Created on Saturday, 21 June 2008 19:35
Written by Robert Parry
Read more: Legalizing Bush Crimes
Democrats Legalize Bush's Crimes
by Robert Parry
June 20, 2008
ouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims that a key positive feature of the new wiretap â€œcompromiseâ€ is that the bill reaffirms that the President must follow the law, even though the same bill virtually assures that no one will be held accountable for George W. Bush's violation of the earlier spying law.
In other words, in the guise of rejecting Bushâ€™s theories of an all-powerful presidency that is above the law, the Democratic leadership cleared the way for the President and his collaborators to evade punishment for defying the law.
Created on Saturday, 21 June 2008 19:22
Written by James J. Brittain
Was the U.S. Involved in Killing the FARC-EP Leaders?
by James J. Brittain
While virtually every country in Central and South America, including the Caribbean, has waged in on the debate of the Colombian state conducting an illegal military campaign within Ecuadorian sovereign territory, resulting in the deaths of various high ranking officials in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-Peopleâ€™s Army (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia-EjÃ©rcito del Pueblo, FARC-EP), the United States have remained virtually silent. Such silence from the US is quite perplexing consdiering the administrations of Ronald Regan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush have wielded a twenty-two year old assault on this insurgency movement.
The United States have deemed the FARC-EP to be, what it considers, a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). Therefore, would one not expect, during the so-called â€˜war on terror,â€™ some attention from Washington - other than a few sentences by state officials - following the deaths of both Comandante RaÃºl Reyes and Comandante IvÃ¡n RÃos within less than six days of each other; two of the seven highest-ranking members of the organization (lest we forget the hourly visual barrage of images related to the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003 or his execution in 2006). The following makes a case that the United Statesâ€™ silence has far more to do with a plausible connection to the deaths of Comandante Reyes and Comandante RÃos rather than simple disinterest.
Read more: Who Killed FARC Big Two?
Created on Saturday, 21 June 2008 18:09
Written by Press Release
War Resisters - your chance to help the campaign
by War Resisters Support Campaign
ear friends; the two things that we need help with most right now in Vancouver are housing for war resisters and your participation in our outreach and lobbying in Conservative ridings and keeping up the media visibility.
Below is a housing appeal, please pass it on freely.
Also in Vancouver we will be doing another visit to a Conservative riding, probably either Emerson's in Vancouver or Nina Grewal in Fleetwood-Port Kells. That is tentatively planned for Saturday June 28.
Read more: Canadians Supporting U.S. War Resisters
As well, we would like to get to some Canada Day events with our petitions and leaflets - there will be a National Day of Action to call Immigration Minister Diane Finley on Wednesday July 2 - and July 1 would be a great day to get the word out. Please try to join us at some of these activities!
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2008 21:33
Written by Jason Leopold
Democrats Give White House Another Blank-Check For Iraq
by Jason Leopold
A Democratic engineered emergency supplemental bill to continue funding the occupation of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan to the tune of $162 billion is expected to win bipartisan support, aides to leaders in the House said late Wednesday.
Read more: Another Blank-Check For Iraq
The bill, as currently drafted, does not contain any conditions for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq nor does it restrict how President Bush can conduct military operations. The legislation ensures both wars are funded well into 2009 and comes nearly two years after Democrats won majorities in Congress and the Senate largely on promises to resist handing the Bush administration "blank-checks" for Iraq and a pledge to immediately bring U.S. troops home.
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2008 20:29
Written by Paul Craig Roberts
John Yoo, Totalitarian
by Paul Craig Roberts
Read more: John Yoo, Totalitarian
ohn Yoo stands outside the Anglo-American legal tradition. His views lead to self-incrimination wrung out of a victim by torture. He believes a president of the US can initiate war, even on false pretenses, and then use the war he starts as cover for depriving US citizens of habeas corpus protection. A US attorney general informed by Yooâ€™s memos even went so far as to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Constitution does not provide habeas corpus protection to US citizens.
Yooâ€™s animosity to US civil liberties made him a logical choice for appointment to the Bush Regimeâ€™s Department of Justice (sic), but his appointment as a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, shatters that universityâ€™s liberal image.
Created on Thursday, 19 June 2008 19:23
Written by The Real News
Israel Confirms Cease-fire with Hamas
by The Real News
Read more: Israel Confirms Cease-fire with Hamas
srael officially confirmed on Wednesday that the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire deal between the Israeli government and the Hamas would go into effect at 6 a.m. on Thursday. The period of calm is supposed to last six months. Officials on both sides were wary of the proposed deal but agreed to abide by it.
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.
Read more: Afghanistan Offensive: Kandahar Hots Up
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.
Read more: Spinning 'til the Bitter End
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.
Read more: Deer Hunting With Jesus: Why the Left Doesnâ€™t Get It
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."