SHRINKING CAPITAL: THE US IN THE MIDDLE EAST

21 November, 2008

Middle East Report 249 Winter 2008

The Bush administration entered office in 2000 determined to extend the global dominion of the United States into “a new American century.” Yet as President George W. Bush prepared to depart the White House, the National Intelligence Council released a report surmising that Washington “will have less power in a multipolar world than it has enjoyed for many decades.” The winter 2008 issue of Middle East Report, “Shrinking Capital: The US in the Middle East,” examines the Bush-era changes in US regional policy — and the continuities with the past — that have left Washington’s clout diminished.

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Tom Burghardt: Preemptive Policing & the National Security State: Repressing Dissent at the Republican National Convention

19 November 19, 2008 Global Research

Antifascist Calling…

With “preemptive policing” all the rage in Washington, the whistleblowing website Wikileaks has done it again, exposing how repressive trends in the U.S. had real world consequences for democracy during September’s Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul, Minnesota.

On November 15, the global whistleblowers published a leaked planning document “Special Event Planning: 2008 Republican National Convention,” a dense schematic used by repressors who targeted activists, journalists and concerned citizens during the far-right conclave.

Labeled “Limited Distribution/For Official Use Only,” Wikileaks believes that the dossier is “potentially legally significant due to upcoming legal cases over the mass arrests at the convention.”

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