01 Feb

Truth Out Today, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012

Obama’s Destructive
Urban Policy Alienates Low-Income Communities

Yana Kunichoff,
Truthout: “These financial disparities are only part of what Chicago is known
for; the Windy City is also the adopted home of the first African-American
president, Barack Obama, and where he will be returning to run his re-election
campaign for 2012. How has Chicago fared under the so-called “urban president,”
and what will Obama be able to offer a city leading the nation in black poverty
in order to win its votes a second time around?”
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Why the
GOP Loves Keystone XL and Wants Congress to Approve the

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: “Senate Republicans announced
a bill on Monday that would allow Canadian oil company TransCanada to begin
construction of its proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline that would run
1,700 miles from Canada to Texas.”
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Bill to
Prohibit Insider Trading by Members of Congress Advances in

Robert Pear and Jonathan Weisman, The New York Times
News Service: “In an effort to regain public trust, the Senate voted Monday to
take up a bill that would prohibit members of Congress from trading stocks and
other securities on the basis of confidential information they receive as
lawmakers. The vote was 93 to 2.”
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Guantanamo Prisoner Who Alleged US Torture, Drugging, Sentenced by Algerian

Jeffrey Kaye, Truthout: “The UK action charity
Reprieve, whose attorneys represent over a dozen prisoners at Guantanamo Bay,
reports that former Guantanamo prisoner, Algerian citizen Abdul Aziz Naji, has
been sentenced to three years in prison in Algeria.”
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Political Geography of Florida

Micah Cohen, The New York
Times News Service: “There are 4,063,853 registered Republicans in Florida. But
they are not spaced uniformly throughout the state, and they are not homogeneous
demographically or ideologically. Florida’s Republican primary electorate is
much more diverse than Iowa’s, New Hampshire’s or South Carolina’s.”
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Islamophobic General Has Withdrawn From Prayer

Faiz Shakir, ThinkProgress: “Just four days after
ThinkProgress reported that the United States military academy at West Point was
planning to host an Islamophobic general as its featured speaker at the National
Prayer Breakfast, that general has now pulled out of the event.”
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Krugman | Republican Candidates Have to Be Cynical or

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: “It goes as follows:
to be a good Republican right now, you have to affirm your belief in things that
any halfway intelligent politician can see are plainly false. This leaves room
for only two kinds of candidates: those who just aren’t smart and/or rational
enough to understand the problem, and those who are completely cynical, willing
to say anything to get ahead.”
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Cohn | The Haditha Massacre: No Justice for Iraqis

Cohn, Truthout: “Many people in Iraq are outraged as the legal books close on
the Haditha Massacre. They are also perturbed at the US drones flying over Iraqi
skies in Baghdad to protect the largest US embassy in the world, which, even
after the United States ‘pulled out’ of Iraq, still houses 11,000 Americans
protected by 5,000 mercenaries.”
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On the
News With Thom Hartmann: Billionaires Not Paying Their Fair Share in Taxes, and

In today’s On the News segment: The Republican primary
race for the White House hits Florida, billionaires not paying their fair share
in taxes, UN warns of rapid population growth, French President Nicholas Sarkozy
requiring banksters to pay their fair share for the damage they caused to the
economy, and more.
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Anatomy of a “Terrorism” Prosecution: Dr. Rafil Dhafir and the
Help the Needy Muslim Charity Case

Katherine Hughes,
Truthout: “At approximately 6:30 AM on February 26, 2003, upstate New York
oncologist Dr. Rafil Dhafir pulled out of his driveway in Fayetteville, heading
to his practice in the underserved area of Rome; he has never returned. Just
moments later, he was pulled over and arrested by two federal investigators and
a New York state trooper.”
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Afghanistan, Much to Forgive: The Story of Bibi Sadia

Kelly and The Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers, Truthout: “Bibi Sadia and her
husband Baba share a humble home with their son, his wife and their two little
children. An Afghan human rights advocate suggested that we listen to Bibi’s
stories and learn more about how a Pashto family has tried to survive successive
tragedies in Kabul.”
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Hormuz-Mania: Why Closure of the Strait of Hormuz Could Ignite a
War and a Global Depression

Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch:
“All of a sudden, the Strait of Hormuz has become the most combustible spot on
the planet, the most likely place to witness a major conflict between well-armed
adversaries. Why, of all locales, has it become so explosive? Oil, of course, is
a major part of the answer, but – and this may surprise you – only a part.”

