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Sunday  2/19/2006

Book on Garifuna to be published  2/19/2006 Carribean Net News: "Honduras This Week writer Wendy Griffin has written a book about the Garifuna culture, ready for release this February. Entitled Los Garifunas de Honduras: Su Cultura, Su Lucha y Sus Derechos Bajo Convenio 169 de la OIT (The Garifunas of Honduras: Their Culture, Their Struggle and Their Rights Under ILO Convention 169), the book explores a range of cultural characteristics of the Garifuna community including their agriculture, hunting, dances, medicines, religion, architectural environment, and crafts (including baskets and tools for the processing of the Cassava root to make bread). One of the key areas Griffin focuses on is how the different elements of Garifuna culture are related to the environment, how ecological degradation has contributed to the loss of land and has been detrimental to the Garifuna people. “The Garifunas need to know how to unite in the struggle and be successful in protecting their lands,” said Griffin on why she wrote the book. To Griffin, the most important document regarding land rights is the International Labour Organization’s legal rights convention 169. ILO 169 demonstrates the Garifuna’s legal rights to lands. OFRANEH, an ethnic federation that represents Garifunas through petitions, press releases and complaints, is also discussed in the book. By highlighting the organizations and laws dedicated to protecting Garifuna rights, Griffin hopes to strengthen isolated Garifuna communities by integrating them into a larger network."

Who Is Osama? Where Did He Come From? How Did He Escape? What About Those Anthrax Attacks? A Half-Dozen Questions About 9/11 They Don't Want You to Ask  2/19/2006 Counterpunch: by Werther, the pen name of a Northern Virginia-based defense analyst.

Afrobolivianos piden igualdad  2/19/2006 La Prensa, Bolivia: publicado el Abril 16, 2005 - "Por primera vez en la historia, el Palacio de Gobierno retumbó ayer con la música de los tambores de los afrobolivianos. Un grupo de esta comunidad llegó al edificio sin previo aviso para hablar con el ministro de la Presidencia, José Galindo, quien los recibió y escuchó sus demandas. “A nombre de la comunidad afroboliviana, queremos agradecer y compartir (...) Al pueblo de Bolivia quiero agradecer por acogernos y por primera vez la comunidad entra con los tambores al Palacio de Gobierno y eso será historico”, dijo uno de los representantes de los afrobolivianos del país. El grupo solicitó al ministro Galindo que el Estado reconozca a los afrobolivianos como pueblo y los mencione como tal en todas las actividades."

The Assassination of Robert Kennedy - USA, 1992  2/19/2006 RICENPEAS FILMS: "The Assassination of Robert Kennedy, a gripping documentary by the acclaimed producer Chris Plumley, exposes how the CIA planted two operatives within the Los Angeles Police Department who manipulated the investigation of Kennedy’s assassination. Robert Kennedy’s death seemed an open and shut case, yet in spite of the testimonies of seventy-seven witnesses, it remains shrouded in mystery. Many witnesses at the time complained of pressure by the LAPD to change their testimony. For the first time, Plumley exposes how evidence was changed: how an FBI officer saw bullets being removed from the scene of the assassination and how LAPD officers who didn’t tow the line found themselves suspended on ridiculous charges or taken off the case. This hard-hitting documentary is produced in the gripping style of The Day The Dream Died, the documentary which catapulted Chris Plumley to international prominence and formed the backbone of Oliver Stone’s acclaimed film JFK."

Saturday  2/18/2006

topJFK and the First Time UN Inspections for Weapons of Mass Destruction Led to Tragedy - An Excerpt from "Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the murder of JFK" by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann  2/18/2006 Buzzflash 

Friday  2/17/2006

topAverting Election Theft in Haiti By Rep. Maxine Waters,  2/17/2006 Alternet 

Professor McCoy Exposes the History of CIA Interrogation, From the Cold War to the War on Terror  2/17/2006 Democracy Now: "Well, if you look at the most famous of photographs from Abu Ghraib, of the Iraqi standing on the box, arms extended with a hood over his head and the fake electrical wires from his arms, okay? In that photograph you can see the entire 50-year history of C.I.A. torture. It's very simple. He's hooded for sensory disorientation, and his arms are extended for self-inflicted pain. And those are the two very simple fundamental C.I.A. techniques, developed at enormous cost."

