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    35 Years After Original 9/11

    New Transcripts of Kissinger's Role in Chilean Coup

    By Peter Kornbluh

    13/09/08 "HuffingtonPost" -When Henry Kissinger began secretly taping all of his phone conversations in 1969, little did he know that he was giving history the gift that keeps on giving. Now, on the 35th anniversary of the September 11, 1973, CIA-backed military coup in Chile, phone transcripts that Kissinger made of his talks with President Nixon and the CIA chief among other top government officials reveal in the most candid of language the imperial mindset of the Nixon administration as it began plotting to overthrow President Salvador Allende, the world's first democratically elected Socialist. "We will not let Chile go down the drain," Kissinger told CIA director Richard Helms in a phone call following Allende's narrow election on September 4, 1970, according to a recently declassified transcript. "I am with you," Helms responded.

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    Speaking Truth to a Superpower
    We consume too much . . . go to war too often . . . and don't govern ourselves wisely enough.

    Reviewed by Robert G. Kaiser
    Sunday, August 31, 2008; BW03

    THE LIMITS OF POWER

    The End of American Exceptionalism

    By Andrew J. Bacevich

    Metropolitan. 206 pp. $24

    This compact, meaty volume ought to be on the reading list of every candidate for national office -- House, Senate or the White House -- in November's elections. In an age of cant and baloney, Andrew Bacevich offers a bracing slap of reality. He confronts fundamental questions that Americans have been avoiding since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, first of all: What is the sole superpower's proper role in the world?

     
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    How Britain Wages War

    Five photographs together break a silence. The first is of a former Gurkha regimental sergeant major, Tul Bahadur Pun, aged 87. He sits in a wheelchair outside 10 Downing Street. He holds a board full of medals, including the Victoria Cross, the highest award for bravery, which he won serving in the British army. He has been refused entry to Britain and treatment for a serious heart ailment by the National Health Service: outrages rescinded only after a public campaign. On 25 June, he came to Down ing Street to hand his Victoria Cross back to the Prime Minister, but Gordon Brown refused to see him.

     
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    High IQ turns academics into atheists

    12 June 2008

    Intelligence is a predictor of religious scepticism, a professor has argued. Rebecca Attwood reports

    Belief in God is much lower among academics than among the general population because scholars have higher IQs, a controversial academic claimed this week.

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    Barack Obama supporter accuses Jewish lobby members of McCarthyism

    Last updated: 4:08 PM BST 27/05/2008

    A foreign policy expert consulted by Senator Barack Obama, the leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, has accused members of the American Jewish establishment of "McCarthyism" in its attitude towards critics of Israel.

    Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former national security adviser, said that the pro-Israel lobby in the US was too powerful, while the slur of anti-Semitism was too readily used whenever its power was called into question.

     
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    Iraq War May Have Increased Energy Costs Worldwide by a Staggering $6 Trillion

    By Geoffrey Lean, The Independent
    Posted on May 27, 2008, Printed on May 29, 2008
    http://www.alternet.org/story/86515/

    The invasion of Iraq by Britain and the US has trebled the price of oil, according to a leading expert, costing the world a staggering $6 trillion in higher energy prices alone.

    The oil economist Dr Mamdouh Salameh, who advises both the World Bank and the UN Industrial Development Organisation (Unido), told The Independent on Sunday that the price of oil would now be no more than $40 a barrel, less than a third of the record $135 a barrel reached last week, if it had not been for the Iraq war.

     
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    Ex-Press Aide Writes That Bush Misled U.S. on Iraq

    By Michael D. Shear
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, May 28, 2008; A01

    Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan writes in a new memoir that the Iraq war was sold to the American people with a sophisticated "political propaganda campaign" led by President Bush and aimed at "manipulating sources of public opinion" and "downplaying the major reason for going to war."

     
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    How to Build a Human Bomb

     

    May 17, 2008 By George Monbiot

     

    When we learnt last week that Abdallah Salih al-Ajmi had blown himself up in Mosul in northern Iraq, the US government presented this as a vindication of its policies. Al-Ajmi was a former inmate of the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay. The Pentagon says that his attack on Iraqi soldiers shows both that it was right to have detained him and that it is dangerous ever to release the camp's prisoners(1). On the contrary, it shows how dangerous it was to put them there in the first place.

     
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    Childish superstition
    Einstein's letter makes view of religion relatively clear

    By James Randerson, science correspondent

    13/05/08 "
    The Guardian' -- - "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." So said Albert Einstein, and his famous aphorism has been the source of endless debate between believers and non-believers wanting to claim the greatest scientist of the 20th century as their own.
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    Gulf Seen Between Democracy in Theory and Practice: Survey

    By Jim Lobe

    13/05/08 - - WASHINGTON, May12 (
    IPS) - The basic democratic principle that "the will of the people should be the basis for the authority of government" is supported by overwhelming majorities throughout the world, according to a major new survey of more than 17,000 adults in 19 countries released here Monday.
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