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Keystone Pipeline Protest: Crossing the Line with Beauty & Resolve

by Debra Sweet, Director, World Can't Wait

Last Friday, I joined 53 others in getting hand-cuffed by Park Police after we sat in front of the White House for a few minutes in protest of the Keystone oil pipeline proposed to run from Alberta Canada down to Texas refineries.  Before Hurricane Irene hit North Carolina a day later, it was hot and still in Washington, and sweaty sitting on the pavement in front of the White House.  I realized that most often it’s been cold or rainy when we stood or laid down there in protest against U.S. wars and torture.

August 26, 2011 White House Protest v. Keystone Pipeline Photo: Josh Lopez

Vermonters Build a Direct Action Anti-Nuke Movement They Hope Will Go National

By Dan DeWalt


Newfane, VT -- A classic David vs. Goliath battle is taking shape in the courtroom and in the streets and fields of Vermont as Entergy Nuclear of Louisiana tries to overturn Vermont law in the federal courts. 


The state has thoughtfully and repeatedly voted no to the extension of Entergy's Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor's license, which is due to expire on March 21, 2012. Results of Town Meeting votes, a 26-4 vote by the Vermont Senate, and a pivotal gubernatorial race all have shown that the state does not see Vermont Yankee as a reliable or economical partner for its energy future. Forty years' accumulation of radioactive waste on the banks of the Connecticut River is enough.

Washington Threatens Palestinian Statehood Bid

  Washington Threatens Palestinian Statehood Bid - by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington wages wars multiple ways, including militarily, financially, and politically by supporting wrong over right each time.

 

For decades, it subverted peace negotiations and Palestine's bid for statehood. The Obama administration's now doing it again, besides waging multiple wars and undermining freedom wherever it surfaces, abroad and at home.

NATO'S Ugly Face

  NATO's Ugly Face - by Stephen Lendman

 

View it yourself!

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/soket1234

 

Images don't lie, except NATO's fake ones produced in Doha, Qatar and perhaps elsewhere on Hollywood sound stages.

 

Cynthia McKinney's Anti-War Tour Comes to Philadelphia

 

by Ron Ridenour

 

Leading black-skinned representatives of the “hegemon”, as Cynthia McKinney calls President Barack Obama and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, could hardly expect to win any votes from the standing-room-only crowd at her anti-war tour Friday night at Calvary Church in Philadelphia.

 

Speaking before nearly 300 people--two-thirds of them black, the remainder white and hispanic--in her T-shirt proclaiming that “war kills”, the former U.S. congresswoman said: 

 

“We need someone in the White House who thinks like us and not just one who looks like us. We have to act like we’re free if we want to be free. We have to liberate ourselves from war-mongering political parties.”

 

Vets: Clean Fuel Standard Good

Vets: Clean Fuel Standard Good for National Security
Standard would reduce dangerous US oil dependence, save Americans billions at the pump


 

Never Forgive, Never Forget

  Never Forgive, Never Forget - by Stephen Lendman

 

After covering Libya's rape since last winter in dozens of articles, no forgiving or forgetting is possible for one of history's great crimes. 

 

Nor is ignoring those responsible, condemning them forthrightly, and explaining why all wars are waged. 

 

Drowning Government in a Hurricane (Why Wait for a Bathtub?)

"Shrinking government" in American political discourse has, for decades now, meant the following. We enlarge the government's budget through taxation and penalties on working people and through borrowing and printing money. We not only tax the wealthy and corporations less, but we massively subsidize them with public funds. We move away from taxes and fees meant to limit the damage greed can do to the world, and we defund regulation of and law enforcement against the oligarchy. We transfer an ever greater share of the budget to the military. We expand the domestic and international surveillance-police states while merging the two. This, again, we call "shrinking government."

Bush on 9/11: 'I Didn't Have a Strategy'

Reason they were talking Saddam, before and Condi on the day of 9/11, in the weeks directly after and reason we left the mission in Afghanistan high and dry to fester and grow with recruitment from the devastation in Iraq an innocent country!!!

Follow-Up Comments on Palestinian Statehood Vote

  Follow-Up Comments on Palestinian Statehood Vote - by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed the upcoming September UN General Assembly vote, accessed through the following link:

 

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2011/08/general-assembly-palestinian-statehood.html

 

Rebel Assassins Terrorizing Libyans

  Rebel Assassins Terrorizing Libyans - by Stephen Lendman

 

In his new article headlined, "9/11 After A Decade: Have We Learned Anything?" Paul Craig Roberts said:

 

"Today Americans are unsafe, not because of terrorists and domestic extremists, but because they have lost their civil liberties and no protection from unaccountable government power."

