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 SPRING  2009                                                                                         Vol. 10   Issue 1




     Our 10th Year


We apologize for the many months of delay in updating this website, an explanation is contained within the essay listed below by our Editor Victor M Saraiva, Cocaine Commerce.




 >in this issue:                   

           An Act of State: the Execution of Martin Luther King Jr., a talk by William Pepper   

          The Yellow Brick Road of Gold, Peace and Prosperity, by Darryl Robert Schoon


          >  What is the FED? by Greg Hobbs


        > The Bottomless Bailout, by Ralph Nader


> Why Steve Biko Wouldn't Vote, by Andile Mngxitama
>  Today's Third World Stimulus Packages Will be Tomorrow's Odious Debts, by Patricia Adams


       Amid Jokes, Hidden Intentions...  by Victor M. Saraiva

        > The Bilderberg Group,  by Daniel Estulin 
        Cocaine Commerce,  by Victor M. Saraiva
        > The Data Beast,  by Catherine Austin Fitts 

       > F.D.R.'s Inaugural Address, March 4th 1933  


          [The Apocalypse Cometh] an Interview With Prof. Albert Bartlett, by KMO

         > On Democracy


       > The Vampires, by Zeca Afonso

A Judge Kicks Back at Wall Street Greed


Washington's Plan for Afghanistan


Wall Street's New Halloween Trick

NBC News: Where PR Triumphs Over the Truth 

          In Hope of the Dream Reborn         

Today's News  


Prior News:



Commentary / Opinion


 What's on your mind ?



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American Civil Liberties Union:



Linked Special Reports:



Government Spying




50 Books That'll Boost Your Civil Liberties Savvy



> The Drug War Clock: See What the War on Drugs Is Costing You






The government and corporations are aggressively collecting information about your personal life and your habits. They want to track your purchases, your medical records, and even your relationships. The Bush Administration's policies, coupled with invasive new technologies, could eliminate your right to privacy completely. Please help protect our privacy rights and prevent the Total Surveillance Society.




Authorities Target Political Groups



Information for students and youth



Become an Effective and Efficient Activist




Amnesty International:



Latest Reports from AI:





The Amnesty International library contains an archive of most reports, news releases and urgent actions published from 1996 to date. Documents are available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. You can navigate the whole library in any of these languages, but you can also switch languages when you get to a particular section or document of interest.



The arms trade is out of control. 

Worldwide, arms are fueling conflict, poverty and human rights abuses.



It is Better to Light One Candle Than to Curse the Darkness.


Make a donation and help end human rights violations








“National Network” of Fusion Centers Raises Specter of COINTELPRO

EPIC’s “Spotlight on Surveillance” project scrutinizes federal government programs that affect individual privacy. For more information, see previous Spotlights on Surveillance. This month, Spotlight shines on fusion centers, which have received $380 million in federal grants and millions more from state governments.[1] There are 43 current and planned fusion centers in the U.S., and some states have more than one.[2]




Medical Privacy Petition


Tell Congress and the President to restore your medical privacy now! Tell them no one should be able to see or use your medical records without your knowledge and permission.









DoD Recruiting Database


EPIC and Over 100 Groups Seek End to DOD Recruiting Database. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and more than 100 local, state, and national organizations today urged Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to end the "Joint Advertising and Market Research Studies" Recruiting Database. The groups cited the broad exemptions to federal privacy laws that would allow the Defense Department to disclose personal information to others without an individual's consent or knowledge. The database would include name, date of birth, gender, address, telephone, e-mail address, Social Security Number, ethnicity, high school, education level, college, and intended field of study for more than 30 million Americans who are 16-25 years old.








Challenge the Computer Industry to Market a Greener Computer

Most major computer manufactures have now committed to remove some of the worst hazardous chemicals from their products. However this is only by the end of 2008 (Apple), 2009 (Dell, Lenovo, Acer).




Solar Generation

Solar Generation is young people who want to change the world by tackling climate change. We have the most to lose from climate change inaction. We don't want to live in a disaster of our own making, our future is at stake. Join the Solar Generation to help make the shift from dirty energy to clean, renewable energy now!




PODCAST: Whales and U.S. Military Sonar Noise Pollution


Our oceans campaigner Richard describes how important sound is to whales and dolphins, and how underwater noise pollution, particularly from powerful military sonar equipment, may be having a powerful negative impact on these amazing creatures, even to the extent of causing their deaths.  Listen






Get Involved.  Make a difference.



Eco Headlines by email

This list distributes a selection of headlines collected from news outlets throughout the world. The subject selections will be on environmental issues. News headlines will be in the English language. To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the News-headlines Archives.




Human Rights Watch Reports:


VIDEO: Ban Cluster Munitions

Short film documenting the lethal effects of the use of cluster munitions worldwide, with commentary, new statistics and analysis from military experts at Human Rights Watch. Footage shows how cluster munitions have endangered civilian populations from the Vietnam era through current conflicts in Iraq and Lebanon.



Support the Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2007

Of nine governments worldwide implicated in the recruitment or use of children as soldiers, eight receive U.S. military assistance.



Global Campaigns:




Human Rights in the U.S.




Every recognized country in the world, except for the United States and the collapsed state of Somalia, has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, pledging to uphold its protections for children. Today the convention stands as the single most widely ratified treaty in existence.






