W.W.I: The War That Begat Another By Eve Ottenberg

2 March 2012 — In These Times

Who gets to write a war’s history determines how it is viewed for generations. But in the case of World War I, one of the best accounts of the milieu that triggered the conflict was a novel — or three, to be exact: John Dos Passos‘ trilogy, U.S.A., published in the 1930s. Any attempt to understand the war since has had to contend, directly or indirectly, with the granite truth of Dos Passos‘ objections to the flood of blood unleashed by that immense and needless slaughter.

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What the Heck is a “Prevailing Wage,” and Why Does it Boil Frogs? By Bill Bergman

2 March 2012 Boiling Frogs

Getting Out the Vote, at Public Expense

Prevailing wage laws govern worker compensation on government-funded construction projects. They direct that workers be paid “prevailing wages.” This may not sound like such an evil thing, but these laws end up boosting construction costs significantly, and restrict opportunity for many construction workers.

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Our Gang of War Criminals By Dave Lindorff

2 March 2012 — Greanville Post

Threatening Iran

GoeringIf a bunch of street toughs decided to gang up and beat the crap out of some guy in the neighborhood because they feared he might be planning to buy a gun to protect his family, I think we’d all agree that the police would be right to bust that crew and charge them with conspiracy to commit the crime of assault and battery. If they went forward with their plan and actually did attack the guy, injuring or killing him in the process, we’d also all agree they should all be charged with assault and battery, attempted murder, or even first-degree murder if he died.

Top NATO Military Commander Mulls Partnerships With India, Brazil

2 March 2012 — Stop NATO – Press Trust of India March 2, 2012

Worth exploring NATO partnership with India: Pentagon Edited by RR

“I would look first and foremost at building on the coalition in Afghanistan. Twenty eight NATO nations, but we have 22 other nations who are partnering with NATO in Afghanistan. This are many Pacific nations, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga. So I think that that coalition base gives us one set of potential partners looking forward.” Continue reading

Brazil Takes the Lead in Trying to Stop Another Senseless War by MARK WEISBROT

2 March 2012 — The Greanville Post

Brazil’s foreign minister, Antonio Patriota, made a courageous and very important statement last week about the rising threat of a military attack on Iran.  He asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to weigh in on the legality of a threatened military strike against Iran. Continue reading

Stop NATO news: March 2, 2012: US Strongest Military In The World: After Iraqi, Afghan, Libyan “Successes,” Pentagon To Maintain Might, Expand Global

2 March 2012 — Stop NATO News

  • Strongest Military In The World: After Iraqi, Afghan, Libyan “Successes,” Pentagon To Maintain Might, Expand Global Partnerships
  • Libyan War And Beyond: NATO Praises Qatar As Key Ally
  • NATO Shelling Critically Wounds Six In Pakistan
  • Armenia: NATO Delegation Oversees Further Integration
  • NATO Summit To Continue”Open-Door Policy” With Georgia

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Wikileaks Newslinks 2 March 2012

2 March 2012williambowles.info

 

E-mails released by WikiLeaks show Dow Chemical spied on activists over …

Detroit Free Press

The group WikiLeaks obtained e-mails that show Dow hired a Texas-based company, Stratfor, to monitor environment and human rights advocates concerned with the leak at a plant in Bhopal, India, that killed about 15000 and is considered the worst …

http://www.freep.com/article/20120302/NEWS05/203020399/E-mails-released-by-WikiLeaks-show-Dow-Chemical-spied-on-activists-over-industrial-accident-in-India

 

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Bradley Manning Newslinks 2 March 2012

2 March 2012williambowles.info

 

Providing information to our enemies is treason

Tulsa Beacon

by Robert McDowell In early February, the Army commander for the District of Washington finally announced his decision that Pfc. Bradley Manning must stand a general courtmartial for his actions while deployed to the Middle East. Manning is charged …

http://www.tulsabeacon.com/?p=5794

 

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ACTA – time to win!

2 March 2012Avaaz

Dear friends,

In days, ACTA‘s backers will try and use the courts to revive their failing censorship attempt — referring it to the European Court of Justice with a narrow frame that’s certain to get the greenlight. We can force the court to look at the whole truth of ACTA’s attack on our free internet — and kill this treaty for good. Click below to join:

Click here to sign the petitionIn days, the European Commission will try a last ditch attempt to revive ACTA. But we can shine a light on their dirty trick and foil their plan

Governments are turning their back on ACTA one by one, so the EC is asking their Court of Justice to give the treaty the green light and renew its momentum — but they plan to manipulate the process by giving the court only a narrow, uncontroversial question to consider, hoping it will lead to a positive outcome.

We can push the court to see though the EC‘s ploy and look at all the legal implications of this censorship treaty on our freedoms — forcing a negative decision that kills ACTA for good. Click below to sign the call: 

http://www.avaaz.org/en/acta_time_to_win//?vl

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 1 March 2012: Another Bogus Argument for War with Iran

1 March 2012 — Information Clearing House

 

Saudi Arabia May Be Tied to 9/11, 2 Ex-Senators Say

By ERIC LICHTBLAU

In sworn statements that seem likely to reignite the debate, two former senators who were privy to top secret information on the Saudis’ activities say they believe that the Saudi government might have played a direct role in the terrorist attacks.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30688.htm

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 1 March 2012: Israeli Military Courts as Enforcement Mechanism of Occupation

1 March 2012 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Egypt’s Parliament Recommends Supplying Gaza With Electricity, Fuel
IMEMC – The Arab Affairs Committee at the Egyptian People’s Assembly of the Parliament recommended on Thursday conducting a legal study to determine and improve the operational methods of border terminals between Gaza and Egypt, and also recommended providing the coastal region with power and fuel supplies should Israel refrain from implementing its commitments regarding providing services to the area as part of its responsibility as an occupying force. …

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