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WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.

1//DW-World.de/Deutsche Welle, Germany
MERKEL WANTS EU CHARTER TO MAKE REFERENCE TO CHRISTIANITY

Germany's chancellor and current EU president Angela Merkel has renewed criticism that the bloc's constitution does not explicitly refer to Europe's Christian roots, in an interview to be published Monday. Merkel told German news weekly Focus, in talks with German cardinal Karl Lehmann, that she regretted that the current draft constitution for the 27-member European Union did not include a mention of God or Christianity. "I would have liked to have seen a clearer declaration on the Christian roots (of Europe)," she said. ... The comments come days after Merkel outlined her plans to jumpstart the stalled bid to establish a first-ever constitution for the EU, whose presidency Germany holds through June. ...

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION

by David Swanson

President George Bush deflects criticism of his war plans by claiming that his critics have no plans of their own. Vice President Dick Cheney, meanwhile, asserts that matters of war must be left in the hands of the president (presumably no matter how brilliant your alternative plan).

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION

Alberto has gone completely round the bend and over the cliff into lunacy. Are they giving up on the idea of defining who gets habeas corpus, i.e., prisoners of war can get it so the guys at Gatmo aren't prisoners of war, but enemy combatants. But in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he said:

JEFFREY FELDMAN'S FRAMESHOP

FOX News' John Gibson recently ran a segment on what he termed Barack Obama's "dirty little secret"--that Obama is a cigarette smoker. This is a published fact, by the way, as it is mentioned in the Senator's two best-selling books and in a recent New Republic article. But, Gibson ran with the particular "dirty secret" framing anyway, weaving it into a five minute segment with such insightful questions as whether Obama could keep his smoking a "secret" and whether Obama's "secret" would hinder his Presidential campaign. As Gibson put it (transcript/video from MediaMatters.org):

Monday, 22 January 2007 02:58

Will Durst: Spanking the Diaper

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I don't know if you've heard about this, but it's exactly the kind of news that compels perfectly sane people to throw their arms up in the air, bang their foreheads against brick walls, and devote the rest of their lives to eating raw cookie dough out of plastic tubs in the basement while watching Jessica Fletcher overturn police incompetence on the Biography Channel. And what the hell is "Murder, She Wrote" doing on the Biography Channel in the first place? But that diatribe is best left for another day.
Monday, 22 January 2007 02:27

Cindy Sheehan: The Price of Freedom: 24

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION

The Price of Freedom
24

Becoming a disabled vet during a time of "peace", I saw things, did things that you average Americans could not fathom. All for the sake of our freedoms. Who cries for my shipmates lost at sea? It was peacetime so no attention was called to it. Who stands out when a pilot goes down on a trianing mission? Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, die every day. EVERY DAY! it's the life we lead. It's a dangerous job, and I did it for the love of my country. The greatest freedom YOU have is not having to worry about weather or not our military will defend you. It is thier(our) duty. It is not a choice. We accepted that when we signed up. No one forced us. And we did not get to pick or chose whom we would defend. I lost friends and loved ones both in peace and in war and thier sacrifice is greater than your lose. But to you, it appears, we should sit on our hands and let madmen destroy the world. So Sorry, I have seen it first hand, this cruelity called terrorism.

I think the ground in Iraq would seem
Infinitely more like firma terra
If Maliki wasn’t such a dead ringer
For Yankee cut-up Yogi Berra.

VERSE-CASE SCENARIO

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION

by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

New Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), is calling President Bush's invasion of Iraq a "stark blunder" and says that his new scheme to send 21,500 more troops into the mess he created is just digging the hole deeper.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

This sounds so much like a GOP plant. I don't think the Democrats are going to bite the hands that got them into power. This is something Bush would do and has done, kill the messengers. But, not the Democrats. The only people the Democrats need to go after for accountability is this criminal Bush administration and all of their supporters. This is something the Republicans would do. Can't Congress pass bills that don't have those crazy tack-ons or create problems where no problem exists. People, such as bloggers are not lobbying for money like those on "K" Street or buying government favors. Or, is this in there, so the damn thing will not pass. If this is the results of GOP and Democrats and their bipartisanship, then they all should have to pay for it the next election around.

NEWS RELEASE

January 19, 2007

Washington, DC- Tomorrow, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback will announce his candidacy for the GOP Presidential nomination giving the American people their first real glimpse into his rigid conservative ideology. Despite his rhetoric on "real compassion", Senator Brownback has seemingly put ideology first, voting against the needs of hard working Americans, protection for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, benefits for our veterans and against advancing medical research during his years in the Senate.

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