Created on Sunday, 15 June 2008 08:55
Written by Robert Jensen
Diversity and the Incoherence of Journalismâ€™s Ideology
by Robert Jensen
The ideology of contemporary corporate commercial journalism is incoherent, and one place to see clearly this confusion is the news media industryâ€™s approach to â€œdiversity.â€
Journalists, of course, commonly assert that they are non-ideological, that they approach their jobs as neutral professionals rather than as actors on the political stage. But mainstream news media, like all institutions, operate from a set of assumptions about how the world works and how it should work â€” in short, an ideology.
Read more: The Incoherence of Journalismâ€™s Ideology
There is no neutral ground on which to stand, no special journalistic existence outside ideology.
Created on Saturday, 14 June 2008 20:29
Written by James Petras
Separatism and Empire Building in the 21st Century
by James Petras
Throughout modern imperial history, â€˜Divide and Conquerâ€™ has been the essential ingredient in allowing relatively small and resource-poor European countries to conquer nations vastly larger in size and populations and richer in natural resources. It is said that for every British officer in India , there were fifty Sikhs, Gurkhas, Muslims and Hindus in the British Colonial Army.
The European conquest of Africa and Asia was directed by white officers, fought by black, brown and yellow soldiers so that white capital could exploit colored workers and peasants. Regional, ethnic, religious, clan, tribal, community, village and other differences were politicized and exploited allowing imperial armies to conquer warring peoples.
In recent decades, the US empire builders have become the grand masters of â€˜divide and conquerâ€™ strategies throughout the world. By the 1970â€™s, the CIA made a turn from promoting the dubious virtues of capitalism and democracy, to linking up with, financing and directing, religious, ethnic and regional elites against national regimes, independent or hostile to US world empire building.
Read more: Empire Building in the 21st Century
Created on Saturday, 14 June 2008 19:08
Chronicle of a Craze Foretold: A History of Hope and Hype
by Chris Floyd
A young, fresh-faced candidate, with a feisty, savvy wife, takes the political world by storm. He is highly intelligent, remarkably articulate, in sharp and ready command of the issues, with a winning charm and the common touch -- in stark contrast to the aging, bumbling, cantankerous dullard he faces in the election.
He offers hope and change, a whole new paradigm, a reinvention of politics as usual. He will take on the vested interests, the lobbyists, the tired ideas and rampant corruption of the Establishment. He will build a new international consensus, restoring America's tarnished reputation and its moral leadership after years of covert ops, secret wars, military adventurism, collusion with tryants, deceit and scandal.
Read more: A History of Brief Hope and Hype
Created on Saturday, 14 June 2008 17:06
Written by Chris Cook
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
his week, veteran war correspondent and author, Chris Hedges and Collateral Damage: America's War on Iraqi Civilians, and Lee Zaslofsky of Canada's War Resisters Support Campaign, trying to provide haven for America's soldiers of conscience.
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Chris Hedges, Lee Zaslofsky
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
Created on Saturday, 14 June 2008 14:19
Written by Kahentinetha Horn
Canada Confesses to Part of Its Crimes Against Humanity: There has Finally Been an Official Apology for "Murder," Rape...
by Kahentinetha Horn
ur people were kidnapped and held hostage for three to four generations. Genocide is taking children away and killing them. It was only a small part of a bigger story of â€œgangsterismâ€ and greed. Donâ€™t be fooled! That evil program is still in full swing.
Read more: Canada Comes Clean on Crimes Past (sort of)
Canada has no intention to stop. They continue to drive us off our land, to criminalize us, incarcerate us and to refuse to return control of our land and resources to us.
Created on Friday, 13 June 2008 22:37
Written by Democracy Now!
Despite Opposition from His Own Party, Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich Vows to Continue Impeachment Effort Against Bush
e speak to Ohio Congress member and former Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich about his impeachment effort against President Bush.
