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Politics

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Iran launches rocket into Space - As risks of a US attack against Iran increase / Politics / Iran

By: John_York

Iran flexed its muscles following Iran's objections to the UN Security Councils declaration of 21st Feb concerning Iran's nuclear programme, by launching a rocket into sub-orbital altitude. Iranian State television reported that the rocket had achieved an altitude of 94 miles before falling back to earth. The internationally recognised boundary between the atmosphere and space is some 65 miles.

Iran launches rocket into Space - As risks of a US attack against Iran increases.

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Politics

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Foreclosure USA - US Housing Bust, Debt and Democracy Lost / Politics / US Housing

By: Joel_S_Hirschhorn

We the people once owned our democracy. We elected "representatives" to run it for US. Have you noticed? Somewhere along the way we lost our democracy. It was foreclosed by wealthy and power elites that corrupted our "representatives" who literally sold us out. Our homeland was foreclosed right in plain sight. Sure, we citizens still reside in the USA, but we no longer own our democracy. We pay rent through our taxes. But we no longer have any equity. Our democracy is owned by the rich, and their partner foreign elites and governments, which is why in a strict sense it no longer is a democracy, but rather a plutocracy. Read full article... Read full article...

 


Politics

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Save our NHS from Privitisation ..... Why ? / Politics / NHS

By: Nadeem_Walayat

In a week when statistics of deaths from NHS hospital infections continued to soar from a number of 'Super Bugs'. They may be super bugs in the UK, but do not even appear on the radar in many other countries.

Save our NHS from Privitisation ..... Why ?

Deaths in UK NHS hospitals from so called super bugs such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile continue to soar by nearly 70%, totaling over 5,400 deaths in 1 year. The NHS is well on the path to becoming one of Britians biggest killers.

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Politics

Friday, February 23, 2007

Economic Inequality in the USA Reaches New Extremes / Politics / US Politics

By: Joel_S_Hirschhorn

Rising American economic inequality has received attention by Senator Jim Webb, presidential candidate John Edwards, CNN’s maverick Lou Dobbs, and others. The middle class has not shared in rising national prosperity, because the nation’s wealth has been siphoned off to the richest Americans. Some elites are nervous. They have attacked what are pejoratively called “neopopulists” – people who say the middle class is under siege.

Surprisingly, the attack and economic propaganda have come from the relatively unknown Third Way group that is associated with the Democratic Leadership Council. Why would self-proclaimed progressives and centrists put out a report that says the whole economic inequality story is bogus?

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Politics

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Tony Blair Starts UK Withdrawal of British Troops from Southern Iraq / Politics / Iraq War

By: John_York

Tony Blair has announced plans to reduce British forces in Iraq by 1600, or approximately 25% to 5,500, with further withdrawals planned during 2007 to bring the UK's troop presence to below 5000.

Tony Blair has announced plans to reduce British forces in Iraq by 1600, or approximately 25% to 5,500, with further withdrawls planned during 2007 to bring the UK's troop presence to below 5000.

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Politics

Saturday, February 17, 2007

The Axis of Evil shrinks by one, North Korea, will Iran be next ? / Politics / US Politics

By: Mike_Whitney

The Bush foreign policy is predicated on one simple axiom: “We will stop the world's most dangerous men from getting their hands on the world's most dangerous weapons”. By that standard, Bush's dealings with North Korea havebeen a wretched failure. After 6 years of fruitless saber rattling and belligerence, the North detonated a nuclear bomb in early October and put region on notice that there's a new member in the nuclear weapons club.

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Politics

Friday, February 09, 2007

Bush backs down to Nuclear North Korea as US Drops Sanctions / Politics / North Korea

By: Mike_Whitney

There's been plenty of saber rattling and bold talk about forcing North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program, but after a 6 year standoff, Bush has decided to give in to Kim Jung Il's demands. The western media is characterizing the new developments as a “breakthrough”, but, in fact, Bush has retreated on every issue of consequence. It is as close to a total foreign policy failure as one can possibly imagine. Nothing has been achieved. The bottom line is this; Kim refused to budge from his original position, while Bush completely capitulated on his.

