Created on Thursday, 10 April 2008 19:28
Written by Mickey Z
Hope is for Suckers
e canâ€™t give up hope, Iâ€™m often told. Keep hope alive, the saying goes. If we lose hope, nothing will ever changeâ€¦or so they believe. Well, Iâ€™m here to say: Fuck hope.
We live on a planet brimming with hope yet that same planet is under perpetual assaultâ€¦and the hopers are losing.
Read more: Hope Sinks
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2008 18:32
Written by Press Release
Read more: Arms Fair Opening Night Shut Down
CANSEC Arms Fair Opening Night Shut Down
by PGA Bloc, Ottawa
uxedoed corporate war profiteers and their government backers were forced to flee the Ottawa Congress Centre tonight as alarms sounded, fire trucks were called, and police searched in vain for the nefarious anarchists that shut down the opening night of CANSEC 2008, Canada's largest arms fair.
Even the multi-million dollar surveillance and security technology on display, the presence of uniformed police, and the assertion by security forces that they had been gathering extensive 'intelligence' on CANSEC resistance couldn't prevent a group of Ottawa anarchists from infiltrating the event and simply pulling a fire alarm.
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2008 08:31
Written by William Bowles
Sink or Swim in the capitalist ocean
by William Bowles
Read more: Drowning Not Waving in the Capitalist Ocean
When a group of so-called Aboriginals from I believe Borneo (or maybe it was Papua New Guinea) visited the UK recently they were gob-smacked to find homeless people on the streets of London. The concept â€˜homelessnessâ€™ simply didnâ€™t exist in their vocabulary and reinforced by the vast wealth that surrounded them (the â€˜Aboriginalsâ€™ and the homeless). So too was the idea of the â€˜nuclear familyâ€™. The concept of â€˜living apartâ€™ is totally alien to them.
So anyway, somebody had had the idea of making a TV doccie series about their visit, Margaret Mead in reverse so-to-speak. We saw them living with a â€˜typical working class familyâ€™ and also with a â€˜well-offâ€™ one and we followed them as they toured the UK, increasingly bemused by what they found. But is it simply reverse anthropology, having them look at us for a change?
Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2008 21:39
Written by Media Lens
Read more: Extra Zero: A Moment with John Rentoul
EXTRA ZERO: An Exchange With The Independent's John Rentoul
In the wake of the July 7, 2005 London bombings, the Independent's John Rentoul commented:
- "A Muslim friend of mine in the East End of London says that the sense of victimisation and injustice goes so deep among his fellow religionists that he sometimes despairs. 'This all goes back to the burning of The Satanic Verses,' he says. It was in 1988 that we should have realised that we were up against a culture - he doesn't like the term 'Muslim community' - that tended to irrationalism and self-pity. Salman Rushdie did not create that culture, but he provided a focus for it and fed its sense of grievance.
- "The Iraq issue serves much the same purpose today." (Rentoul, 'Islam, blood and grievance,' The Independent, July 24, 2005)
Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2008 20:40
Written by David Rovics
9/11 Truth Movement vs. 9/11 Truth: Or, who are these people and why do they keep yelling at me?
by David Rovics
found myself once again singing at an antiwar rally two weeks ago, and once again being confronted by a red-faced white man with an ominous hand-written sign reading, "9/11 was a lie."
Read more: 9/11: Truth and Movement
Most of the crowd was filing off for the post-rally march, aside from a few of my loyal fans who were sticking around for the rest of my set. Among them was the red-faced man, apparently not a fan, who walked towards the small stage with the wild-eyed certainty of a zealot.
"Wake up, David Rovics! David Rovics, wake up to the truth of 9/11!" He was screaming at the top of his lungs, standing about two feet from me. (I continued with the song.) In case I didn't get the message the first time, the red-faced man repeated his mantra. "Wake up! Wake up to the truth of 9/11!"
Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2008 18:35
Follow the Leader: In Defense of John Yoo
by Chris Floyd
John Yoo has been getting a bit of guff
in the liberal media recently for some legal memoranda he wrote a while back defending the president's right -- and duty -- to protect the American people from terrorism. This criticism is as short-sighted as it is pernicious -- and we are here today to defend this good and faithful public servant against the unwarranted calumnies that have besmirched his name.
Fortunately for the security of our Republic, the far left's
attempt to turn Yoo's patriotic labors into yet another
persnickety"moral outrage," a la Abu Ghraib or My Lai or Wounded Knee,
hasn't really taken off.
Read more: In Defense of John Yoo
Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2008 08:29
Written by Stephen Lendman
The New York Times v. Hugo Chavez
by Stephen Lendman
Carly Simon's theme song from the 1977 James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me" says it all about The New York Times' agitprop skill - "Nobody Does It Better" nor have others in the media been at it longer.
Most important is The Times influence and reach and what media critic Norman Solomon says about its front page. He calls it "the most valuable square inches of media real estate in the USA." It's read by government, business leaders and opinion-makers everywhere and for that reason is hugely important.
Read more: The Life of Hugo Chavez and The Times
Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2008 01:26
Written by Jim Miles
Read more: Zoo on the Road to Nablus
The Zoo on the Road to Nablus: A Story of Survival from the West Bank - A Review
by Jim Miles
his tale from the West Bank operates at several levels. Nominally it is about one man â€“ Dr. Sami Khader â€“ and his attempts to sustain the dream of having an internationally approved zoo in the town of Qalqilya in the West Bank.
Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2008 20:26
Written by Elizabeth de la Vega
Bush's OSHA: No Laws? No Crimes
by Elizabeth de la Vega
inety-seven years ago this month, just eight days after the March 25, 1911, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire
, in which nearly 150 young men and women suffered horrific deaths, Rose Schneiderman rocked the Metropolitan Opera House.
She was not singing. But her voice, pellucid and sharp, carried the house:
"I would be a traitor to these poor burned bodies if I came here to talk good fellowship. We have tried you good people of the public and we have found you wanting."
Read more: Labor Protection: No Laws, No Crimes
Created on Sunday, 06 April 2008 21:24
Written by Paul Craig Roberts
Petraeus Testimony Next Week Will Signal Iran Attack
by Paul Craig Roberts
oday (April 5, 2008) the London Telegraph reported that; "British officials gave warning yesterday that Americaâ€™s commander in Iraq will declare that Iran is waging war against the US-backed Baghdad government. A strong statement from General David Petraeus about Iranâ€™s intervention in Iraq could set the stage for a US attack on Iranian militiary facilities, according to a Whitehall assessment.â€
Read more: Petraeus Testimony: The World in the General's Mouth
The neocon lacky Petraeus has had his script written for
him by Cheney, and Petraeus together with neocon warmonger Ryan
Crocker, the US governor of the Green Zone in Baghdad, will present
Congress next Tuesday and Wednesday with the lies, for which the road
has been well paved by neocon propagandists such as Kimberly Kagan,
that â€œthe US must recognize that Iran is engaged in a full-up proxy war
against it in Iraq.â€