Friday, October 20, 2006

BAUAW NEWSLETTER - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2006

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CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF CAROLINE LUND

Memorial Meeting for Caroline Lund

Saturday, November 11, 2:00 PM

Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland

Between Telegraph and Broadway

Wheelchair accessible from the entrance at 411 28th St.

Caroline fought for social justice for over forty years, in the socialist
movement, the labor movement, the anti-Vietnam War movement,
the women's movement, as a leader in the Socialist Workers Party,
fighting again the U.S. wars in the Middle East, publishing the rank
and file newsletter "Barking Dog" in the NUMMI auto plant where
she worked -- wherever people were struggling to better their
lives. She died of ALS on October 14.

Join with us to remember Caroline's life and work for social justice.

Speakers:

Malik Miah, editor, Against the Current

John Percy, Democratic Socialist Perspective, Australia

Open Mike

Claudette Begin, Chair

Messages from those unable to attend (which will be available
to be read at the meeting) should be sent to
Alex Chis
achis@igc.org
For more information, email Alex , or call at 510-489-8554.

There will also be a New York Area Memorial Meeting for Caroline
Saturday, November 18, 3:00 PM
Brecht Forum, 451 West St., New York
For more information on the NY meeting,
contact Gus Horowitz: 914-953-0212 or
ghorowitz@snet.net

Alex Chis & Claudette Begin
P.O. Box 2944
Fremont, CA 94536-0944
Phone: 510-489-8554
Email: achis@igc.org

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Profound new assault on freedom of speech and assembly:
Manhattan: New Rules for Parade Permits
By AL BAKER
After recent court rulings found the Police Department’s
parade regulations too vague, the department is moving
to require parade permits for groups of 10 or more
bicyclists or pedestrians who plan to travel more than
two city blocks without complying with traffic laws.
It is also pushing to require permits for groups of 30
or more bicyclists or pedestrians who obey traffic laws.
The new rules are expected to be unveiled in a public
notice today. The department will discuss them at
a hearing on Nov. 27. Norman Siegel, a lawyer whose
clients include bicyclists, said the new rules
“raise serious civil liberties issues.”
October 18, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/18/nyregion/18mbrfs-002.html

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LYNNE STEWART SENTENCED:
[Bay Area United Against War says, "Not one second in jail for
Lynne Stewart! Free Lynne Stewart Now!]
Send letters of support to:
info@lynnestewart.org
www.LynneStewart.org

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U.S. Out of Iraq Now! We Are the Majority!
End Colonial Occupation from Iraq,
to Palestine, Haiti, and Everywhere!
October 28, 2006, 12 Noon, U.N. Plaza, S.F.
Part of the Locally Coordinated Anti-War Protests from Coast to Coast
Vote With Your Feet … and Your Voices, and Banners, and Signs!
Let Every Politician Feel the Power of the People!
415-821-6545
answer@actionsf.org
http://answer.pephost.org/site/News2?abbr=ANS_&page=NewsArticle&id=7836
For more info or to volunteer,
call 415-821-6545.
 
The endless stream of lies from Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc. cannot
disguise the reality that both the war and the casualties in Iraq
are escalating. So, too, is the war in Afghanistan. and the economic
strangulation of the Palestinian people. The U.S.-Israeli assault left
a legacy of death, destruction and a million unexploded cluster
bombs in Lebanon. And the saber-rattling against Iran, Korea
and Venezuela continues, posing the threat of even wider wars.

There are now 20,000 more U.S. troops in Iraq than there were
three months ago. 100 Iraqis are being killed on average every
day. Reported U.S. casualties in September were the highest since
the annihilation of Fallujah in November 2004 with 75 killed
and more than 800 wounded. In the first week of October,
27 U.S. soldiers were reported killed and more than 300 wounded.
The Iraq war costs over $3,000 per second, more than
$270 million every day.

No one should rely on the politicians -- Democrat or Republican
-- to stop the war. Last week, the Senate vote on the "defense"
budget, including Iraq and Afghanistan, was 100-0. The Democratic
leadership made sure that there was no serious struggle against
the Torture Legalization Bill (as it should be called) passed by
Congress and signed by Bush. The Democrats are following a
"strategy of ambiguity" on the war and torture, as it is politely
labeled in the corporate media. In other words, they're ducking
the issues, the most important issues.

What is needed now more than ever are protests in the streets
-- only the people can stop the war!

That is why the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition has called for protests
and a "people's vote on the war" on Saturday, October 28 in
cities across the country. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT,
YOUR ENDORSEMENT AND YOUR PARTICIPATION.

There are important ways you can get involved:
* Please endorse today nd help us out by making a contribution.
http://www.pephost.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ANS_homepage
* Join us at the Tuesday evening A.N.S.W.E.R. volunteer meetings
at 7pm at our office in San Francisco, 2489 Mission St.,
Rm. 28 (corner 21st St.).
* Organize your group, friends, fellow students or workers
to join the Oct. 28 protest here in San Francisco, 12 Noon,
United Nations Plaza, Market St. between 7th & 8th Sts,
near Civic Center BART.
* If you are too far away to join the San Francisco rally
and march, organize a protest, a public meeting, or tabling
in your city or town. We can help provide materials flyers,
posters, the People's Vote on the War ballot, etc.
Call us at 415-821-6545.
* Download flyers and posters from our website and
distribute or post them in your neighborhood, campus,
mass transit stop, workplace.

A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
Act Now to Stop War & End Racism
http://www.ANSWERcoalition.org http://www.actionsf.org
sf@internationalanswer.org
2489 Mission St. Rm. 24
San Francisco: 415-821-6545

Make a tax-dedctible donation to A.N.S.W.E.R.
by credit card over a secure server, learn how
to donate by check.
Unsubscribe from this list - if you experience
a problem please email answer@actionsf.org

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!VIVA FIDEL! LONG LIVE FIDEL! LONG LIVE THE CUBAN REVOLUTION!
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Taking Aim with Ralph Schoenman and Mya Shone available now
on TV. Berkeley Public Access TV - Channel 28 - is the first
to carry the series. Monday, 7:00 a.m., with the program
repeated Wednesday and the following Sunday at 7:00 a.m.
Live stream at: http://www.betv.org

Oct. 16, 18 and 22: "The Terror State Targets Lynne Stewart,
part 4: The Relentless Assault On Democratic Rights"

See the Program Archive at http://www.takingaim.info
for audio versions of parts 1 and 2. 060502 "The Terror
State Targets Lynne Stewart: The Destruction of Democratic
Rights" and 060919 "The Terror State Targets Lynne Stewart,
part 2: A Modern Inquisition."

Taking Aim with Ralph Schoenman and Mya Shone can
be heard live each week in the Bay Area at 2:00 p.m.
streamed on http://www.wbai.org

Contact Mya Shone at takingaim@pacbell.net
if you would like to schedule Taking Aim for
broadcast on your local public access TV station.

Three announcements:

1. Taking Aim enters a new era this week with the
television broadcast of Taking Aim on Berkeley Community
Access Television, Channel 28.

Oct. 16, 18 and 22 at 7:00 a.m.: "The Terror State Targets
Lynne Stewart, part 4: The Relentless Assault On
Democratic Rights."

Berkeley Community Media provides a live stream at
http://www.betv.org

Thanks to Peoples Television (PTV) for filming us as
we record our weekly radio broadcast of Taking Aim.

Contact us at takingaim@pacbell.net or phone us
at 707.552.9992 if you have a regularly scheduled public
access TV slot or can establish one on your local access station.

Prepare to be at the sentencing hearing, Monday,
October 16, 10:00 a.m. in the Federal Court House in Manhattan,
Courtroom of Hon. John G. Koeltl, 500 Pearl Street, Courtroom 12B.
For more information see http://www.lynnestewart.org

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Oaxaca Teacher to Speak at New College in S.F. (Mission Campus)
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2006, Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: New College of California (Mission Campus),
741 Valencia St., Art Studio. The college is located
on Valencia at 18th Street.
The newly formed Mexico Solidarity Committee is pleased to
announce that a representative of the Teachers Union in Oaxaca
will be at its meeting to give us an update on the struggle in
Mexico. Fernando Mendoza, a teacher from the State of Oaxaca,
Mexico, who is on the Executive Board of Section 22 of the
SNTE, the Teachers Union.
This union is part of the Democracy Tendency (Tendencia
Democracia) that has helped to lead the struggle for a uniform
wage for all teachers in Oaxaca and for the resignation of the
notoriously corrupt Governor of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz.

Join us!

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Urgent call from October 22 Coalition against Police Brutality, SF
October 22 Coalition against Police Brutality, Repression
and Criinalization of a generation
National Day of Protest, March and Rally in SF, Planning
NO MORE STOLEN LIVES ! NO MAS VIDAS ROBADAS !
Contact:
mesha Monge-Irizarry
Idriss Stelley Foundation
(415) 595-8251 24HR Bilingual Spa. Crisis line
iolmisha@cs. com
How: Already involved are : October 22 Bay Area, Idriss
Stelley Foundation, SF CEDP (Campaign to End the Death
Penalty, ISO (International Socialist Organization, Bay Area),
Bay Area Families of Victims and Survivors of Police brutality,
Code Pink
http://www.october22.org/
GET INVOLVED: To join our mailing list, please write to:
sf1022-talk-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

Appeal for Endorsement, SF OCT22
Against Police brutality
March and Rally

Dear Friends and Community Activist,
October 22nd Coalition
to Stop Police Brutality, Repression,
and the Criminalization of a Generation
SF Chapter

is appealing for your support!

We will march from Haight and Stanyan to the Fillmore
on Oct 22, 2pm

Please let us know if your organization is endorsing the call !
October22 National day of Protest promises to be the largest
ever in San Francisco, pleasse scroll down for growing list
of endorsers (45)

We especially encourage the families of Victims of Police
Brutality to endorse, open the March and Rally and speak
to honor the memory of their loved ones and demand Justice !
meshá
meshá Mongé-Irizarry
Idriss Stelley Foundation
ISF, director
iolmisha@cs.com
24 HR Crisis Line (415) 595-8251
http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeo9ewi/idrissstelleyfoundation/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/isf23/
www.myspace.com/isfoundation

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U.S. Out of Iraq Now! We Are the Majority!
End Colonial Occupation from Iraq,
to Palestine, Haiti, and Everywhere!
October 28, 2006, 12 Noon, U.N. Plaza, S.F.
Part of the Locally Coordinated Anti-War Protests from Coast to Coast
Vote With Your Feet … and Your Voices, and Banners, and Signs!
Let Every Politician Feel the Power of the People!
http://answer.pephost.org/site/News2?abbr=ANS_&page=NewsArticle&id=7836

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End Canada's Occupation of Afghanistan!
Call for action on October 28, 2006

This call for a pan-Canadian day of action, co-signed by the
Canadian Peace Alliance, the Canadian Islamic Congress, the
Canadian Labour Congress and the Montreal coalition Echec
a la Guerre, is being distributed and discussed at the World Peace
Forum now taking place in Vancouver. -SV The Collectif Échec
à la guerre, Canadian Peace Alliance, the Canadian Labour Congress,
and the Canadian Islamic Congress are jointly calling for a pan-
Canadian day of protest this October 28th, 2006, to bring Canadian
troops home from Afghanistan.

On that day, people all across the country will unite to tell
Stephen Harper that we are opposed to
his wholehearted support for Canadian and U.S. militarism.
This October marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion and
occupation of Afghanistan, and the people of that country are
still suffering from the ravages of war. Reconstruction in the
country is at a standstill and the needs of the Afghan people
are not being met. The rule of the new Afghan State, made
up largely of drug running warlords, will not realize the
democratic aspirations of the people there. In fact, according
to Human Rights Watch reports, the human rights record
of those warlords in recent years has not been better than
the Taliban.

We are told that the purpose of this war is to root out terrorism
and protect our societies, yet the heavy-handed approach of
a military occupation trying to impose a US-friendly
government on the Afghan people will force more Afghans
to become part of the resistance movement. It will also
make our societies more -- not less -- likely to see terrorist
attacks.

No discussion on military tactics in the House of Commons
will change that reality. Indeed, violence is increasing with
more attacks on both coalition troops and on Afghan civilians.
While individual Canadian soldiers may have gone to Afghanistan
with the best of intentions, they are operating under the
auspices of a US-led state building project that cares little
or the needs of the Afghan people. US and Canadian interests
rest with the massive $3.2 billion Trans Afghan Pipeline (TAP)
project, which will bring oil from the Caspian region through
southern Afghanistan (where Canada is stationed) and onto the
ports of Pakistan.

It has been no secret that the TAP has dominated US foreign
policy towards Afghanistan for the last decade. Now Canadian
oil and gas corporations have their own interests in the TAP.
Over the last decade, the role of the Canadian Armed Forces
abroad has changed, and Canadian foreign policy has become
a replica of the US empire-building rhetoric. The end result
of this process is now plain to see with the role of our troops
in Southern Afghanistan, with the enormous budget increases
for war expenditures and "security," with the Bush-style speeches
of Stephen Harper, and with the fear campaigns around
"homegrown terrorism" to foster support for those nefarious
changes.

It is this very course that will get young Canadian soldiers killed,
that will endanger our society and consume more and more
of its resources for destruction and death in Afghanistan.
We demand a freeze in defense and security budgets until
an in-depth public discussion is held on those issues across
Canada. The mission in Afghanistan has already cost Canadians
more than $4 billion. That money could have been used to fund
human needs in Canada or abroad. Instead it is being used
to kill civilians in Afghanistan and advance the interests
of corporations.

On October 28th, stand up and be counted.
Canadian Troops Out of Afghanistan Now!

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VOICES OF A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:30 pm
Berkeley Community Theatre, 1930 Allston Way
Voices of a People's History of the United States
Dramatic Readings Celebrating the Enduring Spirit of Dissent
The Middle East Children's Alliance, Speak Out,
Vanguard Public Foundation and KPFA 94.1FM present:
The Bay Area Premiere of Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove's

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JROTC IN SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
The issue of JROTC in S.F. public schools will be addressed
at the San Francisco Board of Education
Meeting::
Tuesday, November 14th, 7:00 P.M.
555 Franklin Street, 1st Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
To get on the speakers list for the Regular Board Meeting call:
415/241-6427
(Call on Monday, the day before the meeting from 8:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.
or Tuesday, the day of the meeting from 8:30 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.)
See: ARTICLES IN FULL BELOW:
17) State ranks second in Army recruits
By Lisa Friedman Washington Bureau
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Californians comprised about 10 percent of the Army's new
soldiers this year, second only to Texas in providing new recruits,
according to newly released figures.
October 16, 2006
http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_4485649
Here are some links to JROTC facts:

Review of the JROTC Curriculum
http://www.afsc.org/youthmil/militarism-in-schools/JROTC-review.htm

Making Soldiers - PDF
http://www.afsc.org/youthmil/militarism-in-schools/msitps.pdf

Report Says JROTC Benefits Students; Calls for More Funding for Programs
By Julie Blair
September 29, 1999
http://www.jrotc.org/jrotc_benifits.htm

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Close the SOA and Change Oppressive U.S. Foreign Policy
Nov. 17-19, 2006 - Converge on Fort Benning, Georgia

People's Movements across the Americas are becoming increasingly more
powerful. Military "solutions" to social problems as supported by
institutions like the School of the Americas were unable to squash their
voices, and the call for justice and accountability is getting louder each
day.

Add your voice to the chorus, demand justice for all the people of the
Americas and engage in nonviolent direct action to close the SOA and
change oppressive U.S. foreign policy.

With former SOA graduates being unmasked in Chile, Argentina, Colombia,
Paraguay, Honduras, and Peru for their crimes against humanity, and with
the blatant similarities between the interrogation methods and torture
methods used at Abu Ghraib and those described in human rights abuse cases
in Latin America, the SOA/WHINSEC must be held accountable!

Visit http://www.soaw.org to learn more about the November Vigil, hotel
and travel information, the November Organizing Packet, and more.

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MARCH 17, 2007 GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION ON THE 4TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE WAR!
DEMONSTRATIONS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.; LOS ANGELES;
SAN FRANCISCO; SEATTLE; CHICAGO AND OTHER CITIES AND
TOWNS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD. THE
A.N.S.W.E.R. COALITION URGES EVERYONE IN THE ANTIWAR
MOVEMENT TO COME TOGETHER IN UNITY AGAINST THE
CRIMINAL ACTIONS OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT
http://www.pephost.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ANS_homepage

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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Want to help make the Palestinian Right to Return a reality?

Looking for ways to show your support for Palestine and
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Before You Enlist
Excellent flash film that should be shown to all students.
http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=ZFsaGv6cefw

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

In an interview in March 1995 entitled, "Jesse Helms: Setting the
Record Straight" that appeared in the Middle East Quarterly, Helms
said, "I have long believed that if the United States is going to give
money to Israel, it should be paid out of the Department of Defense
budget. My question is this: If Israel did not exist, what would
U.S. defense costs in the Middle East be? Israel is at least the
equivalent of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Middle East. Without
Israel promoting its and America's common interests, we would
be badly off indeed."
(Jesse Helms was the senior senator from North Carolina and the
chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the time.)
http://www.meforum.org/article/244

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A CALL TO SUPPORT THE CASE OF ELVIRA ARELLANO
Stand in solidarity with all immigrants, documented and undocumented

The IAC urges you to support the case of Elvira Arellano. Elvira is
an undocumented worker who is taking a heroic stand against
deportations and fighting for her rights. She is a native of Michoacán,
Mexico who came to the U.S. like many of the other 12 million
undocumented in this country, in search of work and a better life.

In 2002, Elvira was detained by Homeland Security agents in an
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sweep at O'Hare Airport
in Chicago under the guise of allegedly looking for "terrorists". She
was detained by the Department of Homeland Security for using
a false social security number on her job at O'Hare.

On August 18, 2006 Elvira Arellano and her seven year old son,
Saul who is a US citizen, took sanctuary in Adalberto United Methodist
Church in Chicago instead of reporting for deportation, primarily
because Saul has health problems. She has pledged to live indefinitely
in the church until granted a reprieve.

Elvira is a well known activist, representing many families in
Congressional hearings and speaking on behalf of immigrant rights.
She worked to organize in July 2005 a march of 50,000 for immigrant
rights in Chicago, and went on a hunger strike to support workers who
were picked up by ICE prior to the historic May 1st boycott in 2006.
Arellano was a founder of both La Familia Latina Unida and the
Coalition of African Arab Asian European and Latino Immigrants
of Illinois (CAAAELII).

The case of Elvira Arellano is a just case

Elvira Arellano has become the symbol of resistance to the heartless
and callous deportations that are sweeping the country. Despite
a legislative standstill in Congress, not only are deportations
escalating, local officials around the nation are implementing
de facto immigration policy that amount to a witch-hunt against
immigrants. A case in point is the anti-immigrant ordinance that
passed in July in Hazelton, PA.

Due to her heroic stand, a group of Black ministers spoke last
week at Adalberto Methodist of the comparisons of Arellano
to Rosa Parks. Reverend Albert Tyson said he hopes "their
support would increase the bonds between Latinos and African-
Americans." At the meeting Arellano said, "I don't only speak
for me and my son, but for millions of families like mine."
Supporters from the predominantly Puerto Rican neighborhood
chanted, "Luchando mano y mano, Boriqua y Mexicano!"
("Fighting hand in hand, Puerto Rican and Mexican!")

Elvira Arellano is the perfect example that the anti-immigrant
hysteria sweeping the country is an inhumane situation that
has become intolerable. The human rights of immigrants are
being cruelly violated under the guise of fighting terrorism
or stopping "illegal" immigration. In fact, no human being
is illegal and whether in the U.S. documented or undocumented,
immigrants have a right to live in peace, without fear of evictions
from their homes or the country.

How you can help Elvira:

1. Write letters to Illinois Senators Richard Durbin and Barack
Obama as well as your own legislator urging them to prevent
her deportation.

For Senator Durbin visit: http://durbin.senate.gov/contact.cfm#contact
For Senator Obama: http://obama.senate.gov/contact/index.php

2. Send Letters to the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune
asking them to stop demonizing Elvira as well as all immigrants.
Their emails are letters@suntimes.com and ctc-tribletter@tribune.com.

3. Send letters of support directly to Elvira at the organization she works
with and who has been spearheading her support, Sin Fronteras
at Centro Sin Fronteras 2300 S. Blue Island Ave., Chicago IL 60608
or visit the website: www.legalizationyes.com .
For Spanish speakers visit:
www.legalizacionsi.com

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TWO AMICUS BRIEFS FILED FOR MUMIA ABU-JAMAL WITH
THE 3RD CIRCUIT FEDERAL APPEALS COURT IN JULY 2006

These pdf files can be found on Michael Schiffmann's web site at:

http://againstthecrimeofsilence.de/english/copy_of_mumia/legalarchive/

The first brief is from the National Lawyers Guild.
The second brief is from the NAACP Legal Defense
and Educational Fund, Inc.

Howard Keylor
For the Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
www.laboractionmumia.org.

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SIR! NO SIR!
I urge everyone to get a copy of "Sir! No Sir!" at:
http://www.sirnosir.com/
It is an extremely informative and powerful film
of utmost importance today. I was a participant
in the anti-Vietnam war movement. What a
powerful thing it was to see troops in uniform
leading the march against the war! If you would
like to read more here are two very good
publications:

Out Now!: A Participant's Account of the Movement
in the United States Against the Vietnam War
by Fred Halstead (Hardcover - Jun 1978)

and:

GIs speak out against the war;: The case of the
Ft. Jackson 8; by Fred Halstead (Unknown Binding - 1970).

