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Stewart Takes On EVERYTHING: Mocks Rekers’s Rentboy Romp, BP, Greece, And More (VIDEO)

Huff Post- First Posted: 05- 7-10 08:16 AM   |   Updated: 05- 7-10 08:44 AM

While it was tempting to just discuss the fact that Roland Martin inexplicably wore an ascot on national television, Jon Stewart had his hands full during last night’s opening segment. Moronic “wannabombers,” Greece’s economic downfall, George Reker’s rentboy romp, and BP’s attempt to cap the oil spill were all covered and mocked mercilessly – and hilariously.

Too much to cover here, but highlights included a demonstration of BP’s containment dome that involved Mentos, Diet Coke, and a fishing pole. As an added bonus, if you pay close attention to the “Daily Show” switchboard bit at the end, you’ll hear an operator say, “There’s no Jon Daily that works here.” Gold.

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Despite protests, the U.S. insists on going ahead with plans for a new military base on the island.

By Chalmers Johnson, Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2010

The United States is on the verge of permanently damaging its alliance with Japan in a dispute over a military base in Okinawa. This island prefecture hosts three-quarters of all U.S. military facilities in Japan. Washington wants to build one more base there, in an ecologically sensitive area. The Okinawans vehemently oppose it, and tens of thousands gathered last month to protest the base. Tokyo is caught in the middle, and it looks as if Japan’s prime minister has just caved in to the U.S. demands.

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Israeli war hero accused of suppressing testimony that could reveal what really happened to Gaza activist

By Ben Lynfield, The Independent/UK, May 7, 2010

The peace activist Rachel Corrie died on 16 March 2003
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The peace activist Rachel Corrie died on 16 March 2003

Seven years after the American activist Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza, evidence has emerged which appears to implicate Israel’s Gaza commander at the time, in an attempt to obstruct the official investigation into her death.

The alleged intervention of Major-General Doron Almog, then head of Israel’s southern command, is documented in testimony taken by Israeli military police a day after Ms Corrie was killed on March 16, 2003. The hand written affidavit, seen by The Independent, was submitted as evidence during a civil law suit being pursued by the Corrie family against the state of Israel.

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