Iran: What to do? Not only are there alternatives to war, they're more likely to succeed  2/17/2006 Working for Change 

Thursday  2/16/2006

topNew Study in Science Warns of Greenland’s Accelerating Glaciers  2/16/2006 AAAS: "The behavior of the glaciers that dump ice into the sea is the most important aspect of understanding how an ice sheet will evolve in a changing climate," said Science author Eric Rignot from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif. "It takes a long time to build and melt an ice sheet, but glaciers can react quickly to temperature changes." Rignot expressed concern that the models now used to predict Greenland's ice loss and contribution to sea level rise are inadequate because they do not account for changes in the speed of outlet glaciers that flow into the sea. Taking higher glacier speeds into account, the authors calculate that Greenland contributes about 0.5 millimeters per year to global sea level rise which currently stands at 3 millimeters per year. Recent increases in glacier speed on Greenland are responsible for more than two-thirds of Greenland's contribution to sea level rise, the authors say."

Halliburton Detention Centers  2/16/2006 Black Commentator: "Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of their country and become unapologetically paranoid. Paranoia should now be the normal state of mind for thinking people. Sneers and dismissive remarks about "conspiracy theorists" must be ignored. We don't want to end up like the proverbial frog who boils to death because the heat was turned up slowly."

En Haití desenmascaran a una reportera NED  2/16/2006 Jiribilla 

Wednesday  2/15/2006

topElection Material Found in Haitian Dump  2/15/2006 AP: "Associated Press reporters saw hundreds of empty ballot boxes, at least one vote tally sheet and several empty bags — numbered and signed by the heads of polling stations — strewn across the fly-infested dump five miles north of Port-au-Prince. "That's extraordinary," U.N. spokesman David Wimhurst said. Catherine Sung, a U.N. electoral adviser who works at the main vote tabulation center, said the discovery of empty bags was troubling because they were not supposed to be thrown out. When shown photographs of the bags, Sung said three of them were the kind used to carry invalid and blank ballots."

Democratic Leaders 'Betray' Hackett  2/15/2006 Consortium News: "Hackett, who returned from Iraq angry at George W. Bush for risking the lives of U.S. soldiers over the hyped threat from Saddam Hussein, ran a strong but losing race in 2005 for a House seat in an overwhelmingly Republican district in southern Ohio. That performance made Hackett immensely popular with rank-and-file Democrats and prompted Democratic leaders to encourage him to undertake an uphill fight to unseat Republican Sen. Mike DeWine. Over the past several months, however, the Ohio Republican Party has suffered a series of damaging scandals, making DeWine an endangered incumbent. Meanwhile, Hackett has offended Republicans – and some non-Republicans – by talking bluntly. Earlier this year, Hackett came under criticism for saying that the Republican Party had been hijacked by religious extremists who “aren’t a whole lot different than Osama bin Laden.” Instead of apologizing, Hackett declared, “I said it. I meant it. I stand behind it.” Suddenly, the state and national Democratic leaders were changing their calculations, favoring a more traditional and experienced Democrat, someone like Rep. Brown, a longtime fixture in Ohio politics."

Haiti: Chaos, Suppression and Fraud  2/15/2006 Counterpunch: "In a better world, Mr. Preval would be happy to go into a runoff with a 48.7% share, assured that he could attract 1.3% of the voters more easily than his opponent, Leslie Manigat, could attract 38%. Mr. Manigat might even save his country time and money by conceding an obviously futile contest. But this is Haiti, where electoral support does not always translate into political power. Mr. Preval and his supporters know that the vote only came close to 50% because the votes of Haiti’s poor- who overwhelmingly voted for Mr. Preval- had been systematically suppressed through a series of irregularities, from the voter registration last summer through election day. They draw a line from this vote suppression through questionable tabulation practices, and see it pointing towards a second round somehow stolen from them." [Some of the vote suppression tactics described in this article resemble those used in the USA.]

The Cartoons and the Neocon - Daniel Pipes and the Danish Editor  2/15/2006 Counterpunch: "So, let’s look at the guy who started this whole cartoon escapade. He’s Flemming Rose, the cultural editor of the Danish newspaper. In all of the Lexis-Nexis database of stories from the American media on the Mohammed cartoons, there is absolutely no mention of the fact that Rose is a close confederate of arch-Islamophobe Daniel Pipes. Indeed, there is almost no context at all about Rose’s newspaper. On a brief mention in the Washington Post gave a hint at a fact desperately needed to understand the situation. The Post described the affair as “a calculated insult … by a right-wing newspaper in a country where bigotry toward the minority Muslim population is a major, if frequently unacknowledged, problem.” How bad is Pipes? He wants the utter military obliteration of the Palestinians; indeed, from the Muslim world, his racism is about as blatant as that of the Holocaust denying Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Pipes’ frequent outbursts of racism -- designed to toss gasoline on the neo-cons’ lust for a wholesale conflict of cultures -- earned him a Bush nomination to the U.S. Institute of Peace, a congressionally funded think tank. Rose came to America to commune with Pipes in 2004, and it was after that meeting the cartoon gambit materialized."

