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The Russian Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to recognise the independence of two breakaway Georgian regions, while President Dmitry Medvedev linked the Georgia conflict to tensions over another separatist region.
Both houses of Russia's Parliament convened for emergency sessions to consider their stance on the future status of the two disputed regions in Georgia.
With Russian troops still inside Georgia and tensions heightened by the arrival in a Georgian port of a US warship carrying aid, Russia's two Parliament chambers approved a resolution calling on Mr Medvedev formally to recognise the two regions.
Only the president can officially recognise a foreign state and so far, there has been no response to the vote from the Kremlin.
Reinventing the Evil Empire
by Stephen Lendman
For the West, everything changed but stayed the same, hard-wired and in place. Things just lay dormant in the shadows during the Yeltsin years, certain to reemerge once a more resolute Russian leader took over. If not Vladimir Putin, someone else little different.
Russia is back, proud and reassertive, and not about to roll over for America. Especially in Eurasia. For Washington, it's back to the future, the new Cold War, and reinventing the Evil Empire, but this time for greater stakes and with much larger threats to world peace. Conservatives lost their influence. Neocons are weakened but still dominant. The Israeli Lobby and Christian Right drive them. Conflict is preferred over diplomacy, and most Democrats go along to look tough on "terrorism." Notably their standard-bearer, vying with McCain to be toughest.
JP Commentary: Bush's Gitmo Guilt (3 minutes)
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URGENT CALL TO ACTION - "RELAY LOBBYING" IN D.C.
On September 8th the House is back in session - maybe for the last time this year. Democrats.com, AfterDowningStreet.org, Veterans For Peace, and the National Impeachment Network invite as many people as possible to come to D.C. and help us lobby congressional members for impeachment. We hope to have "relay" teams in place so there are always organizers present up through at least September 24th or when Congress adjourns for the year. In addition, there will be scheduled events that you won't want to miss.
We want to pull out all the stops, but we need your help. Please email Sophie de Vries at firstname.lastname@example.org for details or leave a message at (415)789-8469. If you've never met with congress members before, not to worry. There will be plenty of support and some training beforehand.
Let's all pull together and make this work. Your contribution to this effort is invaluable. Relay for the Rule of Law and the Republic!
Lies and Criminality About Justice Department and Georgia -- So?
By Bernard Weiner | The Crisis Papers
This is an essay about the consequences of lies and law-breaking emanating from the top levels of government. We'll get to Russia's Putin and Georgia's Saakashvili below. First:
How can you tell when the Busheviks in America are telling lies or trying to hide the truth? One could resort to the old saw "When their lips are moving," but sometimes these guys inadvertently spill the beans. Remember Bush's own accidental truth-bomb when he said his role as president is to "catapult the propaganda"?
The neoconned Bush Regime and the Israeli-occupied American media are heading the innocent world toward nuclear war.
Back in the Reagan years the National Endowment for Democracy was created as a cold war tool. Today the NED is a neocon-controlled agent for US world hegemony. Its main function is to pour US money and election-rigging into former constituent parts of the Soviet Union in order to ring Russia with American puppet states.
Q: Before you ended your quixotic bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in January and continued on as a congressman from Cleveland, did you believe you could really be president?
A: No one runs unless they think they can.
Q: But you’re a vegan. Do you think America is ready to elect a non-beef-eating president?
A: I think America is ready for a president with a blood pressure of 90 over 60 who could beat most people half his age in a sprint.
Q: I see you are scheduled to speak at the convention on Tuesday, at the Pepsi Center, which sounds like the name of a soda plant. Why is it called that?
A: My guess is that Pepsi probably bought the naming rights. Naming rights are another thing my subcommittee — the Domestic Policy Subcommittee — is looking into.
Q: What is the point of having a convention when the candidate has been preselected? Isn’t it just an excuse for a party?
A: This is a great opportunity for Democrats to come together, to indicate our solidarity on providing jobs; helping people save their homes; health care for all; retirement security.
Q: Is it hard to come together with people you have sharp disagreements with?
A: When it comes to uniting for the American people, that’s what we do. That is what we have always done. Democrats are famous for their ability to come together.
Q: I never thought of you as such a booster.
A: I am not a booster by any means. But Barack Obama is our candidate. We have to be practical about this.
Q: You’ve met with opposition from Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats for continuing to push for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
A: The process of democracy is a slow process, and it’s important that I do what I know to be the right thing.
It really is quite amazing the BBC ran this report as it later put in extra duty to turn the entire event on its head and blame the Russians. So obvious are the outright lies and twisting of facts, the neocon propaganda outfit Sky News — owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, sort of a UK version of Faux News — “used the footage of Tskhinvali, which was literally ruined as a result of Georgia’s attacks, to make reports about the situation in the town of Gori, which the Russian aviation supposedly bombed,” according to Pravda. “The footage aired by the British TV channel was preceded with a picture of a road sign displaying the name of the town – Gori – written in Georgian and English languages. The report also said that a Sky News correspondent was reporting from the Georgian town.” Disgusting, although we can of course expect no less, as the point is to demonize Russia no matter the cost or the affront to reality.--Text courtesy of Kurt Nimmo, InfoWars.com
WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday that his visit to Georgia, Ukraine and Poland, at Sen. John McCain's behest, persuaded him that the United States and its allies must take tough steps to prevent further Russian military aggression against its smaller neighbors.
Graham, a South Carolina Republican, called on NATO to "stop war-gaming on tables in Brussels" and to begin military exercises in Europe to show its commitment to protecting member nations.
"I found a Russia on the move, a Russia that is trying to intimidate its neighbors who are Democratic in nature," Graham said. "This (Georgia) conflict is not about a border dispute. It's about the desire by Russia to send a signal to its democratic neighbors that Russia is a dominant power."
