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Howard Zinn (1922-2010): U.S.A. Lost Their Compass

January 30, 2010 - Bad news: historian, writer and activist Howard Zinn died on wednesday (1/27) of a heart attack at the age of eighty-seven. We believed he was immortal, but the evidence is hard to deny: one of the most critical intellectuals of our time disappeared.

There would be so much to say to celebrate his work, specially his books.

A People’s History of the United States, presenting American history through the eyes of working people, changed the way we look at history in America.

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Barack Obama: "I will not tolerate more security flaws"

January 6, 2010 - After a 2 hours meeting at the White House with heads of security and intelligence agencies, President Barack Obama declared that the intelligence agencies had gathered enough information on the terrorst to prevent the bombing attempt on the Amsterdam to Detroit flight on Christmas Day, but the information was not shared between agencies.

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The Peace Nobel Prize That Liked Deadly Toys

December 10, 2009 - Between January 2008 and April 2009, 60 drones strikes in the Pakistan tribal areas have caused the death of 701 civilians: among them, only 14 were suspected Talibans. These so-called "targeted executions" started in 2004 under the Bush administration but have drastically increased with President Barack Obama.

For the whole year 2008, there were 36 Predator strikes, with a death toll of 317. Since the beginning of 2009, the number of attacks has reached one per week, and the death toll for 2009 reached 432 in September and might be "improved" by the end of the year.

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NATO Will Send 7,000 Soldiers In Afghanistan

December 4, 2009 - While the U.S. President, Barack Obama, expected his NATO allies to send some 5,000 soldiers to reinforce the military strength, NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has now guaranteed that more than 7,000 troops will be deployed to "finish the job" in Afghanistan.

At the today meeting of foreign ministers of NATO and other countries participating in ISAF mission (ISAF International Security Assistance), Rasmussen said: "The 44 countries of the ISAF have made clear that they are united in this mission. The nations are backing up their words with deeds. At least 25 countries will send additional troops. And I have been offered about 7,000 and more to come. "

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Obama Calls For A Palestinian State

As expected, Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu, who met yesterday at the White House, proved to have opposite visions on two crucial issues: the U.S. president refused to set a precise deadline for Iran to renounce nuclear weapons and emphasized the need for a Palestinian state, and the Israeli prime minister stongly disagreed on both points. The four hours reunion ended with no more success than the rhetoric of mutual commitment to pursue peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

As the two leaders reminded it, United States and Israel share a long tradition of special relationship in which Washington takes the security of the Jewish state as a responsibility.

Both states have had and still have common enemies and common goals in the most turbulent region of the planet. Their alliance is not in danger because it can not be. But Obama and Netanyahu were unable yesterday to to reach an agreement in order to address the current problems.

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U.S. Boycotts Conference On Racism Due To Anti-Israel Bias

The U.S. government has explained that the meeting's final document contains an anti-Israel and anti-Western language that "it can not support".

United States announced on Saturday that they will not participate in the forthcoming World Conference against Racism in the United Nations (UN), which begins on Monday in Geneva, because the draft of the declaration, despite "significant improvements" still includes references to the conflict between Israel and Palestine that do not have U.S. approval.

Robert Wood, State Department spokesman, explained that the final text "still contains language that reaffirms the whole Durban Declaration and Program of Action (DDPA), 2001, that the U.S. strongly disapprove".

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The Hard Cases: A New Kind of Preventive Detention?

Will Obama institute a new kind of preventive detention for terrorist suspects?

The last “enemy combatant” being detained in America is incarcerated at the U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, South Carolina—a tan, low-slung building situated amid acres of grassy swampland.

The prisoner, known internally as EC#2, is an alleged Al Qaeda sleeper agent named Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri. He has been held in isolation in the brig for more than five years, although he has never stood trial or been convicted of any crime.

Under rules established by the Bush Administration, suspected terrorists such as Marri were denied the legal protections traditionally afforded by the Constitution. Unless the Obama Administration overhauls the nation’s terrorism policies, Marri—who claims that he is innocent—will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Just Hours Away ...a note from Michael Moore

Friends,

This happy, happy day!

We have made it through the Dark Ages and here we are, in one of the most redemptive moments history has ever witnessed. Barack Obama is our best hope to get it right, to heal our national soul, to reach out to the rest of the world with an olive branch instead of shocking brutality.

I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who has worked to make this day happen. For many, the madness goes back, not eight years but twenty-eight years, to the tragic day Reagan was sworn in to dismantle our precious "government of the people" and our beloved way of life.

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Barack Obama's day

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr's Day. Today is Barack Obama's day.

While the swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. local time, a host of official activities are planned for before and after the main event.

The first musical selection is by The United States Marine Band and the San Francisco Boys and Girls' Chorus. The Call to Order and welcoming remarks will then be made by Senator Dianne Feinstien and the invocation by Dr Rick Warren.

After another musical interlude by Aretha Franklin, Vice President-elect, Joseph R Biden Jr, will be sworn in by Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, the Honourable John Paul Stevens.

Another musical selection, featuring John Williams with violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo Yo Ma and pianist Gabriela Montero with Anthony McGill on the clarinet, will follow.

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