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Archive for January 1st, 2009

Basque Militants Suspected in Car Bombing

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 1st, 2009 5:39 am by HL

Basque Militants Suspected in Car Bombing

Bilbao TV Blast

In a continuation of the decades-long struggle between the Spanish government and those calling for independence of the Basque territories, a car bomb went off near a Bilbao television station Wednesday. No one was injured in the blast, which authorities believe was set off by the ETA, a militant Basque independence group.


Reuters via the Financial Times:

A car bomb exploded in Spain’s Basque country near the headquarters of a local television station in the town of Bilbao on Wednesday without causing any injuries, a police spokesman said.

Police said emergency services had evacuated television station ETB, which broadcasts in Basque and Spanish, and surrounding buildings following a bomb warning in the name of separatist group ETA.

The explosion shattered the windows of the round, glass walled building.

Emergency services had found a suspicious vehicle after closing off the area and discovered the owner of the vehicle tied to a tree on a nearby mountain, police said.

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Israel Continues Killing, Bars Journalists

Israel Did This

Be it due to danger or the ever-present desire for security, the Israeli government has always found reason to forbid journalists to enter the Gaza Strip at times of “conflict.” The current brutal assault on Gaza is no different, but this time an association of journalists has filed a petition in the Israeli Supreme Court to demand access to the occupied territories.

For good up-to-date information on the attacks in the Gaza Strip, check out the Institute for Middle East Understanding.


The Guardian:

Israel’s supreme court will hear a petition tomorrow brought by the Foreign Press Association, which represents around 400 foreign journalists, demanding that Israel allow reporters into Gaza to cover the latest conflict.

The sole pedestrian crossing from Israel into Gaza, at Erez, has remained closed to journalists since Israel’s bombing campaign began on Saturday.

Two years ago, after Hamas won the Palestinian elections, Israeli authorities stopped all Israeli journalists and Palestinian journalists with Israeli identity cards crossing into Gaza, saying it was too dangerous.

Last month, as the last ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militant groups began to collapse, the Israeli defence ministry closed the Erez crossing to all foreign journalists as well, citing “security” reasons.

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RJ Eskow: In the Year of Our Conscience 2009

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 1st, 2009 5:38 am by HL

RJ Eskow: In the Year of Our Conscience 2009
Another New Year, another war. Once again, the place they call the Holy Land is Ground Zero. But there are invisible wars, too, and they’re…

Andy Borowitz: My Facebook Status Updates for 2009
Andy can’t believe that shoe almost hit Rick Warren. Andy doesn’t think Caroline Kennedy is qualified to replace Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense, but doesn’t blame her for asking.

Lance Simmens: The Crisis Dividend: Profit and Purpose
Economic adversaries can be healthy, military ones are rarely so. But seeking common ground internationally will help free up scarce financial resources for non-military purposes.

Cenk Uygur: How Israel and the Palestinians Are Wrong
In my mind, there are two fundamental problems with what the Israelis and Palestinians are doing. Israel is occupying the West Bank (and effectively Gaza…

John Tepper Marlin: Two-Way Look at America’s Brand Changeover
Good riddance 2008. Bring on January, named for the two-faced Roman god linked to ends and doors. This god gave his name also to the…


Pyrrhic Torture Trials

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 1st, 2009 5:37 am by HL

Pyrrhic Torture Trials
WASHINGTON — Should Bush administration officials be put on trial for crimes such as authorizing torture? Personally, I’m just relieved to have this crowd heading out of office and their policies — on torture, on indefinite detention, on warrantless wiretapping, on overweening executive power — soon to be inoperative. But the imminent arrival of the Obama administration has sparked a renewed clamor for criminal investigation and prosecution among some quarters on the left. Vice President Cheney stoked the flames with an ABC interview in which he was typically unrepentant about the waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and particularly explicit about his involvement.


In Cut and Paste Job, Treasury Admits It Still Doesn’t Know What Banks Are Doing With Bailout Money

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 1st, 2009 5:36 am by HL

In Cut and Paste Job, Treasury Admits It Still Doesn’t Know What Banks Are Doing With Bailout Money
Earlier this month, as we noted at the time, the congressional oversight panel for the financial bailout released a report on how the Treasury is spending the $700 billion in taxpayer money Congress gave them. In its report, the panel,…





Former FDIC Chair, Now Advising Paulson, Is Looking To Profit From Bailout
The New York Times reports that several former government officials who helped organize the savings and loan bailout of the early 1990s are now putting that expertise to use by working as lawyers or lobbyists helping banks get a piece…

The Daily Muck
The Federal Election Commission has deadlocked on a recommendation by its counsel to fine a group for illegal spending practices in the 2004 presidential election. The commission’s 3 GOP members all voted against penalizing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for…


9 Steps to Peace for Obama in the New Year

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 1st, 2009 5:34 am by HL

9 Steps to Peace for Obama in the New Year
Steps the incoming president can take to build a peace-based economy.

Shopaholics, Big Spenders and People in Debt, Getting Smacked by Economic Reality
This is the season for how-did-we-go broke books, stories of shopping hangovers and life ripped down to the basics.

