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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Google signs deal to print out of print books, One billion gop Hungry, Israeli Boycott, Daniel Ellsberg, Goldstone

Google signs deal to print 2m books on Espresso machines By Charles Arthur on Technology
Two million out-of-copyright books that have been scanned by Google could come back into limited printed form after the search giant signed a deal with On Demand Books, the company that makes the Espresso Book Machine - a custom book printer able to produce a bound one-off 300-page paperback, with a full-colour cover, in about five minutes. But if Google wins its case to be able to scan and reuse out-of-print books whose copyright is unclear, and those where publishers have given permission to scan them, a huge range of material that has fallen out of print could become available.

One Billion Of The Worlds People Going Hungry By Jerry White - For the first time in history, more than one billion people, or nearly one in every 6 inhabitants of the planet, are going hungry this year, according to a new report from the United Nations World Food Program

Boycott movement derails Jerusalem's transit system - An ill-fated light railway under construction in Jerusalem was originally heralded by Israeli officials as a way to cement the city's "unification" four decades after the city's Palestinian half was illegally annexed to Israel. But the only unity generated among Jewish and Palestinian residents after four years of disruptions to the city's traffic and businesses is general agreement that the project is rapidly becoming a white elephant. Jonathan Cook reports.

Doctors Aiding Torture By Stephen Lendman - In April 2009, a confidential February 2007 ICRC torture report was publicly released. Titled, ICRC Report on the Treatment of Fourteen High Value Detainees in CIA Custody, it detailed harsh and abusive treatment from their time of arrest, detention, transfer, and incarceration at Guantanamo where ICRC professionals interviewed them

UK trade unions overwhelmingly pass boycott vote - In a landmark decision, Britain's trade unions have voted overwhelmingly to commit to build a mass boycott movement, disinvestment and sanctions on Israel for a negotiated settlement based on justice for Palestinians. The motion was passed at the 2009 TUC Annual Congress in Liverpool today (17 September), by unions representing 6.5 million workers across the UK.

Daniel Ellsberg and Rick Goldsmith on 'The Most Dangerous Man in America' This week on CounterSpin: The Most Dangerous Man in America. That's how Henry Kissinger described whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who famously leaked a top-secret study of the Vietnam War in 1971 to the NY Times and other news outlets.

Goldstone Gaza Report Accurately Sees Evidence Of "Persecution" Of Palestinians: Philip Weiss
When I visited Gaza last May-June, the destruction was so overwhelming and the sense of arbitrary punishment so high that I found myself using the word "persecution." It was clear to me that these people had been targeted as a people; the assault was an effort to diminish their life spirit in every way possible, including destruction of the family unit. What I saw reminded me of what I had heard about the Jews in Warsaw and in Germany and Austria in the runup to the Second World War. Those Jews were persecuted; and these Palestinians were too.

Krugman: Baucus Plan "Better Than Many Of Us Expected" - You see, it has been clear for months that whatever health-care bill finally emerges will fall far short of reformers' hopes. Yet even a bad bill could be much better than nothing. The question is where to draw the line. How bad does a bill have to be to make it too bad to vote for? Now, the moment of truth isn't here quite yet: There's enough wrong with the Baucus proposal as it stands to make it unworkable and unacceptable. But that said, Senator Baucus's mark is better than many of us expected. If it serves as a basis for negotiation, and the result of those negotiations is a plan that's stronger, not weaker, reformers are going to have to make some hard choices about the degree of disappointment they're willing to live with.


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