July 1, 2006

STEALING MEXICO
by Greg Palast
BUSH TEAM HELPS RULING PARTY „FLORIDIZEš MEXICAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Friday, June 30 ų GEORGE Bush‚s operatives have plans to jigger with the upcoming elections. I‚m not talking about the November ő06 vote in the USA (though they have plans for that, too). I‚m talking about the election this Sunday in Mexico for their Presidency.

It begins with an FBI document marked, „Counterterrorismš and „Foreign Intelligence Collectionš and „Secret.š Date: „9/17/2001,š six days after the attack on the World Trade towers. It‚s nice to know the feds got right on the ball, if a little late. more...

June 30, 2006

Ten Months After Katrina: Gutting New Orleans
by Bill Quigley  

Saturday I joined some volunteers and helped gut the home of one of my best friends. Two months after she finished paying off her mortgage, her one-story brick home was engulfed in 7 feet of water. Because she was under-insured and remains worried about a repeat of the floods, my friend, a grandmother, has not yet decided if she is going to rebuild.

Though it is Saturday morning, on my friend's block no children play and no one is cutting the grass. Most of her neighbors' homes are still abandoned. Three older women neighbors have died since Katrina.

We are still finding dead bodies. Ten days ago, workers cleaning a house in New Orleans found a body of a man who died in the flood. He is the twenty-third person found dead from the storm since March.

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Some ask, what can people who care do to help New Orleans and the Gulf Coast? Help us rebuild our communities. Pair up your community, your business, school, church, professional or social organization, with one on the Gulf Coast - and build a relationship where your organization can be a resource for one here and provide opportunities for your groups to come and help and for people here to come and tell their stories in your communities. Most groups here have adopted the theme - Solidarity not Charity. Or as aboriginal activist Lila Watson once said: "If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us struggle together." more...

June 29, 2006

We got back from Australia last Wednesday, and I finally pulled it together to get my site up and current once again. So, welcome back to Fletcher's Folly.

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An Iraqi Withdrawal From Iraq
By Dahr Jamail

Recent days have found a media feeding frenzy at the trough of the "National Reconciliation" plan by the US puppet "prime minister" of Iraq, Nuri al-Maliki. This "plan" was clearly a political move orchestrated from within Pentagon and State Department circles in preparation for the upcoming November mid-term elections in the US and has effectively changed, on the ground in Iraq, approximately nothing.

Broadcast by the corporate media and lapped up by US politicians and other groups, the day after it was announced the "plan" had its key element - that of granting amnesty for resistance fighters, removed. Apparently, the "plan" aimed to show some sort of political progress in Iraq. more...

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