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4 August, 2009: Don’t Miss This Edition: It’s the Body Bags Stupid

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,331,578"

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq:  4,330
Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1286
Cost of War in Iraq
Cost of War in Afghanistan
The cost in your community

Ayman al-Zawahr Tells Obama Conditional Truce Offer Stands:
By Inal Ersan
“The minimum the mujahideen would accept (includes) … the exit of infidel troops from all of the land of Islam and an end to stealing Muslims’ wealth under the threat of military power.”

It’s the Body Bags Stupid
By Iftekhar A. Khan
Many who thought Obama would change US policies in Iraq and Afghanistan have been disappointed. Obama and Brown don’t formulate policies; reps of powerful interest groups do.

Israel Evicts Two Palestinian Families
Al Jazeera English Video Report
The families have lived in Sheikh Jarrah since 1956 but an Israeli court ruled that the homes belonged to Jewish families.

Life in the Bubble:
At Home in the Israeli Settler State
By Ed Kinane
The non-activist Israelis I met reminded me of many folks back in the US. Here were nice, hospitable, English-speaking people who – just as in the US – live in what I call the “Bubble.” Colonizing and nationalizing our minds, the Bubble is spun by our governments and mainstream media. It narrows our horizons, drowns our dissent, stifles the voices of the voiceless. Distracting and trivializing, the Bubble shelters us from others’ pain.

Israel Seeks Ways to Silence Human Rights Groups
First goal is to stop Gaza war crimes revelations
By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth
Groups reported to be in the foreign ministry’s sights are: B’Tselem, whose activities include providing Palestinians with cameras to record abuses by settlers and the army; Peace Now, which monitors settlement building; Machsom Watch, whose activists observe soldiers at the checkpoints; and Physicians for Human Rights, which has recently examined doctors’ complicity in torture.

If Torture Works for Us
It Must Work for Them Too
By Maggie and Mike Rivage-Seul
The Iranian absurdities and crimes have made our own absurdities and crimes clearer than ever.

Crazy Horse
We hear what you say
By John Trudell
Why can’t white men act like human beings.

John Pilger Wins Sydney Peace Prize
By the Sydney Peace Foundation
“For work as an author, film-maker and journalist as well as for courage as a foreign and war correspondent in enabling the voices of the powerless to be heard. For commitment to peace with justice by exposing and holding governments to account for human rights abuses and for fearless challenges to censorship in any form.’

Obama Must Help Honduras
By Calvin Tucker
The US could restore democracy to Honduras tomorrow if the president had the audacity to restore some hope.

Why the U.S. Government Hates Venezuela
By Shamus Cooke
Not a week goes by without the U.S. mainstream media running at least one story about the “dictatorial” Venezuelan government. Historically, the U.S. government’s foreign policy “coincidentally” matches the opinion of the media and vice versa.

Dr. Michael Hudson “This is Not a Free Market”
Must Watch Video Interview
The Renegade Economist goes to New York to hear Dr. Michael Hudson’s views on the state of the US Economy.

Purloining the People’s Property
By Ralph Nader
The latest escapes from responsible government are called “public-private partnerships” and are designed to enable the likes of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to take over highways, meter-collecting, and public buildings in deals that are loaded with complex tax advantages for the investors.

Legislators For Sale
Must Watch – By Keith Olbermann
Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats in Congress are failing to represent their constituents in the health care fight.

The Bastards Never Die
By Joe Bageant
Abe Lincoln feared the large corporations born of business profiteering during the U.S. Civil War — the military industrial complex of the day — easily constituted the greatest threat to the American republic.

Afghan troops kill 15 “militants”:
Fifteen militants were killed in fighting with the security forces in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province on Tuesday, the Afghan Army said.

Afghan suicide attack kills five as vote nears: govt:
In the southern province of Zabul, a suicide attacker walked up to an intelligence agency vehicle in a busy bazaar and blew himself up, killing one of the agency’s staff and four civilian passers-by, police said.

Explosive device goes off killing 3, wounding 25 others in S Afghanistan:
An explosive device fell down from a convoy of international troops in Ghazni province, south of Afghanistan, killing three local security guards of the convoy and injuring over two dozen others, provincial police chief Khayalbaz Shirzoi said Tuesday.

UK soldier killed in Afghanistan:
A British soldier has been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) said on Tuesday.

Afghan Elections: The Man Who Would Beat Karzai:
Abdullah polled merely 7% of likely voters, compared to 33% for the overwhelming favorite, incumbent President Hamid Karzai – the Abdullah campaign has rocketed from a sleepy “maybe I’ll run” to a surge in popularity garnered by saturation television and radio ads, combined with multiple election rallies.

12 killed as shells hit houses in northwest Pakistan”:
At least six women, four girls and two men have been killed while eight others seriously injured during exchange of fire between security forces and the militants in northwest Pakistan Tuesday, local news agency reported.

Pakistan: At least five “militants” killed in northwest:
Jets shelled Taliban hideouts and killed at least five militants in Pakistan’s troubled northwestern Swat region late Monday, officials said. The aircraft raided the town of Dok Darra after intelligence reports said that a large number of militants had gathered in the area, military spokesman Major Nasir Ali Khan said.

