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" In my view, the greatest distraction is the hypocrisy of those political figures in the democratic West, who claim to support the Burmese liberation struggle. Laura Bush and Condoleezza Rice come to mind. "The United States," said Rice, "is determined to keep an international focus on the travesty that is taking place in Burma."

What she is less keen to keep a focus on is that the huge American company, Chevron, on whose board of directors she sat, is part of a consortium with the junta and the French company, Total, that operates in Burma's offshore oil fields. The gas from these fields is exported through a pipeline that was built with forced labor and whose construction involved Halliburton, of which Vice President Cheney was Chief Executive.

For many years, the Foreign Office in London promoted business as usual in Burma. When I interviewed Suu Kyi I read her a Foreign Office press release that said, "Through commercial contacts with democratic nations such as Britain, the Burmese people will gain experience of democratic principles."

She smiled sardonically and said, "Not a bit of it."

In Britain, the official public relations line has changed, but the substance of compliance and collusion has not. British tour firms – like Orient Express and Asean Explorer – are able to make a handsome profit on the suffering of the Burmese people. Aquatic – a sort of mini Halliburton – has its snout in the same trough, together with Rolls Royce and all those posh companies that make a nice earner from Burmese teak.

When the last month's uprising broke out, Gordon Brown referred to the sanctity of what he called "universal principles of human rights". He has said something similar a letter sent to this meeting tonight. It is his theme of distraction. I urge you not be distracted.

When did Brown or Blair ever use their close connections with business – their platforms at the CBI and in the City London – to name and shame these companies that make money on the back of the Burmese people? When did a British prime minister call for the European Union to plug the loopholes of arms supply to Burma, stopping, for example, the Italians from supplying military equipment? The reason no doubt is that the British government is itself one of the world's leading arms suppliers, especially to regimes at war. Tonight (October 25) the Brown government has approved the latest American prelude to its attack on Iran and the ensuing horror and bloodshed.

When did a British prime minister call on its ally and client, Israel, to end its long and sinister relationship with the Burmese junta. Or does Israel's immunity and impunity also cover its supply of weapons technology to Burma and its reported training of the junta's most feared internal security thugs? Of course, that is not unusual. The Australian government – so vocal lately in its condemnation of the junta – has not stopped the Australian Federal Police from training Burma's internal security forces in at the Australian-funded Center for Law Enforcement Cooperation in Indonesia."
The Hypocrites Who Say They Back Democracy in Burma
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"Surrender Your Coal"

Steampunk Dalek
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It's Cthulhu
Defect Suspected in Fabric of Space-Time
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" GG: One of the arguments that the telecom industry is making, and that advocates of telecom immunity or amnesty are making, is that these telecoms acted in good faith when they did what they did, and so it's unfair to punish these companies -- even if they technically broke the law -- because they were acting in good faith, acting as what the Washington Post Editorial Page described as good "patriotic corporate citizens" trying to protect the country. I have two questions about that:

(1) is it true that under the law, if they can prove they acted in good faith, then at least for the statutory claims, there won't be any liability?; and,

(2) aren't those claims, those arguments, that they're making now [about their supposed "good faith"] ones that they made before Judge Walker, that he rejected, when he refused to dismiss the case against them?

CC: Yes and yes. To answer your first question: the FISA law already has very broad immunities for the telecoms, and if it was the case that they were acting in good faith with an honest belief that what they were being asked to do was legal, then they would already have immunity, and they don't need an additional immunity from Congress for that.

And it's also the case that they made all these arguments to Judge Walker and Judge Walker's decision on this addresses those arguments very directly -- he said no reasonable phone company in the position of AT&T could have thought that what they were being asked to do was legal. It is not the case that this phone company could have believed that the wholesale surveillance of millions of its customers for five years, six years and counting, could be legal under the law."

