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News :: International : Media
The Shortwave Report 01/04/08 ¡Listen Globally!
03 Jan 2008
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio. With times and freqs for listening at home. 2 files- broadcast and slow-modem streaming. Free to rebroadcast. China, Netherlands, Cuba, and Russia.
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News :: Human Rights : Labor : Social Welfare
The California Nurses Association/NNOC statement about the death of Nataline Sarkisyan
03 Jan 2008
Modified: 05:25:42 PM
California nurses group says insurer CIGNA has 'blood on their hands'

The family of a 17-year-old California girl who died after being initially denied payment for a liver transplant is suing the teen's insurance company, an attorney for the family said Friday.

Nataline Sarkisyan, who died Thursday night after her family removed her from life support, had been in a vegetative state for weeks due to complications following a bone marrow transplant. Insurer CIGNA HealthCare had first denied a doctor-recommended liver transplant for Nataline, who suffered from leukemia, but had reversed course yesterday in the face of mounting public pressure.

"CIGNA Health Corporation literally, maliciously killed her...they conciously disregarded her life," family attorney Mike Geragos said of CIGNA. "And they did that for one specific reason: they did not want to pay for her after-care."
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News :: Labor : Politics : Race : Social Welfare : War and Militarism
The Case for Socialized Medicine in the United States, and the Struggle to Achieve It
03 Jan 2008
Modified: 05:07:20 PM
Republican candidate Mitt Romney has declared of Hillary Clinton’s promised health care plan, “It’s a European-style socialized medicine plan, that’s where it leads–and that’s the wrong direction for America” (Shulte).

Yet, unfortunately, Clinton’s plan has nothing in common with socialized medicine, neither of the European variety, nor the Canadian single payer. Her plan is to keep the broken and expensive capitalist system of health care, a system that keeps the insurance industry in charge of life and death questions of whether or not we receive health care when we need it.

In addition, the Clinton plan would make the purchase of health insurance by America’s uninsured mandatory for those who do not get insurance from their employer and who do not qualify for government assistance. Yet, the problem for America’s nearly 50 million uninsured is not that we don’t want to have insurance, the problem is that we can’t afford it. Clinton’s plan of making us criminals for not purchasing health insurance will not resolve this fundamental problem.
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Commentary :: Globalization
Reviewing F. William Engdahl's Seeds of Destruction
03 Jan 2008
Agribusiness giants aim to control food worldwide and make it all genetically engineered.
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Commentary :: Politics
“Antiwar” candidate Kucinich backs leading Democrat in Iowa primary
03 Jan 2008
Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich has announced to his supporters in Iowa that if he does not reach the 15 percent threshold of votes needed to proceed to the second round of nominating the party’s presidential candidate, he “strongly encourages” them to vote for Senator Barack Obama. This further underscores the cynical and deceptive nature of Kucinich’s campaign and his supposedly leftist, antiwar stance.

Kucinich’s statement states, “In those caucus locations where my support doesn’t reach the necessary threshold, I strongly encourage all of my supporters to make Barack Obama their second choice. Sen. Obama and I have one thing in common: Change.”

Obama is one of the top-tier Democratic candidates and is thoroughly in line with the militarist strategies of the ruling elite. Just like the Democratic Party as a whole, Obama’s criticisms of the Iraq war are not about ending it, but how to make it succeed. Currently he advocates a partial withdraw from Iraq to re-focus on the “war on terror.” He has called for more troops in Afghanistan, and unilateral US military incursions into Pakistan.
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Commentary :: Globalization
The Cart in the Speculative Mud
03 Jan 2008
Liberalizing markets leads to instability, not growth. Developing and threshold countries suffer grievously through US speculation. The New Year is a time to abandon the myths of American exceptionalism and corporate beneficence and welcome justice and economic alternatives.
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LOCAL Commentary :: Human Rights : Politics : Race
MA Governor Deval Patrick Has More Important Things To Do!
03 Jan 2008
Video documents testimony at MA State House medical and marijuana decrim hearings from both family members and medical marijuana patients suffering from pain with HIV, AIDS, Hep C, Crohns Disease, Lupus, Spinal fusions, back pain, strokes, migraines and more.

Also features quotes from Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick.
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Commentary :: Politics
Socialists Emerging as Democrats, Republicans Lose Voter Confidence
03 Jan 2008
The socialist parties are emerging as a political force in American politics, addressing those issues that are important to millions of Americans and working people; ending the Iraq War, solving the nation’s health care needs, free education for college students, providing benefits for all veterans, protecting homeowners, creating affordable housing and providing for the needs of all working class people.
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News :: Race
Partisan Defense Committee Fact Sheet Presents Evidence of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Innocence: A Refutation of Murdered by Mumia’s Big Lies in the Service of Legal Lynching
02 Jan 2008
A new fact sheet providing massive evidence of the innocence of Mumia Abu-Jamal was released by the Partisan Defense Committee on 31 December 2007. It is online at http://www.partisandefense.org/ and provides a detailed, point-by-point refutation of the book Murdered by Mumia (The Lyons Press, December 2007). The PDC fact sheet exposes the book as “a compendium of myths, falsehoods, misrepresentations and omissions—all aimed at the legal lynching of an innocent man, Mumia Abu-Jamal.”
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News :: Media
California hospitals complete pilot program to stop spread of MRSA infection, officials say
02 Jan 2008
A number of hospitals in California, and across the country, are finding that aggressive action to detect and prevent infections is paying off.
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