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Subject: CC Issue Dec 20 - Bradley Manning's Day in Prison

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Will 2011 Be A Rerun Of 2008?
By Gail Tverberg

We all remember the oil price run-up (and run back down) of 2008. Now, with prices similar to where they were in the fall of 2007, the question quite naturally arises as to whether we are headed for another similar scenario

300 Years Of Fossil Fuels And Not One Bad Gal:
Peak Oil,Women's History And Everyone's Future
By Sharon Astyk

If we understand on some level that in order to address our energy consumption, we have to go home again and we need the participation of both men and women to alter our consumer culture, this will have to be formulated, argued and organized as first and second wave feminism themselves were formulated, argued and organized

South Korean Military Exercise Raises Danger Of War
By John Chan

In a calculated and reckless provocation directed in the first instance against North Korea, the Obama administration has encouraged South Korea to hold live-fire drills in the vicinity of Yeonpyeong Island. The highly sensitive island was the site of artillery exchanges on November 23 between South and North Korea

Bitter Memories Of War On The Way To Jail
By Chris Hedges

The solemnity of that funerary march, the hush, was the hardest and most moving part of Thursday's protest against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It unwound the bitter memories and images of war I keep wrapped in the thick cotton wool of forgetfulness. I was transported in that short walk to places I do not like to go

Aasia Bibi And Impurities In The Land Of The Pure
By Manzer Munir

The case of Aasia Noreen aka Aasia Bibi illustrates how far Pakistan has to go to secure freedoms for its religious minorities. Christians and Hindus are not the only minorities who are persecuted for their beliefs but it is also Muslim minorities such as the Ismailis, Ahmadis, and Shiites who are routinely harassed, discriminated and also killed. Sadly, it is the case of Aasia Bibi that has brought some much needed attention to Pakistan's sad state of affairs towards the treatment of its religious minorities

We Hypocritical Muslims
By Dr Manzur Ejaz

What if a Christian or Jew saw a Muslim salesperson throwing his card with Jesus or Moses' name on it and called the police to register a case of blasphemy against him/her and the police arrested the violator? Most western readers would laugh out loud at this unlikely scenario but it is not a laughing matter for a physician from Hyderabad, Pakistan, who, unwittingly, threw a Muslim's visiting card in the trash basket. He apologised to the offended party and yet the police arrested him under pressure from religious fanatics

How Can The Pakistani Left Become Relevant?
By Pervez Hoodbhoy

If it chooses, the Left can play an important role to play in setting the moral compass. Only then will it matter to Pakistan, and only then can it grow in strength

A Typical Day For PFC Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning's a day in prison

Newly Leaked Cable:
Pope 'Quietly Supportive' Of GMOs
By Rady Ananda

Just released yesterday, a November 19, 2009 leaked cable indicates Pope Benedict XVI supports genetically modified foods, though he will not publicly admit it. A June 2009 cable from the US Vatican Embassy confirmed the Pontiff's refusal to take a stance on GM foods, which was verified in December 2010 by a Vatican spokesperson

Cover-ups, Coups, And Drones – A Holiday Sampler Of What Wikileaks Reveals About The US
By Bill Quigley

Human rights advocates have significant new sources of information to hold the United States accountable. The transparency, which Wikileaks has brought about, unveils many cover-ups of injustices in US relations with Honduras, Spain, Thailand, UK and Yemen over issues of torture at Guantanamo, civilian casualties from drones, and the war in Iraq

Sweden's Serial Negligence In Prosecuting
Rape Further Highlights The Politics
Behind Julian Assange's Arrest
By Naomi Wolf

Shame on Sweden; shame on Interpol; shame on Britain. And lasting shame, given this farcical hijacking of a sex crime law that is scarcely ever enforced in Sweden in far less ambiguous contexts, on the United States of America

Amnesty International Responds To
Wikileaks Controversy
By Mary Shaw

Human rights group Amnesty International was mostly silent for quite a while after the Wikileaks scandal hit the fan. Initially, Amnesty had responded only to a handful of select revelations that corroborated its suspicions of human rights abuses, like the airstrikes on Yemen . Now Amnesty has released a much broader Q&A on the whole Wikileaks matter and freedom of expression. Below are some key excerpts

John Pilger's 'The War You Don't See'
An Indictment On Journalists
By Rady Ananda

The public needs to see 'The War You Don't See', but the film's target audience is professional journalists, whose complicity in spreading misinformation is most responsible for ongoing wars. Without media complicity, peace would break out

Chavez Given Enabling Law Power
By Stephen Lendman

On December 17, parliament gave Chavez enabling law power in response to torrential rains and severe floods that ravaged Venezuelan communities, killed at least 35, destroyed over 5,000 homes, and displaced about 120,000 or more people in 11 of the country's 23 states. He asked for one year. Parliament gave him 18 months to deal with the crisis

Social Inequality In Israel
By Stephen Lendman

Israel not only flaunts democracy, it's a land of extreme and growing inequality

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