Thursday, April 08, 2010

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE NEWS

The Strange Death of Senator Paul Wellstone
From “Ed’s Links” Blog
http://edwardrynearson.wordpress.com/the-strange-death-of-senator-paul-wellstone/

Reaching Zero
Jonathan Schell, The Nation
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20100419/schell

The Tea Parties: Built on Fear, Violence and Race Resentment
Christopher Deis, AlterNet
http://www.alternet.org/story/146190/the_tea_parties%3A_built_on_fear%2C_violence_and_race_resentment
Racism and xenophobia have been central to the Tea Party movement from the start; while not all of them are racist, they swim in a sea of white racial resentment.

How the Corporations Broke Ralph Nader and America, Too
Chris Hedges, Truthdig
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/how_the_corporations_broke_ralph_nader_and_america_too_20100405/

The Many Burdens a GI Faces in Afghanistan
Clancy Sigal, The Guardian
http://www.alternet.org/story/146356/the_many_burdens_a_gi_faces_in_afghanistan
The GIs are doing the best they can, in a “job” the politicians command them out of imperial hubris and historical ignorance.

Message from CodePink: Women for Peace
Collateral Murder: Is the Truth A National Security Threat?

This week two media makers, the Times of London and Wikileaks, released ugly truths about US military engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In Afghanistan, after initially denying involvement in the deaths of two pregnant Afghan women and a teenage girl, the US-led military command in Kabul admitted that its forces had killed the women and removed the bullets from their bodies to cover up their crime.

The cover-up continues in Iraq. WikiLeaks obtained and decrypted a previously unreleased video footage from a US Apache helicopter in 2007 showing American soldiers brutally massacring Iraqi civilians and Reuters journalists. The military is now backpedaling, saying that the video lacks context while the Pentagon cannot find its own copy of the tape but has declared war on WikiLeaks, calling it a “national security threat.”

Do not stay silent and complacent to collateral murder. Sign-on to CODEPINK's condemnation of the cover-ups and demand accountability for past and present war crimes.

http://j.mp/WikiLeaks

We strongly condemn the cover-ups and the move to censor media outlets that expose the truth. The truth is not a threat to our national security, however the flagrant lack of accountability is certainly a threat to our democracy.

Duchess Note: Stay tuned for more of my "digital experimentation" photo gallery with walking tours around Brooklyn.

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