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FEBRUARY 2006 Vol. 7 Issue 1
>in this issue:
> St. Patrick's Four, by Dahr Jamail
>Women Leaders: Rights for All Women or Only Ruling Women? by Salma Maoulidi
EYE ON HUMAN RIGHTS:
> Harry Belafonte at Riverside Church, Jan. 20 2006
> Out of Sight, Out of Mind
> Interview with Samir Khader, Program Editor for Al-Jazeera
> Who Profits ? An Interview with Karen Kwiatkowski
> Lost City
> Black History Month Celebration
> The Magic Man, by Russ Wellen
> The Quest for Peace and Justice, Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Lecture
> NIGHT, by Elie Wiesel, A book review by Victor Saraiva
> On Citizenship
> President Pinocchio Speaks to the Nation
> Exxpose Exxon
>Denver Court Hands Down Rocky Flats Decision
>Grounds for Impeachment, by Rev. Bill McGinnis
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>Essays & articles of interest published by other sites:
American Civil Liberties Union:
NOT JUST PIZZA:
The Lawsuit Against Rumsfeld Torture Policies
New Abu Ghraib Photos Confirm Need for Real Inquiry
Tell Your Member of Congress to Stop Torture
The Fight to Reform the Patriot Act Is Not Over
Both houses of Congress have passed bills to renew the expiring parts of the Patriot Act. http://action.aclu.org/reformthepatriotact/
NATIONAL SECURITY LETTERS
Librarians Gagged from Participating in Patriot Act Debate
As Congress debates how to reform and renew the Patriot Act, new reports shows that 30,000 National Security Letters are issued by the government per year, a hundred-fold annual increase since the 2001 Patriot Act relaxed restrictions on the FBIís use of the power. http://action.aclu.org/reformthepatriotact/nsl.html
Authorities Target Political Groups
ACLU ACTIVIST TOOLKIT
Urge Congress to Renew and Restore the Voting Rights Act
THE NEW FACE OF AMERICA
The State of the World's Human Rights,
50 Books That'll Boost Your Civil Liberties Savvy
The arms trade is out of control.
Worldwide, arms are fueling conflict, poverty and human rights abuses.
Guantanamo Bay and beyond:
The continuing pursuit of unchecked executive power. http://web.amnesty.org/pages/guantanamobay-index-eng
Live chat with Moazzam Begg, ex-Guantanamo detainee, on Feb. 21 at 6-7 pm GMT http://web.amnesty.org/pages/stoptorture-150206-activism-eng
Myanmar: End their wait for justice!
Legality of NSAís Secret Eavesdropping Program Is Suspect and Cost is Unknown
Medical Privacy Petition
FACIAL RECOGNITION AND PRIVACY
DoD Recruiting Database
Eco-quest: the game
Eco-quest: the game in which you save endangered species from extinction.
Glaciers Melting at Alarming Rate:
Human Rights Watch Reports:
Traveling Film Festival 2005-2006
Darfur Drawn: The Crisis in Darfur Through Children's Eyes
Darfur: A Human Rights Catastrophe
The International Campaign to Ban Landmines
IRIN NEWS Reports:
Between Two Stones - Nepalís decade of conflict
'Lazarus Drug': ARVs in the treatment era
STOP BIG TOBACCO
Standards of Political Conduct for Corporations
CORRUPTION AFFECTS YOU
Corporations like Coca-Cola and Suez are aggressively turning water from a basic human right into an unaffordable luxury.
The powerful tobacco industry led by Philip Morris/Altria is still fighting in the US and internationally to undermine the global tobacco treaty. http://www.stopcorporateabuse.org:80/cms/page1111.cfm
Food & Agribusiness
Global food and agribusiness corporations like Cargill, Monsanto and Dow increase their profits as people around the world face hunger and malnutrition. ttp://www.stopcorporateabuse.org:80/cms/page1132.cfm
Big Oil giants like ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco are causing permanent damage to the air we breathe and the water we drink.
Organized Crime and Corruption Information:
Bibliographic Database Search
Global Corruption Report 2006
special focus: Corruption and Healthhttp://www.globalcorruptionreport.org/download.htm
Transparency Internationalís Web Portal on Anti-Corruption Resources (CORIS) http://www.corisweb.org/
PREVENTING CORRUPTION ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
A Special Report, IPS News,
Business Principles for Countering Bribery
Corruption Fighters' Tool
Anti-Corruption Handbook http://www.transparency.org/tools/a_c_handbook
National Whistleblower Center,
KEEPING an EYE on the most CORRUPT CONGRESS EVER
Boycott Bush International Network
Nenhum dinheiro para a guerra - Boicote a Bush
Pas D'Argent pour la Guerre Ė Boycott Bush
GARY WEBB'S DARK ALLIANCE SERIES
re-posted by NARCONEWS
GARY WEBB: In His Own Words
Tribute to the Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who broke the story of the CIAís 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:
Why Question the Military's JROTC Program?
Before You Enlist...
Get the Military Out of Our Schools
Are students getting a balanced education about the military? http://www.objector.org/
GI Rights Training
Tools for Activists
Other Peace Related Issues:
Children's Defense Fund
2005 Gun Report:
Protect Children not Guns
"Ethics Hall of Shame"
Influence Peddling Laws
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
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