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Monday, 23 October 2006 08:40

DNC: The Real Bush Economy

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DNC: The Real Bush Economy

Washington, DC - Today, President Bush will make remarks on the economy while visiting the Urban Trust Bank in Washington, DC. The President continues to deceive Americans when he says that the economy is growing stronger, as he fails to mention that the Bush Economy continues to benefit only the wealthiest Americans. By citing growth in the stock market, he ignores the fact that 10 percent of Americans own 80 percent of all stocks. [Economic Policy Institute, 10/11/06]

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Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice
U.S. Death Toll for October Hits 86

Washington, DC - Today's Washington Post reports that at least 44 Iraqis and U.S. troops were killed in Iraq over the weekend in another surge of sectarian violence. Officials note that attacks against U.S. and Iraqi forces have "increased more than 40 percent" since the middle of summer. Democrats have been joined by leading Generals and top Congressional Republicans in rejecting President Bush's failed stay-the-course strategy in Iraq and want a new direction that is both tough and smart.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

Alberto Fernandez was thrust into the world spotlight last weekend after saying in an Al-Jazeera interview that "undoubtedly there was arrogance and stupidity from the United States in Iraq." After perhaps becoming the first person subjected to Bush's new state-sanctioned torture laws, he hastily retracted his statements by claiming he "seriously misspoke."

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

The Bush administration, losing the war in Iraq, has come up with a "new" strategy: setting a timetable for Iraq's puppet regime and its fledgling army to "stand up" to the task of running the country so that the U.S. military can "stand down."

Monday, 23 October 2006 06:00

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 23, 2006

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

Last week, BuzzFlash wrote "Worse than Foley? Republicans Covering Up Evidence that GOP Knew of ex-Rep. Duke Cunningham Bribery & Cronyism." It turns out that House Intelligence Chairman Pete Hoekstra has been sitting on a report since May - that he authorized - concluding that his staffers ignored "red flags" about Cunningham, who is serving time for accepting bribes in return for millions in appropriations.

Monday, 23 October 2006 03:47

Cindy Sheehan: Is it Vietnam Yet?

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

With the mid-term elections looming dangerously close, and with public opinion in opposition to George's failed foreign policies crossing the two-thirds mark, the White House announced that they are going to present their puppet government of Iraq with a "timetable" for US withdrawal. This reminds me of Richard Nixon's "secret plan" to remove US troops from Vietnam that he touted in his narrow electoral victory over Hubert Humphrey in 1968.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

No need to question the Johns Hopkins survey any longer! Obviously it is true, otherwise the order "not to reveal to the UN the true extent of civilian casualties in the country's conflict" would not have been issued!

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

How Can The President Campaign For Adulterer Don Sherwood Who Tried To Strangle His Mistress?

by Tony Peyser

In shameless Lesson 101
For political spinners
Tony Snow said Bush can,
"Because we're all sinners."

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Welcome to "World Media Watch's" new format. Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; an expanded version of the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.

1//The Sunday Telegraph, UK-AL-QA'EDA IS WINNING THE WAR OF IDEAS, SAYS REID

John Reid has issued a dire warning that the Government risks losing the "battle of ideas" with al-Qa'eda. The Home Secretary spoke out at an emergency meeting of ministers and security officials amid an ever-growing threat from home-grown Islamist terror groups. He called for an urgent but controversial escalation in the propaganda war and said al-Qa'eda's so-called "single extremist narrative" was proving ever more attractive to young British Muslims. The Government needed to do much more to win the "battle of ideas", Mr Reid said. The meeting came as ministers -- including Jack Straw, Ruth Kelly and Phil Woolas -- started to take a much more aggressive stance against radical Islam. Ministers have told The Sunday Telegraph that 30 terror plots are being investigated and that 1,500 young Muslims -- many more than previously estimated -- are suspects. A key government weapon in the struggle to win hearts and minds is the decision to fund covertly an Islamic website appealing for moderation. A classic of New Labour terminology, it is called the Radical Middle Way. Government documents disclose that the site is "run as a grassroots initiative by Muslim organisations". However, it has "most of its financial backing from the Foreign Office and Home Office". The site uses video and podcasts to spread an "alternative message" to young Muslims. Some content is available through the iTunes website with no indication that it is effectively an arm of Government. Around 100,000 CDs promoting moderation have also been funded and distributed free to Muslim students as an "antidote", apparently, to the jihadist CDs circulated at universities and colleges.

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