Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Take Action to Defend RNC Protesters! Stop the Police Riot!

Take Action to Defend RNC Protesters! Stop the Police Riot in St. Paul!

Although it went virtually unmentioned in the corporate media, on Sept. 1, the largest anti-war march of 2008 took place outside the Republican National Convention in Minnesota. 30,000 people from all over the Midwest and the country gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul and them marched to the Xcel Center, the site of the RNC. Large numbers of buses came from all over Illinois, Wisconsin, and the surrounding states.

The march was overwhelmingly young people, and was led by the veterans' and immigrant rights contingents. Other sizable contingents included a strong labor contingent, a poor people's contingent, and a contingent in solidarity with Palestine. The chant ""Iraq for Iraqis -- Troops Out Now" filled the streets, along with the crowd favorite, "Who's the Biggest Terrorists in the World Today? Bush, Cheney and the CIA!"

Among the many speakers at the Minnesota State Capitol, where the march gathered, was Michael Prysner, an Iraq war veteran who represented the ANSWER Coalition. Mike addressed the crowd, "I was sent to Iraq in 2003 not to save the Iraqi people, but to kill the Iraqi people. I was sent not to free the Iraqi people, but to imprison and torture the Iraqi people. I was sent not to liberate Iraq, but to occupy Iraq. There is no longer any question that this war was not for so-called "Iraqi freedom", it was not an act of self-defense, and it was not simply a foreign policy error by the republican party- it was a well-calculated plan carried out by both parties to dominate the Middle East, killing as many innocent people as necessary and profiting from that human suffering."

Send a Letter Demanding the St. Paul Government Release All Protesters!

The police have engaged in a widespread riot against social justice organizations, resulting in the arrest of around 300 protesters. Most of the arrested are still in jail, and at least one person with a serious medical condition has been refused care.

Even before the Convention began, protesters had the organizing centers raided. Armed groups of police in the Twin Cities have raided more than half-a-dozen locations since Friday night in a series of "preemptive raids." The raids and detentions have targeted activists planning to protest the convention, including journalists and videographers from I-Witness Video and the Glass Bead Collective. These media organizations were targeted because of the instrumental role they played in documenting police abuses the 2004 RNC Convention. Their comprehensive video coverage helped more than 400 wrongfully arrested people get their charges thrown out.

Democracy Now! producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar -- who clearly identified themselves as members of the media -- were arrested, and could face suspicion of rioting charges, a felony. When Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! went to the scene to inquire with a police commander about the arrest of her producers, she too was arrested. A CodePink march and several breakaway marches were also met with police repression. Tear gas and concussion grenades have been used to disperse crowds.

There is an undeniable pattern of police repression at these conventions. In 2004, 1500 protesters were arrested at the RNC. Subsequent litigation on behalf of the protesters revealed that national and local enforcement conspired to deny protesters their civil liberties and civil rights. Protesters were held in miserable conditions, and only mass pressure forced the police to release them.

Please take a moment and click this link to send a letter to Chris Coleman, the mayor of St. Paul, demanding that all protesters and social justice organizers be released, and that all charged be dropped. The real criminals are the "law enforcement" authorities, who have systematically violated the free speech rights of protesters, and in more than a few cases carried out physical abuse.

This report was filed with information provided by John Beacham of the ANSWER Coalition.

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The Bush Administration Checkmated in Georgia

The Bush Administration Checkmated in Georgia

Go To Original

It's now hard to remember that, when the Bush administration arrived in office in 2000, its hardcore members were all old Cold Warriors who hadn't given up the ghost. If the Soviet Union no longer existed, they were still quite intent on rolling back what was left of it, stripping off Russia's "near abroad," encircling it militarily, and linking various of its former Eastern European satellites and socialist republics to NATO, as well as further penetrating and, after 2001, deploying troops to the oil-rich former SSRs of Central Asia.

As Stephen Cohen wrote in a pathbreaking piece in the Nation, "The New American Cold War," back in 2006, even as the Bush administration began to claim that the U.S. had an overriding national interest in scores of nations around the planet (including Iraq and Iran), there was "a tacit… U.S. denial that Russia [had] any legitimate national interests outside its own territory, even in ethnically akin or contiguous former republics such as Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia." As had been true in the 1990s under the Clinton administration, the new administration was eager to kick a former superpower when it was down on its luck and just beginning to emerge from its era of "catastroika."

