by Chris Cook
The symbol of the end of the 'Gilded Age' and ultimate refutation of Hope in the still young 20th Century, the ‘Trenches’ of the First War, horrors filled with dead farm boys, a-swim in mud, blood, rats and the reek of futility was given an eerie revisiting today in Palestine. Through the courtesy of BBC television, we witnessed not the flower of Europe's manhood going "over the top," but the women of Palestine, desperate to shield their sons, husbands, fathers, and brothers from the relentless, and pitiless, and murderous Israeli Defence Force, mounting the barricade to face naked the guns.
|When Hillary Clinton said that her husband
Bill was the target of “a vast right-wing conspiracy”, her
critics just laughed at her. No one is laughing now.
Next week, President Bush will sign the “Military Commissions
Act of 2006” into law. The new legislation will repeal the
central tenets of the U.S. Constitution which require the state
to charge a man with a crime before putting him in jail, as well
as the 8th amendment’s prohibition of “cruel and inhuman”
punishment. The law will allow Bush to imprison anyone he
chooses and abuse them as he sees fit. It places Bush above the
law, our first American monarch.
by Anwaar Hussain
Crashing on the rocks of hubris, the ship Neocon is finally going down and small little furry creatures, commonly known as rats but which once acted onboard like Goliaths, are falling over each other in their mad scurry to jump the ship.
The Neocon propped Bush Administration is preparing to cut and run from Iraq. The most convincing sign of this came when it emerged that Bechtel Corp, one of the biggest construction firms in the world, was leaving the country for good with no new contract to continue the job.
As America prepares to slink out of Iraq, leaving behind legions of demons let lose on Iraqi streets and more than half a million corpses, the discredited Neocons too are jumping the ship taking along with them their myopic vision of U.S. foreign policy that they had used to steer not just America but the whole world into perilous waters.
The stampede was started by William F. Buckley, Jr., that diehard conservative and the pied piper for the American establishments. In a February 2006 piece in his Right wing’s mouth piece journal, National Review, he conceded;
"One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed. … Our mission has failed because Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable by an invading army of 130,000 Americans."
by Chris Floyd
While the American election campaign thrashes toward the finish line with the usual spasms of witless diversion and hyper-mendacity – an echo chamber of utter bullshit roaring in a media bubble murderously detached from reality – in the actual world of flesh and blood, the destruction of Iraq engineered by George W. Bush is entering a new phase that could make the previous three years of all-devouring hell look like a sojourn in paradise.
Baghdad is under siege, as Patrick Cockburn reports in the Independent; the city has been encircled by Sunni militias who have cut almost all the roads leading into the capital. Inside the city, "the scale of killing is already as bad as Bosnia at the height of the Balkans conflict," says Cockburn. And it will inevitably, inexorably grow worse, as Shiite militias consolidate their hold within Baghdad while trying to break the blockade from outside. Already, "food shortages are becoming severe" in some parts of the city, he reports, while almost a thousand Iraqis are being slaughtered each week, mostly in Baghdad. Meanwhile, at least 1.5 million internal refugees have fled the ethnic cleansing by both Sunni and Shiite militias, joining the hundreds of thousands who have fled the country altogether. Again, these numbers dwarf those in the Bosnian and Kosovo wars – while the total dead from Bush's war, a very credible estimate of at least 650,000, is approaching the level of the Rwandan genocide.
“Shame on your greed, shame on your wicked schemes.
I tell you this right now, I don’t give a damn about your dreams.”
-- Bob Dylan, “Thunder on the Mountain”
by Paul Balles
Our liberty depends on
the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost. --Thomas Jefferson
There’s no such thing as objectivity.
Everything is seen through conditioned eyes. What we love or hate depends on the kind of
washing our brains have been subjected to. That theory is verifiable. The practical evidence can be seen in the
The Western mind looks at the world through the familiar eyes of CNN,
BBC, Fox News, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, Reuters or the Associated Press and Rupert
Murdoch. To the Eastern and Middle
Eastern mind, much of the controlled Western perspective of the world doesn’t
make sense. The Middle East TV channel Al Jazeera, broadcasting in Arabic out
of Doha, Qatar, makes sense to 40 million viewers.
The channel has been the object of personal vendettas, agency closures,
assassinations and vilification by a number of regimes and government organizations.
The real reason for the hatred and
attacks? Al Jazeera is the only
completely free public broadcasting organization in the world.
Al Jazeera should be a lesson for journalists from other news
organizations. Not that restrained
journalists could do much to free themselves from the controls that inhibit and
restrict them worldwide, but a few might realize the possibilities of truly
working as the professionals that journalists should be. Because it exercises freedom from political
restraints, here are some of the results experienced by Al Jazeera:
My fellow Americans, it is
with a heavy heart that I must confess. I have transgressed. I have
committed the most heinous crime of our great land. I have been… hang
on... OK.... the lawyer firm, which represents me, Dewey, Cheatem and
Howe, has plea-bargained my sentence. If I plead guilty, I will not
be charged for high treason for wearing the “Bush is a
Moron T-Shirt” when last I visited Washington, DC. You see, I must admit that I have
|By Ramzy Baroud.
