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Signs of the Times for Tue, 26 Dec 2006

Donald Hunt
Signs of the Times
December 25, 2006

Since it's Christmas, what better time to think about the deeper significance of gift exchange? Any retailer knows how important the gift-giving season is for the whole year's performance. What is the meaning of all this gift exchange in a neoliberal economy? The exchange of gifts has always been somewhat difficult, as we will see, for classical economics to understand.

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James Petras
December 22, 2006
"It's no great secret why the Jewish agencies continue to trumpet support for the discredited policies of this failed administration. They see defense of Israel as their number-one goal, trumping all other items on the agenda. That single-mindedness binds them ever closer to a White House that has made combating Islamic terrorism its signature campaign. The campaign's effects on the world have been catastrophic. But that is no concern of the Jewish agencies."
December 8, 2006 statement by JJ Goldberg, editor of Forward (the leading Jewish weekly in the United States)

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December 25, 2006
by Rodrigue Tremblay
Sometimes, when a snake tries to swallow a porcupine, it gets stuck in its throat and the predator has no choice but to spew it out. The neoconservative Bush-Cheney administration, under the pro-Israel Lobby's influence, thought that Iraq would be an easy meal, to be savored while doing an easy "cakewalk", in the words of neocon Ken Adelman: "I believe demolishing Hussein's military power and liberating Iraq would be a cakewalk." Now, the Bush-Cheney administration will spend the next two years it has left attempting to extricate itself from the morass they have brought upon Iraq and upon the United States.

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By Jorge Hirsch
Information Clearing House

In the aftermath of the Dec. 23 United Nations Security Council unanimous vote imposing sanctions or Iran for failing to suspend uranium enrichment (see text of resolution here), one has to wonder: why did Russia and China go along with it?

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Framing Iran

u-s-flag.png Iraq and Iran protest US arrest of Iranian officials

academy_award.png U.S. investigating Iranians detained in Iraq

alarmclock.png Propaganda Alert! Iran ordered to pay $254 million in Khobar Towers bombing

alarmclock.png Iran's claim to need nuclear power may be genuine

deathstar.png Iran backed dangerously into a corner

attention_sign.png Blair was dangerously off target in his condemnation of Iran

deathstar.png UN sanctions hit Iran after call by Bush

nuclear.png Iran says to maintain oil export even sanctioned

deathstar.png Gov't backs bill on revising relations with IAEA: FM

deathstar.png U.N. Resolution on Iran Does Not Hurt Russian Commercial Interests - Foreign Minister

nuclear.png 3000 Centrifuges To Become Operational "soon" - Iran

Iraq Through US Eyes

u-s-flag.png Congressman Hayes Says Win Iraq By "Spreading The Message of Jesus Christ" There

stormtrooper.png U.S. military casualties in Iraq exceeds 9.11 victims

u-s-flag.png U.S. military deaths in Iraq pass 9/11 toll

stormtrooper.png Gates visited Baghdad to quell US soldiers mutiny in Anbar

vader.png Saddam loses death sentence appeal-govt official

stormtrooper.png British troops raid Iraq police station, rescue prisoners

u-s-flag.png Torture victims rescued in raid on renegades

u-s-flag.png Pressed in Iraq, U.S. Army turns out interrogators (Torturers)

Mother Earth's Revenge

ducky.png Duck die-off in Idaho sparks fears

ducky.png Flashback: Hundreds of seagulls killed mysteriously

eagle.png Flashback: Lewiston residents unnerved by dead crows

lightning.png Christmas storm brings devastation

earth.png Taiwan warned of tsunami after strong quakes

volcano.png Second Volcano Erupts in Russia's Far East in Two Days

earth.png Fourth small earthquake in 6 days rattles San Francisco Bay area

earth.png Prayers and perseverance, the Asian tsunami remembered

Israel's Islamic Terrorism

reptile_eye.png Palestinian farmer shot in knees and legs by Israeli army

reptile_eye.png Flashback: Confusion in PA: Who launched Qassam?

reptile_eye.png Flashback: Portraits of Palestinian Resistance

reptile_eye.png Flashback: PA police fire on undercover IDF unit in Bethlehem

reptile_eye.png Flashback: Israeli Arab-lookalike Team Murders Palestinian Man and Boy in Tulkarm

blue_questionmark.png Flashback: Israeli agents accused of creating fake al-Qaeda cell

reptile_eye.png Three days of callousness

reptile_eye.png Israel threatens a large operation in the Gaza strip if Qassams continue

It's Genocide

reptile_eye.png Israel approves removal of 27 roadblocks in W Bank

reptile_eye.png Soldier shoots and kills Palestinian construction worker in West Bank

reptile_eye.png Israeli platoon commander dismissed over killing of girl, 14

reptile_eye.png Poverty-struck Palestinians turn to drugs (supplied by Israel)

reptile_eye.png Israeli forces besiege northwestern West Bank

reptile_eye.png Israel plans W.Bank homes for Gaza settlers

reptile_eye.png Israeli army abducts six Palestinian men during morning invasions in West Bank

Zionism, Inc.

alarmclock.png Muslims forced to lift veil at airports

reptile_eye.png 'O little ghetto of Bethlehem'

u-s-flag.png Americans back Bethlehem - but not sure where it is

reptile_eye.png Cluster bombs injure 5 in Lebanon

reptile_eye.png Banality and barefaced lies

reptile_eye.png Surprise Gaza talks raise hope for peace

reptile_eye.png Israeli spies divided over Syria's peace overtures

It's All in Your Mind or Body

star.png Czech astronomers discover Perseus star outburst

syringe.png Psychological treatments reduce back pain: review

syringe.png Health officials puzzled by whooping cough outbreak

molecule.png Study: Gene tied to long life wards off dementia

reptile_eye.png Giant Dinosaurs Found in Spain

garfield.png Protein key to parasite potency

Global Chaos

flower.png Yes, Oil From Venezuela

flower.png Castro does not have cancer, his doctor says

vader.png Poverty Crushes Guatemala

syringe.png Afghan heroin's surge poses danger in U.S.

u-s-flag.png US Immigrants Fast for Legal Protection

money.png Gazprom says talks with Belarus fail, Europe safe

handgun.png Litvinenko's Italian Contact Arrested on Suspicion of Violating Secrets

Stealing Us Blind

lightning.png Tally for Hurricane Katrina Waste, Fraud Could Top $2 Billion in 2007, Federal Auditors Say

stock_ticker.png Huge bonuses on Wall Street fuel luxury spending

money.png Court halves Exxon spill damages

pc_mouse.png Spam surge drives net crime spree

skullbones.png Cocaine Traces On 94% of Spanish Euro Notes

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