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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dmitri Iglitzin and Steven Hill

When pets are poisoned by imported pet food, U.S. Attorneys are fired for political reasons, and student loan providers are found to have offered kickbacks to universities to receive "preferred lender status," Congress gears up hearings and vows quick legislative action.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Hmm, drugs are as profitable as oil and it leaves one wondering just who is pocketing the proceeds from the latest bumper crop of opium in Afghanistan???

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 Harvey Wasserman

We are all now desperate runners in the epic race between doom and boom. It's a global-warmed dead heat between apocalyptic ecological collapse versus a Solartopian green-powered prosperity.

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

The playing field has never, ever, ever, ever been level between right wing and liberal. The genius of Limbaugh was not Limbaugh, it was Roger Ailes. ... the person who comes up with the best marketing idea is the person who usually comes up with the winner, not the person who comes up with the best product. Right-wing talk radio is not a good product. It's toxic. It's destructive. It's negative. But it had behind it a marketing genius, Roger Ailes.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff

Vice President Cheney says he doesn't have to obey the law relating to national security records held in the executive office because as vice president, he's not part of the executive branch.

Tuesday, 26 June 2007 07:20

Larry Beinhart: Springtime in Guantanamo

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Larry Beinhart

Generally it's a mistake to use words such as Nazi, Fascist, and Hitler when we're talking about the Bush administration. But every once in a while, something comes along that cries out for a Colonel Klink accent and a rousing chorus of Springtime For Hitler.

The song comes from the film (and later the stage show), The Producers, by Mel Brooks. It's the story of a Broadway entrepreneur, Max Bialystock, who realizes that nobody asks where the money went when a show flops (could that be the plot behind the war in Iraq?). Anyway, Max figures he can oversell shares in the show by 25,000%, provided he's sure the show will fail. He searches for the worst play in the world and finds a paean to the Fuhrer by Franz Liebkind, once a member of Hitler's household staff.

Bialystock is willing to say whatever it takes to get the rights to Liebkind's play. The following dialogue ensues:

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Had he been so wise a man back when it could have made a difference, how much better the world would be! "Sen. Richard Lugar, a senior Republican and a reliable vote for President Bush on the war, said Monday that Bush's Iraq strategy was not working and that the United States should downsize the military's role."

Tuesday, 26 June 2007 04:41

BuzzFlash Mailbag for June 26, 2007

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Subject: Mujahidin Predecessors Of The Taliban Or Al Qaeda?

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

Maybe you remember this bit of childhood doggerel, written by the American educator Hughes Mearns:

"Yesterday upon the stair
I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today
Oh how I wish he'd go away."


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