Iraq & Afghanistan Toll

July 30, 2008

101 Iraqi sisters and brothers were killed in Iraq

from July 20 to 26.

In Afghanistan were killed:

Cpl Jesper Petersen  28  Denmark

Cpl Kenneth Rowe  24  England

Cpl Jason Barnes  25  England

Pvt Ivan Wilson  22  Clearlake CA

Ltn Nick Dewhirst  29  Onalaska WI

Spc Seteria Brown  22  Orlando FL


Oil Addiction

July 30, 2008

An informational video from Good Magazine about America’s dependency on oil.

Iran Seeks “Common Ground” With West: Ahmadinejad

July 28, 2008
Below is an article from Reuters that can be found at
Mon Jul 28, 2008 2:36pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that Iran will seek “common ground” with the United States and five other world powers that have proposed incentives for Tehran to freeze its nuclear enrichment program.

NBC News, which interviewed Ahmadinejad in Iran, also said the leader of the world’s fourth-largest crude oil producer believes the oil market is overvalued in part because of manipulation.

Speaking less than a week before a deadline for Iran’s reply to the incentives package, Ahmadinejad told the U.S. television network that progress toward agreement with the West would depend on the sincerity of a shift in the U.S. approach to Tehran.

Western officials said after a meeting with Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator in Geneva on July 19 that Tehran had two weeks to reply to an offer of a halt to new steps toward more U.N. sanctions if Iran froze the expansion of its nuclear program. That would give Iran until Saturday to reply.

“They submitted a package and we responded by submitting our own package,” Ahmadinejad said through an interpreter in an excerpt of the NBC interview aired on Monday.

“It’s very natural. In the first steps, we are going to negotiate over the common ground as they exist inside the two packages. If the two parties succeed in agreeing over the common ground, that will help us to work on our differences as well, to reach an agreement.”

U.S. State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos called Ahmedinejad’s comments “rhetoric and more rhetoric” and saying the State Department wanted a definitive response from Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, the West’s designated negotiator.

“We are waiting for a definitive statement, Gallegos said. “We have stated clearly that it should come through the normal channel, which is Jalili to Solana, and the clock on the two weeks is ticking.”

NBC also said Ahmadinejad denied Iran was working to produce a bomb, paraphrasing him as saying nuclear weapons are outdated.

Iran has so far ruled out a freeze to start preliminary talks or suspension of enrichment to start formal negotiations on the incentives package proposed by the six powers — the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.

In a policy shift, a U.S. diplomat attended the Geneva talks, which Iran has characterized as a success for Iran.

On Monday, Ahmadinejad told NBC: “The main question here is whether this approach is a continuation of the old approach or is it a totally new approach.

“If this is the continuation of the old process, the Iranian people need to defend their right, its interests as well,” he said. “But if the approach changes, we will be facing a new situation and the response by the Iranian people will be a positive one.”

The United States has warned Iran that it will face more sanctions if it fails to meet the deadline. Washington has not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails.

Asked if Iran would agree to suspend uranium enrichment in order to gain international acceptance, Ahmadinejad said Iran already enjoys “very good economic and cultural relations with countries around the world.”

“For the continuation of our lives and for progress, we do not need the services, if I can use the word, of a few countries,” he said.

Ahmadinejad announced during the weekend that Iran had more than 5,000 active centrifuges for enriching uranium, which suggested a rapid expansion of the nuclear work that the West suspects is aimed at making bombs.

Earlier this month, Iran rattled international markets by test-firing a series of missiles.

(Additional reporting by Arshad Mohammed)

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Bill Trott)

Wall Street Got Drunk

July 24, 2008

Pres. Bush and his enlightened view of the economy.

Link TV: Noam Chomsky on American Foreign Policy

July 23, 2008

An interview of Noam Chomsky, who believes that the American political system still mantains a imperical ideal to obtain its goals. Depite being the richest country in the world, Chomsky believes by funneling military funds towards social issues would increase the way of life and also solve foreign policy issues.

Noam Chomsky is a professor emeritus of linguistics at MIT who has written numerous books, including the bestseller, “Failed States.” In the public sphere however, he is more widely known as political activist and a libetarian socialist intellectual.

Iraq & Afghanistan Toll

July 23, 2008

Those who died in Iraq from Jul 13 to 19:

Cpl Jeffrey Stevenson  20  Newton NJ

Sgt Danny Dupre  28  Lockport LA

AF Daniel Verbeke  25  Exton PA

Sgt Jeremy Vrooman  28  Sioux Falls SD

Sgt David Textor  27  Roanoke VA

Sgt Jackie Larsen  37  Tacoma WA

24 were seriously wounded and maimed.

62 were returned to occupation.

In Afghanistan:

Sgt Mitchell Young  39  Jonesboro GA

Cpl Gunnar Zwilling  20  Florissant MO

Pvt Sergio Abad  21  Morganfield KY

Cpl Jason Hovater  24  Clinton TN

Cpl Jonathan Ayers  24  Snellville GA

Cpl Matthew Phillips  27  Jasper GA

Cpl Jason Bogar  25  Seattle WA

Cpl Pruitt Rainey  22  Haw River NC

Sgt Israel Garcia  24  Long Beach CA

Ltn Jason Mann  29  Woodlyne NJ

Cpl James Arnal    Canada

Ltn Jonathan Brostrom  24  Hawaii

Pvt Willington Rhoades  23  Las Vegas  NV

Cf: Income Inequality and the Middle Class

July 22, 2008

Paul Krugman speaking in front of the Commonwealth of California about the history of the middle-class, and how inequal income distribution is threatening the economy.

Paul Krugman is a Princeton economist and New York Times Op-Ed columnist.


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