The truth about telecom amnesty
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Pens Vs Swords
In Burma you can do hard time for writing poetry with the wrong symbolism.
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Classic WTF YouTubery
    Here are the top reasons you should subscribe to me!
  • 1) I can fit inside trashcans and dryers (so fun for the kids).
  • 2) I can make things catch on fire with my MIND.
  • 3)I will bedazzle your face on a shirt.
  • 4) Ill give you stuff like a snoopy snow cone machine and hoola hoops.
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Chart Toppers
Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008
  • #1 No Habeas Corpus for "Any Person"
  • #2 Bush Moves Toward Martial Law
  • #3 AFRICOM: US Military Control of Africa's Resources
  • #4 Frenzy of Increasingly Destructive Trade Agreements
  • #5 Human Traffic Builds US Embassy in Iraq
  • #6 Operation FALCON Raids
  • #7 Behind Blackwater Inc.
  • #8 KIA: The US Neoliberal Invasion of India
  • #9 Privatization of America's Infrastructure
  • #10 Vulture Funds Threaten Poor Nations' Debt Relief
  • #11 The Scam of "Reconstruction" in Afghanistan
  • #12 Another Massacre in Haiti by UN Troops
  • #13 Immigrant Roundups to Gain Cheap Labor for US Corporate Giants
  • #14 Impunity for US War Criminals
  • #15 Toxic Exposure Can Be Transmitted to Future Generations on a "Second Genetic Code"
  • #16 No Hard Evidence Connecting Bin Laden to 9/11
  • #17 Drinking Water Contaminated by Military and Corporations
  • #18 Mexico's Stolen Election
  • #19 People's Movement Challenges Neoliberal Agenda
  • #20 Terror Act Against Animal Activists
  • #21 US Seeks WTO Immunity for Illegal Farm Payments
  • #22 North Invades Mexico
  • #23 Feinstein's Conflict of Interest in Iraq
  • #24 Media Misquotes Threat From Iran's President
  • #25 Who Will Profit from Native Energy?

Creepy Crawlies

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Giant Isopod
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Coconut crab
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God Save the Dutch
This looks like one hell of a party

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3-D Glasses Not Included
Don Hertzfeldt Intermission

Too Bad the US Can't Do Anything About Burma
" Even in Burma, however, Bush's support for human rights yields to his fondness for the oil and gas industry. Burma has large natural gas reserves, and multinational oil corporations want to cash in. Chevron Corporation is currently the largest U.S. investor in Burma, with a partnership stake in the multi-billion-dollar Yadana gas pipeline project. The Yadana project was originally developed by Unocal, another American oil company, which was acquired by Chevron last year. (Although new investment in Burma is prohibited, the pipeline is grandfathered in under an exception, pushed by Unocal, for preexisting projects.)

The Yadana pipeline has been repeatedly condemned by human rights and environmental advocates as one of the most destructive "development" projects in the world. The Burmese military government is a direct partner in the project, and Burmese soldiers providing security and other services to the pipeline project have conscripted villagers for forced labor on a vast scale, as well as committing murder, rape and torture. These abuses have been widely acknowledged; before Bush took office, the U.S. Department of Labor concluded that "refugee accounts of forced labor" on the project "appear to be credible."

The Bush administration has close ties to Chevron. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was a member of the Chevron Board of Directors for 10 years before Bush was elected, and even had a Chevron oil tanker named for her until it was quietly renamed after Bush took office. And Halliburton, the oilfield services giant formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, has numerous ties to Chevron, signing several multimillion-dollar contracts during Cheney's tenure. And yet there is no evidence that the Bush administration has used its connections to convince Chevron to divest its Burmese holdings, despite the evidence of abuses committed on the Yadana project and Bush's public position on promoting human rights and democracy."

Big Oil Trumps Freedom

" Chevron's role in propping up the brutal regime in Burma is clear. According to Marco Simons, U.S. legal director at EarthRights International: "Sanctions haven't worked because gas is the lifeline of the regime. Before Yadana went online, Burma's regime was facing severe shortages of currency. It's really Yadana and gas projects that kept the military regime afloat to buy arms and ammunition and pay its soldiers.""
Chevron's Pipeline Is the Burmese Regime's Lifeline

GOP-Tough on Other People's Crimes
" The Bush administration's 2008 budget cuts deeply into the FBI's crucial criminal program, further crippling the bureau's ability to tackle white-collar fraud, police abuse, civil rights violations and many other crimes, a Seattle P-I analysis has found.


"At a time when fraud is a huge undercurrent of the subprime mortgage crisis, this will completely wipe out the FBI's white-collar program," the source said. "The ability to investigate cases like Enron will be severely handicapped. And look at public corruption. Those are complex investigations that take about five agents to work one case.""

What!? The Bush administration is crippling the FBI's ability to investigate political and corporate crime-I'm just shocked, shocked. This seems so unlike them.

FBI faces deep cuts in programs to fight crime

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