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WikiLeaks Haiti

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  • Leaked documents provide an extraordinary glimpse of US maneuvering in Haiti from before the 2004 coup through the devastating 2010 earthquake.
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  • WikiLeaks Cables Show how US Micromanages Haiti's Economy & Politics
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  • WikiLeaks Haiti: Cable Depicts Fraudulent Haiti Election
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Nation

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Leaked documents obtained by WikiLeaks provide an extraordinary glimpse of US maneuvering in Haiti from before the 2004 coup through the country's devastating 2010 earthquake. Drawing from a trove of 1,918 Haiti-related diplomatic cables, The Nation is collaborating with the Haitian weekly newspaper Haïti Liberté on a series of articles about US and UN policy toward the Caribbean nation.

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The revelations published so far include evidence that the US endorsed Haiti's recent election despite strong evidence that the results had been falsified; that the US Embassy aided Levi’s and Hanes contractors in their fight against an increase in Haiti’s minimum wage, and that the US tried—and failed—to scuttle a Venezuelan oil deal even though it would bring huge benefits to Haiti's impoverished people.

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WikiLeaks Cables Show how US Micromanages Haiti's Economy & Politics, Nation
Nearly two thousand US State Embassy cables concerning Haiti published by WikiLeaks show how the US has worked to micromanage Haiti's economy and its political and electoral process. Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic Policy & Research says the cables show that the US government has gone to great lengths to influence the outcome of Haiti's elections. AJE correspondent Imram Garda concludes Haiti's president Michel Martelly must now decide whether to serve the interests of his people or the interests of "powerful neighbors."

WikiLeaks Haiti: Cable Depicts Fraudulent Haiti Election, Nation
The United States, the European Union and the United Nations decided to support Haiti’s recent presidential and parliamentary elections despite believing that the country’s electoral body, “almost certainly in conjunction with President Preval,” had “emasculated the opposition” by unwisely and unjustly excluding the country’s largest party, according to a secret US Embassy cable.

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Afghan Pullout Do-able?

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  • For perhaps the first time since the US invaded Afghanistan in late 2001, combined events may make an early pullout of US troops an achievable goal.
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  • Petition Congress, President Now!
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Friends for A Non-vioilent World (FNVW)

For perhaps the first time since the US invaded Afghanistan in late 2001, combined events may make an early pullout of US troops an achievable goal.  Please call the President and Congress now!

The facts, in short:
•    Assassination of Osama Bin Laden by US forces crystallizes a war-weary congress and population to consider ending the war
•    Top House Democrat on defense and appropriations warns President Obama to not ignore the growing discontent in Congress
•    97% of House Democrats endorse the language of a bill amendment which demanded that the President come up with plans this summer to accelerate the withdrawal and pursue a negotiated settlement with all interested parties in Afghanistan, including the Taliban
•    The vote on that amendment, sponsored by Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, only narrowly fails last week, 215-204, with 26 Republicans joining the effort
•    Top democrats bring the issue up with the President last Thursday, emphasizing the broad and increasingly bi-partisan support

This is a strategic time to call on President Obama, the entire MN Congressional Delegation, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to support accelerated withdrawal of the US military from Afghanistan.  The military is pressing for gradual withdrawal.  Let's counteract them!

*  President Obama (click here)
*  Secretary of State Hilary Clinton (click here)
*  State Senators (click here)
*  State Congressional Representatives (click here)

For further reading:

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1. Dem Heavyweight Turns War Critic 
David Rogers June 2, 2011 09:04 PM EDT
© 2011 Capitol News Company, LLC
Published on GlobalPost
2. Lawmakers to Press for Strong Afghanistan Drawdown in Coming Weeks, Amanda Terkel First Posted: 06/7/11 07:47 AM ET Updated: 06/ 7/11 04:50 PM ET © 2011 Huffington Post
3. Afghanistan: What Withdrawal? By Jean MacKenzie , Created 6/7/2011,  14:07
Copyright 2011 GlobalPost - International News

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More reading:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0611/56158.html
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/dispatches-afpak/afghanistan-what-withdrawal
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/07/afghanistan-congress_n_869041.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/08/afghan-nation-building-programs-criticized-report_n_872915.html

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Tim Pawlenty’s $7.8 Trillion Tax Cut Triple Crown

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  • The price tag for all of these tax cuts? More than triple the cost of extending just the Bush tax cuts:  a whopping $7.8 trillion over 10 years, according to the Center for American Action Progress Fund’s director for tax and budget policy, Michael Linden.  And that comes in addition to the $2.5 trillion that a full extension of the Bush tax cuts would also cost.
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  • Ten Years Of The Bush Tax Cuts
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  • Get Your Facts Straight
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ThinkProgress War Room, Progress Report