The photo left is a make shift hospital in a school basement in Tskhinvali, South Ossetia after Georgia's military attack that killed around 2,000 people on August 7.
The media in the U.S. are now using the Russian response to Georgia's attack to justify the deployment of "missile defense" systems in Poland and the Czech Republic. Like many corporate media outlets across the country the Portland Press Herald today editorializes, "Where once displeasing Moscow would seem a strong argument against deployment, now there's reason to create a negative consequence for Russia's behavior.....for now, missile defense has a purpose -- if not strategically, then at least diplomatically."
So as we search for the reasons why Washington and Georgia would launch such an attack, knowing just how Russia would have to respond, we find another piece of the puzzle.
I have decided I can no longer be a registered Republican. For the first time in my life I announced my support for a Democratic candidate for the presidency, in February of this year. This was not an endorsement of the Democratic platform, nor was it a slap in the face to the Republican Party. It was an expression of support specifically for Senator Barack Obama. I had always intended to go back to party ranks after the election and work with my many dedicated friends and colleagues to help reshape the GOP, especially in the foreign-policy arena. But I now know I will be more effective focusing on our national and international problems than I will be in trying to reinvigorate a political organization that has already consumed nearly all of its moderate “seed corn.” And now, as the party threatens to trivialize what promised to be a serious debate on our future direction, it will alienate many young people who might have come into party ranks.
In doggedly pursuing impeachment of members of the Bush administration, U.S. Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich is one of few in Congress willing to speak truth to power.
Kucinich (D-Ohio) recently proposed 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush charging that he manufactured a false case for going to war against Iraq. The measure also claims Bush failed to provide troops with vehicle armor; illegally detained both foreign nationals and Americans; condoned torture; mishandled the government's response to Hurricane Katrina; and undermined efforts to address global warning. Quickly, the articles were relegated to the Judiciary Committee where they most likely will die.
Protections Set for Antiabortion Health Workers
Opponents Denounce Proposed Regulation Allowing Federal Officials to Pull Funding
By Rob Stein | Washington Post
The Bush administration yesterday announced plans to implement a controversial regulation designed to protect doctors, nurses and other health-care workers who object to abortion from being forced to deliver services that violate their personal beliefs.
The rule empowers federal health officials to pull funding from more than 584,000 hospitals, clinics, health plans, doctors' offices and other entities if they do not accommodate employees who refuse to participate in care they find objectionable on personal, moral or religious grounds.
A two-year-old letter by Vice President Dick Cheney that pushed a controversial Alaska natural-gas pipeline bill is getting renewed scrutiny because of recently disclosed evidence in the Justice Department's corruption case against Sen. Ted Stevens. In a conversation secretly tape-recorded by the FBI on June 25, 2006, Stevens discussed ways to get a pipeline bill through the Alaska Legislature with Bill Allen, an oil-services executive accused of providing the senator with about $250,000 in undisclosed financial benefits. According to a Justice motion, Stevens told Allen, "I'm gonna try to see if I can get some bigwigs from back here and say, 'Look...you gotta get this done'." Two days later, Cheney wrote a letter to the Alaska Legislature urging members to "promptly enact" a bill to build the pipeline. The letter was considered unusual because the White House rarely contacts state lawmakers about pending legislative matters. It also angered state Democrats, who accused Cheney of pushing oil-company interests. The former executive director of Cheney's energy task force had gone to work as a lobbyist for British Petroleum, one of three firms slated to build the pipeline.
By Dave Lindorff
If the direr warnings about the US economy and the general state of the world are correct, maybe we should be glad that Obama’s presidential campaign is in failure mode (see Loserville).
Two terms of the Bush/Cheney administration have pretty much destroyed the dollar, wrecked the US industrial base, emasculated the US military, undermined public faith in the legal system, wrecked the educational system, bankrupted working people, fired up many labor unions, bankrupted the government and threatened the retirement and Medicare systems.
Do we really want to now hand this mess over to a Democratic administration and a Democratic Congress?
By Shailagh Murray
As Sen. Barack Obama closes in on his running mate pick, one prospect with clear momentum is Sen. Joseph Biden Jr.
Even difficult news for the Delaware Democrat personally has added a compelling twist to his case. On Oct. 3, Biden's son, Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III, will be deployed to Iraq.
"I don't want him going," Biden told an Iowa state fair crowd a year ago, when, as a presidential candidate himself, he learned that his son's unit would be deployed at some point in 2008.
There really is only one answer: Deep inside we love war. We want war. Need it. Relish it. Thrive on war. War is in our genes, deep in our DNA. War excites our economic brain. War drives our entrepreneurial spirit. War thrills the American soul. Oh just admit it, we have a love affair with war. We love "America's Outrageous War Economy."
Uncounted: The Electronic Voting Machine Hokey Pokey (You Put Your Right Vote In. It Spits Your Wrong Vote Out)
WEEK 7: The Electronic Voting Machine Hokey Pokey (You Put Your Right Vote In. It Spits Your Wrong Vote Out)
Note from David Earnhardt, "Uncounted" filmmaker:
You’ve probably seen the T-shirt around.
On the front, in huge capital letters, are the words “Bush Lied.” And on the back, also huge, the words, “They Died.”
In tiny type, on both sides, are the names of all of the U.S. soldiers who have fallen in Iraq.
Dan Frazier of Flagstaff is the maker of the shirts, and you can find them at his website, carryabigsticker.com.
“My idea was to show dramatically the toll that the war was taking,” he said. At the time of the original shirt, 1,600 U.S. soldiers had died, and he couldn’t get all of the names on a bumper sticker, so he opted for a T-shirt.
“It didn’t sell very well,” Frazier said. “It was kind of a flop, actually.”
He even thought about discontinuing the shirts.