“The US has talked tough without achieving anything.” Han Seung-Joo, South Korea's former foreign minister (UK Guardian)

Bush backs down to Nuclear North Korea as US Drops Sanctions

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Politics

Thursday, February 08, 2007

How US Citizens are Sacrificing for the Iraq War - Cost / Politics / Iraq War

By: Dr_Martenson

“The average American has not been asked to sacrifice for the Iraq war…” 

At least once a week for the past few years I've heard some version of the above quote and it implies that the average person has not been inconvenienced in any way by the war. Both the left and the right go to great lengths to perpetuate this illusion of no sacrifice while using the statement to fulfill whatever partisan goal they are currently chasing. Such vacuous statements leave me breathless mainly because they are so explosively ignorant that they suck all of the oxygen out of the air. 

Every single person in America that uses money has sacrificed for this war. Anybody with savings, income, investments or who has bought anything over the past three years has sacrificed a significant portion of that money because of inflation brought on by excessive government spending on the Iraq War.

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Politics

Monday, February 05, 2007

Military Surge in Iraq could push US into War with Iran / Politics / Iran

By: Mike_Whitney

“If the United States continues to be bogged down in a protracted, bloody involvement in Iraq, the final destination on this downhill track is likely to be a head-on conflict with Iran and with much of the world of Islam at large.” Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor to President Jimmy Carter

Military Surge in Iraq could push US into War with Iran

No one has done more to expand Iran’s power in the region than George Bush. He routed the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001 and then toppled Saddam and the Ba’athist Party in 2003. Both of these were the traditional enemies of the Islamic Republic. Now Bush has installed Iranian-backed warlords in the Green Zone and delivered the country to the Shiites.

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Politics

Thursday, February 01, 2007

US Troop Surge in Iraq to Pacify Baghdad to satisfy Oil Majors - Is it destined to Fail ? / Politics / Iraq War

By: Mike_Whitney

“There is no solution. We’ve destroyed Iraq and we’ve destroyed the region, and Americans need to know this.”
Nir Rosen; interview with Amy Goodman, “Democracy Now”

Let’s assume for a moment, that Dick Cheney is the driving force behind the plan to surge in Iraq. Does anyone really believe that the vice president is genuinely concerned about the safety of the Iraqi people? And, yet, the media still insists that the purpose of the troop-increase is to improve security in Baghdad. Nothing could be further from the truth. The wellbeing of the Iraqi people has never been a factor in the administration’s decision-making and it isn’t now.

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Politics

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Are we Better Off than Our Parents ? / Politics / Social Issues

By: Clif_Droke

Who had it better: Our parents or us? Much adieu was made recently about the U.S. population crossing the 300 million mark. The latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau sparked a flood of news articles on the population debate and not a few discussions on how our present standard of living has changed over the years.

One well-known publication made this statement in response to the census report: "[T]he typical family is doing a whole lot better than their grandparents were in 1967, the year the population first surpassed 200 million." This statement was made in a Forbes.com article which appeared recently on Internet news wires around the country. The article went on to tout the incredible level of economic prosperity our generation enjoys compared to the generation 40 years prior. It was entitled "The Average American: 1967 and Today" and was written to convince today's younger generation that they've never had it so good and should stop their grumbling and be happy about their economic lot. Problem was, the article was extremely superficial and just barely scratched the surface of all the major economic influences that determine whether our current standard of living is higher than that of our parents' and grandparents' generation. In other words, it was a propaganda piece in the truest sense.

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Politics

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The New World Order - Bilderbergs a power elite who supposedly rule the world / Politics / Global Financial System

By: Douglas_V_Gnazzo

The Bilderbergs - who are they and what do they do? An aura of mystique surrounds the name, casting shades of reflections of the power elite who supposedly rule the world. Presidents, royalty, prime ministers, global industrialists, and financial leaders from around the world are said to be members of the secrete organization that meets once a year to set the direction and course of international affairs, world events, and global policies.

The first Bilderberg conference was held at the Bilderberg Hotel in Osterbeek Holland in May 1954, from which it derives its name. Created as a secret and supportive adjunct of NATO and the Marshall plan of the 1940s, the raison d'etre behind the group was to promote post war trans-Atlantic cooperation between America and Europe. It has since evolved into much more.