Jack Abramoff’s White Man's Burden  2/15/2006 Media Channel: "A top-secret meeting was then underway between Savimbi and his boosters led by a young American Republican activist, none other than Jack Abramoff, a man who could bring down the current GOP Administration. He was there representing an organization he founded, the International Freedom Foundation. Abramoff, and others disguised their identities. His code name was “Pacman.” Also present, a South African newspaper reports, “Leaders of the Afghan mujahedin, Nicaraguan contras, Laotian guerrillas and members of the Oliver North American right." (Could a Bin Laden operative have been there with the CIA-backed Afghan delegation? There’s no evidence of that yet.) "

Osama's Game: an Interview with Michael Scheuer  2/15/2006 Minneapolis City Pages: "Most officials thought last month's Osama bin Laden tape was no big deal—maybe even a gesture of weakness. Author and ex-CIA analyst Michael Scheuer, who founded the Agency's bin Laden unit 10 years ago, thinks they're dead wrong."

Declassified Documents: National Endowment for Democracy FY2005  2/15/2006 NarcoNews: Mostly on Haiti, but also Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, & Cuba.

‘We can do what we want to do’ - Patriot Act retaliation against Black NSA whistleblower  2/15/2006 SF Bay View: "A travesty of justice occurred on Dec. 15, 2005. Kenneth Wayne Ford Jr., an honest and honorable young African-American man, was judged guilty of espionage and lying on a federal form by a jury of by no means his peers. Ford faces up to 15 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines. He is to be sentenced on March 1. An intern-analyst for the super-secret National Security Agency, Ken Ford authored a signals intelligence report that told the truth about nuclear WMD (weapons of mass destruction) components in Iraq. That earned him the wrath of the Bush administration. In the Clinton White House, Ken Ford had been a uniformed member of the U.S. Secret Service. He was trained to take a bullet for President Clinton or the first lady. Will either President Clinton or Sen. Clinton be present at his sentencing in gratitude and in solidarity? Will other whistleblowers, human rights and antiwar activists, Congressional Black Caucus members and intelligence and military veterans stand idly by while an innocent Black man is lynched?"

Tuesday  2/14/2006

topHaiti's frontrunner rejects electoral results, calls for more protests  2/14/2006 AFP: "Massive protests two years ago turned into a popular uprising that forced Jean Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's last elected president, to flee. Haiti has been rocked by turmoil since, but the violence eased shortly before last week's elections." [The "massive protests" were hardly a popular uprising, organised as they were by the narco military and paramilitary working for the elite.]

Election Protests Mount In Haiti; Luxury Hotel Stormed  2/14/2006 All Headline News: "At least one supporter of Preval was killed. News service journalists saw the body of a man, wearing a blood-soaked T-shirt bearing an image of Preval, in the street in the Tabarre neighborhood. Witnesses say that U.N. peacekeepers opened fire on the crowd, but a U.N. spokesman denies the allegations. Witnesses say Jordanian U.N. peacekeepers opened fire, killing two and wounding four… Thousands of protesters stormed the Hotel Montana, where the country's election council had its press center, breaking through a gate and spilling into the luxury resort's garden, lobby and hallways. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in Haiti for a previously scheduled visit, attempted to disperse the crowd from a balcony at the hotel, but many among the protesters had no idea who he was. "If you shoot at us, we're going to burn all this down,'' the crowd chanted as U.N. gunships hovered overhead. Many believed that members of the country's election council were staying at the hotel and demanded to speak to the council's director general, Jacques Bernard."

Weldon: 'Able Danger' ID'd 9/ll Ringleader  2/14/2006 AP: "Pre-Sept. 11 intelligence conducted by a secret military unit identified terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta 13 different times, a congressman said Tuesday." [This makes more plausible the claim that Mossad was shadowing Atta and his crew via the Israeli "art students" prior to 9/11.]

Monday  2/13/2006

topAbramoff said to claim close ties to Rove  2/13/2006 AP 

Report: US is abusing captives  2/13/2006 Financial Times: "A draft United Nations report on the detainees at Guantanamo Bay concludes that the U.S. treatment of them violates their rights to physical and mental health and, in some cases, constitutes torture. It also urges the United States to close the military prison in Cuba and bring the captives to trial on U.S. territory, charging that Washington’s justification for the continued detention is a distortion of international law."

