Created on Sunday, 27 July 2008 23:23
Written by Chris Cook
Read more: Heresay Okay for Khawaja: Another Red Letter Day for Canadian Justice
Heresay Okay for Khawaja: Another Red Letter Day for Canadian Justice
by C. L. Cook
he case of accused Canadian, Momin Khawaja, an alleged terrorist wannabe, broke again new ground in Canadian jurisprudence in Ottawa last week (July 25, 2008
) when Justice Douglas Rutherford deferred ruling on the admissibility of "evidence" in the case defence lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon argued was heresay.
Justice Rutherford allowed instead the testimony of Mohammed Junaid Babar, convicted in Britain as an operative of al-Qaida, (the shadowy organization long claimed to have masterminded the 9/11 and other terrorist attacks), and current agent for various government legal proceedings against Muslims held in Britain and elsewhere alleged to have ties to Osama bin Laden's reputed network. Rutherford ruled Babar's testimony would remain "in play" for the time being.
Created on Sunday, 27 July 2008 22:44
Written by Chris Cook
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ray Zimmerman, Taylor Davis July 28, 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 Sunday, 27 July 2008 05:21
Written by Ramzy Baroud
Read more: Darfur: Ocampo's Justice
ICC and al-Bashir: Ocampoâ€™s Justice
by Ramzy Baroud
he crimes committed against innocent people in Darfur represent a shameful episode in the history of Sudan and its neighbours, including Chad, which has played a dubious role in sustaining the seething conflict. Equally disgraceful is the politicising of the bloody conflict in ways that will ensure its continuation.
The decision of the International Criminal Court's (ICC) prosecutor-general, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, to file an arrest warrant for Sudan's current President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, and the international responses to his decision, demonstrate both the politicising of the crisis and the selectiveness of international law.
Created on Saturday, 26 July 2008 04:40
Written by Paul Craig Roberts
Are You Ready to Face the Facts About Israel?
by Paul Craig Roberts
had given up on finding an American with a moral conscience and the courage to go with it and was on the verge of retiring my keyboard when I met the Rev. Thomas L. Are. Rev. Are is a Presbyterian pastor who used to tell his Atlanta, Georgia, congregation: "I am a Zionist."
Read more: Ready to Face the Facts About Israel?
Like most Americans, Rev. Are had been seduced by Israeli propaganda and helped to spread the propaganda among his congregation. Around 1990 Rev. Are had an awakening for which he credits the Christian Canon of St. George's Cathedral in Jerusalem and author Marc Ellis, co-editor of the book, Beyond Occupation.
Created on Saturday, 26 July 2008 04:13
Written by Press Release
Kucinich Testifies on Abuses of Executive Power
by Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) testified about President Bushâ€™s culpability for leading the country to war today at a House Judiciary Committee hearing entitled â€œExecutive Power and its Constitutional Limitations.â€
The full text of the statement follows:
Our country has been at war in Iraq, and has occupied the streets and villages of Iraq for five years, four months, and 6 days. The war has caused the deaths of 4,127 American soldiers and the deaths of as many as one million innocent Iraqis. The war will cost the American people upwards of $3 trillion and is the main contributing factor to the destruction of our domestic economy.
Read more: Rep. Kucinich Testifies to Judiciary Committee on Bush Executive Powers
Created on Friday, 25 July 2008 08:58
Written by Press Release
The Hidden News for Friday July 25th, 2008
by Hidden News
Host Mehdi Najari will talk to Steven Staples of the Rideau
Institute and funder of Ceasefire.ca about the Canadian military
planned deployment of low-power laser weapons, also known as "laser
dazzler" to Afghanistan and its dangerous effect on the civilian
Mehdi's Second guest is Joan Russow of the Snakes in the
Grass who demonstrated last Sunday aganist the Pacific Northwest
Economic Region convention in Vancouver.
The Hidden News
airs live, Fridays 9 am
Read more: The Hidden News for Friday July 25th, 2008
CFUV 101.9 FM in Victoria
and on cable 104.3
Created on Friday, 25 July 2008 08:40
Written by Gilad Atzmon
Top-ranking IDF Sadists
by Gilad Atzmon
learn from the Israeli press that a criminal investigation has been
launched against the soldier caught on tape firing towards a bound
Palestinian. However, there is a detail the Israeli press in English is
reluctant to share with us.
The shooting soldier was not just an
ordinary low-ranking infantry recruit, he was a First Sergeant. But it
goes much further, the soldier who is caught on video holding the bound
Palestinian detainee is no less than a regiment commander, an IDF
Read more: A Mundane Sadism
Created on Friday, 25 July 2008 03:38
Written by Mickey Z
Read more: One, Two, Three Little Eichmanns
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Eichmanns
(with Rosemarie Jackowski)
this is not a rehash of the Ward Churchill/Little Eichmann witch-hunt.
But I have been contemplating the sentiment behind Churchillâ€™s original
In Eichmann in
Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt wrote, â€œThe trouble with Eichmann was
precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither
perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and
wrote of a â€œnew type of criminal,â€ who â€œcommits his crimes under
circumstances that make it well-nigh impossible for him to know or to
feel that he is doing wrong.â€ Raise your hand if this sounds
Created on Thursday, 24 July 2008 08:08
Written by Ernest Partridge
Evil as the Absence of Empathy
by Ernest Partridge
n 1946, Dr. Gustav M. Gilbert, a psychologist fluent in German, was assigned by the U.S. Army to study the minds and motivations of the Nazi defendants at the Nuremberg tribunals. The following year, his Nuremberg Diary was published, containing transcripts of his conversations with the prisoners. (Excerpts here
In words consistent with what I have read of, and about, Gustav Gilbert, he is portrayed in the 2000 TV film â€œNuremberg,â€ as telling the Head Prosecutor Robert Jackson (Alex Baldwin);
Read more: An Absence of Empathy
â€œI told you once that I was searching for the nature of evil. I think Iâ€™ve come close to defining it: a lack of empathy. Itâ€™s the one characteristic that connects all the defendants: a genuine incapacity to feel with their fellow man. Evil, I think, is the absence of empathy.â€
â€œAbsence of empathyâ€ is likewise, I submit, â€œthe one characteristic that connectsâ€ most of the immoral and misbegotten tenets of Bushism: that dogmatic mix of market absolutism, libertarianism, corporatism and simple greed that falsely describes itself as â€œconservatism,â€ and which I choose to call â€œregressivism.â€ â€œAbsence of empathyâ€ is the essence of evil which, if unchecked and unreversed, is certain to bring about the demise of the American republic as we know it, just as it led to the fall of the Third Reich.
Created on Thursday, 24 July 2008 07:45
Written by The Real News
Envisioning a New Politics
by The Real News
The medium of US politics for almost five decades has been television. The
30-second ad has lent itself to a simple and emotionally charged political
discourse. As Joe Trippi points out in his book, "The Revolution Will Not Be
Televised", we are in the beginning of a shift to a new medium--the Internet.
This shift will have a profound impact on politics.
Read more: Switching Channels: How Leaving TeeVee is Revolutionizing Politics