Created on Sunday, 06 July 2008 03:58
Written by Jack Random
The Age of Reckoning: Economy, Climate Change & Imperial War
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by Jack Random
While we celebrate Independence Day with parades, marching bands, miniature flags and spectacular fireworks, there is little to remind us of the perils we face both as a nation and as citizens of the world.
We are a nation at war without cause or reason. We have elected leaders who have made a mockery of our constitutional rights, who have plundered our economy in the interest of corporate greed, who have colluded in imperial wars, and who pay lip service to the greatest environmental crisis in recorded history.
Created on Sunday, 06 July 2008 03:43
Written by William Blum
Some Thoughts on "Patriotism" Written on July 4
by William Blum
Most important thought: I'm sick and tired of this thing called "patriotism".
Read more: America: Patriotism Schmatriotism
The Japanese pilots who bombed Pearl Harbor were being patriotic. The German people who supported Hitler and his conquests were being patriotic, fighting for the Fatherland. All the Latin American military dictators who overthrew democratically-elected governments and routinely tortured people were being patriotic -- saving their beloved country from "communism".
Created on Sunday, 06 July 2008 01:38
Written by John Nichols
The Jesse Helms Legacy and John McCain
by John Nichols
esse Helms was a segregationist, and a nasty one at that.
Long after his contemporaries abandoned old "Jim Crow," Helms kept playing the race card when it served him politically.
Read more: Legacy: John McCain Channels Jesse Helms
And when he was not picking on African-Americans, he picked on ethnic minorities, immigrants, trade unionists, gays and lesbians.
Created on Sunday, 06 July 2008 01:24
Written by Gilad Atzmon
United by a Bulldozer - And I think to myselfâ€¦
by Gilad Atzmon
ccording to Haaretz, the Shin Bet security service, the (IDF) Military Advocate General, the Defence Minister Barak and the Prime Minister Olmert himself are all backing the demolition of terroristsâ€™ homes.
Not much can be said; at last, Jews start to agree on something among themselves, not only do they agree, they even compete among themselves to be the most outspoken about it.
They all want to lead the current Hebraic belligerence championship. Each of them tries to shape and reshape an authentic image of vengeance.
Read more: Israel: United by a Bulldozer
Created on Sunday, 06 July 2008 01:00
Written by American News Project
No Paine, No Gain: A July 4th Special
An Independence Day look back at the radical influence of Thomas Paine, the
often-overlooked founding father whose words sparked the American Revolution.
Created on Friday, 04 July 2008 21:36
Written by Press Release
Campbell River Fish Farm Escape Threatens Fraser Salmon Run
by Salmon Coast Field Station
On Canada Day, a Marine Harvest fish farm net released 30,000 farmed
Atlantic salmon into the Campbell River putting them right in the path
of wild juvenile salmon swimming down the Campbell River.
Read more: Campbell River Fish Farm Escape Threatens Fraser Salmon Run
The farmed fish are not indigenous to the coast and will place undue
pressure on the native stock that is already reeling from sea lice and
warmer sea temperatures.
Created on Friday, 04 July 2008 05:27
Written by Chris Cook
McCain Presidency Touted by Vietnamese Former Keeper
by C. L. Cook
he BBC's Andrew Harding reports from Vietnam his conversation with a former "Hanoi Hilton" jail keeper who, Harding says, supports the presidential run of his former inmate, John McCain.
Tran Trong Duyet is quoted by BBC News, speaking from his home in Haiphong, about his "good friend" John McCain, while flipping through sentimental black and white photos taken of the two while McCain was a P.O.W.
The cordial relationship Tran describes runs counter to the familiar McCain campaign narrative of an embattled Navy pilot, shot down and taken prisoner over enemy territory, bravely resisting torture and refusing a deal his super-wealthy family arranged for his freedom to instead stay in Hanoi and serve as a Stoic, selfless inspiration to his fellows.
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Created on Friday, 04 July 2008 00:55
Written by Press Release
Civil Liberties Association Decries Secret Consultations
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association is calling on the Premier to direct the Solicitor General and Attorney General of British Columbia to throw out a controversial confidentiality agreement parties are made to sign to participate in the consultation process about proposed amendments to the Police Act.
The government invited the BCCLA and others to participate in consultations, but then demanded that participants keep secret everything said and done both before and after the introduction of any bill in the Legislative Assembly.
Read more: B.C.'s Secret Police Act
Created on Friday, 04 July 2008 00:43
Written by Scott Horton
Six Questions for Paul Alexander, Author of Machiavelliâ€™s Shadow
by Scott Horton
aul Alexander is a former reporter for Time magazine who has also written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine and various other publications.
He is also a radio talk show host for WABC and the author of a series of popular biographies, including one of the most appealing portraits of John McCain, Man of the People, published in 2004.
Read more: Rove: Bringing Light to Machiavelli's Shadow
Alexander hones his skills as a biographer with a headline-grabbing look at the life and career of Karl Rove entitled Machiavelliâ€™s Shadow, just out.
Created on Friday, 04 July 2008 00:29
Written by Jason Leopold
DOJ Refuses to Turn Over Bush/Cheney CIA Leak Transcripts to Congress
by Jason Leopold
he Justice Department has said it will not comply with a subpoena demanding that FBI transcripts of interviews with President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney regarding their possible roles in the exposure of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson be turned over to a congressional committee investigating the matter.
â€œIf such agreements,
conditions, and understandings were not memorialized in writing, I
request that you submit a written description of the date and terms of
any such agreements, conditions, and understandings.â€
Read more: Department Of Justice Defies Congressional Subpoena
Henry Waxman, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the subpoena earlier this month in the latest chapter of a standoff over what Bush and Cheney told a special prosecutor about the case in 2004.