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  • Communism and human nature (Bolshie Mod sez, Arise ye kittens of the earth!)

    04/05/2005 10:50:57 AM PDT · by Sammy sam · 153 replies · 8,234+ views
    Many argue that communism will never be possible because of "human nature". The essence of this false argument is the belief that a communist society would consist of an all-powerful central government that would tell everybody what to do--and would therefore undermine the creative initiative of individuals and the search for happiness. • This argument is based on two false assumptions: (1) It assumes that a communist society will look like the former Soviet Union, or the current China, North Korea, etc (ie: corrupt police states with a feudal-style ruling class) (2) It assumes that people will only work in...
  • UN Panel: No Single Nation Should Control Internet Addresses

    07/16/2005 6:52:29 AM PDT · by grundle · 40 replies · 2,139+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Jul 14 2005 | Aoife White UN Panel: No Single Nation Should Control Internet Addresses Aoife White Thu Jul 14, 9:38 PM ET BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP)--A U.N. panel created to recommend how the Internet should be run in the future has failed to reach consensus but did agree that no single country should dominate. The United States stated two weeks ago that it intended to maintain control over the computers that serve as the Internet's principal traffic cops. In a report released Thursday, the U.N. panel outlined four possible options for the future of Internet governance for world leaders to consider at a November "Information...
  • Red Alert... list of Left groups plan to surround the Whitehouse on Sept 24th

    07/14/2005 12:53:28 PM PDT · by Thunder90 · 127 replies · 8,101+ views
    Here is the list so far for sponcers to this hate America fest: ANSWER Code Pink UFPJ NION Al Awda World Workers Party Ruckas Revolutionary Communist party ACORN Campus Antiwar Network International Socialist Org Greens Party Muslim Student Association CPUSA
  • Moms tell recruiters: ‘Leave My Child Alone!’

    07/02/2005 6:08:14 AM PDT · by Alia · 253 replies · 4,596+ views
    People's Weekly World ^ | 06-30-05 | Tim Wheeler
    WASHINGTON — Megan Watson, leader of Mainstream Moms, is so angry at military recruiters for invading schools to sign up unwary youth for combat in Iraq that she and her group launched an online movement, “” “They offer these trinkets to lure our children to enlist,” Watson said in a phone interview from her home in Bolinas, Calif. “This is very aggressive, demographic targeting to have conversations with our kids that should not be happening.” All branches of the military are falling short of recruiting goals as parents say, in effect, “Hell no! My kids won’t go!” Watson blasted the...
  • A.N.S.W.E.R.'s response to Bush: Hit the Streets September 24! [Treason & Sedition]

    06/29/2005 5:23:41 AM PDT · by upchuck · 69 replies · 2,757+ views
    email | June 28, 2005 | ANSWER
    A.N.S .W.E.R.'s response to Bush:Hit the Streets September 24!Recognizing that the people of the United States have turned dramat ically against the war and occupation of Iraq, Bush went on national televi sion tonight to defend his imperial foreign policy. He repea tedly invoked September 11 as a pretext for the criminal and illegal war ag ainst Iraq. Bush took to the airwaves tonight because the antiwar m ovement is growing in strength. Our power poses a major poli tical obstacle to the continuation of the war and occupation. Now Bush has taken on the additional role of Recruiter-in-Chi ef, urging young people to sign up for military...

    06/27/2005 5:22:48 PM PDT · by kristinn · 220 replies · 11,324+ views
    Monday, June 27, 2005 | Kristinn
    At the culmination of a gathering of global 'antiwar' groups in Istanbul to hold court on the liberation of Iraq led by the United States and the United Kingdom, the jurors who heard testimony against the liberators issued their findings which included a declaration of support for the terrorists in Iraq who are killing American, British and coalition soldiers and Iraqis.The World Tribunal on Iraq is endorsed by leading leftwing organizations from around the world including American-based groups like Not in Our Name Project, United for Peace and Justice, Code Pink and International ANSWER.The war on terror has reached a...
  • Tsunami aid 'went to the richest'

