Qadhafi, Obama & Our Gandhian Legacy - By M.K. Bhadrakuma (3/3/11) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 March 2011 10:09

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Police Defy Order To Clear Protesters From Wisconsin Capital - By Lindsay Beyerstein (2/3/11) PDF Print E-mail
Lindsay Beyerstein   
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 10:14

The Media Consortium

On Monday afternoon, the Capitol Police in Madison, Wisconsin refused to enforce an order to clear the Capitol building of hundreds of peaceful protesters who have been occupying the site to protest Governor Scott Walker's plan to eliminate the collective bargaining rights of public employees.

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviews State Rep. Kelda Helen Roys (D), who spent Sunday night in the Capitol building with other protesters. Roys describes what happened at four o'clock on Monday afternoon when the government gave the order to clear the protesters from the building:

And after several hours of the same sorts of scenes that we’ve been seeing all week—singing, chanting, drumming, speechifying—the Capitol police captain, Chief Tubbs, made an announcement, and he said that the protesters that had remained in the building, they were being orderly and responsible and peaceful and there was no reason to eject them from the Capitol.



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PCHR Calls For Prompt Action To Enable Return Of Thousands Of Palestinians Stranded Outside Gaza (2/3/11) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 March 2011 10:11

PCHR Calls For Prompt Action To Enable Return Of Thousands Of Palestinians Stranded Outside Gaza

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses grave concern over the continued suffering of thousands of Gazans who have been stranded in various countries abroad for more than one month due to emergency measures that prevent their entry onto Egyptian territory through Cairo Airport, currently the only available route for return to Gaza.

According to PCHR information, Palestinians have been denied access to Egypt since the eruption of the uprising in Egypt. On 30 January 2011, Rafah International Crossing Point was closed in both directions and Palestinians flying to Cairo Airport were denied access to Egyptian territory. On 17 February 2011, Rafah crossing was opened in one direction, allowing Palestinians stranded in Egypt to return to Gaza. On 22 February 2011, the crossing was reopened in both directions and hundreds of Gazans permitted to travel via the crossing managed to leave or return to Gaza. On the other hand, Palestinians in different countries of the world wishing to return to Gaza via Egypt are still denied access to Cairo Airport. Airlines received instructions not to transfer Palestinians wishing to return to Gaza via Egypt to Cairo Airport. This has resulted in the suffering of thousands of Palestinians, including dozens of families who travelled abroad and who urgently need to return to Gaza so their children can attend school. Other travelers denied return are patients who underwent surgery or received treatment abroad as well as employees and workers who are in danger of losing their positions of employment.

In view of the above, PCHR:

1.         Calls upon President Mahmoud Abbas to intervene promptly and take serious action in order to put an end to the hardship facing Palestinians unable to return to Gaza, instruct Palestinian embassies abroad to assume their responsibilities towards stranded Palestinians, and exert best efforts to ensure their immediate return.

2.         Calls upon the Egyptian government to permit the return of Palestinians to Gaza as soon as possible, facilitate their return to Gaza via Egypt and allow freedom of movement of Palestinians travelling to and from the Gaza Strip, especially through Rafah crossing and Cairo International Airport.



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Rumsfeld Vs. Rice: What's The Role Of A National Security Adviser? - By Walter Pincus (2/3/11) PDF Print E-mail
Walter Pincus   
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 09:58

Washington Post 

[FF Editorial: We have posted the article, not because we agree with Rumsfeld’s contentions, but to bring to a larger audience the growing fallout between ther key players of the Bush regime. With the threat that they may be arrested for war crimes, the key players are bending backwards to justify their actions and or missions and laying blame on the other and in the process digging their own graves.].     

What's the role of the president's national security adviser?

There's an insider's view on Pages 324 to 330 in former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld's 726-page memoir "Known and Unknown," which is backed up by several hundred declassified documents posted on his Web site, www.rumsfeld.com.

Described by most reviewers as a critique of Condoleezza Rice, President George W. Bush's national security adviser during his first term, a close reading of those pages and the accompanying documents reminds us again how personality clashes affect processes at the top levels of our government.



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Why Wars Really Happen - By David Swanson (2/3/11) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 March 2011 09:56

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