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Wednesday, October 17

17.Oct.2012 - FREE BOOK DETAILS - 2012 Election, EU Support for Israeli Crimes, Israel Blockading Gaza Student Education, End Polluter Welfare, Food Crisis Summit, Intensified U.S. Warrantless Spying, Drone Debate Wages, Debt and Democracy, Green Party Candidate Jill Stein Arrested, Effects of Pesticides in Food, Fighting Misinformation About Climate Science, History of Iran and USA, Faux Objectivity of Mainstream Journalists

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The Election of 2012

Progressives need to vote strategically. (photo: Tree Hugger)very four years, those to the left of the Democratic Party go through the same soul searching: to vote or not to vote; build a new party or identify with an existing party; stick with principle or accept the lesser of the two evils; bolster the system or demand an alternative. This kind of soul searching has become a boring ritual, and it continues in the shadow of Occupy Wall Street. Too many radicals still refuse to recognize the cost that others will pay - economically, socially, politically, and culturally - when the more reactionary candidate takes office. Third parties remain faced with a single-district, winner-take-all, system that undermines the prospect of sustaining any initial successes and leaves supporters wasting their votes. Old slogans like "Don't Vote, It Only Encourages Them!" no longer apply (if they ever did). The presidential election of 2012 remains very close. Limits on campaign spending have been abolished. Especially in swing states, victory might depend upon which party gets more of its base to the polls. Not to vote, or exhibit the appropriate partisan sense of urgency, only plays into the right-wing strategy.

The 2012 US Presidential “Non-election”: Which Brand of “Fascism” this Time?
On one side, the Obama administration, and the traditional brand of neoliberal imperialism and international consensus, and false domestic populism. On the other side with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, militant right-wing extremism, an apocalyptic war agenda andthe politics of sadism at home.

EU Support for Israeli Crimes Makes It Unworthy of Nobel Peace Prize

The European Union is not “merely hypocritical” in its relationship with Israel, it is “complicit in crimes against the Palestinian people.” This is one of the main conclusions of David Cronin’s compellingly-argued book Europe’s Alliance With Israel: Aiding the Occupation.

US Joins Israel in Blockading Education to Students in Gaza

As another international activist ship is on the high seas to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza, the United States government has joined with Israel to blockade higher education opportunities for students in Gaza and the West Bank.

End Polluter Welfare

The Big Energy industries (oil, coal and gas) along with their political allies like Mitt Romney are waging war against sustainable energy and the need to transform our energy system and reverse global warming. In many instances they are aided and abetted by the very powerful nuclear power industry.

Food Crisis Summit: Governments Should Scrap Biofuels, Not Push GM Crop
As Governments gather in Rome today, World Food Day, to discuss the global food price crisis, Friends of the Earth International warns in a new report [1] that agriculture donors such as the United States and United Kingdom are pumping money into genetically modified (GM) crops at the cost of farming methods better suited to tackling hunger.

Intensified Warrantless Spying in America

Intensified Warrantless Spying in AmericaNewly released ACLU Justice Department documents and Kurt Eichenwald‘s just published book titled “500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars” provide new information on lawless  in .

As Drone Debate Rages, Police Move on to Million-Dollar Spy Planes

While the nation disputes if, when and where the government should use drones over U.S. soil, Texas state police are taking their surveillance efforts to the next level.

European Satellites Ordered To Drop Iranian Channels In Disregard of Free Speech
Iran’s PressTV had earlier been kicked off British Television where it had built a audience, on the barest of pretences, and now with the connivance, no doubt of Her Majesty’s government, is being barred, along with 18 other Iranian channels, from access to European satellites

Debt and Democracy – Has the Link Been Broken?
Debt has been the main dynamic driving these shifts – always with new twists and turns. It polarizes wealth to create a creditor class, whose oligarchic rule is ended as new leaders (“tyrants” to Aristotle) win popular support by cancelling the debts and redistributing property or taking its usufruct for the state.

Busted: Paul Ryan Pretends to Volunteer at Soup Kitchen
Paul Ryan and his wife Janna pretend to wash already clean pots at St. Vincent De Paul dining hall for a fake photo op. (photo: AP)The Romney campaign apparently spotted an opportunity to make VP candidate Paul Ryan appear helpful and caring last week at a soup kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio.

If You Don’t Vote, You’re a Loser

There is no single issue more frustrating to the cause of progress than the relative struggle the left has organizing voters and getting them to the polls. Republicans and conservatives, perhaps driven by a sense of duty, tend to turn out with ease. The American left, on the other hand, must overcome poverty, intentionally obstructive voting laws and a persistent apathy, often failing to take advantage of natural majorities to effect change. This electoral season, there is a new obstacle. Many on the left now view the system itself as so corrupt and distasteful, the process of voting has become uncool.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein arrested outside debate

Jill Stein screenshotIn an act of civil disobedience to protest their exclusion from the presidential debates, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested outside the site of the second debate on Tuesday.

US intelligence admits Syria arms aid goes to Al Qaeda

American Intelligence officials are acknowledging that the bulk of the weapons flowing into Syria for the US-backed war to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad are going into the hands of Al Qaeda and like-minded Islamist militias.

7 Nasty and Crazy Effects of Pesticides in Food, Exposure

A farmer spraying his crops. (photo: AP)hen asked by a skeptical friend why you buy organic, do you find yourself tongue-tied? Was it obesity? Or thyroid problems? Why should you buy organic? There are numerous reasons to skip the mainstream supermarket food and shop at an organic grocer, but just one of those reasons revolves around the effects of pesticides.

Why Congress Can't Balance The Budget

Occupy London shows Pussy Riot 'solidarity' in St. Paul's altar-chaining stunt

Fighting Misinformation about Climate Science

History of Iran & USA in 10 minutes

Katrina vanden Heuvel: The Media Can Fight Back Against 'Citizens United'

Filmmaker Threatening Legal Action Over Use Of Occupy Wall Street Footage

Secret Debate Contract Reveals Obama and Romney Campaigns Exclude Third Parties, Control Questions

Glenn Greenwald: Presidential Debates Highlight "Faux Objectivity" of Mainstream Journalists

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