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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

August 29, 2006: Recent links of interest

A Democratic Dictatorship

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 4:13 P GMT-05
What many Americans fail to understand is that it is entirely possible to have democracy and dictatorship at the same time. Democracy entails the use of elections to place people into positions of power. Dictatorship entails the extent of the powers that the ruler is able to exercise after he assumes office.

Lessons in Living from Great-Grandma Ladd

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 4:11 P GMT-05
From my Great-Grandma Ladd I learn that the world does not owe me — or anyone else — a living, and that I am not entitled to implore or coerce anyone else to carry my burden, no matter how weighty and oppressive it may appear to me.

Stalin and the Ukranian Massacre

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 4:03 P GMT-05
The US, British, and Canadian governments, however, were well aware of the genocide, but closed their eyes, even blocking aid groups from going to Ukraine. The only European leaders to raise a cry over Soviet industrialized murder were, ironically, Hitler and Mussolini. Because Kaganovitch, Yagoda and many senior communist party and NKVD officials were Jewish, Hitler's absurd claim that communism was a Jewish plot to destroy Christian civilization became widely believed across fearful Europe.

Karr Cleared in JonBenet Case -- After Media Frenzy

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 3:59 P GMT-05
On August 17, E&P was among the first to question the initial assumption on the part of many in the media that Karr was almost certainly guilty, in an article headlined, "Rush to Judgment in JonBenet Case?" That article, updated the following day, follows.

Save Kevin Cooper

Tuesday, 29 August 2006 4:50 A GMT-05
Kevin himself has always been at the forefront of the struggle not only for truth and justice in his case, but against the death penalty system as a whole. This page contains background information on his case and links to groups fighting the death penalty in California and across the U.S. Kevin is a prolific writer, and his essays are also posted here.

Conspiracy Nuts And 9/11

Monday, 28 August 2006 11:47 P GMT-05
I have some friends who are conspiracy nuts. They believe, for example, that on 9/11 some clown named Osama bin Laden picked up his cell phone in a cave in Afghanistan and directed 19 Muslims, none of them professional pilots, to hijack four airliners and fly them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, thereby bringing down three steel-skeleton skyscrapers, the only time in world history that has ever happened.

You wouldn’t catch me dead in Iraq

Monday, 28 August 2006 11:40 P GMT-05
Scores of American troops are deserting — even from the front line in Iraq. But where have they gone? And why isn’t the US Army after them?

Spanish firm to build and run new PFI toll road in Texas

Monday, 28 August 2006 11:32 P GMT-05
Because it would provide a connection all the way between Canada and Mexico, the project is also described as the North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA) super highway.

Numbers show a second-rate US

Monday, 28 August 2006 11:27 P GMT-05
Christopher Ruhm, an economist at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, attributes the relatively poor performance of the US in many social areas to a matter of choice

War on Iraq: Rape, Murder, and the American GI

Monday, 28 August 2006 9:58 P GMT-05
The soldiers noticed her at a checkpoint. They stalked her after one or more of them expressed his intention to rape her. On March 12, after playing cards while slugging whisky mixed with a high-energy drink and practicing their golf swings, they changed into black civvies and burst into Abeer's home in Mahmoudiya, a town 50 miles south of Baghdad. They killed her mother Fikhriya, father Qassim, and five-year-old sister Hadeel with bullets to the forehead, and "took turns" raping Abeer. Finally, they murdered her, drenched the bodies with kerosene, and lit them on fire to destroy the evidence. Then the GIs grilled chicken wings.

Ten months after Katrina: Gutting New Orleans

Monday, 28 August 2006 9:48 P GMT-05
Not a single dollar of federal housing repair or home reconstruction money has made it to New Orleans yet. Tens of thousands are waiting. Many wait because a full third of homeowners in the New Orleans area had no flood insurance. Others wait because the levees surrounding New Orleans are not yet as strong as they were before Katrina and fear re-building until flood protection is more likely. Fights over the federal housing money still loom because Louisiana refuses to clearly state a commitment to direct 50 percent of the billions to low and moderate income families.


Monday, 28 August 2006 9:03 P GMT-05
Journalists must also provide their addresses in the United States and the names and addresses of those who they will be interviewing. So much for freedom of the press and the protection of journalists' sources.

New Orleans Told Levees May Not Hold, Announcement Comes As Ernesto Builds Strength, Moves Toward Gulf

Sunday, 27 August 2006 11:16 P GMT-05
Then New Orleans residents were told Saturday that the partially repaired levee system may not hold up in a strong storm.

2 Lodi residents refused entry back into U.S.

Sunday, 27 August 2006 11:14 P GMT-05
The father and son were forced to pay for a flight back to Islamabad because they were on the government's "no-fly" list, Mass said. Muhammad Ismail's wife, teenage daughter and younger son, who were not on the list, continued on to the United States.

Activist's Remark Starts FBI Probe

Sunday, 27 August 2006 5:36 P GMT-05
Jim Bensman thought his suggestion during a public hearing was harmless enough: Instead of building a channel so migratory fish could go around a dam on the Mississippi River, just get rid of the dam. Instead, the environmental activist found himself in hot water, drawing FBI scrutiny to see whether he had any terrorist intentions.

Professor's 9/11 Theories Outrage NH Leaders

Sunday, 27 August 2006 5:02 P GMT-05
A tenured professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire believes an "elite" group within the federal government orchestrated the September 11th attacks on America.

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