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Obama's Atomic Solyndra?

Obama's Atomic Solyndra?

The future of nuclear power now hangs on a single decision by President Obama---and us. 

His Office of Management and Budget could cave to the unsustainable demands of reactor builders who cannot handle the standard terms of a loan agreement.  

Or he could defend basic financial procedures and stand up for the future of the American economy. 

You can help make this decision, which will come soon.  

It's about a proposed $8.33 billion nuke power loan guarantee package for two reactors being built at Georgia's Vogtle.   Obama anointed it last year for the Southern Company, parent to Georgia Power.  Two other reactors sporadically operate there.  Southern just ravaged the new construction side of the site, stripping virtually all vegetation.  

Defending the Indefensible

  Defending the Indefensible

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Robert Shiller is Yale University Professor of Economics and Professor of Finance and Fellow at the International Center of Finance, Yale School of Management.

 

Khader Adnan: Freed for How Long?

  Khader Adnan: Freed for How Long?

 

On April 17, Palestinian Prisoners Day, Khader gained freedom. At issue is for how long? As announced, Israel released him as scheduled. He endured 66 hunger striking days to be free.

 

So was Hana Shalabi last October when released with other Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Gilad Shalit. Held two and a half years without charge, she wasn't free long.

 

Dahr Jamail: BP Oil Disaster Ongoing After Two Years

Dahr Jamail has covered the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico for two years.  He reports on massive environmental and economic damage and on oil continuing to enter these damaged waters.  Jamail is based in Doha, Qatar working as an Online News Producer for Al Jazeera English. His stories have also been published with Inter Press Service, Truthout, The Nation, The Sunday Herald in Scotland, the Guardian, Foreign Policy in Focus, Le Monde Diplomatique, and the Independent.  He's been awarded the Martha Gellhorn Award for Journalism, The Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, and four Project Censored awards. His website is http://dahrjamail.net

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Come to Montgomery County Maryland's Annual Spring Peace Banquet

Saturday, May 19, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville
100 Welsh Park Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850

Join us as we celebrate the local peace community’s work over the past
year at a delicious luncheon catered by Lebanese Taverna.  Vegetarian
options available. Suggested donation: $25.

Program features:

  • Keynote speaker, David Swanson, author, activist and truth teller
  • Presentation of annual Peace Awards to local activists
  • Appearance by members of the awesome MoCo Peace Players

Proceeds benefit the Afghan Women's Fund, providing literacy, medical, and other services for women and girls in Afghanistan, and Peace Action, the nation’s oldest peace organization.

RSVP required: info@peaceactionmc.org

Sponsors: Peace Action Montgomery, Pax Christi, and the UUCR Social Justice Committee.

Find this event on Peace Action Montgomery's site.

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America's Lost War

  America's Lost War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America's Afghan war is lost and illegal. The Bush administration got no Security Council authorization or congressional declaration of war.

 

Failure in Cartagena

  Failure in Cartagena

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 14 and 15, Cartagena, Columbia hosted the Sixth Summit of the Americas (SOA). Obama came, participated, and left empty-handed.

 

How different things were in three 1990s summits. James Petras calls the decade "the golden age of pillage." That was then. This is now.

Beating Up on North Korea and Iran

  Beating Up on North Korea and Iran 

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington needs enemies. When none exist, they're created. North Korea and Iran are prime targets. Neither poses threats. Yet they faced decades of false accusations.

 

Mass Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike

  Mass Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 17, about 1,600 Palestinian prisoners began open-ended hunger strikes. More on that below.

 

Palestinians face hellish conditions in Israeli prisons. They endure torture, deprivation, isolation, intimidation, and denial of basic rights.

It Ain't Necessarily So

Iran’s Phantom Menace

April 16, 2012

Editor (Consortiumnews.com) Note: For years, a propaganda drumbeat has been rising to justify a war to stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb, though U.S. intelligence agencies say Iran isn’t building one and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has decried nukes as a “great sin.” But nothing has stopped the drumbeat, ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern notes.

