the deceit that protects health business profiteers.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
Air Force / Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo

Democratic Fundraiser Arrested in $74 Million Fraud

Hassan Nemazee has raised millions for Democratic candidates, including Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He was arrested Tuesday for allegedly using bogus documents and phone numbers to try to sucker Citibank out of $74 million.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


Who Is Obama Playing Ball With?

It looked like it was business as usual for President Barack Obama on the first day of his vacation, as he spent five hours golfing with a top executive from UBS, a bank that sheltered wealthy tax dodgers while hardworking U.S. taxpayers were bailing it out.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


Only One U.S. Official Has Taken an Honorable Stand on Torture

Thus far in the torture debate that has gone on in the United States since 2001, I can think of only one high American government figure currently in office taking a stand on torture in terms of justice, honor and national integrity.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


There Are More Slaves Today Than at Any Time in History

One writer spent four years inside the world of modern-day slavery, an industry that produces huge profits and countless wasted lives.

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Wikimedia Commons / Husky

Wikipedia Muzzles the Mob

The online user-generated encyclopedia will require editors to approve changes to articles about living people, an effort to curb misinformation and the sometimes nasty food fights made possible by the site’s pioneering format. The changes are either a direct assault on Wikipedia’s soul or a sign of its growing maturity, depending on whom you ask.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


Kandahar bombings
AP / Allauddin Khilji

Multiple Blasts Kill Dozens in Afghanistan

As the country awaited news about last week’s presidential election, Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar was rocked by a series of bombings that killed at least 36 people, some of them women and children. In addition, four American soldiers were killed elsewhere in southern Afghanistan, pushing the death toll for foreign troops higher in 2009 than any year since the invasion began in 2001.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE


Cheney
AP / Ron Edmonds

Cheney Chimes In on Interrogation

Hey, hasn’t something—or someone—been missing from this latest round of debate and discussion about America’s use of troublesome interrogation tactics in recent years? Who could it be? Oh, of course. Enter Dick Cheney, stage right.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Joe DeMaria

Giuliani Eyes New York Comeback

The N.Y. Times reports on the return of Rudy: “Nineteen months after ending his disastrous run for the presidency, Rudolph W. Giuliani is clearing a path for a possible race for governor in 2010. ...”

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Wikimedia Commons

We Need to Know What Was Done in Our Name

History’s demands can seem inconvenient, unfair or unreasonable. But they can’t be ignored. Especially when it comes to torture.

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Status Quo Is Not an Option

The summer of disinformation seems to have accomplished its goal: to preserve for the private insurance industry an effective monopoly over how much most Americans pay for health care, and on what terms they can buy it.

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Peace Process

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State Budget Math

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Bernanke
Wikimedia Commons / United States Federal Reserve

Bernanke Up for Round Two as Fed Chief

After heading up the Fed during the nation’s biggest economic catastrophe in decades, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will be nominated to continue his role for a second term, according to another top Obama adviser, David Axelrod.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE


Amy Goodman

Media Meltdown in a Time of Crisis, Part 3

Amy Goodman, Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer discuss the present and future of media with the global economic crisis, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the health care debate raging on.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE


Inglourious Basterds
dailymail.co.uk

Irresponsible ‘Basterds’?: Mulling Over Tarantino’s WWII Do-Over

Quentin Tarantino certainly took full cinematic license and ran with it in his Nazi-bashing big-screen extravaganza “Inglourious Basterds,” but as Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman explains, some people are getting pretty fired up about the film’s convention-busting climax, worrying that it could lead impressionable future generations astray about what really happened at the end of World War II.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE



White House

Report: Obama Might Replace CIA Chief

CIA Director Leon Panetta might quit or get canned in the next year, reports ABC News. Anonymous officials said Panetta, who may have already threatened to walk, is unhappy with everything from his role in the hierarchy to some of the nasty things the agency is up to. Both the White House and the CIA vehemently deny the report.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE


waterboarding cartoon
Wikimedia Commons / tales-of-iraq-war.blogspot.com

Obama Aims to Improve America’s Interrogation Record

Monday saw more than one move on the part of Team Obama to deal with U.S. intelligence agencies’ treatment of terror suspects: In addition to Attorney General Eric Holder’s bid to take a second look into certain CIA-related cases from years past, President Obama has approved the formation of an integrated interrogation central command called the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE



World Economic Forum

Israel Furious at Organ Harvesting Accusation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likened a report in a Swedish tabloid that said Israeli troops harvested organs from dead Palestinians to “medieval libels that Jews killed Christian children for their blood.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai Is the Winner, According to Key Karzai Cabinet Member

Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said Monday that President Hamid Karzai is the clear winner of last week’s presidential election, citing empirical evidence to back up his claims.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE


Eric Holder
theblacksentinel.wordpress.com

AG to Appoint Torture Prosecutor

Although President Obama and others who were privy to information about alleged prisoner abuse by CIA employees and contractors previously passed on the possibility of prosecution, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has taken a different tack after reviewing the cases. Updated

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AP / Bob Child

This Isn’t Reform, It’s Robbery

The proposed health reform plans rattling around Congress all ensure that the profits for corporations will increase and the misery for ordinary Americans will be compounded.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE


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