Both available at:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/103-1123166-0136605?search-alias=books&rank=
+availability,-proj-total-margin&field-author=Fred%20Halstead

In solidarity,

Bonnie Weinstein

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Endorse the following petition:
Don't Let Idaho Kill Endangered Wolves
Target: Fish and Wildlife Service
Sponsor: Defenders of Wildlife
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/664280276?
z00m=99090&z00m=99090<l=1155834550

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END ALL U.S. AID TO ISRAEL!
Stop funding Israel's war against Palestine
Complete the form at the website listed below with your information.
Personalize the message text on the right with
your own words, if you wish.
Click the Next Step button to send your letter
to these decision makers:
President George W. Bush
Vice President Richard 'Dick' B. Cheney
Your Senators
Your Representative
Go here to register your outrage:
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JServSessionIdr003=cga2p2o6x1.app2a&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=177

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Idriss Stelley Foundation is in critical financial crisis, please help !
ISF is in critical financial crisis, and might be forced to close
its doors in a couple of months due to lack of funds to cover
DSL, SBC and utilities, which is a disaster for our numerous
clients, since the are the only CBO providing direct services
to Victims (as well as extended failies) of police misconduct
for the whole city of SF. Any donation, big or small will help
us stay alive until we obtain our 501-c3 nonprofit Federal
Status! Checks can me made out to
ISF, ( 4921 3rd St , SF CA 94124 ). Please consider to volunteer
or apply for internship to help covering our 24HR Crisis line,
provide one on one couseling and co facilitate our support
groups, M.C a show on SF Village Voice, insure a 2hr block
of time at ISF, moderate one of our 26 websites for ISF clients !
http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeo9ewi/idrissstelleyfoundation/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/isf23/
Report Police Brutality
24HR Bilingual hotline
(415) 595-8251
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Justice4Asa/

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Appeal for funds:
Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches
Visit the Dahr Jamail Iraq website http://dahrjamailiraq.com
Request for Support
Dahr Jamail will soon return to the Middle East to continue his
independent reporting. As usual, reporting independently is a costly
enterprise; for example, an average hotel room is $50, a fixer runs $50
per day, and phone/food average $25 per day. Dahr will report from the
Middle East for one month, and thus needs to raise $5,750 in order to
cover his plane ticket and daily operating expenses.
A rare opportunity has arisen for Dahr to cover several stories
regarding the occupation of Iraq, as well as U.S. policy in the region,
which have been entirely absent from mainstream media.
With the need for independent, unfiltered information greater than ever,
your financial support is deeply appreciated. Without donations from
readers, ongoing independent reports from Dahr are simply not possible.
All donations go directly towards covering Dahr's on the ground
operating expenses.
(c)2006 Dahr Jamail.

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Legal update on Mumia Abu-Jamal's case
Excerpts from a letter written by Robert R. Bryan, the lead attorney
for death row political prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal.
...On July 20, 2006, we filed the Brief of Appellee and Cross
Appellant, Mumia Abu-Jamal, in the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia.
http://www.workers.org/2006/us/mumia-0810/

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Today in Palestine!
For up to date information on Israeli's brutal attack on
human rights and freedom in Palestine and Lebanon go to:
http://www.theheadlines.org

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For a great car magnet--a black ribbon with the words, "Bring
the troops home now!" written in red, and it also comes in a
lapel pin!--go to:
(Put out by A.N.S.W.E.R.)
https://secure2.convio.net/pep/site/Ecommerce?store_id=1621

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THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF ZIONISM
BY RALPH SCHOENMAN
Essential reading for understanding the development of Zionism
and Israel in the service of British and USA imperialism.
The full text of the book can be found for free at:
http://takingaim.info/hhz/index.htm

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JOIN THE LYNNE STEWAR DEFENSE - THE CASE IS NOT OVER!
For those of you who don't know who Lynne Stewart is, go to
www.lynnestewart.org and get acquainted with Lynne and her
cause. Lynne is a criminal defense attorney who is being persecuted
for representing people charged with heinous crimes. It is a bedrock
of our legal system that every criminal defendant has a right to a
lawyer. Persecuting Lynne is an attempt to terrorize and intimidate
all criminal defense attorneys in this country so they will stop
representing unpopular people. If this happens, the fascist takeover
of this nation will be complete. We urge you all to go the website,
familiarize yourselves with Lynne and her battle for justice
www.lynnestewart.org

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NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO FREE THE CUBAN FIVE
Comité Nacional por la Libertad de los Cinco Cubanos
Who are the Cuban Five?
The Cuban Five are five Cuban men who are in U.S. prison, serving
four life sentences and 75 years collectively, after being wrongly
convicted in U.S. federal court in Miami, on June 8, 2001.
They are Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero,
Fernando González and René González.
The Five were falsely accused by the U.S. government of committing
espionage conspiracy against the United States, and other related
charges.
But the Five pointed out vigorously in their defense that they were
involved in monitoring the actions of Miami-based terrorist groups,
in order to prevent terrorist attacks on their country of Cuba.
The Five's actions were never directed at the U.S. government.
They never harmed anyone nor ever possessed nor used any
weapons while in the United States.
The Cuban Five's mission was to stop terrorism
For more than 40 years, anti-Cuba terrorist organizations based
in Miami have engaged in countless terrorist activities against
Cuba, and against anyone who advocates a normalization
of relations between the U.S. and Cuba. More than 3,000 Cubans
have died as a result of these terrorists' attacks.

Gerardo Hernández, 2 Life Sentences
Antonio Guerrero, Life Sentence
Ramon Labañino, Life Sentence
Fernando González, 19 Years
René González, 15 Years

Free The Cuban Five Held Unjustly In The U.S.!
http://www.freethefive.org/

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Eyewitness Account from Oaxaca
A website is now being circulated that has up-to-date info
and video that can be downloaded of the police action and
developments in Oaxaca. For those who have not seen it
elsewhere, the website is:
www.mexico.indymedia.org/oaxaca
http://www.mexico.indymedia.org/oaxaca

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REMINDER TO ALL GROUPS: BE SURE AND POST ALL ACTIONS AND
EVENTS TO WWW.INDYBAY.ORG TO REACH THE MOST PEOPLE
AGAINST THE WAR IN THE BAY AREA!
http://www.indybay.org

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Iraq Body Count
For current totals, see our database page.
http://www.iraqbodycount.net/press/pr13.php

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The Cost of War
[Over three-hundred-billion so far...bw]
http://nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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"The Democrats always promise to help workers, and the don't!
The Republicans always promise to help business, and the do!"
- Mort Sahl

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"It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees."
- Emilano Zapata
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Join the Campaign to
Shut Down the Guantanamo Torture Center
Go to:
http://www.shutitdown.org/
to send a letter to Congress and the White House:
Shut Down Guantanamo and all torture centers and prisons.
A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
Act Now to Stop War & End Racism
http://www.ANSWERcoalition.org http://www.actionsf.org
sf@internationalanswer.org
2489 Mission St. Rm. 24
San Francisco: 415-821-6545

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Great Counter-Recruitment Website
http://notyoursoldier.org/article.php?list=type&type=14

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DEFEND IMMIGRANT RIGHTS AND
CIVIL RIGHTS!

Last summer the U.S. Border Patrol arrested Shanti Sellz and
Daniel Strauss, both 23-year-old volunteers assisting immigrants
on the border, for medically evacuating 3 people in critical
condition from the Arizona desert.

Criminalization for aiding undocumented immigrants already
exists on the books in the state of Arizona. Daniel and Shanti
are targeted to be its first victims. Their arrest and subsequent
prosecution for providing humanitarian aid could result in
a 15-year prison sentence. Any Congressional compromise
with the Sensenbrenner bill (HR 4437) may include these
harmful criminalization provisions. Fight back NOW!

Help stop the criminalization of undocumented immigrants
and those who support them!

For more information call 415-821- 9683.
For information on the Daniel and Shanti Defense Campaign,
visit www.nomoredeaths.org.

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FYI
According to "Minimum Wage History" at
http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/anth484/minwage.html "

"Calculated in real 2005 dollars, the 1968 minimum wage was the
highest at $9.12. "The 8 dollar per hour Whole Foods employees
are being paid $1.12 less than the 1968 minimum wage.

"A federal minimum wage was first set in 1938. The graph shows
both nominal (red) and real (blue) minimum wage values. Nominal
values range from 25 cents per hour in 1938 to the current $5.15/hr.
The greatest percentage jump in the minimum wage was in 1950,
when it nearly doubled. The graph adjusts these wages to 2005
dollars (blue line) to show the real value of the minimum wage.
Calculated in real 2005 dollars, the 1968 minimum wage was the
highest at $9.12. Note how the real dollar minimum wage rises and
falls. This is because it gets periodically adjusted by Congress.
The period 1997-2006, is the longest period during which the
minimum wage has not been adjusted. States have departed from
the federal minimum wage. Washington has the highest minimum
wage in the country at $7.63 as of January 1, 2006. Oregon is next
at $7.50. Cities, too, have set minimum wages. Santa Fe, New
Mexico has a minimum wage of $9.50, which is more than double
the state minimum wage at $4.35."

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NO BORDERS! NO WALLS! NO FENCES! GENERAL AMNESTY FOR ALL!
OUR HOMELAND IS WHERE WE LIVE!

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REPEAL THE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT IN 2007!
Check out: 10 EXCELLENT REASONS NOT TO JOIN THE MILITARY
http://www.10reasonsbook.com/
Public Law print of PL 107-110, the No Child Left Behind
Act of 2001 [1.8 MB]
http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/index.html
Also, the law is up before Congress again in 2007.
See this article from USA Today:
Bipartisan panel to study No Child Left Behind
By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY
February 13, 2006
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2006-02-13-education-panel_x.htm

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The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies
http://www.law.indiana.edu/uslawdocs/declaration.html
http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/decind.html
http://www.usconstitution.net/declar.html
http://www.indybay.org/news/2006/02/1805195.php

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Bill of Rights
http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.billofrights.html
http://www.indybay.org/news/2006/02/1805182.php

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ARTICLES IN FULL:
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1) The Real Reasons Behind the So-called
`War on Terrorism'
By Nat Weinstein
http://www.socialistviewpoint.org/

2) Iraqi Dead May Total 600,000, Study Says
By SABRINA TAVERNISE and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
October 11, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/11/world/middleeast/11casualties.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

3) Ex - Gitmo Detainees Arrive in Afghanistan
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 8:43 p.m. ET
October 12, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Afghan-Guantanamo-Prisoners.html

4) 8 Palestinians Die as Israeli Raids and Airstrikes Intensify
By GREG MYRE
[Photo shows a relative greiving for Sohaib Kadiah, a 13-year-old
boy who died in an airstrike that Israel officials said killed four
Hamas militants. It looks like the child's face was blown off. His
father, a civilian, was also killed. Over all, more than 200 Palestinians,
including militants and civilians, have been killed in the Gaza
fighting since late June. Two Israeli soldiers have also lost
their lives...bw]
October 13, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/13/world/middleeast/13mideast.html

5) A Soldier Hoped to Do Good, but Was Changed by War
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
October 13, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/13/us/13awol.html?ref=us

6) Protests Shut University for Deaf a 2nd Day
By DIANA JEAN SCHEMO
[I believe this story is important because it raises the question
of whether students and faculty can have a democratic say
in the issues that they face on a daily basis or does the
Administration have dictatorial rule over all? If the latter is
true, why should we tolerate it? All power to the students and
faculty at Gallaudet University! To support the students send
an email to the school president:
I. King Jordan
president@gallaudet.edu...bw]
October 13, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/13/education/13galludet.html?ref=us

7) Ann Wright joins endorsers of War Crimes Report
International Anti-Occupation Network and Stop the War
Coalition (UK) join report publishers
October 12, 2006
CONTACT:  Consumers for Peace,
http://www.consumersforpeace.org
Nick Mottern nickmottern@earthlink.net

8) Cuba and her Permanent Revolution
By Carol Cossitore
Prensa Latina
...with apologies to Trotsky, Bukharin, Marx, et.al
[undated, but downloaded October 9, 2006]
http://www.plenglish.com.mx/article.asp?ID={FF33D287-B4AD-45AD-B29D-9FE01B76A379}&language=EN

9) Resistance Growing Up at School
Ali Al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail
http://dahrjamailiraq.com

10) Havana Book Fair: A Report
http://www.marxist.com/trotsky-havana-book-fair230206.htm

11) Former pesticide executive to head EPA office
Dow Chemical was among employers, environmental group wary
The Associated Press
Updated: 11:48 a.m. ET Oct 10, 2006
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15208048/

12) Cuba Alerts World Tension over Korean N-Test
Prensa Latina, Havana
http://www.plenglish.com

13) EEOC: Graffiti, Noose Left for Black Workers at Firm
Chicago Sun-Times
By: Steve Warmbir
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/47274,CST-NWS-noose07.article

14) U.S. Firing Plans for Great Lakes Raise Concerns
By MONICA DAVEY
October 16, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/16/us/16lakes.html?ref=us

15) Lawyer Is Due for Sentencing in Terror Case
By JULIA PRESTON
October 16, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/16/nyregion/16stewart.html?ref=nyregion

16) Medical Marijuana Advocate Faces New U.S. Indictment
By CAROLYN MARSHALL
October 14, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/14/washington/14pot.html?ref=health

17) State ranks second in Army recruits
By Lisa Friedman Washington Bureau
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Californians comprised about 10 percent of the Army's new
soldiers this year, second only to Texas in providing new recruits,
according to newly released figures.
October 16, 2006
http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_4485649

18) A new revolution in Grimethorpe:
Cuban-style socialist health care
By Matthew
Beard Published: 16 October 2006
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/health_medical/article1876666.ece

19) Sami's Shame, and Ours
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
October 17, 2006
http://select.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/opinion/17kristof.html?hp

20) Bush Signs Terror Interrogation Law
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 11:08 a.m. ET
October 17, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Bush-Terrorism.html?hp&ex=1161144000&en=254af53b6a9b2151&ei=5094&partner=homepage

21) Lawyer, Facing 30 Years, Gets 28 Months, to Dismay of U.S.
By JULIA PRESTON
October 17, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/nyregion/17stewart.html?ref=us

22) For Wal-Mart, Unionization Is an Acceptable China Price
By JOSEPH SCHUMAN
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE

23) California Letter Investigated for Warning to Immigrants
By JESSE McKINLEY
October 18, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/18/us/politics/18hispanic.html

24) Dam Funny Tale
Scott Munson
scott@planttrees.org

25) Behind the Veil
New York Times Editorial
October 19, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/19/opinion/19thu4.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

26) Morning Star interviews Celia Hart
By Andrew Kennedy and Charley Allan - Morning Star
Thursday, 19 October 2006
Rich Opportunity (Morning Star Tuesday 17 October 2006)
http://www.marxist.com/morning-star-interviews-celia-hart191006.htm

27) Bush issues doctrine for US control of space
Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington
Thursday October 19, 2006
Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1925756,00.html

28) Trial Begins for 2 Charged With Aiding Terror Group
By LIBBY SANDER
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/20/us/20trial.html?ref=us

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1) The Real Reasons Behind the So-called
`War on Terrorism'
By Nat Weinstein
http://www.socialistviewpoint.org/

Any reasonably objective person trying to figure out the real reasons
given in the mass media for the so-called “War on Terrorism” is not
likely to swallow the distortions in the mass media whole. Take
for instance, the way the facts in each of the many wars in the Middle
East have been reported in the media. The art of deception tends
to take the form of portraying the victim as the criminal and vice versa.

Thus, the American Empire’s Zionist storm troopers are portrayed
as the victim and Lebanon’s Hizbullah, the criminal.

Aside from such an absurdly twisted version of the facts, even
more dishonest is the bald-faced portrayal of the American Empire
as the champion of “freedom, democracy and the rule of law.”
But the characterization of America—more accurately, the U.S.
ruling class—as the arch-opponent of “crimes against humanity”
deserves a special Nobel prize for crudely turning the truth inside-
out and upside-down!

The real reasons for the crimes against humanity committed by
U.S.-led world imperialism in the Middle East, and throughout
the world today, have nothing to do with the growing trend
toward inter-racial, religious, national and ethnic conflict.
All these evils were set into motion by the many social,
economic, and political injustices that are rooted in the
capitalist social and economic order that is now the dominant
force in today’s world. That’s a viewpoint, if the truth be told,
shared by a majority of the peoples of the world—despite
the exactly opposite version of the facts of life created by
the artful dodgers who write the mainstream news.

Let’s take a look at the real story behind the one told by the
capitalist-owned and controlled mass media of communication:

• The first and most obvious of the many factors driving the
American Empire along its path of death and destruction that
we now see unfolding mainly, but not only, in the Middle East,
is the existence, there, of the world’s largest reserves
of oil and gas, without which the wheels of industry cannot turn.

• The second of these forces is the ever-sharpening struggle
between each capitalist nation for as large a share of the global
market as it is able to capture. This struggle by all capitalist
nations—each against all—has powered the major imperialist
nations toward a policy that has already resulted in the destruction
of millions of the world’s innocent people, held hostage
to capitalist exploitation and oppression.

• The third and most powerful force driving the capitalist world
toward self-destruction is known by economists as the tendency
of the average rate of profit to fall.

The fall of the average rate of profit is the most fundamental
of capitalism’s internal contradictions. The tendency of profits
is to expand absolutely along with the expansion of capitalism
into new markets. But at the same time, the struggle for market
share sharply intensifies competition among capitalists fighting
for living space in a finite world marketplace. This spirit of
competition, which capitalist ideologues consider the greatest
of all virtues, lies at the roots of the declining average rate
of profit.

As scarce as the proverbial hens’ teeth, however, are bourgeois
economists who will own up to the fact of a long-term tendency
of the average rate of profit to fall.

But I was surprised to see that James Petras, a former Professor
of Sociology, and a comrade, in the generic sense, since we are
on the same side of the class struggle, has recently written
a 4,000-word polemic against the left wing of the workers’
movement entitled: “Crisis of U.S. Capitalism or the Crisis
of the U.S. Wage and Salaried Worker?” His opening remarks
provide a clear indication of the nature and substance
of his critique:

“Progressive, leftist, radical and even a few ‘Bearish’ Wall Street
pundits have been arguing for years about the coming collapse,
decline or demise of U.S. capitalism. No amount of continued
growth of billionaires, millionaires and multimillionaires, record
earnings by investment houses and double-digit profit growth
of major corporations can convince our doomsayers to rethink
their prophecies.

“Nothing has discredited the U.S. left more than its apocalyptic
visions of the Big Fall, in the face of robust growth. Given the
“long-term” or imprecise time frame and a ritualistic litany
of profound structural weaknesses, their predictions are
swallowed and regurgitated in the progressive media,
websites and blogs where they are spread to a dubious public.”

Although, the author of the two preceding paragraphs appears
to only see the bright side of capitalist economy as presented
by Wall Street’s “Bullish” Wall Street pundits, he doesn’t give
hardly enough credence to its dark side as presented by Wall
Street’s “Bears.” After all, both Bulls and Bears have to know
something—or know people who do know something about
the real state of the economy. But so do those of us like Jim
Petras and myself who also have to know and do know
something about the subject.

In any case, I want to thank him for providing me with an
opportunity to explain why “leftists,” such as are the editors
of this magazine, “have been arguing for years about the
coming collapse, decline or demise of U.S. capitalism.”

So in order to explain why we say that this is indeed the
direction in which it is moving; and at an ever increasing
pace, I think it best to start with a brief explanation of why
the rate of profit tends to fall.

The falling rate of profit: how it works

This question remained unanswered until Karl Marx came along.
But to solve this conundrum required three volumes of Capital,
which many consider to be his most important contribution to the
science of society. Marx succeeded, where all others had failed,
first to identify and then to fully explain the many conflicting
forces at work in the complex coordinate system such as is the
capitalist social and economic order in a manner entirely
consistent with the scientific method. That’s why it has
successfully withstood the challenges to Marx’s Capital
ever since.

The three volumes of Capital expound his labor theory of value,
which is the foundation for his critical analysis of the laws governing
capitalist economy and is the key to understanding why it must fall
over the long term—but rises and falls chaotically over the
shorter term.

Competition for market share makes capitalists reduce
prices consistent with their drive to gain a rate of profit
justifying the risks that go along with a system based
on production for profit. If we reduce this problem
to its essentials, it boils down to this:

If war and the lies needed to make war acceptable to the
gullible become necessary to keep the rate of profit from
falling to the point that capitalists will not invest when the
risks are higher than is justified by an acceptable rate of
profit, then war becomes—for the capitalist—a vital
necessity.

There are two ways to increase profits and, at the same
time, the rate of profit. The first is by increasing the length
of the workday, or intensifying the rate of exploitation
by forcing workers to do more work in every minute of
every hour, or both. And the second way is to lower the
cost of labor by replacing human labor by machines.

Reducing the labor costs serves to raise the rate of profit
for those capitalists who first successfully increase
productivity without a comparable increase in costs.
It doesn’t matter whether this is done by the first
or second way, or most effectively by both ways.

But intensifying the rate of exploitation, and replacing
human labor by machines, causes a paradoxical fall
in the average rate of profit for the majority of individual
capitalists and nations who have not kept up with
the new standard of productive efficiency needed
to garner an average, or higher, rate of profit.

And try as critical capitalist economists have tried
to do to come up with a viable alternative to Karl Marx’s
labor theory of value—and thereby maintain the myth that
wages are a fair exchange of things of equal value[1]—all
of the best bourgeois economic theorists have failed
to come up with a consistent theory. All of the latter
failed to pass the test of consistency and experience
required by the scientific method, while Marx’s labor
theory of value has passed with flying colors.

If we follow the logic of capitalist production through
to the end, we can better understand what it is about
the capitalist mode of production that is driving the
American Empire and its allied imperialist powers
toward an unending series of predatory wars.

Without new worlds into which the growing multitude
of competing capitalists can expand—and there aren’t
any new worlds left—an ever-increasing number
of capitalists are either driven into bankruptcy, and
thus out of the world marketplace, or swallowed up
by their more successful competitors in accord with
the laws of the jungle that rule over the capitalist world.
Thus, the rich get richer and the poor poorer, and the
means of production and all the financial and commercial
institutions on this planet are increasingly concentrated
into the hands of an ever more powerful few.

This conquest is paid for with the destruction of millions
of the world’s innocent people, along with the accumulated
wealth of society and wasted human and material resources.
But there’s always an upside to every downside.

In the final analysis, the downside is summarized by Rosa
Luxemburg in an essay entitled “The Junius Pamphlet” (1916),
that she was forced to write under the pseudonym of Junius.
She and Karl Liebnecht and other German revolutionary
socialists, who like their comrade in America—Eugene Debs—
were imprisoned for opposing the first imperialist World War.

It was this German revolutionary Marxist who coined the
catchphrase which has echoed around the world ever since
by revolutionary Marxists everywhere—“Socialism or Barbarism!”
In it she argued that the only choice before the human race was
an ever deeper descent into barbarism or the overthrow
of capitalism by socialist revolution.

She argued further that the world had reached an historical
turning point which demands resolute action by the workers
of the world to carry through the revolutionary overthrow
of capitalist barbarism and create a socialist world.

In other words, the terrible consequences of capitalism’s
world-historic tendency is that it calls into existence the
struggle for a socialist world wherein man’s inhumanity
to man will come to an end once and for all time.

1. While wages are indeed a fair exchange for the value
of the workers labor power before it is consumed by the
capitalist to power the production of commodities; wages
are not equal to the value the worker has produced after
the end of his workday.

