Created on Saturday, 05 January 2008 18:47
Written by Democracy Now!
Vote for Change? Atrocity-Linked U.S. Officials Advising Democratic, GOP Presidential Frontrunners
Read more: Atrocity-Linked U.S. Officials Advising Democratic, GOP Presidential Frontrunners
by Democracy Now!
Independent journalist Allan Nairn and American Conservative correspondent Kelley Beaucar Vlahos discuss a little-addressed facet of the 2008 campaign: many of the top advisers to leading presidential candidates are ex-U.S. officials involved in atrocities around the world.
: Presidential candidates are scrambling to win last-minute support in Iowa ahead of tonightâ€™s caucus. Thousands of reporters have also descended on Iowa this week, covering everything from Mike Huckabeeâ€™s haircut to John Edwardsâ€™s rally with singer John Mellencamp. But little attention has been paid to perhaps one of the most important aspects of the candidates: their advisers, the men and women who likely form the backbone of the candidateâ€™s future cabinet if elected president. Many of the names will be familiar.
Created on Saturday, 05 January 2008 17:27
Written by Ramzy Baroud
Despite â€˜Good Newsâ€™, Iraq is not Okay
by Ramzy Baroud
n recent months we have been inundated by media reports bringing good news from Iraq, with countless testiminials to the great improvement in security enjoyed by the country in general and the Baghdad area in particular.
This progress is attributed solely to the judicious â€˜surgeâ€™ of US military presence, and the astute tactics enacted by occupation forces in a place that once personified despair and violence. Indeed, reports repeatedly point to the figure indicating that violence in Iraq has dwindled by 60 percent in the last three months.
Read more: Surge: Drowning, Not Waving in Iraq
Created on Saturday, 05 January 2008 16:20
Written by Press Release
No Olympics on Stolen Land!
by Kanahus Pellkey and Dustin Johnson
With the 2010 Winter Olympics scheduled to occur on unceded Coast Salish, St'at'imc and Squamish territory in two years, the spectacle surrounding them continues to wreak havoc on Indigenous people, poor people, and the Earth.
In the spirit of resistance to colonialism, with the 2010 Olympics as a main target, Kanahus Pellkey of the Native Youth Movement and Native youth Dustin Johnson are touring throughout the Great Lakes and East Coast in January and February 2008.
Read more: Resistance 2010: No Olympics on Stolen Land!
Created on Saturday, 05 January 2008 15:28
Written by Press Release
Read more: Fighting for a Place to Sleep: Homeless Challenge to Canadian Authority
The Most Important Event In Canadian History
(A.K.A. Here Come The Tent-Cities)
by David Arthur Johnston
9th and 10th, 2008, the Provincial Government of BC is bringing us to a
BC Supreme Court judge to attempt a discontinuance of the 'Right to
Sleep' Charter Challenge that is due to begin JANUARY 28th and is set
for a five day trial.
David Arthur Johnston
Success of the Charter Challenge, the
striking of the Corporation of the City of Victoria's 'anti-camping'
and chattel bylaws, would mean that the people's right to facilitate
survival would preclude any restriction if done conscientiously.
Created on Saturday, 05 January 2008 10:43
Written by Dave Lindorff
Clinton's Embarrassing Flop in Iowa Exposes Dem Leaders' Folly
by Dave Lindorff
he real message of the Iowa caucus yesterday was that the long-operative Clintonian/Democratic Leadership Council assumption that the independent or unaffiliated voter bloc is composed of conservative-leaning, dim-witted and easily manipulated people has got it all wrong.
In fact, in Iowa, where unaffiliated voters are free to participate in either a Democratic or Republican caucus, 41 percent of those people voted not for the conservative, tough-talking â€œcentristâ€ Hillary Clinton. They voted instead for the black, nominally anti-war candidate, Barack Obama.
Another significant percentage of independents went for another progressive-sounding candidate, John Edwards. Clinton only got an embarrassing 17 percent of the unaffiliated vote.
Read more: "I have a scream" Hillary's Banshee Moment
Created on Saturday, 05 January 2008 10:30
Written by Agence Global
Listening to Democracy Now
by Thomas Boothe
and Danielle Follett
small group of activists in the rural northeastern corner of Tennessee in the United States persuaded their local public radio station, WETS, to start broadcasting the progressive news-hour Democracy Now two years ago.
