Created on Tuesday, 12 February 2008 19:10
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Asia's Hidden Arms Race: Six Countries Talk Peace While Preparing for War
Read all about it! Diplomats remain upbeat about solving the nuclear
stand-off with North Korea; optimists envision a peace treaty to
replace the armistice that halted, but failed to formally end, the
Korean War 55 years ago. Some leaders and scholars are even urging the
transformation of the Six Party Talks over the Korean nuclear issue,
involving the United States, Japan, China, Russia, and the two Koreas,
into a permanent peace structure in Northeast Asia.
The countries in the region all seem determined to make nice right now.
Yasuo Fukuda, the new Japanese prime minister, is considerably more
pacific than his predecessor, the ultra-nationalist Shinzo Abe. The new
South Korean president, Lee Myung-bak, despite his conservative
credentials, is committed to continuing the previous president's
engagement policy with North Korea and plans to reach out to Japan via
his first post-inaugural state visit. The party that won the recent
Taiwanese parliamentary elections, the Kuomintang, wants to rebuild
bridges to the Mainland and, when it comes to the Communist Party
there, mend fences the ruling Democratic Progressive Party tried to
pull down. Beijing, for its part, is being super-conciliatory toward
practically everyone in this Olympic year.
Despite all this peace-talk, something else, quite momentous and hardly
noticed, is underway in the region. The real money in Northeast Asia is
going elsewhere. While in the news sunshine prevails, in the shadows an
already massive regional arms race is threatening to shift into
Read more: Asia's Booming Arms Race
Created on Sunday, 10 February 2008 21:29
Written by Ron Jacobs
Like Some Raven At My Window With A Broken Wing: Carl Oglesbyâ€™s Ravens In the Storm
by Ron Jacobs
arl Oglesby was once the president of the original Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Before that he was working for a defense contractor. His last project with the company was to develop a method of delivering Agent Orange so that it would cover the Vietnamese jungle (and the humans therein) with the chemical as thoroughly and cheaply as possible.
He was typical of his generation. He was a political liberal, was married, and believed in his work. Then a moment of cognitive dissonance occurred when John F. Kennedy was murdered and his company refused to lower the flag to half-mast until ordered to do so by the corporate headquarters.
Read more: Ravens In the Storm
Created on Sunday, 10 February 2008 18:54
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Read more: Iraq's Tidal Wave of Misery
Iraq's Tidal Wave of Misery: The First History of the Planet's Worst Refugee Crisis
by Michael Schwartz
tidal wave of misery is engulfing Iraq -- and it isn't the usual violence that Americans are accustomed to hearing about and tuning out. To be sure, it's rooted in that violence, but this tsunami of misery is social and economic in nature. It dislodges people from their jobs, sweeps them from their homes, tears them from their material possessions, and carries them off from families and communities. It leaves them stranded in hostile towns or foreign countries, with no anchor to resist the moment when the next wave of displacement sweeps over them.
The victims of this human tsunami are called refugees if they wash ashore outside the country or IDPs ("internally displaced persons") if their landing place is within Iraq's borders. Either way, they are normally left with no permanent housing, no reliable livelihood, no community support, and no government aid. All the normal social props that support human lives are removed, replaced withâ€¦nothing.
Created on Sunday, 10 February 2008 14:54
Written by Chris Cook
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
his week: Justice activist, Katherine Hughes following the persecution of Dr. Rafil Dhafir, still imprisoned nearly five years after his bogus arrest; award-winning film maker and author, Stephen Marshall on the betrayal of the left and Wolves in Sheep's Clothing; and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed with all that's good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week.
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Katherine Hughes, Stephen Marshall, J9 Feb. 11, 2008
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific
Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at:
http://cfuv.uvic.ca . He also serves as a contributing editor to the
web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com . And, you can check out the GR
blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
Created on Sunday, 10 February 2008 12:02
American Psycho: An Elite Exposed in an Exit Speech
by Chris Floyd
f you would like to see just how sick the American elite really is â€“ how morally depraved, how intellectually diseased, how addicted to the taste of human flesh, the scent of human blood, and the sight of human suffering â€“ then you need go no further than the speech given by Mitt Romney
to the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 7, 2008.
Now you might say that Mitt Romney is old news. After all, this was the very speech where he declared he was quitting the presidential race. He's toast, he's over, the fork has been stuck into his well-roasted hide; who cares what he says?
This is of course the witless "horse-race" view that dominates political discourse in America: who's up, who's down, who's getting the column inches, who's on TV? But in reality, the American elite â€“ or the Establishment, or the power structure, call it what you will (as long as you don't call it what it really is: the ruling class) â€“ is like an iceberg: most of its vast bulk exists unseen, it plows on beneath the surface, unperturbed by the media storms that rage around the small bit of exposed material at the summit.
Read more: An Elite Exposed in an Exit Speech
Created on Saturday, 09 February 2008 18:23
Written by Scott Horton
Bush Justice Department Goes After Another Democratic Lawyer (And Why This is Bad News for Yoo and Bradbury)
by Scott Horton
tâ€™s beginning to sound like a stuck record. Another strike by the Bush Justice Department, keeping the country safe. Whoâ€™s the target this time? A crack dealer? An al Qaeda terrorist? No. Itâ€™s a wing-tip shoed Miami lawyer, who served as president of the bar association, is held in universally high esteem (outside, of course, of the political hacks who run the Bush Justice Department) and who advised Al Gore in the 2000 Florida recount battle.
Accused lawyer, Ben
Read more: Bush Fought the Law: And the Law is Losing
According to the Justice Department, the lawyerâ€™s involvement with Democratic politics has nothing to do with his being charged. Quite a few of his contemporaries are having problems buying that, and still bigger problems understanding his supposed â€œcrime.â€
Created on Saturday, 09 February 2008 17:19
Written by Kahentinetha Horn
Slimy â€œBottom Feederâ€ Caught in Sharbot Lake
Read more: Bottom Fishing in Sharbot Lake
by Kahentinetha Horn
he phoney â€œAlgonquinâ€ protest to stop a uranium mine at Robertsville, near Sharbot Lake, has started up again. The original protest encampment at the mine gates started last summer. Itâ€™s one hour north of Kingston Ontario. Chief Doreen Davis of â€œShabot Obaadjiwan First Nationâ€, Robert Lovelace of â€œArdoch Algonquinsâ€ and six other people face charges in mid February for contempt of court and a $77 million lawsuit launched by Frontenac Ventures Corp.
The land in question is the area south of the Ottawa River which is part of Haudenosaunee Territory of the Mohawk Nation. The â€œAlgonquinâ€ visitors are claiming this land and trying to make a settlement with Ontario and Canada.