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December 12, 2008

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CONTENTS
*38 DAYS AFTER
*AFGHANISTAN
*IRAQ
*PALESTINE
*GI RESISTANCE
*DOMESTIC RACISM, REPRESSION & INJUSTICE
*LABOR AT HOME




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38 DAYS AFTER

Obama on the U.S. Military
"To ensure prosperity here at home and peace abroad, we all share the belief we have to maintain the strongest military on the planet."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/3540167/Barack-Obama-says-US-will-maintain-strongest-military-on-planet-as-Clinton-confirmed-top-diplomat.html

Is Obama Re-Branding Imperialism?
"I think we've got a unique opportunity to reboot America's image around the world and also in the Muslim world in particular."
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-interview10-2008dec10,0,6634149.story

Influential Democrat Asks Obama to Keep Pro-Torture Spy Chiefs
"There's got to be some continuity, and the leadership of both the CIA and the DNI is going to be pivotal to keeping us safe and secure."
http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE4B96B320081210

Is the Left Giving Obama a Free Ride?
Goodwill on the left has largely prevented activists from publicly complaining when Obama has distanced himself from campaign commitments.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-wilderness29-2008nov29,0,7766823.story

Pilger: Beware of Groundhog Day
If there is a happy ending to the Groundhog Day of repeated wars and plunder, it may well be found in the very mass movement whose enthusiasts registered voters and knocked on doors and brought Obama to power. Will they now be satisfied as spectators to the cynicism of "continuity"?
http://www.newstatesman.com/north-america/2008/12/obama-pilger-iraq-continuity



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AFGHANISTAN

Mr. Gates Goes to Afghanistan
"[W]e're going to be in this struggle for quite a long time."
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/12/world/middleeast/12gates.html?hp

Gen. Petraeus: Another Surging Occupation
Petraeus said he had "already made recommendations" for an almost doubling of US troops in Afghanistan.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ilykdqL3ncZM_Wjbv-rT6qemqmRw

Marine General: Resistance Growing
"The [latest] strike is going to embolden those who see the loss of 150 vehicles as a pretty big blow."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20081209/wl_time/08599186522300



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IRAQ

Maliki Official: SOFA Won't End Occupation
"We do understand that the Iraqi military is not going to get built out in the three years. We do need many more years. It might be 10 years."
http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE4BA6WH20081211

SOFA Won't Make U.S. Go Quietly
It turns out that the new security agreement can be ditched by either side, while the Iraqi government is fully entitled to invite US troops to remain, as explained in the accompanying "strategic framework agreement", so long as its bases or presence are not defined as "permanent". And given that the current Iraqi government would be unlikely to survive a week without US protection, such a request is a fair bet.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/dec/11/iraq-withdrawal-comment-debate

Resistance: No Compromise With Occupation
[T]he resistance in Iraq will continue until the exit of the occupiers from the land of Mesopotamia.
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m49131&hd=&size=1&l=e

Justice for Blackwater?
Significantly, Blackwater as a company faces no charges in the case.
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20081222/scahill?rel=hp_picks

Where is the Democratic Party Left?
To date, there has been no significant criticism from the antiwar left of the Democratic Party of the prospect that Mr. Obama will keep tens of thousands of troops in Iraq for at least several years to come.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/04/us/politics/04military.html?ref=world



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PALESTINE

Richard Falk: Silence About Gaza is Not an Option
However difficult politically, it is time to act.
http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=33831

UNGA Head: Boycott Israeli Apartheid
"[T]he United Nations should consider following the lead of a new generation of civil society, who are calling for a similar non-violent campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure Israel."
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1226404827209&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

U.S. General: P.A. Forces Won't Resist Occupation
"[S]ince May, there has not been a single incident of Palestinian security force engagement with Israelis. Either Israeli civilians or IDF, even in Hebron, a very complex environment with settlers. OK? I think that speaks for itself."
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728147345&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Livni: "Two-State Solution" Requires More Ethnic Cleansing; But Palestinians Refuse to Go
"The roots of the Israeli Arab citizens of Israel were planted before the state was established. They are residents of this country with rights; their residency and citizenship are not open for negotiation."
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1045787.html

Right of Return: The U.N. Resolution That Time Forgot
In this anniversary year, it is time that Resolution 194 was laid to rest, not by neglect as Israel has long been hoping, but by a new UN resolution. This will affirm the Palestinian right to return to the towns and villages their ancestors had inhabited for generations, and call for Israelis and Palestinians to share the land between the Mediterranean and the river Jordan, in a secular, democratic state, where the rights of all its citizens to freedom of worship, security, and equality are enshrined in law.
http://www.counterpunch.org/karmi12092008.html



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GI RESISTANCE

A Soldier's Story
"I'm acting out of conscience. I don't want kids who are considering the military to be subjected to what I was."
http://ncronline3.org/drupal/?q=node/2774



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DOMESTIC RACISM, REPRESSION & INJUSTICE

Will Obama Really Close Guantanamo?
He has said he will close the detention camp. But its critics worry he may not carry through. He has said the military commission system has failed. But its critics worry that he may continue it, particularly with the Sept. 11 case now at a pivotal stage.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/10/us/10gitmo.html?ref=us

U.S. Expanding DNA Collection
Immigration and civil liberties groups condemned a new U.S. government policy to collect DNA samples from all noncitizens detained by authorities and all people arrested for federal crimes.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/11/AR2008121103337.html

Immigrants Suffer Brutal U.S. Raid
No guns or drugs were found. All the men were Guatemalan immigrants, and the advocates said at least six of them arrived at a nearby detention center with bruises and cuts.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/10/us/10florida.html?ref=us

Never Forget Fred Hampton & Mark Clark
If Hampton and Clark were alive today, they would be with the courageous workers occupying the Republic Windows factory in Chicago.
http://www.workers.org/2008/us/fred_hampton_1218/

Gay Marriage Ban Inspires New Wave of Activists
"We said: 'Why are we going to wait for the organizations to have a protest? They're going to have to go through all their bureaucracies to get approval. Why don't we just do it?' "
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/10/us/10marriage.html?hp



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LABOR AT HOME

Many Draw Inspiration From Chicago Workers' Sit-In
"Thank you for showing us all how to fight back!" wrote one person. Another opined: "Here's to change, from the bottom up."
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-worker-sit-in9-2008dec09,0,7863346.story

The Meaning of the Republic Victory
THE FULL implications of the workers' breakthrough victory at Republic Windows & Doors are still unclear, but a few lessons can already be drawn.
http://socialistworker.org/2008/12/12/meaning-of-the-republic-victory

$73 an Hour?
Big Three workers aren't making anything close to $73 an hour.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/10/business/economy/10leonhardt.html?hp

Bait and Switch on the Employee Free Choice Act?
[A]lready, some labor supporters of the president-elect fear he may be backing away from a key campaign promise to workers threatened by recession.
http://counterpunch.org/early12082008.html

One Million Layoffs a Month?
[T]he rising cost of corporate debt is now flashing a red warning signal that far worse is to come over the next few months and job losses are heading for levels last seen in the 1930s Great Depression.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/dec/07/recession-job-losses


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