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2) Iraqi Dead May Total 600,000, Study Says
By SABRINA TAVERNISE and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
October 11, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/11/world/middleeast/11casualties.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

BAGHDAD, Oct. 10 — A team of American and Iraqi public health
researchers has estimated that 600,000 civilians have died in
violence across Iraq since the 2003 American invasion, the highest
estimate ever for the toll of the war here.

The figure breaks down to about 15,000 violent deaths a month,
a number that is quadruple the one for July given by Iraqi government
hospitals and the morgue in Baghdad and published last month
in a United Nations report in Iraq. That month was the highest for
Iraqi civilian deaths since the American invasion.

But it is an estimate and not a precise count, and researchers
acknowledged a margin of error that ranged from 426,369
to 793,663 deaths.

It is the second study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health. It uses samples of casualties
from Iraqi households to extrapolate an overall figure of 601,027
Iraqis dead from violence between March 2003 and July 2006.

The findings of the previous study, published in The Lancet,
a British medical journal, in 2004, had been criticized as high,
in part because of its relatively narrow sampling of about
1,000 families, and because it carried a large margin of error.

The new study is more representative, its researchers said,
and the sampling is broader: it surveyed 1,849 Iraqi families
in 47 different neighborhoods across Iraq. The selection
of geographical areas in 18 regions across Iraq was based
on population size, not on the level of violence, they said.

The study comes at a sensitive time for the Iraqi government,
which is under pressure from American officials to take action
against militias driving the sectarian killings.

In the last week of September, the government barred the
central morgue in Baghdad and the Health Ministry —
the two main sources of information for civilian deaths —
from releasing figures to the news media. Now, only the
government is allowed to release figures. It has not provided
statistics for September, though a spokesman said Tuesday
that it would.

The American military has disputed the Iraqi figures, saying
that they are far higher than the actual number of deaths from
the insurgency and sectarian violence, in part because they
include natural deaths and deaths from ordinary crime,
like domestic violence.

But the military has not released figures of its own, giving
only percentage comparisons. For example, it cited a 46 percent
drop in the murder rate in Baghdad in August from July as evidence
of the success of its recent sweeps. At a briefing on Monday,
the military’s spokesman declined to characterize the change
for September.

The military has released rough counts of average numbers
of Iraqis killed and wounded in a quarterly accounting report
mandated by Congress. In the report, “Measuring Stability and
Security in Iraq,” daily averages of dead and wounded Iraqi
civilians, soldiers and police officers rose from 26 a day
in 2004 to almost 120 a day in August 2006.

The study uses a method similar to that employed in estimates
of casualty figures in other conflict areas like Darfur and Congo.
It sought to measure the number of deaths that occurred
as a result of the war.

It argues that absolute numbers of dead, like morgue figures,
could not give a full picture of the “burden of conflict on
an entire population,” because they were often incomplete.

The mortality rate before the American invasion was about 5.5
people per 1,000 per year, the study found. That rate rose
to 19.8 deaths per 1,000 people in the year ending in June.

Gunshots were the largest cause of death, the study said,
at 56 percent of all violent deaths, while car bombs accounted
for about 13 percent. Deaths caused by the American military
declined as an overall percentage from March 2003 to June 2006.

Violent deaths have soared since the American invasion, but
the rise is in part a matter of spotty statistical history. Under
Saddam Hussein, the state had a monopoly on killing, and the
deaths of thousands of Iraqi Shiites and Kurds that it caused
were never counted.

While the near collapse of the Iraqi state makes precise
record-keeping difficult, authorities have made considerable
progress toward tracking death figures. In 2004, when
the Johns Hopkins study was first released, authorities were
still compiling deaths on an ad hoc basis. But by this year,
they were being provided regularly.

Iraqi authorities say morgue counts are more accurate than
is generally thought. Iraqis prefer to bury their dead immediately,
and hurry bodies of loved ones to plots near mosques or,
in the case of Shiites, in sacred burial sites. Even so, they
have strong incentives to register the death with a central
morgue or hospital in order to obtain a death certificate,
required at highway checkpoints, by cemetery workers,
and for government pensions. Death certificates are counted
in the statistics kept by morgues around the country.

The most recent United Nations figure, 3,009 Iraqis killed
in violence across the country in August, was compiled
by statistics from Baghdad’s central morgue, and from
hospitals and morgues countrywide. It assumes a daily
rate of about 97.

The figure is not exhaustive. A police official at Yarmouk
Hospital in Baghdad who spoke on the condition
of anonymity said he had seen nationwide counts
provided to the hospital that indicated as many
as 200 people a day were dying.

Gilbert Burnham, the principle author of the study, said
the figures showed an increase of deaths over time that
was similar to that of another civilian casualty project,
Iraq Body Count, which collates deaths reported in the
news media, and even to that of the military. But even
Iraq Body Count puts the maximum number of deaths
at just short of 49,000.

As far as skepticism about the death count, he said that
counts made by journalists and others focused
disproportionately on Baghdad, and that death rates
were higher elsewhere.

“We found deaths all over the country,” he said. Baghdad
was an area of medium violence in the country, he said.
The provinces of Diyala and Salahuddin, north of Baghdad,
and Anbar to the west, all had higher death rates than
the capital.

Statistics experts in the United States who were able
to review the study said the methods used by the
interviewers looked legitimate.

Robert Blendon, director of the Harvard Program on Public
Opinion and Health and Social Policy, said interviewing
urban dwellers chosen at random was “the best of what
you can expect in a war zone.”

But he said the number of deaths in the families interviewed —
547 in the post-invasion period versus 82 in a similar period
before the invasion — was too few to extrapolate up to more
than 600,000 deaths across the country.

Donald Berry, chairman of biostatistics at M. D. Anderson
Cancer Center in Houston, was even more troubled by the
study, which he said had “a tone of accuracy that’s just
inappropriate.”

Sabrina Tavernise reported from Baghdad,
and Donald G. McNeil Jr. from New York.

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3) Ex - Gitmo Detainees Arrive in Afghanistan
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 8:43 p.m. ET
October 12, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Afghan-Guantanamo-Prisoners.html

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Sixteen Afghans and one Iranian
released from years in captivity at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday, an Afghan
official said.

The 16 Afghans appeared at a news conference alongside Sibghatullah
Mujaddedi, head of Afghanistan's reconciliation commission, which
assists with the release of detainees from Guantanamo and the
U.S. prison at the Bagram military base north of Kabul.

Mujaddedi said many of the detainees, who are now free,
had served up to four years in Guantanamo. He said ''most''
of the prisoners were innocent and had been turned
in to the U.S. military by other Afghans because
of personal disputes.

The released Iranian prisoner, who also arrived in Afghanistan
on Thursday, was handed over to the International Committee
of the Red Cross, he said.

A U.S. military spokesman in Kabul confirmed that 16 Afghans
had been released from Guantanamo and turned over to the
Afghan government. Lt. Marcelo Calero said he had no
information about the Iranian prisoner.

One of the released prisoners, Sayed Mohammead Ali Shah,
said he had been a delegate at the country's first loya jirga,
a council of leaders that helped establish the interim
government in 2002 after the U.S.-led invasion to oust
the Taliban in 2001.

''For four years they put me in jail in Cuba for nothing,''
said Shah, a doctor from the eastern province of Paktia
whose hands shook from nervousness when he spoke.

''All these people (the other prisoners) and all those Afghans
still in Cuba, they are innocent,'' he told reporters. ''All were
arrested because of false reports, and the Americans,
without investigating, they arrested innocent people and
put them in jail for a long time.''

Another former prisoner, Habib Rahman, 20, said he was
arrested because he had a weapon in his home.

''They told me, 'You are against us, you are anti-American
and anti-government and you are fighting with us,''' said
Rahman, from Paktia. ''At that time in our area everyone
had weapons. I was innocent and I hadn't participated
in any fighting.''

Rahman said that he was treated harshly at Guantanamo,
and that one time he was kept awake for 38 hours while
being questioned about ties to terrorists.

''The last time they tortured me like that was four months
ago,'' he said. ''They were kicking us all the time, beating
us with their hands.''

Sayed Sharif Yousufy, a spokesman for the Afghan reconciliation
commission, last month said that between 90 and 110 Afghans
were still at Guantanamo, meaning that between about 74
and 94 would still be there.

One of the released prisoners, Sadir, who only goes by one
name, said 74 Afghans remain in Guantanamo.

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4) 8 Palestinians Die as Israeli Raids and Airstrikes Intensify
By GREG MYRE
[Photo shows a relative greiving for Sohaib Kadiah, a 13-year-old
boy who died in an airstrike that Israel officials said killed four
Hamas militants. It looks like the child's face was blown off. His
father, a civilian, was also killed. Over all, more than 200 Palestinians,
including militants and civilians, have been killed in the Gaza
fighting since late June. Two Israeli soldiers have also lost
their lives...bw]
October 13, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/13/world/middleeast/13mideast.html

JERUSALEM, Oct. 12 — Israeli ground troops raided a village
in the Gaza Strip, and the air force carried out strikes that killed
eight Palestinians and wounded about 20 on Thursday, according
to Palestinian medical workers. The fighting was among
the deadliest in recent weeks.

At least four militant members of Hamas were among the
dead, but a girl and a teenage boy were also killed,
the medical workers said.

The militants also fired at least six rockets from northern
Gaza at southern Israel. On Thursday night, one rocket
apparently damaged a power line, cutting off electricity
in Sderot, an Israeli town just beyond Gaza’s perimeter fence.

Israeli tanks and troops entered Gaza after an Israeli soldier
was seized by Palestinian militants and taken into the coastal
territory on June 25. Though the Israeli forces are concentrated
in open areas in the southeast corner of Gaza, they stage
regular forays into more populated areas, including
an operation before dawn on Thursday in Abassan,
a village nearby.

The Israeli military said it had been searching for tunnels
used by militants, but did not report finding any. Palestinian
militants repeatedly fired automatic rifles and antitank rockets
at the Israeli forces, which were supported by helicopters
and drones.

Around 5 a.m., an Israeli airstrike hit a group of Palestinian
gunmen, the military said. Six Palestinians were killed, including
three Hamas members from the Kadiah family, all of them
in their 20’s, according to Nasser Hospital in nearby Khan Yunis.
A fourth Hamas militant also was killed. Two civilian members
of the Kadiah family, Adel Kadiah, 40, and his 13-year-old son,
Sohaib, were also killed in the strike, the hospital said. About
a dozen Palestinians were hurt in clashes throughout the day,
and the Israeli forces remained in the Abassan area after nightfall,
the military said.

On Thursday night, an Israeli airstrike killed a Palestinian man
and a girl in a neighborhood on the eastern edge of Gaza City,
said medical workers and Palestinians in the area.

The air force bombing destroyed the home of Ashraf Ferwana,
a Hamas member who has been involved in attacks against Israel,
the Israeli military said. But Palestinians said that he survived,
while his brother, Ayman Ferwana, and the girl died in the strike,
and several people were injured. The girl’s name and age were
not available.

Over all, more than 200 Palestinians, including militants and
civilians, have been killed in the Gaza fighting since late June.
Two Israeli soldiers have also lost their lives.

Israel is demanding the unconditional return of the soldier
seized June 25, Cpl. Gilad Shalit, and a halt to the Palestinian
rocket fire. Israel has also squeezed the Palestinians economically,
keeping the crossing points in and out of Gaza closed most
of the time since late June.

The Palestinians, meanwhile, are seeking the release of many
Palestinian prisoners in exchange for freeing Corporal Shalit.
Egypt has conducted separate talks with each side, but there
have been no signs that significant progress is imminent.

In another development, a member of the Palestinian intelligence
service was shot dead by unknown men, though they were
presumed to be Palestinians.

The intelligence service is considered loyal to the president
of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, of the Fatah
movement, who is in a power struggle with Hamas, the radical
Islamic group that controls most of the government.

Branches of rival security forces have waged gun battles in Gaza
in recent weeks as internal Palestinian tensions have increased.
Fatah and Hamas reached a tentative agreement a month ago
to form a unity government, but the talks have broken down.

Ahmed Yousef, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Ismail Haniya
of Hamas, proposed renewed Hamas-Fatah talks in Egypt,
though it was not clear whether they were likely.

In the most recent mediation effort, Qatar’s foreign minister,
Sheik Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, held talks with Mr. Abbas
and Mr. Haniya on Monday. But he left Gaza a day later with
no breakthroughs.

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5) A Soldier Hoped to Do Good, but Was Changed by War
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
October 13, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/13/us/13awol.html?ref=us

FORT BRAGG, N.C., Oct. 12 — Sgt. Ricky Clousing went to war
in Iraq because, he said, he believed he would simultaneously
be serving his nation and serving God.

But after more than four months on the streets of Baghdad and
Mosul interrogating Iraqis rounded up by American troops,
Sergeant Clousing said, he began to believe that he was
serving neither.

He said he saw American soldiers shoot and kill an unarmed
Iraqi teenager, and rode in an Army Humvee that sideswiped
Iraqi cars and shot an old man’s sheep for fun — both
incidents Sergeant Clousing reported to superiors. He said
his work as an interrogator led him to conclude that the
occupation was creating a cycle of anti-American resentment
and violence. After months of soul-searching on his return
to Fort Bragg, Sergeant Clousing, 24, failed to report for
duty one day.

In a court-martial here on Thursday, an Army judge sentenced
Sergeant Clousing to 11 months in confinement for going
AWOL, absent without leave. He will serve three months
because of a pretrial agreement in which he pleaded guilty.

“My experiences in Iraq forced me to re-evaluate my beliefs
and my ethics,” Sergeant Clousing said, sitting stiff-backed
in the witness chair. “I ultimately felt I could not serve.”

The case against Sergeant Clousing, a born-again Christian
from Washington State, is a small one in a war that has
produced sensational courts-martial. The same stark
courtroom where Sergeant Clousing testified on Thursday
was the site of the courts-martial of Pfc. Lynndie England,
who mistreated and posed with naked Iraqi prisoners
in Abu Ghraib, and Sgt. Hasan K. Akbar, who rolled grenades
into tents of American troops.

Yet the military prosecutors made it clear on Thursday that
the stakes were high. Although they did not challenge
his motives, they said if one young soldier disillusioned
by the reality of war could give up the uniform without
punishment, what of others?

“A message must be sent,” Capt. Jessica Alexander,
the Army’s trial lawyer, said in her closing argument.
“There are thousands of soldiers who may disagree with
this particular war, but who stay and fight.”

Sergeant Clousing’s allegations resulted in criminal and
administrative investigations. The soldiers in the Humvee
were disciplined, said Maj. Richard Wagen, the investigating
officer, who testified at the trial. Major Wagen said that
the Iraqi teenager who was shot was close enough to the
soldiers to be considered a threat.

Sergeant Clousing’s defense lawyer argued that the sergeant
had experienced a “crisis of conscience,” tried to resolve
it through official military channels and should not be
treated like a criminal.

“Some might say a person of such convictions should
never have enlisted,” said the lawyer, David W. Miner, who
is based in Seattle, “but the Army needs soldiers with the
strength of their convictions and personal courage to speak
up when they see abuses.”

The number of soldiers who go AWOL declined from 4,597
in 2001 to 2,479 in 2004, said Maj. Tom Earnhardt, a public
affairs officer at Fort Bragg. “The vast majority of our soldiers
are serving our country admirably,” Major Earnhardt said.

Sergeant Clousing said in an interview that he had been
a partyer and snowboarder until a sudden born-again
experience in high school. He grew up in Sumner, Wash.,
south of Seattle. His father was an Army officer in Europe,
and he lived with his mother, who was not religious.

“It sounds really cheesy,” he said, “but all of a sudden
I knew that God had a different plan for me.”

He attended a Presbyterian church, studied the Bible and
spent four consecutive summers on mission trips to Mexico.
He joined Youth With a Mission, an evangelical group
that sent him to Thailand, where he was on Sept. 11, 2001.

Out of patriotism, idealism and curiosity, he said, he joined
the military. He signed up to be a “human intelligence collector,”
and trained in Arizona and at the Defense Language Institute
in Monterey, Calif. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division.

Arriving in Iraq in November 2004, he said he was stunned
at the number of Iraqis he was assigned to interrogate
who were either innocent or disgruntled citizens resentful
about the American occupation. He said he told his commander:
“Your soldiers and the way they’re behaving are creating
the insurgency you’re trying to fight. It’s a cycle. You don’t
see it, but I’m talking to the people you’re bringing to me.”

Sergeant Clousing said he looked into the eyes of the Iraqi
teenager as he died and saw the unjustifiable loss of a life
that unhinged him. He wrote in his journal, “I want to be
a boy again, free of this.”

Back in Fort Bragg after five months in Iraq, Sergeant
Clousing took his misgivings to his superiors. They sent
him to a chaplain, who showed him in the Bible where God
sent his people to war, the sergeant said. Then they sent
him to a psychologist who said he could get out of the
military by claiming he was crazy or gay. Sergeant Clousing
said he had not been looking for a way out and found
the suggestion offensive.

He called a hotline for members of the military run by
a coalition of antiwar groups. The man who took the call
was Chuck Fager, who runs Quaker House, a longtime
pacifist stronghold in Fayetteville.

“This call was unusual,” Mr. Fager said in an interview.
He said hotline receptionists took more than 7,000 calls
from or about military members last year.

“I don’t have these kinds of probing discussions about
moral and religious issues very often,” he said. “I said
to him, you’re not crazy or a heretic for having difficulty
reconciling Jesus’ teachings with what’s going on in Iraq.”

Sergeant Clousing said he could not file for conscientious
objector status because he could not honestly say he was
opposed to all war. After several months of soul-searching,
he went AWOL.

He tried to talk with his church friends in Washington.
Some understood him, but others said he had to support
the government because of a biblical injunction to “render
unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.”

“They felt that God established government and we’re supposed
to be submitting to authorities, and by me leaving it’s rebelling
again the authority that God established,” Sergeant Clousing said.
“Their politics has infiltrated their religion so much, they can’t
see past their politics.”

After 14 months, he turned himself in at Fort Lewis in Washington.
He was returned to Fort Bragg, where he was assigned to a brigade
made up of other soldiers who had gone AWOL. Five sat in the
courtroom on Thursday, in uniform, waiting to hear clues about
their future in the judge’s sentence.

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6) Protests Shut University for Deaf a 2nd Day
By DIANA JEAN SCHEMO
[I believe this story is important because it raises the question
of whether students and faculty can have a democratic say
in the issues that they face on a daily basis or does the
Administration have dictatorial rule over all? If the latter is
true, why should we tolerate it? All power to the students and
faculty at Gallaudet University! To support the students send
an email to the school president:
I. King Jordan
president@gallaudet.edu...bw]
October 13, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/13/education/13galludet.html?ref=us

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 — Students at Gallaudet University,
the nation’s only liberal arts university for the deaf, formed
a human blockade across the front gates of the campus here
Thursday, shutting down classes for the second day in
a renewal of protests that began last spring against the
choice of a new president.

The police stood by on motorcycles and on horseback across
the street from the students, who said their protest would
continue despite a strong warning from the departing
president, I. King Jordan, that they could face suspension
and arrest.

“I’m ready to be arrested,” said Kathleen Roberts Jarashow,
an English major from Tallahassee, Fla. “It’s for a good
cause, something I believe in.”

It was not clear whether officials planned to use force
to open the university. In a statement Wednesday night,
Dr. Jordan had said, “This illegal and unlawful behavior
must stop,” and accused faculty members of “instigating
and manipulating the students” who are demanding that
Jane K. Fernandes, the former provost who is to take over
as president in January, step aside.

“If there is a confrontation, the dissenters will have
caused it,” he said. “They must take full responsibility
for the consequences of their actions, including possible
suspension and arrest.” The university’s board has said
its decision was “fair and final,” and that it would not
reopen the search for a new president.

Demonstrations against Dr. Fernandes began last spring
with students and faculty members saying she did not
appreciate the primacy of American Sign Language
at Gallaudet and in deaf culture and lacked leadership
qualities. Since then the complaints have only escalated.

Though students and faculty members were on the
presidential search committee, protesters complained
that their voices were not heard, and that the search was
biased to favor Dr. Fernandes, who has the support
of Dr. Jordan. They point to an incident that occurred
when Dr. Jordan announced he would step down.
With Dr. Fernandes nearby, they said, he introduced
her as “the next president,” before correcting himself.

Protesters complain that Dr. Fernandes has intimidated
and “oppressed” faculty members and students and say
that she received tenure last year despite a lack
of published scholarly research.

In a statement on Wednesday, Dr. Fernandes said she
had no intention of stepping down, adding, “We live
in a country that is governed by the rule of law, not
anarchy.” Mercy Coogan, a spokeswoman for the
university, said that Dr. Fernandes had extensive
scholarly publications to her name and that students
should give her a chance to prove herself.

The standoff at Gallaudet is not the first of its kind
there. Eighteen years ago, in an action that has become
legendary in the deaf community, protesters succeeded
in forcing Gallaudet to appoint its first deaf president,
Dr. Jordan.

“Now that we’ve become more sophisticated,” said Leala
Holcomb, a sophomore from Fremont, Calif., “we want
the best deaf president, not just any deaf president.”

Last spring’s protests were rekindled as the board
gathered to meet here last week, and students occupied
a building. The administration sent in campus security,
and protesters accused the security police of using
pepper spray, shoving them and choking one student.
The problem, they said, was that the officers did not
know sign language, and could not understand
protesters when they insisted their protest was peaceful.

University officials denied that pepper spray had been
used and said they would investigate. On Thursday,
the students demanded that the three security officers
involved be suspended pending the outcome of the
investigation.

This week, the two sides were in negotiations over a way
to ease tensions. But talks broke down, and around 3 a.m.
Wednesday, members of the football team moved to block
the front gates and close the campus down entirely.

A group of faculty members have backed the protesters
by calling on Dr. Fernandes to resign, and students have
vowed not to budge until she does. But other students
and faculty members have argued that the protesters
are denying students their right to an education.

The dispute seems to be escalating beyond the
presidential issue. At a faculty meeting several days
ago, disagreements erupted when a deaf faculty member
asked that the meeting be held exclusively in sign
language, rather than in voice and sign language
simultaneously.

Doing both has long been the norm at Gallaudet,
something that some faculty members and protesters
would like to change by instituting a “sign only” policy.
They argue that signing without the use of spoken
language should be the norm at the premier university
for the deaf.

The two sides met again Thursday afternoon. Dr. Jordan
said the purpose was to “explain the function of the
police.” Protesters, who were initially divided over
whether to meet with the administration, agreed
to do so with the proviso that there be no negotiations.

