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The source of the rotten smell that alarmed many residents of Manhattan last week remained a mystery, but it may have been wafting out from underneath Wall Street. It's certainly no mystery why a rotten smell would be emanating from the bowels of wealth and power.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION

by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

Most of us who are parents will live to see our children reach adulthood, and will even live to be grandparents, and yet we all spend thousands of dollars paying for life insurance, just in case we were to die before our kids get through college.

Most of us will never suffer a house fire, but over the years we spend tens of thousands of dollars insuring our houses against that disaster (we also spend huge sums of tax dollars paying for fire stations and equipment). Most of us will never have a serious accident, and yet we all spend even more money insuring our cars, just in case we do.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

On this, a day to remember Martin Luther King, Jr., it would be wise for us all to remember his values, his ideals, and all that he stood for in America. His was a determination to change a nation peacefully. "(CNN) -- From the time he first emerged as a civil rights leader, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., lived with the threat of death, but he never wavered in his commitment to non-violence." He was courageous when he faced aggression! Something we should all reflect on in these days when preemptive invasions and wars are uncompromisingly pursued by the current administration in Washington, D.C.!

by Tony Peyser
 
Yeah, I heard that Rudy made the city
Safe for all kids and all moms
But how many of those squeegee guys
Were packing roadside bombs?

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

Asif Iqbal is a quiet, but funny and quick-witted 25 year old British man of Indian descent who was detained illegally in Guantanamo Bay prison for 2 and ½ years before his government was finally able to obtain his release.

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

Why did Bush wait until the start of a new Democratic Congress to announce his death warrant on American GIs?

Part of it, no doubt, was that Cheney needed time to fire the vocally dissenting generals, whip the Joints Chiefs of Staff – who unanimously opposed the idea – into silence, and try to figure out a way to find additional cannon fodder to send to their doom, since the military and reserves have been so depleted by the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld Iraq war folly.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

It is now estimated that more than 3500 people attended the 2007 Conference for Media Reform in Memphis, Tennessee, January 12-14.

Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated not far from the Memphis Conference Center where the conference is finishing up.

It was noted by more than one speaker that the Civil Rights Movement – and the protests against the Vietnam War – might not have succeeded if the media had not transmitted the horrible images and stories from those two tumultuous clashes.

A BuzzFlash News Analysis

Having attended the three Media Reform conferences sponsored by FreePress.net over the last few years, BuzzFlash is profoundly optimistic that the harmful and insidious "news [propaganda] frame" created by the corporate media may be countered by a grassroots movement of activists.

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