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Break Up the Big Banks! - Sandy Weill, Wall Street Legend
Former Citigroup Chairman & CEO Sanford I. Weill, the man who invented the financial supermarket, called for the breakup of big banks in an interview on CNBC Wednesday (July 25, 2012).
Sep 11, 2012, 00:00

"Cool It" - Stop Beating War Drums Against Iran, says letter to editor, Charlotte Observer

Letter to Editor - Chalotte (NC) Observer, from William E. Jackson, Jr. - March 27, 2012

Have Israel’s supporters in the United States thought through the ultimate consequences of ratcheting up the pressure on President Obama to be more aggressive toward Iran?

Mar 27, 2012, 00:00

Wisdom and Integrity live on: Dr. King's "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence"

"A time comes when silence is betrayal." That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.

by: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam, and Dr. King at Riverside Church, NYC (April 4, 1967). 

Jan 21, 2012, 00:00

Iran: The Neocons Are At It Again

by Ralph Nader (Jan. 11, 2012)

Recently, Iran has experienced mysterious cyber sabotage, drone violations of its air space, the slaying of its nuclear scientists and the blowing up of its military sites, including a major missile installation. Israeli and American officials are not trying too hard to conceal this low level warfare.

Israel military historian--strategist Martin van Creveld said in 2004, that Iranians "would be crazy not to build nuclear weapons considering the security threats they face." Three years later he stated that "the world must now learn to live with a nuclear Iran the way we learned to live with a nuclear Soviet Union and a nuclear China....We Israelis have what it takes to deter an Iranian attack. We are in no danger at all of having an Iranian nuclear weapon dropped on us...thanks to the Iranian threat, we are getting weapons from the U.S. and Germany."

Jan 14, 2012, 00:00

Iran trumpets nuclear ability at second location

The New York Times

David E. Sanger

January 9, 2012 

In saying that the United States did not have any evidence that Iran was seeking to develop a nuclear weapon, Mr. Panetta was hewing closely to the conclusions the often fractious American intelligence agencies agreed upon in 2007 and again in 2010. Two National Intelligence Estimates, designed to reflect the consensus of the intelligence community, concluded that Iranian leaders had made no political decision yet to build an actual weapon. Instead, they described a series of steps that would take Iran right up to that line — and position it to assemble a weapon fairly quickly if a decision to do so were made.

Jan 9, 2012, 00:00

Judy Miller Alert! The New York Times is Lying About Iran's Nuclear Program

Published in CommonDreams.com

January 6, 2012

by Robert Naiman

Remember Judy Miller's assertions? It's deja vu all over again.

Jan 7, 2012, 00:00

Media AWOL in exposing ineptitude of the Iraq War

The Charlotte Observer

By Edward Wasserman, McClatchy Newspapers

Published: Thursday, Jan. 05, 2012


Out! Out! Damn spot.

The only public institution that could initiate the kind of broad-gauged examination that a disaster of this magnitude (the Iraq War) demands is the media. From the strategic folly, to the use of torture, the destruction of civilian life, the profiteering, the political miscalculation - the years of ineptitude need to be exposed and explained, and those responsible made to answer.

Lamentably, sabre-rattling and war drums resound anew within our land (January 2012), stirring a crisis du jour - Iran posing the imminent threat.

If the media's core civic duty is to serve as a check on power, surely no abuse of power calls forth that duty more urgently than the needless infliction of war.

Alas, let us permit others to live in Peace as we wish for ourselves.

Jan 6, 2012, 00:00

Remembering Norwood’s ferry boat tragedy from 100 years ago

This is a reprint of a circa 1952 Stanly News and Press article by Fred Morgan, who interviewed Greeley Forrest, a participant in the rescue of Col. Myers during the tragic Blalock Ferry accident on the Pee Dee River near Norwood during the raging flood of August 3, 1909.

Aug 1, 2011, 00:00