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The Union of Concerned Scientists (homepage: http://www.ucsusa.org/index.cfm [Broken] ) describes itself as "a nonprofit partnership of scientists and citizens combining rigorous scientific analysis, innovative policy development, and effective citizen advocacy to achieve practical environmental solutions". I have found this an excellent source of research-based critical analyses of pressing current issues such as global warming, deforestation, biotechnology, 'clean vehicles', energy and security. I believe this link to be especially appropriate to PF given the number of scientists who frequent this forum.
 
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The Other Holocaust

For anyone interested in Japanese history and the issues that go back 80 years or so, this site is an ongoing collection of facts and links.

It is heavily biased and does not contain links to any alternate points of view.

It is scary to say the least:

[URL [Broken] Other Holocaust :
Nanjing Massacre, Sex Slaves, Opium
WMD Unit 731, 100, 516, and Slavery[/CENTER][/SIZE][/URL]

One read and you will question everything you ever knew about the war in the Pacific, Douglas McArthur and if Japan should EVER be entrusted with a Security Countil veto.
 
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Bioweaponry: Try :!!)'The Sunshine Project' :!!)

Okay ... so it sounds like Ronald McDonald house ... But it ain't.

The Project's name, a suggestion by van Aken's former co-worker Charles Margulis, is a reference to the fact that many biological weapons are quickly broken down and rendered harmless by exposure to bright sunlight.
 
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At any rate, the eXile would definitely go under if it had to publish in a normal country, with functioning libel laws. We found that out the hard way, when a breakaway faction tried to start up a stateside eXile. They couldn't even get the first issue into print; the printing press refused to touch it for fear of lawsuits. Land of the Free, our eXiled ass! Russia is the only place where our kind of freedom -- freedom from legal consequences -- can flourish.
www.exile.ru
 

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A quote believed to be from the late Sen Patrick Moynahan: The thing that one must remember about life in Washington is that we're all in this alone.
 
This site covers international affairs and world issues:

Worldstuffs - www.worldstuffs.com
 

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Center for American Progress
http://www.americanprogress.org/

The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all. We believe Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure our national policies reflect these values. Our policy and communications efforts are organized around four major objectives:

• developing a long term vision of a progressive America,
• providing a forum to generate new progressive ideas and policy proposals,
• responding effectively and rapidly to conservative proposals and rhetoric with a thoughtful critique and clear alternatives, and
• communicating progressive messages to the American public.

We work to find progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and develop policy proposals that foster a government that is "of the people, by the people, and for the people." We believe in honoring work, building strong communities, fostering effective government and encouraging free and fair markets.
http://www.americanprogress.org/site/c.biJRJ8OVF/b.3459/ [Broken] the Center for American Progress
 
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Amercian Bar Association (ABA)

www.abanet.org

American Bar Association Dialogue Series - http://www.abanet.org/publiced/features/dialogues.html [Broken]
The American Bar Association "Dialogue" series is built upon the idea of stimulating conversations about law and its role in society in high school classrooms and community settings. Often facilitated by a lawyer or judge, each dialogue includes background information, focus questions, and advice on holding civil discussions, as well as resources and other related information. Topics include separation of powers, the American jury, Brown v. Board of Education, and a dialogue on freedom focusing on American civic values. Following are brief descriptions of each Dialogue; you'll want to visit each Dialogue's website for more information and accompanying resources.
Dialogue on the Separation of Powers
http://www.abanet.org/publiced/features/sepdialogue.html
The U.S. Constitution was the first written constitution to create a government formed around the doctrine of separation of powers. Separation of powers gives each branch of government separate powers that act to check and balance the powers of the other branches. The framers of the Constitution deliberately created tension between the branches to ensure that no one branch would dominate our government. An understanding of separation of powers is fundamental to informed engagement with our government and the issues it confronts. We encourage lawyers and judges across the country to organize Dialogues in their community.
I heard a talk by Michael Greco, President of the ABA, concerning the US War on Terror and its impact on freedoms. Very interesting.

President of the American Bar Association, Michael S. Greco examines the legal issue that has divided America since September 11: What can, and can’t, the federal government lawfully do in the name of defending us from the threat of terrorism?

Greco tells why he believes that Americans must reject the false choice that has been offered between protecting our security and protecting our liberty. “We can and must” , he says, “protect both”. Mr. Greco is a Boston Lawyer who received his law degree from Boston College School of Law. Born in Italy, he is the first ABA president to have been an immigrant.

This program was recorded live on June 7, 2006
http://www.odeo.com/audio/1425398/view
Download mp3 of talk or listen to the podcast.
 
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