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Sunday 23 October 2011

CIA Kidnapped, Tortured the
“Wrong Guy,” Says Former Agency Operative Glenn Carle

Leopold, Truthout: “Carle recounts what unfolded next in his riveting book, “The
Interrogator: An Education,” which stands as a damning indictment of the CIA’s
torture and rendition program and the Bush administration’s approach to the
so-called Global War on Terror…. Carle concluded not long after he began
interrogating Wazir that the agency had ‘kidnapped’ the ‘wrong guy.'”
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(Un)occupy Albuquerque Connects Corporate Greed to Fight for
Native Land

Jorge Rivas, Colorlines: “The 99 percent movement
that’s swept the country has reached Albuquerque, New Mexico. But organizers
there have decided to alter the ‘Occupy’ name out of respect for area’s
indigenous communities, which have been forcibly occupied by the United States
for centuries. Instead, organizers are calling their protests ‘(Un)occupy
Albuquerque’ to connect corporate greed with the ongoing fight for indigenous
land rights.”
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Financing Questions Shadow Tunisian Vote, First of Arab

David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times News Service:
“As Tunisians prepare to vote on Sunday in the first election of the Arab
Spring, the parties and their supporters have ramped up a bitter debate over
allegations about the influence of ‘dirty money’ behind the scenes of the race.
Liberals, facing an expected defeat by the moderate Islamist party Ennahda,
charge that it has leapt ahead with financial support from Persian Gulf allies.”

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Laws: Does Signing a Petition Give Parents a Voice?

Bacon, Rethinking Schools: “Parent trigger laws, according to their proponents,
give parents power. Gregory McGinity, managing director of policy for the Broad
Education Foundation, calls them ‘a way for parents’ voices to be heard.’ Sounds
good. But is the parent trigger concept a way to put parents in charge of their
kids’ education, or is it part of a political agenda that will rob parents of
even more control?”
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US May
Have Concealed Deterrent Aim of Iranian Plan

Gareth Porter,
Inter Press Service: “Scepticism about the U.S. allegation of an Iranian plot to
assassinate the Saudi ambassador has focused on doubts that high-level Iranian
officials would have used someone like used car salesman Monssor Arbabsiar to
carry out the mission. But when the scanty evidence in the FBI account about
what Arbabsiar actually proposed is interpreted in the context of Iran’s past
strategy for deterring external attack, it suggests that Arbabsiar’s mission may
have been to arrange for surveillance of and contingency plans for targets to be
hit in the event that Iran is attacked by the United States or Israel.”
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In Sign
of Global Influence, China Cracking Down on Occupy Wall Street

Zaid Jilani, ThinkProgress: “When the Occupy Wall
Street protests started last month, Chinese state media blasted the U.S. media
for its poor coverage of the events. Yet as the Financial Times reports, now
that the protests are spreading and igniting global unrest, Chinese censors are
cracking down on coverage.”
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for New Neocon Propaganda

Ray McGovern, Consortium News: “One
not-so-funny fact about Washington is that nearly all the news media stars who
fell for neoconservative falsehoods about Iraq are still around to fall for new
ones on Iran, even some like Richard Cohen who briefly regretted his earlier
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Did Citi
Get a Sweet Deal?

Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein,
ProPublica: “The bank says it has settled all of its potential liability to a
key regulator – the Securities and Exchange Commission – with a $285 million
payment that covers a single transaction, Class V Funding III. ProPublica first
raised questions about the deal in August 2010. In announcing a case, the SEC
said it had identified one low-level employee, Brian Stoker, as responsible for
the bank’s misconduct. It made no mention of the dozens of similar
collateralized debt obligations, or CDOs, Citi sold to investors before the
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Street Firms Spy on Protesters In Tax-Funded Center

Martens, CounterPunch: “Wall Street’s audacity to corrupt knows no bounds and
the cooptation of government by the 1 per cent knows no limits. How else to
explain $150 million of taxpayer money going to equip a government facility in
lower Manhattan where Wall Street firms, serially charged with corruption, get
to sit alongside the New York Police Department and spy on law abiding
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Credit Card Donations, WikiLeaks Facing Funding Crisis

Siebel, McClatchy Newspapers: “WikiLeaks, the whistleblower website that has
been at the center of some of the world’s most controversial news for the past
18 months, is facing dire economic times, largely, the website says, because
Visa, MasterCard and PayPal have refused for more than 10 months to process
donations made on its behalf.”
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Following Complaints From Gulf, Congress Seeks Audit of BP Oil
Spill Fund

Maria Recio, McClatchy Newspapers: “Republican
Sens. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Marco Rubio of Florida, unhappy with the
handling of the $20 billion fund set up by BP to compensate victims of the 2010
Gulf oil spill, won Senate approval Friday for an independent audit of the
organization. The move amounts to a slap at Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator
of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, who has been criticized for the lack of
transparency in the distribution of funds and the way the calculations of the
payments are made.”
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Chicago Police Arrest 130 Occupy Protesters
Read the Article at Guardian UK

At Least 85 People Killed in Powerful Earthquake That Rocks
Read the Article at The Washington

Meet the CEO Behind the Attack on “Privileged” Public
Read the Article at The Progressive

To Be With the 99 Percent, Obama Must Fire Tim
Read the Article at The Huffington Post

Occupy Iowa Protesters Demonstrate at Obama Campaign
Read the Article at Des Moines

Libya Celebrates End to 42 Years of Qaddafi’s Rule
Read the Article at Voice of

The $1 Trillion Student Loan Rip-Off: How an Entire Generation Was
Tricked into Taking on Crushing Debt That Just Enriches Banks
Read the Article at Salon

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