While George Bush looked into Vladimir Putin's eyes and declared him a soulmate, his vice president and various neocon allies were spoiling for a fight. And this isn't exactly ancient history either. As David Bromwich pointed out recently in a canny piece at the Huffington Post, Cheney essentially threw down the gauntlet to Russia in a speech in Vilnius, Lithuania, in May 2006 in which he "threatened Russia with a new Cold War if Russia did not capitulate to American demands of cheap oil for Russia's pro-American neighbors."

How the worm turns. A very energy-rich worm, as it happens, at a time when control over energy resources and their delivery is what makes the world spin. The events in Georgia this August, analyzed below by Michael Klare, author of the new book Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy (which explains just how the world turns), were but another reminder that the officials of the Bush administration have proven bush leaguers when it comes to assessing how power really works in the world. They were, from the beginning, fantasists in love with the supposedly unique power of the American military to cow the planet. For all the talk now about being at the beginning of the Cold War (Act II), this is also fantasy, as well as "home front" spin in an election year, and manna, of course, for worried U.S. arms makers. (The brief war in Georgia, reported the Wall Street Journal, was seen by some Wall Street stock analysts as "a bell-ringer for defense stocks.")

Right now, the Bush administration continues to have its hands militarily more than full just handling a low-level war in Iraq and a roiling one in the backlands of Afghanistan (and Pakistan). At the moment, it couldn't fight a "new Cold War" if it wanted to. Not only is the world no longer America's backyard, but for much of the world, when an American president says, "Bullying and intimidation are not acceptable ways to conduct foreign policy in the twenty-first century," and the Republican Party candidate for president adds, "But in the twenty-first century, nations don't invade other nations" -- as each did in regard to the Russian war in Georgia -- it's only an indication of just how out of touch they are. (At least UN ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad was careful to qualify his version of this statement geographically: "The days of overthrowing leaders by military means in Europe -- those days are gone.")

For all their bluster, they now find themselves strangely powerless in a world that is increasingly anything but "unipolar." Tom

Putin's Ruthless Gambit

The Bush Administration Falters in a Geopolitical Chess Match
By Michael T. Klare

Many Western analysts have chosen to interpret the recent fighting in the Caucasus as the onset of a new Cold War, with a small pro-Western democracy bravely resisting a brutal reincarnation of Stalin's jack-booted Soviet Union. Others have viewed it a throwback to the age-old ethnic politics of southeastern Europe, with assorted minorities using contemporary border disputes to settle ancient scores.

Neither of these explanations is accurate. To fully grasp the recent upheavals in the Caucasus, it is necessary to view the conflict as but a minor skirmish in a far more significant geopolitical struggle between Moscow and Washington over the energy riches of the Caspian Sea basin -- with former Russian President (now Prime Minister) Vladimir Putin emerging as the reigning Grand Master of geostrategic chess and the Bush team turning out to be middling amateurs, at best.

The ultimate prize in this contest is control over the flow of oil and natural gas from the energy-rich Caspian basin to eager markets in Europe and Asia. According to the most recent tally by oil giant BP, the Caspian's leading energy producers, all former "socialist republics" of the Soviet Union -- notably Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan -- together possess approximately 48 billion barrels in proven oil reserves (roughly equivalent to those left in the U.S. and Canada) and 268 trillion cubic feet of natural gas (essentially equivalent to what Saudi Arabia possesses).

During the Soviet era, the oil and gas output of these nations was, of course, controlled by officials in Moscow and largely allocated to Russia and other Soviet republics. After the breakup of the USSR in 1991, however, Western oil companies began to participate in the hydrocarbon equivalent of a gold rush to exploit Caspian energy reservoirs, while plans were being made to channel the region's oil and gas to markets across the world.

Rush to the Caspian

In the 1990s, the Caspian Sea basin was viewed as the world's most promising new source of oil and gas, and so the major Western energy firms -- Chevron, BP, Shell, and Exxon Mobil, among others -- rushed into the region to take advantage of what seemed a golden opportunity. For these firms, persuading the governments of the newly independent Caspian states to sign deals proved to be no great hassle. They were eager to attract Western investment -- and the bribes that often came with it -- and to free themselves from Moscow's economic domination.

