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A. Alexander | Press Ignores the Generals
Fri Dec 22, 2006 18:57

t r u t h o u t | 12.22

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A. Alexander | Press Ignores the Generals
"The Joint Chiefs of Staff and practically every actively serving general strongly opposes President Bush's proposed Iraq 'Surge' Plan, but you've probably not heard too much about the generals' discontent ... because the media only barely reported on the generals' mutiny," writes A. Alexander.

Five More US Troops Killed in Iraq; Casualties Nearing 3,000
Five more American troops were killed west of the Iraqi capital, making December the second-deadliest month for US servicemen in 2006.

Bush Signs Law Blocking Aid to Hamas
President Bush signed a law banning US aid to Hamas, aiming to isolate the radical Islamic group which controls the Palestinian government but refuses to recognize Israel.

Turning Off the Digital World
According to research carried out by office-equipment supplier Canon, based on figures from the National Energy Foundation and Infosource, more than six million PCs will be left on over Christmas, consuming nearly forty million kilowatt hours of electricity.

Southern California Edison Signs Biggest US Wind Contract
Electric utility Southern California Edison and Australian-based Allco Finance Group Ltd. have signed the biggest contract for wind power in US history.

China's Need for Crops May Curb Biofuel Plans
A shortage of farmland and a government priority to grow food crops for China, the most populous country, could hamper plans by the country's oil companies to produce biofuels on a large scale.

Proposed Settlement Would Roll Back Benchmark Drug Prices
A federal class-action lawsuit and proposed settlement involving an obscure San Bruno database service and a San Francisco wholesaling giant have revealed a drug-pricing system, which critics claim has gouged consumers out of billions of dollars.

David Moberg | Organizing the Outsiders
Lawyer Ela Bhatt organizes the unorganized - the very unorganized. Bhatt helps them form an organization, financed with their meager dues, that publicizes their problems and pressures the merchants to treat them fairly.

Louis Uchitelle | Raising the Floor on Pay
"On the verge of controlling Congress, the Democrats are making a much-delayed increase in the minimum wage their signature attempt to lift incomes and quiet widespread economic anxiety. But the party's modest proposal does not catch up with what the states have already done to raise the wages of tens of millions of workers," writes Louis Uchitelle.

A Woman's Fight to Save the Poor From Black Fever
Black fever kills about 60,000 people a year, most of them poor. There is a cure, but the global pharmaceutical industry wasn't interested in producing the drug, at least not until an American woman began her crusade.

VIDEO | Army Targets Truthout for Subpoenas in Watada Case
In a case that cuts right to the heart of the First Amendment, a US Army prosecutor has indicated he intends to subpoena Truthout Executive Director Marc Ash, a Truthout reporter, and two of the nonprofit news organization's regular contributors, to authenticate news reports they produced and edited earlier this year that quoted an Army officer criticizing President Bush and the White House's rationale for the Iraq War.

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