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Why Is
Our Nation So Divided? (Video)

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Co.:
“Politics is an alternative to fratricide but it’s no pacifier of our conflicts
over issues that touch our deepest emotions, like: taxes, abortion, immigration,
sexuality – you name it. The ambition for power and especially the control of
government brings out the martial spirit that in our better days we manage to
subdue, for the sake of sure survival.”
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It was the photo seen round the nation – one that in a single finger-wagging
gesture was a Rorschach test of America’s “post-racial” society.

When Jan Brewer – governor of perhaps the most politically anti-immigrant
state in the union (including most recently banning school books statewide that
were Mexican-American related) – was seen in vivid color raising her index finger in
high dudgeon at President Obama, the outpouring of racial animus that followed
his election was distilled into one Phoenix sun-drenched tarmac moment.

Adding to the image of white backlash in a racially charged “post-racial”
America, Brewer claimed that she felt “threatened” by Obama in their airport

It is worth noting that Brewer was supposed to be “welcoming” the president
of the United States – as is the usual case when a president travels – not
confronting him to, perhaps, increase sales of her book and fundraise off of the
image of a white woman being “threatened” by a black man. Ironically, Brewer was
carrying a handwritten letter inviting the president to lunch and
a border tour, while acknowledging their political differences.

The Brewer harangue apparently was triggered by President Obama objecting to
a section of her new book, “Scorpions for Breakfast,” in which she characterized
an Oval Office meeting with Obama as “condescending, professorial, and
patronizing.” (Yes, it does sound like an “uppity black man” dog-whistle

Somehow, you get the feeling that Brewer was loaded for bear no matter what
Obama might have said to her, because that has been true of the racially coded
attacks on him from the right wing since he assumed office.

Brewer wasted no time in fundraising off of the photo and nationwide media
coverage of the incident, and further pouring fuel on the racial flames of the
encounter. On her PAC web site, Brewer wrote:


I need your help!

When I met President Obama this week, I really wasn’t pointing at him. I was
telling him, “You have ONE more year!” The President needs to be reminded that
he is the President of the FEDERAL REPUBLIC and not a KING lording over state

While I wanted to talk to him about jobs, our economy and visiting our
border, President Obama criticized my book, Scorpions for Breakfast, and then
walked away from me.

We deserve results over rhetoric, but this is a President who had the
audacity to sue me and Arizona in my efforts to protect our country from illegal

The letter has since been replaced on Brewers “JanPac” site with promotional plugs for her book,
which has shot up in sales due to the publicity surrounding her
finger-in-the-face-of-the-president theatrics.

Ironically, the Arizona Republic reported at the end of 2011 that
federal prosecutors and the Social Security Administration were investigating
whether Brewer had improperly handled $75,000 in Social Security payments on
behalf of her eldest son, who has a serious mental illness. An anti-federal
government, anti-entitlement program, right-wing governor accepting such a large
handout on behalf of her son and his care? You bet.

But that didn’t stop her from putting a match to America’s racial tinderbox.
The Phoenix airport photograph was just another supercharged symbol of white
entitlement and blaming all the woes of the nation on a black president and
brown-skinned immigrants.

For the Tea Party and the nativist wing of the Republican Party, Brenner has
provided the perfect wall poster to express their prejudices – and an expanded
fundraising base and book market for her political future.

Mark Karlin,
Editor of BuzzFlash at Truthout

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Romney and Gingrich Set the GOP on a Path Toward
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Birther Queen Orly Taitz, the Mad Woman From Moldavia, Leads Effort
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Virginia Officials Confirm Criminal Election Fraud Investigation of
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