Created on Saturday, 19 January 2008 13:35
Written by Jack Random
Adios Mes Amigos
by Jack Random
omething is missing in the debate on illegal immigration. We listen to Lou Dobbs, the self-proclaimed champion of political independence, blaming twelve million unauthorized migrants for the problems of the American middle class. We listen to a Republican presidential candidate plead for just a little compassion â€“ not for the immigrants but for their progeny â€“ and watch him get hammered by the hardcore right.
Read more: Borderlines: Adios Mes Amigos
Everyone condemns employers for employing immigrants over native Americans â€“ or rather, legal immigrants â€“ but no one is really demanding the kind of enforcement that would end the practice.
Created on Saturday, 19 January 2008 13:18
Written by Agence Global
US Health Crisis and Our Children's Teeth
by Katrina vanden Heuvel
ast Spring, following the death of twelve-year old Deamonte Driver of Maryland whose untreated tooth infection spread to his brain, I wrote about the national epidemic of dental disease
and the lack of access to dental care faced by the poor and working class.
Read more: Down in the Mouth: A Crisis in Dental Health
Last month, an article in the New York Times
painted a horrifying picture of the state of dental care, where bootleggers sell dentures that would otherwise be unaffordable to many people missing teeth; where low Medicaid reimbursement rates perpetuate a dearth of participating dentists; where untreated cavities are a leading cause of kids missing school, people use Krazy Glue to reattach broken teeth, or swish rubbing alcohol to treat an infection, "burning the gums and creating ulcers."
Created on Saturday, 19 January 2008 12:45
Written by Richard Sharp
Speaking Truth to Power: Too Much Armour Not Enough Brains
by Richard Sharp
irs and Madam, I have read that you are unabashedly pro-American, regardless of her folly, and that your mandate has been manipulated by the like-minded Harper government, whose pro-war position is well-known.
Panel president, John Manley
However, I believe most Canadians prefer to trust that you will have the collective integrity to tell the whole truth about the deeply flawed Canadian military mission in Afghanistan.
America is the greatest military and economic empire the world has ever known, by far, and we are their best friends in many, many ways, but they have seriously lost their way in the world with their wars against Iraq, Afghanistan and â€œterrorismâ€ generally.
Read more: Manley Afghanistan Panel: Much Armour No Brains
If you report in favour of peace, you can in fact help our friends get back on track. Americaâ€™s century can still be, but only if it stops its bullying ways.
Created on Friday, 18 January 2008 20:53
Written by Agence Global
Nationalists Stirring in Iraq
Read more: Coalescent Iraq?
by Robert Dreyfuss
On January 13, an emerging Sunni-Shiite nationalist bloc in Iraq signed a groundbreaking agreement aimed at ending Iraq's civil war, blocking the privatization of Iraq's oil industry and checkmating the breakaway Kurdish state. It's a big step forward, and it could change the face of Iraqi politics in 2008.
For the past two years, Iraqi nationalists -- opposed to the US occupation, opposed to Al Qaeda, and opposed to Iran's heavyhanded influence in Iraqi affairs -- have struggled to assert themselves. The nascent coalition contains the seeds of true national reconciliation in Iraq, but it has emerged independently of the United States. Unrelated to the constant American pressure on the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to meet various reconciliation "benchmarks," the new coalition is designed either to sweep Maliki out of office or force him to join it.
Created on Friday, 18 January 2008 19:59
Written by Democracy Now!
Breaking the Sound Barrier: Democracy Now! Re-Hosts NBC Las Vegas Debate to Include Kucinich After NBC Wins Appeal to Exclude Him
by Democracy Now!
hio Congressman Dennis Kucinich was missing from the stage at last nightâ€™s Democratic debate hosted by MSNBC in Las Vegas after he lost a last-minute legal fight with the network over his participation.
Last week, NBC told Kucinich that he had met the criteria for the debate. Then, less than two days later, the network changed the criteria and declared that Kucinich was no longer qualified.
On Monday, a Nevada judge ordered NBC to include Kucinich, but then NBC appealed the ruling and actively fought to keep him off the stage.
On Tuesday night, less than an hour before the debate, the Nevada Supreme Court sided with NBC.