The protesters have demanded that Dr. Fernandes come
to speak with them, but said privately that there was
nothing that she could conceivably say to change their
minds.

Through Ms. Coogan, Dr. Fernandes offered to “talk
with the dissenters once they decide to stop holding
the campus hostage.”

Lakiesha Carr contributed reporting.

Open Letter to President I. King Jordan of Gallaudet University
president@gallaudet.edu
by Bonnie Weinstein

Dear President Jordan,

I read this article in the New York Times and was very troubled
to read about the issue at stake for your university. I am not
a deaf person but the right of students and teachers—those
most affected by University rules and regulations—to have
a democratic say about these issues is the question here.

What I would like to ask you is whether or not you think
students and faculty should have a democratic say in the
issues they face in school? Can a university teach democracy
without practicing it? Can students learn what democracy
is when the administration of the school and their government
is dictatorial? Where did you learn what democracy was?
And finally, exactly what is your definition of democracy?

These are critical questions of our day. The war and untold
deaths continue despite the overwhelming opposition
to the war among the people of this country and of the
world. Torture is declared legal by our government when
the entire world is horrified and abhors this crime. And
hundreds of billions of dollars—of our tax dollars—have
been allocated to the Pentagon to carry out these atrocities
by a 100-0 vote by the U.S. Senate (condemning both Democrats
as well as Republicans in my opinion) in spite of the massive
opposition to those hideous policies it carries out around the
world and, ironically, in the name of democracy!

There is a terrific failure in our system. Democracy doesn't exist
in the lives of people—not real democracy. We do not vote on
war; on the budget; on school spending; healthcare spending;
on housing.... We do not vote on the conditions of our jobs
or on how much we should be paid. Our democracy consists
only of the "right" to vote for one wealthy liar or another!
Or the right to quit our job and starve if we don't like our pay
or working conditions—even the right to strike has been made
useless by anti-labor laws that legally prevent labor solidarity—
the only way workers can and have won any gains from their
employers. We did not vote on these laws! We don't vote
on any such stuff! How is our country democratic?

If students and teachers are not allowed a say on the governing
of their own University then, they are living in a dictatorship
not a democracy. School should be the first place students
learn about the distinctions between the two.

Why not let the students and teachers decide who should
be the president of their own University? What is wrong
with a democratic vote!

Sincerely,

Bonnie Weinstein, Bay Area United Against War, www.bauaw.org

Resource:

Senate, 100-0, Backs Budget for Pentagon
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 5:14 p.m. ET
September 29, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Defense-Spending.html?hp&ex=1159588800&en=73dffaa3995d31e7&ei=5094&partner=homepage

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7) Ann Wright joins endorsers of War Crimes Report
International Anti-Occupation Network and Stop the War
Coalition (UK) join report publishers
October 12, 2006
CONTACT:  Consumers for Peace,
http://www.consumersforpeace.org
Nick Mottern nickmottern@earthlink.net

"The War Crimes Report is an extraordinarily comprehensive
and important presentation of international law that governs
the conduct of nations and their military forces. The Report
documents the blatant violations of international and domestic
law by the Bush administration and US military forces including
the use of illegal military tactics and illegal weapons." - Ann Wright

  Retired U.S. Colonel and diplomat Ann Wright today endorsed
a new report on U.S. war crimes in Iraq, which was released
yesterday, the same day of the publication of the study,
by Johns Hopkins and Al Mustansiriya universities (in cooperation
with the Center for International Studies/MIT), that found that
approximately 600,000 people have been killed in the invasion
and occupation of Iraq.

 “U.S. War Crimes in Iraq and Mechanisms for Accountability”
documents U.S. war crimes in Iraq and calls on U.S. public
to demand investigation and prosecution of violations
of international law by military and civilian leaders.   

The report is being published internationally on the internet
organizations listed below, and has gained international
support today from the International Anti-Occupation Network
(which is publishing the report through The BRussells Tribunal)
and the Stop the War Coalition (UK).

The report was prepared by Consumers for Peace.org with
the advice of Karen Parker, noted lawyer in human rights and
humanitarian law.  Ms. Parker is President of the San-Francisco-
based Association of Humanitarian Lawyers and Chief Delegate
to the United Nations for the Los Angeles-based International
Educational Development/Humanitarian Law Project (IED/AHL),
an accredited non-governmental organization on the
U.N. Secretary-General’s list.

Ann Wright's full statement

  Ann Wright, 29-year US Army veteran who retired as
a Colonel and US diplomat who resigned in March, 2003
in opposition to the war in Iraq commented on the War 
Crimes Report:

"While in the US Army at Ft Bragg, NC, I taught to US military
officers and noncommissioned officers the responsibilities
of military forces under the Geneva Convention and the Law
of Land Warfare, as well as the obligations of an Occupying Power. 

"The War Crimes Report is an extraordinarily comprehensive
and important presentation of international law that governs
the conduct of nations and their military forces. The Report
documents the blatant violations of international and domestic
law by the Bush administration and US military forces including
the use of illegal military tactics and illegal weapons.

"Because of a huge media failure in the United States, many
Americans do not realize how many times the Bush
administration has violated international law. But, the rest
of the world knows very well the extent of these crimes.

"As a retired military officer, I know that accountability
is one of the foundation elements of the US military.
The Bush administration has undercut the professionalism
of our military forces by encouraging and condoning
the violation of international and domestic war in treatment
of detainees, torture and use of illegal tactics and weapons.
For the sake of our own military we must demand accountability
from civilian leaders, as well as our military forces. This report
provides specific mechanisms for much-needed accountability
of criminal behaviour by Bush administration policy makers
and by US military forces."

International Publishing Group for War Crimes Report

Consumers for Peace
http://www.consumersforpeace.org
Association of Humanitarian Lawyers
http://www.humanlaw.org
Traprock Peace Center
http://www.traprockpeace.org
Voices for Creative Nonviolence
http://www.vcnv.org
Uruknet
http://www.uruknet.info
Information Clearing House
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info
AfterDowningStreet.org
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org
Socialist Worker weekly newspaper
http://www.socialistworker.org
The Brussells Tribunal (for International Anti-Occupation Network)
http:/www.brusselstribunal.org
Stop the War Coalition (UK)
http://www.stopthewar.co.uk
Ann Wright joined other individuals with extensive
knowledge of Iraq in endorsing the report:

  Dahr Jamail, noted independent journalist who spent more than
eight months reporting from occupied Iraq, writes the following :
 
  “I cannot endorse strongly enough this report prepared by
Karen Parker regarding U.S. war crimes in Iraq.  Having witnessed
much of what is so well documented in this report, it is a clear
and encompassing indictment of the Bush Administration for
the war crimes they are directly responsible for in Iraq.  Until
evidence such as this begins to see the light of day in a court
of law and the perpetrators brought to justice, the world remains
unsafe and unstable from an administration determined to rule
the world.  After witnessing what they are capable of in Iraq,
I have no doubt these people will not stop in their quest for
world domination.  Instead, they must be stopped.  And the o
nly way to do that is bring the guilty to justice.  This document
will help achieve that goal.”
 
  Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Non-Violence,
three-time nominee for the Noble Peace Prize, who has visited
Iraq 28 times in the last 15 years, writes:
 
  “After spending four days in the fortified and secure Green Zone,
in Iraq, during September ’06, former Secretary of State James
Baker III assured that the investigative panel he led had not
spent any time “wringing our hands over what mistakes might
or might not have been created in the past.” (NYT, September
20, 2006).  The “Consumers for Peace” report on war crimes
committed in Iraq helps us understand our responsibility not
to wring our hands but rather to demand accountability from
elected representatives by delivering this report to them and
to local media.  How many people killed?  How many families
torn apart?  How many homes destroyed?  How many livelihoods
gone?  How many lives ruined? How many cities sacrificed? 
We bear responsibility to end the war in Iraq, insist on just
reparations for suffering caused, and promote careful, legal
scrutiny of the crimes committed.  This report beckons all who
read it to stop collaborating with illegal, immoral warmongers
who recklessly afflict Iraq.”

  Neil MacKay, multi-award winning Home Affairs and Investigations
Editor of the Sunday Herald (Scotland), writes:

"What has happened in Iraq is a great sin and a great crime.
The invasion and occupation have stained the concepts of democracy,
freedom and liberty; and disgraced the good name of the people
of both the United States of America and Great Britain. As a journalist
who has investigated the roots of this war, and the on-going horror
of what is happening in Iraq, I fully commend this report to readers.
It is an important reminder of the blood which is on the hands of our
leaders, and the shame that the governments of the UK and the USA
have brought to the British and American people by perpetrating
a criminal war in our name."

####

Charles Jenks
Chair of Advisory Board
Traprock Peace Center
103 Keets Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
http://www.traprockpeace.org

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8) Cuba and her Permanent Revolution
By Carol Cossitore
Prensa Latina
...with apologies to Trotsky, Bukharin, Marx, et.al
[undated, but downloaded October 9, 2006]
http://www.plenglish.com.mx/article.asp?ID={FF33D287-B4AD-45AD-B29D-9FE01B76A379}&language=EN

This essay is not a refitting of Trotskyist theories to the Cuban
revolution; first, because they don’t fit and second, because
the author is not a theorist, Marxist, Trotskyist, or any other kind.

What this essay is, from the point of view of a person who has
lived there for the past eight years, is a clarification of what real
revolution should be and an ode to the continuous revolutionary
changes that have always and are still taking place on the Island
by the people of Cuba, led by that brilliant Grand Old Man
of Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz.

Revolution, first and secondary dictionary definitions notwithstanding,
is momentous and positive sweeping changes, shakeups, and
transitions that continue, rather than one single complete
movement or a turning round and round on an axis. That
at least is how even my littlest granddaughters understand
the concept.

All progressives acknowledge the great transformations made
in the early years following the 1959 triumph of the Revolution:
land reform, nationalization of public utilities, elimination
of gambling, drugs and the American Mafia, and the landmark
literacy campaign.

Even US progressives still give high marks to Cuba’s exceptional
free health care and education for all Cuban citizens, including
university education, from infancy through old age. Perhaps
they don’t fully grasp the real significance of this in the world,
but they take note nonetheless.

What US leftists don’t get, and the peoples of Latin America
and the Third World do, is that the people of Cuba have
continued their revolution. Cuba is not a historic Soviet-style
fossil, preserved like the 50s American cars on the road here,
but a most praiseworthy and human-centered revolution-in-
progress.

Cuban life expectancy –it is 50th in the world compared to the
US 53rd – did not come overnight on January 1, 1959. It comes
through continuous upgrading, funding and prioritizing the
physical quality of life of ordinary people. This permanent
revolution in medical care has been, and is being, gradually
and steadfastly and generously shared with many other
countries around the globe.

Nor did every Cuban classroom with a TV, every school with
computers, no more than 20 students per teacher in elementary
classrooms and 15, yes 15, per teacher in junior highs, -a source
of envy to most US public school teachers- happen with a single
blow. These advances, and the spread of university centers
to every province, are happening through continuous
revolutionary struggle.

While scientists from several Western nations are clamoring
for a crash program on the scale of the Manhattan Project to
urgently develop clean energy, and every nation is at least
giving lip service to the dire need for energy conservation,
little Third World blockaded Cuba is getting something done
about it.

Termed the “energy revolution”, Cuba has embarked on serious
energy saving that includes, but is not limited to, TV and
billboard reminders to turn off lights when you leave the
room, free exchange of incandescent for long life light
bulbs, and mass distribution of electric rice cookers and
even electric pressure cookers to save gas energy.

This article is not about highlighting raising the cultural level
of all the people, or guaranteed nutrition for everyone with
free snacks and lunches in schools, or reforestation, or the
struggles against corruption, or learning about and experiencing
democracy at the neighborhood level, or protection of the
marine environment or well, many, many, many of the other
Cuban endeavors underway.

It is simply a reminder that Cubans’ choices should be protected,
not solely for their sovereign right to make them or because
they were ground breakers in bygone days, but because Cubans
are engaged in the daily struggle of permanent revolution
and an example for us all.

Hasta La Victoria Siempre

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9) Resistance Growing Up at School
Ali Al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail
http://dahrjamailiraq.com

*KHALDIYA, Oct 12 (IPS) - The bomb went off just outside the school as
the IPS correspondent stood speaking to children and teachers within.*

The headmaster smiled. "You will hear many of these every day if you
stay here another day or two," he said. "The resistance will not stop
until the last American leaves."

The children too took no notice of the blast, which shook the doors and
windows of the half-destroyed school in this town near Fallujah, 70km
west of Baghdad.

The children are growing up in occupied Iraq -- and they are resisting it.

"Americans are bad," said 11-year-old Mustafa. "They killed my family."
The family were killed in Operation Phantom Fury of November 2004 as
they tried to flee the city, teachers said. That operation killed
thousands and destroyed much of Fallujah and towns around it.

"God will send all Americans to hellfire," cried another child in the
classroom. Attempts to suggest that not everyone they thought American
was bad proved fruitless.

"How can we teach them forgiveness when they see Americans killing their
family members every day," the teacher in the classroom who gave her
name as Shyamaa told IPS. "Words cannot cover the stream of blood and
these signs of destruction, and words cannot hide the daily raids they see."

For the headmaster, the idea of a clash of civilisations is not just an
idea.

"The gap between civilisations is widening thanks to the U.S.
administration's crimes against humanity all over the world," he said.
"They seem determined to tear the world apart, and their footprints
cannot be removed for the coming generations."

Outside the school a group of women and some elderly men approached the
IPS correspondent. One of the men boasted that his son was a resistance
fighter. "I am proud that he is a hero fighting these Americans. And
they used to talk to us about our human rights."

Down the street everyone is jumpy. People seemed to be watching out for
unusual signs. A driver told IPS that resistance fighters usually give
residents some sort of coded warning before they let off a bomb."

As the correspondent stood taking notes on a roadside before leaving
Khaldiya, a young man on a bicycle shouted as he passed by: "The one and
only solution for the Americans is to leave this province or face death."

The U.S. forces are now leaving some towns. Cities like Dhuluiya,
Talafar and Fallujah west of Baghdad have become virtually no-go areas
for U.S. forces. Attacks against the U.S.-led Multi-National Forces
(MNF) continue to increase.

"They keep asking us to hand over resistance fighters to them," a farmer
at a village in the area told IPS. "So that they can torture them in Abu
Ghraib, Falcon base, Baghdad airport and other detention centres." But
resistance fighters are gaining support, far from being handed over.

Resistance attacks often take the shape of a small car that appears from
nowhere. The men inside attack U.S. tanks or trucks carrying soldiers,
and disappear fast. Local people never provide U.S. forces with
information where the men came from or where they went.

Three to four U.S. soldiers are being killed every day on average in
such attacks now. The U.S. Department of Defence says at least 2,754
U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq, and more than 44,000 have been
wounded or have fallen ill.

U.S. troops are vacating towns, but not the country. Top U.S. military
commander Gen. Peter Schoomaker said Wednesday the current level of U.S.
troops, about 15 brigades, would be maintained at least through 2010.

"This is not a prediction that things are going poorly or better, it's
just that I have to have enough ammo in the magazine that I can continue
to shoot as long as they want us to shoot," he said.

(c)2006 Dahr Jamail.

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10) Havana Book Fair: A Report
http://www.marxist.com/trotsky-havana-book-fair230206.htm

One of the Cuban revolution's most admirable qualities demonstrated for
most of its history is its relentlessly non- and really ANTI-sectarian way of
approaching so many issues. This news release, from ACN, which stands
for Agencia Cubana de Noticias, exemplifies this admirable Cuban way.

The Fredrick Engels Foundation are leading international publishers of the
writings of Ted Grant, Alan Woods, Leon Trotsky and others in Spanish and
have regularly held book tables at the Havana Book Fair in recent years.
There is also a Cuban edition of two of the books by Grant and Woods.
Celia Hart has often supported and participated in their book launchings.

Here's a report on their participation in this year's book fair which,
regrettably, I was unable to attend having had to return to Disneylandia:
http://www.marxist.com/trotsky-havana-book-fair230206.htm

Those annual Havana book fairs are something everyone who has any
interest in Cuba would find endlessly interesting. I'm never myself able
to see it all in one single day. It's mind-numbing cornucopia of mostly
very find books. Some foreign publishers of let books, such as the U.S.
Pathfinder and the Australian-based Ocean Press, have long participated.

Here is the Engels Foundation website: http://www.engels.org/


Walter Lippmann
CubaNews

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11) Former pesticide executive to head EPA office
Dow Chemical was among employers, environmental group wary
The Associated Press
Updated: 11:48 a.m. ET Oct 10, 2006
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15208048/

SEATTLE - A former pesticide industry executive has been selected to lead
the Environmental Protection Agency's regional office here.
Elin Miller, 46, will serve as regional administrator for the EPA's Region
10, which includes Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho.

She's scheduled to start work Oct. 30, taking over from Ron Kreizenbeck,
who has served as acting regional administrator since July.

Miller will oversee regional operations on issues from water quality to
toxic cleanup and pesticide safety. The agency handles cleanup of polluted
sites such as the Duwamish River and the Asarco smelter near Tacoma.

While Miller can advocate for the regional office if conflict arises in
Washington, D.C., she won't be free to set policy, said Bill Dunbar, a
former EPA spokesman now working as a private consultant.

Miller was chief deputy director of the California Department of Pesticide
Regulation. She was appointed by Republican Gov. Pete Wilson in 1995 to
head the Department of Conservation, which oversees oil and gas production.

Worked for Dow, Arysta

She worked as an executive at Dow Chemical from 1996 to 2004, overseeing
public affairs and the global pest-management and Asia Pacific operations,
according to an EPA news release. Miller most recently served as president
of the North American arm of Arysta LifeScience, a Tokyo-based pesticide maker.

While working in the pesticide industry, Miller served on the boards of two
leading industry lobbying groups, CropLife and Responsible Industry for a
Sound Environment.

Pesticide industry officials said Miller is smart and evenhanded, with
experience as both a regulator and a businesswoman.

"The people in government I know that worked for her had a lot of
admiration for her, because she took off her industry hat when she went in
and went to work there," said Jay Vroom, president of CropLife America, a
group representing the pesticide industry.

"I think she's a consensus builder," he said.

Some environmental groups are wary, however.

"It doesn't bode particularly well for her taking a strong stance on
improving protections," said Carol Dansereau, director of the Farm Worker
Pesticide Project, a nonprofit that works on pesticides and farmworker
rights in Washington.

Miller, who lives in Umpqua, Ore., could not be reached for comment Friday,
but in a statement expressed interest in hearing everyone's opinion.

"The best solutions to difficult challenges are those developed locally and
collaboratively, with all parties actively engaged in the process," she said.

www.marxmail.org

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12) Cuba Alerts World Tension over Korean N-Test
Prensa Latina, Havana
http://www.plenglish.com

Havana, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has warned on high tensions within
international political and diplomatic circles in the coming next days,
when the UN will begin debating severe sanctions against the Democratic
People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The international measures against the Asian country are based on its
recent nuclear test, according to the official note appearing in Granma
daily today.

That test, announced on October 3 by the DPRK Foreign Ministry, arose
almost unanimous condemnation yesterday, the note reads.

The UN Security Council censured the test in a meeting Monday morning, and
considered it a threat to international peace and security, the note added.

As announced, that UN body will meet to discuss a resolution on the issue,
based on the text that has been already circulating and that includes
economic and other sorts of sanctions against the DPRK, the daily pointed
out.

The document quoted UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as saying the action
violates international laws for disarmament, as well as the moratorium on
nuclear weapons.

China issued a note affirming "the DPRK flagrantly carried out the test
ignoring the generalized rejection of the international community," the
note says.

The official Cuban declaration refers that the Chinese government stated
"it strongly opposed the action," and "called for all parties involved
to
react calmly and keep seeking for a solution through talks."

China "will continue sparing no efforts to achieve that goal," the note
adds.

sus dig izs

PL-14

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13) EEOC: Graffiti, Noose Left for Black Workers at Firm
Chicago Sun-Times
By: Steve Warmbir
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/47274,CST-NWS-noose07.article

September 7, 2006. Black employees at a Chicago Heights dock
facility were subjected to racist graffiti, nooses hanging in the
workplace and tougher work conditions than whites, a federal
agency alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

The graffiti, left in the men's bathroom at Roadway Express Inc.,
included such phrases as "Make America safe, kill a n----- today,"
said Richard J. Mrizek, the lead trial attorney handling the case
for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
In another instance, a noose was found hanging from a forklift
driven by a black worker.

Black employees complained, but it did no good, according
to the lawsuit.

A company spokeswoman did not return a phone message
seeking comment Wednesday afternoon.

"The working conditions for black employees at the Chicago
Heights facility were intolerable," said John Rowe, the EEOC's
district director in Chicago.

Work teams were created based on race, and black employees
were given more difficult work, the complaint says.

swarmbir@suntimes.com

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14) U.S. Firing Plans for Great Lakes Raise Concerns
By MONICA DAVEY
October 16, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/16/us/16lakes.html?ref=us

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., Oct. 10 — Even in autumn, the cold, silent
expanse of Lake Michigan defines this town, where pleasure boats
glide into harbor, fishermen wait patiently for salmon and tourists
peer up at the lighthouse.

But the United States Coast Guard has a new mission for the
waters off of these quiet shores. For the first time, Coast Guard
officials want to mount machine guns routinely on their cutters
and small boats here and around all five of the Great Lakes
as part of a program addressing the threats of terrorism
after Sept. 11.

And, for the first time in memory, Coast Guard members
plan to use a stretch of water at least five miles off this
Michigan shore — and 33 other offshore spots near cities
like Cleveland; Rochester; Milwaukee; Duluth, Minn.; and
Gary, Ind. — as permanent, live fire shooting zones for
training on their new 7.62 mm weapons, which can blast
as many as 650 rounds a minute and send fire more than
4,000 yards.

The notion is so unusual that it prompted United States
diplomats to negotiate with Canadian authorities in order
to agree that it would not violate a 189-year-old treaty,
signed after the War of 1812, limiting arms on the Great
Lakes.

Many here in Grand Haven, a town whose history is so
lovingly intertwined with the Coast Guard that it holds
an annual festival celebrating the service branch, say they
think of Coast Guard members mainly as the rugged sailors
who race off to search for and save troubled boaters. But
even here, in a town that calls itself “Coast Guard City U.S.A.,”
some say the thought of members firing machine guns
anywhere near these waters strikes them as dangerous
to ordinary boaters, potentially damaging to the Great Lakes’
ecosystem and, frankly, a somewhat surprising place
to be bracing for terrorists.