    06/27/2005 7:17:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 35 replies · 975+ views
    BBC News ^ | 06/25/05
    Last Updated: Saturday, 25 June, 2005, 02:48 GMT 03:48 UK   Tsunami aid 'went to the richest'   Thousands in Aceh have not been able to move out of camps Six months after the Asian tsunami, a leading international charity says the poorest victims have benefited the least from the massive relief effort.A survey by Oxfam found that aid had tended to go to businesses and landowners, exacerbating the divide between rich and poor. The poor were likely to spend much longer in refugee camps where it is harder to find work or rebuild lives. Oxfam has called for...
  • Oxfam pays $1m tsunami aid duty

    06/17/2005 5:10:47 PM PDT · by flixxx · 6 replies · 282+ views
    bbc news ^ | 6 17 05 | bbc
    Oxfam pays $1m tsunami aid duty Oxfam says it abides by the laws of the countries it works in British charity Oxfam has had to pay the Sri Lankan government $1m in import duty for vehicles used in tsunami reconstruction work. Paperwork had kept the 25 four-wheel drive vehicles idle in the capital, Colombo, for a month. The Sri Lankan government told the BBC News website the aid had been duty-free until the end of April but was now needed to prevent "market distortions". Nearly 31,000 people died in Sri Lanka when the tsunami struck on 26 December. Half a...
  • Tsunami aid 'went to the richest'

    06/24/2005 8:11:21 PM PDT · by motorola7 · 35 replies · 830+ views
    BBC ^ | June 25, 2005
    <p>Six months after the Asian tsunami, a leading international charity says the poorest victims have benefited the least from the massive relief effort.</p>
  • Sri Lanka Charges Oxfam L500,000 To Allow In Jeeps (Tsunami Relief)

    06/16/2005 6:20:31 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 501+ views
    Sri Lanka charges Oxfam £500,000 to allow in jeeps (Filed: 17/06/2005) Oxfam has had to pay £550,000 in customs duty to the Sri Lankan government for importing 25 four-wheel-drive vehicles to help victims of the tsunami, The Daily Telegraph has learned. The sum was levied by customs in Colombo which have refused to grant tax exemptions to non-governmental organisations working to repair damage caused by the giant Boxing Day wave. The Indian-made Mahindra vehicles, essential to negotiate damaged roads and rough tracks, remained stuck in port at Colombo for almost a month as officials completed the small mountain of paperwork...
  • Help with research on Oxfam NGO; "Fair trade not free trade"

    04/27/2005 8:56:45 AM PDT · by jdsteel · 4 replies · 450+ views
    n/a ^ | 05/27/05 | jdsteel
    A "Fair Trade not Free Trade" (The taste of justice) presentation is going to be held at my (I can't believe this is actually happening) church, which is fairly conservative. I have done a few hours research on the web and found some info on Oxfam, the parent organization. I'd like to ask the fine freeper folks to help me add to my ammunition to be able to counter with facts & figures that outline how the whole thing is not only counter-productive but a farm system for socialists, the democrats push into houses of worship and what is probably...
  • CA: Activists to converge at UC Be(ZE)rkeley

    03/17/2005 8:46:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 344+ views
    More than 1,300 college students will meet at University of California, Berkeley this weekend for a national conference for students involved in service, activism, politics and socially responsible work. The COOL Idealist National Conference is the largest national meeting of college students involved in activism. The event includes a dozen daylong forums and 165 workshops, as well as an opportunities fair and an awards conference. The conference is all day Friday through Sunday at various locations on campus. Visit for more information. Event highlights include an opportunities fair from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday and 12:30 to 2 p.m....
  • WTO Upholds Complaint Over Cotton Aid

    03/03/2005 9:16:38 PM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 4 replies · 202+ views
    AP ^ | Mar 3, 2005 | Vivian Sequera
    The World Trade Organization (news - web sites) on Thursday upheld a ruling condemning government help for cotton producers in the United States, saying that many U.S. programs include illegal export subsidies or domestic payments that are higher than WTO rules allow. The WTO appeals body rejected a U.S. attempt to overturn a September 2004 ruling by an independent panel of trade experts, which acted on a complaint from Brazil. Richard Mills, spokesman for Acting U.S. Trade Representative Peter Allgeier, called the decision disappointing. "Negotiation, not litigation, is the most effective way to address distortions in global agriculture," Mills said...
  • Post-tsunami India's image rises globally

