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Summer 2007 Vol. 8 Issue 2
Due to our involvement in several current projects, we are by necessity, limiting THE CITIZEN Newsletter to 4 issues for 2007-2008.
>in this issue:
> Peak Oil and the Inflation Lie, by Larry Chin
> Iraq on my Mind, by Dahr Jamail
> Language, Liberation and Development; approach methodologies for a postcolonial africa, by Kum’a Ndumbe III> In Search of Congo's Coltan, by Mvemba Phezo Dizolele
EYE ON HUMAN RIGHTS:
> The Struggle, by John Pilger
> Oppression, Conscience, Government, Patriotism, Democracy
> Foreign Spying on Americans
> Republican Presidential Hopes
> President Bush's Other New Orleans
> Ending the Occupation of America
> An Unearthing
> The Grand Illusion, by Victor Saraiva
> Priorities, by Ralph Nader
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American Civil Liberties Union:
2 years after Katrina
Coalition Challenges New Homeland Security Rule
The U.S. government is violating its treaty obligations under the Convention Against Torture by attempting to deport Sameh Khouzam.
ACLU Asks Court to Bar Egyptian's Deportation to Torture
Gonzales Resignation Does Not Pardon President’s Abuse of Power
ACLU Fact Sheet on the “Police America Act"
The so-called “Protect America Act of 2007," which we are calling the “Police America Act," allows for massive, untargeted collection of international communications without court order or meaningful oversight by either Congress or the courts. It contains virtually no protections for the U.S. end of the phone call or email, leaving decisions about the collection, mining and use of Americans’ private communications up to this administration. http://www.aclu.org/safefree/nsaspying/31203res20070807.html
50 Books That'll Boost Your Civil Liberties Savvy
> The Drug War Clock: See What the War on Drugs Is Costing You
> Survey: What Age Is Considered "Adult" in America?
> Justice Match: Learn How Your Views Align With the U.S. Supreme Court Justices
Authorities Target Political Groups
Latest Reports from AI:
Guatemala: Presidential Candidates Must Resolve Legacy of Conflict
The arms trade is out of control.
Worldwide, arms are fueling conflict, poverty and human rights abuses.
“National Network” of Fusion Centers Raises Specter of COINTELPRO
Medical Privacy Petition
DoD Recruiting Database
How the World Bank and HSBC are Investing in Deforestation
PODCAST: Whales and U.S. Military Sonar Noise Pollution
BECOME A CYBERACTIVIST
Eco Headlines by email
Human Rights Watch Reports:
HRW 2006 WORLD REPORT
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. http://hrw.org/campaigns/clusters/video2.htm
Support the Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2007
TRAVELING FILM FESTIVAL 2007-2008
China’s Olympian Human Rights Challenges
SLIDESHOW: Guantanamo 5 Years Later
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.
IRIN NEWS Reports:
Irin Photo Gallery
Latest Audio Programs IRIN RADIO
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
CORRUPTION AFFECTS YOU
Organized Crime and Corruption Information:
Global Corruption Report 2007
Special focus: Corruption and Judicial Systems
Global Corruption Report 2006
Special focus: Corruption and Health
Launched 1 February 2006, TI’s Global Corruption Report details how corruption deprives millions of access to essential health care and helps spawn drug – resistant strains of deadly diseases.http://www.globalcorruptionreport.org/download.htm
Transparency International’s Web Portal on Anti-Corruption Resources (CORIS) http://www.corisweb.org/
PREVENTING CORRUPTION ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
A Special Report, IPS News,
Corruption depletes national wealth. Transparency International says corruption is often to blame for already limited public resources being diverted to uneconomic high-profile projects, at the expense of less spectacular but more necessary infrastructure projects. "Corruption remains one of the greatest obstacles to economic and social development," says Helen Sutch, of the World Bank. Read IPS special coverage.
Business Principles for Countering Bribery
Corruption Fighters' Tool Kit
Costs of Corruption in Public Contracting
National Whistleblower Center http://www.whistleblowers.org/
Govt Doctors Get Whistleblower Protection
International Call to Boycott U.S. Multinationals
GARY WEBB'S DARK ALLIANCE SERIES
re-posted by NARCONEWS
GARY WEBB: In His Own
to the Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who broke the story of the CIA’s
involvement in the importation of cocaine into the US http://www.guerrillanews.com/videos/viewer.php?id=30&spd=hi
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.'' http://www.narconews.com/darkalliance/drugs/day2frog.htm
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:
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. http://www.objector.org/before-you-enlist.html
Get the Military Out of Our Schools
Are students getting a balanced education about the military? http://www.objector.org/
GI Rights Training
Train to Help Stop the Military Machine! Or at Least to slow it down. http://www.objector.org/gitraining060325.html
Tools for Activists
Protect Children not Guns 2007 report
Each and every day in America we continue to lose far too many children to gun violence in towns, cities and rural areas all across the United States. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that every day, nearly eight children or teens are killed by gun violence in America — 235 each month.
Protect Children not Guns 2006 Report
Children Still Neglected Two Years After Katrina
Groups to Court: Stop NAFTA Truck Pilot Program
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 http://www.citizen.org/congress/campaign/special_interest/articles.cfm?ID=5730
Asbestos Industry http://www.citizen.org/documents/master%20report.pdf
Congress & the Lobbying Industry http://www.citizen.org/documents/DeLay_Lby_Fndr_Tbl.pdf
Energy Industry http://www.whitehouseforsale.org/documents/dirtiest_plants2.pdf
Gambling Industry http://www.citizen.org/congress/campaign/special_interest/articles.cfm?ID=5771
Health Care & Pharmaceutical Industries http://www.citizen.org/documents/MedicareDrugWarReportREVISED72104.pdf
Homeland Security Industries http://www.citizen.org/documents/ACF1B7.pdf
Medical Malpractice Facts
Challenging the Malpractice Claims of the Doctors' Lobby
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