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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2008 08:11:09 -0800 (PST)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 01.13.08 1. Atheist events 1.13 9am/10am/6pm 2. Palestine 1.13 10am 3. Stillwater vigil 1.13 1pm 4. Vets for peace 1.13 6pm 5. KFAI/Indian 1.13 7pm 6. China/glob/env 1.14 10:45am 7. Atheist events 1.14 5pm/7pm 8. Sprogs 1.14 7pm 9. PBS/OswaldsGhost 1.14 8pm 10. Green Party - A debate that matters 11. Daniel Welch - NH vote just the tip of a rotten iceberg 12. Saul Landau - 60 years of empire --------1 of x-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Atheist events 1.13 9am/10am/6pm NOTE NEW SHOW ON AIR AMERICA on SUNDAYS 9am! Sunday, January 13, 9-10am. Debut broadcast of "Atheists Talk" on Air America Minnesota radio - AM 950 or stream live on-line at AirAmericaMinnesota.com/listen. Studio call-in line: 952-946-6205. Featuring: News, an Atheist History of Robert Ingersoll, and an interview with Richard Dawkins. Sunday, January 13, 10:00 a.m. - Noon: Critical Thinking Club, Kelly Inn, Anthony Ave. & Rice St. St. Paul Chapter: Breakfast $10, lecture only $3. Ken Moses speaks on oddities of the English language. RSVP Laura Hutt, lhutt [at] comcast.net. Sunday, January 13, 6:00 p.m. - Atheist/Agnostic AA, Men's Center, 3249 Hennepin Ave. # 55, Minneapolis, Jason Herrboldt. Open to men and women. Contact: MplsAtheistAgnosticAA [at] yahoo.com. --------2 of x-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Palestine 1.13 10am Anna Baltzer: "Witness in Palestine: A Jewish-American Woman in the Occupied Territories" Sunday, January 13, 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis. Tuesday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. Carleton College, Boliou Building, Room 104, One North College Street, Northfield. Wednesday, January 16, 6:30 p.m. Minnehaha United Methodist Church, 3701 East 50th Street, Minneapolis. Thursday, January 17, 7:00 p.m. University of St. Thomas, John Roach Center, Room 126, 2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul. Co-sponsored by: WAMM Middle East Committee and Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace. Sunday, January 20, 11:15 a.m. Linden Hills United Church of Christ, 4200 Upton Avenue South, Minneapolis. Anna Baltzer, a Jewish-American Columbia University graduate, Fullbright scholar, and volunteer with the International Women's Peace Service, is currently touring the U.S. with a presentation and book describing her experiences documenting human-rights abuses in the West Bank and supporting Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent resistance to the Occupation. Anna's presentation covers checkpoints, Israeli activism, the Separation Wall, censorship, nonviolent resistance, and other topics rarely covered in mainstream U.S. media. FFI: Visit <www.annainthemiddleeast.com>. --------3 of x-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 1.13 1pm A weekly Vigil for Peace Every Sunday, at the Stillwater bridge from 1- 2 p.m. Come after Church or after brunch ! All are invited to join in song and witness to the human desire for peace in our world. Signs need to be positive. Sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Peacemakers. If you have a United Nations flag or a United States flag please bring it. Be sure to dress for the weather . For more information go to <http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/>http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/ For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560 --------4 of x-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Vets for peace 1.13 6pm Sunday,1/13, 6 to 8:30 pm (and the 2nd Sunday of each month), Veterans for Peace chapter 27 meeting, St Stephens School basement, 2130 Clinton Ave S, Mpls. John at 952-448-2664. --------5 of x-------- From: Chris Spotted Eagle <chris [at] spottedeagle.org> Subject: KFAI/Indian 1.13 7pm KFAI¹s Indian uprising for January 13, 2008 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. CDT INDIAN LAND TENURE FOUNDATION. ILTF is a nonprofit organization that is community organized and community directed. The community includes Indian landowners, Indian people on and off reservations, Indian land organizations, tribal communities, tribal governments and others connected to Indian land issues. The Foundation's focus is to educate, support activities and raise funds to carry out goals related to Indian land tenure. The goals come from the hearts and souls of tribal community members striving to make reservations a better place to live, now, and for future generations. Mission: To ensure that "land within the original boundaries of every reservation and other areas of high significance where tribes retain aboriginal interest are in Indian ownership and management." In order to fulfill its mission, the Foundation focuses on strategies involving