03.17:top.10.reads

What Money Doesn’t Buy. By: Barbara Kingsolver

Totally Baked: How Cupcakes Explain The World.

Truthdig – Arts and Culture – Small-Town Homophobia, On and Off the Stage.

Gates readies big cuts in weapons – The Boston Globe.

Bob Gates’ Pentagon Revolution | Mother Jones.

t r u t h o u t | Women in Congo Speak Out About Rape Despite Taboo.

t r u t h o u t | Winter Soldiers Speak Out in Europe.

More info on Winter Soldiers from DemocracyNow!:

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March 13-16, 2008: US Vets, Active-Duty Soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan Testify About the Horrors of War in Echo of 1971 Hearings

Iraq and Afghanistan veterans gathered in Maryland to testify at Winter Soldier, an eyewitness indictment of atrocities committed by US troops during the ongoing occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War, the event was modeled after the historic 1971 Winter Soldier hearings held during the Vietnam War.

Although Winter Soldier was held just outside the nation’s capital, it was almost entirely ignored by the American corporate media. A search on the Lexis database found that no major television network or cable news network even mentioned Winter Soldier over the weekend, neither did the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times or most other major newspapers in the country. The editors of the Washington Post chose to cover Winter Soldier but placed the article in the local section.

Democracy Now!‘s coverage of Winter Soldier includes a live broadcast from the proceedings, as well as extensive excerpts of soldiers’ testimony.

More information: http://ivaw.org/wintersoldier

Palin: I’m No Hypocrite | Mother Jones.

Sarah Palin’s office moved fast last week to protect her (self-proclaimed) standing as a scourge of earmarks. On Friday, Mother Jones published a story reporting that the omnibus spending bill just passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama contained earmarks requested by the Alaska governor, who last year campaigned for the vice presidency as a foe of wasteful government spending, including earmarks. The article also noted that Alaska will receive roughly $140 million in earmarks, which will make it the biggest recipient of earmark spending among all fifty states in per capita terms.

Hours after the article appeared, Palin’s office issued a press release headlined, “Governor Palin Continues Earmark Reform.” The main point: since she took office in 2006, Palin has each year requested fewer earmarks and has recently only put in requests for a handful of projects. In other words, it’s okay to make some earmark requests, just not a lot.

and speaking of Palin…10 Internal Pathways to Personal Peace | Intent.com.

Why it matters how the media describe killers in Iraq and Ireland. – By Christopher Hitchens – Slate Magazine.

The eco-guide to responsible drinking. – By Brendan I. Koerner – Slate Magazine.

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