Hank Roth | 1 Apr 11:39 2004

Dead Zones

From: Sam Smith <ssmith <at> igc.org>

DEAD ZONES GROWING IN THE OCEANS

MICHAEL MCCARTHY, INDEPENDENT, UK - Marine "dead zones" - oxygen-starved
areas of the oceans that are devoid of fish - are one of the greatest
environmental problems facing the world, UN scientists warned yesterday.
There are nearly 150 dead zones across the globe, they are increasing, and
they pose as big a threat to fish stocks as over-fishing, the United Nations
Environment Program . . . These lifeless areas of the sea are caused by an
excess of nutrients, mainly nitrogen, that originate from heavy use of
agricultural fertilizers, from vehicle and factory emissions and from human
wastes. They have doubled in number over the last decade, with some
extending over 70,000 square kilometers (27,000 square miles), about the
size of Ireland, UNEP said. Dead zones have long afflicted the Gulf of
Mexico and Chesapeake Bay off the East Coast of America but they are now
spreading to other bodies of water, such as the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea,
the Adriatic, the Gulf of Thailand and the Yellow Sea as other regions
develop, UNEP said.

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/environment/story.jsp?story=506496

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Hank Roth | 1 Apr 11:42 2004

Drugs in Iran and Iraq

From: Sam Smith <ssmith <at> igc.org>
DRUG TRADE THRIVING IN IRAQ

AHMED JANABI, ALJAZEERA - Cocaine smuggling from Iran to Iraq is spiraling,
with Iraqi police and occupation forces apparently unable to stop it. A
leading Iraqi police officer, Munim Abd al-Razaq, has urged officers from
the disbanded Iraqi army to join the police to help counter the increasing
problem of cocaine trafficking. . .

Saad Ibrahim, a journalist in Aljazeera's Baghdad office, says the thousands
of criminals released from prison just before the occupation of Iraq have
also contributed to the growing drugs trade. . . "It's not only cocaine. We
have been witnessing many kinds of drugs that we've never seen in Iraq and
drugged tea," he says. Box sniff, a method of inhaling the powdered drugs
off the hand, is commonplace. "Waiters in some cafes in Baghdad understand
when you ask them for 'a 400-dinar tea' it means tea with drugs mixed in.".
. .
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C7A50208-6B7A-46C3-817E-7F600E637373.htm

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* (ADAR) * | 1 Apr 17:15 2004
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Karl, Karl, come on out! See what the DREAM Act is all about !!

From: Richard Semock <semockr <at> hotmail.com>

Protestors swarm Rove's residence over part of the bush amnesty:

"Several hundred people stormed the small yard of President Bush's chief
political strategist, Karl Rove, yesterday afternoon, pounding on his
windows, shoving signs at others and challenging Rove to talk to them
about a bill that deals with educational opportunities for immigrants."

Demonstrators Swarm Around Rove's Home
The Washington Post - Mar 29

http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/033104H.shtml

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PNEWS.ORG | 1 Apr 19:30 2004

William Clinton's Coalition Government

My biggest concern with Kerry is he will be like Clinton who was more
Republican than he was a Democrat and never a liberal. He cut out welfare
and didn't provide a safety net. He betrayed everyone to the left who
expected to be invited to a different party and got the same as before.
Bush was a continuation of Clinton.

Here is an article from the 1993 PNEWS-L archives:

From: Hank Roth
Subject: Clinton's Economic Plan

Typed by: ANN BELL <ABELL <at> macc.wisc.edu>
article from socialist worker

This article appears in the February 1993 issue of Socialist
Worker, paper of the International Socialist Organization/U.S.A.
To subscribe to Socialist Worker, or for more information about
the ISO, write to:
  International Socialist Organization
  P. O. Box 16085
  Chicago, IL 60616

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CLINTON'S ECONOMIC PLAN--MAKING WORKER'S PAY
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**CUTS to Social Security
**NO middle-class tax cut
**NO economic stimulus
**CUTS in public spending
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PNEWS.ORG | 1 Apr 19:32 2004

Continuation -- Cuts to SOCIAL WELFARE under Clinton

From: Brian Hauk (bghauk <at> berlin.infomatch.com)
Subject: Clinton, Congress Prepare New Social Cuts
Date: 1996/11/22

Clinton, Congress Prepare New Social Cuts
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from the Militant, vol.60/no.43                      December 2, 1996