education, culture, economics and law, as directed by the Indian land tenure community that helped create ILTF. The specific problems on which the Foundation is focusing have been in the making for the past 150 years or more. The work of ILTF is to consolidate, support, and improve Indian land tenure efforts and the conditions, under which Indians use, occupy, transfer, and control land. www.indianlandtenure.org. Prior to 1899, most rights of way over Indian lands were first obtained through agreements made with tribes or individual landowners, and then afterwards ratified by Congress. Negotiating directly with tribes was necessary as, up until the 1870s, the United States used the treaty making process to gain consent through treaties before passing laws that affected Indian nations. However, in 1871, an Act of Congress ended treaty making with tribes, ultimately leading to the Supreme Court's "plenary powers doctrine." This doctrine allowed Congress to make unilateral decisions affecting Indian nations by congressional act, or statute, rather than having to first gain acceptance of the tribe through a treaty negotiation process. Once freed of constitutional constraints, Congress began to impose laws and regulations for rights of way that proved disastrous for Indian people - ILTFs The Message Runner, Volume 3. Guests are: Cris Stainbrook (Lakota), President, Indian Land Tenure Foundation. Jo-Anne E. Stately (Ojibwe, White Earth-Pillager Band), Vice President of Development, ILTF. * * * * Indian Uprising a one-hour Public & Cultural Affairs program is for and by Native Indigenous People broadcast each Sunday at 7:00 p.m. CDT on KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul. Producer and host is volunteer Chris Spotted Eagle. KFAI Fresh Air Radio is located at 1808 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454, 612-341-3144. For internet listening, go to www.kfai.org for live listening, click Play under ON AIR NOW or for later listening via the archives, click PROGRAMS & SCHEDULE > Indian Uprising > STREAM. Programs are archived for two weeks. --------6 of x-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: China/glob/env 1.14 10:45am Monday, January 14: American Association of University Women Minneapolis Branch. 10:45 AM: China, Globalization & the Environment with Jim Harkness. --------7 of x-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Atheist events 1.14 5pm/7pm Monday, January 14, 5:00 - 7:00, Happy Hour. La Casita Restaurant, 1925 Perimeter Road., Roseville. George Kane, nup [at] Minn.net. Monday, January 14, 5:00 - 7:00, Dinner Social. Davanni's, 2312 W 66th Street, Richfield, MN 55423. Call Bob/Marilyn Nienkerk, 612-866-6200 Monday, January 14, 7:00 p.m. Stillwater Critical Thinking Club, Family Means Building 1875 Northwestern Ave. Milo and Cynthia Schield speak on "Formidable Arguments by Young-Earth Creationists." RSVP Lee Salisbury, leesal [at] comcast.net RSVPs please to leesal [at] comcast.net --------8 of x-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> From: brucelissem [at] aol.com Subject: Sprogs 1.14 7pm The January meeting of the Network of Spiritual Progressives-Minnesota will be on MONDAY, JANUARY 14, at 7 PM at Plymouth Church. (1900 Nicollet Avenue, enter through the door under the canopy off the parking lot in back and go downstairs to the Jackman Room) Come at 6:30 for a brief orientation for new members, to check in with your affinity group, or to have a snack and chat. Our January meeting will focus on Israel and Palestine--one of the world's clearest examples of how only spiritual consciousness will be able to overcome entrenched thinking. We will see a selection of the video, "Peace, Propaganda, and Promised Land", and then Sameh Shabaneh will share his experiences and thoughts, with time for questions and discussion. Sameh is an American citizen born and raised in Palestine who has returned frequently and is one of the founders of the Al Aqsa Group, which is educating Americans about Palestine. --------9 of x-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: PBS/OswaldsGhost 1.14 8pm American Experience: Oswald's Ghost American Experience kicks off its 20th season with a look at one of the most tumultuous events of the 20th-century. Oswald's Ghost takes a fresh look at President Kennedy's assassination and the public's reaction to the tragedy. tpt2tptHD Monday, January 14, 8pm; Tuesday, January 15, 2am tpt17Tuesday, January 15, 8pm --------10 of x-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: A Debate That Matters Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney confirm 'A Presidential Debate That Matters' in SF This Sunday; Cindy Sheehan will moderate Forwarded by the Green Party of the United States _http://www.gp.org_ (http://www.gp.org/) SAN FRANCISCO - Progressives will hold their own Presidential debate here Sunday when former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, Democrat-turned-Green