Created on Friday, 06 June 2008 23:43
Written by Ramzy Baroud
Read more: Engaging Syria: Losing Ground
Engaging Syria: Losing Ground
by Ramzy Baroud
n 15 May, President Bush gave a speech before the Israeli Knesset decrying "radicals and terrorists" (basically anyone who opposes the United States and Israel). His archaic references to the "promised land" and "chosen people" certainly appealed to the equally outdated and exclusivist views of many, though not all, Israeli Knesset members who reportedly saw in Bush the quintessential Zionist.
A few days later, Bush took his message to Sharm El-Sheikh, stating, "we must stand with the good and decent people of Iran and Syria, who deserve so much better than the life they have today. Every peaceful nation in the region has an interest in stopping these nations from supporting terrorism."
Yet, on 21 May, media reports revealed that Israel and Syria were engaged in mediated peace talks in Turkey. Both sides sounded upbeat, with Syrian officials stating that Israel showed readiness to withdraw from the entire Golan Heights, which it occupied in 1967 and illegally annexed in 1981.
Created on Friday, 06 June 2008 23:04
Written by Press Release
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How Water Has Become a National Security Issue
by Maude Barlow
t's a colossal failure of political foresight that water has not emerged as
an important issue in the U.S. Presidential campaign. The links between oil,
war, and U.S. foreign policy are well known. But water -- whether we treat it as
a public good or as a commodity that can be bought and sold -- will in large
part determine whether our future is peaceful or perilous.
Americans use water even more wastefully than oil. The U.S relies on
non-renewable groundwater for 50 percent of its daily use, and 36 states now
face serious water shortages, some verging on crisis.
Meanwhile, dwindling freshwater supplies around the world, inequitable access
to water, and corporate control of water, together with impending climate change
from fossil fuel emissions, have created a life-or-death situation across the
Created on Friday, 06 June 2008 20:08
Written by The Real News
A new three part interview with Larry Wilkerson, Colin Powell's former chief of staff: Part I
by The Real News
Wilkerson, who has gone on record calling Powell's speech before the U.N. in 2003 laying out a case for war with Iraq a "hoax", spoke to The Real News Network at this year's AIPAC conference that did not shy away from painting Iran as a hostile, nuclear threat.
The Washington insider was featured in the documentary "The Israel Lobby", saying that AIPAC was highly influential in the Bush Administration's decision to go to war in Iraq.
Read more: Bush Insider Wilkerson Revelations on Iraq Run Up
Created on Friday, 06 June 2008 19:37
Written by William Blum
The Empire -- A Status Report
by William Blum
here are a number of expressions and slogans associated with the
Nazi regime in Germany which have become commonly known in English.
"Sieg Heil!" -- Victory Hail!
"Arbeit macht frei" -- Work will make you free.
"Denn heute gehÃ¶rt uns Deutschland und morgen die ganze Welt" -- Today Germany, tomorrow the world
But none perhaps is better known than "Deutschland Ã¼ber alles" -- Germany above all.
I was taken aback when I happened to come across the website of the
United States Air Force -- www.airforce.com/ -- and saw on its first
page a heading "Above all". Lest you think that this refers simply and
innocently to planes high up in the air, this page links to another -- www.airforce.com/achangingworld/ -- where "Above all" is repeated even
more prominently, with links to sites for "Air Dominance", "Space
Dominance", and "Cyber Dominance", each of which in turn repeats "Above
These guys don't kid around. They're not your father's
imperialist war mongers. If they're planning on a new "thousand-year
Reich", let's hope that their fate is no better than the original,
which lasted 12 years.
Read more: The Empire -- A Status Report
Created on Friday, 06 June 2008 08:29
Written by Norman Solomon
When a Little Dissent Is Too Much
by Norman Solomon
Over the years, once in a great while, Iâ€™ve been surprised to cross paths with a journalist at a major TV outlet who actually seems willing and able to go outside the conventional boundaries of media discourse.
