Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2008 17:43
Written by Media Lens
SELLING THE FIREBALL - GEORGE
BUSH AND IRAN
Read more: Selling the Fireball: "Madness Looking for a War"
hen George Bush arrived in Britain last week as part
of his "farewell tour", the real reasons for the visit were buried well out of
sight. The tour was not, as the Guardian suggested, a mere "continental au
revoir". The purpose was to coerce Gordon Brown into raising troop levels in
Afghanistan and to support toughened sanctions on Iran. Bush said pressure on
Iran was necessary to "solve this problem diplomatically", but warned: "Iranians
must understand, however, that all options are on the table
The remarks raised fears
in London that Bush is "determined to take action against
Iran before he leaves office in January," the Independent reported.
Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2008 09:22
Written by The Real News
Bush Impeachment Debate Focuses on Subpoenas
by The Real News
With the Democratic Leadership still staunchly against impeachment, it remains unlikely that Chairman Conyers will bring hearings on Rep. Kucinich's 35 articles of impeachment. David Swanson suggests that the most likely road to impeachment would include article 27, which charges the Executive with failing to comply with Congressional subpoenas.
Read more: Bush Impeachment Focus on Rove Subpoenas
Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2008 09:00
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Billion-Dollar Babies: Five Stealth Pentagon Contractors Reaping Billions of Tax Dollars
by Nick Turse
top Pentagon contractors, like death and taxes, almost never change. In
2002, the massive arms dealers Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrop
Grumman ranked one, two, and three among Department of Defense
contractors, taking in $17 billion, $16.6 billion, and $8.7 billion.
Lockheed, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman did it again in 2003 ($21.9,
$17.3, and $11.1 billion); 2004 ($20.7, $17.1, and $11.9 billion); 2005
($19.4, $18.3, and $13.5 billion); 2006 ($26.6, $20.3, and $16.6
billion); and, not surprisingly, 2007 as well ($27.8, $22.5, and $14.6
Other regulars receiving mega-tax-funded payouts in a
similarly clockwork-like manner include defense giants General
Dynamics, Raytheon, the British weapons maker BAE Systems, and former
Halliburton subsidiary KBR, as well as BP, Shell, and other power
players from the military-petroleum complex.
Read more: Stealth Pentagon Contractors Reaping Billions of Tax Dollars
Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2008 08:13
Written by Jim Miles
Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They are
Making - A Review
by Jim Miles
his book is written by a person with the right credentials to do so, as David Rothkopf has worked within the edges of the Superclass. As he describes his credentials, "I came to this book with not an insignificant amount of personal experience - experience that has given me useful perspectives into the connective tissue of the global super class and introduced me to representatives of the group from every sector and from every region of the world."
Not surprisingly, his position comes out in support of this superclass group, as perceived through the lenses of finance and power, lenses that too frequently call on the guru of globalization, Thomas Friedman, for support of his views.
Read more: The Superclass Reviewed
Created on Wednesday, 25 June 2008 04:54
Written by Mohawk News Network
AKWESASNE GUARDS AT THE BORDER OF INSANITY: The colonists have crossed a â€œlineâ€ into indecency
by Karakwine of Kanehsatake of Haudenosaunee Territory
t looks like the military- industrial- governmental cartel is no
longer restricting itself to using words, subterfuge and intimidation
in their â€œwarâ€ on Indigenous people of Turtle Island.
They are now
attempting to eliminate those who stand in their way. Every person who
wants freedom should be wary.
Beware of the coming attacks on our
Read more: Aswesasne: Bordering Madness
Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2008 08:13
Written by The Real News
Justice Department Wants to Rewrite Gitmo Evidence
by The Real News
The Bush administration wants to rewrite official evidence against
Guantanamo Bay detainees before they come under scrutiny by civilian
judges for the first time. While the government has stood behind the
evidence for years, they now want to submit new records, which would
allow them to add intelligence and expand their reasoning for holding
Defense attorneys were opposed
to the idea of making changes to evidentiary documents. According to
David Remes, who represents 18 detainees currently held at Guantanamo,
this is a sign that the original documents were defective adding that
much of the evidence came from questionable sources to begin with. It
will be up to federal judges to decide whether the Justice Department
can rewrite those documents.
Read more: First the Execution, then the Trial: Rewriting Gitmo "Evidence"