Rep. Cynthia McKinney and others on the Green Party Presidential ballot Feb. 5 will participate in what is being billed as "A Presidential Debate That Matters." The debate will be held Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Herbst Theater/Veterans Memorial Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue. A NEWS CONFERENCE* is scheduled with candidates at 1 p.m., shortly before the debate begins. This is the best, and maybe only, opportunity to conduct interviews. Ex-Rep. McKinney, former Green Party presidential candidate Nader (an undeclared candidate), university Hip-Hop professor Jared Ball, environmental engineer Kent Mesplay, actor/union organizer Jesse Johnson Jr. and Texas political organizer Kat Swift are confirmed as participants. "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan will co-moderate the debate with former President of the SF Board of Supervisors Matt Gonzalez. Other co-hosts include San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, KPFA anchor Aimee Allison and Board of Education member Mark Sanchez. "This is an opportunity for those opposed to the war, who support healthcare for all and want to address global warming to hear from the most progressive Presidential candidates in the U.S. today," said John Morton of the Green Presidential Debate Committee. For more information go to _http://www.acgreens.org/debate_ (http://www.acgreens.org/debate) . --------11 of x------- Don't Count on It New Hampshire "voting irregularities" just the tip of a rotten iceberg by Daniel Patrick Welch / January 12th, 2008 Dissident Voice As the dust settles, stirs and settles again in the quadrennial puppet show that is billed as "democracy" in the US, new questions - surprise! - are being raised about the accuracy and validity of vote counts in the New Hampshire primaries. An electorate shocked to its senses - well, okay, not exactly - by the 2000 debacle is understandably jittery about how and by whom their votes are counted, though in truth most seem to have given it little thought before or since. But the problem is far deeper than which corporate lobbyist-in-training gets the nod to take on her or his counterpart from other industries' lobbyists-in-training. It is even deeper than the notion of democracy itself, as sweeping and grandiose as that sounds. A nation so caught up in its own "destiny," its sense of itself so distorted and self-aggrandizing, can hardly look closely at the building blocks of its alleged "greatness" for fear of confronting the Big Lie of American exceptionalism. True, the votes in New Hampshire and elsewhere should be accurately counted; there is no excuse for not doing so in a nation which touts its role as the greatest democracy on earth. Suffrage is one of the most elemental components of democracy. Forget for a moment - just for a moment - whether the results have any meaning or bearing on the lives of the mass of people. The very least an electorate can expect is that its vote reflects their actual actions in the voting booth. Much has been made of the discrepancies between handcounted paper ballots and machine counts on optical scanners in the New Hampshire voting. This is, of course, crucial, and should be investigated. But logic blunts the charge absent a control: the two sets of data are measuring different phenomena. It is improbable that a candidate's share of the vote in a certain group of towns would match that in another group. Why would Clinton or Obama have the same exact support in Goffstown that each had in Portsmouth, for example? Still, the widely varying results merit, at the very least, a thorough review. Of greater concern in this as in every other election is whether there is a discrepancy between raw exit poll data and reported results. One of the greatest and most cynical assaults on US democracy waged by the blowhard lawyers and lackeys of the GOP in 2000 was the charge, which mostly stuck, that exit polls aren't reliable. In fact, and in the world at large, they are considered to be more reliable than actual results. I should say reported results: there are no actual results, keeping in mind Stalin's famous caveat about power resting with those who count the votes, not cast them. The OCSE, the Carter Center and other world groups consider exit polling data to be the only real check on whether a country is running free and fair elections. Despite the perverse and twisted reasoning of the red-faced James Baker et al (remember that image? - still wakes me up in a cold sweat occasionally), the logic is fairly straightforward. Predictive polling and exit polling are completely different tasks, and it is silly - not to mention cynical and dangerous - to conflate the two. In the one instance, the task is inherently pure speculation on an action that has yet to be taken - even the respondent can't say with complete certainty whether the