But there turned out to be a major catch: It was neither obvious nor easy to figure out how to move all the new oil and gas to markets in the West. After all, the Caspian is landlocked, so tankers cannot get near it, while all existing pipelines passed through Russia and were hooked into Soviet-era supply systems. While many in Washington were eager to assist U.S. firms in their drive to gain access to Caspian energy, they did not want to see the resulting oil and gas flow through Russia -- until recently, the country's leading adversary -- before reaching Western markets.

What, then, to do? Looking at the Caspian chessboard in the mid-1990s, President Bill Clinton conceived the striking notion of converting the newly independent, energy-poor Republic of Georgia into an "energy corridor" for the export of Caspian basin oil and gas to the West, thereby bypassing Russia altogether. An initial, "early-oil" pipeline was built to carry petroleum from newly-developed fields in Azerbaijan's sector of the Caspian Sea to Supsa on Georgia's Black Sea coast, where it was loaded onto tankers for delivery to international markets. This would be followed by a far more audacious scheme: the construction of the 1,000-mile BTC pipeline from Baku in Azerbaijan to Tbilisi in Georgia and then on to Ceyhan on Turkey's Mediterranean coast. Again, the idea was to exclude Russia -- which had, in the intervening years, been transformed into a struggling, increasingly impoverished former superpower -- from the Caspian Sea energy rush.

Clinton presided over every stage of the BTC line's initial development, from its early conception to the formal arrangements imposed by Washington on the three nations involved in its corporate structuring. (Final work on the pipeline was not completed until 2006, two years into George W. Bush's second term.) For Clinton and his advisors, this was geopolitics, pure and simple -- a calculated effort to enhance Western energy security while diminishing Moscow's control over the global flow of oil and gas. The administration's efforts to promote the construction of new pipelines through Azerbaijan and Georgia were intended "to break Russia's monopoly of control over the transportation of oil from the region," Sheila Heslin of the National Security Council bluntly told a Senate investigating committee in 1997.

Clinton understood that this strategy entailed significant risks, particularly because Washington's favored "energy corridor" passed through or near several major conflict zones -- including the Russian-backed breakaway enclaves of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. With this in mind, Clinton made a secondary decision -- to convert the new Georgian army into a military proxy of the United States, equipped and trained by the Department of Defense. From 1998 to 2000 alone, Georgia was awarded $302 million in U.S. military and economic aid -- more than any other Caspian country -- and top U.S. military officials started making regular trips to its capital, Tbilisi, to demonstrate support for then-president Eduard Shevardnadze.

In those years, Clinton was the top chess player in the Caspian region, while his Russian presidential counterpart, Boris Yeltsin, was far too preoccupied with domestic troubles and a bitter, costly, ongoing guerrilla war in Chechnya to match his moves. It was clear, however, that senior Russian officials were deeply concerned by the growing U.S. presence in their southern backyard -- what they called their "near abroad" -- and had already had begun planning for an eventual comeback. "It hasn't been left unnoticed in Russia that certain outside interests are trying to weaken our position in the Caspian basin," Andrei Y. Urnov of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared in May 2000. "No one should be perplexed that Russia is determined to resist the attempts to encroach on her interests."

Russia Resurgent

At this critical moment, a far more capable player took over on Russia's side of the geopolitical chessboard. On December 31, 1999, Vladimir V. Putin was appointed president by Yeltsin and then, on March 26, 2000, elected to a full four-year term in office. Politics in the Caucasus and the Caspian region have never been the same.

Even before assuming the presidency, Putin indicated that he believed state control over energy resources should be the basis for Russia's return to great-power status. In his doctoral dissertation, a summary of which was published in 1999, he had written that "[t]he state has the right to regulate the process of the acquisition and the use of natural resources, and particularly mineral resources [including oil and natural gas], independent of on whose property they are located." On this basis, Putin presided over the re-nationalization of many of the energy companies that had been privatized by Yeltsin and the virtual confiscation of Yukos -- once Russia's richest private energy firm -- by Russian state authorities. He also brought Gazprom, the world's largest natural gas supplier, back under state control and placed a protégé, Dmitri Medvedev -- now president of Russia -- at its helm.

Once he had restored state control over the lion's share of Russia's oil and gas resources, Putin turned his attention to the next obvious place -- the Caspian Sea basin. Here, his intent was not so much to gain ownership of its energy resources -- although Russian firms have in recent years acquired an equity share in some Caspian oil and gas fields -- but rather to dominate the export conduits used to transport its energy to Europe and Asia.

