Created on Sunday, 14 September 2008 21:58
Written by Tom Engelhardt
The Value of One, the Value of None: An Anatomy of Collateral Damage in the Bush Era
by Tom Engelhardt
In a little noted passage in her bestselling book, The Dark Side, Jane
Mayer offers us a vision, just post-9/11, of the value of one. In
October 2001, shaken by a nerve-gas false alarm at the White House,
Vice President Dick Cheney, reports Mayer, went underground.
literally embunkered himself in "a secure, undisclosed location," which
she describes as "one of several Cold War-era nuclear-hardened
subterranean bunkers built during the Truman and Eisenhower
administrations, the nearest of which were located hundreds of feet
below bedrockâ€¦" That bunker would be dubbed, perhaps only
half-sardonically, "the Commander in Chief's Suite."
Oh, and in that period, if Cheney had to be in transit, "he was
chauffeured in an armored motorcade that varied its route to foil
possible attackers." In the backseat of his car (just in case), adds
Mayer, "rested a duffel bag stocked with a gas mask and a biochemical
survival suit." And lest danger rear its head, "rarely did he travel
without a medical doctor in tow."
Read more: An Incident in Azizabad
Created on Sunday, 14 September 2008 21:35
Written by Press Release
Farmers to Sue Harper Government over Alleged Illegal Changes to CWB Director Elections
by Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board
group of farmers will take the Harper government to court, on the grounds that a change the federal government has made to the CWB director elections is illegal.
The courts have already proven this government has used illegal tactics â€” not once but twice â€” to try to force its policy on farmers, said Bill Woods, a farmer from Eston, SK, referencing the federal governmentâ€™s failed attempts to remove barley from the CWB mandate and to gag the CWB to prevent it from telling farmers how it works.
Read more: Farmers Charge Harper Government Broke Law with Wheat Board Directors Elections
- "We believe the government is again acting illegally, this time gerrymandering with the CWB director elections to favour anti-CWB candidates and their supporters."
Created on Sunday, 14 September 2008 19:42
Written by Ramzy Baroud
The Syria-Israel Peace Gambit
by Ramzy Baroud
Few would argue that the indirect Israel-Syria talks through Turkish mediation, which were first announced 21 May, were a sign of political maturity and readiness for peace.
Read more: Syria-Israel Peace Gambit
In fact, while the discussions seemed concerned with the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and Israel's desire for security at its northern borders, the true objective behind the sudden engagement of Syria is largely concerned with Iran, Hizbullah and Hamas.
Created on Sunday, 14 September 2008 03:16
Read more: Another Day, Another Gate of Hell
Another Day, Another Gate of Hell Swings Open
by Chris Floyd
his week another gate swung open in the
multi-chambered hell that is the "War on Terror." George W. Bush has
authorized the invasion of Pakistan by American ground forces
, and the
armed incursions have already begun. The implications of this move --
which largely corresponds with the strategy that Barack Obama has said
he would employ in the region -- are disturbing in the extreme.
William Pfaff takes up this subject with his usual clarity and good sense in a new article at Truthdig
Created on Sunday, 14 September 2008 02:29
Written by The Real News
Bolivia expels US ambassador
Forrest Hylton: It's unclear how Morales can appease the autonomists without betraying his platform.
Read more: Washington's Trouble with Bolivia
Bolivian President Evo Morales stated that he was expelling US
ambassador Philip Goldberg for allegedly inciting violent opposition
Created on Sunday, 14 September 2008 01:39
Guantanamo judge postpones trial for Omar Khadr
by CBC News
U.S. military judge has postponed the trial of Omar Khadr, a young
Canadian man detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the past six years
for alleged crimes committed as a teenager.
Khadr, now 21, is the only Western foreigner still being held at the
naval prison, widely decried as illegal by critics and human rights
The trial was supposed to begin next month at Guantanamo Bay, but at a
pretrial hearing Thursday the judge announced a schedule change as
prosecutors and defence lawyers wrangle over access to evidence and
Read more: Justice Delayed Further for Khadr
The new date has not yet been set.
Created on Sunday, 14 September 2008 00:49
Written by Chris Genovali
Read more: Future Imperfect: British Columbia's Oil Future
by Chris Genovali
e're in for a whale of a time, one way or another. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently
released its 2008 list of threatened species of cetaceans (whales,
dolphins and porpoises).
While this news was reasonably encouraging for
the global recovery of populations of humpback whales, these
assessments have far-reaching impacts on their conservation management.
Created on Saturday, 13 September 2008 23:25
Written by Chris Cook
Dana Perino, Supermen, bin Laden, and Who Planned 9/11?
by C. L. Cook
In an amazing revelation, White House spokesperson, Dana Perino exonerated the wildly vilified Arab "leader" of terrorist super horror, al Qaida, Usama bin Laden, saying it was in fact tortured terror suspect, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed behind then-crime of the century September 11, 2001.
The iconic "say anything to make it stop" photo of Mohammed released to the world press following his confession under "harsh" interrogation is below the break.
Read more: Dana Perino Pardons Usama bin Laden
Created on Saturday, 13 September 2008 22:56
Written by The Real News
War Crimes conference: Planning for the prosecution of high level American war criminals
WAR CRIMES CONFERENCE FROM ANDOVER ON STREAMING VIDEO SEPT. 13-14
n the tradition of Justice Robert H. Jackson, America's Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials after World War II, the Conference's purpose is "to promote efforts to hold culpable officials accountable in courts of law," said the conference's convener, Lawrence Velvel, a prominent legal educator.
"Otherwise, the future could be threatened by additional examples of Executive lawlessness by leaders who need fear no personal consequences" for their actions, leading to "the possibility of more Viet Nams, and more Iraqs," he added.
[At this hour, (11:30 am pdt) the signal is down, interrupted as it has been whenever the questions get interesting (see comments below). - lex]
Read more: War Crimes: Punishment Interrupted - Andover The War Crimes Conference
Created on Saturday, 13 September 2008 22:20
Written by Press Release
STOP THE DEPORTATIONS: LET U.S. IRAQ WAR RESISTERS STAY IN CANADA
by War Resisters Support Campaign
Parliament and a majority of Canadians support Iraq war resisters.
Despite this, the minority Harper government is deporting war resisters
to the US, where they face jail time and a felony conviction for
refusing to fight an illegal war.
Read more: LET U.S. IRAQ WAR RESISTERS STAY IN CANADA
Pan-Canadian Day of Action
SEPTEMBER 13, 1pm
Vancouver Art Gallery
Robson St. side