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22 Dec

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WikiLeaks cables: US intervened in Michael Moore NZ screening

Embassy angered by ‘potential fiasco’ of cabinet minister hosting a showing of Fahrenheit 9/11

By Richard Adams in Washington

Film-maker Michael Moore
 Michael Moore: US officials panicked when they thought an NZ cabinet minister was hosting a showing of his film Fahrenheit 9/11. Photograph: Gary Calton/NetworkWhatever else WikiLeaks may have revealed, one fact has been repeatedly confirmed: the US government under George Bush really loathed the documentary filmmaker Michael Moore.

After a leaked cable from US diplomats in Havana falsely claimed Cuba had banned Moore’s documentary Sicko – when in fact it was shown on state television – another cable reveals US officials flying into a panic after hearing a rumour that a New Zealand cabinet minister was hosting a screening of Moore’s film Fahrenheit 9/11.

Labelling the event a “potential fiasco”, the classified cable from the US embassy in Wellington in 2003 reads like a failed plotline for an episode of In the Loop, breathlessly reporting a series of calls to the New Zealand prime minister’s office and to the minister involved, Marian Hobbs……………….

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Russia condemns UK expulsion

Moscow says it was forced to respond in kind after its diplomat was declared persona non grata.
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2010 13:43 GMT

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It only takes one bad Apple

Mark LeVine 22 Dec 2010 13:14 GMT
Apple’s recent removal of a WikiLeaks application from its itunes App Store could lead to a product boycott.
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Aung San Suu Kyi

News special 22 Dec 2010 14:00 GMT
A dialogue with the recently released Burmese dissident about democracy, conflict, and the need for reconciliation.
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Rapid Action Battalion, accused of hundreds of extra-judicial killings, received training from UK officers, cables reveal  

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WikiLeaks cables: McDonald’s used US to put pressure on El Salvador

21 Dec 2010:Burger giant tried to delay US legislation in order to aid lawsuit being fought in Central American country, cables reveal

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Obama’s tax deal: read the small print

Dean Baker

Dean Baker: It’s been heralded by some as a ‘second stimulus’, but check the numbers: it’s a recipe for slow growth and high unemployment

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US soldiers on patrol in Chowkay district near the Pakistani border in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan

US military pushes Obama to allow more Pakistan raids

Rupert Cornwell: Demands to expand cross-border commando raids against Taliban and al-Qa’ida militants.

     

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