response is true or not. Exit polling, on the other hand, is sampling the results of an event that just happened. Absent some mass hypnosis or incredibly complex psy-op campaign, skewing the results on a broad scale is nearly impossible. But of course, the pundits and the politicians and the pollsters know all this, and have for a very long time. Down to the local city councilor, election officials have long dealt with a substandard and wildly inaccurate patchwork of systems based on what the local authority can afford, and who gets what contract for what technology in what district. Punchcard machines jamming and kicking out ballots were so commonplace that up to 10% of cards went uncounted on a regular basis. The dirty little secret is that US elections suck, pure and simple. Many americans were outraged when international monitors offered to observe the 2004 elections, and when Carter bluntly stated that his organization couldn't participate because voting in the US didn't rise to its minimum standards: centralized counting authority with uniform standards, etc. The real crime is that US voters are led to believe - and gladly do so - that their system is not only the best in the world but is above reproach. Such asinine and self-delusional fantasies help to shore up a whole host of other crimes, as delusions of grandeur tend to do. Manifest Destiny made it okay to slaughter indigenous people from coast to coast, just as taming a new continent justified the enslavement of Africans. Saving The World for Democracy made the firebombing of Dresden and Tokyo, and the nuking of Nagasaki and Hiroshima into historical footnotes for generations of students. Our moral superiority over the Soviets not only justified, but necessitated, the militarization of global jihad, not to mention the creeping, nearly complete and unprecedented tyranny of the Military Industrial Complex. And so on. Why would voting be any different when cooked up in this same self-righteous stew? Of course, it doesn't fool all Americans. In fact, most are so fed up with the system, or so alienated by it, that they steadfastly decline to vote. The facade of democracy has produced a system utterly unresponsive to the people's needs. How else could it sustain the insatiable appetite for war, the limitless spending on arms and killing machines, and the subsequent strangling of any local government's ability to meet people's most basic infrastructure needs? A potential voting friend, neither active nor particularly motivated politically, put it in surprisingly succinct and stark terms: "I hate to sound like a skeptic, but I don't hold out much hope for any change. By the time they get to Washington, they're all so beholden to the people who paid for their campaigns that they have to spend their whole time in office returning the favor". American bravado about its democracy is especially galling in the face of most of its own history. Democrats' timidity in the 2000 sham may stem from its guilt over its own complicity in the deliberate suppression of suffrage. American Apartheid, after all, was the exclusive province of the Democratic Party for nearly a hundred years. I'm reminded of a somewhat sick joke my dad used to tell from the days of the poll tax and the literacy test. An elderly Black gentleman in Birmingham decides to try his hand at voting, only to be rigorously tested on his reading skills by the local thug, no doubt a Democrat. When he read everything in due course, frustrated officials pulled out a copy of The Polish Bugle. They snickered among themselves until the old man said he could read that too. Stunned, the Good Old Boys asked carefully what the headline said. "Ain't no n***** gonna vote this year in Alabama!" was the would-be voter's retort. Ah, democracy. Naturally, the struggle for universal suffrage played an important role in trying to hold American feet to the fire, so to speak. The struggle to hold the society accountable for its racism is ongoing. Every expansion of suffrage in human history has marked a milestone toward the promise of increased freedom and human dignity, and each has come in the face of huge opposition from the elites. But the sad and simple fact is that universal suffrage no longer scares those elites - they have mastered the game. And as Burke said, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. The focus of the struggle is ever-shifting: new battles loom, and we Ewoks must constantly invent new tools with which to fight the Empire. And until Americans realize that we are not special, or different than other people in the world, our government wil be beyond our control, the focus of evil in the modern world, to quote another Servant of Empire. Telling the truth is not cynicism, though I'm sure to be accused of it. True cynicism is the forced collective belief that votes have been counted when they haven't, and that results matter when they don't. Daniel