Created on Sunday, 01 June 2008 02:32
Written by Lila Rajiva
Read more: "Point of No Return" an Interview with Andre Vltchek
"Point of No Return" an Interview with Andre Vltchek
by Lila Rajiva
"Point of No Return," by Andre Vltchek, is a novel full of international intrigue which shows the world through the eyes of a war correspondent who visits places that are rarely covered by the mainstream media.
Andre Vltchek is a Czech-born American writer who has written for Der Spiegel, Asahi Shimbun, the Guardian, and many other international papers. He is also chief editor of Asiana Press Agency, a new up and coming news outlet offering in-depth coverage of social, economic, political and environmental issues in South Asia, Asia Pacific and Oceania.
Andre has reported on the violence of the neo-liberal order from all over the globe, but especially from Indonesia, about which he has made a ground-breaking documentary: Terlena: Breaking of a Nation. He is also the author of several works of non-fiction and fiction in Czech and in English, the latest of which is "Point of No Return," a colorful tale about an international reporter whose determined effort to distance himself from the horrors he covers is shattered first by a woman and then by the events of 9-11 â€” the "point of no return" of the title. On the 'net, Vltchek's progressive writings can be found on ZNet and at the Oakland Institute.
Created on Sunday, 01 June 2008 00:42
Read more: Palestinian Odyssey â€“ Sixty Years Adrift
Palestinian Odyssey â€“ Sixty Years Adrift
by Genevieve Cora Fraser
He was my taxi driver
In East Jerusalem
So proud of his wife and children
â€œEveryone knows me
Write to me
Just my name and East Jerusalem
Created on Saturday, 31 May 2008 15:02
Written by Chris Cook
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
his week: Folk singer-songwriter extraordinaire, David Rovics reprises; from No One Is Illegal, Mandeep Dhillon on Canada's proposed Bill C-50; Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on local good goings-on.
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Rovics, Mandeep Dhillon, J9 for Mon. June 2, 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 Friday, 30 May 2008 23:06
Written by Stephen Lendman
by Stephen Lendman
So says Jeremy Grantham, co-founder of Boston-based investment firm Grantham, Mayo and Van Otterloo, now known as GMO. Some call him the philosopher king of Wall Street because of his highly insightful views on markets and the economy, usually with a longer-term perspective.
In a profession of touts, fast-buck and scam artists, Grantham's commentaries are notably refreshing. They're detailed, scholarly, sober, clear and especially important at a time of unparalleled excesses, great economic uncertainty, voices ranging from gloom and doom to blue skies and all clear ahead, so who knows what to believe. Few people sort things out better than he, and whether right or wrong, he makes consummate sense and should be taken seriously.
Read more: Wall Street's "Immoral Hazard"
Created on Friday, 30 May 2008 21:51
Written by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
The Critical Journey From Apathy to Empathy: A Case of Misplaced Blind Faith (Part one here
by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
Read more: A Case of Misplaced Blind Faith
hese famous words from the 1776 Declaration of Independence
sound good in theory but in actuality, at the time they were written,
the evident truth was that only a select few humans were deemed â€œequal.â€
- â€œWe hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.â€
Equality did not include black slaves, most certainly was not bestowed upon the â€œheathen, savage, Indiansâ€ and did not include women or other minorities. Perhaps more accurately, the â€œself-evidentâ€ matter of equality for all human beings was a decision made by a small minority of European immigrants to this new land.
Created on Friday, 30 May 2008 21:01
Written by Mike Whitney
The Great Oil Swindle: How Much Did the Fed Really Know?
by Mike Whitney
The Commodity Futures and Trading Commission (CFTC) is investigating trading in oil futures to determine whether the surge in prices to record levels is the result of manipulation or fraud.
They might want to take a look at wheat, rice and corn futures while they're at it.
The whole thing is a hoax cooked up by the investment banks and hedge funds who are trying to dig their way out of the trillion dollar mortgage-backed securities (MBS) mess that they created by turning garbage loans into securities. That scam blew up in their face last August and left them scrounging for handouts from the Federal Reserve.
Read more: The Great Oil Swindle
Now the billions of dollars they're getting from the Fed is being diverted into commodities which is destabilizing the world economy; driving gas prices to the moon and triggering food riots across the planet.
Created on Friday, 30 May 2008 20:52
Written by Charles Sullivan
Pain and Conscience
by Charles Sullivan
t is evident that a substantial majority of U.S. citizens are, in principle, opposed to the most destructive governmental policies stemming from the nationâ€™s capital. These include, but are not limited to the continuing war and occupation of Iraq, as well as the pervasive consumer fraud that preys upon the innocent and the unwary and causes them undue hardship.
Read more: Pain and Conscience: Birth of a New Nation
These charges are born out by the abysmal approval rating of Congress and the president. It is equally evident that the government, while pretending to be sympathetic to these views, continues to carry forth those same policies both at home and abroad. It does so without the consent of the people and, therefore, it has abrogated its responsibility to them.
Created on Friday, 30 May 2008 18:57
Written by Press Release
Canadian Law Leaves Muslims Under House Arrest
by Al Jazeera Reports
Al Jazeera's Nick Spicer reports on Canada's security laws that have led to the detention of several Muslims.
Read more: Canada: The Land the Law Forgot
Canada's "security certificate" law allows the Government to detain non-citizens or put them under house arrest without charge.
Created on Friday, 30 May 2008 01:47
Written by Chris Cook
World Bank Chum into the Global Food Crisis Frenzy: The Four Horses Ride Again
by C. L. Cook
The World Bank today charged out of the
wilderness at the fourth International Conference on African
Development (TICAD) in Tokyo to announce its 1.2 billion dollar (US)
top up of a loans fund aimed at the heart of Africa, (including a few
juicy throw-away grants to poverty-poster children in Haiti, Djibouti,
and Liberia) with promises of more to come.
Read more: World Bank Chum into the Global Food Crisis Frenzy
Well they had to come back, and honesty be told,
we all know they had never really gone away; from the darkened wings is risen again the four-headed monster to the world's miserable, the
World Bank (WB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Food
Programme (WFE), and the Food and Agricultural Association (FOA), joined by
a conglomeration of various other UN and EU international poverty pimps doing business under the rubric of "international institutions."
Created on Thursday, 29 May 2008 21:17
Written by Democracy Now!
As US Threatens Iran Over Enriching Uranium, Bush Promises to Give Enriched Uranium to Saudi Arabia
by Democracy Now!
The Bush administration has pledged to support Saudi Arabiaâ€™s nuclear power program, including supplying enriched uranium for nuclear reactors. The agreement came out of President Bushâ€™s visit to the Saudi kingdom last week, during which Bush also pledged new US assistance in guarding Saudi oil reserves.
Read more: Bush Promises to 'Nuke' Saudi Arabia
AMY GOODMAN: We turn from cluster bombs to what could be a major development in nuclear proliferation worldwide: the Bush administration pledging to support Saudi Arabiaâ€™s nuclear power program, including supplying enriched uranium for nuclear reactors. The agreement came out of President Bushâ€™s visit to the Saudi kingdom last week, during which Bush also pledged new US assistance in guarding Saudi oil reserves.