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Friday, October 19

19.Oct.2012 - Get Your Free Book! Democracy Now Expands the Debate, Clean Water Act, Defense of Marriage Act, Overturn Citizens United, More Cyber-security Mandates, Biodiversity for Food Security, Training of Soldiers, U.S. Imperialism Unleashed, Afghanistan and U.S. Once Were Friends, Translation of Rachel Corrie Judgment, Who Are the None's?

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‘Democracy Now!’ Expands the Debate

Marking the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act By Protecting It

Statement from Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter

Court of Appeals Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the federally imposed ban on same-sex marriage passed into law in 1996, saying the legislation grossly violates the equal protection clause found in the US Constitution's fourteenth amendment.

New Jersey Becomes Ninth State to Back Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

The state assembly signed the resolution Thursday afternoon that "Expresses strong opposition to U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission; calls upon Congress to propose amending U.S. Constitution."

Should Industry Face More Cybersecurity Mandates?

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has warned that the United States faces a possible “cyber-Pearl Harbor” attack by foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation’s power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government. But in August, Senate Republicans, siding with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce blocked legislation that would have required new standards at critical private-sector facilities, saying such rules would be too burdensome for businesses.

Biodiversity Is Key In The Road Map To Food Security With No Role For GM Crops
There has been much talk around biological diversity and biosafety in the country as India was host to the eleventh meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (COP-11) and the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP6) in Hyderabad. 

The Training Of Soldiers
Within individual countries, murder is rightly considered to be the worst of crimes. But the institution of war tries to convince us that if a soldier murders someone from another country, whom the politicians have designated as an “enemy”, it is no longer a crime, no longer a violation of the common bonds of humanity. It is “heroic”.

Approximately 50 % Of World’s Wetlands Lost During The 20th Century
How many of us have ever bothered about the wetlands of the world? To the common man a wetland is just a waste of ‘good’ land, and we never understood what the real use of wetlands are and how important it is to protect them. Unfortunately we humans sit up and take notice of issues with our planet only if we are affected by a problem and after we have destroyed a lot of the ecosystem.

Get the military out of our public schools
In 1966, when I was a senior at Fortuna High, military recruiters were a fixture at our school. They made regular appearances in their dress uniforms with all their pleats and flaps and brass buttons and medals. And they would give us their best speech. “You'll be heading off to Vietnam,” they told us. “You'll see plenty of action and come back heroes with a chest full of medals because you fought for the most powerful army in the world. And you'll be better for the experience.”

Has the US Banned the Autobiography of a Former Guantanamo Prisoner?
People might remember the name David Hicks. He is an Australian who was held prisoner at Guantanamo Bay from 2001 until 2007. In 2010 he published an autobiography entitled Guantanamo: My Journey. Reportedly the book details the years of torture he underwent while in the custody of the US military. Sounds like a book you might want to read. But strangely, it does not seem to be for sale in the U.S. Barnes and Noble does not list it at all. Amazon, conversely,does list it for sale— at its Kindle Store —but at the very spot on the page where we’d expect to see the “Buy Now” button, we find instead a notice reading, “This title is not available for customers from: United States.” Amazon also has a used hardcovercopy for sale—only one—but it is available at the outrageous price of $105.15. 

Toward Barbarism: US Imperialism Unleashed
With signs of a global economic downturn mounting, US aggression across the Middle East and North Africa ratchets up.  Once again, US imperialism stands poised to open the gates of Hell.

Turkey Leads US-sponsored Military Encirclement of Syria
Despite widely reported concerns of blowback in Syria due to the arming of jihadist groups, a military build-up on Syria’s borders is proceeding apace.

Does Anyone Remember That Our 'Enemies' in Afghanistan Were Once Friends and Allies of America?

It's all to easy for the media to forget.

Future Jobs Depend on a Science-Based Economy
The next administration must prime the true growth engine
English translation of the Rachel Corrie judgment
You can download the translation here (PDF) and it is also reproduced after the break below. I should emphasise that this is not an official translation, but it does appear to me to be a very good effort indeed.

Who are the ‘Nones’?

More than 13 million atheists and agnostics and nearly 33 million claim no particular affiliation. About 20 percent of U.S. adults say they had no religious affiliation, an increase from two decades ago when about 8 percent of people were deemed so-called “nones,” according to a new study released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life. The group will be the subject of an upcoming PBS miniseries this month.

Bryan Fischer of AFA Claims Jesus Wants Women Out Of The Political Arena

Six Arrested in Illinois Protesting Bain Capital’s Plan to Close Sensata Plant, Move Jobs to China

Greg Palast on "Billionaires and Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps"

Minnesota Anti-Gay Constitutional Amendment Fuels National Battle over Marriage Equality

Al Jazeera to Air Opposition Presidential Debate Amidst US Black-out

When: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 8:00pm CSTWhere: University Club of Chicago – Chicago, IllinoisDebate Organizer: Free and Equal Elections FoundationMedia Coverage: The debate will be broadcast live at, and Al Jazeera.

In Conference Call, Romney Urged Businesses To Tell Their Employees How to Vote

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