Created on Friday, 30 May 2008 10:47
Written by Chris Cook
World Bank Chum into the Global Food Crisis Frenzy: The Four Horses Ride Again
by C. L. Cook
The World Bank today charged out of the
wilderness at the fourth International Conference on African
Development (TICAD) in Tokyo to announce its 1.2 billion dollar (US)
top up of a loans fund aimed at the heart of Africa, (including a few
juicy throw-away grants to poverty-poster children in Haiti, Djibouti,
and Liberia) with promises of more to come.
Read more: World Bank Chum into the Global Food Crisis Frenzy
Well they had to come back, and honesty be told,
we all know they had never really gone away; from the darkened wings is risen again the four-headed monster to the world's miserable, the
World Bank (WB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Food
Programme (WFE), and the Food and Agricultural Association (FOA), joined by
a conglomeration of various other UN and EU international poverty pimps doing business under the rubric of "international institutions."
Created on Friday, 30 May 2008 06:17
Written by Democracy Now!
As US Threatens Iran Over Enriching Uranium, Bush Promises to Give Enriched Uranium to Saudi Arabia
by Democracy Now!
The Bush administration has pledged to support Saudi Arabiaâ€™s nuclear power program, including supplying enriched uranium for nuclear reactors. The agreement came out of President Bushâ€™s visit to the Saudi kingdom last week, during which Bush also pledged new US assistance in guarding Saudi oil reserves.
Read more: Bush Promises to 'Nuke' Saudi Arabia
AMY GOODMAN: We turn from cluster bombs to what could be a major development in nuclear proliferation worldwide: the Bush administration pledging to support Saudi Arabiaâ€™s nuclear power program, including supplying enriched uranium for nuclear reactors. The agreement came out of President Bushâ€™s visit to the Saudi kingdom last week, during which Bush also pledged new US assistance in guarding Saudi oil reserves.
Created on Friday, 30 May 2008 05:01
Written by Press Release
Death on the Mountain
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This is a powerful, hideous, and tragic story about ancient memories that do survive in the land, and in the rocks, and in the water. The cave on Bear Mountain had a shimmering clearwater underground lake in it. This cave was not only beautiful beyond compare, but was too a cave of ancient legend. And the mountain has known many legends over the centuries.
Some archaeologists were wrong when they assumed that there was no cultural use for this type of cave, (a wet cave, as opposed to a dry cave where one might expect to find artifacts). They probably truly didn't know about the traditional use of the land in this area. Maybe few archaeologists do.
Created on Thursday, 29 May 2008 17:41
Written by Linda Milazzo
WILL AN ADULT FINALLY PREVAIL?!
Read more: The End of the White House Frat Party
by Linda Milazzo
Yes, I know. John McCain was a prisoner of war and he survived to tell his tale. It's fortunate he survived and I commend him for his service, but as President he wonâ€™t prevail. Heâ€™s dangerous. Heâ€™s delusional. And he lacks the emotional stability and maturity for the job. Yes, he lacks the MATURITY for the job! Heâ€™s another privileged son of another privileged family who believes heâ€™s entitled to the job. Well, heâ€™s NOT!!
True, McCain suffered greatly as a POW, but to his good fortune when he did arrive home he was cloaked in his celebrity, provided every resource, and protected by his family â€“ a decidedly different scenario from the isolation and lack of services lesser known vets are forced to endure. Their fates frequently result in homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, and an inability to secure adequate medical and mental-health services for years - even decades. Not so for John McCain.
Created on Thursday, 29 May 2008 08:08
Written by Press Release
"Systemic" Human Rights Abuses Dominate Chevron Annual General Meeting, Casting Shadow over CEO and Record Profits
by Amazon Watch
n a dramatic face-to-face showdown at Chevron's annual general meeting, victims of the company's grave human rights abuses from three continents today told shareholders and senior executives that the oil major must live up to its corporate rhetoric on human rights and the environment, and also take decisive action to make amends to the communities it has devastated.
Read more: Chevron and Systemic Human Rights Abuses
Chevronâ€™s Victims from Burma, Ecuador and Nigeria
Confront CEO David Oâ€™Reilly at Shareholder Meeting
Community representatives from Burma, Ecuador and Nigeria traveled for days to participate in the meeting as proxy shareholders, calling on Chevron CEO David O'Reilly to stop hiding behind lawyers and PR misinformation, and to recognize and rectify the suffering the company has caused.