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Last week (May 29-June 4), we wrote about the House GOP’s bad medicine for the economy. Today, on the 10th anniversary of the Bush tax cuts no less, we have something far worse to present: former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s plan for the economy. Pawlenty’s plan wins the triple crown: it’s more radical than Ryan, costs three times more than the Bush tax cuts, and still means a tax increase on the middle class. Here are the main points of the Pawlenty plan, which he outlined in a speech this morning (June 7) in Chicago:
•    A hidden tax increase on the middle class
•    A massive personal income tax cut for millionaires and billionaires; Citizens for Tax Justice estimates the plan cuts millionaires’ taxes by at least 41%
•    A massive tax cut for corporations — including Big Oil — that would cut the corporate rate by more than 50%
•    A complete elimination of the estate tax, capital gains tax, and tax on dividend income
•    A cap on total spending that would necessitate severe cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other government programs (except for defense, which Pawlenty has taken off the table in favor of slashing Social Security instead)

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Ten Years Of The Bush Tax Cuts, Pat Garofalo, Progress Report

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  • The lofty rhetoric used by conservatives to sell the Bush tax cuts didn’t match reality.
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  • GOP Can’t Handle The Truth: Taxes Are Lower Under Obama Than Reagan
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Get Your Facts Straight, Zack Robbins, Undergraduate Research Fellow, Minnesota 2020

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  • Given the economic history of the US and Minnesota, it seems strange that so many Minnesota legislators are opposed to raising taxes on the richest Minnesotans, when some of this country’s periods of greatest prosperity coincided with historically high tax rates.
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  • Ten Years Of The Bush Tax Cuts
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Early Childhood Military Education?

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  • Who are the young people for whom these military leaders are supposedly advocating? Low-income, at-risk children—the pool of children from which the military has traditionally recruited.
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  • What sort of education do the generals want for these children? Skill-and-drill, standards-driven, assessment-burdened curriculum that prepares children for skill-and-drill basic training, for standards-driven military discipline, for test-based military promotion.
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  • War Games: Army Lures Civilians By Letting Them Play Soldier
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Ann Pelo, Common Dreams

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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Does our national security rely on top-quality early childhood education?

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Yes, say the military leaders of Mission: Readiness, an organization led by retired military commanders that promotes investment in education, child health, and parenting support. In March, Mission: Readiness released national and state-by-state education briefs, declaring that “high-quality early education is not only important for the children it benefits but also critical to ensuring our military’s long-term readiness. . . . Investing in high-quality early education is a matter of national security.”

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Actually, the generals are right, but for all the wrong reasons.

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They see early childhood education as military readiness training. Mission: Readiness argues that investment in early childhood education for at-risk and low-income children will pay off in higher graduation rates and lower incarceration rates—expanding the pool of potential military recruits. “Recruitment and retention challenges could return if America does not do a better job now of producing more young men and women qualified for service,” says the mission statement on the organization’s website. “We must ensure America’s national security by supporting interventions that will prepare young people for a life of military service and productive citizenship.”

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War Games: Army Lures Civilians By Letting Them Play Soldier, Joseph De Avila, Wall Street Journal
Recruiters Bring Lifelike Videogame To Amusement Parks, and Kids Love It

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The Global Debt Crisis: How We Got In It, and How to Get Out

The Way Out: Return the Money Power to Public Control

Ellen Brown, Centre for Research on Globalization

This article is made possible with the generous contributions of readers like you. Thank you!

Countries everywhere are facing debt crises today, precipitated by the credit collapse of 2008.  Public services are being slashed and public assets are being sold off, in a futile attempt to balance budgets that can’t be balanced because the money supply itself has shrunk.  Governments usually get the blame for excessive spending, but governments did not initiate the crisis.  The collapse was in the banking system, and in the credit that it is responsible for creating and sustaining.

Contrary to popular belief, most of our money today is not created by governments.  It is created by private banks as loans.  The private system of money creation has grown so powerful over the centuries that it has come to dominate governments globally.  The system, however, contains the seeds of its own destruction.  The source of its power is also a fatal design flaw.

The flaw is that banks advance “bank credit” that must be paid back with interest, while having no obligation to spend the interest they collect so that borrowers can earn it again and again, as they must in order to retire the debt.  Instead, this money is invested in various casinos beyond the borrowers’ reach. This leads to a continual systemic need for more new bank credit money, more debt with more interest attached, to prevent widespread defaults and deflationary collapse.

