Created on Sunday, 18 May 2008 15:35
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Life and Life Only: A Few Quick Takes
by Chris Floyd
usual, Scott Ritter talks good sense
-- in this case about the coming
war with Iran
, and the specious casus belli that the Bush-Cheney gang
seem to have finally settled on: Iran's alleged "sanctuaries" for
training and arming Iraqi insurgents. Ritter demolishes this argument,
just as he crushed the lies in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. His
truth-telling was of no avail then -- and it will likely be of no avail
now. But go read the whole thing anyway.
Meanwhile, Juan Cole
carries out some demolition work
of his own, taking apart the ignorant
mischief of Edward Luttwak, who was given a NYT pulpit to proclaim that
Obama is an apostate Muslim -- and thus in danger of imminent death
from one billion of his erstwhile co-religionists. (As if Luttwak and
the Right are really, really concerned about Obama's survival
Created on Sunday, 18 May 2008 14:55
Written by Press Release
We Should be Suspicious of Grizzly Bear Numbers
by Chris Genovali
n the [Vancouver Sun] article a spokesman for the provincial Ministry of the Environment claims that there are 17,000 grizzly bears in British Columbia.
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There is no credible basis for this assertion; compounding matters is that the province uses inflated grizzly population estimates to establish kill quotas for the grizzly hunt.
Created on Sunday, 18 May 2008 14:25
Written by Press Release
Peace Activists Speak Out at Victoria Day Parade
by UVic Students Against War
ear Friends; the Canadian Government is disregarding the democratic will of Canadians by extending the mission in Afghanistan until 2011 and by continuing to send Canadian soldiers to the war in Iraq.
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The Liberal-Conservative coalition is playing power politics while Canadian soldiers are dying and democracy crumbles here and abroad.
We object to the gross violations of human rights which have been witnessed in these two wars. While torture, chemical weapons and indiscriminate bombings are no less tolerable than the tactics of any Taliban or Saddam Hussein, our terror carries the flag of democracy, reflecting poorly upon us.
Created on Sunday, 18 May 2008 12:38
Written by Stephen Lendman
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Frances Fox Piven's "Challenging Authority"
by Stephen Lendman
rances Fox Piven is a Canadian-born Professor of Political Science and Sociology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Her career is long and distinguished. She's the recipient of numerous awards, has combined scholarship with activism, and is the author of many important books. Most notable is her 1971 classic "Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare." It's a landmark historical and theoretical analysis of how welfare policy is used to control the poor and working class.
A more recent book is her 2006-published "Challenging Authority" and subject of this review. It's about how social movements can be pivotal forces for change because ordinary people in enough numbers have enormous political clout. Abolitionists, labor movements and civil rights activists proved it. Piven examines their collective actions plus one other in the four examples she chose - the American Revolution.
Created on Sunday, 18 May 2008 12:11
Written by Press Release
by Sierra Club of B.C.
layoquot Sound is prized for its rare ancient rainforests
and splendid mountain vistas. Now a Vancouver-based mining company wants to dig for a different kind of treasure in this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Read more: Clayoquot: Skinning Cat Face Mountain
Catface Mountain, visible from Tofino, is believed to contain up to 155 million tonnes of copper, as well as undetermined quantities of silver and gold. Selkirk Metals Corp. has applied to the BC Ministry of Mines for a permit to conduct exploratory drilling on Catfaceâ€™s north side.
Created on Sunday, 18 May 2008 10:41
Written by Sheila Samples
by Sheila Samples
The fate of millions was sealed the moment Dick Cheney selected himself as The Destroyer whose charge to keep for the next eight years would be â€” as Capitol Hill Blue's Doug Thompson so succinctly described George W. Bush â€” a "criminally insane, pill-popping dry drunk."
I don't know about that. I've seen some drunks in my time â€” even dry ones â€” and George Bush appears to be more than a little moist.
Read more: Everybody Should've Known
Everybody knows that the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
That's how it goes. Everybody knows.
- Leonard Cohenvideo source
Created on Saturday, 17 May 2008 22:19
Written by Dahr Jamail
Winter Soldiers on Sadr City
by Dahr Jamail
he following is testimony presented to Congress by Kristofer Shawn Goldsmith on May 15, 2008.
While there were several powerful testimonies by several Iraq veterans, all worth watching
, this one in particular provides a taste of what is actually happening in Iraq, and what soldiers of conscience face upon their return home.
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Created on Saturday, 17 May 2008 11:09
Written by David Halpin
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair due on trial in the Hague
by David Halpin
n the same day the BBC reported that former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz was to go on trial after five years in prison over the deaths of a group of Baghdad merchants in 1992, it was rumoured the former prime minister of Britain will be indicted for crimes against humanity.
Ali Abbas survived but his entire family were burnt by the Americans
The list of charges is long and not confined to the many alleged crimes in Iraq. Mr Blair's whereabouts are uncertain; he has been sighted occasionally in occupied East Jerusalem where he is acting as â€œpeaceâ€ envoy for the â€œQuartetâ€.
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Most recently, he has been facilitating industrial zones for the
employment of Palestinians and for the removal of a few of the over 500
Israeli Occupation Force roadblocks.
Created on Friday, 16 May 2008 21:15
Written by Ramzy Baroud
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60 Years of Denial
by Ramzy Baroud
Don't ask for what you never had,' is the underlying message made by supporters of Israel when they claim Palestine was never a state to begin with.
The contention is, of course, easily refutable. Following the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th Century, colonial powers plotted to divide the spoils. When Britain and France signed the secretive Sykes-Picot agreement in 1916, which divided the spheres of influence in west Asia, there were hardly any 'nation-states' in the region which would fit contemporary definitions of the term.
Created on Friday, 16 May 2008 20:46
Written by Mickey Z
Hunters and Soldiers: Brothers in Arms
by Mickey Z.
Thanks to the Associated Press (AP), I recently learned about an innovative new method in psychological therapy: killing.
Thanks to the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), wounded American soldiers are now attempting to â€œrecoverâ€ from their violent trauma by, well, imposing violent trauma onto defenseless animals.
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"The PVA learned many years ago that participating in sporting events helped restore self-confidence and that â€˜can do' attitude to someone who has received a catastrophic injury,â€ said Bill Kokendoffer, president of the Mid-America Chapter of PVA. "We older injured, like myself, try to show the newly injured that life is not over after an injury, just changed.â€