POLITICAL ALLIES: The Arrogant, the Misguided and the Cowards by Sean Penn & other commentary

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The Arrogant, the Misguided and the Cowards, Out of Iraq, Out with Bush
By Sean Penn

We the people of the United States have a unique opportunity. We can
show each other and the world that what the Bush administration claims
is their mission is not ours. And, by leading our country as a citizenry
and demanding of our government an immediate end to our own military and
profit investments in Iraq, display for the entire world that democracy
is a government of the people.

The March to War: Naval build-up in the Persian Gulf and the Eastern

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

The Pentagon has already drawn up plans for U.S. sponsored attacks on
Iran and Syria.3 Despite the public posturing of diplomacy by the United
States and Britain, just like the Iraq Invasion, Iran and Syria sense
another Anglo-American war in the horizon. Both countries have been
strengthening their defenses for the eventuality of war with the
Anglo-American alliance.

Fatal Vision: The Deeper Evil Behind the Detainee Bill By Chris Floyd

It was a dark hour indeed last Thursday when the United States Senate
voted to end the constitutional republic and transform the country into
a "Leader-State," giving the president and his agents the power to
capture, torture and imprison forever anyone - American citizens
included - whom they arbitrarily decide is an "enemy combatant."
Latin America Declares Independence By Noam Chomsky

Five centuries after the European conquests, Latin America is
reasserting its independence. In the southern cone especially, from
Venezuela to Argentina, the region is rising to overthrow the legacy of
external domination of the past centuries and the cruel and destructive
social forms that they have helped to establish.
Juan Cole: 23,416 US Casualties in U.S War in Iraq:

If you really want to gauge the toll of the Iraq War on the American
public, you have to read the local newspapers.

Occupied Iraq: 9,000 people being displaced each week:

he International Organization for Migration says nearly 190,000 people
in the 15 central and southern provinces of Iraq have been displaced by
violence since the bombing in late February in Samarra.
"79 Percent of Gazan Households are Living in Poverty":

According to the World Bank, Palestinians are currently experiencing the
worst economic depression in modern history.

Here's why Chávez is so mad:

A quick glance at recent U.S. policy and posture toward Venezuela gives
us some clues as to why people in Venezuela are getting set to reelect a
president who calls the United States an empire.

U.S. must be more relevant in Latin America: experts:

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has had sway over Latin America's smaller
economies but could now eclipse the United States' influence over the
third-largest economy, Argentina, two top former U.S. diplomats said on
Tuesday. http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=2523396

Paraguay hardens U.S. military stance:

Paraguay's decision to refuse diplomatic immunity for U.S. troops and
not to renew a military cooperation pact sparked debate Tuesday, with
analysts calling the developments a blow to U.S. attempts to improve
regional ties. http://informationclearinghouse.info/article15223.htm
Tensions High in Oaxaca as Fox Warns Force Might Be Used to Crush

In Oaxaca, Mexico, tensions remain high over concerns that the
government is planning to use force to crush a populist uprising there.
Over the weekend, military aircraft began flying over Oaxaca City and
additional troops were deployed to nearby army posts

Congressman Dennis Kucinich on the Military Commissions Act:

"Wake up America!" A Must Listen - INN Interview:
Police State:

Court says eavesdropping program can continue:

The government can continue to use its warrantless domestic wiretap
program pending the Justice Department's appeal of a federal judge's
ruling outlawing the program, an Appeals Court in Cincinnati ruled on

U.S. to allow drugs mailed from Canada:

Americans who buy Canadian drugs no longer have to worry about their
packages being seized at the border. http://tinyurl.com/pra5s

A Libby Pardon for Christmas?:

Maybe you are thinking that Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's case
against Scooter Libby is yesterday's news, or, worse, in its last
throes. Think again.