Russia already enjoyed a considerable advantage since much of Kazakhstan's oil already flowed to the West via the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC), which passes through Russia before terminating on the Black Sea; moreover, much of Central Asia's natural gas continued to flow to Russia through pipelines built during the Soviet era. But Putin's gambit in the Caspian region evidently was meant to capture a far more ambitious prize. He wanted to ensure that most oil and gas from newly developed fields in the Caspian basin would travel west via Russia.

The first part of this drive entailed frenzied diplomacy by Putin and Medvedev (still in his role as board chairman of Gazprom) to persuade the presidents of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to ship their future output of gas through Russia. Success was achieved when, in December 2007, Putin signed an agreement with the leaders of these countries to supply 20 billion cubic meters of gas per year through a new conduit along the Caspian's eastern shore to southern Russia -- for ultimate delivery to Europe via Gazprom's existing pipeline network.

Meanwhile, Putin moved to undermine international confidence in Georgia as a reliable future corridor for energy delivery. This became a strategic priority for Moscow because the European Union announced plans to build a $10 billion natural-gas pipeline from the Caspian, dubbed "Nabucco" after the opera by Verdi. It would run from Turkey to Austria, while linking up to an expanded South Caucasus gas pipeline that now extends from Azerbaijan through Georgia to Erzurum in Turkey. The Nabucco pipeline was intended as a dramatic move to reduce Europe's reliance on Russian natural gas -- and so has enjoyed strong support from the Bush administration.

It is against this backdrop that the recent events in Georgia unfolded.

Checkmate in Georgia

Obviously, the more oil and gas passing through Georgia on its way to the West, the greater that country's geostrategic significance in the U.S.-Russian struggle over the distribution of Caspian energy. Certainly, the Bush administration recognized this and responded by providing hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to the Georgian military and helping to train specialized forces for protection of the new pipelines. But the administration's partner in Tbilisi, President Mikheil Saakashvili, was not content to play the relatively modest role of pipeline protector. Instead, he sought to pursue a megalomaniacal fantasy of recapturing the breakaway regions of Abhkazia and South Ossetia with American help. As it happened, the Bush team -- blindsided by their own neoconservative fantasies -- saw in Saakashvili a useful pawn in their pursuit of a long smoldering anti-Russian agenda. Together, they walked into a trap cleverly set by Putin.

It is hard not to conclude that Russian prime minister goaded the rash Saakashvili into invading South Ossetia by encouraging Abkhazian and South Ossetian irregulars to attack Georgian outposts and villages on the peripheries of the two enclaves. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reportedly told Saakashvili not to respond to such provocations when she met with him in July. Apparently her advice fell on deaf ears. Far more enticing, it seems, was her promise of strong U.S. backing for Georgia's rapid entry into NATO. Other American leaders, including Senator John McCain, assured Saakashvili of unwavering U.S. support. Whatever was said in these private conversations, the Georgian president seems to have interpreted them as a green light for his adventuristic impulses. On August 7th, by all accounts, his forces invaded South Ossetia and attacked its capital city of Tskhinvali, giving Putin what he long craved -- a seemingly legitimate excuse to invade Georgia and demonstrate the complete vulnerability of Clinton's (and now Bush's) vaunted energy corridor.

Today, the Georgian army is in shambles, the BTC and South Caucasus gas pipelines are within range of Russian firepower, and Abkhazia and South Ossetia have declared their independence, quickly receiving Russian recognition. In response to these developments, the Bush administration has, along with some friendly leaders in Europe, mounted a media and diplomatic counterattack, accusing Moscow of barbaric behavior and assorted violations of international law. Threats have also been made to exclude Russia from various international forums and institutions, such as the G-8 club of governments and the World Trade Organization. It is possible, then, that Moscow will suffer some isolation and inconvenience as a result of its incursion into Georgia.

None of this, so far as can be determined, will alter the picture in the Caucasus: Putin has moved his most powerful pieces onto this corner of the chessboard, America's pawn has been decisively defeated, and there's not much of a practical nature that Washington (or London or Paris or Berlin) can do to alter the outcome.

