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News: Peace
UMKC Theatre performance explicity portrays war
UMKC produces play about the aftermath of Desert Storm
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Commentary: Peace : Right Wing
Army Cancels Special Ops Bible Project, Seeks to Create Loophole to Evade FOIA Request
Rather than publicly disclose details about its planned production of 10,000 modified Bibles, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command has withdrawn a purchase order that it placed with the International Bible Society (IBS) to carry out the project.

The Army's abrupt cancellation of its planned contract with IBS is a blatant attempt to circumvent the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Its cancellation of the order for enhanced Bibles couldn’t be more suspect: the agency withdrew the order after receiving my request for related photos and documents I had submitted under the FOIA.

What a coincidence, eh?
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Commentary: Labor
find out what it's really like to be a Wal*mart employee
I started working at Sam's Club about two years ago as a cashier. I believed that this new job with such a big company was going to give me security. After 30 days, I had my first evaluation and got a 10-cent raise. I was promised that I would get another evaluation and raise "soon." That 10 cents was all I ever got. In addition, I did not qualify for the company health insurance. So my two children and I relied on Medicaid for health coverage.
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News: Media
THE WEB: PUSH TO TAX ONLINE SALES
A story about taxing online purchases.
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Commentary: Globalization
Deficits, the Dollar, and IEDs
Bill Gates, the world's richest man, is now betting against the dollar. "I'm short the dollar," says Gates. "The ol' dollar, it's gonna go down." The US power elite will demand that the US working class consume less to haul the multinational ruling class out of the abyss of the US current-account deficit. Can American workers fight back?
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News: Democracy : Elections & Legislation
anti inaugural demonstrations
lots of links and pictures
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News: Children & Education : Civil & Human Rights : Environment : Food
Syngenta Claims Multi-Genome Monopoly
Syngenta’s 323-page application, WO03000904A2/3 claims monopoly control of DNA that
regulates flowering development, flower formation, whole plant architecture and flower timing
in rice – in up to 115 countries. But the claims are not limited to vital rice gene sequences.
According to a study prepared by Dr. Paul Oldham at Lancaster University (UK), the scope of
this massive patent application is virtually limitless – extending to flowering plants in general,
including those not yet classified by taxonomists. Syngenta’s claims extend to key gene
sequences of 23 major food crops annexed to the FAO Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for
Food and Agriculture. “If all its claims are approved,” says Silvia Ribeiro in ETC’s Mexico
office, “FAO’s seed treaty will be virtually useless.” Dr. Oldham’s analysis is available on the
Internet: http://www.cesagen.lancs.ac.uk/docs/genomics-final.doc

Researchers are just weeks away from completing a polished sequence of the rice genome. This
DNA blueprint of the crop that feeds half the world’s people is also the basis for identifying
similar genetic traits in other flowering plants. “Effectively,” says Kathy Jo Wetter, “the
completed rice map provides a template for most of the world’s major food crops. Syngenta is
arguing that since it can identify certain gene sequences in rice, it can monopolize the same
sequences when they turn up in other species.”

2 page pdf -

http://www.etcgroup.org/documents/NRSyngentaCOM.pdf
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News: Civil & Human Rights : Imperialism : International Relations : Peace : Privatization
Abu Ghraib abuse firms are rewarded
As prison ringleader awaits sentence, defence contractors win multi-million Pentagon contracts

Two US defence contractors being sued over allegations of abuse at Abu Ghraib prison have been awarded valuable new contracts by the Pentagon, despite demands that they should be barred from any new government work.
Three employees of CACI International and Titan - working at Abu Ghraib as civilian contractors - were separately accused of abusive behaviour.

The report on the Abu Ghraib scandal implicated three civilian contractors in the abuses: Steven Stefanowicz from CACI International and John Israel and Adel Nakhla from Titan.

Stefanowicz was charged with giving orders that 'equated to physical abuse', Israel of lying under oath and Naklha of raping an Iraqi boy.

It was also alleged that CACI interrogators used dogs to scare prisoners, placed detainees in unauthorised 'stress positions' and encouraged soldiers to abuse prisoners. Titan employees, it has been alleged, hit detainees and stood by while soldiers physically abused prisoners.
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