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The collapse of Karl Rove | Salon News

The collapse of Karl Rove | Salon News: "Aug. 14, 2007 | A month ago, a friend who has spent his entire career working for the Republican House leadership pulled up beside me at the intersection of Seventh and Pennsylvania in Washington. A House institutionalist, and a fiercely partisan secular Republican, he was oddly cheerful. 'Call me next time you're in town,' he said. 'We'll talk about how George Bush destroyed the Republican Party.' "

Ethiopia accused of using white phosphorus bombs in US-backed occupation of Somalia

Ethiopia accused of using white phosphorus bombs in US-backed occupation of Somalia: "A new report by United Nations arms monitors accuses Ethiopia’s army of using illegal white phosphorus bombs during the US-backed occupation of Somalia. The report was compiled by a UN panel of independent experts and analysts and was delivered to the UN Security Council at the end of July. It covers the period from November 2006 to late June 2007. The most damning accusation in the report is that during a battle in Mogadishu on April 13 between the Ethiopian military and the forces of the United Islamic Courts (known as Shabaab), “Ethiopian military forces resorted to using white phosphorus bombs.... [A]pproximately 15 Shabaab fighters and 35 civilians were killed.”A new report by United Nations arms monitors accuses Ethiopia’s army of using illegal white phosphorus bombs during the US-backed occupation of Somalia. The report was compiled by a UN panel of independent experts and analysts and wa…

Soldier: Sergeant beat detainee with bat - Conflict in Iraq - MSNBC.com

Soldier: Sergeant beat detainee with bat - Conflict in Iraq - MSNBC.com
PETERSBURG, Va. - A soldier testified Monday that he saw a sergeant beat an Iraqi detainee with a baseball bat, then himself assaulted another detainee when goaded by the sergeant.

Spc. Angel M. Bonilla was the first witness at Sgt. 1st Class Timothy L. Drake’s court-martial for the alleged beating and an attempted cover-up. The military judge dismissed one of the most serious charges against Drake earlier in the day.

Once Upon a Time...: The Progressive Values of "Responsible" Democrats

Once Upon a Time...: The Progressive Values of "Responsible" Democrats: "If you believe the United States has the 'right' to take 'offensive military action against Iran' -- that is, against a nation that does not threaten us now and will not threaten us for years to come, if ever -- and if you believe, in the event we do launch an unprovoked, non-defensive attack on Iran, which is to say, if we commit another monstrous war crime, that it would be nice, but hardly necessary, 'if the rest of the world saw it as a position of last resort'; and"

India's Agrarian Martyrs: Are you listening?

India's Agrarian Martyrs: Are you listening?: "Many of us remember the crucial failure of the WTO's Fifth Ministerial Conference in Cancun, Mexico in 2003. It was on this day that Lee Kyung Hae, leader of the Korean Federation of Advanced Farmers, discovered that his loudest voice was in death. Wearing a sandwich board that read, 'The WTO kills farmers!'- Lee took a knife and stabbed himself in the chest. His death was ignored by the WTO and the mainstream media. Given the lack of attention, many argue that his violent end was in vain. Sadly, his dishonored death is one of thousands being ignored by corporate mainstream media. "

A Policy of Genocide

A Policy of Genocide: "They thought Iraq would be a cakewalk. After all, for years, its army was being depleted of fresh recruits in preparedness for an attack. Half a million Iraqi children were killed[i] during the 13 years of sanctions leading to the 2003 invasion - “Mission Accomplished”. The sanctions imposed on Iraq following the First Gulf War, under the watchful eyes of the Pentagon, monitored the degradation of Iraq's water supply. Reports itemized the likely outbreaks of 'acute diarrhea' brought on by bacteria such as E. coli, shigella, and salmonella, or by protozoa such as giardia, which would affect 'particularly children,' or by rotavirus, which would also affect 'particularly children,' a phrase it put in parentheses. Also cited were possibilities of typhoid and cholera outbreaks.” “Gastroenteritis was killing children. . . . In the south, 80 percent of the deaths were children (with the exception of Al Amarah, where 60 percent …