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Same Old Interests Have Plan for ‘New Haiti’

January 31, 2010

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The day after the earthquake, before the bodies were even cold, one financial analyst offered his hot stock picks. In an article entitled “An Opportunity to Heal Haiti” published on TheStreet.com, Scott Rothbort spoke of “opportunity in misfortune,” explaining, “Here are some companies that could potentially benefit: General Electric (GE), Caterpillar (CAT), Deere (DE), Fluor […]

The Evidence of Witness 69: Blair has shown himself more a fool than a liar – UK Politics, UK – The Independent

January 31, 2010

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Amateurs often have a fluency denied to professionals because they see no “ifs” and “buts” that would interrupt the flow of their argument. Books proving that Bacon wrote Shakespeare are often highly articulate and have great narrative pace because their authors see all facts pointing to the same inevitable conclusion. It is this mixture of […]

Taliban Fighters Can’t Be Bought Off – Newsweek.com

January 30, 2010

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My NEWSWEEK colleague Sami Yousafzai laughs at the notion that the Taliban can be bought or bribed. Few journalists, officials, or analysts know the Taliban the way he does. via Taliban Fighters Can’t Be Bought Off – Newsweek.com.

Rick Mercer: Politicians Are Not the Kind of Tools Our Soldiers

January 30, 2010

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This past July, 300 Canadian soldiers were given a mission. They were told to drop everything and show up at Canadian Forces base Gagetown, in uniform in front of the cameras and clap and cheer as the Minister of Defense announced that this government was finally buying them new armored vehicles which we know they […]

Today’s laugh from Canada’s anti-environment minister

January 30, 2010

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He says that although reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent will be challenging, he believes it is attainable. via The Canadian Press: Canada outlines greenhouse gas reduction targets in advance of UN deadline.

Blackwater’s Youngest Victim

January 30, 2010

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Haiti: An addition to ‘disaster porn’

January 30, 2010

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We the Ogling People drink it in. Like any X-rated content, this smut is all flesh and no substantive plot. The lens flits between body parts and journalists pulling perverse Cronkite-in-Vietnam impressions (at one point, CNN showed Cooper and his T-shirt saving a child). But there is little discussion of how western Hispaniola was a […]