BY ARGIRIS MALAPANIS
   Days after his reelection to the presidency of the United
States, William Jefferson Clinton began preparations to cut
Medicare and Social Security under the banner of balancing the
federal budget. In doing so, the Democratic president is
pushing for a bipartisan agreement with the leaders of the
Republican majority in Congress, who maintain differences with
the White House over the pace and extent of government cuts on
social entitlements.
   After the initial euphoria on Wall Street about the outcome
of the election, it's clear that tactical divisions on domestic
policy remain among the owners of capital, and among the
politicians who serve them in Washington. Neither "downsizing"
and "reengineering," nor the stream of assaults on workers'
social gains and democratic rights Clinton led during his first
administration, have resulted in reversing the decline in the
bosses' profit rates. As a result, the scandal-mongering
against the president-elect and his aides, and the coarsening
of politics it reflects, has not ebbed since November 5.
   Since early November, Clinton and other Democratic
politicians, Republican spokespeople in Congress, and a number
of columnists in the big-business press have been peddling the
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PNEWS.ORG | 1 Apr 19:34 2004

Clinton's Betrayal

From: Brian Hauk (bghauk <at> berlin.infomatch.com)
Date: 1998/02/13

Clinton Speech Promises War, More Social Cuts
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from the Militant, vol.62/no.5                       February 9, 1998

BY MAURICE WILLIAMS
    In his January 27 State of the Union address, U.S.
president William Clinton outlined plans to continue on the
course he's maintained since his election to the U.S
presidency: deeper attacks on the social wage of working people
and willingness to use Washington's military might abroad to
advance the interests of the U.S. wealthy class. The president
presented his speech under the storm cloud of a sex scandal
that is threatening his career.
    Asserting Washington's role as chief imperialist cop,
Clinton declared, "We must also confront the new hazards of
chemical and biological weapons and the outlaw states,
terrorists, and organized criminals seeking to acquire them."
Threatening military action against Iraq, he said, "Saddam
Hussein, you cannot defy the will of the world."
    Clinton also called for extending the U.S. occupation force
in Bosnia indefinitely and for Congressional approval of the
expansion the NATO military alliance. "Bosnia's fragile peace
still needs the support of American and allied troops when the
current NATO mission ends in June," he stated. These proposals
highlight the determination of the U.S. rulers to overthrow the
workers states in Russia and Eastern Europe and restore the
system of wage slavery there.
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PNEWS.ORG | 1 Apr 19:42 2004

Re: Ron Jacobs: Dying in Vain in Iraq

Please do.  Yes, I was a subscriber for several years (1988-94).....it's a
great forum...

At 10:57 AM 4/1/2004 -0600, you wrote:

>Ron: I would like to forward your short commentary to PNEWS-L (oldest
>progressive forum on the internet - since 1982) and in one of the pnews
>portals, if that is all right with you?
>
>I believe you have been a subscriber to PNEWS-L (at one time?).
>
>Check the newest portals.
>  http://pnews.org/portal/
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>Hank Roth
>http://pnews.org/
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>                                                           April 1, 2004
>
>Tombstone Blues
>
>Dying in Vain in Iraq
>
>    By RON JACOBS
>
>    The White House finally presented one of the most timeworn and
>    meaningless rationales for continuing the wrongheaded war and
>    occupation in Iraq. It is a rationale that so-called patriots pull
>    out of their hat (or perhaps they pull it from that part of their
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Hank Roth | 1 Apr 21:58 2004

Liberal Radio

Liberal Radio
(Date: 2004-04-01 13:45:58)
Topic: fightback

URL: http://g0lem.net/BBB/phpnuke/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=173

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Hank Roth | 1 Apr 22:15 2004

Next Roe versus Wade

I just watched Bush sign the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.
  It brings them a step closer to nullifying Roe versus Wade.

"The so-called Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA) is not intended to
protect pregnant women from domestic violence or punish individuals who
harm them," said PPFA President Gloria Feldt. "It is part of a deceptive
anti-choice strategy to make women's bodies mere vessels by creating legal
personhood for the fetus."

http://www.ppfa.org/about/pr/040326_unborn.html

As much as I don't like the Democrats, I gotta dislike the Republicans
more and will likely cast my vote for Kerry. I do want to see who he picks
to run with him. And I want to see what he might concede to Nader when
they meed later this month.

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PNEWS.ORG | 2 Apr 14:02 2004

The Scientist :: VA Report sharply criticizes Nelda Wray

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From: Tim & Nancy Callison <toto339 <at> webtv.net>

   Unfortunately, the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs doesn't seem to realize
that they have MUCH more serious issues
(such as  actually providing medical treatment in a timely manner) than
a few minor misappropriations.

Tim Callison

http://www.biomedcentral.com/news/20040326/03

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