Latest Audio Programs IRIN RADIO

IRIN Radio gives a voice to vulnerable communities and provides them with information to make better-informed decisions about their own lives. We operate in East and Central Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa and Central Asia (Afghanistan). IRIN Radio produces high-quality programming in local languages on humanitarian issues, ready for broadcast by local stations. The service also provides hands-on training to journalists, developing their production and reporting skills, allowing local radio to serve communities more effectively.




Weekly Reports

Asia, Africa, & the Middle East



Humanitarian Country Profiles





Standards of Political Conduct for Corporations



TI has defined five global priorities in the fight against corruption:

Corruption in politics

Corruption in public contracting

Corruption in the private sector

International anti-corruption conventions

Poverty and development




Public contracting is one way in which public policy is implemented, and it is an enormous and lucrative area of business. Think of pharmaceutical companies vying to supply a government vaccination programme, the privatisation of a government-owned telecommunications company, or the awarding of contracts to reconstruct destroyed infrastructure in Iraq. Most of these contracts are meant to buy or produce goods or services that should benefit citizens directly, like the construction of a road or a sewage system. Others should benefit citizens indirectly, by contributing to a more efficient or effective delivery of a specific service or good, and prudently investing or increasing public funds. The key question is whether genuine efforts to serve the public interest motivate the contracting decisions being made.





Organized Crime and Corruption Information:



Transparency International’s Web Portal on Anti-Corruption Resources (CORIS)





Business Principles for Countering Bribery




Corruption Fighters' Tool Kit



Costs of Corruption in Public Contracting



Anti-Corruption Handbook:



National Whistleblower Center,


Govt Doctors Get Whistleblower Protection


International Call to Boycott U.S. Multinationals






re-posted by NARCONEWS



GARY WEBB: In His Own Words

Tribute to the Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who broke the story of the CIA’s involvement in the importation of cocaine into the US



Dark Alliance: Day One


America's 'crack' plague has roots in Nicaragua war Colombia-San Francisco Bay Area drug pipeline helped finance CIA-backed Contras by Gary Webb

Testimony links U.S. to drugs-guns trade

Dealers got their 'own little arsenal' by Gary Webb


Dark Alliance: Day Two

The Crack Epidemic's Shadowy Origins, By Gary Webb

If  they'd been in a more respectable line of work, Norwin Meneses, Danilo Blandon and ''Freeway Rick'' Ross would have been hailed as geniuses of marketing. This odd trio -- a smuggler, a bureaucrat and a driven ghetto teen-ager -- made fortunes creating the first mass market in America for a product so hellishly desirable that consumers will literally kill to get it: ''crack'' cocaine. Federal lawmen will tell you plenty about Rick Ross, mostly about the evils he visited upon black neighborhoods by spreading the crack plague in Los Angeles and cities as far east as Cincinnati. On Aug. 23, they hope, Freeway Rick will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


Drug agent thought she was onto something big

On a November afternoon in 1981, San Francisco DEA agent Sandra Smith inadvertently uncovered the first direct link between cocaine and the secret army the Central Intelligence Agency was assembling to overthrow the government of Nicaragua.  Smith, one of the first female Drug Enforcement Administration agents in the Bay Area, was investigating rumors that a cocaine ring run by Norwin Meneses was bringing drugs into California and, for some reason, sending weapons down to Central America.  It was, she said, ''the only (case) that I ever worked, in all the time I worked there, that I thought was really big.''


Drug expert: 'Crack' born in San Francisco Bay Area in '74

Though Miami and Los Angeles are commonly regarded as the twin cradles of ''crack'' cocaine, the first government-financed study of cocaine smoking concluded that it was actually born here, in the San Francisco Bay Area, in January 1974. After comedian Richard Pryor nearly immolated himself during a cocaine-smoking binge in 1980, the National Institute on Drug Abuse hired UCLA drug expert Ronald K. Siegel to look into the then-unfamiliar practice. Siegel, the first scientist to document crack's use in the United States, traced the smoking habit back to 1930, when Colombians first started it.


Dark Alliance: Day Three

War on Drugs Has Unequal Impact on Blacks in U.S.











Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors:










             Find Out What the War is Costing America.



Why Question the Military's JROTC Program?



Before You Enlist...

You wouldn't buy a car without looking under the hood. Don't enlist before you check out the reality of military life that lies behind the glamorous television ads and glossy brochures.



Get the Military Out of Our Schools

Are students getting a balanced education about the military?



GI Rights Training

Train to Help Stop the Military Machine! Or at Least to slow it down.



Tools for Activists

The military and its recruiters are present in almost every public high school in the United States. Recruiters are at schools to sell students military enlistment. They use a sales pitch that is riddled with half-truths and deceptions and individual recruiters will resort to outright lies to sign young people up.





How Oil Companies Hurt Consumers and the Environment


Latest Public Citizen Action Items



Tracking the activities of special interests.



Auto and Truck Safety



Auto Industry


Asbestos Industry


Congress & the Lobbying Industry


Energy Industry


Gambling Industry


Health Care & Pharmaceutical Industries


Homeland Security Industries


Tobacco Industry


Medical Malpractice Facts

Challenging the Malpractice Claims of the Doctors' Lobby


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