Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2008 07:50
Written by Juan Cole
The Real State of Iraq
by Juan Cole
merican television loves natural disasters. The Burmese cyclones that may have carried off as many as 200,000 people offered the cameras high drama.
The floods in Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri along the Mississippi River, which have wiped out thousands of homes, have been carefully detailed hour by hour.
Read more: Iraq: A Master Disaster Blithely Administered
But American television is little interested in the massive disaster blithely visited upon Iraq by Washington. Oh, there is the occasional human interest story. Angelina Jolie's visit sparked a headline or two. Briefly.
Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2008 06:55
Written by Chris Cook
George Carlin 1937-2008
Created on Monday, 23 June 2008 05:23
Lakes across Canada face being turned into mine dump sites
by Terry Milewski, CBC News
CBC News has learned that 16 Canadian lakes are slated to be officially but quietly "reclassified" as toxic dump sites for mines. The lakes include prime wilderness fishing lakes from B.C. to Newfoundland.
Bush pilot Doug Beaumont and
environmentalist Jim Bourquin fish on Kluela Lake, downstream from the
planned dump site for the Red Chris gold and copper mining project in
northwestern B.C. (Terry Milewski/CBC).Lakes are in B.C., Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, NWT and Nunavut
Read more: Canadian Mining Firms Want Lakes for Toxic Waste Dumps
Environmentalists say the process amounts to a "hidden subsidy" to mining companies, allowing them to get around laws against the destruction of fish habitat.
Created on Monday, 23 June 2008 03:53
Written by Paul Craig Roberts
Read more: Leading by Example: Robert Mugabe, A Man for Our Times
A Totally Lawless Regime
by Paul Craig Roberts
Think about this question: In the 21st century what regime is more lawless than the Bush Regime?
Everyone is entitled to his own answer. The only answer I can come up with is the Zimbabwe regime of Robert Mugabe. Voted out of power in the last election, the great man hasnâ€™t left. Zimbabweans are going to have to vote again, and the great man has said that any vote that is not for him will be cancelled by a bullet.
Does anyone remember how determined the British and the Americans and everyone else was to turn Rhodesia over to Mugabe in order to save Rhodesia from the evil Ian Smith? What a fool everyone was.
But before we laugh at those fools, we had best laugh at ourselves, or cry.
Created on Monday, 23 June 2008 03:26
Written by Tom Engelhardt
No Blood for... er... um...
The Oil Majors Take a Little Sip of the Ol' Patrimony
by Tom Engelhardt
More than five years after the invasion of Iraq -- just in case you were still waiting -- the oil giants finally hit the front pageâ€¦
Last Thursday, the New York Times led with this headline: "Deals with Iraq Are Set to Bring Oil Giants Back." (Subhead: "Rare No-bid Contracts, A Foothold for Western Companies Seeking Future Rewards.")
And who were these four giants?
ExxonMobil, Shell, the French company Total and BP (formerly British Petroleum). What these firms got were mere "service contracts" -- as in servicing Iraq's oil fields -- not the sort of "production sharing agreements" that President Bush's representatives in Baghdad once dreamed of, and that would have left them in charge of those fields. Still, it was clearly a start.
Read more: Oil Majors Take a Little Sip of the Ol' Patrimony
Created on Monday, 23 June 2008 03:07
Written by Kahentinetha Horn
Canadian Attack on MNN at Cornwall Border Crossing
Mohawk Nation News
This report has been written in consultation with family members and with direct witnesses to the events described.
Read more: First Nations Elder Abused at Border Suffers Heart Attack
rumours circulating on the internet are true. MNN has been forced to
suspend its reporting and investigative work because of a vicious and
unprovoked attack on some of its principal writers, investigators and
managers. MNNâ€™s website was also attacked and was reportedly down for
Created on Monday, 23 June 2008 00:37
Written by Chris Cook
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
his week: freelance journalist, Jon Elmer on the announced cease-fire over Palestine and Israel; journalist and author, and filmmaker, Andre Vltchek reporting from the Pacific; and Janine Bandcroft reports from the Goods for Cuba Caravan, somewhere in America.
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jon Elmer, Andre Vltchek, J9 Mon. June 23, 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. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
Created on Monday, 23 June 2008 00:27
Written by Ramzy Baroud
On Humiliation, and Gazaâ€™s Dying Children
by Ramzy Baroud
A six-year-old Palestinian girl from Gaza was killed by Israeli fire on 12 June. "Medics say the girl was decapitated by a [tank] shell," Associated Press (AP) reported the next day.
The Israeli military said the soldiers opened fire in retaliation against "militants launching rockets into Israel". AP dispassionately elaborated that, "Gaza militants fire rockets and mortars into Israel almost daily."
The story of a few lines ended with another corroboration of the claims made by the Israeli military: "The shelling occurred near the border where militants fired 30 rockets into Israel on Tuesday."
Read more: Gazaâ€™s Dying Children
Created on Sunday, 22 June 2008 23:33
Written by William Bowles
Conflating Inflation â€” When is a crisis not a crisis? When the BBC says itâ€™s a â€œSlowdownâ€
by William Bowles
Read more: When is a crisis not a crisis? When the BBC says itâ€™s a â€œSlowdownâ€
ommenting on the pay deal struck between Shellâ€™s tanker drivers totalling 14% over two years, a BBC â€˜reporterâ€™ during an interview with UK government minister John Hutton (BBC World News, 18 June 2008) made the following statement (not exactly verbatim but accurate as to content):
BBC: But when other workers see the 14% pay deal, theyâ€™re going to demand the same which will surely set off an inflationary spiral?
Hutton: Oh yes, if we all start asking for 14% it will set off an inflationary spiral â€¦ blah, blah, blah
â€¦ [my emph. WB]
So whatâ€™s wrong with this statement by the BBC â€˜reporterâ€™ (never mind Huttonâ€™s inane response)?
Created on Sunday, 22 June 2008 22:53
Written by Haiti Analysis
Charges Dropped Against Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste
by Wadner Pierre
and Joe Emersberger
he Court of Appeal of Port-au-Prince has announced the dismissal of all remaining charges against Father Gerard Jean-Juste. The Catholic priest is a prominent supporter of Famni Lavalas, the political party of ousted Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Jean-Juste was arrested by the de facto government of Gerard Latortue in July of 2005, after being illegally arrested on a prior occasion in 2004. His imprisonment was such a flagrant act of political repression that Amnesty International designated the priest a "Prisoner of Conscience".
After getting a vial of Jean-Juste's blood past Latortue's police, Harvard professor and Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer verified that the jailed priest suffered from a form of lymphocytic leukemia that needed immediate treatment.
Read more: Haiti: Jean-Juste Charges Thrown Out