Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Another Angle 29 - March - 2006

News others won't tell you


Fitzgerald Will Seek New White House Indictments
Although the situation remains fluid, it's possible, these sources said, that Fitzgerald may seek to indict both Rove and Hadley, charging them with perjury, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy related to their roles in the leak of Plame Wilson's identity and their effort to cover up their involvement following a Justice Department investigation.

About Moussaoui, much ado about nothing
Either Zacarias Moussaoui is a brainwashed simpleton, or he wants to humiliate the US DOJ in killing him, an innocent man, in what has up to now been nothing but a kangooroo court. Under this theory Moussaoui's rants make sense, to himself at least, otherwise why would would he utter this non sense. Would a normal person say these things? Would a normal person come out and admit these evil plans that he supposedly was part of?
MSNBC VIDEO: Moussaoui wore 'stun belt' for new testimony

Film details Black Panther's killing
Writer and film producer Mike Gray admits, at the start of an interview about his film "The Murder of Fred Hampton," that a picture of the film's subject sits on a shelf at his home. The facts unfolding on film say this: In 1969 the charismatic Hampton died, in all probability, of state murder, partly because the powers that be feared what Gray believes: Hampton had the potential to be the first black mayor of Chicago and the first black American president. Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington, arose directly from the black community's rage, Gray contends. Hampton's partner and the film's second-leading subject, Bobby Rush, is now an Illinois congressman.

Story of Your Weave
Only a fraction of what the International Trade Commission calls "unworked" hair is exported to the States, and every year about 95 percent of this fumigated, sorted, and bundled virgin hair is gobbled up by New York's hair makers. But whether worked or not, whether it's been shorn from Eastern European, South Asian, or provincial Chinese heads, much of the human hair that enters the U.S. has done a stint in an enormous processing plant human and labor rights organizations are calling illegal and exploitative.

U.S. Willing to Deploy Combat Troops to Colombia
While the U.S. mainstream media widely-reported the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent indictment of 50 rebel leaders belonging to the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), an announcement by the State Department the next day received surprisingly little coverage. On March 24, Assistant Secretary of State Anne Patterson told Colombia’s Radio Caracol that, while the United States would not initiate any unilateral military action to capture FARC leaders, it would intervene if invited by the Colombian government. Given that the U.S. government’s intervention in Colombia already involves everything but the deployment of U.S. combat troops, it is clear that Patterson’s comments were intended to illustrate the Bush administration’s willingness to deploy U.S. troops to Colombia to combat FARC guerrillas.

Candidate fakes Iraq calm with Turkey pic

Wind Farms Draw Mixed Response in Appalachia
The Appalachian states lead the nation in underground coal production, but now there's an effort to harness another type of energy there. Huge windmills are sprouting up on mountaintops from western New York through Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The futuristic machines are promoted as a source of clean, renewable power. But they're often not welcomed by locals, who say they blight the rural landscape.

New Anti-Terror Training Manual Says ''Property Rights Activists'' Are Terrorists
The manual begins in typical fashion by evoking 911 to remind the reader that on September 11th all of our "lives changed forever". Good thing, I almost slipped into my pre-911 mindset!

Pitt, Affleck auctioning motorcycles for Martin Luther-King memorial
Celeb pals Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck and Laurence Fishburne have donated sleek, custom-made motorcycles to an online charity auction to benefit a planned memorial in Washington for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The memorial will be built on the National Mall, according to the Web site for Build the Dream, which is promoting the project. The centerpiece of the memorial, the "Stone of Hope," will feature a 3.3-meter likeness of King.



Drought Forces Herders to Seek Cattle Through Marriage
A widespread drought in the Horn of Africa is killing the livelihoods of herders. Hundreds of thousands of cattle, camel and other livestock have perished, with their carcasses now littering the region. Some herders have resorted to marrying off their daughters, some as young as ten, to get dowries that restock their herds. Activists are trying to stop the practice.

FLASHBACK: Mad Cow feed banned in Britain dumped on Third World
Britain offloaded tens of thousands of tons of potentially BSE-infected cattle feed on the Third World after deciding it was too dangerous to give to herds in the UK.
The meal and bonemeal was exported after March 1988, when the Government realised that feed made from slaughtered animals was the probable cause of the BSE epidemic in UK cattle.


Rival Shia groups unite against US after mosque raid
Senior ministers from the three main Shia factions united yesterday to denounce an American raid on a Baghdad mosque complex in which at least 20 people died, opening the biggest rift between the US and Iraq's majority Shia community since the toppling of Saddam Hussein.

Juan Cole: 69 Killed in Separate Outbreaks of Violence
It seems possible that the US committed two major military blunders that will worsen its relationship with Iraqi political forces. If the US/Iraq force actually did accidentally hit a Shiite Husayniyah instead of a Sunni Arab terrorist cell, it was a horrible mistake. Then US forces raided a secret prison of the Ministry of the Interior. They captured 17 Sudanese inmates.


'Asia must prepare for dollar collapse'
The warning comes as the US trade deficit reaches a record high and global interest rates continue to rise. "Our suggestion to Asian countries is: Don't take this continuous financing of the US current account deficit as given. If something happens then East Asian economies have to be prepared."

US living on borrowed time - and money
On the first day of class, business teachers like me love to introduce our sleepy students to the concept of TANSTAAFL - there ain't no such thing as a free lunch. The United States may soon be introduced to the concept of TANSTAAFE - there ain't no such thing as a free empire.


The conundrum of consciousness, capital
Marcus Garvey told us time after time that black people are a nation within a nation. That being true, he argued, we must act as such. Other groups in America have no problem demonstrating their nationhood within the borders of the U.S. Black folks seem to have some reservations about doing it, maybe because many of us are still trying to assimilate and be "accepted" by white people. It's great for people to love and accept us, but should we spend our every waking hour trying to force them to do so?

“Crash” and the self-indulgence of white America
The problem of "Crash" can be summed up through one phrase from the studio's promotional material, which asserts that the film "boldly reminds us of the importance of tolerance." That's exactly the problem. On the surface, the film appears to be bold, speaking of race with the kind of raw emotion that is rare in this culture. But that emotion turns out, in the end, to be manipulative and diversionary. The problem is that the film can't move beyond the concept of tolerance, and tolerance is not the solution to America's race problem. White people can - and often do - learn to tolerate difference without ever disturbing the systemic, institutional nature of racism. The core problem is not intolerance but white supremacy


Scientists study revived 1918 flu virus
In October, Tumpey and a team led by Dr. Jeffery Taubenberger of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology announced they had achieved a remarkable feat. Not only did they discover the virus' entire genetic code, they brought it back to life in a tightly controlled laboratory at CDC offices in Atlanta. The virus that had swept the globe, infecting more than one-fourth of the world's population, existed on earth once again.


Child drugs linked to heart attack
CHILDREN as young as five have suffered strokes, heart attacks, hallucinations and convulsions after taking drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


California Wines, Cincinnati Style
Ohio may not be the first place you think of when it comes to making wine, but a vintner in Cincinnati is turning out respectable lines of vino from a Cincinnati garage. His secret: grapes frozen and trucked in from California's Sonoma and Mendocino valleys.


King Floyd Is Gone, but 'Groove Me' Lives On
Soul singer King Floyd died on March 6 at the age of 61, but his passing barely merited mention in the media -- an oversight that seems at odds with his brash style. Born in New Orleans and intimately connected to the Southern soul scene throughout his life, Floyd was widely heard but little known.


Tom Tomorrow: Conservatives Blame the Messenger!