There will, of course, be more rounds to come, and it is impossible to predict how they will play out. Putin prevailed this time around because he focused on geopolitical objectives, while his opponents were blindly driven by fantasy and ideology; so long as this pattern persists, he or his successors are likely to come out on top. Only if American leaders assume a more realistic approach to Russia's resurgent power or, alternatively, choose to collaborate with Moscow in the exploitation of Caspian energy, will the risk of further strategic setbacks in the region disappear.

Michael T. Klare is professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and the author, most recently, of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy (Metropolitan Books).

Common Man News 9/2008

News for the common man because the elite already know!


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Chalmers Johnson, The Pentagon Bailout Fraud

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Trouble in Banktopia

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Confidence in US Banks Nosedives after Washington Mutual Collapse

With All Eyes on the Bailout, House Passes Trillion-Dollar Defense Bill

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Aids reaches the ’chronic stage

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Senate sends big spending bill to Bush to sign

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$56 billion stimulus bill fails in Senate

Economists Against The Paulson Plan

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Jobless claims pushed to 7-year high

U. S. Federal Reserve funnels $30B into overseas money markets

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Protesters Take Their Outrage to Wall Street

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McCain Suspends Democracy

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Europe and Japan turn cold shoulder to U. S. plea for bank bailouts

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U. S. Housing Prices Tumble on Home Mortgage Scarcity

Home Resales Drop 2. 2 percent

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China accuses US of financial WMD

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The MSM Jumps on the Economic Bandwagon

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Senate Passes $612 bln Defense Spending Bill

Voter Database Glitches Could Disenfranchise Thousands

Tent cities rise across the country

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Bernanke: "We have lost control"

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August housing starts at 17-1/2-year low

U. S. current account trade deficit rises to $183. 1 billion

The financial crisis entered a potentially dangerous new phase

Panic sell-off on Wall Street

Europe gripped by fear of global crash

Is the U. S. going overboard on bailouts?

The American “financial tsunami” hits Asia

Unemployment and poverty grip New York State

Life And Death

America Needs a Shadow Government

The Faces of the Financial Crisis

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Opening Statement of U. S. Senator Russ Feingold Hearing on "Restoring the Rule of Law"


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US Federal Reserve announces $85 billion bailout of insurance giant AIG

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Global banks brace for derivative blow-up

Morgan Stanley, Goldman Shares Plunge Most Ever as Credit Crisis Deepens

Federal bank insurance fund dwindling

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Earth to McCain: It’s a Crisis

Drilling Bill Passes in House

Democrats Sue Michigan G. O. P. on Voter Issue

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The Rise of Medical Tourism: Scores of Americans Head to Foreign Shores for Healthcare

Media restricted from covering Hurricane Ike’s devastation


Fed Funds Spread Signals Crash

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AIG falls 42% in cash scramble

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"We Blew Her to Pieces"

The U. S. Financial System in Serious Trouble

Wall Street crisis is culmination of 28 years of deregulation

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Goldman Profit Slumps 70%

10 Banks Form $70B Fund to Stave Off Crash

More US corporate bailouts on the way

The Wall Street crisis and the failure of American capitalism

US in ’once-in-a-century’ financial crisis : Greenspan

Wilbur Ross: Possibly a Thousand Banks Will Close

Overnight Interest Rate Doubles as Banks Hoard Cash on Failure Speculation

Bank of America to Acquire Merrill as Crisis Deepens

US faces the F-16s it supplied Pakistan

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Unaccountable Secret Government: Most Serious Constitutional Crisis in American History

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Legal fight over drug liability law

Group With Big Pharma Ties Wants to Shut Down Vaccine “Conspiracy Theories”


As Lehman Faces Liquidation, Who Will Protect Us from Plunge Protection?

Record Credit-Default Swaps Surge as Lehman Threatens to Unravel Market

Lehman Files for Record Bankruptcy, Victim of Meltdown Firm Helped Create

Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 protection

Military Industrial Complex 2. 0



Warning: 30 airlines will go bust this year

Will McCain-Palin Lies Hurt Them?