Read more: Democracy Now Includes Dennis Kucinich: The Vegas Debate
Democracy Now! decided to break the sound barrier and give Kucinich a chance to take part. In an exclusive broadcast, we re-broadcast excerpts of the debate and give the Ohio Congressman a chance to answer the questions he might have faced if he hadnâ€™t been silenced.
Created on Friday, 18 January 2008 19:23
Written by Richard Boyce
LAND GRABS EFFECT US ALL
by Richard Boyce
Growing up in Errington, my neighbour across the road was a grumpy old man who lived with his wife in a doublewide mobile home.
He was the only person in the area who posted a Social Credit sign at the front of his driveway during every provincial election.
Read more: The Land (grab) Barons of British Columbia
From 1952 to 1956 Robert Sommers was Forests Minister of British Columbia. On his watch, and with the persistence of Commissioner Gordon Sloan who investigated the logging industry, the Tree Farm License system was established.
Created on Friday, 18 January 2008 18:47
Written by Chris Cook
Blunt Instruments: Vicious Rex
by Chris Cook
Saturday, 16 September 2006
or Canadians concerned their country is falling into the militarist trap set by George W. Bush and his industrious friends of carnage and hopeless disaster there is no better example of the truth of this catastrophic fate than State news organ mouthpiece, Rex Murphy and his recent blitzkrieg against the legion anti-Bush administration agitators in Canada he would have regarded as "conspiracy mongers," and a collective "vicious instrument of defamation and hate."
What, humble subject of He the Opinionator
Imperiumus, you may wonder has worked its way so far up Rex's royal
rectal cavity as to make His eminence emanate so odoriferous against
the majority belief that the George W. Bush wars are not what they
appear, and indeed are the product of a conspiracy most foul?
Well you may wonder.
Read more: Blunt Instruments: Vicious Rex
Created on Thursday, 17 January 2008 23:23
Written by Joe Bageant
Getting Out the Bling Vote
by Joe Bageant
know itâ€™s unpatriotic as hell, but I just cannot get a hard-on about the â€˜08 American presidential elections. As in, I havenâ€™t read or heard a word about them in a couple of weeks and could care less whether Hillary showed publicly some emotion, which was the big news when I left the States.
The will just isnâ€™t there.
And itâ€™s even more difficult from here in this Central American village where so many people have real problems. The kind that that come with being born under one empire, the British one, and living in the shadow of the present American [one,] living in the shadow of its walled fortress of armed privilege.
Read more: Getting Out (of) The Vote
Created on Thursday, 17 January 2008 22:46
Written by Kurt Nimmo
Snoop Chief: Mohamed Atta Took Us by Surprise
by Kurt Nimmo
he US Director of National Intelligence asserts that the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, were caused by weak domestic wiretapping laws,â€ David Edwards and Mike Sheehan write for Raw Story
Read more: The Atta Surprise
â€œVice Admiral Mike McConnell, former head of the National Security Agency who was appointed DNI in 2007 by President Bush, spoke today to a group of students in St. Maryâ€™s City, Missouri, about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a federal statute that outlines procedures for electronic surveillance by the US intelligence community.â€
Created on Thursday, 17 January 2008 21:51
Written by Agence Global
The Weepy Witch and the Secret Muslim
by Katha Pollitt
he media are hopelessly sexist and relentlessly trivial. So much we've learned from the mass hysteria over Hillary Clinton's "emotional moment" in New Hampshire.
(Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Robert L. Jamieson: "She morphed into a 'compassion brand' -- like, irony of ironies, Kleenex"; New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd: "Can Hillary Cry Her Way Back to the White House?").
Even Southern charmer John Edwards couldn't resist observing that a commander in chief needed "strength and resolve" -- a view echoed by Fox commentator Dick Morris ("There could well come a time when there is such a serious threat to the United States that she breaks down") and given full misogynous display by nationally syndicated cartoonist Pat Oliphant's "Madam President Meets the Bad Guys," portraying a dumpy, tearful Hillary surrounded by Osama, Kim Jong Il and similar.
All this fuss over a welling of the eyes so brief that if you blinked your own you'd miss it. I have moments like that every day! This was the Dean Scream all over again: a nano-nothing whipped into a self-congratulatory media typhoon.
Read more: Cry Baby Clinton vs. Black Obama