Four soldiers killed in Miramshah clash:
At least four security officials and three civilians were killed in a clash between security forces and militants in Miramshah, official sources told DawnNews.

Seven killed in Iraq:
Seven people were killed, including a policeman and two soldiers, and more than 40 wounded in a string of bomb attacks in Iraq.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran:
Time’s running out for Obama in Iran:
“The Americans are for the first time showing more understanding for Israel’s view,” Harel said. “The US is more sceptical than before about the likelihood that a diplomatic dialogue, or even harsh sanctions should that option fail, will dissuade the Iranians from their goal.”

Israel purchases advanced ‘smart bombs’:
According to an Israeli Defense Ministry official, the order was placed earlier this summer for over 100 LJDAM (Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition) kits.

DoD to rush deployment of 30,000 lb. bomb:
In what could be seen as a message to Iran and North Korea, the U.S. Department of Defense is looking to speed the development of the largest bomb ever used by the United States, in hopes of having the massive device ready for deployment in July, 2010.

Abbas maintains right to resistance:
“Although peace is our choice, we reserve the right to resistance, legitimate under international law,” Abbas said in his speech on Tuesday.

Hamas spokesman wants Barack Obama to talk to him:
“HAMAS is very close on recognition of Israel,” says Ahmed Yousef, the Islamist movement’s deputy foreign minister, speaking from the top floor of a high-rise building in Gaza City. “We show all sorts of ideological flexibility on this.”

Barak: Israel should accept U.S. peace plan:
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday that the United States would present a Middle East peace plan within weeks and that Israel should accept it.

Former Irish president Mary Robinson ‘bullied’ by pro-Israel lobbyists:
 US President Barack Obama has come under fire from a number of pro-Israeli online sources for honouring Ms Robinson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Iran’s opposition calls for inauguration protests: —
Opposition groups called for protesters to prepare for a new round of street demonstrations to Wednesday coincide with the inauguration ceremony for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran says 3 Americans arrested for illegal entry:
“Anyone willing to cross Kurdistan borders (to enter Iran ) illegally will be arrested,” Hassanzadeh told the news agency.

Bill Clinton meets North Korean leader:
 South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that Clinton had delivered a verbal message from President Barack Obama to Kim in a meeting on Tuesday.

N. Korea says 2 U.S. journalists will be freed:
 Announcement of pardon comes after Bill Clinton meets with Kim Jong Il

Colombian troops jailed for murders:
A Colombian judge has sentenced 15 soldiers to between four and 30 years in prison for killing two civilian men and presenting them as rebels killed in combat, prosecutors have said.

Teachers killed in violent repression in Honduras:
Since 28 June, teacher unions in Honduras have been voicing for a return to democratic governance.

Zelaya’s followers begin hunger strike in Honduras: —
Followers of the ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya began Monday a hunger strike in front of the building of the Professors College of Middle Education from Honduras to demand his immediate return to power.

Honduran interim gov’t: Zelaya never to be able to return to power:
The coup-mongers, led by post-coup leader Roberto Micheletti have refused to restore Zelaya in power for his closeness with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his participation in the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas.

Zelaya gets state welcome in Mexico:
“Reversing this coup is a challenge for the international community,” Zelaya said, in Mexico City, from where he was due to travel to Brazil.

Torturing Children: Bush’s Legacy and Democracy’s Failure:
Nowhere is there a more disturbing, if not horrifying, example of the relationship between a culture of cruelty and the politics of irresponsibility than in the resounding silence that surrounds the torture of children under the presidency of George W. Bush – and the equal moral and political failure of the Obama administration to address and rectify the conditions that made it possible

What Cheney Forfeited II:
Another small example of the impact of the U.S. condoning and deploying torture. Here’s an account in the August National Geographic of a reporter captured in Darfur:

UK: Problem families to be under 24-hour CCTV super-vision in their own homes:
They will be monitored to ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals. Private security guards will also be sent round to carry out home checks, while parents will be given help to combat drug and alcohol addiction.

Mother tasered at baptism party:
The homeowner, 55, is a church family counselor and bible study teacher. His son, Edgar Rodriguez, claims he was Tasered three times after producing his ID for police. The elder Rodriguez was arrested for public intoxication in his own backyard.

Obama gives powerful drug lobby a seat at healthcare table:
Everyone agrees that drug companies — Washington’s leading source of lobbyist money — now have “a seat at the table” at the White House and on Capitol Hill as healthcare legislation works its way through Congress

Five More U.S. Banks Are Shut Down, Bringing 2009 Tally to 69:
Banks in New Jersey, Ohio, Florida, Oklahoma and Illinois were shut, pushing the toll of failed U.S. lenders to 69 this year, amid a 26-year high in unemployment and the worst economic slump since the Great Depression.

Biggest tax revenue drop since 1932:
Tax receipts are on pace to drop 18 percent this year, the biggest single-year decline since the Great Depression, while the federal deficit balloons to a record $1.8 trillion.

California Bleeding Manufacturing Jobs, Report Shows:
California is shedding manufacturing jobs faster than any other state thanks to heavy regulation and high taxes, according to a new study.

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