Cheney Scales New Heights of Hypocrisy

Scottish activist films Israeli navy shooting at Gaza fishermen

Conflict Over Spying Led White House to Brink

Wisconsin GOP Trying to Disenfranchise Voters

No Jobs Make Mean Streets


Backward Bailout

U. S. Foreclosures Hit Record in August as Housing Prices Fell

Breaking The Silence A hard hitting special report into the "war on terror" by John Pilger

Global Starvation Ignored by American Policy Elites

West ’makes terror fight harder’

US a step closer to Iran blockade

New FBI Guidelines Open Door to Further Abuse


GOP Working to Keep Poor African-Americans From Voting in Many States

Rule Changes Would Give FBI Agents Extensive New Powers

US bailout of mortgage giants sets stage for wider financial crisis

WaMu May Be Forced to Sell Deposits to Stay Afloat

Retail Sales Unexpectedly Drop; Prices Decline

Humanitarian crisis worsens in Haiti

Obama and McCain on 9/11: “unity” in support of war and repression

Bring high-level American war criminals to Justice

The Party Police

Quagmire, Phase 2: The Invasion of Pakistan

Stop Exploiting 9/11

Iowa files child labor charges against meat plant

Food Safety’s Dirty Little Secret

Feds to unplug medical subsidy

300,000 N. J. Voters Told They Aren’t Registered

D. C. Election Glitch Blamed On Equipment

Female Soldiers More Likely to Be Raped than Killed in Action


Palin Advocates War With Russia

9/11 and the "American Inquisition"

GOP Trademarks 9/11

Bolivia: a Coup in the Making?

A Murderous Theatre of the Absurd

Human Rights Are Crumbling

Report: Banks helped foreigners escape US taxes

Political dissent as terrorism: “Minnesota Patriot Act” charges filed against RNC Eight

Lose your house, lose your vote

Kucinich introduces comprehensive regulatory framework for GMOs

Masters of Defeat: Retreating Empire and Bellicose Bluster

Slaughter, Lies, and Video in Afghanistan

US law ’fails to protect’ corporate whistleblowers

Bush Said to Give Orders Allowing Raids in Pakistan

Ohio Secretary of State Brunner Does Right By Voters

Sex, Drug Use and Graft Cited in Interior Department

Federal Workers Caught In Oil Ethics Scandal

High Court May Immunize Big Pharma


Temporary Respites from Permanent Decline

OPEC Production Cut Surprises the Market

Lehman losses hit world stocks

The War On Waste - Defense Department Cannot Account For 25% Of Funds — $2. 3 Trillion

9/11 The Falling Man - Full length video not yet released in the U. S.

The Red White and Blue Roots of Terrorism

Clash in the Caucasus: Rolling Back The "Unipolar" World

Zinn: US ’In Need of Rebellion'

China frets at US risk after Fannie/Freddie bailout

Record corporate bailout reveals the bankruptcy of American capitalism

The Worsening Debt Crisis

Right-Wing Terror Film Delivered To Swing-State NY Times Readers

Another criminal US missile strike inside Pakistan

RoboCops: Professional Policing of Political Protest

Pigs to be bred for transplants

Bailing Out Right-Wing Economics

She’s Clueless, He’s Worse

Federal Shortfall To Double This Year

Fannie and Freddie’s Double Whammy

Tyranny on Display at the Republican Convention

Supreme Injustice

Are we already dining on clones?

