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Ansel Herz, US journalist on the ground in Haiti, interviewed by Wolf Blitzer

As aid efforts flounder, Haitians rely on each other by Ansel Herz

Exiled in S. Africa, former president Aristide wants to return from Democracy Now

IMF leverages crisis, offering loans with neoliberal conditions from The Nation

Naomi Klein: Stop disaster capitalists before they strike again

How Washington’s plot worsened the earthquake disaster by Max Blumenthal

Control & exploitation: Our role in Haiti’s plight from The Guardian UK

What you’re not hearing about Haiti but should be from Common Dreams

Bush is responsible for destroying Haitian democracy from Democracy Now

George W Bush joins relief effort, despite ordering coup! from Think Progress

UPS not shipping for free, American Airlines not flying for free from CNN

As wallets open for Haiti, credit card companies take a big cut from Huff Po

Truth about Wyclef Jean’s shady Yele Haiti Foundation from The Smoking Gun

NBA’s only Haitian player Sam Dalembert gives $100,000 from Democracy Now

Fox News has no idea how to cover the Haiti crisis by Eric Boehlert

Haiti ambassador shames ‘utterly stupid’ Pat Robertson from Raw Story

George Clooney and MTV Networks working on Haiti telethon for Jan. 22

Max Blumenthal on Dubya’s role in Haitian coup from Democracy Now (2004)

JG on The Haiti boomerang from Counterpunch (2004)

Noam Chomsky on The tragedy of Haiti from Truthout (1993)

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TECHNOLOGY

Why is the White House backing away from net neutrality?

FCC delays new national broadband plan for another month

‘TV Everywhere’ takes even more public interest advocacy heat

TASER’s new weapon: Mobile phone monitoring for parents

POLITICS

How the Teamsters beat Goldman Sachs, saved 30,000 jobs

Maddow: Giuliani’s ‘whole brand’ based on exploiting 9/11

Doing journalism in 2010 is an act of community organizing

Palin’s inaccuracies helped McCain lessen vote margin in ’08

CULTURE

Prop. 8: Fight over gay marriage going to trial in federal court

Army soldier imprisoned for lyrics of ‘Stop Loss’ hip hop song

Conan, Leno to fight in a pit, whoever wins ‘gets to leave NBC’

The age of privacy is over, says Facebook founder Zuckerberg

ECONOMY

Impact of Urban Wal-Mart study: 0 jobs brought to Chicago

For unemployed professionals, new job often means a pay cut

House committee wants Geithner to testify on AIG bailout $

Bill Moyers: Wall Street is riding a ‘surging ocean of greed’

ETC

Bono, your Palestinian Gandhis exist, in graves and prisons

Ecuador to grant radio frequencies to its indigenous nations

USDA has no problem with ammonia in our hamburger meat

Rupert Murdoch’s son-in-law ‘fires a rocket’ at Roger Ailes

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Watch the documentary by Big Noise Films, This is What Democracy Looks Like:

10 years ago: Indymedia’s grassroots daily coverage from Reclaim the Media

Battle in Seattle: 10 years after the WTO from Counterpunch

Democracy Now: David Solnit, ‘The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle’

Bankers’ scheme to re-open worldwide finance casino by Greg Palast

Listen to Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men interviewed by Joaquin Uy

Watch Seattle’s Blue Scholars perform “50 Thousand Deep” live at Sasquatch:

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EPA demands attorneys remove video critical of Cap and Trade from Grist

MySpace traffic drop costs News Corp $100M from Wired

Charter’s unfair treatment of community TV

Legalize It from CounterPunch

I am an America hating terror-enabler from At Largely

Sen. Bernie Sanders tackels ‘too big to fail’ in 2 pages

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judyshepardobama Obama signs historic hate crimes bill, massive defense budgetPresident Barack Obama signed into law a historic and contentious defense spending bill Wednesday that includes a broad expansion of hate-crimes legislation to include crimes committed against people because of their sexual orientation.

After passing out of the Senate 68-29 last week, the defense appropriations bill included hate-crimes language deemed too important for Obama to follow up on his threatened veto over concerns about military spending.

“I promised Judy Shepard when she saw me in the Oval Office that this day would come,” Obama told the crowd at the signing of the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act. Shepard’s son, Matthew was tortured and murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998, because he was gay. According to the FBI, more than 77,000 hate-crime incidents were reported between 1998 and 2007.

Many conservatives worry the law will be used to criminalize speech. During recent floor debate, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) asked, “Can priests, pastors and rabbis be sure their preaching will not be prosecuted if it says certain things are right and wrong?”

Firebrand libertarian broadcaster Alex Jones urged opponents of the president to write letters this week promising to vote out Democrats if he signs “the freedom-destroying hate crimes bill.” However, Attorney General Eric Holder has said the law will only be used to prosecute acts of violence.

The new ‘hate crimes bill’ expands the 1969 United States federal hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. It is the first law in the history of the federal government to extend legal protections to transgender persons, requiring the FBI to track statistics on hate crimes against them for the first time.

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act also removes the current prerequisite that a victim be engaged in voting, going to school or other federally-protected activity. Federal authorities will be able to engage in hate crimes investigations that local authorities choose not to pursue, with extra funding for prosecution available to all.

At the signing, Obama also touched on the problem of billions of dollars in cost overruns for military projects, pointing out that funding for F-22 fighters was removed from 2010 defense spending. He had threatened to veto the spending bill during summer negotiations with Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Critics have warned the defense bill nevertheless contains $100B in unnecessary spending on other equipment, including F-35 jet engines. Obama today called for further “fundamental” reforms in how the government and Pentagon do business, according to CNN.

Thirty-year Government Accountability Office veteran Winslow T. Wheeler warned earlier this year not to trust talk of defense spending reform. “For decades, the media have taken their descriptions of the size of the defense budget straight from the Pentagon’s annual press release,” he wrote. “Its business as usual, pure and simple.”

This writeup was originally published on RawStory.com.

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LPFM bill passes House subcommittee 15 to 1 from Prometheus Radio

Boise Community Radio federal grant match fundraising begins

KYRS Spokane going full-power with federal grant

Browser is new iPod, mobile app is new CD from Media Futurist

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