“You know exactly what’s going to happen with this,” said
Bob Foster, 58, who said he spends every chance he gets
on the waters here. “Some boater is going to inadvertently
drive through the live fire zone and get blown out of the water.”

Carole Loftis, the owner of Snug Harbor, a popular restaurant
with windows on the water, said that although she certainly
carried concerns, like most Americans, about terrorism,
drunken boating seemed a more frequent threat around
here. “This seems a little like overkill,” Ms. Loftis said
of the shooting plans.

Despite complaints from some charter boat captains,
environmental groups and city leaders around the Great
Lakes, the Coast Guard defended the need to mount M-240B
machine guns on its boats and to test fire them two or three
times a year in “safety zones,” about 70 square miles each.

“The Coast Guard has looked at an increased terrorist threat
since 2001,” Rear Adm. John E. Crowley Jr., commander of the
Coast Guard district that oversees the Great Lakes, said in
a telephone interview. “I don’t know when or if something
might happen on the Great Lakes, but I don’t want to learn
the hard way.”

Some members of the Coast Guard assigned to law
enforcement duties always carried weapons, but most
of those were personal semiautomatic pistols. Since the
arrival of the boat-mounted machine guns, the Coast Guard
has conducted 24 training sessions on the lakes this year,
although it has halted the exercises temporarily after news
of the program seeped out last month and, with it, a barrage
of objection.

“When I heard, I thought it was something from The Onion
newspaper or an Internet hoax,” said Mike Bradley, the
mayor of Sarnia, Ontario, which sits beside Lake Huron,
where 6 of the 34 live fire zones are planned. “This whole
thing was done way below the radar.”

The Coast Guard’s plans for permanent training zones
were published in the Federal Register on Aug. 1, along
with the promise of a month for public comment, but city
leaders and ordinary boaters said that most of them never
came across the document and that the authorities failed
to provide them with any other notice of live fire plans —
a fact that left some saying they felt as though the Coast
Guard, now part of the Department of Homeland Security,
was trying quietly to slip the whole weapons program
past them.

Herb Bergson, the mayor of Duluth, got a telephone call
in September from a resident who said she was listening
to her marine scanner, heard talk of shooting on Lake
Superior and wanted the mayor to explain what was
going on.

“I didn’t know what to tell her,” Mr. Bergson said. “I was
caught just flat-footed. No one told me, and they
should have.”

Coast Guard leaders — who have since announced nine
public meetings in Great Lakes cities, starting Monday,
and have extended until Nov. 13 the period for people
to weigh in on the idea — acknowledge that they initially
failed to publicize the weapons training program.
“I’ve got no good answer for that,” said Lt. j.g. Ryan
Barone, a spokesman.

But the plans themselves, which ultimately would mean
machine guns mounted on the vessels of more than
50 Coast Guard units throughout the Great Lakes, were
carefully conceived, Lieutenant Barone said. Information
about the proposal and scheduled public meetings
is at uscgd9safetyzones.com.

All of the proposed firing zones sit at least five nautical
miles from shores and from Canadian waters, as well as
far from commercial shipping lanes and sensitive marine
areas, Lieutenant Barone said. During the training days,
when Coast Guard gunners will shoot at floating foam
buoys, other boaters will be notified on marine radio
frequencies, he said, and every test will include
a designated safety observer.

Admiral Crowley said, “I don’t feel there’s a risk to
anyone out there.”

Around the Great Lakes, some people said they were
supportive of the presence of machine guns and the planned
tests. The risks of terrorism, they said, cannot be underestimated
— even in small towns, even in the Upper Midwest. And as with
extra airport safety measures, they said, the live fire tests may
be inconvenient but they are needed.

Several ferry operators in Michigan, who carry cars and
passengers across Lake Michigan, said they were satisfied
that their customers would be safe. Ken Alvey, president
of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, which represents
some 80 marine businesses, said he was comfortable knowing
that the Coast Guard members would practice on their
new weapons.

“To say we don’t have to worry about our open border with
Canada would be foolish,” Mr. Alvey said. “You never know
what avenue terrorists will take.”

But others, especially recreational boaters and professional
fishing guides, said they were worried. Though most
emphasized their support and gratitude to the Coast Guard,
they said they did not even listen to their radios much anymore
(unless a storm is rolling in) and could miss warnings
altogether.

Ron Mihevc, who takes customers fishing out of the harbor
at Waukegan, Ill., said he feared that the planned firing
zone near Waukegan sits “right in the middle” of a prime
fishing spot that draws scores of fishermen. Kelly J. Campise,
another Waukegan boat captain, said fishermen already
were carrying their clients many miles into Lake Michigan
in search of salmon and trout at great fuel expense; going
still further away to avoid the firing zones would cost still
more, he said.

An 89-page environmental study, commissioned by federal
authorities, concluded that rounds left in the lakes from the
Coast Guard exercises would cause no harm, but Hugh
McDiarmid Jr., a spokesman for the Michigan Environmental
Council, said a “fuller environmental risk assessment,” given
the lead content of the rounds in particular, was needed.

For years, Coast Guard boats have been armed, and training
has been conducted off of the coasts of this country,
said Brad J. Kieserman, chief of the operations law group
at Coast Guard headquarters.

On the Great Lakes, weapons training by military branches
like the Navy has also occurred in years gone by, dating
back to World War I and World War II. But in keeping with
a treaty known as Rush-Bagot from 1817, Coast Guard
vessels on the Great Lakes have historically not included
naval armaments.

But in 2003, federal authorities sought an understanding
with their Canadian counterparts about Rush-Bagot
in preparation for mounting machine guns on cutters
so that the Coast Guard could “prevent terrorists or others
engaged in criminal activities from crossing the United
States-Canadian boundary by water,” according
to documents from the exchange between the two
countries.

In recent days, though, some Canadian mayors, who
said they had not heard of the plans until this fall,
have objected vehemently. David Miller, the mayor
of Toronto, said he worried about practical, safety
aspects of the weapons plan and about the environment,
but also about the precedent set for the lakes’ more than
94,000 square miles of water.

“Our treaty had always said that the Great Lakes will not
be militarized,” Mr. Miller said. “And in effect, this
remilitarizes them in the name of a threat from 9/11.”

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15) Lawyer Is Due for Sentencing in Terror Case
By JULIA PRESTON
October 16, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/16/nyregion/16stewart.html?ref=nyregion

Lynne F. Stewart, the firebrand lawyer known for defending
unsavory criminals, now faces the possibility of living out her
life like many of them, in maximum-security lockdown
in a federal prison.

Today, 20 months after she was convicted on terror charges,
Ms. Stewart and two co-defendants who were convicted
of conspiring with her will be sentenced in Federal District
Court in Manhattan. Prosecutors, arguing that Ms. Stewart
repeatedly flouted the law to aid the violent designs of an
imprisoned terrorist client, have asked Judge John G. Koeltl
to condemn her to 30 years in prison.

That would be a life sentence for Ms. Stewart, who turned
67 last week. Long an abrasive advocate of anti-government
causes, these days she is not defiant. She is mournful about
what she said were her failures as a lawyer.

Her dread of prison deepened unexpectedly, Ms. Stewart said,
during the long period after a jury found her guilty
on Feb. 10, 2005, of providing material aid to terrorism.
She has recently recovered from breast cancer, but fears
it will return in prison.

And if the judge comes down hard, she could be held
in solitary confinement with limited visits, the same conditions
as Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the terrorist she was convicted
of aiding.

All three defendants have had to wait for sentencing while
Ms. Stewart was treated for cancer. She has finished radiation
treatments, she said, and her doctors have declared that
she is cancer-free. But she worries about the medical
care in prison.

“I feel very threatened by it,” Ms. Stewart said. “I know
too much about the way they deal with you in prison.”

Ms. Stewart’s sentencing will culminate a case the Bush
administration cites as a major counter-terrorism achievement.
Former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who brought the
indictment, devoted a full chapter to the case in his new
memoir.

Ms. Stewart still denies that she acted to further any violent
goals of the sheik, a blind Islamic cleric from Egypt who
is serving a life sentence for a thwarted 1993 plot to bomb
New York City landmarks. Whatever the sentence, her lawyers
have said they will appeal the case.

But in documents they submitted to persuade Judge Koeltl
to be lenient and give her no prison time, Ms. Stewart
is newly remorseful about “ill-advised” moves on behalf
of her client.

“I still believe it was justifiable — but perhaps not in the
way that I did it,” Ms. Stewart said in a sober interview
in a borrowed room in the Manhattan offices where she
used to practice law. She was speaking of her actions
in June 2000 to violate strict prison rules, known as
special administrative measures, by publicizing a message
from the sheik to his militant followers in Egypt.

The government’s call for a 30-year sentence jolted her,
she said, into deeper self-criticism.

“Stewart’s criminal conduct, which lasted more than
two years, was both extremely dangerous and devious,”
two assistant United States attorneys, Andrew Dember
and Robin Baker, wrote in their sentencing motion. Her
actions, they said, “should be offensive to those actually
zealously defending criminal defendants within the bounds
of the law.”

There was never any question during the eight-month
trial that Ms. Stewart had broken the rules by releasing
the sheik’s statement, which said he no longer supported
a cease-fire by his followers in Egypt. Another defendant,
Ahmed Abdel Sattar, 47, a Staten Island postal worker,
was convicted of negotiating with the militants by
telephone to promote an end to the cease-fire.

The government wants a life sentence for Mr. Sattar.
It is seeking 20 years for Mohamed Yousry, the Arabic
translator who was convicted of helping Ms. Stewart
smuggle Mr. Abdel Rahman’s messages out of prison.

These days, Ms. Stewart says, what stings is that she
agrees with some of prosecutors’ claims about her
faulty legal work.

In her trial testimony, she said she believed that she
could stretch the prison rules because she regarded
them as unconstitutional. But the argument was weak
because, as prosecutors noted, she never made
a formal legal challenge.

She said that she completely misjudged how prosecutors
viewed the sheik and the leeway she could take in
defending him, as terrorism became an increasing threat
to the United States. “To me, the sheik was part of the
demonized other,” she said, “part of a continuum” with
other violent radicals she had defended more successfully,
including members of the Weather Underground and the
Black Panthers.

She admits that she became too close to the sheik, insisting
it was because of his deteriorating health and sanity after
years in solitary confinement, not any affinity with his Islamic
fundamentalism.

“I ignored any warning signs,” Ms. Stewart said. “I led with
my heart instead of my head and thought it would be all right.”

While Ms. Stewart says she regrets some of her actions, one
co-defendant, Mr. Yousry, is not offering any apologies
to the judge.

“I wish to God I can say I’m sorry,” he said in an interview.
“But I’m not guilty and I’m not going to say I’m sorry
for something that I didn’t do.”

In the past months, Mr. Yousry, 51, has gone from bewildered t
o angry, reliving the trial in his mind. He was fired from
a teaching job at the City University of New York when
he was indicted and can no longer find work as a translator.
Out on bail, he spends his time at home in Bridgeport, Conn.

Mr. Yousry said he keeps coming back to the fact that he,
unlike Ms. Stewart, never signed an agreement to uphold
the rules that restricted communication with the sheik. The
evidence confirmed that he acted on specific instructions from
Ms. Stewart. Prosecutors acknowledge that Mr. Yousry, who
is not a practicing Muslim, did not support the sheik’s ideas
or violence. They have called him the “least culpable” defendant.

In a letter to the judge, Michael Gasper, a history professor
at Yale, said Mr. Yousry had long shown an “obvious and
unconcealed distaste for any brand of Islamic activism.”

Mr. Yousry has never broken rank with Ms. Stewart. But
his voice rose when he discussed how she handled the
sheik’s case.

“My job wasn’t to tell the lawyer what to do,” he said.
“Lynne is known as an in-your-face kind of lawyer. She
lives for the moment when she can stand up to the
government and challenge them on issues. That’s her
thing. That’s Lynne Stewart, not Mohamed Yousry.”

There was little sympathy for Ms. Stewart among
mainstream lawyers during the trial. But more than
400 letters she submitted to Judge Koeltl about her
sentence include many from law professors and criminal
defense lawyers who said that her actions never caused
actual harm and warned of a chilling effect on lawyers who
defend terrorists if she receives a long sentence. Her lawyers
cite her long service as a government-appointed lawyer
for rebels, mobsters and murderers.

Jo Ann Harris, a former assistant attorney general who
authorized the 1994 indictment of Mr. Abdel Rahman,
wrote that the terrorism counts against Ms. Stewart were
“unwarranted overkill.”

Ms. Stewart’s failing, she wrote, was that she “didn’t have
a clue that the stick she was poking in the government’s
eye was going to have consequences beyond her imagination.”

The author Gore Vidal wrote to ask the judge to “side with
our Bill of Rights” by not imprisoning Ms. Stewart.

Ms. Stewart said that while her radical leftist views have
not changed, she will continue to fight within the system.
“I really think that my patriotism — if you’ll excuse the
expression — and my love of this profession demand
that I have to stay and fight.”

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16) Medical Marijuana Advocate Faces New U.S. Indictment
By CAROLYN MARSHALL
October 14, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/14/washington/14pot.html?ref=health

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13 — A leading medical marijuana advocate
who successfully appealed his federal conviction this year has been
indicted on new criminal charges that include tax evasion
and money laundering.

The man, Ed Rosenthal, a well-known spokesman for the
movement to legalize marijuana, was already facing a retrial
on federal charges of growing marijuana for medical use.
He is to be arraigned Monday in Federal District Court here
on the new indictment, unsealed late Thursday.

It accuses Mr. Rosenthal, 61, of 14 felony charges that include
cultivating marijuana plants; laundering $1,850, which the
government says he got from selling the plants to medical
dispensaries; and tax evasion. His tax returns, prosecutors
said, omitted income from the sale of the plants.

Reached Friday at his home in Oakland, Mr. Rosenthal said
he thought the efforts to prosecute him were part of
a campaign to shutter medical marijuana sites in California
and to subvert the state law allowing them.

“They want to shut me up,” he said. “They are vindictive.
They don’t like anybody beating them, and they will go after
you again and again until they wear you down.”

The state and the federal government have been locked in
a legal and cultural battle over the medicinal merits
of marijuana since 1996, when California voters approved
a ballot measure giving seriously ill patients the right
to buy and use the drug with a doctor’s prescription.

The Drug Enforcement Agency has been aggressive in
investigating medical marijuana facilities. Last week, the
authorities raided and closed five Bay Area sites,
arresting 15 people.

A spokesman for the United States attorney’s office, Luke
Macaulay, would not comment on the new indictment,
but said, “Drugs are a priority for the Justice Department,
being that marijuana is illegal under federal law.”

The new charges against Mr. Rosenthal are similar to those
in a 2002 federal indictment. At the time, Mr. Rosenthal
worked for the City of Oakland and was sanctioned under
city and state laws to grow marijuana plants and sell them
to dispensaries. He was convicted by a jury, but a federal
appeals court overturned the decision, citing juror misconduct.
He was granted a new trial, and prosecutors were moving
forward, but the new federal indictment supersedes the earlier one.

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17) State ranks second in Army recruits
By Lisa Friedman Washington Bureau
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Californians comprised about 10 percent of the Army's new
soldiers this year, second only to Texas in providing new recruits,
according to newly released figures.
October 16, 2006
http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_4485649

In all, 8,279 Californians enlisted in the Army in the fiscal year
that ended Sept. 30, up from 8,101 in 2005. Texas provided
the Army with 10,789 recruits.

While Pentagon officials did not release Los Angeles numbers,
officials said the Southern California battalion stretching
from Fresno to Orange County traditionally supplies most
of the state's recruits.

"Naturally, when you are the largest recruiting battalion
in the United States, they are going to expect more and you
are going to give more," said Gail Anderson, spokesman
for the Los Angeles battalion.

While the raw numbers show California as a rich source for
new military signups, recruiters rank the South and Southeast
- where families are more likely to have a longstanding
tradition of military service - as the nation's most fruitful
regions.

With 80,635 new recruits, the service exceeded its goals
for the fiscal year, as did the Navy, Marine Corps and Air
Force.

David Chu, undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness,
called it "the unfolding of a new greatest generation"
and credited a rise in patriotism for the increases.

First Sgt. Arturo Ramos, an Army recruitment trainer
in Los Angeles, agreed.

"There's a perception that it might be difficult because
we're in a time of war," Ramos said. But, he added,
new recruits "are doing it because they feel they've
got to do something for their country."

Some, however, question whether the Army is lowering
its standards, and local activists who oppose recruitment
in high schools accuse the military of preying on the poor.

According to the Pentagon, 17 percent of new recruits
were granted waivers so they could serve. Most were
"moral character" waivers that are used primarily
for recruits with misdemeanor crimes in their past.

Chu defended the waivers and said the military has
maintained a high-quality standard.

Loren Thompson, a defense analyst at the Lexington
Institute military think tank, said he doesn't believe the
military should be faulted for the growing number
of waivers.

The new flexibility, he said, means that military recruiters
look more closely at individual applicants rather than
working from a broad set of standards.

"The Army is becoming a good deal less arbitrary about
why it rejects recruits," he said.

But Arlene Inouye, a speech and language teacher in East
and Central Los Angeles schools who founded the Coalition
Against Militarism in Our Schools, said the military
is beefing up its ranks by "preying" on the economically
disadvantaged.

"They go to the schools where they'll have the most
success, which are our working-poor schools," Inouye said.

According to the National Priorities Project, Norwalk, South
Central Los Angeles and South Gate were among
the Los Angeles areas with the highest number
of recruits in 2005.

Throughout the state, Lancaster, Palmdale and Hesperia
also proved to be among the most lucrative sources.

Inouye accused the Pentagon of providing an improperly
glamorous picture of Army life, and reinforcing the notion
that the army - and not college - is the best available option.
She professed shock that Department of Defense officials
lament organizations like hers.

"It's like, `Hello, military recruiters. Look at the news.
We're in a war where young people are getting slaughtered.
Why wouldn't parents be concerned?' That's why we talk
to kids and say, `Do you think Bush's kids are going to war?"'

For his part, Ramos said he understands the concerns
of parents and teachers.

And he denies that recruiters focus any more attention
on poorer neighborhoods than wealthier ones and said
he believes officers' genuine pride in their military service
rubs off on students.

"Parents are concerned about their children. That's
understandable, and I don't even push them," he said.

Thompson called California a microcosm of the national
landscape.

Recruits, he said, "tend to come from relatively modest
backgrounds," including immigrants and those from rural
or blue-collar families as well as those with a history
of service.

Ramos said he expects surging patriotism to result
in even higher recruitments next year.

lisa.friedman@langnews.com

(202) 662-8731

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18) A new revolution in Grimethorpe:
Cuban-style socialist health care
By Matthew
Beard Published: 16 October 2006
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/health_medical/article1876666.ece

A former pit worker is to bring Cuban-style health care, administered by Arthur
Scargill's daughter, to Grimethorpe, the mining community immortalised on
screen by the film Brassed Off.

The Oaks Park primary care centre, built at a cost of £3m, is the phoenix that
has risen out of the ashes of the closure of the Grimethorpe colliery in South
Yorkshire. For the locals, its grand opening this month was an event to compare
with the sudden rise to fame of the local brass band.

Built with the backing and input of the Scargill family, it is hoped that the
Oaks Park initiative, which will provide one-stop services from benefits advice
to chiropody, will inspire leftists nationwide at a time when local healthcare
is increasingly fashionable.

Closure of the Grimethorpe pit in 1993 brought with it a range of ills:
Grimethorpe was once the second "sickest" British town behind Glasgow. In the
early 1990s, the community suffered the stigma of being the second-most
deprived community in the UK behind Brixton.

Since then there has been an upturn in fortunes, which many trace to the 1996
black comedy film starring Ewan McGregor, Tara Fitzgerald and Pete
Postlethwaite.

The Primary Oaks scheme is the brainchild of Jim Logan, Arthur Scargill's
son-in-law and the one-time Grimethorpe colliery manager, who made a study of
the Cuban health system. According to Mr Logan, Fidel Castro's health reforms
provide a model that the Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, would do well to
follow. The Cuban healthcare system is recognised not only as one of the best
in the developing world, but also as better in some aspects than those in the
developed world.

"It is a one-stop shop that is done better in Cuba than anywhere else," Mr Logan
said. "It is the exact same thing that the British Government is trying to do,
downsizing district hospitals into primary care. Cuba has been doing it for 15
years.

"The whole idea has been to improve public health by offering a range of primary
care treatments locally rather than sending people to hospital."

Dr Margaret Scargill advised on the centre's design as one of its six resident
GPs. Mr Logan added: "The Cubans may have a struggling economy, but their
healthcare system is very impressive: there is one doctor to 800 patients,
compared with about one to 2,000 in this country."

The centre brings together a range of NHS services and caters for wider social
needs, such has housing and benefits. Its GPs are familiar with the health
problems of a former mining community, such as respiratory diseases and heart
problems. The centre also provides chiropody, dental services, ophthalmology,
pharmacy, dietetics, midwives, community psychiatric services, and
physiotherapy.

At the root of the project is a belief in uniting the provision of health and
social care. Mr Logan suggested to Barnsley Health Service and Barnsley Council
Social Services Department a proposal to amalgamate the two care sectors. But
his ideas were turned down.

Undeterred, he went ahead and drew up plans for such a centre, deciding to fund
the project himself.

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19) Sami's Shame, and Ours
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
October 17, 2006
http://select.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/opinion/17kristof.html?hp

There is no public evidence that Sami al-Hajj committed any
crime other than journalism for a television network the Bush
administration doesn’t like.

But the U.S. has been holding Mr. Hajj, a cameraman for
Al Jazeera, for nearly five years without trial, mostly
at Guantánamo Bay. With the jailing of Mr. Hajj and
of four journalists in Iraq, the U.S. ranked No. 6 in the
world in the number of journalists it imprisoned last
year, just behind Uzbekistan and tied with Burma,
according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

This week, President Bush is expected to sign the Military
Commissions Act concerning prisoners at Guantánamo,
and he has hailed the law as “a strong signal to the
terrorists.” But the closer you look at Guantánamo
the more you feel that it will be remembered mostly
as a national disgrace.

Mr. Hajj is the only journalist known to be there, and,
of course, it’s possible that he is guilty of terrorist-
related crimes. If so, he should be tried, convicted
and sentenced.

But so far, the evidence turned up by his lawyers
and by the Committee to Protect Journalists — which
published an excellent report on Mr. Hajj’s case this
month — suggests that the U.S. military may be
keeping him in hopes of forcing him to become a spy.

