Created on Monday, 30 June 2008 01:54
Written by Tom Engelhardt
The Good News in Iraq (Don't Count on It)
by Tom Engelhardt
March 19, 2003, as his shock-and-awe campaign against Iraq was being
launched, George W. Bush addressed the nation.
"My fellow citizens," he
began, "at this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early
stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to
defend the world from grave danger." We were entering Iraq, he
insisted, "with respect for its citizens, for their great civilization
and for the religious faiths they practice. We have no ambition in
Iraq, except to remove a threat and restore control of that country to
its own people."
Within weeks, of course, that "great
civilization" was being looted, pillaged, and shipped abroad. Saddam
Hussein's Baathist dictatorship was no more and, soon enough, the Iraqi
Army of 400,000 had been officially disbanded by L. Paul Bremer, the
head of the occupying Coalition Provisional Authority and the
President's viceroy in Baghdad. By then, ministry buildings -- except
for the oil and interior ministries -- were just looted shells.
Schools, hospitals, museums, libraries, just about everything that was
national or meaningful, had been stripped bare. Meanwhile, in their new
offices in Saddam's former palaces, America's neoconservative occupiers
were already bringing in the administration's crony corporations --
Halliburton and its subsidiary KBR, Bechtel, and others -- to finish
off the job of looting the country under the rubric of
"reconstruction." Somehow, these "administrators" managed to "spend"
$20 billion of Iraq's oil money, already in the "Development Fund for
Iraq," even before the first year of occupation was over -- and to no
They also managed to create what Ed Harriman in the
London Review of Books labeled "the least accountable and least
transparent regime in the Middle East." (No small trick given the
Read more: Good News from the Front? Don't Count on It
Created on Sunday, 29 June 2008 23:30
Written by Chris Cook
GR this Week
by C. L. Cook
his week on GR: farmer, author, and publisher, Brewster Kneen, making apparent Cargill Inc., "Invisible Giant;" Canadian university professor, Mahboob Khawaja on his son, Momin's search for Canadian justice; Sheila Nopper and the rising tide of opposition to endless ferry rate hikes in British Columbia; and Janine Bandcroft from somewhere in America on the Goods to Cuba Caravan.
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Brewster Kneen, Mahboob Khawaja, Sheila Nopper, J9 Mon. Jun. 30, 2008
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 Sunday, 29 June 2008 21:41
Written by William Bowles
Robert Mugabe, Yet Another Man the West Loves to Hate
by William Bowles
Read more: Mugabe: Another Man the West Loves to Hate
Robert Mugabe is a bit like Osama bin Laden, if he didnâ€™t exist theyâ€™d have to invent him; and invent him they have, with a vengeance.
Now Iâ€™m not a supporter of Zanu-PF, for me their politics have always been suspect. Back during the Apartheid years, Zanu-PF never acknowledged the ANC as the leader of the liberation struggle in South Africa, preferring instead to support the PAC (the Pan Africanist Congress). Well you win some, you lose some.
Created on Sunday, 29 June 2008 03:45
Written by Press Release
BCCLA Applauds Supreme Court of Canada Decision in Media Defamation Case
by British Columbia Civil Liberties Association
The BCCLA is encouraged by the Supreme Court of Canada judgment in Simpson v. Mair and WIC Radio, which dismissed an action for defamation against Rafe Mair. The court ruled that the statements at issue were protected by the law as comment.
The BCCLA appeared as an intervenor in the case. Robert D. Holmes, President of the BCCLA comments:
Read more: Supreme Court of Canada Decision in Media Defamation Case
- "Protection of vigorous debate on matters of public interest and importance is a key value in our democratic society. The court's ruling will go a long way in ensuring that protection."
Created on Saturday, 28 June 2008 20:20
Written by Press Release
STOP THE DEPORTATION OF U.S. WAR RESISTER COREY GLASS
by War Resisters Support Campaign
Read more: Saving Sergeant Glass
he Victoria chapter of the War Resisters Support Campaign calls on you to help stop the deportation of US war resister Corey Glass through a number of actions listed below.
