As Chris Bowers points out in openleft.com- "In both branches of Congress, Democrats already have the votes and procedural options in place to pass a public option on health insurence reform. This means it is possible to pass a public option now. It also means that if a public option does not pass as part of health care reform, it will be a because of a political calculation made by the Democratic leadership, not because there was no way to pass one." Now is your chance Americans. The democrats are weighing their political careers and reputations against the financial gains of going along with the insurance companies and the corporate health care industry against the American people. Make the politicians and the bloodthirsty corporations give something back. Contact your congressman and tell them to vote "YES" on the "public option". If enough of the American people will let the politicians know that 'we the people' are watching them on this, the people will win and finally all Americans instead of just the privileged Americans will be able to go to a doctor and receive proper medical care. Go to this link to find your congressman's phone number: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials/
Official results in Afghanistan’s presidential election that were to have been issued today are likely to be delayed for weeks by investigations of voting fraud, Afghan officials and independent election monitors say. While the Independent Election Commission said last month it would announce preliminary results from the Aug. 20 poll today, the earliest possible date for that now will be Sept. 7, said spokeswoman Marzia Siddiqi today. A separate, U.N.-backed Electoral Complaints Commission will need at least two weeks, and perhaps longer, to process more than 2,600 reports of fraud, its chairman told reporters in Kabul yesterday. TimesOnline: Vote-rigging in Afghanistan leaves US scrambling to save election: The sheer scale and brazen nature of vote rigging in Afghanistan’s elections has left the US Administration scrambling for a “least-worst” option, according to officials haunted by the spectre of a failed government in Kabul. + West faces losing battle over Afghan poll fraud. Eric Margolis: An election held under the guns of a foreign occupation army cannot be called legitimate or democratic. That’s a basic tenet of international law.
A powerful earthquake killed at least 35 people and forced thousands to flee homes and offices in Indonesia on Wednesday, government agencies said. The 7.0 magnitude quake, recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey, shook buildings in the capital Jakarta and flattened homes in villages closer to the epicentre in West Java. Government officials said about 1,300 houses were damaged although local television reports put the number at 3,500. At least 35 people were killed and more than 300 people injured, they said. BBC: Indonesia searches for quake survivors (Video).
Rescuers retrieved the bodies Thursday of a powerful Indian politician and four others whose helicopter crashed in dense jungle in southern India during a pounding rainstorm. The helicopter carrying Andhra Pradesh state Chief Minister Y.S.R. Reddy lost contact with air traffic controllers Wednesday morning, setting off a frantic 24-hour search operation involving the army, air force and police in an area packed with Maoist rebels. On Thursday morning, they finally reached the crash site after hacking through hilly jungle. They found the mangled remains of the chopper and charred bodies of all five people who on board, including 60-year-old Reddy.
Apparently China is pushing the idea of buying gold and silver for investment purposes to the general population in the way that Western television sells soap powder. If 1.3 billion Chinese citizens start buying gold and silver, even in tiny quantities, imagine what that will do to the market!
Israeli snipers stationed in a watchtower on the edge of the squatter colony of Beit El near Ramallah have murdered four Palestinian Teenagers during the last 10 months. All the victims were students of the UN school for boys at the Al-Jalazun refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. The watchtower of the Israeli terrorists is about two hundred meters from the location of the UN school. Mohammad Riyad Nayef, age of 14, was the latest target of the criminal Israeli snipers, who murdered him on August 30 2009. The victim Mohammad Riyad is the son of the officer of the Palestinian intelligence, Riyad Neyef, who was murdered by another Israeli sniper in the town of Betania during the Al-Aqsa Intifada. The IDF sniper also shot the ambulance driver Osama al-Najjar while he trying to rescue the Mohammed Riad Nayef. The driver was shot in his leg. Another Palestinian, Ali Al-Mohammad Nakhleh Al-Qaisi, age 29, was shot in his arm while trying to rescue the victim during the same incident. As usual, the criminal IDF spokesperson turned the truth upside down, falsified the facts and stated that the IDF troops had "killed a Palestinian youth suspected of hurling firebombs near the West Bank city of Ramallah".
This is an extraordinary 26-minute video documenting criminal conspiracy between Goldman Sachs and the US Treasury with information in front of all of us to see. If you're not sure about this criminal conspiracy absolutely against the public good and at the heart of our still-crashing economy severely affecting at least 100 million Americans (1/3rd of the nation is probably a conservative estimate), [check this voideo out and] think for yourself...