Obama Alone Can’t Halt the Surge in Black Murders
Murders involving young black males are bucking national crime trends. But is the answer job programs, crime prevention or more cops?

9 Steps to Peace for Obama in the New Year
Steps the incoming president can take to build a peace-based economy.


The Ten Young Progressive Intellectuals Who Make Me Hopeful

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 1st, 2009 5:33 am by HL

The Ten Young Progressive Intellectuals Who Make Me Hopeful
I’m convinced that progressives own the future. Not because Obama won (although that was pretty nice), but because the intellectual energy in America today is young and on the Left. To make this case (and in light of the timeless…





Pro-Gaza War Media Blitz In Overdrive
James Besser, a veteran (and outstanding) reporter for the New York Jewish Week looks at the lobby’s unprecedented media blitz supporting the Gaza war. It’s not enough to sell the war as a defensive reaction by Israel to years of…

Challenging Group Thinking Economists on Budget Deficits and the Dollar
Virtually the whole economics profession somehow managed to overlook the largest housing bubble in the history of the world. Remarkably, few, if any, economists were fired or even demoted for their extraordinary incompetence. Unlike dishwashers and factory workers, economists are…


Interior Dept. rule allowing guns in national parks may violate White House directive.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 1st, 2009 5:32 am by HL

Interior Dept. rule allowing guns in national parks may violate White House directive.
Earlier this month, the Department of Interior overturned a Reagan-era regulation, allowing loaded firearms at most national park sites such as the National Mall. Yesterday, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence sued the administration, saying the rule “jeopardizes the safety of park visitors in violation of federal law.” The release notes that the Interior […]

Earlier this month, the Department of Interior overturned a Reagan-era regulation, allowing loaded firearms at most national park sites such as the National Mall. Yesterday, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence sued the administration, saying the rule “jeopardizes the safety of park visitors in violation of federal law.” The release notes that the Interior Dept. violated the White House’s own directive:

The suit charges that the Interior Department violated several federal laws in its rush to implement the rule before President Bush leaves office, including failing to conduct any environmental review of the harm that the rule will cause, as is required by the National Environmental Policy Act. The Department also violated a White House directive that no rules should be issued after November 1, 2008, except in “extraordinary circumstances,” issuing the last-minute rule change on December 10, 2008.

The Bush administration also violated its own directive in November with a last-minute rule gutting worker protections.

Roland Burris?s monument to himself.
Politico notes that former Illinois attorney general Roland Burris, whom Gov. Rod Blagojevich chose to fill President-elect Obama’s Senate seat, has already erected his “future grave” in a Chicago cemetery. The grave “lists his accomplishments” and leaves “plenty of room above the bench to mention his career in the Senate”:

Politico notes that former Illinois attorney general Roland Burris, whom Gov. Rod Blagojevich chose to fill President-elect Obama’s Senate seat, has already erected his “future grave” in a Chicago cemetery. The grave “lists his accomplishments” and leaves “plenty of room above the bench to mention his career in the Senate”:

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Blacks Conflicted About Supporting Appointee

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 1st, 2009 5:31 am by HL

Blacks Conflicted About Supporting Appointee
A day after an announcement that shook Illinois politics, African American politicians and activists remain divided about supporting embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s surprise choice to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the Senate.

Burris Adds to Drama Facing U.S. Senate
With five days until the start of the 111th Congress, the corruption scandal surrounding Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) has complicated what was already shaping up to be a dramatic start in the Senate.

Obama, Pelosi to Discuss Scope of Economic Package
President-elect Barack Obama will meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday as Congress prepares to reconvene and debate a massive recovery plan for the nation’s struggling economy, according to Democratic sources.

Environmentalists Take Issue With Interior Department’s List of Achievements
As President Bush’s tenure comes to a close, independent experts and administration insiders are delivering their assessments of his government’s performance over the past eight years. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has posted his own verdict on his department’s Web site, and the upshot is that…