Created on Monday, 18 August 2008 21:36
Written by The Real News
Shock Doctrine Opens Way for Oil Drilling: Naomi Klein on disaster Capitalism
by The Real News
Naomi Klein: "Corporations are built to be opportunistic. That's their
mission. If there's an opportunity, they must take advantage of it, and
it's in the interests of their shareholders, and they shouldn't be
sentimental about it. So that's what capitalism is supposed to do: take
advantage of opportunities. What I'm talking about, and what I mean by
disaster capitalism, is a political strategy."
Read more: "Shocking" the Oil Doctrine
Created on Monday, 18 August 2008 21:18
Written by Dave Lindorff
Read more: Gatemouthing Russia
Huffing and Puffing at the Pentagon
by Dave Lindorff
American Secretary of War Robert Gates knows a real leader when he sees one. â€œClearly, as far as Iâ€™m concerned,â€ he said, Vladimir Putin, and not President Dmitry Medvedev, "has the upper hand right now."
Well hell, Gates should know. After all, he deals on a daily basis with the same peculiar situation here in the US, where the president also is a figurehead and the real power lies in the hands of Vice President Dick Cheney.
But Gates doesnâ€™t speak with such clarity and directness in other matters. "I think that there is a real concern that Russia has turned the corner here and is headed back toward its past rather than toward its future, and my hope is that we will see actions in the weeks and months to come that provide us some reassurance," he said, speaking on ABC and CNN, claiming that the country was returning to the authoritarianism of the old Soviet era.
Created on Monday, 18 August 2008 20:18
Fear, Procurement, Profit: Permanent War and the American Way
by Chris Floyd
Read more: Permanent War and the American Way
When it comes to determining the true thrust and implication of world events, the old adage is still valid: "Follow the money."
The lust for long green is not the sole determinant of state policies,
of course. For example, there are also the psychosexual anxieties of
blustering elites, the soul-corroding pathology of political ambition,
the ignorance and arrogance of the powerful and the privileged, the
herd instinct that can drive whole populations into self-deluding
frenzies of nationalistic fervor -- all kinds of factors in the mix.
But money is never not in the center of things.
This is especially true in systems where war and rumors of war have
become the foundation of the national economy. This is the ultimate
condition of every empire (or rather the penultimate position; the
ultimate position is the inevitable decline and fall). And the United
States, with its globe-spanning military empire, is no exception.
Created on Monday, 18 August 2008 20:04
Written by Tom Chartier
Read more: PNAC Underground
PNAC Goes AWOL
by Tom Chartier
he Project For The New American Century, PNAC
, has gone Absent Without Leave. They have seemingly vanished with the sands of time. It sounds too good to be true which means, it probably is not true.
What alerted me to the sudden disappearance is the fact that the PNAC website, chock full of bombastic and arrogant reports, declarations, letters and memos is now â€œsuspended.â€ Their boastful website is down and with it much of their inter-asylum memos along with some of their â€œbestâ€ work.
Created on Monday, 18 August 2008 19:49
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Double Standards in the Global War on Terror: Anthrax Department
by Tom Engelhardt
h, the spectacle of it all -- and don't think I'm referring to those opening ceremonies in Beijing, where North Korean-style synchronization seemed to fuse with smiley-faced Walt Disney, or Michael Phelp's thrilling hunt for eight gold medals and Speedo's one million dollar "bonus," a modernized tribute to the ancient Greek tradition of amateurism in action.
Read more: Six Things You Should Know About the Anthrax Attacks
No, I'm thinking of the blitz of media coverage after Dr. Bruce Ivins, who worked at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, committed suicide by Tylenol on July 29th and the FBI promptly accused him of the anthrax attacks of September and October 2001.
Created on Monday, 18 August 2008 19:30
Written by Press Release
No Smooth Sailing for PNWER Elites: Marina Entrance Blocked by Activists
by NOII Van
group of activists blocked access to the Westin Bayshore marina on Wednesday July 23 to protest the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) summit.
â€œ[PNWER] has had a profound impact on policymaking.â€ - Hon. Stockwell Day,
Canadaâ€™s Minister of Public Safety
Read more: Vancouver: Scuttling the PNWER Party
In doing so, they prevented PNWER delegates from boarding a 190-person luxury boat tour of the Vancouver harbour. Approximately 10 people stood with a banner reading People Not Profit! and prevented access to the luxury yacht though the public boardwalk.
Created on Saturday, 16 August 2008 22:22
Written by The Real News
US missile deal enrages Russia
by The Real News
Eric Margolis: It's like August, 1914 - a movement of great powers towards war.
With the signing of an agreement between Washington and Warsaw to erect a missile defence system in Poland, echoes of the cold war between Russia and the United States are hard to ignore. The agreement comes hot on the heels of the conflict between Russia and Georgia.
Read more: World War Redux: The Shot to be Heard Next
Created on Saturday, 16 August 2008 03:51
Written by Joan Russow
Conservatives Ignore Subpoenas to Appear Before Parliamentary Ethics Committee
by Joan Russow
he minority Conservative government is being investigated by Elections Canada, for election funding irregularities. Elections Canada claims that federal Conservatives contravened the Elections Act by an-in-and-out money transfer scheme; Elections Canada estimates that $1.3-million for national advertising was passed through the accounts of at least 67 local candidates in the 2006 election campaign. On August 11-14, Parliamentary Ethics Committee heard witnesses revealing Conservative Party's funding scheme.
For the 2006 election the Conservative Party funded national ads
through RETAIL MEDIA - a subsidiary of WPP whose clients below can be
seen at http://www.wpp.com/wpp/companies/
The Conservative Sponsorship Nemesis: Plumping up election expenses to increase rebates, using false spending estimates and potential rebates to secure advance private loans, ignoring Parliamentary committee subpoenas, subsidizing high profile international ad agency... The Conservatives won the last election by defrauding Elections Canada and Canadian citizens.
Read more: Harper Invokes "Executive Privilege" in Elections Scam
Created on Friday, 15 August 2008 17:39
Written by Chris Cook
Harper Promises Most Divisive Election in Canadian History
by C. L. Cook
anada's minority government prime minister, Stephen Harper has threatened a Fall election saying the current government was not "tenable." It's an unsurprising move to any who have watched Harper hit the stump over the summer, or to those receiving flyers in the mail emblazened with what will be one of Harper's key issues, 'Youth Crime.'
Taking a cue from the Karl Rove school of political manipulation, Harper's hit squad, the shadowy Conservative Research Group, is behind the mass mailings, already controversial for their use of parliamentarian's access to free postage from Canada Post.
State news organ, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation simplify the issue below.
Read more: Harper Promises Most Divisive Election in Canadian History
Created on Friday, 15 August 2008 08:29
Written by The Real News
The Geopolitics of Georgia
by The Real News
F. William Engdahl: There are far bigger stakes being played out in Georgia than a territorial dispute.
US attempts to get Georgia into NATO, coupled with its desire to
erect an anti-missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech republic
would give it first strike capability towards Russia. Moscow sees this
as a national security threat against the sovereignty of Russia.
Political economist F William Engdahl believes this is the geopolitical
endgame being played out in Georgia.
Read more: Georgia's Bigger Stakes