Patrick Welch joins the hoopla over rumors of voting irregularities in the New Hampshire installment of US presidential primary elections. But the real threat he sees is Americans' misplaced belief in their own system. Read other articles by Daniel Patrick. This article was posted on Saturday, January 12th, 2008 at 9:00 am and is filed under Activism, Censorship, Civil Liberties, Democracy, Democrats, Elections. --------12 of x-------- "Visions of Omnipotence" 60 Years of Empire By SAUL LANDAU CounterPunch January 12 / 13, 2008 Look at 2008 symbolically! Some 60 years ago, the United States emerged as the world power. Henry Luce formally announced the arrival of "The American Century" even before the country entered World War II. Luce thought the United States should become the world's missionary, spreading Christian values and democracy. US history had woven together a people with noble purpose, Luce argued, and had "the most exciting flag of all the world and of all history," blowing toward the "triumphal purpose of freedom." Luce, owner of the publishing empire (Time, Life and Fortune), waxed eloquent, calling on all Americans "each to his own measure of capacity, and each in the widest horizon of his vision, to create the first great American Century. (February 1941 Life; see also Philip S Golub's October 2007 essay in Le Monde Diplomatique.)` It happened. After World War II, Luce's dream conditions became reality. The United States possessed more than 50% of the world's manufacturing capacity. The powers of Europe and Asia lay in ruins. But politicians and media eschewed the word "empire" to describe the nation that used its dollar as world currency base, set up vast military alliances (NATO, CENTO and SEATO) and, by the early 1950s, had established military bases in scores of other countries and begun to stockpile nuclear weapons. US leaders used the Soviet "threat" - the wicked commies would overrun all other countries - to justify such an extension of might. As they "checked" Soviet desires of expansion US corporations and banks moved quickly into much of the non-Soviet world. (The media did not make public the fact that Soviet railroad gauges did not coincide with those in their East European colonies, thus making the supply of a potential invasion nearly impossible.) Washington invented a Marshall Plan and other popular schemes to help rebuild a thriving capitalism in and a junior partnership with Western Europe. Such behavior did frighten a defensive Soviet Premier Stalin who, in the immediate post war period, refused support comrades in Greece and Iran apparently in response to threats by President Truman. The Cold War posited a good West against an evil East. Stalin's behavior helped meet that stereotype, but the Soviets never built a rival economy. Indeed, they possessed no corporations or banks to loot Eastern Europe. Without them, the Soviets had few means with which to transfer wealth from their supposed colonies. No matter. Facts did not intrude on the political axioms developed by the Cold Warriors. The United States became the protector of the free world. Then, around 1990, the Soviets imploded. But the institutions designed to protect the West from the threat of that wickedness not only remained but grew. NATO, for example expanded. Indeed, in 2002, Washington even sponsored a NATO-Russia council. The number of US bases abroad grew to some 800. At home, politicians' rhetoric denied the existence of empire as the very context of US life even as the military consumed giant hunks of the budget (some $700 billion) at a time when no nation even remotely threatened US security militarily. Leading presidential aspirants and Congressional leaders continue to ignore this issue lest the public get a glimpse of the empire without a wardrobe. They enable the naked miscreants of power - Bush, Cheney and the neo cons - to continue to bleed the treasury through a capricious war and occupation. In the 2008 election over whom shall run the empire, Republicans and Democrats ignore the lingering toxicity of US defeat in Vietnam. "Patriotism" still entails chanting slogans (support our troops) and rejecting the syndrome that followed the Vietnam War - don't fight anyone who can fight back. The Republicans still want to revive the US reputation as a "winner." (The last time the US actually won a war - where the enemy fought back - was 1945) The Iraq invasion and subsequent occupation has proven beyond unpopular with the public. Upper national security bureaucrats have begun to express their deep unease about the predicament. In 2006, retired generals, senior intelligence, diplomatic and security officials also made public attacks on the Bush policy, led by General William Odom and Colonel Larry Wilkerson, Colin Powell's former chief of staff. Odom, who headed the NSA under Reagan, called the invasion of Iraq the "greatest strategic disaster in United