Monday, September 19, 2005

t r u t h o u t 09.19Bill Clinton Launches Withering Attack on Bushhttp://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/091905I.shtml"What Americans need to understand is that ... every single day of the year, our government goes into the market and borrows money from other countries to finance Iraq, Afghanistan, Katrina, and our tax cuts," Clinton said.Largest Theft in History: $1 Billion Missing in Iraqhttp://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/091905J.shtmlThe money missing from all ministries under the interim Iraqi government appointed by the US in June 2004 may turn out to be close to $2bn. Of a military procurement budget of $1.3bn, some $200m may have been spent on usable equipment, though this is a charitable view, say officials. Paul Krugman Tragedy in Black and Whitehttp://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/091905K.shtmlAnd who can honestly deny that race is a major reason America treats its poor more harshly than any other advanced country? To put it crudely: a middle-class European, thinking about the poor, says to himself, "There but for the grace of God go I." A middle-class American is all too likely to think, perhaps without admitting it to himself, "Why should I be taxed to support those people?"The Progressive Populist Negligent Homicidehttp://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/091905L.shtmlAre we to conclude that the depopulation of New Orleans went according to the Bush administration's plan? The Progressive Populist claims that the dispersal of hundreds of thousands of Democrat-leaning voters from New Orleans could turn Louisiana from a swing state to a Republican lock. And the stricken area of Mississippi has a Democratic congressman, so it might have been considered expendable as well.Caution Urged for Reopening of New Orleanshttp://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/091905M.shtmlSharpening his earlier warnings, the top official in charge of the federal response to the Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts again urged a delay on Sunday to a plan that is bringing people back to a city largely without power, drinking water or a working 911 system.North Korea Agrees to End Nuclear Programshttp://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/091905N.shtmlNorth Korea on Monday agreed to stop building nuclear weapons and allow international inspections in exchange for energy aid, economic cooperation and security assurances, in a first step toward disarmament after two years of six-nation talks.Whoops! There Goes Another Pension Planhttp://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/091905O.shtmlRobert S. Miller is a turnaround artist with a Dickensian twist. He unlocks hidden value in floundering Rust Belt companies by jettisoning their pension plans. His approach, copied by executives at airlines and other troubled companies, can make the people who rely on him very rich. But it may be creating a multibillion-dollar mess for taxpayers later.Cindy Sheehan Wake Up!http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/091905Z.shtmlCindy Sheehan: It is time for all of us to stand up and be counted: to show the media, Congress, and this inept, corrupt, and criminal administration that we mean business. It is time to get off of our collective behinds to show the people who are running our country into oblivion that we will stand for it no longer.

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