Created on Thursday, 09 October 2008 07:47
Written by Danny Schechter
The Edge of the ABYSS: As Economic War Threatens, It's Time to Fight Back
Read more: As Economic War Threatens, It's Time to Fight Back
by Danny Schechter
he other day as I was out promoting my book Plunder with a talk at a
New York bookstore on the day the market dropped precipitously. It was
a day that I led my blog with a quote from financial analyst fearing we
are on the edge of the abyss.
I was introduced by Steve Fraser, a scholar, who wrote a major study
on Wall Street and the American dream. As we chatted, I asked if he had
expected the intensity of the crisis we are now experiencing.
â€œYes,â€ he said, â€œI always knew this was possible, even likely but I am
in a state of shock by the severity and seriousness of the crash.
Honestly, I thought they would avoid it.â€
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2008 06:56
Written by Letters to the Editor
Afghanistan: 'Vet' Claims Canada Using White Phosphorus as Weapon
by C. L. Cook
n a letter to the editor of the Toronto Star newspaper, Corporal Paul Demetrick, a man claiming to be a Canadian veteran in the reserves, charged Canadian Forces with using White Phosphorus munitions as a weapon against "enemy-occupied" vineyards in Afghanistan.
Whiskey Pete, as it's colloquially known in the U.S. military, has such a gruesome impact on human physiology, (some of those horrors famously recorded during and after the second Battle of Falluja in 2005) its use is "restricted" to "illumination" and providing "smokescreen" cover for troops.
In Falluja, the U.S. military finally admitted it had deployed White Phoshorus into the city with predictable effect to the population there.
Read more: Afghanistan: Vet Claims Canada Using White Phosphorus as Weapon
Created on Thursday, 09 October 2008 05:50
Written by Chris Cook
Harper Dodging Investigation with Election Call?
by C. L. Cook
After the 2006 Canadian election, the head of the
emerging minority government, prime minister Stephen Harper did
something unprecedented. Bucking the tradition begun in England's
parliamentary democracy and adopted at Canada's confederation in 1867,
Harper changed the way elections are called, dictating Canada would now
move to a system of fixed election dates similar to that used in the
republic of the United States of America.
Until then, calling an
election was at the discretion of the prime minister, within a maximum
five year term. That is, the election call is the PM's prerogative in
the case of a majority government, wherein the ruling party has a clear
majority of seats and votes in the House of Commons, something Harper
has yet to experience; or, in the case of Harper's minority Conservatives a vote of
no, or non-confidence can force an election should the House reject
the government's continuance.
Stephen Harper tried mightily in 2008 to force just such a vote;
tabling legislation that clearly went against the policy grain of the
official opposition Liberals. Harper even took to the airwaves,
taunting Liberal leader, Stephane Dion and daring him to bring down the
government. Dion refused to take the bait.
Why Harper would want to
bring down his own government, if he really did want it, is an open
Update: A forensic audio expert reports the tapes corroborating the late MP Chuck Cadman's contention Stephen Harper's Conservatives made an improper overture to the independent for his vote in a non-confidence vote against the then governing Liberal party undoctored.
Read more: Harper Dodging Investigation with Election Call?
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2008 17:47
Written by Chris Hedges
Read more: Declaring Class War in America
Dennis Kucinich on the Democratsâ€™ Bailout Betrayal
by Chris Hedges
The passing of the $850-billion bailout
pulled the plug on the New Deal. The Great Society is now gasping for
air, mortally wounded, coughing up blood. It will not recover. It was
murdered by the Democratic Party.
We are on our own. And donâ€™t
expect any help from Barack Obama and Joe Biden, who lobbied hard for
the bill and voted for it. Ignore their rhetoric. Look coldly at the
ballots they cast against us. We, as citizens, have only a handful of
representatives left in Washington, most of whom were left sputtering
in rage and frustration on the House floor. The sad irony is that some
of them were Republican.
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2008 07:56
Written by Press Release
Read more: Planet Earth's "Red Listed" Residents
IUCN Red List Reveals Worldâ€™s Mammals in Crisis
he most comprehensive assessment of
the worldâ€™s mammals has confirmed an extinction crisis, with almost one
in four at risk of disappearing forever, according to The IUCN Red List
of Threatened Speciesâ„¢, revealed at the IUCN World Conservation
Congress in Barcelona.
