Created on Monday, 08 September 2008 07:32
Written by William Blum
Obama-Biden -- Osama bin Laden: A coincidence?
by William Blum
bama-Biden -- Osama bin Laden: A coincidence? I think not.
I'm sorry to say that I think that John McCain is going to be the next
president of the United States.
After the long night of Bush horror any
Democrat should easily win, but the Dems are screwing it up and McCain
has been running more-or-less even with Barack Obama in the polls. The
Democrats should run on the slogan "If you liked Bush, you'll love
McCain", but that would be too outspoken, too direct for the spineless
Nancy Pelosi and her spineless party. Or, "If you liked Iraq, you'll
love Iran." But the Democrat leadership is not on record as
categorically opposing either conflict.
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Created on Monday, 08 September 2008 06:34
Written by Press Release
Natives Want Say on Gulf Parks
by Eric Pelkey
Read more: Mr. Lunn: "We Want Say on Gulf Parks"
To hear that our MP, Gary Lunn, has committed $10 million for the acquisition of lands to add to the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is another slap in the face to the Saanich tribes.
We have objected strenuously to all levels of government, including Lunn, about the establishment of the reserve without consultation with the Saanich tribes. They include Tsawout, Tsartlip, Pauquachin, Tseycum and Malahat First Nations.
All our grievances on this matter have been referred to the federal and B.C. treaty negotiators' offices, which tell us that if we do not enter the B.C. treaty process, they have no procedural way to deal with our grievances.
Created on Monday, 08 September 2008 06:14
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Who Lost Iraq? Is the Maliki Government Jumping Off the American Ship of State?
by Michael Schwartz
s the Bush administration was entering office in 2000, Donald Rumsfeld exuberantly expressed its grandiose ambitions for Middle East domination, telling a National Security Council meeting:
Read more: Who Lost Iraq? Maliki Jumping Off American Ship of State?
"Imagine what the region would look like without Saddam and with a regime that's aligned with U.S. interests. It would change everything in the region and beyond."
A few weeks later, Bush speechwriter David Frum offered an even more exuberant version of the same vision to the New York Times Magazine:
"An American-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein, and the replacement of the radical Baathist dictatorship with a new government more closely aligned with the United States, would put America more wholly in charge of the region than any power since the Ottomans, or maybe even the Romans."
Created on Sunday, 07 September 2008 21:01
Written by American News Project
The Gospel According to Lehrer and Rather
Journalist Dan Rather talks about corporate interests and covering politics.
American News Project: A lot has changed since the tumultuous conventions of 1968. Maverick journalists Dan Rather and Jim Lehrer lament the old days when political conventions were spontaneous and less immune to corporate influence. Both are searching for substance behind the spectacle.
Created on Sunday, 07 September 2008 06:11
Written by Mike Ferner
VFP LIGHTS THE WAY
Read more: Veteran for Peace: Resolving to Find the Truth
by Mike Ferner
With the Republican Convention following hard on their annual meeting in this city, Veterans For Peace adopted two resolutions last week effectively firing signal flares into the path of whoever wins this Novemberâ€™s election, regardless of party.
The first was a resolution on Afghanistan, submitted by VFP president, Elliott Adams, which is likely to become a guidepost for a peace movement now almost exclusively concentrating on Iraq.
Created on Sunday, 07 September 2008 05:42
Written by Dave Lindorff
Remembering When the Government Was at Least Approachable
by Dave Lindorff
eâ€™ve come a long way towards imperial government in the USâ€”towards a view of the relationship between the federal government, and especially the administration, and the citizenry that has more of a ruler-subjects than a democratic feel to it.
Read more: 40 Years to Zero: When Government was Approachable
Now I know it is easy to gloss over the way things were, and since I spent a few days in federal prison for protesting the Indochina War at the Pentagon in 1967, after being beaten by federal marshals for doing nothing more than exercising my constitutional right to protest on public ground, I am well aware that 40 years ago we were also often treated like serfs. But that said, there was something different back thenâ€”a sense that you could deal with powerful officials as an equal.
Created on Saturday, 06 September 2008 20:08
Written by The Real News
McCain targets Russia
by The Real News Network
Reactions to McCain speech to RNC from Phyllis Bennis, Paul Heinbecker and Jonathan Schell.
Created on Saturday, 06 September 2008 19:37
Written by Press Release
RNC Minneapolis Police Riot: First Person
by Colleen Mihal
Dear Friends; when you wake up this morning and read the headlines
about McCain's speech, the latest horserace tally, and political
predictions, I want you to be aware of events you may not read about,
events that illuminate the real state of our democracy, events that
brought me to tears (and it wasn't just from the gas).
I want to tell
you about battle that raged on the streets of St. Paul- A battle waged
by the police, backed, funded, and organized by the Department of
Homeland Security, a battle against peaceful protesters, war veterans,
concerned citizens, and journalists.
Read more: RNC Minneapolis Police Riot: First Person
Created on Saturday, 06 September 2008 03:33
Written by Jonathan Cook
Read more: Israeli Army Terrorizes Witnesses to War Crimes
Palestinian village faces army reign of terror
by Jonathan Cook
he window through which Salam Amira, 16, filmed the moment when an Israeli soldier shot from close range a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainee has a large hole at its centre with cracks running in every direction.
â€œSince my video was shown, the soldiers shoot at our house all the time,â€ she said. The shattered and cracked windows at the front of the building confirm her story. â€œWhen we leave the windows open, they fire tear gas inside too.â€
Her home looks out over the Israeli road block guarding the only entrance to the village of Nilin, located just inside the West Bank midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It was here that a bound Ashraf Abu Rahma, 27, was shot in the foot in July with a rubber bullet under orders from an Israeli regiment commander.
Created on Friday, 05 September 2008 06:35
Written by Press Release
WFP Opens House on Muir Creek Proposal
by The Muir Creek Protection Society
Western Forest Products is holding an open house Tuesday, September 9th from 5pm until 8pm at the Shirley Community Hall to show off their development plans for the Muir Creek area and other areas west of Sooke.
The Muir Creek Protection Society would like to encourage all of our members to come out to the Open House so that we can join in with the discussion.
Should you require further information or directions to the Shirley