Yoshie Furuhashi | 1 May 06:31 2007

Kerem Kaya and Sinan Ikinci on Turkey

Surprisingly sensible for WSWS. -- Yoshie

Political tensions increase as Turkish presidential elections approach
By Kerem Kaya and Sinan Ikinci
16 April 2007

As presidential elections approach, Turkey's political tensions are
continuing to intensify both domestically, between the Kemalist
establishment and the moderate Islamist Justice and Development Party
(AKP) government, as well as internationally, between the Turkish
establishment and the Iraqi Kurds.

The Turkish military is decisively leading both campaigns with support
from the "unarmed forces," a euphemism invented to describe supporters
of the military within influential business and political circles. The
principal protagonists of these forces are Deniz Baykal of Republican
People's Party (CHP), the main opposition leader, and the outgoing
president Ahmet Necdet Sezer. It also includes the Kemalist Thought
Association (ADD) and the Association for Supporting Modern Life
(CYDD), which are both by-products of the events of February 28, 1997,
when the military intervened to oust a coalition government led by the
Islamic-based Welfare Party.

The head of ADD, Sener Eruygur, is a former general. Democratic Left
Party (DSP), and the Social Democrat People's Party (SHP) also
supported a march organized by the "unarmed forces" late last year.
CHP has long been acting as the civilian spokesman of the Turkish
military. In short, all the social democratic or "left-wing Kemalist"
parties, are included.
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Anthony Fenton | 1 May 06:50 2007

Wanted: Border agents for Iraq

Copyright 2007 The Houston Chronicle Publishing Company
All Rights Reserved
The Houston Chronicle

April 30, 2007 Monday


LENGTH: 809 words

HEADLINE: Wanted: Border agents for Iraq;
Firm seeks veteran officers to mentor Iraqis on immigration



The pay is tempting, but the mission is tough - helping to stop  
illegal immigrants from crossing a long, rugged and remote border.

But the border in question isn't between the United States and Mexico  
or Canada. It's in Iraq.

At a time when federal officials are stressing the need to beef up  
U.S. border security, the State Department has hired a firm to  
recruit veteran law officers who will serve as "mentors" and train  
Iraqis to guard their borders.

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Anthony Fenton | 1 May 06:54 2007

Stephen Colbert Speaks 'Truthiness' to Power

Copyright 2007 Micromedia Limited
All Rights Reserved
Canadian Business and Current Affairs
Copyright 2007 Peace Magazine
Peace Magazine

April 2007 / June 2007

SECTION: Pg. 21 Vol. 23 No. 2 ISSN: 0826-9521

ACC-NO: 1259050001

LENGTH: 811 words

HEADLINE: Stephen Colbert Speaks 'Truthiness' to Power

BYLINE: Kahar, Andres


The device of irony gives comics like Stephen Colbert a chance to say  
one thing but actually mean something altogether different.

Truthiness (noun) 1 : truth that comes from the gut, not books. 2 :  
"the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true,  
rather than concepts or facts known to be true" (American Dialect  
Sodety, January 2006).

Stephen Colbert coined the term "truthiness" for the October 2005  
premiere of his TV show, The Colbert Report. It's a spin-off from The  
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Anthony Fenton | 1 May 07:01 2007

AFGHANISTAN: Coalition Killings Spark Furious Street Protests

Copyright 2007 NoticiasFinancieras/Groupo de Diarios America
All Rights Reserved
IPS (Latin America)

April 30, 2007 Monday

LENGTH: 773 words

HEADLINE: Protests against killings of civilians in military operations;
AFGHANISTAN: Coalition Killings Spark Furious Street Protests

BYLINE: Abdul Samad Rohani and S. Mudassir Ali Shah


On Monday, thousands of furious people took to the streets to  
denounce a "cold blooded massacre" of dozens of civilians by  
coalition troops in western Herat provinces, which has been  
relatively calm.

The previous day, protestors blocked the busy Jalalabad-Torkham Road  
in Ghanikhel district, eastern Nangarhar province, to protest the  
killings of four rebel fighters and two women by "American soldiers"  
who raided a compound on a tip-off that the cell was plotting suicide  
car bomb attacks on coalition forces in the coming weeks.

But the U.S.-led coalition insisted Apr. 30 that the 136 killed by  
American and Afghan forces in operations over three days in Zerkoh  
Valley of Herat were Taliban insurgents, including two local commanders.
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friends2b | 1 May 16:49 2007

U.S. Health Agency Stages Bird Flu 'War Game'


U.S. Health Agency Stages Bird Flu 'War Game'

Matthew Bigg
Reuters / Yahoo! News
2007-04-27 05:35:00 .

ATLANTA -   A leading U.S. health agency staged a war game this week
to test its response to one of the worst health emergencies it could
imagine -- an outbreak of avian flu on American soil.

Comment:   Curious that they call it a "war game". War against whom, may I
ask? Against the people, perhaps?
Bird flu is such a wonderful excuse to tighten up control over masses of
population! For their own benefit, of course...

The exercise, which ended on Friday, was designed to simulate
how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
would marshal its resources, coordinate with other branches of government
and, crucially,
reassure the public while preparing it for a possible pandemic.