Read more: Hearing Democracy Now!
This pocket of Appalachia would seem to be unwelcoming territory for such an endeavour, since the economically depressed farming and mining region votes overwhelmingly Republican -- by as much as 75% in the last presidential election -- and is, according to Joseph Fitsanakis, organiser of Democracy Now Tri-Cities (DNTC), â€œthe kind of place where 30 years ago you couldnâ€™t really do anything politically unless you were a Klan member.â€
Created on Saturday, 05 January 2008 09:52
Written by Jonathan Cook
Read more: Israel's 'Cowardly Blending'
Evidence of Israeli 'Cowardly Blending' Comes to Light
by Jonathan Cook
t apparently never occurred to anyone in our leading human rights organisations or the Western media that the same moral and legal standards ought be applied to the behaviour of Israel and Hizbullah during the war on Lebanon 18 months ago. Belatedly, an important effort has been made to set that right.
A new report
, written by a respected Israeli human rights organisation, one representing the countryâ€™s Arab minority not its Jewish majority, has unearthed evidence showing that during the fighting Israel committed war crimes not only against Lebanese civilians â€” as was already known â€” but also against its own Arab citizens. This is an aspect of the war that has been almost entirely neglected until now.
Created on Friday, 04 January 2008 23:36
Written by Scott Horton
The National Surveillance World
by Scott Horton
What do Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush and Hu Jintao have in common? They are the heads of the three most significant nations whose people live under â€œendemic surveillanceâ€â€”that is to say, whose governments have a penchant for aggressively spying on their own people. Letâ€™s just call their realms Eurasia, Oceania and East Asia.
For those interested in tracking the disintegration of civil rights as a global phenomenon and the simultaneous rise of massive national surveillance bureaucracies, we have a significant tool.
Two NGOs, Privacy International, a UK privacy group, and the U.S.-based Electronic Privacy Information Center have compiled a system for measuring surveillance societies, rating various nations for their civil liberties records.
Read more: My Eyes on You: The National Surveillance World
Created on Friday, 04 January 2008 07:33
Written by Tom Engelhardt
The Bush Legacy (Take One)
by Tom Engelhardt
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door
â€” Emma Lazarus, 1883
If you don't mind thinking about the Bush legacy a year early, there are worse places to begin than with the case of Erla Ã“sk ArnardÃ³ttir Lilliendahl. Admittedly, she isn't an ideal "tempest-tost" candidate for Emma Lazarus' famous lines engraved on a bronze plaque inside the Statue of Liberty.
After all, she flew to New York City with her girlfriends, first class, from her native Iceland, to partake of "the Christmas spirit." She was drinking white wine en route and, as she put it, "look[ing] forward to go shopping, eat good food, and enjoy life." On an earlier vacation trip, back in 1995, she had overstayed her visa by three weeks, a modest enough infraction, and had even returned the following year without incident.
Read more: "Step This Way" - Tourism U.S.A.
This time â€” with the President's Global War on Terror in full swing â€” she was pulled aside at passport control at JFK Airport, questioned about those extra three weeks 12 years ago, and soon found herself, as she put it, "handcuffed and chained, denied the chance to sleepâ€¦ without food and drink andâ€¦ confined to a place without anyone knowing my whereabouts, imprisoned." It was "the greatest humiliation to which I have ever been subjected."
Created on Thursday, 03 January 2008 20:59
Written by Agence Global
Kenya's Rigged Election
by Tavia Nyong'o
The admittedly dire situation unfolding in Kenya today -- where violence has flared up in Nairobi, Eldoret, Kisumu, Mombasa and elsewhere -- is not another Rwanda. The underlying crisis is more like that of Ukraine, where, four years ago, an election commission also rigged the results in favor of one candidate and a commanding majority of the people rose up in protest, forcing a cancellation of the fraudulent election and, ultimately, a revote that installed Viktor Yushchenko as president.
Raila Odinga has yet to get his revote. But he has vowed not to negotiate with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki until the latter admits the election was stolen and resigns. (In an unusual coincidence, the banner color of Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement is the same as Yushchenko's.)
Read more: Southern Arc: Kenya's Gamed Vote