While Parliament has passed a motion that would allow US war resisters to stay in Canada, the Harper government has not yet acted on the motion, and the deportation order against Corey Glass for July 10th is still in effect.
Created on Saturday, 28 June 2008 19:29
Written by Linda Milazzo
A CALL TO HEROES: My "SIT-DOWN" With Vince Bugliosi
by Linda Milazzo
here are adjectives that come to mind when describing famed former prosecutor and renowned author, Vincent Bugliosi, who for forty years has set the standard for prosecutorial skill in America.
Some are intrepid, brave, independent, brilliant, driven, indomitable, respected, focused, relentless andconfident.
Each fits perfectly well. But after interviewing Mr. Bugliosi at his California home, and reading his latest book, "The Prosecution Of George W. Bush For Murder," I am compelled to add two more adjectives to that already formidable list: PATRIOTIC and ENRAGED.
Beyond all other characterizations one may ascribe to Vincent Bugliosi, the principal descriptors TODAY for this inherently honorable man are PATRIOTIC and ENRAGED - emanating equally from his love for his nation.
Read more: Prosecuting George W. Bush for Murder
Created on Saturday, 28 June 2008 07:23
Written by Mohawk News Network
UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU! WARNING TO THE INDIGENOUS YOUTH FROM A CONCERNED ELDER
ear Native Youth. Take some time to read a few timely words from an elder, who has your well-being in mind.
General George "Yellowhair" Custer
Do not join the Canadian or U.S. military. They are violating the Two Row Wampum Agreement.
Read more: Sam Seeking Injuns for War Party
Everywhere the Europeans went they put Indigenous people in the galleys of their ships. A few would be promised some benefit if they carried out some hideous deed against their people. Some were even freed. But they were never free. They helped their masters make holes in the hulls of our ancestral canoes to try to get control over the whole river of life.
They think this is a tried and true method.
Created on Saturday, 28 June 2008 05:51
Written by Judith Young
EVIDENCE FOR A NEOCON PLAN FOR FALSE FLAG TERRORISM AT
THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION IN DENVER, AUGUST 25-28, 2008
by Judith H. Young, Ph.D.
n June 24, 2008 on the Alex Jones Show, a nationally syndicated news/talk program that also has a huge Internet audience, retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern discussed the potential for a U.S.-Israeli attack on Iran before the Bush Administration leaves office next year.
The German Reichstag fire solidified Hitler's dictatorship
Read more: False Flags for Denver DNC?
Former morning briefer for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr., McGovern noted that Iran is carefully avoiding any actions that could be interpreted as provocations for an attack: hence justification for an attack would require a pretext manufactured by the Administration and/or the Israelis.
Created on Saturday, 28 June 2008 04:24
Written by The Real News
Afghan Leaders Say PAK ISI Behind Blasts
by The Real News
In the latest in a string of accusations, Afghan leaders pointed a
finger at Pakistan for an attempt on President Hamid Karzaiâ€™s life on
April 27, as well as an attack on the Serena Hotel in Kabul, which left
Newsweek Special Correspondent Sami Yousafzai says that
Afghanistan's latest cries against Pakistan are election-year
maneuvering on the part of Karzai, who will be subject to general
elections in 2009.
Read more: Afghanistan: Pointing Fingers at Pakistan's ISI in Assassination Attempt and Bombings
Created on Friday, 27 June 2008 07:57
Written by Chris Hedges
The Hedonists of Power
by Chris Hedges
ashington has become Versailles. We are ruled, entertained and informed by courtiers. The popular media are courtiers. The Democrats, like the Republicans, are courtiers.
Read more: Superstar Media Epitaph: Not Challenging Power When it Matters
Our pundits and experts are courtiers. We are captivated by the hollow stagecraft of political theater as we are ruthlessly stripped of power. It is smoke and mirrors, tricks and con games. We are being had.