Ten ways the GOP is now stealing the Ohio vote

Democrats look to more drilling

House GOP Threatens Shutdown Over Drilling


The 65 mpg Ford the U. S. Can’t Have

Comrades Bush, Paulson and Bernanke Welcome You to the USSRA

Pending Home Resales Decline More Than Forecast

US Waves Goodbye to Prosperity and Democracy

Why The Fannie-Freddie Bailout Will Fail

Economic Democracy Is Turning Into a Financial Oligarchy

Wall Street’s Next Target: Roads and Bridges

Voter Registration by Students Raises Cloud of Consequences


Freddie and Fannie Bail-Out: Our Foreign Masters Have Spoken

US jobless rate soars as foreclosures break new record

US government takes over mortgage giants to stave off financial meltdown

The Continuity in Government Project

Why We’re Planning to Prosecute Cheney and Bush

World’s richest got even richer last year: report

Explaining Windfalls to Ben Stein

Election Observer Arrested in Arizona

Fluoride: Industry’s Toxic Coup

Bush Extends 9/11 National Emergency Yet Again

When Academia Puts Profit Ahead of Wonder

After RNC arrests, DN! needs your support more than ever

Kremlin-watchers warn of direct U. S. -Russia clash

US to establish naval base in Georgia

Bush Still Fights House Subpoenas

Storm Troopers at the RNC


And Then We Will Die

Unemployment at Five-Year High

9% of homeowners are late with bill or in foreclosure, study says

Government to Wipe Out Fannie/Freddie Shareholders by Sunday

US Government takes over mortgage giants

Palin: the real scandal

Running From Reality

Tackling the Crisis in Emergency Care

U. S. may step up raids in Pakistan

Gustav’s Impact on Louisiana and Haiti

Convention Police Bust the Press

St. Paul’s Police Protest the Press


Turning Away From American State Terrorism

U. S. Mortgage Foreclosures, Delinquencies Reach Highs

U. S. Economy: Payrolls Drop, Unemployment at 5 Year High of 6. 1%

Productivity rises as US workers see real income cut

Making Goliath Walk

Cheney in Georgia: Gunboat diplomacy in pursuit of oil

US attack inside Pakistan threatens dangerous new war

FBI Wanted Obama Plotters Charged, But A Rove Appointee Said No

Soldier suicide rate may set record again

Global Realignment: How Bush Inspired a New World Order

Police Arrest 200 in March on GOP Convention

Americans Who Have Insurance —But Still No Access To Care

McCain Campaign’s War Against The Press

Abramoff Gets Reduced Sentence of Four Years in Prison

Drop Charges Against Amy Goodman


Payroll report: Nation loses 33,000 jobs in August

’Ethnic Cleansing By Stealth’

The Problem Is Empire

Mansion Prices Drop as Slump Reaches Rich

Raiding Democracy in St. Paul

Media Silent, But Activist Groups Loud About RNC Police Brutality

How the Growing Strain on America’s Middle Class Is Pummeling Our Health

A Swarm of Lobbyists Would Run McCain’s White House

RNC Raids Have Been Targeting Video Activists

RNC 8 Charged with "Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism"

Gustav hit Cuba like nuclear bomb

’Financial Tsunami’ to Engulf Markets

Why We Were Falsely Arrested By Amy Goodman

Mass arrests of protesters at Republican National Convention

A Major War: Not Just Rumors

How the U. S. Garrisons the Planet and Doesn’t Even Notice


St. Paul Police Shut Down Concert, Continue Assault

Who Is Wrecking America?

The Revolution of the Meek

Hard times hitting American students and schools in double blow

U. S., Afghan Troops Kill 20 in Pakistan

Three UK journalists arrested at RNC for alleged rioting

US-Iraqi Agreement: Leaked

Abuse charged in New Jersey prison

McCain Campaign Tries To Block Ron Paul From Convention Floor

The Bush Regime’s Imperial Affirmation: Endless War, Endless Conquest, Endless Repression

The Bush Administration Is an Ongoing Criminal Conspiracy

The Farce Continues

"The Wandering Who?"

Palestinian village faces army reign of terror

Renewing America’s ’contract with the middle class

Gonzales won’t face charges for mishandling info

Looking at America’s Police State

Dome Denied to Gustav’s Victims

Blue-Collar Republicans

America’s broken immigration policy

As Unlawful Arrests Continue, St. Paul Feels Like a City Under Siege for Some Residents

Ron Paul channeling losing presidential bid into political push of his own

Living in the Car After Gustav

For Hurricane Gustav evacuees, a long slog home

Silencing the Town Crier


Take Action to Defend RNC Protesters! Stop the Police Riot!

The Bush Administration Checkmated in Georgia

There Is an Alternative to Corporate Rule

World Bank: Two and a half billion people live on less than $2 a day

Income, spending drop despite stimulus

FDIC announces 10th bank failure of the year

Study: Bankruptcies soar for senior citizens

Why do we keep letting the politicians get away with lies?

The Dark Side Of The "Free World"

Turning the Power Off

Fading superpower, rising rivals

’US to Strike Iran in Coming Weeks

Dutch pull spies on Iran attack fears

Obama and the Working Class

A Call To Restore U. S. Workers’ Rights To Organize

The Department of Labor: A Damage Assessment

Did a Mississippi Raid Protect Rightwing Politicians?

New Orleans Redraws Its Color Line

The Disneyfication of New Orleans

Bush quietly seeks to make war powers permanent

T. Boone Pickens wants your water

Police Raids on Protesters Mark Start of RNC

Protestors and Police Clash in St. Paul

5 arrested, dozens detained in pre-RNC raids

Update on Arrest Of Amy Goodman and DN! Producers