Created on Friday, 09 May 2008 22:05
Written by Ramzy Baroud
US Terrorism Report: Selective Data, Wrong Lessons
by Ramzy Baroud
The data provided in the US State Department's annual terrorism report for 2007 points to some interesting if puzzling conclusions.
The much publicised document, made available 30 April via the State Department's website, makes no secret of the fact that Al-Qaeda is back, strong as ever. It also suggests that violence worldwide is nowhere near subsiding, despite President Bush's repeated assurances regarding the success of his "war on terror".
Will the report inspire serious reflection on the US's detrimental foreign policy and its role in the current situation?
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Let's look at some of the data.
Created on Friday, 09 May 2008 20:44
Written by Dahr Jamail
Running Out of Water in Rising Heat
Read more: Diyala Province: Nary Any a Drop to Drink
by Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail
Water supply is drying out in what was once the agriculturally rich Diyala province north of Baghdad. Baquba, the capital city of Diyala, is now running out of water both for drinking and for irrigation.
Water supply has been hit by power failures. The central pumping station has been running short of electricity supply over the last two years.
The pumping station is located between two districts in conflict -- Hwaider, which is predominantly Shia, and Jupenat, mostly Sunni. For two years now, fighting between Sunnis and Shias here has led to reduced water supply.
Created on Friday, 09 May 2008 20:10
Written by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
The Critical Journey From Apathy to Empathy: The Battle Against a Tyrant Named â€œGeorgeâ€
by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
(Part one in series May 9, 2008)
ike many students in the Unites States of America, I have read and studied the Declaration of Independence written and adopted by the new Congress on July 4, 1776. I must admit however, that many decades have past since my last real study of this important political document. The study of our own history here in the USA is part of all formal studies across the country. However, most of us never have cause to revisit these critical pieces of written history that are still meant to guide our country and its leadership in all dealings with the citizens here.
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Most average Americans can recall certain famous passages, but I doubt that many can recite larger portions of this document from memory. With a growing need to remind myself of these earliest political platforms, I felt compelled to return to these historic words once again.
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 Thursday, 08 May 2008 19:45
Read more: The Road that Never Should Have Been
The Road that No-One Wanted; The Road that Never Should Have Been
by 'T Soeur
write this as the grand arbutus forests are crashing down the steep slopes all around us. It is Langford. In the midst of self-proclaiming "Mass Wasting" (just a development strategy - a style) one lost ravine, almost a canyon, deserves mention.
"The Powers that Be" once again acted in defiance of the wishes of long-standing residents along this "so-called" roadway just off Florence Lake Road. Many have lived there for decades on the shores of Florence Lake. And, they clearly expressed their opposition to development; to roads and driveways, and to wide paved cement "trails" in the ravine just behind them and immediately adjacent to their properties.
Created on Wednesday, 07 May 2008 21:43
Written by Jim Miles
by Jim Miles
n excellent work, Muqtada ends off right where current events pick up with the recent Iraqi army attacks ordered by Nuri al â€“Maliki in southern Iraq, Basra in particular. The media view that this was purely an Iraqi effort is put into place with one of author Patrick Cockburnâ€™s closing comments that Maliki â€œhad limited real powerâ€ and felt â€œthat he could not move a company of troops without American permission.â€
Read more: Reviewing Muqtada
This morningâ€™s news on al-Jazeera fully demonstrates American involvement with the new surge into Sadr City - the Baghdad stronghold of Muqtadaâ€™s Mehdi army â€“ supported by American Abrams tanks and aerial bombing.
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."