Created on Sunday, 07 September 2008 05:42
Written by Dave Lindorff
Remembering When the Government Was at Least Approachable
by Dave Lindorff
eâ€™ve come a long way towards imperial government in the USâ€”towards a view of the relationship between the federal government, and especially the administration, and the citizenry that has more of a ruler-subjects than a democratic feel to it.
Read more: 40 Years to Zero: When Government was Approachable
Now I know it is easy to gloss over the way things were, and since I spent a few days in federal prison for protesting the Indochina War at the Pentagon in 1967, after being beaten by federal marshals for doing nothing more than exercising my constitutional right to protest on public ground, I am well aware that 40 years ago we were also often treated like serfs. But that said, there was something different back thenâ€”a sense that you could deal with powerful officials as an equal.
Created on Saturday, 06 September 2008 20:08
Written by The Real News
McCain targets Russia
by The Real News Network
Reactions to McCain speech to RNC from Phyllis Bennis, Paul Heinbecker and Jonathan Schell.
Created on Saturday, 06 September 2008 19:37
Written by Press Release
RNC Minneapolis Police Riot: First Person
by Colleen Mihal
Dear Friends; when you wake up this morning and read the headlines
about McCain's speech, the latest horserace tally, and political
predictions, I want you to be aware of events you may not read about,
events that illuminate the real state of our democracy, events that
brought me to tears (and it wasn't just from the gas).
I want to tell
you about battle that raged on the streets of St. Paul- A battle waged
by the police, backed, funded, and organized by the Department of
Homeland Security, a battle against peaceful protesters, war veterans,
concerned citizens, and journalists.
Read more: RNC Minneapolis Police Riot: First Person
Created on Saturday, 06 September 2008 03:33
Written by Jonathan Cook
Read more: Israeli Army Terrorizes Witnesses to War Crimes
Palestinian village faces army reign of terror
by Jonathan Cook
he window through which Salam Amira, 16, filmed the moment when an Israeli soldier shot from close range a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainee has a large hole at its centre with cracks running in every direction.
â€œSince my video was shown, the soldiers shoot at our house all the time,â€ she said. The shattered and cracked windows at the front of the building confirm her story. â€œWhen we leave the windows open, they fire tear gas inside too.â€
Her home looks out over the Israeli road block guarding the only entrance to the village of Nilin, located just inside the West Bank midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It was here that a bound Ashraf Abu Rahma, 27, was shot in the foot in July with a rubber bullet under orders from an Israeli regiment commander.
Created on Friday, 05 September 2008 06:35
Written by Press Release
WFP Opens House on Muir Creek Proposal
by The Muir Creek Protection Society
Western Forest Products is holding an open house Tuesday, September 9th from 5pm until 8pm at the Shirley Community Hall to show off their development plans for the Muir Creek area and other areas west of Sooke.
The Muir Creek Protection Society would like to encourage all of our members to come out to the Open House so that we can join in with the discussion.
Should you require further information or directions to the Shirley
Created on Friday, 05 September 2008 05:01
Written by Ramzy Baroud
Global Realignment: How Bush Inspired a New World Order
by Ramzy Baroud
he series of unfortunate and costly decisions made during the two terms of the Bush administration, combined with economic decline at home, might devastate the US's world standing much sooner than most analysts predict.
Read more: Getting the World Order You Deserve
What was difficult to foresee was that the weakening of US global dominance, spurred by erratic and unwise foreign policy under Bush, would re-ignite the Cold War, to a degree, over a largely distant and seemingly ethnically-based conflict -- that of Georgia and Russia. Who could have predicted a possible association between Baghdad, Kabul and Tbilisi?
But to date the decline of US global power to the advent of the Bush administration, or even the horrific events of 11 September 2001, is not exactly accurate.
Created on Thursday, 04 September 2008 17:36
Written by Media Lens
WHEN NEWS IS NOISE - GEORGIA, SOUTH OSSETIA AND THE POLITICAL PIPELINE
by Media Lens
tragicomic consequence of this self-imposed simple-mindedness is the
inability of the mainstream media to make sense of last month's war in
Georgia. Journalists kept a straight face as they communicated George
that "Russia's government must respect Georgia's
territorial integrity and sovereignty."
Few felt inclined to mention the small matter of Bush's own invasion of
sovereign Iraq, or the US-driven separation of Kosovo from sovereign
Read more: The Nightly Noise: Media and Message
Gordon Brown, proud 'liberator' of Iraq, or what remains
of it, somehow avoided choking on his own hypocrisy as he insisted:
- "when Russia has a grievance over an issue such as South Ossetia, it
should act multilaterally by consent rather than unilaterally by
Created on Thursday, 04 September 2008 08:33
Written by INDY Media
Read more: RNC 8 Charged with "Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism"
In what appears to be the first use of criminal charges under the 2002
Minnesota version of the Federal Patriot Act, Ramsey County Prosecutors have
formally charged 8 alleged leaders of the RNC Welcoming Committee with
Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism. Monica Bicking, Eryn Trimmer,
Luce Guillen Givins, Erik Oseland, Nathanael Secor, Robert Czernik, Garrett
Fitzgerald, and Max Spector, face up to 7 1/2 years in prison under the
terrorism enhancement charge which allows for a 50% increase in the maximum
Affidavits released by law enforcement which were filed in support of the
search warrants used in raids over the weekend, and used to support probable
cause for the arrest warrants, are based on paid, confidential informants who
infiltrated the RNCWC on behalf of law enforcement. They allege that members of
the group sought to kidnap delegates to the RNC, assault police officers with
firebombs and explosives, and sabotage airports in St. Paul.
Created on Thursday, 04 September 2008 07:49
Written by Jack Random
Read more: DECONSTRUCTING SARAH
PALIN: THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
Can a party of old white men with ideas as old as the amber
waves of grain be rescued by a little lady from Alaska?
Thompson from good old Rocky Top hitched his pants and gave a speech he might
have delivered four decades ago.
Old Joe Lieberman, the whining wonder
of Connecticut, who cast aside his own party to keep hold of the reigns of
power, gave the same old appeal he might have given for the party of opposition
eight years ago.
Created on Thursday, 04 September 2008 06:18
Written by Chris Cook
The Limits to Potential
by C. L. Cook
heard the news bulletin over the loudspeakers in the government liquor store today:
- "Three Canadians killed in an ambush. Eight in the armoured vehicle. Five injured: One critical."
The three Canadian soldiers, from left, Pte. Chad Horn,
Cpl. Andrew Grenon,
and Cpl. Mike Seggie, were killed in
southern Afghanistan on Wednesday
I wrote last week
of three other Canadians cut down fighting the battle, waging this endless mission to defend Afghanistan against self-determination. Of one of the three killed today, the DND said he was a professional soldier, and at 21 possessed "unlimited potential."
Read more: Canadians Killed in Afghanistan: The Limits to Potential