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Top Scoops: Comment & Opinion Digest Oct. 26-30

Published: Mon 30 Oct 2006 01:43 PM
SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:
Letter From Elsewhere: On The Tragic Death Of Two Teenagers
American Coup: How Much Fraud Is Needed To Steal The 2006 US Election?
American Coup: William Rivers Pitt On Andy Stephenson's Election
Mexico: The Assassination Of Indymedia Reporter Brad Will In Oaxaca
Metaphysics: Martin LeFevre Considers The Importance Of Humanity
Corporate Fraud: Halliburton Caught With Its Hands In US Govt. Till
Justice: Carla Binion Assesses The Military Commissions Act 2007
Iran: Michel Chossudovsky Reports On The Potential For Tonkin II
MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:
Publishing & Banking: Suzan Mazur Interviews The Rescuer Of Banker Deuss' Canterbury Tales
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Letter From Elsewhere: On The Tragic Death Of Two Teenagers
- On 22 October nineteen years ago, my younger son Patrick died. He was eighteen, and he thought he was indestructible. But he made one mistake, and he fell to his death. See... Letter from Elsewhere: Death Of A Teenager [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00462.htm
American Coup: How Much Fraud Is Needed To Steal The 2006 US Election?
- Four years ago in the 2002 US Congressional Midterm elections the polls pointed to close races in a number of key gubernatorial and senatorial races. On election day November 2002 – in an election that raised numerous questions of possible vote fraud - the GOP won control of the Senate and secured itself a rare lock on all three elected branches of Federal US political system. In 2006 the GOP is polling at record low levels. This time the Democratic Party thinks it is on a march to victory. Karl Rove, architect of the 2000, 2002 and 2004 election victories of course thinks rather differently. All this begs a question: If voting fraud on a similar scale to that which was indicated in 2002 occurs in 2006, can the GOP keep the house? See… Election Fraud 2006 – Quantifying The Risk [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00377.htm
American Coup: William Rivers Pitt On Andy Stephenson's Election
- What would Andy think of the news stories that have been coming out over the last days and weeks? Just today, the UK Guardian published a report titled "US Warned of Ballot Box Chaos as Elections Near [1] ." The report goes on to state, "Six years after the emergence of the now infamous 'hanging chad' in the 2000 presidential elections, monitoring groups warn that technological glitches and hackers could throw next month's mid-term elections into chaos."See... William Rivers Pitt: Andy's Election [2] MORE COVERAGE OF ELECTION FRAUD IN THE US: Scoop Blogwatch - Mark Crispin Miller Interview On Election 2006 [3] Jason Leopold - Severe Election Problems Seen in 10 States [4] Bruce O'Dell - Bruce O'Dell: Pull the Plug on E-Voting [5] & (Part II) [6] David Swanson - Karl Rove Announces Plans to Steal Election '06 [7] Bob Fitrakis - Will Ken Blackwell Find The Ways To Steal Ohio '06 [8] The Guardian - US Warned of Ballot Box Chaos as Elections Near [9] ABC News - Electronic Voting Machines Could Skew Elections [10] Mail and Guardian - Voting Problems Loom in US Election [11] NEWS LINK DIGESTS: John Gideon - Daily Voting News For October 28, 2006 [12] , October 27, 2006 [13] , October 26, 2006 [14] , October 25, 2006 [15] & October 24, 2006 [16]
[1] - http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102706Z.shtml
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Mexico: The Assassination Of Indymedia Reporter Brad Will In Oaxaca
If memorial events for murdered Mexican human rights lawyer Digna Ochoa last weekend marked a melding of Mexico’s past and present, the future was forged this week, as Oaxaca unravelled in events of unrivalled insanity. See... Julie Webb-Pullman: The Mad Hatter’s PRI Party [1] MORE FROM OAXACA: Al Giordano - Brad Will Indy. Reporter Assassinated in Oaxaca [2] Narconews - Federal Police Authorized to Enter Oaxaca [3] Narconews - Oaxaca's Popular Assembly Challenges The Governor [4] Narconews - Narconews: Oaxaca Teachers Refuse to Budge [5]
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Metaphysics: Martin LeFevre Considers The Importance Of Humanity
- Being self-centered by nature (a nature we’re being compelled to radically change), people have always tended to put ‘man’ at the center of the universe. Galileo spent the last years of his life under house arrest because he found evidence that Copernicus was right, the earth revolves around the sun. But are we just specks on a speck in space? That’s just as wrong as anthropocentrism. See... Martin LeFevre: Does Man Matter? [1] & Martin LeFevre: Does Man Matter? Part Two [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00400.htm
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Corporate Fraud: Halliburton Caught With Its Hands In US Govt. Till