Thousands of people recently marched in London to commemorate Quds Day, an annual
day of solidarity with the Palestinian people that emanated from Tehran some 26
I neither wish to contend nor corroborate the sincerity of the call, made by
Ayatollah Khomeini, in a time when the Palestinian people endure, unaided, the
unbearable brunt of the Israeli occupation, international isolation and its
subsequent economic boycott, and the burden of their leaderships’ own folly, that of
factionalism and lack of political coherence.
However, the scene in London was too surreal, and brought into question the
usefulness of such displays of solidarity with the Palestinians. As Hezbollah and
Iranian flags and banners wavered in the cold London breeze, and posters of Iranian
leaders sprung everywhere, I failed to spot one Palestinian flag, one positive
message, one helpful chant. It was only when the black clad Neturei Karta rabbis
made their entrance that the Palestinian flag was introduced into the march.
by Dave Lindorff
I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that, barring some incredible act of criminal cynicism such as the bombardment of Iran by the president, the Democrats are going to take over the House of Representatives.
That being the case, I propose that it's time all those patriots and lovers of liberty, all those who oppose the administration's mad imperial military policies, all those who recognize the so-called War on Terror for what it is--a War on America, all those whose stomachs turned at the sight of the fatal drowning of New Orleans, all those who are outraged at a president who claims the right to violate laws at will, to ignore acts of Congress and to snub rulings of the Supreme Court, all those who are sick of seeing their government function like a whorehouse for corporate Johns, all those who are angry at having a government that tortures and kidnaps people, including children, in our name, all those who know that there are dark secrets about 9-11 being buried by traitors in the White House, all those who despair at seeing the Bill of Rights ripped out of the Constitution article by article, begin a mass campaign to make impeachment of President Bush item one on the agenda of the next Congress.
|Civilised (adjective): cultured, educated, refined, enlightened, polite, elegant, sophisticated, urbane
Civilise (verb): to enlighten, educate, cultivate, improve, advance, develop, refine
old Dante Alighieri, were he around today, I am sure he would find it
difficult to find the words to describe the evils visited by so-called
civilised nations on the defenceless of the planet, assuming that is,
he was fully informed of what is going on.
know I shouldn’t be surprised but nevertheless I am. Surprised firstly
that I live in a barbaric culture that has been able to masquerade as
civilised and secondly, that it has been able to persuade the world
that it possesses civilised credentials in the first place. And
thirdly, that it has been able to carry off this illusion for well on
five hundred years.
of us associate the idea of being civilised with learning and with
respect for culture, though the root of the word is that of the city
Bush War Cabinet is invoking the memory of 9/11 as justification for
their systematic shredding of constitutional and human rights.
President Bush is now on a national speaking tour to make Americans
believe they need to constantly be in fear, and should not question the
Administration's policies. Instilling fear into Americans,
unfortunately, has worked before, and this War President believes it'll
continue to work
Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, and the rest of the gang that thinks
they’re a war cabinet supporting the man who thinks he’s a war president used
the fifth anniversary of 9/11 to tell the world how great they are.
speech after speech, all meant to boost their neocon candidates’ chances for
re-election in two months, they dominated the news media to proclaim that under
their watch there have been no more attacks on American soil. They looked
directly into the cameras and told us that because Americans are fighting in
Iraq, the terrorists aren’t in
New York City. For their part, the establishment
media willingly disseminated the PR.
by Dave Lindorff
There are so many things to say about the John Kerry gaffe, it's hard to know where to start.
Just the idea of President Bush’s scolding Kerry and telling him that "words are important" is beyond belief. This, after
all, is the guy who for five years has been warning Americans about various "nookular" threats facing us. A guy who has his
every utterance scripted for him and yet still manages to screw up his lines with regularity. A guy who had to have a cueing
device hidden in his ear canal during his debates with that selfsame Kerry, so he'd avoid just standing at the lectern and
saying "duh" in response to questions.
But let's not stop there. Kerry himself was right in character. He clearly didn't write his own joke, and was too slow-witted
to get the joke he was supposed to deliver, which reportedly was that if students didn't work and study hard might end up
someday being ignorant incurious leaders like President Bush, and getting the country into another mess like Iraq. It wasn't
much of a joke, but by bunging it up, Kerry revealed his Boston Brahman snobbishness, saying instead that if students didn't
study hard, they'd end up in Iraq--the clear implication being that he thinks that the US troops fighting and dying in Iraq
are there because they’re uneducated.