Air marshals charged with plotting to smuggle cocaine past security  2/13/2006 Houston Chronicle: "Two federal air marshals scheduled to appear this afternoon on drug conspiracy charges are accused of smuggling 15 kilograms, or 33 pounds, of cocaine for $4,500 per kilogram, the U.S. Attorney's Office said today. Air marshals Shawn Ray Nguyen, 38, and Burlie L. Sholar III, 32, both of Houston, were arrested Thursday at Nguyen's Houston home, where an informant had delivered the cocaine and $15,000 in "up front'' money."

Iran Attack: Turning America into a Straussian Totalitarian State  2/13/2006 UrukNet: "It is, of course, far too late to stop the Straussian neocon Iran attack. However, as negative as it may sound, we can take a bit of solace in the possibility that the United States will bite off more than it can chew. If the entire Middle East rises up in response to the unprovoked attack upon Iran—and, more ominous, Russia and China support the Muslim enemies of the perfidious Straussian neocons—there is a distinct chance the Straussian project will collapse and fail. However, the specter of nuclear war remains, as the fascistic Straussian neocons will certainly not go down without a fight—or without killing millions of innocent people. Before this happens, hopefully sanity will rule at the Pentagon and officers less concerned with their careers than the fate of mankind will step up and depose the Straussian neocons. I dream of a day when Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Kristol, Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith, Libby, et al, are paraded before TV cameras in orange jumpsuits, shackled and humiliated, and soon to suffer the fate Hermann Goering, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Rudolf Hess at the Nuremberg Trials."

Allegations Cloud Haitian Vote Count  2/13/2006 Washington Post: "But allegations by a member of Haiti's electoral commission about vote-tampering roiled the capital of Port-au-Prince, where thousands protested outside the hotel where commission members have been releasing partial results since Thursday. Electoral commissioner Pierre Richard Duchemin, whose comments were broadcast widely on radio, accused the commission of manipulating the count and refusing to tell the public that Preval had 52 percent of the vote, enough to avert a runoff and take the presidency. "According to me, there's a certain level of manipulation," Duchemin told the Associated Press, adding that "there is an effort to stop people from asking questions" about the tabulation process. The slow pace of counting ballots has tipped what was seen as Haiti's most successful election ever -- a huge, peaceful turnout of voters despite a chaotic start to balloting -- into another volatile crisis. On Sunday, the crowd in the capital blocked streets leading to the Hotel Montana, making it nearly impossible for commission members to attend a news briefing. Preval, who lives in a small white stucco house on the town square here, a six-hour drive from the turmoil of the capital, remained confident that he was about to complete a remarkable political comeback after five years of retirement. But he was suspicious of the electoral commission. At one point, he stepped onto his porch, dancing across the tile floor and singing, " Yo vole vot nuo " -- in lyric Creole, "They're stealing our votes.""

Letter from the parents of wrongfully-convicted former NSA intern-analyst Kenneth Ford, the author of a signals intelligence report that questioned Iraqi nuclear WMD components  2/13/2006 Wayne Madsen Report: Ford is African American - "This editor will be present at the March 1 sentencing at the US District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland in a show of support for Ken Ford and his parents. How many among the whistleblower community, civil and human rights communities, Congressional Black Caucus, antiwar movement, Democratic Party, and intelligence agency and military veterans will join me there to support an individual who faces up to 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine for telling the truth about WMDs in Iraq? Ken Ford Jr., was a uniformed member of the U.S. Secret Service who worked in the Clinton White House. He was trained to take a bullet for President Clinton or the First Lady. Will either President Clinton or Senator Clinton be present in Greenbelt in gratitude and in solidarity?"

Sunday  2/12/2006

topAP Blog on Haiti Elections  2/12/2006 AP 

Chavez deadline for US preachers  2/12/2006 BBC: [Documents available on the web suggests Chavez is correct in his assessment of New Tribe.]

Venezuelan police arrest Carlos Ojeda; top drug lord wanted by the US DEA!  2/12/2006 Vheadline 

Saturday  2/11/2006

topFBI says Puerto Rico sweep aimed at stopping domestic terror  2/11/2006 AFP: "Norberto Cintron Fiallo, a human rights activist who was in charge of organizing Ojeda Rios' funeral in September, told the daily El Nuevo Dia: "This was an operation to crack down on the surge of pro-independence sentiment on the island after the death of Filiberto Ojeda Rios." For Luis Abreu Elias, a former defense attorney for Ojeda Rios, "it is absurd for them to say they are investigating a terrorist plot. They are trying to turn public opinion against the pro-independence forces," he told the daily."

