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US cables from Kabul by Ambassador Eikenbery detail overwhelming Afghan corruption

This wikileaks stuff on Afghanistan is hard evidence that the US presence has led to a incredibly corrupt situation. Were it not for widespread public denial of the degree of badness of US "intelligence" agencies a huge amount of global evil could be avoided.
I recieved this by way of a listserve from Tacoma- Peaople For Peace, Justice and Healing: http://www.tacomapjh.org/
-Rick

[In its Friday edition, the *New York Times* series based on secret
U.S. diplomatic cables leaked to Wikileaks focused on Afghanistan. --
Scott Shane, Mark Mazzetti, and Dexter Filkins reported that they
show that Afghanistan is "a looking-glass land where bribery,
extortion, and embezzlement are the norm and the honest official is a
distinct outlier."[1] -- While corruption in Afghanistan is no news,

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Private Prison Industry Behind Arizona’s New Immigration Law

Tiresiasspeaks is a cool source to check out. This is, in my view, an important under-reported story. Corpomedia won't expose tehir buddies in the private prison industry. -Rick

http://tiresiasspeaks.wordpress.com/

Private Prison Industry Behind Arizona’s New Immigration Law

Arizona seized the international spotlight last April when Governor Jan Brewer signed immigration Bill 1070 into law. The new law requires police officers to arrest any person they stop who cannot immediately prove that they entered the country legally.

Immigrant communities, their sympathizers, and civil liberties advocates have violently condemned the bill as a blatant endorsement of racial profiling that does nothing to address the root causes of illegal immigration.

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10 Hard Truths About War for Veterans Day (and Every Other Day)

This is from AlterNet -Rick

By Nora Eisenberg, AlterNet
Posted on November 11, 2010, Printed on December 4, 2010
http://www.alternet.org/story/148818/

Veterans Day, which Americans celebrate on November 11, was originally called Armistice Day, to commemorate the cessation of fighting in the Great War of 1914-1918. In the United States, the idea that this was “the war to end all wars,” (a phrase coined by H.G. Wells in a pamphlet of that name and echoed by Woodrow Wilson with equal earnestness) was challenged by an outspoken and persecuted peace movement, including poor farmers and black Americans conscripted at disproportionate rates.

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