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The Ten Problems With Palin
 Article Posted:  Wed Sep 24, 2008
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Since being chosen as Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain’s running mate last month, Sarah Palin, the current Alaskan Governor, has galvanized the race for the White House.

So here are ten reasons why you should be worried about Palin, who could be the most dangerous potential Vice-President in America’s history. The more you examine Palin’s policies, persona, political and economic record, the more reason we all have real to be deeply worried. Palin makes both President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney look moderate.

Reason number one. Her lack of domestic experience. Palin’s political rise has been nothing short of meteoric, but all her political experience is based in Alaska, hundreds of miles from Washington. Her political experience consists of being the Mayor of a small Alaskan town of 6,000 people from 1996-2002 and then she was elected governor of Alaska in November 2006. So has held that job for less than two years.

Reason number two. Her economic experience. Palin has tried to portray herself as a “fiscal conservative”, who is prudent with her finances. However one Alaskan paper who investigated her claims found the opposite to be true. “State general fund spending has risen sharply in the 21 months since Palin took office”, reported the Fairbanks News Miner. “The budget she signed earlier t ....

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Commons apology over 1971 bomb disinformation

The Government this week apologised for smearing the victims of one of the first major bombings of the Troubles.

McGurk's Bar on North Queen Street in Belfast was blown up on 4 December 1971, killing 15 people including two women and three children. Allegations quick surfaced that the dead included IRA members who had accidentally detonated their own bomb.

Among those smeared was 73-year-old Philip Garry, the great-uncle of Linlithgow and East Falkirk MP Michael Connarty, who raised the case in a Commons adjournment debate on Monday.
Connarty highlighted documents uncovered in the National Archives which revealed the Army's role in spreading the smears:

The Pat Finucane Centre submitted those reports, having found them, to the historical ....
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Are MEPs too close to business, asks new report

Europe’s leaders are sleepwalking into the issue of MEP’s links with commercial interests, warns a new report launched today by SpinWatch.

The report, Too Close for Comfort? investigates potential conflicts of interest of some MEPs, including:

* MEPs who accept paid work and hospitality from businesses with a vested interest in their legislative work

* MEPs with a financial interest in industries they promote

* MEPs who are in key legislative positions – for example, chairing parl ....
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Victory for the Raytheon 9
On 11 June 2008, 6 people, who had occupied the offices of Raytheon in Derry and destroyed computers, were acquitted of criminal damage by a Belfast jury. Raytheon is a huge US arms manufacturer, with sales of $20 billion in 2006 and over 70,000 employees worldwide. It makes Patriot, Tomahawk, Cruise and Sidewinder missiles, and much more besides.
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The Police force with a £320m budget – but no crime!
NORTHUMBRIA Police is one of Britain’s biggest and busiest forces. It employs more than 4,000 officers and has a budget of around £320 million a year. Of that, more than £1 million is spent on its PR department. However, as a freelance journalist based in Northumberland, I am frequently amazed at how peaceful the area is – or at least if you believe the force’s press office. Despite the fo ....
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Conservatives would perpetuate New Labour Spin
Hand to hand combat between the government and political correspondents would continue if the Conservatives were elected because an administration led by David Cameron would be just as determined to try to control the news agenda.

This was the conclusion of journalists and press officers at a seminar held by the Westminster Media Forum (1.7.2008). The two sides felt that the politicisat ....
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Image of Spinwatch Fri Jul 25, 2008  
Overwhelming

The past few days have been overwhelming. I had a notion that during the marketing of the US strike on Iran I would write something when I came across the kinds of exaggerations and creations that were used to prepare us for the invasion of Iraq. I have gotten way behind.

* ImageThe Israeli Exercise. We got a big one on Friday. The New York Times’ Michael Gordon ....
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Fortress Britain
Fortress Britain


“The public has to be more alert”, warned one “international terrorism expert” in the Daily Mail late last year, because Scotland “is set to become another Israel within five years”. “[A]nti-terror measures will soon become a common feature of life”, he assured the audience, and called for “routine arming of police officers” and increas ....
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Casus Belli: The Ultimate Spin
Casus Belli: The Ultimate Spin


Generate a casus belli. Fabricate a situation that causes war. Make it look as if it were the Iranians. It’s the ultimate spin.

In an article released on Sunday by Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker Magazine, we learned the White House has met, considered and is probably working to fabricate a situation that could be used by the ....
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A new encounter with an old standpoint
A new encounter with an old standpoint


The website of Standpoint, the new magazine published by the Social Affairs Unit, is now live. In his inaugural column, editor Daniel Johnson highlights the magazine's neoconservative credentials:

“When you have a good idea, start a magazine.” This, according to our board member Gertrude Himmelfarb, is the motto of ....
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Its Time for Gordon to Dial the Despot

The Ambasciotori Palace Hotel ranks amongst Rome’s finest, being housed on the via Veneto, one of the most famous avenues in the world. It is used to hosting international dignitaries such as film stars Liza Minnelli, Sean Connery and Sofia Loren.

But earlier this month a more notorious guest stayed in a $900 a night, fifth-floor suite complete with king-sized beds, pink ....
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The Euston Manifesto: Made in the USA?
The Euston Manifesto: Made in the USA?



The Euston Manifesto is a declaration published by a group of British intellectuals in 2006, chiefly notable for its staunch support of American foreign policy. There is little original about this development, except its choice of targets. It represents an application of cold war propaganda techniques to the new circumstances of ....
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Labour Friends of Israel
Labour Friends of Israel



Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) is a Westminster based pro-Israel lobby group working within the British Labour party which exercises significant influence over British Middle East policy. It is considered one of the most prestigious groupings in the party and is seen as a stepping stone to ministerial ranks by Labour MPs. LFI boasts some of t ....
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UN Watch: Front for the American Jewish Committee
UN Watch: Front for the American Jewish Committee


[frw= , 0 , ]http://www.upjf.org/images_body/body6160vOqQnuAbuVxSDko.jpg[/frw] UN Watch is a Geneva-based front for the American Jewish Committee [1] established to pressure the United Nations against a critical stance on Israel. UN Watch claims to have 'complete independence' from the AJC[2] however this is belied by a press relea ....
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EU Lobbying Transparency Cyber Action
EU Lobbying Transparency Cyber Action


The pressure group ALTER EU is running a campaign to highlight the need for more openness in EU decision making:


* Do you know that today over 15.000 lobbyists roam the corridors of power in Brussels?
* Do you know that there are no rules regulating their activities?
* Do you know that these lobb ....
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