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FYI: ICH: - Michael Parenti: “Capitalism's Self-Inflicted Apocalypse”

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"A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both." -- James Madison
"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people." -- John Adams
"The tyranny of a principal in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy." --Montesquieu, 1748
Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq "1,311,696"
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America'sWar On Iraq 4,259
The War in Iraq Costs
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Red Cross Described 'Torture' at CIA Jails
Secret Report Implies That U.S. Violated International Law
By Joby Warrick, Peter Finn and Julie Tate
The International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a secret report that the Bush administration's treatment of al-Qaeda captives "constituted torture," a finding that strongly implied that CIA interrogation methods violated international law, according to newly published excerpts from the long-concealed 2007 document.
Bernanke's Witness Protection Program
By Mike Whitney
The TALF and the "Public-Private Partnership" are another slap in the face of the international community. They violate the spirit and the letter of the G-20 communique. It will be interesting to see if foreign holders of US Treasurys endure this latest insult in silence or if there's a sudden stampede for the exits. There's a sense that the world is getting fed up with the Fed's financial chicanery and would like to chart a different course. Enough is enough.
The Financial Sector: "A House Burning Down"
Ben Bernanke's False Analogy
By Prof. Michael Hudson
The bottom line is that the American public is being fed a carefully crafted mythology (no doubt "market tested" on "response groups" to see which images fly best) to mislead the American public into misunderstanding the nature of today's financial problem - to mislead it in such a way that today's policies will make sense and gain voter support.
"Capitalism's Self-Inflicted Apocalypse"
By Michael Parenti
The free market does not work. It's not free. It's not really a market; it's a plunder. And it has to be done away with.
How The World Pimps America
How the US is shifting the financial crisis onto the rest of the world
By Pepe Escobar
The US Treasury will borrow no less than one trillion dollars from the developing world in 2009. It will need even more in 2010. Pepe Escobar argues the US is indeed in a privileged position: not only it unleashes a global financial crisis, it then sucks up money from all over the world, based on the fact that the US in fact remains the "manager" of choice of global capitalism.
The Sanctity of AIG's Contracts
By Glenn Greenwald
The Obama administration's claim that nothing could be done about the AIG bonuses because AIG has solid, sacred contractual commitments to pay them is, for so many reasons, absurd on its face.
Leftist Victory in El Salvador Closes an Historic Cycle
By Marc Cooper
The apparent victory of leftist candidate Maurico Funes in Sunday's presidential election in El Salvador finally closes out the Cold War in Central America and raises some serious questions about the long term goals of U.S. foreign policy.
Is the Israel Lobby Running Scared?
Or Killing a Chicken to Scare the Monkeys
By Robert Dreyfuss
Is the Israel lobby in Washington an all-powerful force? Or is it, perhaps, running scared? Judging by the outcome of the Charles W. ("Chas") Freeman affair this week, it might seem as if the Israeli lobby is fearsome indeed. Seen more broadly, however, the controversy over Freeman could be the Israel lobby's Waterloo.
Suicide attack leaves 11 dead, 28 injured in S Afghanistan:
A suicide bombing which shocked Lashkar Gah the capital of Helmand province in south Afghanistan Monday morning left 11 people dead and 28 more injured, officials said.
Thirteen NATO-led troops killed in Afghanistan:
Taliban insurgents reportedly claimed responsibility for the roadside bomb that killed the four U.S. occupation force soldiers. The attack occurred as a convoy was traveling in the province of Nangarhar.
Taliban poison to death Dilaram police chief:
A purported Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi on Saturday claimed their agents done the job last night, mixing poison into the dinner of the Dilaram district police chief Col Rahmatullah Tawakuli.
Kandahar villagers blame U.S. occupation troops for deaths:
For the second time in as many months, angry Afghans have paraded through the streets of Kandahar the blood-splattered bodies of civilians allegedly killed by NATO forces.
Pakistan suicide bomber kills at least 12:
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside a hotel in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Monday, killing at least a dozen people and wounding others, police said.
Reinstatement of sacked judges a victory for Sharif: Analysts:
Hours before the planned 'long march' by lawyers and opposition parties was due to take place in Islamabad, the Pakistan government on Monday caved under public pressure and agreed to reinstate the judges and end a repressive crackdown on activists.
Why Pakistan cares about Chaudhry:
Why is Pakistan's deposed chief justice causing such a political storm?
Turkish shelling in Iraq kills four Kurdish rebels:
"Due to the Turkish bombardment during the last three days on the border area of Zagaros mountains, four PKK rebels were killed," said PKK spokesman Kamal Khairi.
Insurgents kill four Iraqi soldiers and one guard:
Armed insurgents killed four soldiers in an overnight attack in northern Iraq, Iraqi security officials reported Monday morning.
