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Bush Executive Order: Criminalizing the Antiwar Movement

Bush Executive Order: Criminalizing the Antiwar Movement: "'I have issued an Executive Order blocking property of persons determined to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, an act or acts of violence that have the purpose or effect of threatening the peace or stability of Iraq or the Government of Iraq or undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people.'
In substance, under this executive order, opposing the war becomes an illegal act. "

Al Jazeera English - Programmes - Rebuilding Bamiyan

Al Jazeera English - Programmes - Rebuilding Bamiyan: "The savage destruction of Afghanistan's giant Bamiyan Buddha's shocked the world, but can this unique site be restored to its former glory?
Al Jazeera's Nadene Ghouri travelled to Bamiyan to explore the restoration work being done on this World Heritage Site, and found astonishing plans are afoot to rebuild the statues." Somalia: Ethiopian Troops Torture And Detain Two Teenagers (Page 1 of 1) Somalia: Ethiopian Troops Torture And Detain Two Teenagers (Page 1 of 1): "Ethiopian troops based in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, seized two young Somalis, beating them and burning their home in Heliwa district, north of the capital on Tuesday.
Witnesses told Shabelle that the Ethiopians armed with automatic machineguns and supported by armored vehicles raided the home of the two Somali boys aged between 16 and 18, apprehending them and then going into their bed room and setting it on a blaze." Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic (American Empire Project): Books: Chalmers Johnson

Agency of Rogues - by Chalmers Johnson and Tom Engelhardt

Agency of Rogues - by Chalmers Johnson and Tom Engelhardt: "Typically, in the early 1950s, the Agency dropped millions of dollars worth of gold bars, arms, two-way radios, and agents into Poland to support what its top officials believed was a powerful Polish underground movement against the Soviets. In fact, Soviet agents had wiped out the movement years before, turned key people in it into double agents, and played the CIA for suckers. As Weiner comments, not only had five years of planning, various agents, and millions of dollars 'gone down the drain,' but the 'unkindest cut might have been [the Agency's] discovery that the Poles had sent a chunk of the CIA's money to the Communist Party of Italy.' [pp. 67-68] "
On the clandestine side, the human costs were much higher. The CIA's incessant, almost always misguided, attempts to determine how other people should govern themselves; its secret support for fascists (e.g., Greece under George Papadopo…


NPR : Reporter's Religion Beat Leads to Faith Crisis

NPR : Reporter's Religion Beat Leads to Faith Crisis: "Day to Day, July 25, 2007 · Los Angeles Times religion reporter William Lobdell was an evangelical Christian when he took the job, and during his time on the beat he almost converted to Catholicism.
But he says after covering religion for eight years, he has lost faith in Christianity and left the religion beat. Lobdell talks with Alex Cohen."

Very real: Situation one might deny the belief in God. His interview on

NPR : A Korean American Reflects on Life as an Adoptee

NPR : A Korean American Reflects on Life as an Adoptee: "July 25, 2007 · In 1956, Susan Cox became one of the first children from overseas to be adopted in the United States. When Cox was adopted from South Korea after the Korean War, she was quickly Americanized by the Oregon couple who became her parents. "

In 2001, Susan Soon-keum Cox was interviewed for an NPR series on adoption.

Surveillance Society - by Charles Peña

Surveillance Society - by Charles Peña: "Beyond the question of whether security cameras would make us safer by preventing terrorist attacks (the evidence to date is that they won't) is the issue of government surveillance of its citizenry and the risks posed to civil liberties and privacy. According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative 'is a major step toward blanket police monitoring of law-abiding New Yorkers.' Of course, the standard retort is: 'If you're not doing anything wrong, you don't have anything to worry about.' The problem is defining what 'wrong' is. One example cited by NYPD spokesperson Paul Browne is a car repeatedly circling the same block. If you've ever been to the Big Apple (or any other large, densely populated city with heavy car traffic), driving around the block looking for parking is pretty normal – hardly behavior that should be considered suspicious.
There is also the que…

How to Get Out of Iraq- by Justin Raimondo

How to Get Out of Iraq- by Justin Raimondo
If the U.S. left Iraq tomorrow, the Kurds would have nothing to worry about, since they have one of the biggest and most well-trained-and-armed military forces in the region. Nor would the southern, Shi'ite part of the country be in any danger from enemies at home or abroad: the Shi'ite militias are pretty firmly in control of the south, and this is not likely to change in the absence of U.S. forces. The Sunni triangle is another matter altogether, but, then again, this area has never been controllable, and the conflict there isn't likely to end unless there is some kind of political solution or an Iraqi strongman arises – someone like Sadr – who will take the sort of measures Americans would prefer not to engage in so openly.