Treme: A new video on Katrina

15 April, 2010 —

John Goodman – spokesperson for – is Creighton Bernette in the new drama by HBO called Treme. Mr. Goodman, whose character is based on the late blogger Ashley Morris, is an angry, excitable fierce New Orleans who is not afraid to say out loud that the federal Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the disaster. The series debuted on April 11, 2010 and just two days later got the green light from HBO for a second season.

Click here for more information about HBO’s new show Treme.

Click here for’s Public Service Announcement featuring John Goodman.

UK: Your address, your fingerprints, your life

15 April, 2010 — Power2010

Dear Friend,
I value my freedom and my privacy. Do you?

Our government doesn’t. The ID card scheme passed by the last Parliament will mean over 50 categories of data being held on you, just one of which is all 10 of your fingerprints.

The ID database, or National Identity Register, will track every significant transaction you make for the rest of your life – and you will face stiff financial penalties if you don’t keep the official record on you up to date.

The database state treats citizens like criminal suspects. It’s intrusive, controlling and it’s just plain wrong.

Email your PPCs to tell them that you’re not a criminal and you don’t want to be treated like one.

Not only does the database state irrevocably alter the balance of power between state and citizen – by sanctioning official control of sensitive personal details it makes you and your family less safe.

Holding vast amounts of personal information and passing it around for administrative convenience makes you more vulnerable to fraud, errors, breaches, insider abuse and arbitrary consequences when the computer says NO.

Protect your freedom and your privacy. Say no to the database state:

Thank you
Phil Booth 

New on 15 April, 2010

North American Congress on Latin America

A Short Talk With Fernando Henrique Cardoso
by Samantha Eyler Reid
Brazil’s former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso visited Cornell University on April 7 to give a lecture, talk to the press, and receive yet another academic award. The onetime Marxist sociologist, now the political leader of the centrist Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB), and one of the North’s favorite neoliberal statesmen, Cardoso commands boundless respect in the international arena. He frequently airs his views in editorial pages and lecture podiums all over the world, but back in Brazil, Cardoso inspires rather less awe, which could have an impact on Brazil’s upcoming election.

Bolivia’s Lithium Challenge
by Emily Achtenberg
Proclaiming its lithium deposits to be a permanent reserve of the state, the Bolivian government last month authorized a new state company to undertake “the full chain of lithium production,” including “exploration, development, industrialization, and marketing.” At issue is the future of Bolivia’s vast Uyuni salt flats, the world’s largest untapped lithium reserve, holding at least 5.4 million tons—almost half the world’s known supply. Also at stake is a potentially significant source of wealth and an alternative development model that, if successful, could bring substantial benefits to Bolivia’s impoverished population.

Yousef Munayyer – Ethnic Cleansing by any other name

14 April, 2010 — Palestine Think TankThe Jerusalem Fund


Changes in Israeli Military Orders Effective Today Target Palestinians


The West Bank has been occupied by Israel since 1967. Israel maintains authoritative jurisdiction over the happenings in the West Bank via its military apparatus. Decisions governing the simplest aspects of Palestinian life, from traveling from one area to another to building a home, ultimately lie under the jurisdiction of the Israeli Military’s High Command in the West Bank. In October of 2009, amendments were made to military orders governing the legitimate presence of persons in Occupied Palestinian Territory. The changes, effective six months after the signing of the orders, are beginning to take effect. It is important to note that Palestinians are not in control of the Palestinian population registry. Israel maintains strict control over this database and continues to do so. It is because of this that Israeli authorities can determine the residencies of Palestinians and only through the Israelis can the Palestinian Authority issue identification documents.

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Israel’s Declining Sperm Quality Tied To Depleted Uranium Exposure By Tim King

15 April, 2010 —

(TEL AVIV / SALEM) – Israel’s population is facing a dire threat: a drastic depopulation, from the use of weapons that leave behind Depleted Uranium (DU). Depleted Uranium leads to the word Omnicidal, as DU kills everything in the food chain, everywhere the wind blows. Experts say the dramatic drop in Israel’s sperm count could eliminate their ability to reproduce.

Research by an Israeli doctor shows a significant drop in sperm count level and sperm motility among young Israeli soldiers in recent years. Sperm motility is the ability of sperm to move properly toward an egg.

It is attributed to the inhalation of DU aerosolized nano-particles; the dirty results of extra powerful weapons used by Israel and the U.S.

All of that military might as it turns out, could set the stage for a massive Israeli act of population suicide.

A study by Dr. Ronit Haimov-Kokhman released in November, showed a 40-percent decline in the concentration of sperm cells in Israeli sperm donors from 2004 to 2008, compared to samples taken between 1995 and 1999.

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Beautiful mind, fucked up planet By William Bowles

15 April, 2010

Beautiful Minds – James Lovelock, BBC 4, 14 April, 2010 (available on BBC iPlayer until 28 April)

“If the planet flourishes then we will flourish” — James Lovelock

But clearly the planet isn’t flourishing thus it follows that neither will humanity. This is the core of James Lovelock’s thinking that ends the excellent and decades-overdue recognition of the genius of James Lovelock in the second of BBC 4’s Brilliant Mind series.

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