U.S. occupation force soldier killed in Baghdad:
A statement from the U.S. command says the soldier died Monday of "combat-related injuries" while on patrol in the Iraqi capital.
U.S. confirms its army shot down Iranian drone over Iraq last month:
United States forces shot down an Iranian drone aircraft that ventured inside Iraq last month, U.S. and Iraqi officials said on Monday, an incident that highlights deep U.S.-Iranian tensions.
Lieberman 'to be new Israel FM':
Benjamin Netanyahu, the designated Israeli prime minister and leader of the Likud party, has signed a coalition agreement with the Yisrael Beitenu party. Under the deal, Avigdor Lieberman, Yisrael Beitenu's leader, would be foreign minister, Israel Radio reported on Monday.
In case you missed it:
The Rise of Avigdor Lieberman :
A Lieberman government would exclude some Arab citizens from Israel, would expel others who refuse to sign a loyalty-to-Zionism oath, would turn Gaza into Grozny and would execute Arab members of the Knesset who talk to Hamas or mark Israel Independence Day as the anniversary of the displacement of the Palestinians in 1948.
Bibi's right-wing cabinet worries Egypt:"
The takeover of power by far-right politicians in Israel has caused 'concern' among the Egyptians who see the Mideast peace at stake.
EU: Ties with Israel depend on its commitment to peace process:
Ties between the European Union and Israel depend on the Israeli government's commitment to a two-state solution in the peace process with Palestinians, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Monday.
Palestinians to hold elections this year, Hamas expected to win:
Hamas and their rivals in Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction agreed on Sunday that general elections for both Gaza and the so-called "West Bank" will be held prior to January 2010.
EU threatens to boycott Durban II if used as anti-Israel forum:
The European Union said Monday it could boycott a United Nations conference on racism next month unless Muslim nations end attempts to strongly criticize Israel in the meeting's final document.
Madagascar president's HQ seized:
Marc Ravalomanana, the president, was not in the building, which is largely used for ceremonial purposes, when soldiers smashed down the gates with armoured vehicles on Monday. "Surrender, surrender, if you are there surrender, because we are brothers," a soldier shouted into a megaphone as they forced their way in.
Sudan to 'expel all aid groups':
Foreign organisations could drop relief supplies at airports and let Sudanese organisations take care of it, the president told a military rally.
El Salvador's ex-rebels win polls:
El Salvador's former rebel group-turned-political party has claimed victory in the country's presidential election.
How Fox News Reported News Of The New Presidents Election:
Salvadoran leftist president promises moderation:
Mauricio Funes, a moderate plucked from outside the ranks of the rebel-group-turned-political-party Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, ended two decades of conservative rule in El Salvador in Sunday's election - and became the latest leftist to rise to power in Latin America at a time of uncertainty over how President Barack Obama will approach the region.
Report claims CIA used 'torture':
CIA interrogation techniques used on al-Qaeda suspects "constituted torture", according to a leaked report by the international Red Cross.
Change .. . What Change?
Obama Says US Military Will Remain World's Strongest:
"Now make no mistake, this nation will maintain our military dominance," he said. "We will have the strongest armed forces in the history of the world. And we will do whatever it takes to sustain our technological advantage
Cheney: Obama responsible for next 9/11:
When asked if he believes Obama has made the nation less safe through his reversal of certain Bush administration anti-terror policies, Cheney said, "I do."
Australia slashes immigration as recession looms:
Australia will cut its intake of migrants for the first time in a decade, the government said today, amid concern that skilled foreign workers could stoke resentment by taking jobs at a time of rising unemployment.
More than three-quarters of Britons want to see jobless immigrants forced to leave UK:
The poll also found that more adults in the UK, 54 per cent, than in Germany, France, Italy or Spain, are against citizens from other EU countries getting a job in their country.
Air passenger numbers drop for first time in 17 years:
Britain's airports were hit by recession and high fuel prices last year, with 4.6 million fewer people taking to the air, the first passenger decline in 17 years.
IMF poised to print billions of dollars in 'global quantitative easing':
The International Monetary Fund is poised to embark on what analysts have described as "global quantitative easing" by printing billions of dollars worth of a global "super-currency" in an unprecedented new effort to address the economic crisis.
Outrage against AIG set to mount:
Outrage against American International Group (AIG) is set to grow after the ailing insurance giant said that more than half the taxpayer bailout money it has received has been paid to investment firm Goldman Sachs and several European banks.
Citigroup CEO awarded $10.8 million:
Citigroup Inc awarded Chief Executive Vikram Pandit $10.82 million of compensation in 2008, a year when the government propped up the bank with $45 billion of capital.
Industrial production down for fourth straight month:
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