Nov 27 2009

Weekly Digest – 11/27/09

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This week on Uprising:

* Obama Breaks Promise on Shutting Gitmo Down by January 2010
* Sarah Palin’s Book Filled With Inaccuracies, Alternative Book “Going Rouge” Offers Analysis
* Empire Notes on Sarah Palin and the Right
* What the H1N1 Virus Mutations Mean

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Obama Breaks Promise on Shutting Gitmo Down by January 2010

President Barack Obama acknowledged last week that his administration would not be closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility by January 2010. The previously promised deadline was mandated nearly a year ago as part of a number of executive orders signed by the President on his second day in office. Obama, in an interview with Fox News, commented on the lapse of his own self-imposed deadline when he said, “We are on a path and a process where I would anticipate that Guantanamo will be closed next year. I’m not going to set an exact date because a lot of this is also going to depend on cooperation from Congress.” While the detention facility remains in operation with no hard date of closure on the horizon, hundreds remain imprisoned there. According to the administration, ninety of Guantanamo’s two-hundred and fifteen prisoners have been cleared for release or repatriation. They continue to be detained, however, because no host countries have come forward in negotiations to take them in. Human rights critics contend that the U.S.’ own reluctance to offer residency to the cleared inmates compounds the situation. Forty to sixty detainees at Guantanamo suspected of terrorism still await trial – whether civilian or military – as dozens of others deemed security threats remain in prison without charge. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has faced political criticism for its plans to move five alleged terror suspects, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, from Guantanamo to New York in order to stand court in a civil trial.

GUEST: Jeremy Varon of Witness Against Torture, Professor of History, New School of Social Research

Sarah Palin’s Book Filled With Inaccuracies, Alternative Book “Going Rouge” Offers Analysis

Going Rogue: An American Life, Sarah Palin’s first book, became a best-seller before it even hit bookstores last Tuesday. But news reports about it’s inaccuracies are coming thick, including her creative interpretations of various pieces of legislation. Some members of the media are questioning if the book really belongs in the fiction section. Others point out that it is a rehashing of old enmities: the Daily News christened Sarah Palin “Complainer in Chief” for blaming John McCain, Katie Couric, and anyone but herself for last year’s failed campaign. Her high-profile resignation as Alaska Governor earlier this year, and the publication of her book is fueling speculation about her presidential aspirations for 2012. But a new CNN/Opinion Research Poll found that only 28 percent of Americans think she is qualified to occupy the White House. Now, a new book by Nation Books has been released to coincide with the release of Palin’s memoir, called Going Rouge: An American Nightmare. Featuring Gloria Steinem, Michael T. Klare, Max Blumenthal, Katha Pollitt, Jessica Valenti, John Nichols, Jim Hightower, Naomi Klein, Eve Ensler, Juan Cole, and many others, Going Rouge, takes aim at Palin’s religion, party, and politics.

GUESTS: Betsy Reed, co-editor of Going Rouge, Ari Rabin-Havt with Media Matters for America

To purchase copies of Going Rouge, visit www.orbooks.com. To read Ari Rabin-Havt’s critique of Going Rogue, visit www.mediamatters.org.

Empire Notes on Sarah Palin and the Right

Empire Notes are weekly commentaries filed by Rahul Mahajan, author of Full Spectrum Dominance and The New Crusade. Today’s commentary is on Sarah Palin and the Right.

GUEST: Rahul Mahajan, author of Full Spectrum Dominance and The New Crusade.

Visit www.empirenotes.org for more information.

What the H1N1 Virus Mutations Mean

A hospital in North Carolina has reported four cases of drug-resistant H1N1 flu last week, underscoring the suspicion that the virus is now mutating. There have been more than 50 cases of the flu found to be resistant to medication like Tamiflu since this past April, with about 15 having occurred here in the US. The World Health Organization stated that the mutations “appear to occur sporadically and spontaneously,” and that “to date, no links between the small number of patients infected with the mutated virus have been found, and the mutation does not appear to spread.” In fact, the number of states here in the US that have been reporting influenza activity declined for two weeks in a row, suggesting that the virus incidence may have peaked. Anti H1N1 vaccines are still in sharp demand, despite widespread public suspicion over its safety and efficacy.

GUEST: John Barry, prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author of The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History, and Distinguished Scholar at the Center for Bioenvironmental Research of Tulane and Xavier Universities

Sonali’s Subversive Thought for the Day

“There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth, the persistent refusal to analyze the causes of happenings.” — Dorothy Thompson

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  1. Gregg McVicaron 30 Nov 2009 at 2:00 pm

    It’s “Going Rogue” (pron: roag) not “Going Rouge” (pron: roosh).