Created on Saturday, 24 May 2008 21:30
Written by Jack Random
Read more: John McCain's Imagined Presidency
The Prophesies of John McCain: Ambition Makes Fools of Us All
by Jack Random
hile on the campaign trail in Ohio, candidate John McCain allowed his followers a glance in the looking glass through the prism of his ambition, boldly predicting victory and a functioning democracy in Iraq, stabilization in Afghanistan, the capture or killing of Osama bin Laden, the disarming of Iran and North Korea, dominance of the worldâ€™s democracies over China and Russia, an open and non-political White House, an end to signing statements, more â€œaccessibleâ€ health care, improved public education, a secure border, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and several years of â€œrobust economic growth.â€
Smiling as if the words themselves were a fait accompli, McCain declared â€œthere has still not been a major terrorist attack in the United States since September 11, 2001.â€
Created on Saturday, 24 May 2008 05:42
Written by Ramzy Baroud
Read more: Coexistence, Not Apartheid
Coexistence, Not Apartheid
by Ramzy Baroud
or the last 60 years, all those who have sought a genuinely peaceful and fair solution for Israel and Palestine have faced the same obstacle â€” Israel's sense of invincibility and military arrogance, abetted by the US and other Western governments' unwavering support.
Despite recent setbacks on the military front, the Israeli government is yet to awaken to the reality that Israel is simply not invincible. The wheel of history, which has seen the rise and fall of many great powers, won't grind to a halt. Experiences have also repeatedly shown that neither Israel's nuclear arms nor Washington's billions of dollars in annual funds could create 'security' for the former.
Created on Saturday, 24 May 2008 04:38
Written by Roland Michel Tremblay
Is George W. Bush a Crowned Anarchist?
by Roland Michel Tremblay
It is strange that I wrote a whole book called Destructivism, The Path to Self-Destruction, without first addressing the one subject people are most likely to accuse me of in time, the one of being an anarchist talking about anarchy.
It did not cross my mind to write about anarchy, because I never thought I was an anarchist. I realise now that perhaps I was an anarchist in the closet, and maybe it is time I do my coming out and just admit it, as I witness the world we live in going in frightening directions.
Read more: George W. Bush a Crowned Anarchist?
Created on Saturday, 24 May 2008 03:55
Written by Carolyn Baker
Rapid Unraveling and the Demise of Adolescent America
by Carolyn Baker
Well here it is folks-the great unraveling so many of us have been forecasting during the past five years as we've read the tea leaves and researched the unprecedented convergence of myriad natural, political, economic, and environmental realities.
As most of you know, I'm traveling, yes on the road, across this country. I was going to wait until arriving at my final destination before writing about my experience, but with oil rapidly heading for $200 a barrel, it feels important to do so sooner rather than later because our lives have just changed more dramatically than we can imagine, and we will only be able to comprehend to what extent as the repercussions of the end of the age of oil reverberate through what is left of industrial civilization.
Read more: Rapid Unraveling and the Demise of Adolescent America
Created on Saturday, 24 May 2008 03:28
Written by Stephen Lendman
Spinning the News - The FARC-EP Files, Venezuela and Interpol
by Stephen Lendman
First some background. On March 1, the Colombian military (with US Special Forces help) illegally attacked a FARC-EP rebel camp inside Ecuador.
US satellite telephone tracking located the site. Washington signed off on the mission. Over 20 people were killed, including 16 or more FARC-EP members while they slept.
Key among them was Paul Reyes, the FARC-EP's second-in-command, key peace negotiator and public voice, and lead figure in the Chavez-led hostage negotiations with Colombia.
Read more: The FARC-EP Files, Venezuela and Interpol
Created on Saturday, 24 May 2008 03:03
Written by Press Release
Stand up for Net Neutrality!
Canadians need to act NOW if they want an open Internet free of interference and control by powerful corporate interests.
Organizers of a rally on Parliament Hill on Tuesday, May 27, are urging everyone who can to join them in Ottawa to demand an Internet with equal access for all. Transportation from Toronto and Montreal has been arranged.
Read more: Canada: Stand up for Net Neutrality!
Details about the rally can be found at DemocraticMedia.ca.
Created on Saturday, 24 May 2008 01:49
Written by Press Release
Amazon Tribes Threatened by Dam Project
by Real News
Amazon Indians and environmental activists rallied against proposed Amazon dam projects in the city of Altamira, Brazil on Tuesday. Environmentalists say these developments could displace 15,000 people and destroy traditional fishing grounds of Indians living nearby.
As a result of economic growth in Brazil in recent years, the government is spending $296 billion to develop the hydroelectric projects.
Read more: Amazon Tribes Threatened by Dam Project
Created on Saturday, 24 May 2008 01:10
Written by Press Release
Read more: Squamish: Dissenters Occupy Band Council Offices
Band Office Occupied, Puppet "Chiefs" Evicted by Squamish Hereditary Chief Kiapilano in Vancouver
by Siem Kiapilano of the Squamish Nation
n a sudden action this morning, Hereditary Squamish Chief Kiapilano and a dozen supporters occupied the offices of the state-funded "Squamish Band Council" in North Vancouver, and ordered the eviction of the entire band council.
This action is the latest in a series of occupations led by Chief Kiapilano to expel from his land agencies responsible for the genocide of his people.
Created on Saturday, 24 May 2008 00:05
Written by Press Release
Victoria Peace Coalition Presents: An Evening of Music and Conversation with David Rovics
ome and spend an evening with anti-war folksinger and songwriter David Rovics. Rovics, who has been compared with Phil Ochs and Pete Seeger, is an activist and a peace poet for our times.
Rovics has been called the musical voice of the progressive movement in
the US. Amy Goodman has called him "the musical version of Democracy
Wikipedia says, "His provocative and catchy lyrics bring to mind a modern-day Woody Guthrie" and Folkworld Magazine says, "Phil Ochs is not dead. He's reincarnated in the body of David Rovics."
Read more: An Evening of Music and Conversation with David Rovics
Created on Friday, 23 May 2008 22:11
Written by Chris Cook
Omar Khadr: Supreme Court of Canada Ruling
by C. L. Cook
lmost six years imprisoned in the American gulags and Omar Khadr, the fifteen year old Canadian and sole survivor of an American military assault
on a village in Afghanistan on July 27, 2002, is finally getting his day in "court."
Of course it is not a court that any living in pre-Bushian times would recognize as such: there are no rights granted the "detainee" the rest of us have come to take as granted, like: the right to face your accuser(s); the right to see the evidence against you; the right to security of the person (habeas corpus); the right to lawyer/ advocate/ council -client confidentiality; the right to an open trial; the right to be judged by a jury of your peers.
But, there may be a small ray of hope for the young "terrorist" in the form of a newly handed down ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada.
Read more: Khadr: Canadian Supreme Court Unanimous on Disclosure
The problem is: the Canadian government is fighting the nation's highest court, and there is no indication the American authorities holding Khadr these last six years will pay a good God-damned bit of notice to anything the Supreme Court says.