Counterpunch speculates on Life Without Arafat | If Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's illness and unexpected departure to France represents the end of an era... it is because the absence of Arafat, even as a living symbol, is a matter of great consequence. But we must not indulge in misrepresenting the Palestinian struggle by reducing it to the legacy of one man.
Arafat -- whether deliberately or not -- managed to associate himself with every hardship faced by Palestinians over the decades. From his early years as a student activist in Cairo, in 1949, to the momentous formation of the Fatah movement in 1965, Arafat was always present | His legacy is one of undiluted symbolism -- a symbolism at once substantial and meaningful | THE FULL STORY
State of Emergency declared in Iraq | BAGHDAD, Iraq — The government declared a 60-day state of emergency throughout most of the country Sunday, as U.S. and Iraqi forces prepared for an expected all-out assault on rebels in Fallujah. Insurgents escalated a wave of violence that has killed more than 50 people the past two days | Heavy explosions were heard in Baghdad as government spokesman Thair Hassan al-Naqeeb announced the state of emergency over the entire country except Kurdish areas in the north.
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Archer Daniels Midland trade with Cuba boosted
| HAVANA - Cuba agreed at an international trade fair in Havana this week to buy nearly $100 million in food products from several countries, including about $30 million from the United States | Many agribusiness giants at the fair have made a large percentage of the American farm sales since Cuba in 2001 began taking advantage of an exception to the U.S. trade embargo that allows the transactions on a cash basis | THE FULL STORY
Pfizer's Celebrex Linked to Deaths
| Documents from Canadian health authorities show that Pfizer Inc.'s painkiller Celebrex is suspected of contributing to at least 14 deaths and other heart and brain side effects, according to the National Post newspaper in Toronto. The documents include more than 100 adverse-reaction reports on Celebrex over the past five years, including five strokes and 19 cases of heart attack, cardiac arrest or heart failure. | THE FULL STORY [P.S. Check out the Celebrex adverts on the sidebar
Britain's largest drug company unveils plan to push 'happy' pills | Health campaigners accuse the firm, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), of putting profit before the therapeutic needs of patients by attempting to broaden the market for the drug which has been linked to a spate of suicides
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Extremist William Pryor may gain permanent U.S. judgeship | Senator Jeff Sessions said he expects the White House to renominate Pryor to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which would trigger another debate in the Senate about whether to confirm Pryor for the lifetime post.
Pryor, Alabama's former attorney general, was placed on the bench by President Bush during a holiday break in February after opponents in the Senate prevented his confirmation from coming to a floor vote. His term expires at the end of next year unless the Senate acts.
Pryor has advocated the view that the Constitution should not apply to some of the most critical issues pertaining to individual rights and freedoms | That these matters should be decided by the states, based on majority vote, regardless of whether constitutional rights are violated. Pryor’s ideology would effectively advocate an America in which individual citizens may have fewer constitutional rights depending on where they live
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