12 Feb

Truth Out, Saturday 12 February 2011


William Rivers Pitt | Robin Hood is Dead
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “The streets of Cairo were alive with jubilation on Friday after the announcement that Hosni Mubarak had finally surrendered to the inevitable and lit out of town. After more than two weeks of protest, tension and sheer grit, the deal went down and the air rang with shouts of victorious joy. In America, by contrast, all was quiet. The rich got richer, the poor got poorer, millions of people went without work, and the ‘news’ media kept everyone up to date on the latest criminal doings of Lindsey Lohan….but but but…Things are better in America than they are in Egypt. Right?Right?”
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Joy Erupts, Now for Change
Cam McGrath, Inter Press Service: “In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the popular uprising that began on Jan. 25, some two million protesters let out a cathartic roar heard for miles across the sprawling capital. A 30-second announcement had ended 30 years of repressive authoritarian rule. Details of the soft military coup that removed Mubarak from power, and apparently Suleiman as well, are yet unclear. Defence minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, chief of the armed forces, became Egypt’s de facto leader… Analysts say the constitutionality of the military intervention is a moot point, as Egypt’s constitution was tailored to serve the interests of dictators like Mubarak. Protesters have demanded that the document be scrapped and a new constitution forged.”
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Egypt’s Military Vows Power Transfer to Civilians
Kareem Fahim and David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times News Service: “Within hours of the news that Hosni Mubarak had resigned as president, Egypt’s new army leadership quickly sought to project its control and assuage fears about military rule, at home and abroad. At the same time, opposition leaders took steps toward asserting their own role in the country’s future. In an announcement broadcast on state television on Saturday, an army spokesman said that Egypt would continue to abide by all of its international and regional treaties — which include its peace treaty with Israel — and that the current civilian leadership would manage the country’s affairs until the formation of a new government, without giving a timetable.”
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Human Rights Watch Report: Is Diplomacy a Fig Leaf for Inaction?
William Fisher, Truthout: “‘The ritualistic support of ‘dialogue’ and ‘cooperation’ with repressive governments is too often an excuse for doing nothing about human rights,’ says Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW). His remarks come as the organization released its ‘World Report 2011,’ a 649-page summary of human rights issues and practices in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide… The UN and EU are accused of ‘cowardice’ for claiming to tackle human rights abuses in places like China or Uzbekistan through quiet dialogue and cooperation, the report said.”
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Unrest in Algeria Put Down by Police
Adam Nossiter and Timothy Williams, The New York Times News Service: “Algerian demonstrators, inspired by popular protests in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East, protested in the capital, Algiers, on Saturday before security forces moved in to break up the demonstration… The protesters were hemmed in by thousands of riot police and blocked from embarking on a planned march through the capital. Many were arrested, although there were also conflicting numbers for those detained… Algeria’s government has operated under a state of emergency for nearly two decades.”
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Obama Assertion: FBI Can Get Phone Records Without Oversight
Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Newspapers: “The Obama administration’s Justice Department has asserted that the FBI can obtain telephone records of international calls made from the U.S. without any formal legal process or court oversight, according to a document obtained by McClatchy. That assertion was revealed — perhaps inadvertently — by the department in its response to a McClatchy request for a copy of a secret Justice Department memo. Critics say the legal position is flawed and creates a potential loophole that could lead to a repeat of FBI abuses that were supposed to have been stopped in 2006.”
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Bomb and Rocket Attack on Police Headquarters in South Afghanistan Stirs Panic
Alissa J. Rubin and Taimoor Shah, The New York Times News Service: “Four would-be suicide bombers attacked police headquarters in the southern city of Kandahar on Saturday, killing at least 19 people, most of them police officers, in a complex attack involving three car bombs and a battery of rocket-propelled grenades, according to Afghan officials and witnesses. The attack, the third suicide bombing in the city since the beginning of the year, caused near panic in central Kandahar as residents, hearing the heavy gunfire and explosions, fled the area and the police cordoned off all the roads into the center… The insurgents have repeatedly made a target of the Kandahar police headquarters and mounted a similarly complex attack last March 13 using multiple bombers; they killed 35 people then.”
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Vision: Across the Country, People are Rising Up to Fight for Change
Rose Aguilar, AlterNet: “Over the years, Milwaukee Labor Press editor Dominique Paul North has covered a ‘heck of a lot of protests’ in Wisconsin. Last summer, a peace rally in Wisconsin’s inner city drew about 100 people calling for the U.S. to get out of Afghanistan. ‘There was no media coverage,’ he says. ‘I was the only reporter there.’ The next day, 40 people attended a tea party event in Wisconsin and every local media outlet was there to cover it… So while it was disappointing, it came as no surprise when most Wisconsin and national media outlets ignored the state’s first anti-inaugural rally on January 3. Here’s a summary of a few of the other actions you may have missed last month.”
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Arizona Sues Feds for Not Being Tough Enough on Immigration
Julianne Hing, ColorLines: “Arizona is sick of being a defendant in lawsuit after lawsuit challenging the state’s harsh anti-immigration policies. On Thursday Gov. Jan Brewer announced that the state is turning the tables and suing the federal government in a countersuit to the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against SB 1070. Brewer accused the federal government of failing to enforce federal immigration laws, failing to control the Arizona-Mexico border and failing to protect the state from violence.”
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Things don’t go better with the Koch brothers.

It’s amazing that many middle-class Americans fall for the siren song that government is the source of all evil when many global corporations are putting US citizens out of work; sitting on profits generated by gullible consumers; and polluting our air, water and food.

That’s why the Koch brothers are the latest in a long line of ultra-wealthy, right-wing investors in running the federal government through owning politicians and financing propaganda that diverts attention from corporate misdeeds.

Koch Industries will have to spend a lot – billions of dollars, perhaps – if climate change laws are passed or regulations put into effect. Not to mention that the Koch brothers represent a whole wing of billion-dollar corporate polluters who want the EPA to be defanged.

As a result, the Republicans, particularly in the House, have marked the EPA as one key target in budget reduction – and vigorously oppose protecting us from global warming.

The Republican strategy of attacking the deficit is a shrewd move to reduce positive restraints on corporations. In the financial sector, for instance, this means Republican proposals to cut the budgets of agencies that regulate banks and Wall Street.

The Koch brothers know how to fund front organizations to stir up Americans who feel displaced by inciting them with emotional diversions. It’s a magic trick, of sorts, to distract our eyes while our pockets are picked and our lungs are filled with toxins.

No, things don’t go better with the Koch brothers. In fact, they will get a whole lot worse.

Mark Karlin
Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout

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