States history." (Associated Press, Oct. 5 2005. Wilkerson labeled it a "blunder of historic proportions." (Washington Post, Jan. 19 2006) Former Carter National Security Council boss Zbigniew Brzezinski described Iraq as a "historic, strategic and moral calamity." (Senate Foreign Relations Committee, February 1, 2007) These establishment attacks stress Bush mismanagement, arrogance and incompetence - as well as his straying from the traditional alliance system - for losing US hegemony in the Middle East and Gulf. The critics of Bush's policy fear that Iraq may have seriously weakened the US military, the entity that stands as central enforcer of empire. Brzezinski told Congress that Bush's Iraq and Afghanistan wars had undermined "America's global legitimacy." After the United States left Vietnam with its proverbial tail between its legs, revolutions won power in Nicaragua and Grenada - traditional back yard areas. Similarly, the travails of the US military have gone hand in glove with left gains in Latin America. Voters in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, and even Guatemala and Paraguay indicated not only their disgust with US economic policies, but showed their lack of respect for US power as well. In 1959, only Cuba dared act disobediently; other nations knew the price of such rebellion: invasion or CIA destabilization. Similarly, Bush's 2002 "Axis of Evil" threat did not work on North Korea or Iran. Bush had to negotiate with a regime he had declared "off limits." Moreover, China, which now holds the power of being a major US creditor, has also emerged as a big time Asian player. Sixty years ago, Washington made plans to install a primitive defense system in Western Europe. Bush wants to extend that system to Poland and other newly "freed" countries. But some of the old allies take exception. Indeed, ass kissing regimes like Saudi Arabia even dare to object to some US policies. In the once monopolized sphere of the UN and other world financial institutions, Washington cannot dictate terms so easily. The world has watched George W. Bush lead the United States from a bright dream toward an incipient nightmare. Under his rule, the dollar has dropped in value. His Homeland Security goons have mistreated potential tourists hoping to use the cheap dollar to get "bargains." A young Icelandic woman trying to enter the United States - once symbolized by the Statue of Liberty - was imprisoned for more than 24 hours, treated inhospitably, and rudely deported. HS claimed she had overstayed a visa by three days more than a decade earlier. This kind of story mixes with reports and images of US behavior in Iraq the Abu Ghraib torture photos circulated widely - around the world. For the US power elite, George W. Bush and his neo con partners have made the world deeply unsettling. US leaders have assumed for sixty years that they had replaced their British cousins as the world's elite, that as movers and shakers of the new dominant power they had a mandate from God or history to maintain stability, to make the rules for the economy. My late professor, William Appleman Williams, lectured about how US leaders suffered from "visions of omnipotence." Because they had overwhelming economic and military power they believed they would forever prevail. But they did not in Korea in 1953; nor in Vietnam in 1975. In 2008, a daily drain saps the Treasury as US military forces in Afghanistan and Iraq fail - expensively - to overcome adverse conditions that no military could hope to achieve. Soviet collapse in 1990 led to the rise of the neo cons, demanding that Washington become the new Rome. By starting with the conquest of Iraq, they would spread the US order throughout the Middle East. It has not worked and democracy is not what the United States wants to bring. Presidential aspirants of both Parties ignore this fact. None address the issue of what role a weakened United States should play in the emerging world of the 21st Century when the US economy no longer provides the pillar of economic stability; when its technologically omnipotent military failed to defeat less equipped foes. As global warming intensifies and UN rules, created by the United States for other nations to follow, have lost prestige, what should Washington do? Republicans - save for Libertarian Ron Paul - want more military. They have become a sick joke. But Hillary? Barack? John? Is it premature to ask them after only 60 years of the American Century? Or, in lieu of US political imagination and courage, will the answers come from abroad? Saul Landau writes a regular column for CounterPunch and progresoweekly.com. His new Counterpunch Press book is A BUSH AND BOTOX WORLD. His new film, WE DON'T PLAY GOLF HERE (on globalization in Mexico) won the VIDEOFEST 2007 Award for best activist video. The event was held in October at the Roxie Theater. 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