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Politics

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Russia fires nuclear missile at Britain - Radiation poisoning suspect named Lugovoi / Politics / Russia

By: John_York

The richer Russia becomes, the more aggressive its foreign policy becomes. This is evidenced by the recent turmoil in the oil & gas supplies to Western Europe Russia cuts oil to Europe in response to Belarus syphoning off thousands barrels of oil . And the assassination of a critic of President Putins regime in Russia, Andre Litvinenko who died on November 23rd from Polonium-210 poisoning ( Russian ex-agent poisoned whilst investigating killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaya).

The media in Britain have named Andrei Lugovoi as the person considered as the prime suspect for the poisoning, to be named by British Police, who have spent the last 2 months laboriously following the Polonium 210 trail across London, on board flights right back to Andrei Lugovoi in Russia. (Radiation found on at least two BA B767 aircraft that flew from London to Moscow)

Britain have named Andrei Lugovoi as the person considered as the prime suspect for the poisoning

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Politics

Friday, January 26, 2007

Secrets of the New World Order / Politics / Global Financial System

By: Douglas_V_Gnazzo

My last article ended with several quotes from Professor Carroll Quigley, a world renowned scholar who had written quite extensively about secret societies and other elite groups, whose sole purpose was to establish a New World Order.

The following part of one such quote reveals important insights into not only Quigley, but the entire subject as well.

"In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other groups, and frequently does so. I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960's, to examine its papers and secret records.

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Politics

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

State of the Union Address by a weak lame duck President Bush / Politics / US Politics

By: John_York

President George W Bush is shortly to deliver his 7th State of the Union address, now ranked 43rd out of 43 presidents by some 415 historians.

State of the Union Address by a weak lame duck President Bush

Key points that President Bush will cover -

1. Recognition of Global Warming

Year after year George Bush has dismissed global warming as an issue, Could the texan oil man now finally be changing his spots and going green ?

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Politics

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Hillary Clinton declares intention to run for the Presidency on the day with highest US killed in Iraq in 2 years / Politics / US Politics

By: John_York

Hillary Rodham Clinton declared on her website her intention to run for the Presidency in 2008, with the message "I'm In".

Hillary Rodham Clinton declared on her website her intention to run for the Presidency in 2008

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Politics

Friday, January 19, 2007

Government admits that the NHS is overpaying GP's as average salaries surge well above £100,000 due to government mismanagement of contracts / Politics / NHS

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Patricia Hewitt, the Health Secretary, has said that the Government should have capped GP Salaries when the new contracts were introduced in 2004. "I think if we anticipated this business of GP's taking a higher share of income in profits we would have wanted to do something to try to ensure that the ratio of profits to the total income stayed the same and therefore more money was invested in even better services for patients,” she said.
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Politics

Friday, January 19, 2007

China fires ballistic missile into Space destroying its own Weather Satellite / Politics / China

By: John_York

China successfully fired a ground based ballistic missile into space destroying one of its own weather satellite Feng Yun (FY-1C), that was schedules to be shortly retired. Immediately western leaders expressed concern that China was now capable of targeting foreign satellites including low orbit spy satellite, and risked a new space arms race.

China fires ballistic missile into Space destroying its own Weather Satellite

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Politics

Friday, January 12, 2007

Iraq War - Two lame duck leaders - George Bush and Tony Blair / Politics / Iraq War

By: John_York

Exactly how much damage can the two lame duck leaders of the USA and UK do during their remaining time in office ?

Iraq War - Two lame duck leaders - George Bush and Tony Blair

Both recently gave the same old tired speeches about how failed policies will win the war in Iraq, when the reality is that more UK and US solider's will die and many thousands more Iraqi's whilst they stave off the real tough decisions until after they have left office.

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Politics

Sunday, January 07, 2007

NHS GP's enjoy record pay for less hours whilst neglected patients suffer / Politics / NHS

By: Nadeem_Walayat

A near tripling in GP salaries since New Labour came to office has led to less time spent in practice by GP's, as they seek to enjoy their windfall payout's on the golf green rather than spend time in surgeries. This means less time committed to patient consultations and thus quality of GP diagnoses is expected to decline significantly.

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