Created on Thursday, 12 June 2008 21:32
Written by Joe Hueglin
CDS Walter Natynczyk: A New Hand on the Helm
Read more: Walter Natynczyk: Canada's New Number One at Defence
by Joe Hueglin
"If you're not prepared to argue your corner eloquently, articulately, occasionally aggressively but always clearly, you can't be a CDS or you can't be a commander," (1) these words from Canada's current Chief of Defence Staff, who possessed the qualities he articulated, are necessary for the position from which he is retiring next month.
Col. Dan Baggio, who served with Chief of Defence Staff designate Lt. General Walter Natynczyk in Baghdad, and until a few weeks ago, was responsible for army media relations at the Pentagon, describes the personal qualities of Canada's new CDS in these words: "I say this from my heart, I honestly have never heard a harsh word about Walt Natynczykâ€¦. He is not a butt chewer, but a true team player. He had a way of interjecting thoughts so well you thought that they were your own ideas. He was open- minded to guidance from his staff and when he disagreed, he disagreed politely. For me, he is the consummate general officer."
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2008 19:46
Written by Press Release
Civil liberties group files complaint against RCMP after police pursuit
The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association filed a complaint with the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP today regarding the pursuit of Mr. Randall Dennis Gerard.
Mr. Gerard reportedly stole a 10-ton truck, instigating a protracted police pursuit that ended after road spikes immobilized the vehicle. Mere seconds after Mr. Gerard exited the truck in an attempt to flee he was hit by an unmarked police vehicle.
Much of the pursuit was captured on video by a local television news helicopter.
Read more: Run and Hit: B.C. Civil Liberties Association Files Complaint Against Mounties
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2008 19:09
Written by Mike Ferner
Veterans For Peace deliver 23,000 impeachment petitions to
House Judiciary Chair Conyers
by Mike Ferner
Yesterday, a 17-member delegation of Veterans For Peace resented some 23,000 petitions to Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), demanding the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Conyers, chair of the House Committee on the Judiciary, is the Member of Congress with the authority to call for impeachment hearings.
Also Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to send the 35 Articles of Impeachment, submitted Monday evening by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) to theJudiciary Committee for consideration and hearings.
Read more: Veterans Deliver Bush Impeachment Petition
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2008 18:57
Written by Dahr Jamail
Read more: "Special Weapons" Have Special Effects on Iraqi Babes
'Special Weapons' Have a Fallout on Babies
by Ali al-Fadhily
and Dahr Jamail
abies born in Fallujah are showing illnesses and deformities on a scale never seen before, doctors and residents say. The new cases, and the number of deaths among children, have risen after "special weaponry" was used in the two massive bombing campaigns in Fallujah in 2004.
After denying it at first, the Pentagon admitted in November 2005 that white phosphorous, a restricted incendiary weapon, was used a year earlier in Fallujah. In addition, depleted uranium (DU) munitions, which contain low-level radioactive waste, were used heavily in Fallujah. The Pentagon admits to having used 1,200 tonnes of DU in Iraq thus far.
Created on Thursday, 12 June 2008 08:34
Written by Dave Lindorff
Oil, Israel, Iran, America and the High Cost of a Single War-Like Remark
by Dave Lindorff
ne remark by a minor Israeli cabinet officer hinting at a possible US or Israeli attack on Iran has sent oil prices up by a record $11/barrel to a record $139 per barrel Friday. That should tell us what would happen if the Bush administration were crazy enough to attack Iran, or to let its vassal state of Israel do it.
Most analysts say an actual attack on Iran would send oil almost immediately to past $300 per barrelâ€”a level that would strangle economies worldwide and send the world into an economic collapse not since the Smoot-Hawley Tariffs kicked off the Great Depression.
Read more: Pouring Gasoline on the Fires of Oil Speculation
The repercussions of that would be staggering.