Mr. Hajj, 37, who attended university and speaks English,
joined Al Jazeera as a cameraman in April 2000 and covered
the war in Afghanistan. He was detained on Dec. 15, 2001,
and taken to the American military prison in Bagram,
Afghanistan.

“They were the longest days of my life,” Mr. Hajj’s lawyers
quoted him as saying. He told them he was repeatedly
beaten, kicked, starved, left out in the freezing cold
and subjected to anal cavity searches in public “just
to humiliate me.”

In June 2002, Mr. Hajj was flown to Guantánamo,
where he says the beatings initially were brutal but
have since subsided somewhat.

At first, interrogators said Mr. Hajj had shot video
of Osama bin Laden during an Al Jazeera interview, but
it turned out that they may have mixed him up with
another cameraman of a similar name. When that assertion
fell apart, the authorities offered accusations that he had
ferried a large sum of money to a suspicious Islamic charity,
that he had supported Chechen rebels, and that he had once
given a car ride and other assistance to an official of Al Qaeda.

One indication that even our government may not take
those accusations so seriously is that the interrogations
barely touched on them, Mr. Hajj’s lawyers say.

“About 95 percent of the interrogations he went through
were about Al Jazeera,” said one of the lawyers, Zachary
Katznelson of London. “Sami would say, ‘What about me?
Will you ask about me?’ ”

He added, “It really does seem that the focus of the inquiry
is about his employer, Al Jazeera, and not about him
or any actions he may have taken.”

Mr. Katznelson also says that interrogators told Mr. Hajj
they would free him immediately if he would agree to go
back to Al Jazeera and spy on it. He once asked what would
happen if he backed out of the deal after he was free.

“You would not do that,” Mr. Hajj quoted his interrogator
as saying, “because it would endanger your child.”

The Defense Department declined to comment on Mr. Hajj’s
case, saying that in general, it does not comment on specific
detainees at Guantánamo.

While Mr. Hajj is unknown in the U.S., his case has received
wide attention in the Arab world. The Bush administration
is thus doing long-term damage to American interests.

Mr. Hajj’s lawyers say he has two torn ligaments in his
knee from abuse in his first weeks in custody, making
it exceptionally painful for him to use the squat toilet
in his cell. The lawyers say he has been offered treatment
for his knee and a sitting toilet that would be less painful
to use — but only if he spills dirt on Al Jazeera. And he
says he has none to spill.

And while Defense Department documents indicate that
he has been a model inmate at Guantánamo, he protests
that he has been called racial epithets (he is black) and
that he has seen guards desecrate the Koran.

When Sudan detained an American journalist, Paul Salopek,
in August in Darfur, journalists and human rights groups
reacted with outrage until he was freed a month later.
We should be just as offended when it is our own
government that is sinking to Sudanese standards of justice.

This doesn’t look like a war on terrorism,
but a war on our own values.

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20) Bush Signs Terror Interrogation Law
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 11:08 a.m. ET
October 17, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Bush-Terrorism.html?hp&ex=1161144000&en=254af53b6a9b2151&ei=5094&partner=homepage

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush signed legislation Tuesday
authorizing tough interrogation of terror suspects and smoothing
the way for trials before military commissions, calling it a ''vital
tool'' in the war against terrorism.

Bush's plan for treatment of the terror suspects became law just
six weeks after he acknowledged that the CIA had been secretly
interrogating suspected terrorists overseas and pressed Congress
to quickly give authority to try them in military commissions.

''With the bill I'm about to sign, the men our intelligence officials
believe orchestrated the murder of nearly 3,000 innocent people
will face justice,'' Bush said.

A coalition of religious groups staged a protest against the bill
outside the White House, shouting ''Bush is the terrorist'' and
''Torture is a crime.'' About 15 of the protesters, standing in
a light rain, refused orders to move. Police arrested them one
by one.

Among those the United States hopes to try are Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks,
as well as Ramzi Binalshibh, an alleged would-be 9/11 hijacker,
and Abu Zubaydah, who was believed to be a link between
Osama bin Laden and many al-Qaida cells.

''It is a rare occasion when a president can sign a bill that
he knows will save American lives,'' Bush said. ''I have that
privilege this morning.''

Bush signed the bill in the White House East Room, at
a table with a sign positioned on the front that said
''Protecting America.'' He said he signed it in memory
of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

''We will answer brutal murder with patient justice,''
Bush said. ''Those who kill the innocent will be held
to account.''

Among those in the audience were military officers,
lawmakers who helped pass the bill and members
of Bush's Cabinet.

He singled out for praise, among others, Secretary of
Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, who has come under sharp
criticism in recent months as violence has soared in Iraq.

The law protects detainees from blatant abuses during
questioning -- such as rape, torture and ''cruel and inhuman''
treatment -- but does not require that any of them be
granted legal counsel. Also, it specifically bars detainees
from filing habeas corpus petitions challenging their
detentions in federal courts. Bush said the process is
''fair, lawful and necessary.''

''The bill I sign today helps secure this country and it sends
a clear message: This nation is patient and decent and fair
and we will never back down from threats to our freedom,''
Bush said. ''We are as determined today as we were on
the morning of Sept. 12, 2001.''

Many Democrats opposed the legislation because they
said it eliminated rights of defendants considered
fundamental to American values, such as a person's
ability to go to court to protest their detention and the
use of coerced testimony as evidence. Bush acknowledged
that the law came amid dispute.

''Over the past few months, the debate over this bill has
been heated and the questions raised can seem complex,''
he said. ''Yet, with the distance of history, the questions
will be narrowed and few. Did this generation of Americans
take the threat seriously? And did we do what it takes
to defeat that threat?''

The American Civil Liberties Union said the new law is
''one of the worst civil liberties measures ever enacted
in American history.''

''The president can now, with the approval of Congress,
indefinitely hold people without charge, take away protections
against horrific abuse, put people on trial based on hearsay
evidence, authorize trials that can sentence people to death
based on testimony literally beaten out of witnesses, and
slam shut the courthouse door for habeas petitions,''
said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero.

''Nothing could be further from the American values we
all hold in our hearts than the Military Commissions Act,''
he said.

The swift implementation of the law is a rare bit of good
news for Bush as casualties mount in Iraq in daily violence.
Lawmakers are increasingly calling for a change of strategy
and political anxieties are jeopardizing Republican's chances
of hanging onto control of Congress.

Bush needed the legislation because the Supreme Court
in June said the administration's plan for trying detainees
in military tribunals violated U.S. and international law.

The legislation, which sets the rules for court proceedings,
applies to those selected by the military for prosecution
and leaves mostly unaffected the majority of the 14,000
prisoners in U.S. custody, most of whom are in Iraq.

The Pentagon had previously selected 10 prisoners at
Guantanamo Bay prison to be tried. Bush is expected also
to try some or all the 14 suspects held by the CIA in secret
prisons and recently transferred to military custody
at Guantanamo.

The bill also eliminates some rights common in military and
civilian courts. For example, the commission would be allowed
to consider hearsay evidence so long as a judge determined
it was reliable. Hearsay is barred from civilian courts.

The legislation also says the president can ''interpret the
meaning and application'' of international standards for
prisoner treatment, a provision intended to allow him to
authorize aggressive interrogation methods that might
otherwise be seen as illegal by international courts. White
House press secretary Tony Snow said Bush would probably
eventually issue an executive order that would describe his
interpretation, but those documents are not usually made
public and Snow did not reveal when it might be issued.

On the Net:

http://www.whitehouse.gov

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21) Lawyer, Facing 30 Years, Gets 28 Months, to Dismay of U.S.
By JULIA PRESTON
October 17, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/nyregion/17stewart.html?ref=us

Lynne F. Stewart, the radical defense lawyer, was sentenced
yesterday to two years and four months in prison on charges
that she smuggled messages from an imprisoned terrorist client
to his violent followers in Egypt.

The sentence, handed down by Judge John G. Koeltl in Federal
District Court in Manhattan, was significantly lower than the
30 years sought by prosecutors. He cited the service Ms. Stewart,
who is 67, had provided in her three-decade career as a government-
appointed lawyer for unsavory criminals and penniless outcasts.

The judge allowed her to remain free on bail while a higher court
hears her appeal, saying there was a possibility that her conviction
might be overturned.

The sentence was an unexpected setback for the Justice
Department in a case the Bush administration has frequently
highlighted to show the effectiveness of its tough policy on terror
prosecutions. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft devoted
a chapter to it in his recent memoir. Defense lawyers and other
supporters of Ms. Stewart had warned that a severe sentence
would have a chilling effect, dissuading others from representing
clients accused of terrorism.

In a brief statement to the judge before the sentence, Ms. Stewart,
shaking and barely suppressing tears, refrained from political
comment or discussion of her case, but noted that she would
never be permitted to practice law again.

“The end of my career is truly like a sword in my side,” she said.
“I don’t want to be in prison,” she pleaded. “Permit me to live
in the world and live out my life, productively, lovingly, righteously.”

Ms. Stewart’s lawyers, citing her recent bout of breast cancer,
had asked the judge not to give her any prison time.

But Judge Koeltl said there had been “an irreducible core of
extraordinarily severe criminal conduct” in her actions on behalf
of the client, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, a blind fundamentalist
Islamic cleric who is serving a life sentence for plotting to bomb
New York City landmarks. Ms. Stewart was convicted on Feb. 10, 2005,
of conspiring to provide material aid to terrorism by smuggling
the sheik’s messages encouraging violence by his militant
followers in Egypt.

While agreeing that Ms. Stewart had flouted the law and deceived
the government by breaking prison rules to publicize the sheik’s
messages, Judge Koeltl broadly rejected the prosecutors’ portrayal
of her as a serial liar and terrorist conspirator who would be
a danger to society if she remained free.

Instead, he focused on her past service as a lawyer. “She has
represented the poor, the disadvantaged and the unpopular,”
Judge Koeltl said, adding that Ms. Stewart had demonstrated
“enormous skill and dedication” in her legal work and earned
little money from it.

“It is no exaggeration to say that Ms. Stewart performed a public
service not only to her clients but to the nation,” Judge Koeltl told
a crowded but hushed courtroom.

The judge acknowledged that Ms. Stewart’s crimes were “serious,
involved dishonesty and breach of trust,” and led to “potentially
lethal consequences.” But he appears to have been impressed
by about 1,100 letters of support she received from law professors,
former prosecutors, retired judges and former clients. Among the
clients was Matias Reyes, a federal inmate who told how she helped
him confess that he was the true attacker in the infamous Central
Park jogger case, after others had been wrongfully convicted.

The judge pointed out that Ms. Stewart would lose her license
to practice law as a result of her conviction and sentence, which
he said was a form of punishment, and that she is barred from
having any contact with Mr. Abdel Rahman. He said the chance
that her crimes would recur was “nil,” and noted there had been
no evidence that anyone was harmed as a result of her actions.

He also mentioned that there was a “statistically significant”
chance that Ms. Stewart’s breast cancer would recur.

As the judge read the sentence, Ms. Stewart’s face brightened
with a grin of surprised relief. She flashed a quick clenched fist
of victory to her relatives in the gallery.

Judge Koeltl imposed a relatively tough sentence on one
of Ms. Stewart’s co-defendants, though it also fell short of
what the government had sought. A former Staten Island postal
worker, Ahmed Abdel Sattar, 46, was sentenced to 24 years in
prison for negotiating by telephone with a follower of the sheik’s
who was an associate of Osama bin Laden’s to try to bring an end
to a cease-fire by Mr. Abdel Rahman’s group in Egypt. Mr. Sattar
also wrote and released a statement he called a fatwa, or religious
edict, calling for the killing of Jews. Prosecutors had asked for
a life sentence.

The third co-defendant, Mohamed Yousry, 51, Ms. Stewart’s
Arabic translator in her discussions with the sheik, was sentenced
to one year and eight months in prison.

Judge Koeltl said that Mr. Yousry was “the necessary link” in
a conspiracy with Ms. Stewart to smuggle prohibited letters into
prison for the sheik and convey his replies to his followers.
Prosecutors wanted Mr. Yousry to serve 20 years in prison.

Michael J. Garcia, the United States attorney in Manhattan,
attended the sentencing yesterday. He and his prosecutors
left the courtroom without comment. “The government
is disappointed in the sentences imposed today,” Mr. Garcia
said in a statement later. “We will be exploring our appellate
options.”

One of his assistants, Andrew Dember, had said before the
sentencing that Ms. Stewart knew that she was smuggling
terrorist messages. “She stepped over the line from being
a lawyer to being a clear-cut criminal,” he said, who had
“endangered the lives of innocents.”

Mr. Dember dismissed the notion that Ms. Stewart’s
sentence could have a chilling effect, saying that none
of her actions “had anything to do with legitimate lawyering
or legal representation of her client.”

One of Ms. Stewart’s lawyers, Joshua L. Dratel, said
the judge did not need to impose a severe sentence
because “the message has been sent loud and clear”
that Ms. Stewart committed serious mistakes and lapses
of judgment in representing the sheik, as she acknowledged
in recent weeks.

When Ms. Stewart emerged from the courthouse, a few
blocks from the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan,
she was greeted with bouquets of roses from a crowded
of elated, cheering supporters who had waited outside for
hours after being blocked by federal marshals from attending
the proceedings.

“This is a great victory against an overreaching government,”
Ms. Stewart said, returning to her familiar feisty rhetoric,
as she was embraced by her husband, Ralph Poynter, and
her three grandchildren. “I hope the government realizes
their error, because I am back out,” she said. “And I am
staying out until after an appeal that I hope will vindicate
me, that I hope will make me back into the lawyer that I was.”

Ms. Stewart said she was grateful to the judge for giving her
“time off for good behavior.” She had been ready to go
straight to jail when she came to court, she said, carrying
a pair of sweat pants in a plastic bag. She said if she
eventually has to serve the 28-month sentence, “I could
do it standing on my head.”

Matthew Sweeney contributed reporting.

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22) For Wal-Mart, Unionization Is an Acceptable China Price
By JOSEPH SCHUMAN
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE

Wal-Mart Stores is on the verge of a major expansion in China despite
the kind of strengthening workers-rights regime there that the U.S.
retail titan appears to abhor, one more sign of just how central the
Chinese economy is to the rest of the world's finances.

Wal-Mart has agreed to spend about $1 billion on the Taiwan-owned
hypermarket chain Trust-Mart, people familiar with the transaction
tell The Wall Street Journal, and the deal could give Wal-Mart the
largest food-and-department-store network in China. If Chinese
regulators approve it, Wal-Mart will vault past French rival
Carrefour -- which also bid for Trust-Mart -- as the country's
hypermarket king, the Journal adds. But news of the deal comes
just days after a Chinese union official announced that workers at
Wal-Mart's current 66 outlets in China have set up unions, a movement
Wal-Mart had strenuously tried to prevent, as the New York Times
reported last week. Beyond Wal-Mart, Chinese officials plan to expand
workers' rights by increasing the power of labor unions for the first
time since the government introduced market forces two decades ago,
as the Times also reported. Foreign companies like Dell, Ford and
General Electric, long the benefactor of cheaper Chinese labor, have
tried -- to no avail -- to defeat the proposals, which would expand
union influence on contracts, work-place safety and other matters.

For Wal-Mart, such a trend is anathema. In the U.S., the world's
largest retailer is currently rolling out new restrictions on its
workers and fighting local-government moves to force the improvement
of pay and benefits, as BusinessWeek reports. Just yesterday, at
the Wal-Mart Super Center in Hialeah Gardens, Fla., workers on the
morning shift actually staged a walk-out to protest the new policies.
But despite the growing union influence in China, the country is
irresistible. China, as the Times notes, remains largely untapped
by foreign retailers. Moreover, while the Trust-Mart purchase may
represent only a modest acquisition for Wal-Mart, it opens the door
to a new area of expansion at a time when Wal-Mart's sales elsewhere
are lagging.

Even the Wal-Mart development is just a smaller part of China's
inescapable role in the global economy. As the Journal reports,
within the coming days China's foreign-currency reserves will top
$1 trillion, an amount that surpasses the annual economic output of
all but nine countries and compares with $1.2 trillion in assets under
management at American mutual-fund giant Fidelity Investments. And
"as the pot grows, the secretive and sophisticated portfolio managers
at China's central bank are trying gradually to boost their country's
returns on its foreign-exchange holdings, at least in part by making
somewhat riskier but higher-yielding investments," the Journal notes,
making Beijing a "colossus in the financial world," with significant
power over everything from gold markets to U.S. Treasurys.

Just as prominent, of course, is China's role in global energy
markets, where its insatiable demand has been a key factor in pushing
oil prices higher over the past several years. While some
petroleum-industry observers have suggested China's energy thirsts
will diminish, the country's import numbers last month showed it had
shipped in a record volume of crude. And Cambridge Energy Research
Associates recently raised its forecast for China's 2006 oil demand
to grow by 7.5%, up from a previous estimate of 6.1%.

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23) California Letter Investigated for Warning to Immigrants
By JESSE McKINLEY
October 18, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/18/us/politics/18hispanic.html

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 17 — Federal and state authorities
are trying to determine who sent a letter to some Latinos
in Southern California that falsely suggested that it would
be a crime for immigrants to vote in the coming election.

The letter, written in formal, sometimes clumsy Spanish
and signed “Sergio Ramirez,” was mailed last week to an
undetermined number of people with Spanish surnames
in Orange County, the authorities said. It advised recipients
that “if you’re an immigrant, voting in a federal election
is a crime that can result in incarceration,” or deportation.

While illegal immigrants are barred from voting, legal
immigrants who have become citizens are permitted to do so.

The letter also stated that the federal government had
installed a computer system to verify the names of new
registered voters who vote in October and November
and that anti-immigration groups would be able to
access that information. Election Day is Nov. 7, but
early voting is allowed Oct. 20-29 in Orange County.

Cynthia Magnuson, a spokeswoman for the Justice
Department, which along with the California attorney
general’s office is investigating the letter’s source,
said there was no such database.

“The letter contains false information,” Ms. Magnuson said.

The letter was printed on stationery labeled with the name
of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform, a strident
anti-illegal-immigration group whose Web site features
a video on how illegal immigrants bring disease to the
United States.

But Barbara Coe, the group’s leader, told The Los Angeles
Times, which first reported the letter on Tuesday, that her
group had not sent or authorized it, and that she did not
know a Sergio Ramirez. On Tuesday, Ms. Coe did not
return repeated phone calls and e-mail seeking comment.

Some Latino leaders expressed doubts on Tuesday about
Ms. Coe’s denial and said they suspected the letter was
part of a concerted, long-term effort on the part of groups
like hers to intimidate voters.

“They’re taking as much action as they can to make the
lives of Latinos as miserable as possible,” said Brent Wilkes,
the national executive director of the League of United
Latin American Citizens, a civil rights group.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called the letter racist and
urged Bill Lockyer, the California attorney general,
to prosecute those responsible with a hate crime.
A collection of other civil rights groups also called on
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales to investigate the
letter as a violation of federal voting laws.

Nathan Barankin, a spokesman for Mr. Lockyer, said his
office had been alerted to the letter on Monday morning,
after a weekend in which Latino leaders fielded calls from
outraged constituents.

“They could be naturalized citizens or they could be
fourth-generation Californians,” Mr. Barankin said of the
recipients. “What we do know is that some of the recipients
of this letter are legal and longtime registered voters
in California.”

Mr. Barankin said the letter could have violated two
California laws. One bans the use of coercion or
intimidation in an effort to prevent someone from
voting; the other makes it illegal to knowingly challenge
a person’s right to vote on fraudulent and spurious grounds.

It was unclear, Mr. Barankin said, how many of the letters
were distributed, but his office expected more complaints.

“We’re going to determine who sent it, and why they sent
it and then from that, if there’s enough evidence
to prosecute,” Mr. Barankin said.

Orange County, between Los Angeles and San Diego,
has seen a substantial increase in its Latino population
over the last two decades. A 2005 estimate by the Census
Bureau reported that nearly one in three Orange County
residents was of Latino or Hispanic origin.

Representative Loretta Sanchez, a Democrat from Garden
Grove, in northern Orange County, said that she had heard
from a handful of constituents in her district who received
a letter, and that she feared it could scare off first-time voters.

“Santa Ana and Anaheim are the new Ellis Island of the
United States,” Ms. Sanchez said, mentioning two Orange
County cities with large Latino populations. “New people
are becoming citizens every day, and who knows the
sophistication level when they get a letter like this?”

But others thought the letter would have little effect.

“I think Latino voters are astute enough not to be
intimidated,” said John Trasviña, the interim president
and general counsel for the Mexican American Legal
Defense and Educational Fund in Los Angeles. “And
they’ve seen the same tactics used against them in the
recent past as well as the farther ago past. And they won’t take it.”

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24) Dam Funny Tale
Scott Munson
scott@planttrees.org

Could be the stuff of urban legends...was sent by a kayaker bud of
mine. I like the rationale. Denny

Begin forward:
This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries by the
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of
Pennsylvania . This guy's response is hilarious, but read the State's
letter before you get to the response letter.

SUBJECT: DEQ File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. DeVries:

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental
Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above
referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal
landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the
outlet stream of Spring Pond.

A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity.

A review of the Department's files shows that no permits have been
issued. Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity
is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural
Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts
of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania
Compiled Laws, annotated.

The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams
partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and
flooding at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature
are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department
therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities at this
location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow
condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the
stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than
January 31, 2006.

Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so
that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff.

Failure to comply with this request or any further unauthorized
activity on the site may result in this case being referred for
elevated enforcement action..

We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this
matter. Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any
questions.

Sincerely,
David L. Price
District Representative and Water Management Division.

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Here is the actual response sent back by Mr. DeVries:

Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. Price,

Your certified letter dated 12/17/02 has been handed to me to respond
to. I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget
Lane, Trout Run, Pennsylvania.

A couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of
constructing and maintaining two wood "debris" dams across the outlet
stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor
supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended
that you call their skillful use of natures building materials
"debris." I would like to challenge your department to attempt to
emulate their dam project any time and/or any place you choose.


I believe I can safely state there is no way you could ever match
their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity,
their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work
ethic.

As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they
must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of
dam activity.

My first dam question to you is:
(1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers, or
(2) Do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to
said dam request?

If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers,
through the Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of
all those other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued.
Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301,
Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental
Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections
324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania
Compiled Laws, annotated.

I have several concerns. My first concern is, aren't the beavers
entitled to legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are
financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation
-- so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer. The
Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed
during a recent rain event, causing flooding, is proof that this is a
natural occurrence, which the Department is required to protect. In
other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather
than harassing them and calling their dam names.

