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He's Not The Only One
Based on the result of government "stress tests," regulators now say the Bank of America needs another $34 billion in capital to stay afloat – this, having already given the Ken-Lewis-led, bonus-bloated Titanic $45 billion in bailout funds. J. Steele Alphin, the bank’s chief administrative officer...
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Playing For Change
Grampa Elliott of New Orleans. Believing that "music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race," the Playing For Change movement has recorded and brought together musicians around the world, from Santa Monica to Argentina to South Africa to Nepal. Having travelled the...
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U.N: Israeli Military Negligent and Reckless in Gaza
A United Nations report today accused Israel of "negligence or recklessness" in its conduct of the war in Gaza and said the organization should press for reparations in seven incidents of U.N.-related deaths and damages. In the most serious incident, 30 to 40 Palestininan civilians were killed...
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The (Malleable) Rule of Law
A thoughtful, chilling look at the recent interview with Alberto Gonzales – whose job, lest we forget, was to uphold laws – about torture, which he said "may be necessary in the future." "It is now a tenet of Republican political philosophy that illegal and unconstitutional practices can be...
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Savage, Wacko, Nazi Hate-Mongerers Not Welcome
The usually mild-mannered British have banned from their green and pleasant land right-wing U.S. radio host Michael Savage and 21 others "who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages." Savage has made it clear he hates immigrants, Muslims, autistic children and anyone else who isn't a...
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Eco-Mayors
Thinking globally and acting locally, fifteen American mayors have taken steps to green their cities both large (New York and Chicago) and small (Greensburg, Kansas, pop. 850) with bike trails, light rails, wind turbines, plastic bag bans and a host of other modest but effective projects. The...
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So Much for The There-Goes-The-Neighborhood Argument
Flying in the face of a key immigration fallacy – that a successful society rests on a flourishing dominant culture – comes this ode to Toronto. With almost half its population having come from a multitude of other countries, it is North America's most culturally diverse city, the world's 5th most...
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Ye Are Many – They Are Few
May Day was born in 1856 as the "happy idea" of a proletarian work stoppage to organize and agitate for the 8-hour day. Starting in Australia, it was wildly successful among the "eternal slaves of the factories" and quickly spread to America. On the first May Day celebration in London's Hyde Park,...
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Taking The Blame
In an unprecedented move, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has written CIA employees suggesting Congress shares some blame for torture and the failure to stop it. Texas Democrat Silvestre Reyes said Congress should change the law "to make our own oversight of CIA more meaningful,"...
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Mired In A Bloody Mess
The British formally ended their military presence in Iraq Thursday, turning over their base at Basra, not to the Iraqis, but to American forces. 179 British soldiers died in Iraq. Family and fellow soldiers describe them: a nice lad, a devoted father of three, engaged to Lucy, a keen footballer,...
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