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Top Scoops: Comment & Opinion Digest 19-21 Oct.

SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:
American Coup: Is Election Theft 2006 Just A Few Short Weeks Away?
Islam: Aesha Lorenz Al-Saeed: Eed All Around The World
Foreign Affairs: Who Is NZ Backing For A UNSC Seat? MFAT Not Telling
War Criminals: President Bush's Odd Real Estate Purchase
Mexico: Human Rights Commission Report on Texcoco/San Salvador Atenco Atrocities
William Rivers Pitt: Getting Dumberer In The GOP
War: Stan Goff Reflects On U.S. Defence Sec. Donald Rumsfeld
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American Coup: Is Election Theft 2006 Just A Few Short Weeks Away?

- The polls all point to a Democratic sweep in November. The news pours in about pedophile Republicans and Team Bush contempt for their fundamentalist bedmates. Iraq implodes. Deficits soar. Katrina lingers. Scandal is everywhere. Nothing dampens Democrats' euphoria. They think they are about to win. In conventional terms, they should. But think again. Please. See... A Loaves & Fishes Victory For The GOP In November? [1] MORE:

  • Brad Blog - Bush Fmr. Elections Chair: E-Voting Ripe for Fraud [2]
  • John Gideon - Daily Voting News For October 18, 2006 [3] & October 17, 2006 [4]
  • Scoop Link - NYT - New Laws and Machines May Spell Voting Woes [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00293.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00296.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00297.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00277.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00311.htm


    Islam: Aesha Lorenz Al-Saeed: Eed All Around The World

    - Muslims are celebrating Eed in many countries in the world, in their own unique way, but also have the main Eed customs in common. In Saudi Arabia people dress in their nice clothes, or new thobes or pajamas, and go out for the Eed prayer about 7:00 in the morning. Afterwards they return home and sleep for a few hours, then dress to go have lunch in the oldest relatives home. There they exchange Eediya’s of money and gifts. See... Aesha Lorenz Al-Saeed: Eed Celebrations Worldwide [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00315.htm


    Foreign Affairs: Who Is NZ Backing For A UNSC Seat? MFAT Not Telling

    - An intense contest is underway at the United Nations General Assembly over who will get the next Latin American seat on the United Nations Security Council. According to reports the level of votes for the two candidates Guatemala and Venezuela are fairly evenly split. Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez recently made a big splash in the General Assembly in a speech in which he likened US President George Bush to "El Diablo" (the devil). Which way is NZ casting its vote? Scoop asks MFAT. See... Scoop Q&A With MFAT Re: UNSC Latin America Seat [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00314.htm


    War Criminals: President Bush's Odd Real Estate Purchase

    - Why might the president and his family need a 98,840-acre ranch in Paraguay protected by a semi-secret U.S. military base manned by American troops who have been exempted from war-crimes prosecution by the Paraguayan government? – Wonkette. PRENSA LATINA - The land grab project of US President George W. Bush in Chaco, Paraguay, has generated considerable discomfort both politically and environmentally. The news circulating the continent about plans to buy 98,840 acres of land in Chaco, Paraguay, near the Triple Frontier (Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay) is the talk of the town in these countries. Undernews: Bush Purchases 99000 Acres In Paraguay? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00308.htm


    Mexico: Human Rights Commission Report on Texcoco/San Salvador Atenco Atrocities

    - At 11am Monday morning, the National Ombudsman of Mexico, José Luis Soberanes Fernández, held a press conference to deliver the recommendations contained in his report into “The facts that occurred in the municipalities of Texcoco and San Salvador Atenco on 3 and 4 May 2006,” when two young men were killed, and 207 people brutally detained by municipal, state and federal security forces. See... The Crimes Of Texcoco & Atenco Remain Unanswered [1] MORE SCOOPS FROM MEXICO:

  • Kate Doyle - : The Dead of Tlatelolco [2]
  • Narconews - Oaxaca Women Tap for Hope with Their Fingernails [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00302.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00290.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00272.htm


    William Rivers Pitt: Getting Dumberer In The GOP

    "The 5 Stages of Republican Scandal." As follows: 1. "I have not been informed of any investigation or that I am a target." 2. "I am cooperating fully, but this whole thing is a political ploy by the Democrats." 3. "I'm SHOCKED by the mistakes made by my subordinates." 4. "I'm deeply sorry for letting down my friends and family. I now recognize that I am an alcoholic. I will be entering rehab immediately, so I have no time for questions." 5. "Can I serve my time at Eglin Federal Penitentiary (aka Club Fed)?" See... William Rivers Pitt: Like the Mafia, Only Dumber [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00294.htm


    War: Stan Goff Reflects On U.S. Defence Sec. Donald Rumsfeld

    - In August 2003, I was interviewed on CNN as "the father of a soldier." Iraq had claimed only 270 American armed forces members' lives. I called the conflict "a quagmire," bringing hoots of virtual laughter from right-wing bloggers the following day. See... Stan Goff: Reflecting on Rumsfeld [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00291.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENT AND OPINION:

  • Jason Leopold - Jason Leopold: Dark Days Ahead [1]
  • Russell Brown & Ors. - Public Address 20/10/06 - All The Bad Words [2] , Public Address 19/10/06 - Astroturf Update [3] & Public Address 18/10/06 - Like It's A Bad Word [4]
  • William Blum - The Anti-Empire Report October 19, 2006 [5]
  • David Swanson - The Industrial Services Complex a.k.a The Military [6]
  • Middle East News Service - BBC - Heated Debate Over Use Of Torture [7]
  • Narconews - Donahue: Conspiracy To Silence Francisco Ramírez? [8]
  • Middle East News Service - ALP, Greens, Democrats Join To Support ME Peace [9]
  • Narconews - Market System Designed to Prosper from Misfortunes [10]
  • Green Left Weekly - North Korea - US Provokes Nuclear Crisis [11]
  • Robert Parry - Shame on Us All [12]
  • Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar - New World Order & The Economic Man [13]
  • Truthout.org - Multimedia Link: Marc Ash Interviews Bill Moyers [14]
  • Sonia Nettnin - Viable Solutions For Israeli-Palestinian Peace [15]
  • Cindy Sheehan - Playing the Numbers Game [16]
  • Bernard Weiner - It's Worse, and Better, Than We Thought [17]
  • Scoop Link - Bush's Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq's Oil [18]
  • David Swanson - Bush as Brat - Pretensions to Empire [19]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00292.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00316.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00298.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00295.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00313.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00312.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00310.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00309.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00289.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00288.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00287.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00286.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00285.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00284.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00278.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00276.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00275.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00274.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0610/S00273.htm

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