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2008 22:30
Written by Press Release
Read more: Prisoners of Conscience: Amnesty International and Corey Glass
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: PUBLIC STATEMENT
by Amnesty International
mnesty International believes James Corey Glass to have a genuine conscientious objection to serving as a combatant in the US forces in Iraq, and would consider him to be a prisoner of conscience if imprisoned on his return to the USA. He is facing deportation from Canada on 12 June.
Corey Glass joined the army in 2002, enlisting in the National Guard where he was assigned to non-combatant duties in the USA. His unit was later ordered to deploy to Iraq, where he served five months of active service in 2005.
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2008 18:27
Written by Media Lens
"COMPLICIT ENABLERS" - UK MEDIA IGNORE US WHISTLEBLOWERS
by Media Lens
n April 2006, George Bush bade farewell
to his outgoing White House press secretary, Scott McClellan:
"One day he and I are going to be rocking on chairs in Texas talking about the good old days and his time as press secretary."
Read more: Damning the Whistleblower, Ignoring the Media Enablers
The rocking chair plans will have been shelved for good after the publication of McClellan's new memoir, 'What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception.'
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2008 08:23
Written by Gilad Atzmon
The Jewish Experience
By Gilad Atzmon
or more than half a century, those who have been trying to combat the forces that are behind the Israeli paradigm have been identifying Israeli policies and practice with Zionism and Zionist Ideology. I am afraid to say that they were wrong all the way along. Indeed, Zionismâ€™s project dictates the plunder of Palestine in the name of Jewish national aspiration. It is also true to argue that Israel has been rather efficient in translating the Zionist philosophy into a devastating oppressive and murderous practice. Yet, Israelis, or more precisely, the vast majority of Israeli-born secular Jews, are not motivated or fuelled by Zionist ideology. Its spirit or symbols are virtually meaningless to them. As bizarre as it may sound to some, Zionism is either a foreign or just an archaic notion for most Israeli-born secular Jews.
Since the vast majority of Israelis are confused by the notion of Zionism, most forms of criticism that would label itself as anti-Zionist would have hardly any effect on Israel, Israeli politics or on the Israeli people. In other words, in the last sixty years, those who have been using the paradigm of Zionism and its antipode have been preaching to the converted.
A total review of the amalgam formed by Israel, Zionism and Jewishness is now overdue.
Read more: The Jewish Experience of Israel
Created on Tuesday, 10 June 2008 20:47
Written by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
The Critical Journey From Apathy to Empathy - "In the Beginning was the Word," Now What?
by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
Most Americans took a deep breath and were grateful when finally, after months and months of incessant political media coverage, we knew who the final Presidential candidates were supposed to be. The onslaught of interviews, political analysts, reports on the Rev. Wright issue and ads declaring that only Hillary Clinton was qualified to pick up the White House phone at 3 AM assaulted us ad nauseum.
I have found myself desiring a new approach to the political campaigns. What would happen if we forced the candidates to take a â€œtemporaryâ€ position as President and had them show us, by their actions and not their words, how they would perform as the leader of the USA?
Read more: "In the Beginning was the Word," Now What?
What would happen if we took away their fancy speechwriters, their campaign directors and all their media â€œspin-doctorsâ€ so that all that remained was the human being?
Created on Tuesday, 10 June 2008 20:24
Scott McClellan: Confessionals and Legal Covers
by Project Humanbeingsfirst
he newsrooms and chatrooms across the United States of America are awash with confessions of Mr. Scott McClellan on President George W. Bush's Iraq â€œimperial mobilizationâ€ under contrived pretexts to prosecute a pre-planned supremely criminal war of aggression and conquest.
Read more: McClellan: Confessionals and Legal Covers
The Washington Post of May 28, 2008 on its front page summed the press coverage up:
- "[I]n a chapter titled â€œSelling the War,â€ he alleges that the administration repeatedly shaded the truth and that Bush â€œmanaged the crisis in a way that almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option.
- â€œOver that summer of 2002,â€ he writes, â€œtop Bush aides had outlined a strategy for carefully orchestrating the coming campaign to aggressively sell the war. . . . In the permanent campaign era, it was all about manipulating sources of public opinion to the president's advantage.â€