If you want the stream "restored" to a dam free-flow condition please
contact the beavers -- but if you are going to arrest them, they
obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter, they being
unable to read English.

In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build
their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is
green and water flows downstream. They have more dam rights than I do
tolive and enjoy Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources
and Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect
the natural resources (Beavers) and the environment (Beavers' Dams).

So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be
referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait
until 1/31/2006? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice
then and there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/
harass them then.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention to a real
environmental quality, health, problem in the area. It is the bears!
Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you
should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone.

If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! The
bears are not careful where they dump!

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to
contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response
to your dam office.

THANK YOU.
RYAN DEVRIES & THE DAM BEAVERS

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25) Behind the Veil
New York Times Editorial
October 19, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/19/opinion/19thu4.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

The way the issue of full-face veils has seized Britain, you would
think veiled women were everywhere. In fact, one has to wonder
how many are regularly encountered by Jack Straw, the leader
of the House of Commons, or any other Briton.

Yet Mr. Straw’s comments that the veil damages relations between
people of different ethnic backgrounds has fired a furious debate,
with Tony Blair and Romano Prodi, the British and Italian prime
ministers, rising in agreement and Muslim leaders indignantly
protesting. The issue in need of serious discussion is not the
niqab — the veil that covers all but a woman’s eyes — but the
larger question of the place of Europe’s Muslim minority.

Even if Mr. Straw is correct in describing the niqab (used by
a small minority of European Muslims) as a barrier to
assimilation, or to communication, it is still not the source
of the current anxiety.

The problem is that the discovery of jihadists in Europe —
whether those who plotted 9/11 or the Madrid or London
bombings — has made non-Muslim Europeans far more
suspicious of the large Muslim minorities among them
and what they perceive as a self-imposed isolation.
Those suspicions have, in turn, bolstered the arguments
of a small minority of Muslim leaders who call for more
isolation.

The real debate should be about the failure of European
governments to address the sources of immigrant discontent —
which include high unemployment and discrimination —
and about the failure of Muslim leaders in the West to
counter the rise of extremism in their communities.

The public attacks on a religious custom by Mr. Straw and
Mr. Blair will only feed the suspicions of non-Muslim Europeans
and the sense of stigma and segregation among European Muslims.

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26) Morning Star interviews Celia Hart
By Andrew Kennedy and Charley Allan - Morning Star
Thursday, 19 October 2006
Rich Opportunity (Morning Star Tuesday 17 October 2006)
http://www.marxist.com/morning-star-interviews-celia-hart191006.htm

Celia Hart argues that Latin America is showing the way in the
struggle to chart the correct path to a future socialist society.

Rebellion must be in Celia Hart's blood. She is the daughter
of two historic leaders of the Cuban revolution, Armando Hart
and Haydee Santamaria, but describes herself as a "freelance
Trotskyist."

Born a few months after the Cuban missile crisis, she trained
as a physicist at Havana University and then Dresden in the
German Democratic Republic.

In 1985, she returned home on holiday and told her father
how depressed she had become at the level of bureaucracy
and "suffocating of all initiative" that she had experienced
in that country, in direct contradiction to its socialist principles.

Armando responded by taking out four books from a cupboard
and handing them to her. They were the three-volume Life
of Trotsky by Isaac Deutscher and a copy of Trotsky's
The Revolution Betrayed.

A prolific writer, she has remained virtually unpublished
until now. But times are changing and she is among a new
generation of authors to be published with the approval
of the Cuban government, as discussed by Ron Ridenour
in his series of articles recently printed in the Morning Star.

A collection of her articles has just been published in
English, entitled It's Never Too Late To Love Or Rebel.

Her focus is on the spread of Cuba's socialist revolution
throughout the region.

"My revolution feeds from and grows stronger with the
ideological, economic and ethical weapons derived from
a booming awakening of the Latin American left, bent
on retaking the word 'socialism' as its banner," she reveals,
speaking after a day school in London.

She is particularly excited about the new socialist trade
deal between Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia, known as ALBA.

"The ALBA represents a space for economic co-operation
where any differences between peoples must be taken
into account," she explains.

"It's an exchange based on the human being, in which
commercial relations are designed with society's
interests in mind."

Celia is enormously encouraged by Cuba's role in this new
economy, as the Caribbean island "was isolated following
the fall of the Berlin Wall and had to take measures to survive
that, to some extent, contradicted its revolutionary ideals.

"The processes in Venezuela and Bolivia benefit from the
Cuban example and vice versa. Both elements can make
the whole continent change.

"It's a good thing for Cuba that these are political relations
and not just cold economic ties."

Describing the close relationship that Cuba has with Venezuela
since Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998, she points out
that there are 20,000 Cuban health workers living
in Venezuela as part of the social programme Into the
Neighbourhood and many others involved in numerous
educational projects. Programmes like these "set a socialist
precedent in the region," she maintains.

"Literacy is more than just a conquered right. Those millions
of humans 'rescued' from the dark become social actors.
They read, think and learn about their interests, which are,
of course, those of socialism.

"Bolivia is an extremely important case that adds new
colours to this spectrum. May Day was symbolic this year.
Evo Morales nationalised the hydrocarbons and, at the
same time, opened a medical centre provided by Cuba."

Revolutionary heritage is important for Celia and she
sees the 1917 revolution as a living, breathing reality.

"I like to say as a joke that Lenin and Trotsky came together
in a very small and desolate Caribbean island. Lenin still
lives in Cuba, although he's about to celebrate his 80th birthday."

On the subject of Castro's death, she is more serious.

"A loving child is unable to predict her mother's death,
hence no child ever wonders how it will be if it happens
because they believe that she will never die.

"But, when she dies, you bury her and go on with your life in pain.

"What we are, our institutions and organisations, owe their
dynamics to a Fidel Castro, who lives and operates
on them dialectically.

"So, once the element of Fidel Castro is out of this equation,
everything must change if we want to preserve what we have had."

As to who will replace him, she is certain of only one thing.

"A revolution has no heirs. Inheritance is an aristocratic term
that I hate to use when it comes to Fidel, for he has no heirs
other than his children, who may inherit any worn green beret
or a pair of socks.

"Our revolutionary continuity must find its own way. No-one
in Cuba, no institution - no matter how good it seems to be -
can replace Fidel. Not because one is better or worse than
the other, but for being different.

"The principles will remain - socialist revolution, internationalism
and revolutionary struggle to the finish. Those are Fidel Castro's
heirs, the only ones worthy of 'inheriting' something from him.

"Those of us who have his teachings in our blood and our minds
will never let anything or anybody usurp his moral power
and be crowned 'Fidel.'

"The revolution in Latin America is maybe the only one worthy
of being crowned heir of one of the 20th century's greatest
Communists."

Turning to Che Guevara, Celia brings up his previously unpublished
book Critical Notes on the Soviet Manual of Political Economics,
which was launched at the Havana Book Fair in February.

In the book, Che levels fierce criticism at the instruments
that the post-Stalin Soviet Union used to develop socialism.

Celia explains: "He was sure that the socialist societies
of the 1960s were unavoidably returning to capitalism.

"A real bible from a revolutionary standpoint, Che's book
is filled with anguish, doubt and reasoning. He called
it his 'rash attempt' and his 'grain of sand.'

"He resorted to his revolutionary expertise to comprehend
that it was impossible to use capitalism to build a socialist
society. As a good friend of mine says, 'the thesis can't
be solved with the antithesis'."

Celia points out that, for the first time in many years,
the balance of forces in Latin America now favours
the left. She believes that this has the potential
to change the world.

"If revolutionaries manage to capitalise on this process
to our advantage, a new era of socialist revolutions
will begin worldwide.

"But history won't wait for us and we in the organised
left-wing ranks must grasp the rich and splendid process
now open to us," she urges.

*This interview was conducted before Fidel Castro's recent illness.

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27) Bush issues doctrine for US control of space
Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington
Thursday October 19, 2006
Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1925756,00.html

George Bush has staked out a bold claim to the final frontier,
asserting vigorously America's right to deny access to space
to any adversary hostile to US interests, it emerged yesterday.
In a muscular overhaul of policy, the US president outlines the
importance of space to the national interest, saying its domination
is as crucial to America's defences as air or sea power.

The order also opposes the establishment of arms control
treaties that would restrict US access to space, or set limits
on its use of space. It calls for the development of space
capabilities to support US intelligence and defence initiatives.

The document, first reported in yesterday's Washington Post,
amounted to the first overhaul of US space policy in nearly
a decade, but it comes two years after the publication
of an air force doctrine on protecting US satellites and
spacecraft. The defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, has
also favoured the development of systems to protect
satellites and space stations.

"The United States will preserve its rights, capabilities, and
freedom of action in space; dissuade or deter others from
either impeding those rights or developing capabilities
intended to do so; take actions necessary to protect its
space capabilities; respond to interference; and deny,
if necessary, adversaries the use of space capabilities
hostile to US national interests," the strategy says.

It goes on to stress that space activities have improve
life in the US and around the world, enhancing security
and economic growth and "revolutionising the way people
view their world and the cosmos".

Mr Bush has sought to revive the national interest in space
by calling for Americans to return to the moon in 15 years,
and even use bases there to serve as a launch pad for Mars.

But reports of the space policy raised immediate concerns
that America would be seen to be trying to develop
a fresh generation of space weapons.

However, the White House spokesman, Tony Snow,
insisted there was no change, and that the exploitation
of space for defensive purposes did not mean that
American was seeking to develop space weapons.

"Protection of space assets does not imply some sort
of forceful action," Fredrick Jones, a National Security
Council spokesman, told the Associated Press. He said
the US faced novel threats since the revision of the last
policy declaration on space, and that the document
reflected the importance of space in technological
advances.

"Technology advances have increased the importance
of and use of space," he said. "Now, we depend on space
capabilities for things like ATMs, personal navigation,
package tracking, radio services, and cell phone use."

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28) Trial Begins for 2 Charged With Aiding Terror Group
By LIBBY SANDER
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/20/us/20trial.html?ref=us

CHICAGO, Oct. 19 — Muhammad Salah spent four and a half
years in an Israeli prison in the mid-1990’s after admitting that
he had provided money and other aid to the Palestinian
organization Hamas for use in attacks against Israel.

Now, nearly a decade after Mr. Salah’s release, his lawyers are
trying to convince a federal jury here that the confession, on
which a federal racketeering case against him is based,
was obtained through torture.

“What they want you to do is buy into Israeli torture,” Mr. Salah’s
lawyer, Michael E. Deutsch, told jurors on Thursday in the trial’s
opening statements. “You don’t have to accept a case based
on torture.”

Mr. Salah, 53, a former grocer from suburban Chicago who
now drives vans that transport dialysis patients for treatments,
and his co-defendant, Abdelhaleem Ashqar, 48, a former
university professor from suburban Washington, are charged
with supplying financial support to Hamas’s military leaders.
Prosecutors say they have evidence that the two men used
United States bank accounts to funnel money to the group.

The indictment was announced in 2004 with much fanfare
by the attorney general at the time, John D. Ashcroft, as part
of the federal government’s response to terrorism.

Carrie E. Hamilton, an assistant United States attorney, told
jurors in a packed courtroom that during the trial, which
is expected to last three to four months, the government
would show how Mr. Salah and Dr. Ashqar channeled money
to Hamas’s military leaders during the early 1990’s. Because
of their financial support for Hamas, Ms. Hamilton said,
the two men were responsible for the group’s violent tactics
against Israel.

“They’re on the outside,” she said, “helping people on the
inside with Hamas’s terror.”

Mr. Salah, who was born in a Palestinian refugee camp on
the West Bank and later became a United States citizen, has
maintained that his involvement with Hamas was for
humanitarian reasons only. When he was arrested in Israel
in 1993, the organization, which was founded in 1987,
existed mainly to provide social services to impoverished
Palestinians, his lawyer, Mr. Deutsch, told the jury. The
United States government did not label Hamas a terrorist
organization until 1997, he said.

A “giving person” driven by a commitment to his Palestinian
roots, Mr. Salah felt strongly about providing humanitarian
aid to Palestinians, Mr. Deutsch said. And as a United States
citizen, it was easy for him to travel to Israel and the occupied
territories. All financial transactions related to Mr. Salah’s
dealings with Hamas were done openly in his name and
in his own checking account, he said.

Mr. Salah was arrested at an Israeli checkpoint in the Gaza
Strip in 1993, where the police found $97,000 in his hotel
room in Jerusalem. He later confessed to meeting with Hamas
military leaders and giving them money, but defense lawyers
said the confession was false and obtained only after Israeli
secret police tortured Mr. Salah for more than 50 days.

“This is the Israeli secret police,” Mr. Deutsch told jurors.
“They are notorious throughout the world for getting
information through coercion and torture.”

Prosecutors, however, pointed to Mr. Salah’s confession as
evidence that he was plugged into the highest levels of Hamas’s
military organization, and Ms. Hamilton spoke of a different
kind of interrogation. She called accusations of torture
“outrageous” and said that a former New York Times
reporter, Judith Miller, who witnessed part of Mr. Salah’s
interrogation, would testify that she did not see any
mistreatment. Two Israeli security agents, disguised and
using aliases, are also expected to testify for the
government in a courtroom cleared of public spectators.

Prosecutors said Dr. Ashqar, like Mr. Salah, was also part
of an extended United States network that supported Hamas.
Federal agents found a “treasure trove” of Hamas-related
documents and minutes of high-level Hamas meetings
in Dr. Ashqar’s home in Oxford, Miss., Ms. Hamilton said.
Wiretaps of Dr. Ashqar’s telephones revealed that he was
aware of Hamas’s violent tactics and that he gave money
and support to the family of a suicide bomber, she said.

Dr. Ashqar’s lawyer, William Moffitt, portrayed his client,
who came to the United States on an academic fellowship,
as an intellectual who kept current on Palestinian issues.
Enjoying the free speech afforded to him in this country,
he met openly with others concerned about Palestinian
issues, Mr. Moffitt told jurors.

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Ancient fish fossil provides missing link in evolution of land animals
By Kathy Marks in Sydney
Published: 20 October 2006
19 October 2006 20:45
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/australasia/article1904967.ece

Medics beg for help as Iraqis die needlessly
Half of all deaths preventable, say country's medics
Reconstruction seen as disaster
More than 2,000 doctors and nurses are killed
18,000 more leave the nation
Even the most basic treatments are lacking
By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor
Published: 20 October 2006
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article1904962.ece

Gaza Doctors Say Patients Suffering Mystery Injuries After Israeli Attacks
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1018-05.htm

Feds Celebrate Death of the Colorado River
A Gathering of Water Buffaloes at Glen Canyon Dam
By JOHN WEISHEIT
October 19, 2006
http://www.counterpunch.org/weisheit10192006.html

Bush's Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq's Oil
By Joshua Holland, AlterNet
Posted on October 16, 2006, Printed on October 16, 2006
http://www.alternet.org/story/43045/

Hunger Due to Injustice, Not Lack of Food
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1017-01.htm

Brownie the Cow Has Some Parents Alleging an Unfair Test
“We have asked several friends to take the ‘Brownie the Cow
Challenge’ ” they wrote. “So far, none of our adult friends seem
ready to advance to the fifth grade.”
By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
October 18, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/18/nyregion/18cow.html

Many Ground Zero Workers Gain Chance at Lawsuits
By ANTHONY DePALMA
October 18, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/18/nyregion/nyregionspecial3/18toxic.html?ref=nyregion

Wal-Mart Said to Be Acquiring Chain in China
By DAVID BARBOZA and MICHAEL BARBARO
October 17, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/business/worldbusiness/17walmart.html?ref=business

Bush Reassures Iraqi That There Is No Timetable for Withdrawal
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
October 17, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/world/middleeast/17prexy.html

Blair Says Muslim Veil Is a ‘Mark of Separation’
By ALAN COWELL
October 17, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/world/index.html

110-Building Site in N.Y. Is Sold to Speyer
By CHARLES V. BAGLI
October 17, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/nyregion/18stuycnd.html?hp&ex=1161144000&en=3ccb82fea4d61ae9&ei=5094&partner=homepage

Expunged Criminal Records Live to Tell Tales
By ADAM LIPTAK
October 17, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/us/17expunge.html?hp&ex=1161144000&en=b41c734d19a150a1&ei=5094&partner=homepage

Live Bait & Ammo # 83
In regard to concessions Gettelfinger keeps repeating the
phrase, "We stepped up to the plate." As if to say, we met
our responsibility. But when wood doesn't meet leather,
the metaphor strikes out. Gettelfinger's first responsibility
is to the membership, not the company.
The Concession Caucus gives up jobs, benefits, wages, work
rules, anything the corpos demand. But what do we gain in
return? A promise of "new" work. That's not collective bargaining,
it's racketeering.
http://www.soldiersofsolidarity.com/files/livebaitammo/lba83.html

"The Children of the World Don't Deserve"
The Case Against Depleted Uranium
By DON MONKERUD
October 14-15, 2006
http://www.counterpunch.org/monkerud10142006.html

An American Sentenced to Death in Iraq
Scott Horton
"Logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand
a man who is determined to live. Where was the judge he had
never seen? Where was the High Court he had never reached?
He raised his hands and spread out all his fingers. But the
hands of one of the men closed round his throat, just as the
other drove the knife deep into his heart and turned it twice."
- Franz Kafka, Der Process, chapter 10 (1925)
Today the Associated Press reports the case of an American
citizen, Mohammed Munaf, seized by US Forces in Iraq in 2005.
Munaf was hauled before the Central Criminal Court of Iraq,
and sentenced to death following a proceeding that appears
to have been extracted from a novel by Franz Kafka. By far
the most distressing aspect of the entire affair is the role
played in it by US Forces. "[T]wo U.S. military officials -
including a soldier claiming to represent the Romanian
Embassy - demanded that Munaf be found 'guilty and
should be executed,' the papers say."
Saturday, October 14, 2006
http://balkin.blogspot.com/2006/10/american-sentenced-to-death-in-iraq.html

US Corporations Are Opposing New Rights for Chinese Workers
http://www.commondreams.org/cgi-bin/print.cgi?file=/views06/1013-27.htm

Loyal to Country or Conscience?
An Asian American soldier faces a court-martial for his refusal to serve in
Iraq. His stand stirs anger and admiration among Japanese Americans who
remember World War II.
By Teresa Watanabe
Times Staff Writer
October 16, 2006
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-me-watada16oct16,0,2948316.story?coll=la-home-headlines

Rightwing Christian fundamentalist exposes White House
cynical exploitation of rightwing Christian fundamentalists:
http://www.crooksandliars.com/2006/10/15/david-kuo-on-60-minutes-the-name-of-god-is-being-destroyed-in-the-name-of-politics/

Union Disrupts Plan to Send Ailing Workers
to India for Cheaper Medical Care
By SARITHA RAI
A few weeks ago, Carl Garrett, a 60-year-old North Carolina
resident, was packing his bags to fly to New Delhi and check
into the plush Indraprastha Apollo Hospital to have his gall
bladder removed and the painful muscles in his left shoulder
repaired. Mr. Garrett was to be a test case, the first company-
sponsored worker in the United States to receive medical
treatment in low-cost India.
October 11, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/11/business/worldbusiness/11health.html

A Soldier Comes Home to Alaska, Too Early and Yet Too Late
By CHARLIE LeDUFF
October 16, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/16/us/16album.html?ref=us

American Fascism Is on the Rise
By Stan Goff, Truthdig. Posted October 14, 2006.
http://www.alternet.org/story/42884/

Lost in the Dust of 9/11
From society's margins, janitors were drafted for an epic cleanup
around ground zero. Then 'the cough' racked their lives.
By Ellen Barry
Times Staff Writer
October 14, 2006
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-cleaners14oct14,0,3275974.story?coll=la-home-headlines

US Army Plans for Current Iraq Troop Level to 2010
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1012-04.htm

Air Force Seeks $13 Billion to Start Replacing Tankers
By DAVID S. CLOUD
October 13, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/13/business/13tanker.html?ref=business

Source of Deadly E. Coli Is Found
By LIBBY SANDER
October 13, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/13/us/13spinach.html?hp&ex=1160798400&en=0d2225ede2194bd6&ei=5094&partner=homepage

DEMOCRACY NOW
Twilight of the Assassins: Why the U.S. Refuses to Prosecute the
Cuban Exiles Luis Posada Carriles & Orlando Bosch For the 1976
Bombing of Cubana Airlines Flight 455
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
http://www.democrac ynow.org/ article.pl? sid=06/10/ 10/1355231

655,000: The toll of war in Iraq
Survey suggests violent death rate in Iraq is now running
at one every three minutes
By Andrew Buncombe in Washington and Ben Russell
Published: 12 October 2006
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/article1842559.ece

Huge gaps in Iraq death estimates
Analysis
By Paul Reynolds
World affairs correspondent, BBC News website
The estimate that about 655,000 people have died in Iraq as a result
of the 2003 invasion is such a large figure that it has led to two
differing interpretations.
Friday, 13 October 2006
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6045112.stm

Rendering the Constitution
Assassins of Truth
By CHARLES SULLIVAN
October 12, 2006
http://www.counterpunch.com/sullivan10122006.html

Dahr Jamail | Excess Death in Iraq
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/101206A.shtml

General’s Remarks on Iraq Cause Stir in Britain
By ALAN COWELL
October 13, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/13/world/europe/14generalcnd.html?hp&ex=1160798400&en=445089ca02af54be&ei=5094&partner=homepage

School Financing Case Plays Out in Court, and in Classrooms
By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
October 10, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/10/nyregion/10equity.html?ref=nyregion

Know Your Rights (All Three of 'Em)
The Democrats and the War on Civil Liberties
By JOSHUA FRANK
October 10, 2006
http://www.counterpunch.com/frank10102006.html

That Fish You Caught Was in Pain
Research challenges the myth among anglers that fish
can't feel pain from barbed hooks.
By Victoria Braithwaite
VICTORIA BRAITHWAITE, a behavioral biologist at Edinburgh
University, is on sabbatical at the Institute for Advanced
Study in Berlin.
October 8, 2006
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-braithwaite8oct08,0,7423086.story?
coll=la-opinion-rightrail

Army and Other Ground Forces Meet '06 Recruiting Goals
By THOM SHANKER
October 10, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/10/us/10recruit.html

Gone for Decades, Jaguars Steal Back to the Southwest
By SANDRA BLAKESLEE
October 10, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/10/science/10jaguar.html?8dpc

In God's Name
As Religious Programs Expand, Disputes Rise Over Tax Breaks
By DIANA B. HENRIQUES
October 10, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/10/business/10religious.html?
hp&ex=1160539200&en=498771bc7b8314bc&ei=5094&partner=homepage