 

General Assembly Palestinian Statehood Vote

  General Assembly Palestinian Statehood Vote - by Stephen Lendman

 

Earlier articles discussed it, accessed through the following links:

 

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2011/04/palestinian-statehood-and-other.html

 

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2011/04/declaring-independent-palestinian-state.html

Libya: Keep the Freedom Flame Alive

  Libya: Keep the Freedom Flame Alive - by Stephen Lendman

 

Trapped for days in Tripoli's Rixos Hotel, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) arranged for the release of over 30 foreign journalists yesterday. 

 

They're now at the Corinthia Hotel, awaiting a boat for transport to Malta, then home via Europe that can't arrive until fighting subsides. Given the chaos and violence, it could be a while.

More on the Use of Torture Within US Prisons

by Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can't Wait      

Join The Tar Sands Protest in DC Aug. 20-Sept. 3! Stop the Keystone Pipeline!

by Debra Sweet, National Director, World Can't Wait                                                                                                                          

US May Keep Troops in Afghanistan until 2024 and Beyond

by Debra Sweet, National Director, World Can't Wait

The UK Daily Telegraph had an alarming headline last week: "US Troops to Remain in Afghanistan Until 2004."  The United States military and the subservient Karzai government are "negotiating" from their very different positions on the continuation of U.S. military presence there, long beyond the 2014 date that the Obama administration has most recently announced:

NATO's Libya War: A Nuremberg Level Crime

  NATO's Libya War: A Nuremberg Level Crime - Stephen Lendman

 

The US/UK/French-led war on Libya will be remembered as one of history's greatest crimes. It  violates the letter and spirit of international law and America's Constitution.

 

The Nuremberg Tribunal's Chief Justice Robert Jackson (a US Supreme Court Justice) called Nazi war crimes "the supreme international crime against peace."

 

How the Budget Cutting Is Going to Go Down

If Snoopy had ever pointed out to Charlie Brown that Lucy was just going to yank the football away again at the last second, Charlie would have only heard barking.

I hope all the good people chattering away about how cutting Social Security would be political suicide, and therefore won't happen, can hear more than barking in the following.

In the best case scenario, and least likely outcome, the Super Congress will fail to produce a plan or to pass one through the actual Congress.  In that case, the backup disaster plan will kick in and deem itself passed automatically.  Those who had voted against setting up this deal will claim innocence.  The others will claim that their only other choice had been Armageddon. 

TCBH! Staff Tell the Philadelphia Inquirer to Start Acting Like a Real Newspaper

 

Journalists from ThisCantBeHappening! took on the Philadelphia Inquirer, the nation’s third oldest surviving daily, this morning, conducting a leafletting “happening” in front of the paper’s soon-to-be-sold headquarters building on Broad Street.  

 

A one-page flyer, written in old English and featuring a replica of the masthead of Benjamin Franklin’s original one-page broadsheet, the Pennsylvania Gazette, accused the oft re-sold and steadily downsized and gutted Inquirer of abandoning its Fourth Estate role in favor of entertainment and profits.

 

AFGHAN PEACE YOUTHS FEEL HOPELESS: SAY CONDITIONS WORSENING

By Joan Wile, author, "Grandmothers Against the War:  Getting Off Our Fannies and Standing Up for Peace" (Citadel Press)

 

On Sunday, Aug. 21, I had the privilege of speaking via conference call with several young people from the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers.  It was the occasion of what they have termed the "Global Day of Listening," during which the kids spoke with supporters and sympathizers all over the world for approximately 5 and a half hours.

 

Obama's Wars on Humanity

  Obama's Wars on Humanity - by Stephen Lendman

 

America's a poster child failed state, defined in a recent article as follows:

 

(1) An inability or unwillingness to protect its citizens from violence and other forms of harm.

 

(2) Its abrogation of rule of law standards.

Libya War: It Ain't Over Till It's Over

  Libya War: It Ain't Over Till It's Over - by Stephen Lendman

 

Mark Twain once called reports of his death greatly exaggerated. The same hold for Libyans, not ready to submit to NATO colonization, occupation, plunder and exploitation. Not at least without a fight.

 

The stakes are high - stay free or die socially, economically, politically, emotionally, and/or perhaps physically.

 

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