    01/07/2005 4:55:45 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 10 replies · 936+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 7 Jan 2005 | IANS
    WASHINGTON: India has displayed maturity in its management of the ravages caused by last week's tsunami - helping other countries in the region and in helping itself - leading to a changed perception of the country in the eyes of the international community. "It's a new and confident India which also recognizes its responsibilities," asserted renowned economist Jagdish Bhagwati. In an interview, Bhagwati says in helping other countries around the world in its own time of crisis, "It's not just international power play but rather a display of maturity. It's not with a sense of pride but rather as an...
  • Make Poverty History (Oxfam Press Release)

    12/29/2004 5:28:02 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 30 replies · 1,012+ views
    Oxfam Website ^ | 12-28-04 | Oxfam
    Oxfam Press Release - 28 December 2004 MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY Challenge to Tony Blair to sign global poverty pledge Today, MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY challenged Tony Blair to do much more to tackle global poverty by pledging to change damaging UK policies and press for international action that delivers a real breakthrough. The new report, Make History: A challenge to the British Prime Minister in 2005 was delivered to Downing Street, demanding that Tony Blair sign on the dotted line. "We are issuing this challenge to Tony Blair as we believe that he must do more to end global poverty. It is time for the...
  • Passive Saboteurs/\Ideological prejudice leads relief agencies to cut and run from Iraq.

    09/14/2003 9:45:16 AM PDT · by dennisw · 5 replies · 464+ views
    wsj ^ | Sunday, September 14, 2003 12:01 a.m. EDT | BY MARTIN PERETZ
    <p>Passive Saboteurs Ideological prejudice leads relief agencies to cut and run from Iraq.</p> <p>The world is now witnessing an exodus from Iraq. But it is not an exodus of refugees, whom critics of the war told us would flood in panic across the borders into neighboring states. These simply didn't materialize--and it tells us much that is good about the postwar realities of the country that they didn't.</p>
  • Mark Steyn: Come on over the water's lovely

    05/31/2003 5:51:34 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 87 replies · 909+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 06/01/03 | Mark Steyn
    There's no dysentery or cholera, no sign of a human catastrophe, the roads and medical centres are empty and the countryside charming. Yes, writes Mark Steyn, there's no place like Iraq for a holiday I've spent the past couple of weeks on a motoring tour of western and northern Iraq, and I can't recommend it highly enough. The roads are empty except for the occasional burnt-out tank and abandoned Saddamite limo. You can make excellent time, because it will be several months before a deBa'athified Iraqi highway patrol squad is up and running and even longer before they replace the...
  • 'Humanitarian disaster' looms in Iraq

    10/04/2002 12:19:53 AM PDT · by polemikos · 16 replies · 231+ views
    BBC ^ | October 3, 2002 | Kathryn Westcott
    'Humanitarian disaster' looms in Iraq After the Gulf War thousands of Iraqi Kurds fled to Iran By Kathryn Westcott BBC News Online Aid workers are increasingly concerned about a humanitarian catastrophe if a new war is launched against Iraq. A recent statement by a number of charities warns of mass civilian deaths and an exacerbation of an existing humanitarian crisis. If prompt humanitarian assistance cannot be delivered in accordance with refugee status, the situation could become life threatening Rob MacGillivray, Save the Children "In the Gulf War, we are aware of the mistargeting of weapons installations due to aerial bombardment...
  • False Promises on Globalization from Oxfam

    04/17/2002 8:48:47 AM PDT · by madeinchina · 2 replies · 363+ views
    Trade Alert ^ | 4/16/02 | Alan Tonelson
    The good news about Oxfam International's new report on international trade and third world poverty is that it isn't a piece of completely thoughtless anti-capitalist, anti-American baloney. The study, titled "Rigged Rules and Double Standards," makes several important points about both the limits and potential of conventional trade liberalization to raise third world living standards. It's full of useful data as well. The bad news is that the study shows once again that Oxfam's agenda is not promoting balanced, realistic reforms of the global economy. Instead, the humanitarian organization continues to agitate for ever larger, better disguised international handouts for...