Created on Sunday, 27 April 2008 17:32
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Selling the President's General: The Petraeus Story
by Tom Engelhardt
ou simply can't pile up enough adjectives when it comes to the general who, at a relatively young age, was already a runner-up for Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2007.
Read more: Selling the Petraeus Story
His record is stellar. His tactical sense extraordinary. His strategic ability, when it comes to mounting a campaign, beyond compare.
I'm speaking, of course, of General David Petraeus, the President's surge commander in Iraq and, as of last week, the newly nominated head of U.S. Central Command (Centcom) for all of the Middle East and beyond -- "King David" to those of his peers who haven't exactly taken a shine to his reportedly "high self-regard." And the campaign I have in mind has been his years' long wooing and winning of the American media, in the process of which he sold himself as a true American hero, a Caesar of celebrity.
Created on Sunday, 27 April 2008 16:07
Written by Chris Cook
The Responsibility to Protect Israel's Citizens
by C. L. Cook
n the winter of 2001, while the ruins of the World Trade Center still smoldered in New York City, the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, adjunct to the United Nations and chaired by Canada, issued a controversial position paper that came to be known as 'The Responsibility to Protect.'
Read more: The Responsibility to Protect Israel's Citizens
The R2P is a doctrine
that seeks to "justify" third party interventions within sovereign states that are deemed "failed," that is to say the national government no longer possesses either the will or ability to safeguard the basic rights of the citizenry.
Created on Sunday, 27 April 2008 10:40
Written by Press Release
63 Canadians Being Prosecuted over Refusal to Cooperate with Census Outsourced to Lockheed Martin
by Sandra Finley
am looking for 62 other Canadians (myself making 63) who are being prosecuted because they refused to comply with the 2006 Census. Much of the boycotting was because of the "out-sourcing" to Lockheed Martin (equivalent to "the American Military" - and a corrupt corporation with a court record to prove it. I'm sure you know more about it than I do.)
Listen to Sandra this week on Gorilla Radio
Read more: When Citizenship Counts: Canadian Census Ministry Tyranny
We are trying different avenues to obtain the complete list of people being prosecuted. Would you mind checking with your network to see if any one of them have received a Summons to appear in Court?
Created on Saturday, 26 April 2008 18:52
Written by Mickey Z
Simple Steps Towards Change
by Mickey Z.
Whenever I write an article or give a talk about the state of global affairs, the first question asked is this: â€œSo, what can/should we do?â€ My inevitably stammering reply involves a combination of three factors:
*What weâ€™ve been doing all along is obviously not working
*We need new ideas, new tactics, and a far greater commitment from everyone
Read more: Steps Towards Change
*I canâ€™t say more because it could be (purposely) misconstrued and that just donâ€™t fly in the land of the free (sic).
Created on Saturday, 26 April 2008 17:33
Written by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
With Respect to Journalists Covering 'Indigenous Issues'
by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
Read more: With Respect to Journalists Covering 'Indigenous Issues'
ear Mr. Taylor; I was compelled today, to respond to your media coverage and the public commentary on the Native issues
surrounding the disputes currently active in Ontario.
As a journalist covering Indigenous issues worldwide, I see similar situations and conflicts between Native and non-Native peoples in every country across the globe. However, I have been an active media supporter to the people of Six Nations since day one of their occupation in Caledonia. My support has continued to expand so that issues at Tyendinaga, Attawapiskat and other reserves are also part of my normal coverage.
Created on Saturday, 26 April 2008 16:58
New Terror War Atrocity: Beheading the Innocent for Bush in Somalia
by Chris Floyd
arlier this week, we noted reports that Ethiopian invaders in Somalia had killed several moderate clerics and other unarmed people in a mosque north of Mogadishu during the recent bloody reprisals against civilian areas launched by the Bush-backed invaders and their Somali allies. At the time, sketchy reports from the BBC indicated that at least 10 people had been killed in the mosque.
Read more: Glad Embrace: America and the Dictator
Created on Saturday, 26 April 2008 11:52
Written by Press Release
Stopping the Party: Boycotting Israel's Rebranded Product
by Canada Palestine Association
s we approach the 60th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the Israeli government has announced its plans to â€œrebrandâ€ its 60 years of dispossession and ethnic cleansing.
Read more: Boycotting Israel's Rebranded Product
Here in B.C., the focus of this â€œrebrandingâ€ is the promotion of wines under an Israeli label in B.C. liquor stores, which are now carrying products from the Galil Mountain Winery, the Golan Heights Winery and the Dalton Winery.
Created on Saturday, 26 April 2008 11:02
Written by Press Release
Protest Brutal Attack on Haitian Street Vendors by UN Soldiers!
by Haiti Action Committee
n Saturday, April 11th, a little past 3 p.m., a MINUSTAH (UN) soldier, Nigerian Cpl. Nagya Aminu, was shot and killed in downtown Port-au-Prince. While this killing was widely reported in the international media, what followed the killing was not.
Bullet holes are visible in this photo from UN assault on Haitian street vendors
Read more: Haiti Group Files Protest Against UN Market Rampage
In the immediate aftermath of the killing, at approximately 3:30 p.m. that same afternoon, MINUSTAH troops launched a massive assault on Haitian vendors at the open-air sidewalk market near the main Cathedral in downtown Port-au-Princeâ€”the area where the soldier had been killed.
Created on Friday, 25 April 2008 23:31
Written by Press Release
Air War: Basra Hospitals Overwhelmed with Wounded
by Doctors for Iraq
Hospitals overwhelmed by number of casualties following intense fighting between the Mehdi army militia and the Iraqi army
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Five days of intense fighting between the Mehdi army militia and the Iraqi military has left hospitals in Iraq overwhelmed with the number of casualties. Doctors for Iraq's network of doctors across the country report that hospitals are lacking many medical supplies such as IV fluid, antibiotics and specialist doctors to treat the injured.
Doctors in Basra estimate that 800 people have been injured and 200 killed during the fighting. Basra is Iraq's third biggest city and has an estimated population of 1.7 million people. Much of the fierce fighting in the city took place in densely populated civilian areas. Many of those who were injured are reported to be women and children. Doctors in Baghdad say they received 350 casualties and 120 bodies. Doctors at the Zahraa hospital in Kut, South East Iraq, report the number of injured at 120 and 30 bodies were brought to the hospital morgue.
Created on Friday, 25 April 2008 22:36
Written by William Bowles
Not Fit for Purpose
by William Bowles
The word Socialism is unfortunately, much-discredited yet and still the idea lives on regardless, as events in the Southern Americas reveal. But what of us in the so-called developed world?
Revolution I hear you cry? In the West? Not likely is it? In fact, both Marx and Lenin, when asked about revolution in the UK were a little more than disparaging about the idea. And what goes for the UK probably goes for the rest of the West.
Then what hope is there for the future?
Read more: Unfit Purpose: Starving Democracy