By Ray McGovern

Last Thursday, I took part in a panel discussion on “Targeting Iran: Sanctions and War” at California State University, Fresno. The panel discussion took place against the backdrop of all-too-familiar warnings to Iran that it has one “last chance” to stop doing what the CIA and pretty much all serious intelligence agencies say it is not doing — namely, working on a nuclear weapon.

Humanity & the Planet Come First - Stop the Crimes of Your Gov't & NATO

Protest the Chicago NATO meetings May 12-21,2012- sign up now! Visible Protest Needed! The US-led NATO military machine is carrying out illegitimate, unjust, and immoral wars on six countries. When we visibly protest in Chicago at the NATO meeting, we will show the world that people here do not accept the crimes carried out in our names by the principal NATO countries. International media must see thousands of us demanding that our governments stop committing these war crimes. Humanity and the planet come first.

Trolling for Kids: The Empire is Using Hard Times to Help it Recruit More Imperial Troops and Cannon Fodder

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

In the militarist society in which we live in these latter days of American Empire, all soldiers are “noble heroes” who have signed up at “great personal sacrifice” to “defend our freedoms,” and we are all expected to pay homage and a great deal of our hard-earned money to support them, both in their brutal efforts to subjugate people in desperately poor parts of the world, and (when they leave the service, either to take jobs in the private sector or to live out broken lives if they were wounded) as veterans.

 

But let’s be honest about all this.

 

New Poem by TCBH! Resident Poet Gary Lindorff: "Which Ones Will See"

 

I’m waiting in my car for a teacher friend

at the back of her school

and, all at once,


the kids begin pouring out of the building,

most of them gravitating

to the spots 

where the buses will pull up;

others weaving 

in and out

of those clusters

in continuous motion. . .

 

One girl is doing cartwheels on the sidewalk,

another, spinning in place. 

 

Worrisome Security Council Syrian Resolution

  Worrisome Security Council Syrian Resolution

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 14, the Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2042. The UN News Centre headlined, "Syria: Security Council authorizes deployment of advance military observer team," saying:

 

Israel Criminalizes Travel

  Israel Criminalizes Travel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel systematically wages war on rule of law principles, truth, equity, justice, and other democratic values. 

 

Even Jews aren't safe. Anyone challenging Netanyahu's regime and earlier ones becomes vulnerable. 

Iran War Weekly - April 15, 2012

IranWar Weekly

April 15, 2012

Hello All – This weekend’s meeting in Istanbul significantly – but temporarily? – lowered tensions in the diplomatic standoff between the United States and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program.  While few details are so far available, the conference was deemed successful enough to schedule a second and more substantive meeting in Baghdad on May 23rd.

Nuclear Chess

  Nuclear Chess

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 14, two days of nuclear chess began in Istanbul. At issue is Iran's civilian program. So-called P5+1 countries - America, Russia, China, Britain, and France - plus Germany - know it's peaceful. They pretend otherwise.

 

Tarek Mehanna: Criminalized for Doing the Right Thing

  Tarek Mehanna: Criminalized for Doing the Right Thing

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Post-9/11, the Bush administration declared war on terror. It was sham cover for eroding personal freedoms and waging war on humanity. 

 

Syrian Insurgents Violate Ceasefire

  Syrian Insurgents Violate Ceasefire

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It was too good to last. On day one, insurgents violated ceasefire calm. Blame Washington's dirty hands. It manipulates everything going on. 

 

Israel's Lawless Settlement Project

  Israel's Lawless Settlement Project

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Since June 1967, Israel maintained total domination over Occupied Palestine. 

 

Murdoch watch - Apocalypse when?

By Michael Collins

Rupert Murdoch is in big trouble.  It is not a perfect storm but we're getting there.

British attorney Mark Lewis is in New York to take legal action in behalf of clients who may have had their phones hacked in the United States.

