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"Frederick Kagan is an Unqualified Fraud." This could also be said for everyone in the Bush administration, from George Bush right on down! 

edited by Gloria Lalumia

The World Energy Watch presents recent news and analysis highlighting the activities of the players involved in the power struggle for the world's remaining energy resources.


(Reuters) - Honduras will take temporary control of foreign-owned oil storage terminals as part of a government import program meant to drive down fuel prices, President Manuel Zelaya said late on Saturday. Zelaya ordered the move after failing to reach a deal with big oil companies Exxon Mobil and Chevron, as well as local company DIPPSA, to rent the terminals. "It is not a nationalization, it's a temporary use of the storage tanks through a lease and payment of a reasonable price," he said. Honduras produces no crude of its own and no longer has a refinery. Its fuel market, like that of most Central American countries, is dominated by Shell, Exxon Mobil and Chevron. The government program takes control of imports away from the small group of oil companies that operate service stations in the Central American nation. Those companies have opposed the new system, saying it is anti-competitive. A congressional commission set up to study the new system has said it could save Honduras -- one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere -- about $66 million a year

by Tony Peyser

They invaded Iraq and Afghanistan
Look out, Syria --- look out, Iran.
They’ll use every soldier and weapon and bomb
And for old time’s sake may even invade Vietnam.


Last week, BuzzFlash reported on a total power outage throughout Baghdad during George Bush's war speech, preventing Iraqis from having the chance to watch (electricity usually only lasts a few hours each day anyway). Reports today indicate that the capital city of 6 million people is also suffering from another serious problem: a collapsed sewage system.

by Danny Schechter
News Dissector, MediaChannel.org

Memphis: I felt the presence of Dr. King this past weekend in Memphis. Of course, this is the city in which he gave his life, and as America marks his birth, it was hard not to be reminded of his death when you visit the scene of the crime, the fully restored Lorraine Motel.


Always the master of creative rhetoric, the White House's political spin machine has reached a new low. Backtracking over the original justifications for the Iraq War as they become increasingly erroneous, the Bush Administration has finally come up with a way to maintain their insistence that Iraq is "the central front on the war on terror."

Monday, 15 January 2007 05:08

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 15, 2007


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Subject: Bush - Admit You Have a Problem

To the editor,

President Kennedy once said, "We should never negotiate out of fear, but we should never fear to negotiate." Even President Bush now acknowledges the situation in Iraq is a mess. Even worse would be a scenario where neighboring countries become embroiled into a regional or world conflict. In this light, I found it deeply disappointing that Secretary of State Rice said to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday that the US would not negotiate with other countries in the Middle East because we might be seen as supplicants (asking for help).

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.

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.


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.

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