The new study to assess the worldâ€™s
mammals shows at least 1,141 of the 5,487 mammals on Earth are known to
be threatened with extinction. At least 76 mammals have become extinct
since 1500. But the results also show conservation can bring species
back from the brink of extinction, with five percent of currently
threatened mammals showing signs of recovery in the wild.
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2008 07:25
Written by Press Release
Canada Votes Papers 2008
by Canada Votes 2008
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2008 05:26
Written by Linda Milazzo
What I Learned at the Sarah Palin Rally Before They Threw Me Out!
by Linda Milazzo
Saturday I went to Carson, California, to attend a rally for Republican
Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin.
photo Linda Milazzo
For those who aren't familiar
with the city of Carson, it's approximately 19 miles south of downtown
Los Angeles. In the 2004 Presidential election, Carson, which had a
population of just under 90,000, donated three times as much money to
George W. Bush than to John Kerry. This year, for the 2008 elections,
residents of Carson have given slightly more to Republican candidates
than to Democrats by a slim margin of $3,000. Thus the gap between
Republicans and Democrats in Carson has narrowed.
rally, which you may have seen on youtube and TV, was held at the Home
Depot ADT Tennis Stadium. Because of the surprising popularity of Mrs.
Palin and easy access to free tickets, all 20,000 stadium seats, plus
an overflow area were filled. I got a handful of tickets, recruited my
friend Rebecca Tobias, Program Director of the Raoul Wallenberg
Institute of Ethics,
and trekked on out to Carson.
Read more: Palinettes Connect with Inner Fascist
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2008 04:21
Written by Press Release
Quebec: Police Violence Breaks Up First Nations' Blockade
by solidarite lac barriere
Kitiganik/Rapid Lake, Algonquin Territory
esterday afternoon, the
Conservative government and Quebec used riot police, tear gas, and
'pain compliance' techniques to end a peaceful blockade erected by
Algonquin families from Barriere Lake, rather than negotiate, as
requested by the community.
The blockade on Highway 117 in Northern
Quebec began at 6:00am Monday, with nearly a hundred community members
of all ages and their supporters promising to remain until Canada's
Conservative government and Quebec honoured signed agreements and
Barriere Lake's leadership customs.
Around 4pm, nearly sixty Quebec
officers and riot police encircled families after a meal and without
warning launched tear gas canisters, one of which hit a child in the
Read more: Quebec: Police Violence Breaks Up First Nations' Blockade
Created on Wednesday, 08 October 2008 03:51
Written by Mike Whitney
French Premier Francois Fillon: We're on "the edge of the abyssâ€
by Mike Whitney
ears from today, when the current financial crisis is
over, historians are likely to agree that it would have been far better
if the Bush administration had declared a state of emergency earlier in
the process so that the necessary steps could have taken to avoid a
complete financial meltdown. The media could have been used to bring
the American people up to date on market-related developments and
educated in the bizarre language of structured finance. Knowledge is
power; and power can prevent panic.
Now we're in a terrible
fix. People are scared and removing their money from the banks and
money markets which is intensifying the freeze in the credit markets
and driving stocks into the ground like a tent stake. Meanwhile, our
leaders are "caught in the headlights", still believing they can
"finesse" their way through the biggest economic cataclysm since the
Great Depression. It's madness.
Read more: Market News: Into "l'abÃ®me!"
Created on Tuesday, 07 October 2008 17:38
Written by Media Lens
Intellectual Cleansing Pt. II
by Media Lens
"I woke up after four hours sleep my head buzzing with
recollections of my early years in journalism. I've been sitting and
writing ever since, trying to make sense of it all. It's quite
therapeutic and more revealing about how the media work than I had
appreciated before. Your alert really has set off processes in my
head." (Email to Media Lens, October 3, 2008)
Read more: Intellectual Cleansing Pt. II
A short piece Cook
initially sent us on this theme was brilliant, in fact one of the most
honest and insightful media analyses we have seen. The key point he
made is that crude sackings of the kind we highlighted "are a great
"Editors hardly ever need to bare their teeth against
an established journalist because few make it to senior positions
unless they have already learnt how to toe the line."
didn't stop there. He appears to have spent most of the weekend October
4-5 writing a 6,500-word piece which had the effect of "reframing my
career in a way that finally makes sense to me". We have published an
edited version of this below. The full article is available on our
We would like to express our sincere thanks to Jonathan Cook for the time, energy and thought he has put into his response.