Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2008 21:43
Written by The Real News
Kandahar Braces for Taliban Offensive
by The Real News
In anticipation of a Taliban offensive, the Afghan army flew four plane-loads of soldiers to Kandahar from the capital Kabul. The deployment comes a day after Taliban forces were seen mobilizing in the Arghandab district just north west of Kandahar.
Taliban forces destroyed bridges and planted land mines in preparation for battle. Anand Gopal of Inter Press Service says "there has been a general shift in the balance of power in the last few months." Jointly produced by The Real News Network and Inter Press Service.
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Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2008 21:21
Written by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
Spinning 'til the Bitter End
by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
Good morning my friends; I have stopped doing my current research and writing on various topics today to address the recent speech given by President Bush just moments ago.
I simply had to speak out and point out some key "media-spinning" that is going WAY over the top and many people may not realize that we are in a critical point here in the USA.
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As we all face the growing costs of food and gasoline, health care and other expenses needed to survive in this day and age, there are people in leadership who are "playing" with us at such a level that it disgusts me beyond words.
Created on Tuesday, 17 June 2008 21:21
Written by William Bowles
Why the Left Doesnâ€™t Get It
by William Bowles
Book Review: â€˜Deer Hunting With Jesus - Dispatches from Americaâ€™s Class Warâ€™ By Joe Bageant
his is the hardest review I have ever had to write. Who am I writing it for seems to be at the heart of my dilemma. But let me say first that this book is a witty, insightful and sympathetic portrait of a world most of us are only aware of through clichÃ© or stereotype.
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Who are we talking about? The so-called American Redneck.
Created on Tuesday, 17 June 2008 20:00
Written by Eric Margolis
Read more: Across the Pashtun: GWOT and the Pakistani Rubicon
A Line Not To Be Crossed
by Eric Margolis
he killing of 11 Pakistani soldiers by U.S. air and artillery strikes last week shows just how quickly the American-led war in Afghanistan is spreading into neighbouring Pakistan.
Pakistan's military branded the air attack "unprovoked and cowardly." There was outrage across Pakistan. However, the unstable government in Islamabad, which depends on large infusions of U.S. aid, later softened its protests.
The U.S., which used a B-1 heavy bomber and F-15 strike aircraft in the attacks, called its action, "self-defence."
Created on Tuesday, 17 June 2008 19:46
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Mother Earth's Triple Whammy: Why North Korea Was a Global Crisis Canary
by John Feffer
as prices are above $4 a gallon; global food prices surged 39% last year; and an environmental disaster looms as carbon emissions continue to spiral upward.
The global economy appears on the verge of a TKO, a triple whammy from energy, agriculture, and climate-change trends.
Right now you may be grumbling about the extra bucks you're shelling out at the pump and the grocery store; but, unless policymakers begin to address all three of these trends as one major crisis, it could get a whole lot worse.
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Just ask the North Koreans.
Created on Monday, 16 June 2008 23:43
Written by Laray Polk
Defense vs. Democracy: Czech Anti-Radar Protest Gains Ground
by Laray Polk
Following a year of protests and coalition building at home and abroad in opposition to the proposed U.S. radar base in the Czech Republic, activists Jan Tamas and Jan Bednar launched a hunger strike.
The hunger strike that began in Prague on May 13 and ended three weeks later, has touched off series of actions that are gaining national and worldwide support.
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Created on Monday, 16 June 2008 22:45
Written by Jason Leopold
Congress to Probe Bush, Cheney's Role in Plame-Gate
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by Jason Leopold
Five years ago this month, an extraordinary battle was taking shape in the shadows of official Washington: a former U.S. ambassador was preparing to go public to challenge a central deception used by the White House to justify invading Iraq â€“ and the Bush administration was readying a fierce counterattack against him.
Now, after many nasty clashes â€“ which led to the exposure of a covert CIA officer, a criminal White House cover-up, a special prosecutor investigation, the conviction of a senior aide to Vice President Dick Cheney and a subsequent presidential commutation â€“ one key administration insider finally has agreed to testify before Congress.
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.
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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.
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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