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From In These Times:

FEATURES/NEWS

A Wasted Crisis: How the environmental movement missed the moment on climate change.

The Progressive Deficit Hawk: Rep. Jan Schakowsky wants to solve the deficit crisis without soaking the lower- and middle-class.

China’s New Lost Generation: Dissidents struggle against state-induced historical amnesia.

The End of Indie?: The difference between “mainstream” and “indie” music has almost disappeared.

The Politics of a New Metropolis: Fritz Lang’s newly expanded dystopian classic looks better than ever. Its vision of humanity? Not so much.

Another Sit-in Success: A group of Hispanic parents save a Chicago community center from destruction.

Debt Vultures Shot for Chanukah: Liberia is saved, but the predators are not done.

Invasion of the Land Grabbers: U.S.-based multinational corporations are buying up massive chunks of Africa.

COMMENTARY

Barbarism With A Human Face: Slavoj Zizek explains how “today’s tolerant liberal multiculturalism is an experience of the Other deprived of its Otherness-the decaffeinated Other.”

Let Them Drink Soda: “The millions that New York’s food stamp recipients spend annually on sugary drinks amount to a handout to soft drink manufacturers,” Terry Allen writes.

Haiti News Start-Up Challenges Conventional Reconstruction Wisdom: What if ‘cash for work’ programs are actually bad for Haiti? No one has been asking-except Haiti Grassroots Watch, Megan Tady writes.

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Truthout – Confronting the Myths of Water Fluoridation Promoters

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From Truthout:

Confronting the Myths of Water Fluoridation Promoters

Wednesday 01 December 2010

by: Chelsea Green Publishing | Book Excerpt

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The following is an excerpt adapted from the recently-released book, The Case Against Fluoride by Paul Connett, PhD; James Beck, PhD; and H. S. Micklem, DPhil (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010).

Proponents of fluoridation have made a number of claims that have been effective with an ill-informed public. However, when those claims are examined carefully, they are found to have little merit. Although opponents have pointed out the weaknesses and fallacies in some of these “chestnuts” over the many years of this debate, they continue to crop up. Let’s take a look at them.

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Leaked Cables: US Pressured Spain to Drop Case of Journalist Killed in Army Attack in Baghdad

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Chicago Activists Recount FBI Raids

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Economist Max Fraad Wolff – The Tale of Two Economies

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War in Context – WikiLeaks…

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From War in Context:

When lives are at stake and governments choose to guard our ignorance

Posted: 01 Dec 2010 11:15 AM PST

Gary Anderson, a retired US Marine colonel, says that Julian Assange is an enemy combatant and is “as much an enemy to the United States as any Al Qaeda operative.” Not long ago an Esquire headline writer posed the question: “Should we execute Julian Assange?” “We” being the national American vigilante? “Lives are at risk” is one […]

Is Yossi Melman linking WikiLeaks to Mossad?

Posted: 01 Dec 2010 11:00 AM PST

In The Independent yesterday, Yossi Melman made an intriguing statement. Melman is the intelligence and military affairs correspondent for Haaretz and generally regarded as well informed on the operations of Mossad. He wrote: Three events – not seemingly related – took place yesterday. The leaking of State Department documents, many of which deal with the world’s […]

“Terrorism” is now a fabrication of a national security state

Posted: 01 Dec 2010 10:21 AM PST

This is not a conspiracy theory. To say that terrorism is a fabrication of a national security state is to say that when the label “terrorist” starts being indiscriminately applied to anyone who threatens the government we have taken another step towards totalitarianism. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., the incoming chairman of the House Committee on Homeland […]

Real hope is about doing something

Posted: 01 Dec 2010 09:49 AM PST

Chris Hedges writes: On Dec. 16 I will join Daniel Ellsberg, Medea Benjamin, Ray McGovern and several military veteran activists outside the White House to protest the futile and endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of us will, after our rally in Lafayette Park, attempt to chain ourselves to the fence outside the White House. […]

Tom Engelhardt: The United States of Fear

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 05:15 PM PST

The national security state cops a feel By Tom Engelhardt It’s finally coming into focus, and it’s not even a difficult equation to grasp.  It goes like this: take a country in the grips of an expanding national security state and sooner or later your “safety” will mean your humiliation, your degradation.  And by the way, it […]

WikiLeaks exposes Obama’s willingness to engage Iran as disingenuous

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 02:15 PM PST

Christian Science Monitor reports: WikiLeaks revelations that American officials were planning to raise pressure on Iran with more sanctions and a missile defense shield – even while President Obama was making high-profile public overtures to Iran – are being seen in Tehran as validation of deep skepticism from the start about Obama’s effort. Iranians and analysts alike […]

WikiLeaks row: China wants Korean reunification, officials confirm

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 01:45 PM PST

The Guardian reports: China supports the “independent and peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula” and cannot afford to give the North Korean regime the impression it has a blank cheque to act any way it wants, Chinese officials based in Europe said today. The officials, who asked not to be identified, spoke after the Guardian revealed that […]

WikiLeaks: good for Israel

Posted: 30 Nov 2010 01:26 PM PST

I didn’t come up with the headline — it’s from Israel’s pro-settler Arutz Sheva news network. And as their report makes clear, this favorable review of what has been described as a diplomatic 9/11, reflects the views of the Israeli government. Just as Benjamin Netanyahu on September 11, 2001, said the attacks were a “good thing” […]

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RJ Eskow – 10 Reasons the Final Proposal of Obama’s “Deficit Commission” Is Still a Huge Scam

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From AlterNet:

10 Reasons the Final Proposal of Obama’s “Deficit Commission” Is Still a Huge Scam

By RJ Eskow

This proposal still places a greater financial burdens on the lower- and middle-class Americans while easing those of the wealthy who can most afford it.

December 1, 2010

The co-chairs of the Presidential Deficit Commission released the final draft of their report today, and it’s now scheduled for a Friday vote by members of the Commission. We’re being told that it’s a fairer and more reasonable document than its predecessor. It’s nothing of the kind. In many ways this document is worse than the draft that preceded it, and those much-lauded “compromises” evaporate in the cold light of reality. This new draft is lipstick on a piggy-bank robber, window dressing on a plan that still benefits the rich and bleeds everybody else.

This proposal is still designed to cripple government’s vital role in society. It still places a greater financial burdens on the lower- and middle-class Americans while easing those of the wealthy who can most afford it. It adds up to the most profoundly right-wing policy prescription the nation has seen in decades. Democrats who lack the political courage to oppose it will be remembered for it for a long time to come.

There are ways to balance the budget responsibly, and there are ways to use the balanced-budget issue to push a harsh ideological agenda. This proposal still does the latter. Here are the ten reasons this proposal remains unacceptable and must be opposed:

1. It’s still a massive tax giveaway for the rich.

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