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October 10, 2005
Snow Surfing

It's snowing outside, so I'm inside, surfing the net. (For those of you who wondered where tonight's post title originated.)

Pakistan. 20,000 - 30,000 dead. Boggles the mind, doesn't it? And breaks the heart.... I know some of us may be starting to suffer from donor fatigue, but even a few dollars will help. (Although, apparently, the Red Cross is not necessarily a wise choice. Although the entry refers to the USofA arm and not to the International Red Cross.)

And you know what I find myself asking? I find myself reading stories about Pakistanis looting as they try desperately to survive and I wonder how it's possible for journalists to get into these areas but it's not possible for aid to get in? You might say these are reports that are phoned to the outside world, but there are pictures, and these don't look like pictures from a cell phone.

If you're one of the few who cares about what's happening in the Sudan, you might want to check out SudanReeves.org. I haven't had a chance to read it all myself, there's a lot of material there, but it's interesting and seems to be well-researched.

Militia Violence Escalating In Darfur, U.N. Envoy Says

And Hook, Line and Suckers is an interesting article. Those "leftist" pundits you see on TV? Are just pretending. (Well, duh.)

From In These Times, When We Were Psychos. I don't know if I could bear to see such a film but considering the public's (relatively) calm acceptance of the ongoing revelations of prisoner abuse, murder, and torture in Iraq, Aghanistan, and Guantanamo, maybe it's time and past time a lot of us did see it?

I'm just saying. Aren't there some kind of rules against taking money allocated for one purpose and spending it elsewhere? Even if you are the Federal Government? (And, yes, do read the article. Because my heart is torn between the people who want to return 'home' and the knowledge that the continued destruction of the fragile Gulf ecosystem will have disastrous results.)

No Child Left Behind...when the military comes a callin'. No contact? No school recognition.

An argument against the Meirs nomination on the grounds that the issues that face us today deserve the best minds we can find to resolve them. Now that's an objection I can support. And I do. A woman so bland that she has left little mark on the world beyond her complicity work with the Bush Administrations simply fails to inspire confidence.

And don't miss Ahistoricality on the topic of Miers.

And speaking of issues that face us today...was that video of those four cops beating a 62 year-old man in New Orleans a sign of racism, police stressed too far, or what? And does anyone else have the rumor that at least two of those 'police officers' were actually federal agents of some sort?

At the end of August, the U.N. was asked to investigate now that USofA troops have killed a reported 18 journalists in Iraq? Why haven't I seen any follow-up of this? (Or, maybe, the U.N. declined to investigate? I'll have to start poking around.)

E&P praises departing WaPo Ombudsman Getler, but notes the absence of the NYTimes in the list of publications that produced "much fine journalism" in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.

(And, speaking of the NYTimes, Jeff Alworth over at Low on the Hog is pondering whether or not WaPo has replaced the NYTimes in the hearts of bloggers?)

(And, speaking of WaPo and actual journalism, don't miss Howard Kurtz on Stephen Colbert and the truth journalists cannot tell.)

Chinese thugs try to crush democracy protests.

BEIJING - Thugs trying to crush pro-democracy protests in a village in southern China have beaten a grassroots elections expert nearly to death and are terrorizing foreign journalists who approach the village

Slavery in Brazil.

Brazil abolished slavery in 1888. Earlier this year, however, the government acknowledged to the United Nations that at least 25,000 Brazilians work under "conditions analogous to slavery." The top anti-slavery official in Brasilia, the capital, puts the number of modern slaves at 50,000.

The fruits of Brazil's slave labor end up in the United States in the form of imported hardwoods, pig iron and processed meats. Other products, such as soybeans produced on farms cleared by enslaved workers, compete with U.S. products in world markets.

Slavery in Russia?

Ex-Iraqi Officials Sought in $1B Theft

BAGHDAD, Iraq Oct 10, 2005 Iraq has issued arrest warrants against the defense minister and 27 other officials from the U.S.-backed government of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi over the alleged disappearance or misappropriation of $1 billion in military procurement funds, officials said Monday.
Posted by AnneZook at 08:47 PM