NATO/G8 In Chicago – At A Global Crossroads: Turn Against War

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“All indications, unfortunately, are that Chicago is preparing to ‘act like a global city and do what global cities do’ and it appears to want to follow the lead of other ‘global cities’ in dealing with mass demonstrations threatening to ‘steal the stage;’ think Tehran, Beijing, Cairo, Moscow and Seattle, to name a few.

“One of the chilling developments the hosting committee announced was that the Illinois State Crime Commission is ‘urgently seeking Iraq-Afghanistan combat veterans to work security positions for the G8 summit.’…”

Author: Brian Terrill, former mayor of Maloy, Iowa
Published in: Docudharma.com (at http://www.docudharma.com/)
Date: January 29, 2012

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French Scientists: Childhood Leukemia Spikes Near Nuclear Reactors

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“…during the period from 2002-2007 in France the doubling of childhood leukemia incidence: the increase is up to 2.2 among children under age five.

“The researchers note that they found no mechanistic proof of cause and effect, but could find no other environmental factor that could produce the excess cancers.

“Without getting overly technical, the case-control study included the 2,753 cases of acute leukemia diagnosed in mainland France over 2002-2007, and 30,000 contemporaneous population ‘controls.’ The children’s last addresses were geo-coded and located around France’s 19 nuclear power stations, which operate 54 separate reactors. The study used distance to the reactors and a dose-based geographic zoning (DBGZ), based on the estimated dose to bone marrow related to the reactors’ gaseous discharges….”

Author: John LaForge, on the staff of Nukewatch in Wisconsin
Published in: HuntingtonNews.net (at http://www.huntingtonnews.net/); Aletho News (at https://alethonews.wordpress.com/); ScrollPost.com (at http://scrollpost.com/)
Date: January 18, 19 and 20, 2012

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Defense Act is Unconstitutional

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“The executive branch has acquired greater authoritarian and unaccountable power under this law which disaffirms justice as a fundamental human right. It brings the illegal practice of extraordinary rendition home. Tom Parker of Amnesty International USA argues that the NDAA “provides a framework for ‘normalizing’ indefinite detention and making Guantanamo a permanent feature of American life.” What democracy and civil liberties we did enjoy in this country before the NDAA of 2012 became law have been severely weakened, and our nation’s moral and legal credibility in the world, which has been gradually declining since the so-called “war on terror” was declared by President Bush, has been diminished further….”

Author: Brian J. Trautman, military veteran and instructor of peace and world order studies at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Published in: CounterPunch.org (at http://www.counterpunch.org/); PeaceWorker.org (at http://peaceworker.org/); NDAA Blog (at http://kynyts.typepad.com/ndaa/); WorldNews.com (at http://article.wn.com/); HuntingtonNews.net (at http://www.huntingtonnews.net/);
Date: January 18, 2012

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Americans Are Less Nationalistic than Flag-Waving Politicians Think

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“Overall, as public opinion studies show, Americans want a smaller—rather than a larger—global footprint for their nation. According to a 2010 poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, only 8 percent favored the United States playing the role of the preeminent world leader, while 71 percent favored a cooperative approach….”

Author: Lawrence S. Wittner, Emeritus Professor of History at the State University of New York/Albany
Published in: Berthoud Recorder (at http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/); TownNews.com; HuntingtonNews.net (at http://www.huntingtonnews.net/); ConsortiumNews.com (at http://consortiumnews.com/); SunSentinel.com (at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/); Truthout.org (at http://www.truth-out.org/); Alternet.org (at http://www.alternet.org/story/); DemocraticUnderground.com (at http://metamorphosis.democraticunderground.com/); ThePeoplesVoice.org (at http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/); WeMustChange.org (at http://wemustchange.org/); ThePeoplesForum (at http://www.the-peoples-forum.com/); PeaceandJusticePost (at http://sudhan.wordpress.com/); LiketheDew.com out of Atlanta, Georgia (at http://likethedew.com/); NewClearVision out of Prescott, Arizona (at http://www.newclearvision.com/)
Date: January 17, 18, 22 and 25, 2012

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Pentagon’s New Strategic Guidance: Grim Implications

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“In early January the Obama Administration released the Pentagon’s new Guidance, Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense. It is clearly designed less to cut U.S. military spending than to reorder Pentagon priorities to ensure full spectrum dominance (dominating any nation, anywhere, at any time, at any level of force) for the first decades of the 21st century. As President Obama himself said, after the near-doubling of military spending during the Bush era, the Guidance will slow the growth of military spending, ‘but…it will still grow:, in fact by 4% in the coming year.’…”

Author: Joseph Gerson, Disarmament Coordinator of the American Friends Service Committee and Director of the AFSC’s Peace and Economic Security Program in New England
Published in: HuntingtonNews.net (at http://www.huntingtonnews.net/); CounterPunch.org (at http://www.counterpunch.org/); Znet (at http://www.zcommunications.org/); TalkGwinnett.com
Date: January 14 and 16, 2012

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