On Wednesday, Congress voted to send Kucinichâ€™s bill to the House Judiciary Committee, where itâ€™s unlikely to be considered before Bush leaves office.
Kucinich spent four hours on the House floor Monday reading out thirty-five articles of impeachment against the President. [includes rush transcript]
Guest: Dennis Kucinich, Democratic Congress member from Ohio and former Democratic presidential hopeful.
Read more: Push Bush Campaign: Kucinich Vows to Continue Impeachment Efforts
Created on Friday, 13 June 2008 19:37
Written by The Real News
Supreme Court Condemns Guantanamo
by The Real News
In a severe blow to the Bush administration the US Supreme Court ruled
that suspects being held at Guantanamo Bay have rights under the US
Constitution to challenge their detention in civilian courts. Ruling 5
to 4 the court concluded that the US government was violating the
rights of prisoners being held indefinitely at the US naval base in
Read more: Supremes Rule Habeas Corpus for Gitmo "Detainees"
The ruling could resurrect detainee lawsuits that federal judges
in Washington postponed, pending the outcome of the high court case. It
remains unclear if this ruling, unlike the first two, would lead to
prompt hearings for the detainees, some of whom have been held for more
than 6 years.
Created on Friday, 13 June 2008 19:10
Written by Jason Leopold
DOJ Official: Rumsfeld Personally Approved of Brutal Interrogations
Read more: Rumsfeld Personally Approved of Brutal Interrogations
by Jason Leopold
ormer Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld personally authorized the use of brutal interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay despite warnings from the FBI that the methods amounted to inhumane treatment, was possibly illegal, and would not produce reliable intelligence, a Department of Justice inspector general testified Tuesday.
"The FBI believed that these techniques were not getting actionable information, that they were unsophisticated and unproductive," said Glenn Fine, the DOJâ€™s inspector general, in testimony Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "They raised their concerns with the Department of Defense, but the Department of Defense, from what we were told, dismissed those concerns and that no changes were made in the Department of Defense's strategy."
Created on Friday, 13 June 2008 18:31
Written by Press Release
War Resister Supporters Rally to Demand the Federal Government Implement the Will of Parliament
by War Resister Support Campaign
ocal war resisters and their supporters will be holding a petition-drive and rally in Foreign Affairs Minister David Emerson's riding.
Speakers will include War Resisters
living in Vancouver and Bill Siksay, Member of Parliament for
Burnabyâ€”Douglas. Mr. Siksay points out that;
"The House of Commons has
finally acted to support war resisters in Canada. Now it's up to the
Conservatives to respect the advice of the House and put in place a
program to land them. The government must also stop all deportation and
removal action against war resisters immediately. Canadians support
walking the talk on our opposition to Bush's war in Iraq. Justice
demands we support a safe haven for war resisters."
Read more: War Resister Supporters Rally to Demand the Federal Government Implement the Will of Parliament
Where: On the street at Main St. and 27th Ave in Vancouver
When: 1:00 PM, Saturday June 14th
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2008 21:32
Written by Joe Hueglin
CDS Walter Natynczyk: A New Hand on the Helm
Read more: Walter Natynczyk: Canada's New Number One at Defence
by Joe Hueglin
"If you're not prepared to argue your corner eloquently, articulately, occasionally aggressively but always clearly, you can't be a CDS or you can't be a commander," (1) these words from Canada's current Chief of Defence Staff, who possessed the qualities he articulated, are necessary for the position from which he is retiring next month.
Col. Dan Baggio, who served with Chief of Defence Staff designate Lt. General Walter Natynczyk in Baghdad, and until a few weeks ago, was responsible for army media relations at the Pentagon, describes the personal qualities of Canada's new CDS in these words: "I say this from my heart, I honestly have never heard a harsh word about Walt Natynczykâ€¦. He is not a butt chewer, but a true team player. He had a way of interjecting thoughts so well you thought that they were your own ideas. He was open- minded to guidance from his staff and when he disagreed, he disagreed politely. For me, he is the consummate general officer."