October 2006

by William D. Hartung tompaine.com 10/27/06

While the U.S. hangs its foreign policy on preventing the spread of “weapons of mass destruction” (a worthy goal, however grossly the Bush administration goes about achieving it), it continues to ignore a more immediate threat–the proliferation of small arms and light weapons (more…)

Frank Morales uruknet.com 10/26/06

In a stealth maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a provision which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law (1). It does so by revising the Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President’s ability to deploy troops within the United States. (more…)

Expected Legal Challenges to the MCA

Jennifer Van Bergen tompainecom 10/27/06

After President George W. Bush signed the controversial Military Commissions Act last week, the Justice Department wasted no time in using its new power to deny due process to the detainees swept up in the “war on terror.” (more…)

Islamic Fascisms?

By ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH Counterpunch 10/26/06

President George W. Bush and the neoconservative handlers of his administration have added a new bogeyman to their long and evolving list of enemies: “Islamic fascism,” also called “Islamofascism.” This wonton flinging of the word “fascism” in reference to radical movements and leaders of the Muslim world, however, is not only inaccurate and oxymoronic, but it is, indeed, also ironic. (more…)

by Joel S. Hirschhorn opednews.com 10/26/06

We the people once owned our democracy. We elected “representatives” to run it for US. Have you noticed? Somewhere along the way we lost our democracy. (more…)

by Hope Marston commondreams.org 10/26/06

The USA PATRIOT Act was signed into law by George W. Bush on October 26, 2001 — five years ago. At the time, many of us recognized it as the beginning of an enormous erosion of Bill of Rights protections. (more…)

By Gabor Steingart Speigel Online 10/25/06

The dollar is still the world’s reserve currency, even though it hasn’t deserved this status for a long time. The devaluation of the dollar can’t be stopped — it can only be deferred. The result could be a world economic crisis. (more…)

By Dean Baker Truthout 10/24/06

[Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research]

Every new release of data on the housing market provides more evidence that the housing bubble is finally bursting. Compared with year-ago levels, nationwide housing starts are down 18 percent, sales of existing homes are down 13 percent, and new homes sales are down 17 percent. (more…)

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