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TheTexas Observer PRESENTS / THE 5TH ANNUAL RABBLE ROUSER ROURNDUPNO \( FAT CAT SCHMOREFEST & Silent Auction! to hosts MOLLY IVINS JIM HIGHTOWER musical -uests THE MARCIA BALL BAND ‘GRUPO MIASMA CAROLYN WONDERLAND SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2006 LA ZONA ROSA W est Fourth, Austin, TX 6-7pm: Fat Cat Schmoozefest 1-10Pm: Rabble Rouser Roundup \($20/$25 Tickets available: 1512.477.0746 Proceeds to benefit The Texas Observer. attention here was the extent to which we, the United States, were part of the scam. Harper’s magazine deserves credit for its December 2004 story, “The UN is Us: Exposing Saddam Hussein’s Silent Partner.” No. 7: Journalists Face Unprecedented Dangers to Life and Livelihood. That a lot of journalists are getting killed in Iraq is indisputable. I work with the Committee to Protect Journalists and am by no means persuaded we are targeted by anyone other than terrorists. However, Project Censored honors stories about military policies that could improve the situation of those journalists who risk their lives. No. 8: Iraqi Farmers Threatened by Bremer’s Mandates. It’s part of the untold story of the disastrous effort to make Iraq into a neo-con’s freemarket dream. Order 81 issued by Paul Bremer made it illegal for Iraqi farmers to reuse seeds harvested from new varieties registered under the law. Iraqi farmers were forced away from traditional methods to a system of patented seeds, where they can’t grow crops without paying a licensing fee to an American corporation. No. 9: Iran’s New Oil Trade System Challenges U.S. Currency. The effects of Iran’s switching from dollars to Euros in oil trading. No. 10: Mountaintop Removal Threatens Ecosystem and Economy. A classic case of a story not unreported but underreporteda practice so environmentally irresponsible it makes your hair hurt to think about it. Most journalists manage to find a quibble or two with Project Censored’s list every year, but mostly we just stand there and nod, yep, missed that one, and that one and… But here’s a wonderful fact about daily journalismwe don’t ever have to get it all right, because we get a new chance every day. Molly Ivins is a nationally syndicated columnist. Her most recent book with Lou Dubose is Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush’s America more information about Project Censored, see . JANUARY 13, 2006 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 5