- Halliburton's contracts for work in Iraq are what's known as costs plus contracts, meaning that after all the costs for labor, materials and other expenses are added together, the company makes its profit based on a percentage of that total. See... Pringle: Halliburton Motto - "Its Cost Plus Baby" [1] & Why Bunny Greenhouse Sits In A Corner [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00456.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00433.htm
Justice: Carla Binion Assesses The Military Commissions Act 2007
- On October 17, George W. Bush signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006. This new law gives Bush power similar to that possessed by Stalin or Hitler, and grants agencies within the Executive Branch powers similar to those of the KGB or Gestapo. See... Carla Binion: Bush's Absolute Power Grab [1] RELATED: US Rep. John Conyers - George Bush v. The US Constitution [2] Lawrence R. Velvel - Stealth Immunity For Bushman [3]
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Iran: Michel Chossudovsky Reports On The Potential For Tonkin II
- There is a massive concentration of US naval power in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea. Three US naval strike groups off the Iranian coastline are deployed: USS Enterprise, USS Eisenhower and USS Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group. See... US Naval War Games Off The Iranian Coastline [1] RELATED: Robert Parry - How Democrats Might Blow It [2] Robert Parry - Robert Parry: The Original October Surprise [3] & (Part 2) [4] Bernard Weiner - Travelling The "National-Security" Route To Nov. 7 [5]
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MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:
Russell Brown & Ors. - Public Address 27/10/06 - If You Hum It ... [1] , Public Address 26/10/06 - Grandstand Special [2] & Public Address 25/10/06 - Totally Tripped Out [3] Sol Salbe - Fiftieth Anniversary Of Kafr Qasem Massacre [4] Toni Solo - Nicaragua's Election, Things Turn Nasty [5] Cameron Walker - Sri Lankan State Terror [6] Ramzy Baroud - American Voters Must Not Reward Failure [7] Middle East News Service - Mystery Of Israel's Secret Uranium Bomb [8] W. David Jenkins III - One More Reason to Win - Let Sibel Edmonds Speak [9] Scoop Link - Top Official - US on Verge of Economic Disaster [10] William Fisher - Blame and Run? [11] Sam Smith - US Campaign Financing (Circa 1999) [12] David Swanson - David Swanson: Republicans For Slave Labor [13] Jason Leopold - Admin Officials Bill $1.5Mn For Private Air Travel [14] José María Rodríguez González - "Stay The Course" A Victory For Iran & Nth. Korea [15] Robert Parry - Robert Parry: Misreading Al-Qaeda On Iraq [16] Tlaxcala Translation - Latin America: The Heavy Hand Of The Right Arrives [17] Kamala Sarup - Surviving Under Terror [18] Siddhi B. Ranjitkar - SPA-Maoists’ Failed Deal in Nepal [19] Greg Palast - Cut And Run - It's Fun! [20] Scoop Link - Afghans Say Dozens of Civilians Killed [21] Phil Rockstroh - Iraqi Dead & Collateral Damage to America's Soul [22] Mary Pitt - Hip Deep In The Trickle Down [23] Evelyn Pringle - Bush Gang Swore Under Oath Saddam Was Behind 9/11 [24] William Fisher - Stupidgate [25] Bill Berkowitz - Falwell Builds His Legacy [26] UQ Wire - 9/11 Widows Want Rice/Tenet Documents Released [27] Sherwood Ross - Bush Giving Up On Reconstructing Iraq [28] David Swanson - Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld Prosecuted By Ed Asner [29] Scoop Link - Israel Admits Phosphorous Bombs Used in Lebanon [30] Jason Leopold - The Failure of Jeff Skilling's Deregulation [31] & Jason Leopold: Jeffrey & Me [32] Noam Chomsky - US Threats To Venezuela [33] David Swanson - Rumsfeld and Saddam: Guilt Buy Association [34] Green Left Weekly - Global Warming - Why Kyoto Is Not Enough [35] William Rivers Pitt - A Study in Constant Motion [36] Norman Solomon - Channeling Thomas Friedman [37] Tanveer Jafri - America In Iraq - See, Which Way The Wind Blows [38]
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Publishing & Banking: Suzan Mazur Interviews The Rescuer Of Banker Deuss' Canterbury Tales
- John Deuss, multi-millionaire Dutch oil man and, until recently, chairman of Bermuda Commercial Bank, is being questioned in his native Netherlands about "carousel" financial irregularities involving his Curacao bank. So what, you would be pardoned for asking, has that to do with Chaucer's famous stories? Deuss is surely a latter-day merchant telling tales as did his medieval forerunner. Someone who might, if the world's banking authorities succeed, have good reason to walk his own pilgrim's way and pray forgiveness. See... The Rescue Of Deuss' Visionary Canterbury Tales [1] MORE: Suzan Mazur - John Deuss - The Manhattan projects [2] Suzan Mazur - Why Has John Deuss Offshore Bank Been Singled Out? [3]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00361.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0409/S00244.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00260.htm
ENDS
Alastair Thompson
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