Thatâ€™s what happened one day in the fall of 2005 at the Boston headquarters of the CN8 television network, owned and operated by the corporate media giant Comcast.
I showed up for an interview about my book "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death." My expectations werenâ€™t very high. After all, I was setting foot in the studios of a large commercial TV channel with wide distribution of its programming in New England and beyond.
Read more: The Nuisance of Democracy
Created on Thursday, 05 June 2008 20:08
Written by Laray Polk
Militarization of Space: Czech Hunger Strike Encompasses more than Radar
by Laray Polk
The U.S. government, in collaboration with the governments of Poland and the Czech Republic, is very close to sealing a deal for a â€œdefensive missile shield.â€
According to the plan initiated by the U.S., ten GMD-variant interceptor missiles will be located in Poland, and an X-band radar will be located in the Czech Republic, 55 miles southwest of the capital of Prague.
But there is a catch.
Read more: Czech Hunger Strike Encompasses more than Radar
Created on Thursday, 05 June 2008 19:17
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Attention Geeks and Hackers: Uncle Sam's Cyber Force Wants You!
by William J. Astore
ecently, while I was on a visit to Salon.com, my computer screen momentarily went black. A glitch? A power surge? No, it was a pop-up ad for the U.S. Air Force, warning me that an enemy cyber-attack could come at any moment -- with dire consequences for my ability to connect to the Internet.
It was an Outer Limits moment.
Remember that eerie sci-fi show from the early 1960s? The one that began in a blur with the message, "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmissionâ€¦." It felt a little like that.
Read more: Uncle Sam's Cyber Force Wants You!
Created on Wednesday, 04 June 2008 23:51
Written by Chris Cook
The Canadian Broadcast Corporation: Canada's War Pimp
by C. L. Cook
Yesterday, the House of Commons did something we haven't seen since the heady wayback days when Trudeaumania gripped the nation.
Taking their collective, if figurative cojones in hand, Liberals and Bloc Quebecois members joined the New Democratic Party (NDP) to endorse a non-binding motion to immediately stay deportation proceedings against U.S. military war resisters seeking refuge from American justice here in Canada, and offer those already here, (and perhaps the throng sure to follow) and their families the opportunity to stay, live, and work in Canada as the first steps to naturalization.
Read more: The Canadian Broadcast Corporation: Canada's War Pimp
Created on Wednesday, 04 June 2008 00:11
Written by Kahentinetha Horn
TRYING TO CREATE â€œMOHAWK-OKA CRISISâ€ (by issuing illegal development permits on Haudenosaunee Territory)
by Kahentinetha Horn
The â€œimperialist formulaâ€ is: the colonial government issues illegal permits to developers and sell bonds. These are paper investments based on the theft of our land and resources which they use as collateral to borrow and raise money. The government expects future taxes from developments such as mining, condos, etc. The Indigenous owners defend our land.
The colonists go to their courts to get an â€œinjunctionâ€ to remove us by force. Remember 1990 when Mohawks demonstrated peacefully against a golf course expansion and condo development in â€œthe Pinesâ€ at Kanehsatake? Mayor Ouellette of the Parish of Oka, which sits on Mohawk land, had asked Quebec for an injunction to get us off our land so he could force the development through.
Read more: Okafadah: Creating a Second "OKAâ€
Created on Tuesday, 03 June 2008 22:30
Written by Chris Hedges
Collateral Damage: What It Really Means When America Goes to War
by Chris Hedges
roops, when they battle insurgent forces, as in Iraq, or Gaza or Vietnam, are placed in "atrocity producing situations."
Being surrounded by a hostile population makes simple acts, such as going to a store to buy a can of Coke, dangerous.
The fear and stress push troops to view everyone around them as the enemy.
Read more: Collateral America: What it Really Means to Go to War
The hostility is compounded when the enemy, as in Iraq, is elusive, shadowy and hard to find.