An Environmental Voting Guide for US State Elections

Written by Mark Jeantheau

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What have YOUR elected local officials been doing to (or for) your state and county environmental agencies, and how have they voted on environmental issues in general? Did your state legislators fundrepparttar widening ofrepparttar 125955 Porkbarrel Parkway while downsizing your state's Department of Natural Resources? Find out! Grinning Planet has compiled a list ofrepparttar 125956 best available environmental voting guides for all 50 US states. Find it at , along with some other helpful voting tools.

Also, don't forget about your county elections. Many important issues, such as land use and recycling programs, are usually decided atrepparttar 125957 county level. The state-level organizations we list sometimes feature links to related county or regional groups. You can also check with your local chapter ofrepparttar 125958 Sierra Club ( ) to see if they have a county-level voting guide.

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Written by Aftab Hassan Khan

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No two opinions arerepparttar same aboutrepparttar 125954 time-tested notion that what appears to be convenient inrepparttar 125955 short-term is likely to be catastrophic inrepparttar 125956 long term. Who knows this better thanrepparttar 125957 US, which is being blamed for its past patronage of today's rascals and past "freedom fighters"--the Muslim fundamentalist? A key lesson of September 11 is that terrorism springs from religious and political extremism nurtured by autocracy andrepparttar 125958 suppression of democratic voices.

Before September 11, Pervez Musharraf was more shunned than sought after by world leaders. Today,repparttar 125959 opposite is true. The General himself, when he was army chief, was seen as an instigator of dangerous Pakistani provocations in Indian-administered Kashmir in 1999, a period best remembered asrepparttar 125960 "Kargil crisis." Later that year, he seized power in a bloodless coup and named himself president in 2001, kicking outrepparttar 125961 civilian Prime Minister by accusing him of sellingrepparttar 125962 national interest to US and India by agreeing to withdraw fromrepparttar 125963 Kargil area in Indian Kashmir--an agreement Musharraf characterized as compromising national security.

General Musharraf is lucky as he is riding high internationally, having transformed his image from a virtual pariah to an ally ofrepparttar 125964 West following his post-September 11 desertion ofrepparttar 125965 Taliban. He has used that American-compelled turnabout in Pakistani policy and his assistance inrepparttar 125966 anti-terror war to reap major benefits, including significant Western aid and legitimizing his dictatorship. He has also kept Washington happy through certain concessions, like giving permission torepparttar 125967 US forces to join Pakistani troops in hunting inrepparttar 125968 Pakistani territory. In turn, General Musharraf has taken advantage ofrepparttar 125969 friendly attitudes ofrepparttar 125970 West not only to break his democracy pledge but also to shrink back from promises he made in when he took power.

General Musharraf oils his dictatorship with American aid, as didrepparttar 125971 previous Pakistani dictator, General Zia ul-Haq, who spurred onrepparttar 125972 rise ofrepparttar 125973 forces of jihad and Islamisation campaign are still being felt today. The militant groups remain well-organised, well-armed and well- financed. Yet General Musharraf continues to place limits on American anti-terrorist operations, barring American forces from making independent hot-pursuit raids from Afghanistan into Pakistan. It is becoming more certain with every passing moment thatrepparttar 125974 international community--read as 'USA'--is going to repeatrepparttar 125975 mistakes ofrepparttar 125976 past--the mistake of supporting and nurturing Suhartos, Pinochets, Marcos and Zias.

The perpetrators of "Operation Enduring Freedom" are collaborating with Pakistan's generals to snatchrepparttar 125977 very freedom fromrepparttar 125978 people of Pakistan that they claim to be fighting for.

The country’s fifty-five year history has been a series of lengthy duels between general and politician, with civil servants acting as seconds for both sides. Statistics revealrepparttar 125979 winner: while elected representatives have runrepparttar 125980 country for fifteen years, and unaccountable bureaucrats and their tame front men for eleven,repparttar 125981 Army has been in power for Thirty Five—leading some to suggest thatrepparttar 125982 green-and-white national flag might be re-coloured khaki. It is a dismal record, butrepparttar 125983 Pakistan high command has never tolerated interference from civilian politicians for too long. The last elected leader to believe he hadrepparttar 125984 Army firmly under his control, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, had to be disabused ofrepparttar 125985 notion. In 1977, onrepparttar 125986 orders of General Zia—an erstwhile favourite whom Bhutto had promoted overrepparttar 125987 heads of five, more deserving, superior officers—the prime minister was removed from power and hanged two years later.

No dictator believes in a short tenure. If Musharraf had any plans of turning over power to a civilian, he wouldn't have givenrepparttar 125988 Sharif family its one-way ticket to Riyadh

Ofrepparttar 125989 four dictators Pakistan has had, two have been assassinated; another two were removed in disgrace. There should be no reason for Musharraf to believe he would buckrepparttar 125990 trend

Author is currently living in EXILE in Sweden. By: Aftab Hassan Khan Email:

Electronics and computer system engineer by education currently living in exile in Sweden since october 2003. Author was the human rights activist and advocate in the pakistan and was working against the injustice in the society and against the undemocractic military govt of Pakistan.

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