Friday  2/10/2006

topAmerica's Historic Debt to Haiti  2/10/2006 Consortium News: "Though the Haitian resistance had blunted Napoleon’s planned penetration of the American mainland, Jefferson reacted to the bloodshed by imposing a stiff economic embargo on the island nation. In 1806, Dessalines was brutally assassinated, touching off a cycle of political violence that would haunt Haiti for the next two centuries. By 1803, a frustrated Napoleon – denied his foothold in the New World – agreed to sell New Orleans and the Louisiana territories to Jefferson. Ironically, the Louisiana Purchase, which opened the heart of the present United States to American settlement, had been made possible despite Jefferson’s misguided collaboration with Napoleon. “By their long and bitter struggle for independence, St. Domingue’s blacks were instrumental in allowing the United States to more than double the size of its territory,” wrote Stanford University professor John Chester Miller in his book, The Wolf by the Ears: Thomas Jefferson and Slavery. But, Miller observed, “the decisive contribution made by the black freedom fighters … went almost unnoticed by the Jeffersonian administration.”"

Porter Goss’ Op-ed: ‘Ignotum per Ignotius’! By Sibel Edmonds  2/10/2006 National Security Whistleblowers Coalition 

Yemen al Qaeda debacle worries US and Europeans  2/10/2006 Reuters: "Western annoyance at the grave security breach has been compounded by a perception that Yemen has been slow to respond and -- despite its statements to the contrary -- less than fully cooperative with the world police organization Interpol. One week after the escape, none of the men has been recaptured. Interpol distributed alerts for them on Tuesday but said it had not been able to issue its highest grade of international wanted notice because it was still waiting for the Yemenis to supply the men's fingerprints and arrest warrants. A European counter-terrorism official said the "limited" Yemeni response only reinforced the impression that the escape took place with at least some help from the authorities. "It's impossible it was staged without any involvement of prisons guards, prison administration, etc. It's too big, too well premeditated, too well prepared. There must be some involvement of, let's say, official elements in Yemen," he said."

Thursday  2/9/2006

topAfter Fox edited out applause following Lowery's remarks at King funeral, Kondracke expressed surprise at audience's muted reaction  2/9/2006 Media Matters: "Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume showed an edited video clip of Rev. Joseph Lowery's remarks at Coretta Scott King's funeral, during which he mentioned the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Lowery's remarks were greeted with 23 seconds of applause and a standing ovation, but the clip Fox News aired presented nine seconds of applause and little hint of the standing ovation without noting that the clip had been doctored. After seeing the clip, Roll Call's Morton Kondracke concluded that the audience "wasn't exactly uproarious in its response" to Lowery."

Wednesday  2/8/2006

topHearing reveals purpose of raids  2/8/2006 Anchorage Daily News: "Kane is accused of orchestrating the purchase of the two rocket launchers from an Internet site and having them delivered to Security Aviation. The company and affiliates have purchased about seven two-seat L-39 jets since former Anchorage assistant district attorney Mark Avery bought Security Aviation last summer."

Tuesday  2/7/2006

topHaiti's leading presidential candidates  2/7/2006 CNN 

Haitian People Turn Out in Force for Democracy  2/7/2006 NarcoNews 

Monday  2/6/2006

topVenezuela welcomes ousted diplomat - U.S. expulsion expected to cause more confrontations  2/6/2006 CNN: "Chavez has threatened to throw out the entire U.S. military mission if more evidence of alleged espionage is uncovered. The embassy has 21 military personnel in Venezuela. It remains unclear how many Venezuelan officers could be charged in the spying case. Meanwhile, Chavez on Saturday said he could sell off all of Venezuela-owned Citgo Petroleum Corp.'s refineries in the U.S. and divert oil exports to other countries if the U.S. seeks to break relations."

Haiti Pre-Election Update  2/6/2006 NarcoNews: "In addition to its own violence and failing to control the violence of others, in addition to jailing a popular choice for president and hundreds of other political leaders (including the elected prime minister), the coup government further damaged the delayed elections by drastically reduceing the number of polling stations compared to previous years. Through it all, the leading candidate by far is a former President – the only one ever to serve a full term, from 1996 to 2001 – and Aristide ally, René Préval. The coup regime promises just over 800 polling stations in the nation of more than seven million. Haiti will have nearly 5,000 eligible voters per polling station, while India and at least some United States counties aim for under 1,000."


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