Nuclear Weapons Around the World including North Korea
Nuclear Weapons Test.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/flash/0,,1891085,00.html

E. Coli Worry Spreads to Lettuce; California Grower Issues Recall
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 9, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/09/us/09lettuce.html

After Tsunami, Intentions to Build but No Road Yet
By JANE PERLEZ
October 9, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/09/world/asia/09indo.html?ref=world

Where Faith Abides, Employees Have Few Rights
By DIANA B. HENRIQUES
October 9, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/09/business/09religious.html?ref=business

Bush Urges Quick Action on North Korea
By DAVID E. SANGER and JOHN O'NEIL
October 9, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/09/world/asia/09cnd-nuke.html?
hp&ex=1160452800&en=e294c996e3f77f14&ei=5094&partner=homepage

No court-martial for Army deserter
The Courier-Journal
Army Spc. Darrell Anderson, who drew wide attention for deserting
the Army rather than face a possible second tour in Iraq, was
released Friday from Fort Knox and is expected to be discharged
without a court-martial, his lawyer said.
"It's really great he doesn't have to face a court-martial," said
his attorney, Jim Fennerty of Chicago. "I'm all excited,
he's excited."
Fennerty said Anderson expected to receive papers within
30 days formally giving him a less-than-honorable discharge.
Anderson, 24, turned himself in at Fort Knox on Tuesday,
almost two years after fleeing to Canada. He said he could
not return to a war he believes is immoral.
"I am proud to be a resister of this war," Anderson said
on Tuesday. He served in the 1st Armored Division and
received a Purple Heart after being wounded in Iraq.
He said he has been suffering from nightmares and
other post-traumatic stress.
http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061006/
NEWS01/61006031/1008

In New York Immigration Court, Asylum Roulette
By NINA BERNSTEIN
Tears streaked Meizi Liu's face in 2003 as she told
an immigration judge in New York of being forcibly
sterilized in China. The judge, Jeffrey S. Chase, had
won awards as a human rights advocate before his
appointment to the bench in 1995. But now he had
1,000 pending cases, and he had heard it all before.
He insisted that she was lying, ridiculed her story
and, when she would not recant, denied her
petition for asylum.
October 8, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/08/nyregion/08immigration.html?
hp&ex=1160366400&en=c7e37797967e85fc&ei=5094&partner=homepage

FOCUS | Lack of Balance, Diversity, Public at PBS NewsHour
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/100806Y.shtml

FOCUS | Experts Warn of an Accidental Atomic War
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/100706X.shtml

Robert Fisk: The Age of Terror - a landmark report
With chaos stretching from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean,
we have never lived in a more dangerous time. Over the next
15 pages and 7,000 words, our man in the Middle East looks
back over a lifetime of covering war and death, and lays out
a bleak future for all of us - one that even those living in the
comfort of the Home Counties cannot escape
Published: 08 October 2006
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/fisk/article1814843.ece

Bombings as US Casualties Mount as Iraq has Worst Week Yet
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1005-02.htm

Deserter's Surrender Highlights War's Emotional Trauma
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1005-05.htm

Inadequate Equipment, Health Problems Face Iraq,
Afghanistan Veterans: Poll
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1005-01.htm

Bush Signings Called Effort to Expand Power
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1005-09.htm

The New Trade in Auto Parts
Made in (DeUnionized) America
By TIFFANY TEN EYCK and MARK BRENNER
Industry experts from Wall Street to Washington are busy writing
the obituary of the U.S. auto industry--but someone needs to tell
the Motor City. In sharp contrast to the current wave of buyouts
at Ford, General Motors, and Delphi, new auto parts plants continue
to spring up across Southeast Michigan.
Conditions in these plants-mostly non-union-bear little
resemblance to those at the Big Three automakers.
October 6, 2006
http://www.counterpunch.org/teneyck10062006.html

Weapons Experts: Pentagon Project Could Spark Atomic War
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1006-01.htm

Marine Scientists Report Massive "Dead Zones"
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1006-04.htm

FOCUS | Report: Thousands Wrongly on Terror List
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/100706Z.shtml

Dahr Jamail | The US Occupation of Iraq: Casualties Not Counted
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/100506J.shtml

Crisis Escalates as Marines Land in Oaxaca
Governor's Departure Now a National Demand, as Political
Figures Pledge to Travel to the State as "Human Shields"
in the Event of an Attack
By Nancy Davies
Commentary from Oaxaca
October 5, 2006
http://narconews.com/Issue43/article2125.html

Corpsman Who Failed to Halt Killing of Iraqi Receives Prison Sentence
By CAROLYN MARSHALL
October 7, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/07/us/07abuse.html

French Farm Town Is Fertile Ground for National Front
By ELAINE SCIOLINO
October 7, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/07/world/europe/07france.html?ref=world

Faith and War
For Recruiter, Saying `Go Army' Is a Hard Job
[Recruiting Muslims!...bw]
By ANDREA ELLIOTT
October 7, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/07/us/07recruit.html?
hp&ex=1160280000&en=d70ac8fda571df6d&ei=5094&partner=homepage

Brooklyn: Fines Upheld Against Unions
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
A state appellate court has upheld a lower court's decision to impose
fines against three union locals involved in last year's transit strike,
lawyers for the city said yesterday. The Appellate Division for the
Second Judicial Department in Brooklyn found that State Supreme
Court Justice Theodore Jones correctly imposed the fines after
deciding that the Taylor Law, which forbids public workers from
striking, was violated by the unions — Local 100 of the Transport
Workers Union of America, representing most city transit workers,
and Locals 726 and 1056 of the Amalgamated Transit Union,
whose members operate buses in Queens and Staten Island.
The judge fined Local 100 $2.5 million, Local 726 $125,000
and Local 1056 $187,500. A spokesman for Local 100 said his
union planned to appeal. A spokesman for Local 726 declined
to comment yesterday. Officials at Local 1056 could not be reached.
October 6, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/06/nyregion/06mbrfs-002.html

Gaza Strip: Israeli Strike Kills 2 Brothers
By GREG MYRE
An Israeli military strike killed two Palestinian brothers,
16 and 13, as they approached a rocket launcher near
northern Beit Hanun. The military said the two were
there to collect the launcher, used to fire five rockets
into southern Israel in recent days. Medical workers
at Kamal Adwan Hospital said it was not clear whether
the boys rode their bike toward the launcher to retrieve
it or out of curiosity.
September 30, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/30/world/middleeast/30briefs-005.html

Colorado: Missing Marine
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A marine staged his own disappearance because he feared
harm at the hands of members of his own unit, some
of whom face murder charges in the death of a civilian
in Iraq, a friend who acknowledges aiding in the ruse told
a newspaper. The marine, Lance Cpl. Lance Hering, 21,
"thought if he would have gone back to Camp Pendleton
they would have killed him," the friend, Steve Powers, told
The Daily Camera of Boulder. "He was terrified." Corporal
Hering has been missing since late August, when Mr. Powers
reported that he had apparently wandered away after falling
while rock climbing near Boulder. After a huge manhunt,
Mr. Powers told the authorities that he had lied; he has been
charged with misdemeanor false reporting.
October 6, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/06/us/06brfs-002.html

109th U.S. Congress (2005-2006)
H.R. 5295: Student and Teacher Safety Act of 2006
The following summary is provided by the Congressional Research
Service, which is a government entity that serves Congress
and is run by the Library of Congress.
5/4/2006--Introduced.
Student and Teacher Safety Act of 2006 - Requires states, local
educational agencies, and school districts to deem a search of any
minor student on public school grounds to be reasonable and
permissible if conducted by a full-time teacher or school official,
acting on any colorable suspicion based on professional experience
and judgment, to ensure that the school remain free of all weapons,
dangerous materials, or illegal narcotics.
Denies Safe Schools and Citizenship Education funds, provided
under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965,
to states, local educational agencies, and school districts that
fail to deem such searches reasonable and permissible.
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?tab=summary&bill=h109-5295

Global Warming on the Forest Floor
By HENRY FOUNTAIN
October 3, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/science/03observ.html

New Planets Astound Astronomers in Speed and Distance
By DENNIS OVERBYE
October 5, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/05/science/space/05planet.html?ref=science

Poor U.S. Scores in Health Care Don't Measure Nobels and Innovation
By TYLER COWEN
October 5, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/05/business/05scene.html

Apple Says Jobs Knew of Options
By LAURIE J. FLYNN
October 5, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/05/technology/05options.html?ref=business

Hauppauge, L.I.: New Immigration Law
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Steve Levy, the Suffolk County executive, signed into law yesterday
a measure requiring companies with government contracts to verify
that their employees are in the United States legally. Last month,
the County Legislature passed the proposal by a 15-to-3 vote.
Opponents fear that the measure could exacerbate tensions
in a region that has seen an influx of day laborers from abroad.
October 5, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/05/nyregion/05mbrfs-008.html

Adults on Welfare With H.I.V. or AIDS Hit With Rent Increase
By SEWELL CHAN
October 5, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/05/nyregion/05aids.html

California: Governor Proclaims Prison Crowding Emergency
By CAROLYN MARSHALL
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an emergency proclamation
on prison overcrowding, the first legal step required before the
authorities can contract with out-of-state prisons to house an
overflow of state inmates. The proclamation states that all
33 state prisons are at capacity or above, with 29 so crowded
that the conditions pose "substantial safety risks." Risks cited
include infection, potential harm to prison workers and the
threat of excessive violence. The California Department
of Corrections and Rehabilitation has estimated that state
facilities will run out of beds as early as January 2007.
The emergency act would allow prison authorities to sign
three- to five-year housing contracts with out-of-state prisons.
[This is a horrible plan. It will make it impossible for prisoners
to get visitors. With the knowledge that most are in jail for
drug offenses--something they should be getting treatment
for and are not--this is truly cruel and unusual punishment...bw]
October 5, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/05/us/05brfs-001.html

Judges Zero In on Treatment of a Detainee
By NINA BERNSTEIN
October 5, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/05/nyregion/05immigrant.html

U.S. Opens Criminal Inquiry in Spinach Scare
By GARDINER HARRIS and LIBBY SANDER
October 5, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/05/us/05spinach.html?_r=1&ref=us&oref=slogin

Sean Penn | The Arrogant, the Misguided, and the Cowards
Sean Penn writes: "We the people of the United States have
a unique opportunity. We can show each other and the world
that what the Bush administration claims is their mission
is not ours. And, by leading our country as a citizenry and
demanding of our government an immediate end to our own
military and profit investments in Iraq, display for the entire
world that democracy is a government of the people."
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/100406A.shtml

Kokomo Operations: Miller and Jordan Dialogue
(Steve Miller, Delphi CEO and Todd Jordan, Future of the
Union, Soldiers Of Solidarity have e-mail dialogue about the buyouts.)
http://futureoftheunion.com/?p=3290

Border Fence Could Spell Environmental Disaster
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1003-08.htm

Software Being Developed to Monitor Opinions of U.S.
By ERIC LIPTON
October 4, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/04/us/04monitor.html?ref=us

A Science Show Courts `Blue-Collar Intellectuals'
By FELICIA R. LEE
October 3, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/arts/television/03tyso.html

Fish Farms Also Harbor Deadly Lice
By CORNELIA DEAN
October 3, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/science/03lice.html

In the Jungles of Brooklyn, Nothing Can Stop Them
[I couldn't help sending this link. I'm from Brooklyn. I'm so glad
to hear that the fireflies are still there....bw]
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
October 3, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/science/03essa.html?ref=science

Commentary
Numbers Are Male, Said Pythagoras, and the Idea Persists
By MARGARET WERTHEIM
When I was a physics major in the late 1970's, my very few fellow
female students and I had high hopes that women would soon
stand equal with men in science. But progress has proved slower
than many of us imagined. A report last month by the National
Academy of Sciences documents widespread bias against women
in science and engineering and recommends a sweeping overhaul
of our institutions.
October 3, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/science/03comm.html?ref=science

U.S. Steps Back on Drug Confiscations
By BLOOMBERG
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (Bloomberg News) — The Department of
Homeland Security agreed to stop confiscating prescription
drugs mailed to American consumers from Canadian pharmacies,
Senator Bill Nelson said Tuesday.
Mr. Nelson, a Florida Democrat, had asked the Senate Committee
on Homeland Security and Government Affairs in June to investigate
the seizing of prescription drugs by Customs and Border Protection
agents. The drugs had been bought by Americans.
The decision to stop the confiscations, which became effective
Monday, means that the Food and Drug Administration resumes
the job of overseeing drug imports from Canada.
Mr. Nelson still wants a Congressional investigation "to seek
answers on why the administration started the medicine seizures
in the first place," his health counsel, Jon Cooper, said Tuesday
in an interview.
The senator raised the issue after being contacted by Lee and
Jean Edes of Mount Dora, Fla., who discovered that drugs they
were ordering from Canada were vanishing in the mail, having
been seized by federal agents.
October 4, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/health/index.html

Daimler and Chery of China Planning Subcompact for U.S.
By KEITH BRADSHER
HONG KONG, Oct. 3 — DaimlerChrysler has reached a broad
understanding with Chery Automobile of China to set up
a joint venture to export cars to the United States for the
first time, according to two auto industry managers.
October 4, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/04/business/worldbusiness/04car.html

Bronx: Mayor Criticizes Maker of Cocaine Drink
By SEWELL CHAN
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has joined a chorus of elected
officials who have criticized the manufacturer of a new, heavily
caffeinated soft drink called Cocaine. "The bottlers ought
to have their heads examined," the mayor said yesterday.
"Given we have a drug problem, particularly among kids,
to try to glorify something that is so destructive just is an
outrage." James T. Kirby, the owner of Redux Beverages L.L.C.,
which makes the beverage, has said that he did not advocate
drug use but that "controversy sells."
October 4, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/04/nyregion/04mbrfs-005.html

Manhattan: Ruling for Aid to Mentally Ill Inmates
By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
An appellate court ruled yesterday that New York City must help
mentally ill inmates find psychiatric and other services when it
releases them from jail wards in city hospitals. Three years ago,
in settling a lawsuit, the city agreed that when it released mentally
ill prisoners from jails, it would help arrange their medical care,
psychotherapy, insurance and housing, rather than leaving them
to fend for themselves. But the city argued that the settlement
did not apply to prisoners discharged from city hospitals. The
plaintiffs reopened the case, and a State Supreme Court judge
ruled that the city's policy violated the settlement. Yesterday,
a panel of the Appellate Division of Supreme Court in
Manhattan upheld that decision unanimously.
October 4, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/04/nyregion/04mbrfs-004.html

The Goldman Sachs Crew That's Helping Run Trenton Government
By DAVID W. CHEN
October 4, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/04/nyregion/04goldman.html?ref=nyregion

Kentucky: Soldier Surrenders
By REUTERS
A decorated Army veteran who was wounded in Iraq and then
deserted to Canada to protest the war surrendered to the military.
The veteran, Darrell Anderson, 24, flashed a peace sign before
his mother and his wife drove him to the rear gate of the Army
base at Fort Knox under a negotiated surrender that will probably
see him released in a few days. His supporters said he was
expected to receive a less-than-honorable discharge but not
face a court-martial.
October 4, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/04/us/04brfs-003.html

Ohio: Immigration Case
By JULIA PRESTON
The president of a temporary-labor contracting company operating
in Ohio and Tennessee and two other people associated with the
company pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiring to send
hundreds of illegal immigrants to work for an air cargo business,
federal prosecutors and immigration officials said. As part of his
plea, Maximino Garcia, 43, president of the Garcia Labor Company,
agreed to forfeit $12 million in proceeds, including an office
building in Wilmington, Ohio. Also pleading guilty were Dominga
McCarroll, 53, Mr. Garcia's sister and a former vice president
of the company, and Gina Luciano, 40, director of human relations.
Mr. Garcia admitted that he had sent more than 400 illegal
immigrants to work loading cargo at ABX Air in Wilmington
under contracts spanning five years. [Are there charges
pending against ABX Air? I bet not!...bw]
October 4, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/04/us/04brfs-002.html

Justices Ponder Conditions for Automatic Deportation
[I.E., the "justices" ponder extreme punishment for immigrants
for "crimes" like being caught with a joint--a "crime" that is
committed by millions of wealthy white people all the time
without so much as a slap on the hand.
If your poor, Black or non-white, or an immigrant the same
"crime" becomes a violent felony...bw]
By LINDA GREENHOUSE
October 4, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/04/washington/04scotus.html

Board Redefines Rules for Union Exemption
By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
October 4, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/04/washington/04labor.html?ref=us

In Bill's Fine Print, Millions to Celebrate Victory
By THOM SHANKER
October 4, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/04/washington/04victory.html?ref=us

Museum Field Trip Leaves Texas Art Teacher out of A Job
[This is an unbelievable story. I remember regular trips
to the Metropolitan, the Whitney, the Modern and Brooklyn
Museums with our classes from grade school on. We were taught
that the human body was beautiful and nothing to be ashamed
of and that there is a difference between art and pornography.
you know, we were "taught!" I'm talking about Brooklyn Public
School No. 127 circa 1950-56. Bravo, Ms. McGee!...bw]
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1002-07.htm

Venezuela's Oil Wealth Funds Gusher of Anti-Poverty Projects
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1002-06.htm

Trying to Keep TV Appeal as Housing Reality Sets In
By JEREMY W. PETERS
October 3, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/realestate/03reality.html?ref=business

Lawmakers Scold Maker of `Cocaine' Drink
By SEWELL CHAN
October 3, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/nyregion/03cocaine.html?ref=nyregion

Suit on Behalf of Afghan Detainees
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Lawyers for 25 men being held in Afghanistan filed a court challenge
to President Bush's plan to prosecute and interrogate terrorism
suspects, demanding that the men be released or charged and
allowed to meet with lawyers. Such a filing is prohibited under
the legislation approved by Congress last week. That bill says
the military may detain enemy combatants indefinitely and,
if officials choose to bring charges against them, the cases
would be heard before a military commission, not before
a civilian judge. Mr. Bush has not signed the bill but has
indicated he will. [complete story...bw]
October 3, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/washington/03brfs-010.html

In Brazil Balloting, Leader Finds His Base May Turn to Sand
By LARRY ROHTER
October 3, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/world/americas/03brazil.html

Fly Away Home
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
October 3, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/science/03butter.html?8dpc

Out-of-Body Experience? Your Brain Is to Blame
By SANDRA BLAKESLEE
October 3, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/health/psychology/03shad.html?
_r=1&8dpc&oref=slogin

North Korea Vows First Nuclear Test
By CHOE SANG-HUN and JOHN O'NEIL
October 3, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/world/asia/04nukecnd.html?
hp&ex=1159934400&en=dbe19294472a2cc0&ei=5094&partner=homepage

The Unending Torture of Omar Khadr
He was a child of jihad, a teenage soldier in bin Laden's army.
Captured on the battlefield when he was only fifteen, he has been
held at Guantanamo Bay for the past four years -- subjected
to unspeakable abuse sanctioned by the president himself
Jeff Tietz
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/11128331/
follow_omar_khadr_from_an_al_qaeda_childhood_to_a_gitmo_cell

Oaxaca Facing Imminent Attack
by via elenemigocomun.net ( solidarity [at] elenemigocomun.net )
Sunday Oct 1st, 2006 1:12 PM
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2006/10/01/18317093.php

University Set to Launch Academic Program in Cuba
After 18-month-long process, U.S. grants College
a one-year academic exchange license
Published On 10/2/2006 1:49:58 AM
By JUSTINE R. LESCROART
Contributing Writer
http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=514630

A Farmer Fears His Way of Life Has Dwindled Down to a Final Generation
By CHARLIE LeDUFF
October 2, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/02/us/02album.html

Wait Ends for Father and Son Exiled by F.B.I. Terror Inquiry
By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD
October 2, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/02/us/02terror.html?ref=us

Global Sludge Ends in Tragedy for Ivory Coast
By LYDIA POLGREEN and MARLISE SIMONS
October 2, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/02/world/africa/02ivory.html?ref=world

Wal-Mart to Add Wage Caps and Part-Timers
By STEVEN GREENHOUSE and MICHAEL BARBARO
Wal-Mart, the nation's largest private employer, is pushing to create
a cheaper, more flexible work force by capping wages, using more
part-time workers and scheduling more workers on nights
and weekends.
October 2, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/02/business/02walmart.html?
hp&ex=1159848000&en=5b8b226214562a4a&ei=5094&partner=homepage

Venezuela's Chavez says assassination attempt against him foiled
The Associated Press
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2006
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/09/30/america/LA_GEN_Venezuela_Chavez.p
hp

Happy Birthday, Bull Market. (Now, Make a Wish.)
By PAUL J. LIM
October 1, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/01/business/yourmoney/01fund.html?ref=business

Is the Corporate Profit Machine About to Sputter?
By NORM ALSTER
October 1, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/01/business/yourmoney/01profit.html?ref=business

Campaign Cash Mirrors a High Court's Rulings
By ADAM LIPTAK and JANET ROBERTS
October 1, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/01/us/01judges.html?ref=us

AWOL Iraq veteran Agustin Aguayo speaks out against war,
returns to Army base
Report and photos by Jeff Paterson. September 26, 2006
After escaping a second forced Iraq deployment via a window
in Germany, medic reports to Mojave desert Army base to continue f
ight for conscientious objector discharge...
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2006/09/27/18314785.php

Oregon: Military Police Officer Charged
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Army brought charges against a military police officer who
refused to return to Iraq after she said her supervisor had coerced
her into a sexual relationship. The police officer, Specialist Suzanne
Swift, 22, based at Fort Lewis, Wash., faces charges of being absent
without leave and missing movement. The latter means she was not
with her company when it left in January for a four-month tour
of duty in Iraq, said a Fort Lewis spokeswoman, Sgt. Maj. Yolanda
Choates. Specialist Swift could face a reprimand, a more serious
nonjudicial punishment or a court-martial, Sergeant Choates
said. Specialist Swift, who served in Iraq from February 2004
to February 2005, said she had been harassed or abused
by three officers, two in Iraq and one at Fort Lewis.
September 28, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/28/us/28brfs-002.html

Where Are the Mass Protests?
The Antiwar Struggle, UFPJ and the Democrats
By JOE ALLEN
September 27, 2006
http://www.counterpunch.org/allen09272006.html

In Lebanon, a War's Lethal Harvest
Threat of Unexploded Bombs Paralyzes the South
By Anthony Shadid
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, September 26, 2006; Page A01
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/25/
AR2006092501500.html

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