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Homeowners foreclose on Bank of America

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  • "Having two sheriff's deputies sitting across your desk and a lawyer standing up behind them demanding whatever assets are in the bank can be intimidating, but so is having your home foreclosed on, when it wasn't right," attorney Todd Allen said. "They've ignored our calls, ignored our letters, legally this is the next step to get my clients compensated."
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  • Allen ordered the deputies to take photocopiers, desks, computers and whatever cash was in the drawer to settle the debt. The bank manager on duty was "visibly shaken" he said.
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Neev M. Arnell, NaturalNews.com

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In a role reversal that would bring satisfaction to many a struggling American, a foreclosed couple foreclosed on a Bank of America branch last week (May 29-June 4).

Warren and Maureen Nyerges, of the Naples, FL, area, bought a home with cash in 2009, yet in 2010 Bank of America tried to foreclose on them. It eventually took a court intervention to remedy the situation.

In December 2010, a judge said that the bank wrongfully tried to foreclose on the Nyerges home and ordered the bank to pay the couple $2,500 for the attorney fees resulting from the mess. But months later, the bank still had not paid up.

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Ten Years Of The Bush Tax Cuts

The lofty rhetoric used by conservatives to sell the Bush tax cuts didn’t match reality.
GOP Can’t Handle The Truth: Taxes Are Lower Under Obama Than Reagan

Pat Garofalo, Progress Report

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10 years ago tomorrow (June 7), the first of the Bush tax cuts was enacted. That 2001 tax cut was followed up by a second tax cut in 2003, passed after Vice-President Dick Cheney reportedly asserted that “deficits don’t matter.” The tax cuts were sold as necessary economic stimulus that would boost job creation and a moribund economy. “Tax relief will create new jobs, tax relief will generate new wealth, and tax relief will open new opportunities,” Bush said on April 16, 2001 as he was pushing for the passage of the first tax cut. Two years later he said, “These tax reductions will bring real and immediate benefits to middle-income Americans…By speeding up the income tax cuts, we will speed up economic recovery and the pace of job creation.”

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Bush called the 2001 tax cut, “a victory for fairness and a vote for economic growth.” Then-Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) said that the cuts were necessary to “spur the economy on.” And up through 2008, Bush was still convinced that his tax cuts had been good for the economy. “I think when people take a look back at this moment in our economic history, they’ll recognize tax cuts work. They have made a difference,” Bush said. However, the record of the Bush tax cuts is undeniable: their enactment coincided with the weakest economic expansion of the post-war period, blowing up the national deficit and debt, while not bringing any of the promised gains.

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GOP Can’t Handle The Truth: Taxes Are Lower Under Obama Than Reagan, Pat Garofalo, Think Progress
President Obama met with House Republicans today (June 1) at the White House to discuss ways to move forward on negotiations regarding the nation’s debt ceiling and the budget. During the discussion, talk evidently turned to taxes, and when Obama noted that taxes today are lower than they were under President Reagan, the GOP, according to The Hill, “engaged in a lot of ‘eye-rolling’“

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Creating productive jobs the way out of Great Recession

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  • The most arresting piece of the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index report last week (May 29-June4) was that house prices have fallen further than during the Great Depression, when they took 19 years to recover their losses.
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  • US jobs report points to protracted downturn
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  • The Greatest Depression Has Only Begun
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Jon Talton, Special to Seattle Times | WA

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The causes of the Great Depression are still debated. Aside from arguments about the relative shares of blame, the roots of the Great Recession are well known.

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Stoked by years of easy credit from the Federal Reserve, the banking industry and Wall Street created a classic, if historic, bubble, which popped.

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Mortgages were the kindling. They were bundled into wildly profitable securities and exotic derivatives sold and resold to investors. No small amount of fraud was involved, abetted by the 1999 deregulation of financial services, including the repeal of Depression-era laws designed to avert just such a calamity.

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US jobs report points to protracted downturn, Andre Damon, World Socialist Website

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  • Since February 2010, the US economy has created 1.8 million jobs. But this figure pales in comparison with the 8.7 million jobs that were lost since the start of the recession.
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  • Workers are being rehired at far lower wages, with fewer benefits and under even more exploitative conditions.
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  • Robert Reich | The Truth About the American Economy
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The Greatest Depression Has Only Begun, Centre for Research on Globalization

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  • "Evidence of a deterioration of global manufacturing growth and renewed weakness in job creation in the United States emerged Wednesday (June 1), two reversals that have markets bracing for an economic pause, or worse...
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  • Add to that a daunting list of aggravating factors: the continued implosion of the U.S. housing market, an outbreak of worldwide risk aversion, high crude-oil and gas prices pinching consumer demand, further tightening in China and other emerging-market economies, stock market losses, lack of credit growth, the looming end to the Fed’s monetary stimulus, weak business capital spending, and the still-unfolding sovereign debt crisis in Europe."
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