Kerry, the candidate who voted for the war but opposes the war, who voted for funding for the war and voted against it,
is now trying to say that the joke he told is not the joke that was written for him, but that's not going to work. He certainly
should have understood instantly what he was saying when he said it, and realized how smarmy it was. What we're left with
is the unavoidable conclusion that Kerry doesn't know anything about what he's saying when he says it. Like Bush, he's just
reading a script, and like Bush, he's bungling it badly.
Hey there Georgie
Boy, long time no speak. From what I’ve been hearing, you’ve had
a rough time as of late. As always, I’m here to help. So put down
that comic book: 9/11:
A Graphic Adaptation, and listen up! I have The Solution.
strain on your face. News reporters aren’t giving you the respect you think you deserve. Your hand puppet… er I mean right hand man, Tony
Blair, with a little encouragement from outraged Labour
Party MPs, is on the verge of moving out of Number 10 Downing
Street. The courts are starting to tell you can’t sit around listening
in on the party
line anymore. And some smart aleck senators tried to tell you
thumbscrews and swirlies were not acceptable! Obviously they didn’t belong to the same frat
house you did. Good thing you put the kaibosh on that!
of all is… Iraq. We always keep coming back to Iraq don’t we? It’s
the big corncob up the POTUS butt. It ain’t working out. Anbar
Province is all but lost. In Baghdad, bodies are piling up higher than that mountain of missing left socks in
your laundry room.
war is raging in this little Liberation Quagmire you’ve created.
by Will Durst
Oh for crum’s sake, people. It was a joke! “If you
don’t study in school you’ll end up getting stuck in
Iraq.” Get it? LIKE THE PRESIDENT! He can’t get out of
Iraq. He didn’t study. He’s stuck. John Kerry was
talking about George Bush. He wasn’t talking about our
troops. John Kerry was a troop. Anybody who can’t
figure that out is either a cynical oaf hiding their
scurrilous ass behind the troops or pretending they’re
dumber than they already are, and from all
appearances, the President falls into one of those
categories, and if its the latter, that’s a very scary
Right before Senator John Kerry blew the joke about
how dumb people get stuck in Iraq, he blew another
about how President Bush comes from the state of Texas
but now lives in the state of denial. See, its a
pattern. That’s ostensibly a joke too. Didn’t get much
of a laugh on that one either. In the “stuck in Iraq”
joke, he left out the word “us.” it was supposed to be
“you’ll end up getting US stuck in Iraq,” which is
funnier on paper especially if you read the “us” as
“U.S.” making it work on a couple of different levels.
Both of which are way beyond the cognitive range of
most college students in Pasadena. Which is why only
dogs think John Kerry is funny.
“Imagine what it's like
to be a young person living in a country that is not moving toward reform.
You're 21 years old, and while your peers in other parts of the world
are casting their ballots for the first time,
you are powerless to change the course of your government.
“While your peers in other
parts of the world have received educations that prepare them for the
opportunities of a global economy, you have been fed propaganda and
conspiracy theories that blame others for your country's shortcomings.
“And everywhere you turn,
you hear extremists who tell you that you can escape your misery and
regain your dignity through violence and terror and martyrdom.”
- George W. Bush, September 19, 2006 speaking before the United Nations
Sounds pretty grim. Where
in the world does this land void of hope exist?
“Imagine what it's like
to be a young person living in a country that is not moving toward reform.”
|by Dave Lindorff
For an example of shameless partisanship and promotion of one candidate in the news pages, it would be hard to find a case more over the top than the Philadelphia Inquirer's handling of John Kerry's botched joke.
Although it offered absolutely no evidence to support the claim that the joke incident had induced a single Pennsylvania voter to change sides in the Senate race from Democratic challenger Bob Casey to Republican incumbent Rick Santorum, the once-proud paper ran a banner headline on its front page on Nov. 2 saying "Kerry's gaffe jolts Santorum, Casey," with a subhead that said, "Santorum uses the remark to put Casey on the offensive."
Anonymous "analysts" were said near the top of the article to be claiming that Kerry's remark to students implying that those who didn't hit the books in college would end up "stuck in Iraq" had "cracked a small window of opportunity for Santorum's struggling campaign." No mention was made of the fact that Santorum is in trouble precisely because the majority of Pennsylvania's voters have concluded that his war-mongering (he wants war with Iran, too) and uncritical support of Bush's war in Iraq mean he has to go.
The truth is that Kerry's remark, which was characteristic of this Boston blue-blood snob, was nothing but a meaningless blip on the electoral terrain, where the vast majority of Americans have already concluded that they've been lied to big time by the Bush administration, and ill-served by a Republican Congress that has turned into nothing but an unthinking cheering section for Bush administration war-mongering. The only way Kerry's comments could have any impact on this election--nationally or in Pennsylvania--would be if they were hyped and blown up in the media into something they were not. But then, that is precisely what the Inquirer attempted to do by making them page-one banner material.
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