Federal prosecutors hit Pfizer Inc. with a record-breaking $2.3 billion in fines Wednesday and called the world's largest drugmaker a repeating corporate cheat for illegal drug promotions that plied doctors with free golf, massages, and resort junkets.
The Obama Administration has repeatedly put forth the month of September as the “deadline” for Iran to begin international talks regarding its nuclear program, and as the month begins Western officials are raising the prospect of massive new sanctions against the Iranian government to punish it. This comes in spite of the fact that only yesterday Iran’s top negotiator, Said Jalili, said his nation was ready to enter such talks and had a new proposal to resolve the dispute which is was going to make available to Western nations as a result. Vdare/TPV: Why Not Crippling Sanctions for Israel and the US? Arab News: Ganging up on Iran. Sydney Morning Herald: Iran nuclear threat 'hyped': ElBaradei.
The Israeli Prison Authorities transferred Ghofran Zamil, a young Palestinian reporter, to the Petah Tikva interrogation facility after extending her remand for eight more days.  Zamil, 26, was never allowed to meet with her lawyer, and was continuously interrogated without any legal grounds or charges.
A European source said in a recent interview with Time Magazine published Monday, that Israel was responsible for the hijacking of Russian cargo ship the Arctic Sea since it was suspected of carrying an arms shipment to the Middle East. The Arctic Sea went missing in July while en route from Finland to Algeria. Its disappearance sparked reports of a first incident of piracy in European waters in modern times. The Russian Navy has since located the ship, arrested the alleged hijackers and charged them with kidnapping and piracy, but Admiral Tarmo Kouts, the European Union's rapporteur on piracy, now says the Arctic Sea was intercepted by Israel as it carried a secret cargo of weapons to the Middle East.
Indonesia is very similar to the USA. It was the USA, around 1965, which gave Indonesia its form of government. The USA has made sure that it is the generals who pull the strings behind the scenes.
In a 33-page court statement made public on Tuesday, the Central Intelligence Agency said the documents contained "sensitive information"  "that implicates intelligence activities, sources and methods, and information relating to the foreign relations and activities of the United States."
Apart from Freemasons, and other agents of imperialism, the Rothschilds use their fellow Jews to realize their world government tyranny. And when anti-Semitism results, as it has in Hungary, their strategy is to manufacture another enemy to combat their enemy, in other words, divide-and-conquer. In Hungary, Rothschild agents are inflaming the one-to-two million-strong Gypsy minority against Hungarians. It is a strategy that patriotic Americans, Canadians and Europeans should be aware of. In the future, Illegal immigrants might play the role of Gypsies.
More than 35 million Americans received food stamps in June, up 22 percent from June 2008 and a new record as the country continued to grapple with the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Russian trade ministry officials are reporting to Prime Minister Putin today that China is preparing to plunge the United States and European Union into the “dustbin of history” as major World economic powers over their, the West’s, deliberate collapsing of the present Global economic system in order to install their long sought after New World Order.
MSNBC took down the Pat Buchanan column defending Hitler's actions hours after a Jewish group urged its removal. The National Jewish Democratic Council had released a statement Thursday imploring MSNBC to remove the article from its Web site. Buchanan, a conservative pundit, had alleged that Hitler did not want war and that the Allies' actions were unnecessary.
Can they get much crazier than this? Yes they can! Every day brings another new high on the wacky scale, as rightwingers continue to sound the alarm about our new National Socialist president: Parents across the country are rebelling against plans by President Barack Obama to speak directly to their children through the classrooms of the nation's public schools without their presence, participation and approval. The plans announced by Obama also have been cited as raising the specter of the Civilian National Security Force, to which he's referred several times since his election campaign began, but never fully explained. "He's recruiting his civilian army. His 'Hitler' youth brigade," wrote one participant in a forum at Free Republic.
It has been six months since the international community pledged nearly US$5 billion (Dh18bn) in aid to the Palestinian people, chiefly for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip after Israel’s devastating offensive there this year. None of this aid has reached Gaza and no reconstruction has started.
Two bloggers from Azerbaijan are facing up to five years in jail after posting a video of a donkey giving a news conference on YouTube. Shortly after the video was released, Andnan Hajizade and Emin Milli were held on hooliganism charges following a scuffle in a restaurant. Their lawyer says the arrests were politically motivated. You Tube: Eşşekle (Esel Heinz) müsahibe - QHT qanunu haqqında şok açıqlamalar (Video)
% 0f women who think it's ok for husbands to hit them. + Women’s attitudes towards domestic violence
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