"If we were at the beginning of a pandemic this is exactly what it would
look like," said CDC Director Julie Gerberding
at a news conference  early in the 48-hour drill, which involved hundreds of

If things turn out wrong it could lead to a "catastrophe beyond our
planning," she said.
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Anthony Fenton | 1 May 17:19 2007

Native land claim halts huge Rockcliffe development

Tuesday » May 1 » 2007

Native land claim halts huge Rockcliffe development
Negotiations block sale of former airbase

Maria Cook
The Ottawa Citizen

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

A native land claim has blocked the sale of the former Canadian  
Forces Base Rockcliffe and delayed plans for a residential eco- 
district for up to 15,000 people.

The former airbase is part of an outstanding claim for most of  
Eastern Ontario by Ontario's Algonquin natives, who are in  
negotiations with the provincial and federal governments.

"Our objective is to make sure what happens there will be of some  
benefit to Algonquin people," said Bob Potts, the Algonquins' Toronto  

The Algonquin claim covers an area of 3.5 million hectares (36,000  
square kilometres), within the watersheds of the Ottawa and Mattawa  
rivers in Ontario. It includes most of Algonquin Park as well as the  
national capital region.

Canada Lands Company, a Crown corporation, has been proceeding with  
plans for an environmentally sustainable development; a mix of 4,500  
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friends2b | 1 May 17:39 2007

Filler in Animal Feed Is Open Secret in China

Posted by: "garden03048" apdirusso <at> adelphia.net   garden03048
Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:25 am (PST)

Filler in Animal Feed Is Open Secret in China


ZHANGQIU, China, April 28 —

As American food safety regulators head
to China to investigate how a chemical made from coal found its way
into pet food that killed dogs and cats in the United States, workers
in this heavily polluted northern city openly admit that the
substance is routinely added to animal feed as a fake protein.

For years, producers of animal feed all over China have secretly
supplemented their feed with the substance, called melamine, a cheap
additive that looks like protein in tests, even though it does not
provide any nutritional benefits, according to melamine scrap traders
and agricultural workers here.

"Many companies buy melamine scrap to make animal feed, such as fish
feed," said Ji Denghui, general manager of the Fujian Sanming Dinghui
Chemical Company, which sells melamine. "I don't know if there's a
regulation on it. Probably not. No law or regulation says `don't do
it,' so everyone's doing it. The laws in China are like that, aren't
they? If there's no accident, there won't be any regulation."

Melamine is at the center of a recall of 60 million packages of pet
food, after the chemical was found in wheat gluten linked this month
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Yoshie Furuhashi | 1 May 20:13 2007

May Day in Turkey

May 1, 2007
Turkish Court Blocks Islamist Candidate

ANKARA, Turkey, May 1 — Turkey's constitutional court today supported
an effort to block a candidate for the country's presidency whose
background is in political Islam, pitching the country into early
national elections and a referendum on the role of religion in its

In a 9 to 2 ruling, the court upheld an appeal by the main secular
political party to stop Abdullah Gul, the current foreign minister and
a close ally of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, from becoming
president, objecting to what it says are his Islamic credentials.

But the ruling, which involved the legality of a parliamentary vote
for Mr. Gul that was held last Friday, was more political than legal:
The court is part of Turkey's secular establishment, which is now
mounting an assault against Mr. Erdogan and the emerging class of
devout Turks that he represents, and its decision did not come as a

1st of May; victory of the working class in Turkey
Foto: 1st of May; victory of the working class in Turkey

ENGLISH (01.05.2007)- The heart of the 1st of May Worker's Day
celebrations in Turkey was the Taksim Square of Istanbul.

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aaron | 1 May 20:14 2007

Fwd: ACTION: Thursday May 3rd - Rally to Confront the NS Conservative Party]

Forwarded From: "angiel <at> riseup.net" <angiel <at> riseup.net>

> On Thursday, May 3rd the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia
> is holding their Annual Fundraising Dinner in Halifax.  According to
> their website this dinner is, "more than just an excellent opportunity
> to meet and talk with some of the most impressive conservative minds in
> our country; it ... is crucial to our efforts to be prepared for the
> next provincial election".  HCAP will be there to tell them there is
> nothing impressive about the homelessness, starvation and indignity that
> their policies impose on poor people our City and Province.  We demand
> justice NOW!
> *When: *Thursday, May 3rd at 6:00 pm  (their dinner starts at 7, but
> doors open at 6 pm)
> *Where: *World Trade & Convention Center, 1800 Argyle St. (Main entrance!)
> *What:  RALLY* to confront the politicians (and others) who are
> supporting the Conservative Party and their politics by attending the event.
> There will be speeches, music and a FREE SUPPER!  Come out and bring
> your voice to tell the Tories that until there is justice in this
> province, we will confront them wherever they go.  Everyone is welcome!
> The people attending this dinner are paying $500 for a plate or $5000
> for a table!  One table at this supper is almost enough to pay for a
> single person's ENTIRE INCOME ON WELFARE FOR ONE YEAR!  If the
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Tom Childs | 1 May 20:31 2007

Step It Up: Use Less, Work Less and Recycle - online video resource

Here are the presenters at the Step It Up rally in Vancouver last month.
I bicycled to Vancouver to record this event for Shaw Community Cable TV 4. 
Hear what civic leaders in Vancouver are saying about climate change and 
what Jane and Joe citizen must do to reverse the global warming taking place.

CBC national radio news reported this morning that the Arctic ice cap is melting three times faster than
scientists predicted last year. We're 30 years ahead in the melting than the earlier predictions! 

Share this link with your networks. The two short videos are here:


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