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    Frontlines, the newspaper of the Left http://www.sf-frontlines.com San Francisco Pendulum Politics Swings Center, Right ... for now By Idelfonso Rodriguez *
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      Frontlines, the newspaper of the Left



      San Francisco Pendulum Politics Swings Center, Right ... for now

      By Idelfonso Rodriguez

      * Peskin BOS President, an step backward
      * The Silence of the BOS Lambs
      * The Freshman
      * Where is the Movement?

      Since Matt Gonzalez ended his first and only term as Supervisor � after refusing to run for re-election -- and left his position as President of the BOS in the first week of January, moderate liberals and the political machine struck a deal to shift City Hall back toward more conservative politics.

      First, Aaron Peskin � a moderate liberal with a desire for higher office � was elected unanimously to replace Gonzalez as BOS President. His first acts as President included praising center-right Mayor Gavin Newsom, appointing supervisors loyal to Newsom as BOS committee chairs, and helping to derail a few progressive proposals at the Board.
      When oil peaks ...
      NewswireBy Tony Wesolowsky

      The father of the peak oil movement, US geologist M King Hubbert, said an economic model based of infinite growth but fueled by finite natural resources is doomed. Ironically, there's also a saying from oil-rich Saudi Arabia that goes: "My father rode a camel. I drive a car. My son flies a jet airplane. His son will ride a camel."

      PRAGUE - Fertilizer, DVDs, rubber, cheap flights, plastics and metals. None of these things have anything in common, right? Think again. An ingredient in all of them, in one form or another, is oil.
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      Iraq: Imperialized Democracy, no more than a farcical election
      EditorialBy Editorial Board

      Having failed to demonstrate the presence of WMDs in Iraq and links between Saddam Hussein and al-Quada, the Bush administration � after a war, invasion and occupation � has discovered a new post-mortem reason for sending 150,000 troops to their country, killing tens of thousands of Iraqis, and destroying their economy: Democracy

      Of course, as with previous arguments, Bush�s new delusions are deceptive. He is not talking about democracy, really. He is talking about elections. Elections that will take place in Iraq to �elect� a bunch of people who in turn will write a �Constitution� and elect indirectly a new government. But the whole exercise has, as the main objective, to give a new rationale for the continuation of the US occupation.
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      Frontlines Editor on Sabbatical Leave, New Editor Named
      Dear readers:

      As we write these lines, our Editor, Carlos Petroni is starting his well deserved sabbatical. As part of his time off from the daily obligations of Frontlines, Carlos Petroni is planning to write a book about the history of Latin America and is traveling extensively to do the necessary research.

      Of course, he will continue to contribute occasionally his articles to Frontlines. especially from his trips and research. Petroni had been the publisher of Frontlines since 1996 and one of its editors.

      In Armored Vehicles, U.S. Troops Tell Iraqis to Vote
      NewswireBy Ibon Villelabeitia

      SAMARRA, Iraq (Reuters) -
      A rumbling column of U.S. Bradley fighting vehicles grinds to a stop in a rebellious Iraqi neighborhood of scarred houses and mud streets.

      Heavily-armed troops jump out and begin searching homes as loudspeakers blast in Arabic: "On Sunday you should go out to vote. Vote to give freedom to Iraq. Vote to save Iraq." A soldier hands out fliers to a group of untidy children.

      In the heartland of Iraq's insurgency, American soldiers are trying to combine fighting with getting out the vote.

      It's tough on both fronts.

      Eric Hobsbawn: Delusions About Democracy
      Bush's Second Inaugural
      Delusions About Democracy

      Although President Bush's uncompromising second inaugural address does not so much as mention the words Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terror, he and his supporters continue to engage in a planned reordering of the world. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are but one part of a supposedly universal effort to create world order by "spreading democracy". This idea is not merely quixotic--it is dangerous. The rhetoric implies that democracy is applicable in a standardised (western) form, that it can succeed everywhere, that it can remedy today's transnational dilemmas, and that it can bring peace, rather than sow disorder. It cannot.
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