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Countries vote to accept execution of gays

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  • The United Nations has removed a plea for lesbians, gays and bisexuals not to be executed in a narrow vote.
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  • A major step backward. As Western nations decline due to their own economic bumbling their political influence declines too, and democratic thought on social issues go under attack too.
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Tris Reid-Smith, PinkPaper.com

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

The United Nations has removed a plea for lesbians, gays and bisexuals not to be executed in a narrow vote.

For the last 10 years sexual orientation has been included in a list of discriminatory grounds for executions – gay rights activists say the vote to remove that listing is “dangerous and disturbing.”

The UN resolution urges countries to protect the right to life of all people, calling on them to investigate killings based on discriminatory grounds. Sexual orientation was previously listed as one of these forms of discrimination, alongside ethnicity, religious belief and linguistic minorities.

Others protected by the resolution were human rights defenders (like journalists, lawyers and demonstrators), street children and members of indigenous communities.

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New Afghan War Plans Could Cost US Taxpayers an Extra $125 Billion

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  • US war planners have been signaling that troop withdrawals set to begin in 2011 will be mostly symbolic and that the handover to Afghan forces in 2014 is “aspirational.”
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  • A Shift in US Deadlines
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  • Higher war costs could hurt the base defense budget [and] the rest of the discretionary budget.
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  • I want my president back
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Ben Arnoldy, Christian Science Monitor

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In this Sept. 29 photo, a girl walks past a US Marine, as he patrols through a field in Marjah, southern Afghanistan. As leaders at the NATO summit in Lisbon meet this weekend to discuss strategy in Afghanistan, President Obama pushes to soften troop withdrawal deadlines. Todd Pitman/AP/File

As leaders at the NATO summit in Lisbon meet this weekend to discuss strategy in Afghanistan, US war planners have been signaling that troop withdrawals set to begin in 2011 will be mostly symbolic and that the handover to Afghan forces in 2014 is “aspirational.”

Such could cost American taxpayers handsomely at a time when deficit cutting has gripped Washington. According to one estimate, softening those deadlines could add at least $125 billion in war spending – not including long-term costs like debt servicing and health care for veterans.

“I don’t think anyone is seriously talking about cutting war funding as a way of handling the deficit,” says Todd Harrison, a defense funding expert at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. But higher war costs “could hurt the base defense budget [and] the rest of the discretionary budget.”

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I want my president back, Nita Chaudhary, MoveOn.org Political Action

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  • New Afghan War Plans Could Cost US Taxpayers an Extra $125 Billion
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  • Now more than ever, we need the Barack Obama we elected in 2008—the smart, tough, hopeful progressive champion who inspired millions of us—to stand up and say "no".
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Eric Cantor's Pledge of Allegiance

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  • Soon-to-be GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor met recently with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and vowed that he and his GOP colleagues would protect and defend Israeli interests against his (Cantor's) own Government!
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  • Young Jewish Activists Attract Positive Press for Anti-Occupation Message
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Glenn Greenwald, Salon

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Soon-to-be GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor

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Soon-to-be GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor met on Wednesday (Nov 10) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- the same day when the actual U.S. Secretary of State met with Netanyahu -- and vowed that he and his GOP colleagues would protect and defend Israeli interests against his own Government.

According to a statement proudly issued by Cantor's own office:

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Regarding the midterms, Cantor may have given Netanyahu some reason to stand firm against the American administration.

"Eric stressed that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the Administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule in Washington," the readout continued. "He made clear that the Republican majority understands the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and that the security of each nation is reliant upon the other."

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Leave aside the absurdity of believing that Israel needs to be protected from the extremely deferential and devoted Obama administration.  So extraordinary is Cantor's pledge that even the Jewish Telegraph Agency's Ron Kampeas -- himself a reflexive American defender of most things Israel -- was astonished, and wrote:

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Young Jewish Activists Attract Positive Press for Anti-Occupation Message, Wendy Elisheva Somerson, Tikkun Daily
The five young Jewish activists who disrupted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech in New Orleans earlier this week (Nov 7-13) shouted familiar criticisms of the Occupation. What was unexpected and new was the way the U.S. and Israeli media portrayed the protest, seeming to hear the critiques with fresh ears and unusual sympathy.

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Mocking the French for getting it right

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Everything the American public has been told by the corporate news media about the anti-austerity uprisings in France, England and other European countries is a lie.
There's No Place Like Europe

James Clay Fuller, Evergreene Digest

Everything the American public has been told by the corporate news media about the anti-austerity uprisings in France, England and other European countries is a lie.

The picture we've been given by our big newspapers, magazines and television – as always, especially television – is as phony as a photograph showing Sarah Palin sitting on Barack Obama's lap and nibbling his ear. It's a picture so false as to make Fox News domestic political coverage look fair and objective by comparison.

This is important. The real story hidden by the fakery is enormously important to the people of the United States.

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There's No Place Like Europe, Alissa Bohling, t r u t h o u t
Steven Hill on Medical House Calls, Multiparty Politics, and Other American Fantasies

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