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Top Scoops: Comment & Opinion Digest Dec. 14-19

SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:
Culture: Jackie Little Considers The Deserving Recognition Of A Brit Pop Idol
Suzan Mazur: Max Bernegger Talks John Deuss
Race Relations: Sydney Cops' Big Day At The Beach
American Coup: A Flaw In The Emerging US Election Reform Consensus
The Rule Of Law: Justice Weighs In On Post Constitutional America
Fundamentalism: Video Game For 21stC Crusaders
Biological Weapons: - Anthrax Murderers To Walk Free Thanks To FBI Coverup
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Culture: Jackie Little Considers The Deserving Recognition Of A Brit Pop Idol

- Oh Happy Day! Joyous, joyous day!!! My best friend just texted from England to inform me of the final result in the Greatest Living British Icon poll. And Boy did those proud compatriots of mine get it right? See... Jackie Little: The People See The Light [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00260.htm


Suzan Mazur: Max Bernegger Talks John Deuss

- I remember Max Bernegger's disarming smile the day he walked through the doors at Alexandra Christie, the 1970s fashion company owned by Dutch oil trader John Deuss -- where I was the model. Max was expensively tailored in a dark suit. I had no idea who he was, but I was certain he was not there to write an order for slinky silk chiffon dresses. See... Mazur: John Deuss Oil Trader Max Bernegger Speaks [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00258.htm


Race Relations: Sydney Cops' Big Day At The Beach

- The first anniversary of last year’s violent and racially-motivated riots on Sydney’s Cronulla Beach has passed without a major hitch. New Zealand freelance journalist Jehan Casinader presents this photo essay from Sydney. Casinader is reporting from Australia courtesy of Flight Centre. See... Photo Essay: Sydney’s Cronulla Beach One Year On [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00257.htm


American Coup: A Flaw In The Emerging US Election Reform Consensus

- An impressive coalition of election fraud-election integrity groups signed an open letter to the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives calling for paper ballots as the only standard for voting in the United States. This open letter is encouraging on a number of levels but it leaves the door open for election fraud by allowing optical scan voting machines to stay in place. Referring to "a paper ballot, whether counted by optical-scan system or hand…" does not address the numerous problems associated with optical scan systems. See... Coalition Paper Ballot Call Spares Vote Villains [1] MORE:

  • John Gideon - Daily Voting News For December 17, 2006 [2] , December 16, 2006 [3] , December 14, 2006 [4] & December 13, 2006 [5]
  • Michael Collins - Michael Collins: The Long Road to Democracy [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00267.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00264.htm
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    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00242.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00220.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00230.htm


    The Rule Of Law: Justice Weighs In On Post Constitutional America

    - Washington - In the first legal decision on a federal law that denies access to U.S. courts to detainees in the war on terrorism, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that foreign prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, could not sue for freedom. See Los Angeles Times… US Immigrant Detainees' Treatment Unconstitutional [1] MORE:

  • The Washington Post - Link: New Docs Reveal Scope of CIA Secret Prison Program [2]
  • The Associated Press - Link: Showdown Looms Over Domestic Spying [3]
  • The Associated Press - Link: Fitzgerald Mum On Cheney In Leak Case [4]
  • The Associated Press - Link: Judge Rules Gitmo Detainees Have No Rights [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00241.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00253.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00248.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00245.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00226.htm


    Fundamentalism: Video Game For 21stC Crusaders

    - "This is the first time any Christian religious instructional video has recommended killing all non-Christians who refuse to convert to Christianity. It is unprecedented and dangerous." This was the view expressed yesterday by Rev. Timothy Simpson, president of the Jacksonville, Florida-based progressive advocacy group The Christian Alliance for Progress, in describing a new video game titled ""Left Behind: Eternal Forces." See… William Fisher: Death To Infidels Via Video Game [1] MORE WILLIAM FISHER:

  • William Fisher - In Defense of (Some) Contractors [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00225.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00219.htm


    Biological Weapons: - Anthrax Murderers To Walk Free Thanks To FBI Coverup

    - The perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attack on Congress likely was a government scientist employed at the Army’s Ft. Detrick, Md., bioterrorism lab having access to a “moonsuit” that made it possible to safely process and manufacture super-weapons-grade anthrax, a bioterrorism authority says. Although only a “handful” of scientists had the ability to perpetrate the crime, the culprit, or culprits, among them may never be identified as the FBI ordered the destruction of the anthrax culture collection at Ames, Ia., from which the Ft. Detrick lab got its pathogens, the authority said. See... UQ Wire: Anthrax Attack On Congress FBI Cover Up [1] MORE UQ WIRE:

  • Atlanta Progressive News - McKinney Discusses Impeachment Bill [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00222.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00223.htm


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  • Rosalea Barker - Stateside: Winding Down [1] & Stateside: Full Moon Over The Teacups [2]
  • Russell Brown & Ors. - Public Address 18/12/06 - Munted [3] , Public Address 15/12/06 - Winners And Loose Units [4] , Public Address 14/12/06 - Walk The Line [5] & Public Address 13/12/06 - John Campbell's Bedroom [6]
  • William Blum - The Anti-Empire Report December 17 2006 [7]
  • Ramzy Baroud - Ramzy Baroud: Aljazeera - The Plot thickens [8]
  • Uri Avnery - Back To The Scene Of The Crime [9]
  • Am Johal - A Complicated Kindness [10]
  • Middle East News Service - Escalation In The Palestinian Authority [11]
  • Pierre Tristam - As Bush Loiters - A Christmas Toll [12]
  • Kelpie Wilson - Takes a Village to Cool the Planet [13]
  • M.R. Josse - BP's Precepts Being Cast Aside When Most Needed [14]
  • Jason Leopold - Sarah Olson Subpoenaed in Watada Case [15] & Army Targets Truthout for Subpoenas in Watada Case [16]
  • Michael Keefer - Canada's 'War-on-Terror' Immigration Policy [17]
  • Sam Smith - Flotsam & Jetsam: Dealing With Myths [18]
  • Robert Parry - Ronald Reagan's Bloody "Apocalypto" [19] & A Way Forward, a Look Back [20]
  • Bill Berkowitz - Kenneth Tomlinson's Reappointment [21]
  • Richard S. Ehrlich -Thai Military Push Against Muslim Guerrillas Fails [22]
  • Dr. Chandrakala - Percept and Practice [23]
  • Sherwood Ross - Losing An Information War Against Muslim Jihadists [24]
  • Ernest Partridge - Public Interest & The Limits of Volunteerism [25]
  • Tanveer Jafri - Indian Muslims uplift - A Try [26]
  • Frida Berrigan - What We Leave Behind [27]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00266.htm
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    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00231.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00208.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00265.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00263.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00256.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00255.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00252.htm
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    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00249.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00246.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00229.htm
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    [20] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00227.htm
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    [24] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00221.htm
    [25] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00218.htm
    [26] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00217.htm
    [27] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00216.htm

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