24 Apr

Truth Out Today, April 24 2011


Sunday 24 April 2011

Is It Fear of Uprisings or Altruistic Punishment?
Antonia Darder, Truthout: “As the uprisings are spreading around the world and in the United States, there are many who feel fear, reticence and intense skittishness about what is transpiring. Yet, this anxiety, rather than surprising, is well cultivated by the contemporary hegemonic forces that govern our lives. What is most important for us to understand is that we, as a people, are most conditioned to fear when populations reclaim their social agency and collective power and rise up against the unjust policies of the state.”
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Qaddafi Forces Said to Withdraw From Misrata, but Meaning Is Unclear
Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers: “Forces loyal to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi began withdrawing from the besieged western city of Misrata on Saturday, Gadhafi officials said, the first shift away from what has been an escalating urban war for control of Libya’s third-largest city… Yet rather than celebrate what a rebel spokesman in Misrata called a victory for the rebels, leaders and analysts alike asked what Gadhafi’s motives were behind the decision to withdraw. Moreover, several news agencies in Misrata reported that shelling and fighting continued Saturday after the announced withdrawal.”
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In the War on Drugs, Success Means Failure
Victoria Bruce, Truthout: “Since it’s obvious to pretty much everyone on the planet that the drug war is raging more violently than ever, that cocaine is plentiful, cheap and just as addictive as ever, how is it possible that we continue hearing about the success of the war on drugs? Here’s how. For the last decade, for those who have a stake in the billions of dollars being spent to ‘fight’ drugs, it all comes down to one data point: the total acreage of coca plants that are cultivated in Colombia in one year. When the number goes down …. sound bytes fly.”
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Resistance to Fracking, Gas Drilling Rises on Unlikely Soil
Kate Galbraith, The New York Times News Service: “Texans pride themselves on being the heart of the nation’s oil and gas business. But even here, public concern about natural gas drilling is growing. On Wednesday, several dozen protesters marched through downtown Fort Worth, waving signs and chanting anti-drilling slogans that reflected concern over air and water pollution.The anxiety centers on a recently expanded drilling method called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which is now used in more than half of new gas wells drilled in Texas.”
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Surprise, Surprise: Iraq War Was About Oil
Ray McGovern, Consortium News: “Afghanistan may be the graveyard of empires, but Iraq is home to a graveyard sense of humor. Iraqis wonder aloud whether the U.S. and Britain would have invaded Iraq if its main export had been cabbages instead of oil. However obvious the answer, a remarkable array of American pundits and pseudo-savants have resisted giving the oil factor any pride of place among the motives behind the U.S./U.K. decision to invade Iraq in 2003. To this day, the Fawning Corporate Media (FCM) continues to play its accustomed role as government accomplice suppressing unwelcome news.”
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The Verdict: Guilty of Protesting the Drones
John Dear, Truthout: “Guilty! My friends and I have tried every legal means possible to stop our government from its terrorist, drone bombing attacks on civilians in Afghanistan, and so we journeyed to the drone headquarters at Creech AFB near Las Vegas on Holy Thursday to kneel in prayer and beg for an end to the bombings. This nonviolent intervention is determined to be criminal – not the regular drone bombing attacks on children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
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From Baghdad’s Own Tahrir Square to Mosul: the Friday of the Free
Lieven De Cauter of Foreign Policy in Focus presents a letter from his colleague in Iraq: “Ah, the scenes in Tahrir were phenomenal, because Maliki and his henchmen yesterday ordered people to demonstrate in two football grounds, again on a sectarian basis, can you imagine? But he is a stupid man and so are his advisors. The Iraqis are much too intelligent and clever for all of this and proved that they are now at the point of no return in their rebellion and revolt. They assembled in Tahrir and told Maliki and his parliamentarians to go and play football in the stadiums he has assigned.”
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Black Legislators on Frontline Against AZ-Style Immigration Bills
Marcelo Ballve, New America Media: “As immigrant advocates battle hardline immigration bills in state capitols across the country, they’re receiving crucial support from caucuses of black legislators. Black politicians have come out in defense of immigrants, questioning the morality and wisdom of tough immigration legislation in states from Nebraska to Georgia, where ‘copycat bills’ are being modeled on Arizona’s immigration enforcement legislation, SB 1070.”
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The Celestial Computers of Ancient Greece
Evaggelos Vallianatos, Truthout: “The complex gearing of the Antikythera Mechanism shows a more precise picture of the level of Greco-Roman ‘mechanical proficiency’ than that coming out of the surviving textual evidence: this ‘singular artifact,’ he said of the Antikythera Mechanism, ‘the oldest existing relic of scientific technology’… Yes, science from the Greeks is a straightforward highway to us. It materializes in technology like the one found in the lump of metal with gears. And that device, housed in a wooden case the size of a shoebox or dictionary, after a tortuous path, became Western technological culture.”
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Christians Remain Besieged and Fearful in Iraq at Easter
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As Yemen’s President Resigns, The End of Arab Police States?
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Jesus Was a Working Man, a Carpenter, Who Advocated for the Underclass, the Powerless, and Those Country Clubs Would Exclude
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ElBaradei Suggests War Crimes Probe of Bush & Co.
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The Fake Budget Debate in Washington, D.C.
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Main Street Didn’t Really Get Bailed Out: Stimulus by Fed Is Dissapointing, Economists Say
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The 46-Year-Long Republican War on Medicare
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