Created on Thursday, 29 May 2008 06:58
Read more: The Self-Righteous Hit on Hillary
Assassinationgate: The Self-Righteous Hit on Hillary Clinton
by Chris Floyd
here is of course no point in paying too much attention to the U.S. presidential campaign, which is almost entirely a monstrous excretion of meaningless, bull-roaring noise. True, a few hints of the horrors to come can be gleaned in broad outline -- chiefly by following the money behind each candidate, and also noting from which pool of imperial courtiers they draw their top advisors: i.e., the "kill 'em all" neocon crowd, the "more in sorrow than in anger" humanitarian interventionist school, the "let the poor eat dirt until they die" faction, or the "I feel your pain but Wall Street fills my coffers" contingent, etc. But to give more than a passing moment's heed to the excruciating and tedious minutiae of the horse race is, as the man says
, an "expense of spirit in a waste of shame."
But occasionally the spectacle becomes so obtrusive that you can hardly avoid it. One such occasion was the uproar over Obama's preacher (which Arthur Silber, for one, has covered
in illuminating detail). Another one belched forth from the belly of the beast last week: Hillary Clinton's "shocking" mention of the assassination of Robert Kennedy in 1968. From the tenor of the reaction
to her statement, you would think she had been caught at the cauldron, summoning evil spirits from the deep to strike down the golden hero of the age.
Created on Thursday, 29 May 2008 05:08
Written by Jason Leopold
GOP Contender in N.M. Linked to U.S. Attorney Firing
by Jason Leopold
hough virtually unknown outside the Albuquerque area, Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White is betting that his conservative credentials and close ties to the White House will help Republicans retain the hotly contested congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Heather Wilson.
Wilson, in turn, is campaigning hard for the Senate seat that Republican Pete Domenici has held for 36 years in a race that could determine whether Democrats expand their narrow control of the U.S. Senate.
Read more: Congressional Contender's Link to Attorneys Firing Revealed
But all three of these Republicans â€“ Domenici, Wilson and White â€“ have something else in common: They all were implicated in the firing of New Mexicoâ€™s U.S. Attorney David Iglesias as part of the White House-driven federal prosecutor purge in 2006.
Created on Thursday, 29 May 2008 04:40
Written by Press Release
Notice to Bogus Algonquins to Quit Their Fraudulent Claim to Haudenosaunee Territory
his is a notice to the counterfeit Algonquins to immediately quit their claim to Haudenosaunee Territory and their claim to be Algonquins. They are â€œvisitorsâ€, not the â€œownersâ€ either historically or culturally.
By their swindling actions they are dissolving the treaty rights of the real Algonquins. They are also interfering with the treaty rights of other nations who are part of the 1701 â€œPeace of Montrealâ€ with the French that set out trade and commerce relations; and the 1701 â€œNan-Fan Treatyâ€ with the British which respects the sovereignty of all the signatories. Some help is needed on how to file an international complaint to stop these con artists.
Read more: Notice to Bogus Algonquins: "Quit Fraudulent Claim to Haudenosaunee Territory"
The â€œsting operationâ€ is being committed by Ontario, Canada, the mining- military- industrial- banking complex and archeologists against the Haudenosaunee for the part of our traditional territory that is south of the Ottawa River.
Created on Thursday, 29 May 2008 03:56
Written by Press Release
Canada Refuses to Allow Iraq War Resister to Stay
by War Resisters Campaign in Canada
Sergeant Corey Glass is now the first Iraq war deserter facing
deportation from Canada. Last week his application to stay in the
country was rejected.
Lee Zaslofsky, National Coordinator of The War Resisters Campaign in Canada, says Corey's case is not unique.
In December 2007, The Canadian House of
Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration passed a
motion calling on the Canadian government to implement a program
allowing conscientious objectors to apply for permanent residence in
Canada, and to cease any removal or deportation actions applied to such
Read more: War Resisters: Canada Turns Back on Trudeau Legacy
Created on Wednesday, 28 May 2008 09:16
Written by Press Release
WITNESS AGAINST TORTURE: "Unlawful Free Speech"
etainees at the U.S. Military Prison in GuantÃ¡namo will finally get their day in court on May 27 Â Superior Court, in Washington DC.
That is when 35 Americans from cities and towns across the country will go on trial for a protest at the U.S. Supreme Court on January 11, 2008.
Read more: WITNESS AGAINST TORTURE: "Unlawful Free Speech"
They face charges of either "unlawful free speech" or "causing a harangue" or both. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail, as well as fines and court fees.