Created on Thursday, 08 May 2008 20:59
Fallujah Revisited: Bush, Petraeus Prepare 'Cleansing' of Sadr City
by Chris Floyd
. George W. Bush and David Petraeus are preparing to make a new Fallujah in Sadr City, home to two million Shiites in Baghdad. Thousands of people are already fleeing the area before the full-scale slaughter and destruction begin.
image: Fallujah 2004
Read more: Fallujah Comes to Sadr City
As in Fallujah, the multitudes who cannot escape will be trapped in a "free fire zone", subjected to ruthless bombardment and ground assault. Thousands -- perhaps tens of thousands -- of innocent civilians stand in the shadow of imminent death.
The assault is part of the run-up to the coming attack on Iran -- an attempt to secure the rear of that new front by destroying Iraq's Shiite nationalist forces. It is also part of an on-going effort to eliminate the strongest rival to the Shiite extremists that Bush has installed in office in Iraq, before the conquered land's fall elections.
Created on Thursday, 08 May 2008 20:42
Written by Gilad Atzmon
Anatomy of a Conditionally Unresolved Conflict
by Gilad Atzmon
According to Hegel, attaining â€™self-consciousnessâ€™ is a process that
necessarily involves the other. How am I to become conscious of myself
in general? It is simply through desire or anger, for example. Unlike
animals that overcome biological needs by destroying another organic
entity, human desire is a desire for recognition.
In Hegelian terms, recognition is accomplished by directing oneself
towards non-being, that is, towards another desire, another emptiness,
another â€˜Iâ€™. It is something that can never be fully accomplished.
man who desires a thing humanly acts not so much to possess the thing
as to make another recognise his right. It is only desire of such
recognition, it is only the action that flows from such desire, that
creates, realizes and reveals a human, non biological I.â€ (Kojeve A.,
Introduction to the Reading of Hegel, 1947, Cornell Univ. Press, 1993,
Read more: Palestine/Israel: Conditionally Unresolved Conflict
Created on Wednesday, 07 May 2008 08:09
Written by Ernest Partridge
Pity the Poor Mainstream Media!
Read more: Flushing Finally 'Mainstream' Cred
by Ernest Partridge
It is very difficult for an old liberal like me to be sympathetic about the plight of the corporate media, given the way they have behaved of late. But the simple fact of the matter is that the commercial news media have fallen into a deep financial pit, and that is both good news and bad news for the political health of our republic.
In 2005, newspaper circulation declined over the previous year by 2.6 percent, with the largest declines posted in the major newspapers. Still worse, in 2007, newspaper advertising revenue fell by 9.4 percent. As a result of this shrinkage, in 2007 2,400 journalists lost their jobs, and 15,000 have been canned in the last decade.
Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2008 20:14
Written by Danny Schechter
Read more: Grabbing Wall St. Crime by the Horns
Investigating Wall St. Crime
by Danny Schechter
he Question: As The Feds Broaden A Mortgage Fraud Probe, Will The White Collar Perps Of Subprime Crime Ever Do Time?
New York, May 6: There is a time in the life of every writer when you find yourself fearing that you have become a robo call phone machineâ€”repeating the same message over and over with diminishing results.
Thatâ€™s how I felt after eight months of silence after labeling the credit crisis a â€œsubcrimeâ€ scandal, lashing out at the fraudulent activity at its core and calling for the investigation and prosecution of wrong doers. Almost no media outlets accepted this way of framing the problem, although, as usual, the British press was ahead of its American cousins in putting the blame on the bankers, not the borrowers.
Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2008 19:48
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Read more: Air Force Uber Alles
The Air Force Above All: Dominating the Air, Space, and Cyberspace
by William J. Astore
hen I first joined the Air Force, its mission statement was straightforward: to fly and fight. The recruiting slogan was upbeat: the Air Force was "a great way of life," and the ROTC program I enrolled in was the "gateway to a great way of life."
Mission statements and slogans are easy to poke fun at and shouldn't, perhaps, be taken too seriously. That said, the people who develop them do take them seriously, which is why they can't be ignored.
Consider the Air Force's new slogan: "Air Force -- Above All."
Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2008 19:35
Written by Jim Miles
Reviewing the New Imperialist
by Jim Miles
he new imperialism is part a recognition that, yes, the United States is an imperial power as accepted and supported by various neocon pundits and apologists, and part a recognition that it takes a different form than previous empires, no longer so much as colonial-settlement projects but an economically-ideologically based empire.
Read more: Reviewing the New Imperialist
There is still very much a land base to the empire with over seven hundred fifty military establishments of one form or another in over one hundred thirty countries. Yet it is the institutional structuring of global enterprises that now determines the nature and kind of empire, with a somewhat different rationale behind these structures.
Created on Sunday, 04 May 2008 20:34
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Read more: Perpetual War: Descending into Madness in Iraq -- and Beyond
The Last War and the Next One
Descending into Madness in Iraq -- and Beyond
by Tom Engelhardt
The last war won't end, but in the Pentagon they're already arguing about the next one.
Let's start with that "last war" and see if we can get things straight. Just over five years ago, American troops entered Baghdad in battle mode, felling the Sunni-dominated government of dictator Saddam Hussein and declaring Iraq "liberated." In the wake of the city's fall, after widespread looting, the new American administrators dismantled the remains of Saddam's government in its hollowed out, trashed ministries; disassembled the Sunni-dominated Baathist Party which had ruled Iraq since the 1960s, sending its members home with news that there was no coming back; dismantled Saddam's 400,000 man army; and began to denationalize the economy. Soon, an insurgency of outraged Sunnis was raging against the American occupation.