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Fear and the Nuclear Option

Twenty years ago, when people concerned about nuclear weapons warned about a "war without winners," they were accused of spreading fear and negativity. The counter-argument was that the U.S. nuclear arsenal was a shield protecting the west from a Soviet Union bent on world domination.

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60 Years Later: A Look at Hiroshima

August 6, 2005 marks the 60th anniversary of Democratic President Truman's use of the atomic bomb against the people of Hiroshima, at a time when the Japanese government was apparently seeking a negotiated end to World War II. Yoshihiro Kimura was a third-grade student in Hiroshima on the morning the U.S. government dropped its A-bomb on the city. In Children Of The A-Bomb, Kimura recalled how it felt:


Israel-Palestine: Solutions in the Midst of Crisis

International media has failed itself in covering the conflict in Israel and Palestine.  Following the standard tenet, "if it bleeds, it leads," newspapers, radio, and the internet have continued to showcase the gore and ignore the solution-oriented work that many people in the region have dedicated themselves to.  During a recent trip to Palestine, I stayed in the home of Fatima Khaldi in Qarawa Bani Hassan, a town in the West Bank continually threatened with the construction of the separation wall.  Fatima founded and directs the organization Women for Life in the village of Biddya.  Her group has a range of purposes, which revolve around empowering Palestinian women to take charge of their lives and become involved in politics. [Photo: Doors recovered from bombed homes, painted by children's art therapy group, Nablus, West Bank]

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Global Notebook 8-02-05


Memos suggest Gitmo trials are rigged

SYDNEY – Leaked e-mails from two former U.S. prosecutors, obtained by the Australian Broadcast System, claim that the military commissions set up to try detainees at Guantanamo Bay have been rigged, fraudulent and thin on evidence against the accused. In March 2004, the e-mails were sent to supervisors in the Pentagon’s Office of Military Commissions, echoing previous charges made by international lawyers, U.S. military officers, the American Bar Association, the Australian Law Society, Amnesty International and Britain‘s Attorney General.  read more


What is the U.S. Military Doing in Paraguay?

The U.S. military is conducting secretive operations in Paraguay and reportedly building a new base there. Human rights groups and military analysts in the region believe trouble is brewing.However, the U.S. embassy in Paraguay denies the base exists and describes the military activity as routine. According to an article in the Bolivian newspaper, El Deber, a U.S. base is being developed in Mariscal Estigarribia, Paraguay, 200 kilometers from the border with Bolivia. The base will permit the landing of large aircraft and is capable of housing up to 16,000 troops. A contingent of 500 U.S. troops arrived in Paraguay on July 1st with planes, weapons, equipment and ammunition. (1)

With Bolivia's recent uprisings, their enormous gas reserves, and a presidential election on the way, this questionable activity could pave the way for a U.S. intervention.Rumors of Al Qaeda training grounds near Paraguay may also work to the Bush administration's advantage as it makes a case for military operations in the region.

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Congress and Corporate Lobbyists Rewrite Telecom Act

Nearly a decade ago, Congress passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 by huge bipartisan margins-91 to 5 in the Senate and 414 to16 in the House. The bill was touted as "the most deregulatory telecommunications legislation in history." President Bill Clinton had become a believer. The Telecom industry was just getting warmed up. Today the threat posed by that industry to what remains of citizen representation looms larger than ever as a new slew of mergers - including the takeover of AT&T by SBC Communications - threatens to sail through the regulatory process.