More significantly, News Corp withdrew its bid to buy the remaining 61% of BSkyB, the highly profitable British cable TV franchise (£1.1 billion 2011, News Corp owns 39% now). (Murdoch images: left, right)

Last week, James Murdoch stepped down as chairman of BSkyB after surviving a challenge to his position just weeks ago.

Mohammed ElBaradei's The Age of Deception calls for war crimes trials and reparations.

"ElBaradei is so morally outraged by the blatant pulverization of a sovereign Middle East country by a Western superpower and its allies that he also advises the Iraqis to demand war reparations..."  

Kaveh Afrasiabi of Asia Times reviews Mohammed ElBaradei's passionate last-ditch plea for global sanity, which includes new revelations about the U.S.'s failure to provide the IAEA with confirming evidence that Iran has ever had a nuclear weapons program: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/ND14Ak04.html

Yes, The 99% Spring Is A Fraud

 

By Charles M. Young

 

With hindsight gained by googling “MoveOn” and “co-opt” after the fact, I can’t claim that nobody tried to warn me. Many websites with left and even liberal politics had said in so many words, “Be wary of this organization called The 99% Spring. It is a Trojan horse for the Democrats.” I just didn’t read that anywhere in a timely fashion. I’ve had a lot of stuff on my plate lately. That’s my excuse. And in my ignorance, I responded to some spam about “nonviolent direct action training” organized by MoveOn and got invited to this 99% Spring thing on April 10 at the Goddard Riverside Community Center in Manhattan. Somebody even called me all the way from San Francisco to make sure I was a sincere seeker on the left and would be attending, along with 120,000 others in training sessions around the country.

Daddy, Where Do Taxes Come From?

I'll tell you when you get a little older.

But I want to know.

Well, I'll tell you where taxes come from in other countries, OK? They come from the idea that if we all pool our resources we can better acquire things like schools, hospitals, parks, trains, you know, things that belong to everybody.

But what about our country?

Well, in our country we pay for private schools if we want good schools, and we all buy something called health insurance to take care of us if we get sick, and a teeny bit of our taxes goes to parks and trains, but we don't have very many of those, and we pay for some of them with local taxes. We pay local taxes, state taxes, and national taxes, and lots of other fees. We pay as much in taxes as people in those other countries, but our taxes are different. They come from a different place, and we'll talk about it when you're a little bit bigger.

Why? Why can't I know now?

Speaking Events

2016

 

March 24, Boone, NC.

 

March 25, Asheville, NC
Battery Park Apartments, 1 Battle Square, rooftop room, noon - 2 p.m.
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War Is A Lie: Second Edition
Published April 5, 2016
Tour begins here:

April 11, Washington, DC, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Busboys and Poets at 5th and K Streets.
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April 12, Baltimore, MD, 7:30 p.m. at Red Emma's.
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April 14, Bellingham, WA, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.
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April 15, Seattle, WA
Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Ave (8th and Seneca) 
Seattle, WA 98101
7:30pm
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April 16 Portland, OR

 

April 24, Oneonta, NY at Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta.
5:30 discussion with students.
7:00 talk and Q&A with everyone.
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May 28, San Francisco, CA
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Daniel Ellsberg, at San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street.
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May 28, Marin County, CA
4 to 6 p.m., David Swanson in conversation with Norman Solomon, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA
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May 29, Oakland, CA
3 to 4 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Cindy Sheehan, at Diesel: A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue at Kales (near Manila), Oakland, CA
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May 29, Berkeley, CA
7:30 to 9 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and Cynthia Papermaster, 1606 Bonita Ave. (at Cedar), Berkeley, CA
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May 30, Fresno, CA
2 to 4 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at a Peace Fresno event

 


June 11 St. Paul, MN, 6 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.
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June 12 Minneapolis, MN, 9 and 11 a.m. at St. Joan's 4533 3rd Ave So, Minneapolis, MN, plus peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.
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