Created on Saturday, 01 December 2007 15:53
Written by Agence Global
False Choices, or Media Traps
by Immanuel Wallerstein
he United States is going through two sets of debates among presidential candidates, one set each for Democrats and Republicans.
These debates usually have journalists as conveners and questioners, and the journalists seek to force the candidates to commit themselves on supposedly difficult choices.
These "difficult" choices are regularly formulated in ways that they are media traps, sometime maliciously so.
Read more: Election 2008: False Media, False Dichotomies
Created on Saturday, 01 December 2007 11:23
Written by Scott Horton
A Nation That Tortures
by Scott Horton
s America a nation that tortures? The question is being asked all around the world. Itâ€™s not a matter of idle speculation.
Under international treaties, which many nations, not being liberated by the law-what-law? mantra of the Neocons, treat very seriously, there are specific prohibitions about cooperation with nations which torture.
Read more: Where Just is Torture
In particular, there is article 3 of the Convention Against Torture, which forbids any state party to return a prisoner to a nation where he is likely to be tortured.
Created on Saturday, 01 December 2007 10:35
Written by Agence Global
Citigroup's Mexican Cronies
by Jeff Faux
With estimates of the losses from the subprime mortgage fiasco spiraling past $100 billion, Citigroup, Bank of America and similar citadels of financial genius are deep in a huddle with the US Treasury over some sort of rescue operation.
Pundits are shocked at the prospect of taxpayers bailing out companies whose middle managers are distraught if their year-end bonuses come to less than seven figures. After all, deregulation and global competition was supposed to banish the cozy relationship between big business and big government that justifies corporate welfare under the slogan "Too Big to Fail."
Read more: Regrouping: Citigroup to Make 'Good' Its Losses
But a look just south of the border -- where Citigroup has also been making headlines -- reminds us that crony capitalism is not some anomaly that rears its hypocritical head in times of financial crisis. It is built into the DNA of multinational banking.
Created on Saturday, 01 December 2007 01:32
Written by Media Lens
Blaming 'External Interference'
by Nikolai Lanine
and Media Lens
striking feature of Soviet media performance on Afghanistan was its focus on "external interference" - primarily US in origin - and the role of this interference in fuelling the war.
In 1988, Pravda reported that Afghan president Najibula had criticised this "interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan" (Pravda, February 9, 1988).
The newspaper failed to mention that the Soviet Union was itself guilty of illegal external "interference."
Read more: COMPARISON OF SOVIET AND WESTERN MEDIA PERFORMANCE - PART 2
Created on Friday, 30 November 2007 22:25
Written by Paul Craig Roberts
Rudy or Hillary: Pick Your Poison
by Paul Craig Roberts
n new books writers as disparate as Naomi Wolf and Pat Buchanan conclude that America as we know her is disappearing.
Read more: Worse than Bush?
Both writers hope, but are not confident, that enough Americans will catch on in time to find the leadership to pull America back from the brink.
If polls are reliable, a majority of Americans are dissatisfied with President Bush and Congress. However, Americans are far short of Wolf and Buchanan's grasp of our peril.
Created on Friday, 30 November 2007 22:08
Written by Ramzy Baroud
Demoralization and Absence
by Ramzy Baroud
once profound and widely read commentator recently claimed he no longer writes about the Palestine/Israel conflict because "Palestinians are killing each other."
Feeling his words have ceased to carry weight he simply decided not "to take sides."
What should be made of such a reaction?
Read more: The Demoralization
Created on Friday, 30 November 2007 21:44
Written by Janine Bandcroft
The Great Mystery
by Janine Bandcroft
ajiv was either too cowardly, or too sensitive, to take his own life.
It was too messy, too complex, and he didn't want to leave that for someone else to cleanup.
In fact he didn't think about it much at all, now that he had discovered the great mystery.
Read more: The Great Mystery
Created on Friday, 30 November 2007 20:09
Written by Agence Global
Read more: Pakistan: Getting Together to Build Armageddon
How the World Helped Pakistan Build Its Bomb
by Catherine Collins
and Douglas Frantz
lobalization, what a concept. You can get a burger prepared your way practically anywhere in the world. The Nike Swoosh appears at elite athletic venues across the United States and on the skinny frames of t-shirted children playing in the streets of Calcutta. For those interested in buying an American automobile -- a word of warning -- it is not so unusual to find more "American content" in a Japanese car than one built by Detroit's Big Three.
So don't kid yourself about the Pakistani bomb. From burgers to bombs, globalization has had an impact. Pakistan's nuclear arsenal -- as many as 120 weapons -- is no more Pakistani than your television set is Japanese. Or is that American? It was a concept developed in one country and, for the most part, built in another. Its creation was an example of globalization before the term was even coined.
Created on Friday, 30 November 2007 19:34
Written by Ed Naha
Words Fail Me - Screenwriters' Strike
by Ed Naha
ith stories of war, governmental avarice and global calamities hitting the news cycles hourly, sometimes a story slips by that, while important, doesnâ€™t have the immediate sting of a catastrophic event.
Read more: When Words Fail: Writer's Pens Still Down
One such story is the ongoing strike by the screen and television writers of America.
Go ahead, snort and roll your eyes. Get it out of your system. According to a lot of media reports, these writers are greedy Hollywood types; you know: lazy, over-paid, latte swilling, no-talents who arenâ€™t content with having two Porsches in their driveways and a yearly paycheck of $200,000! Heck, even I wouldnâ€™t have sympathy for those pinheadsâ€¦ and I am one!
Created on Friday, 30 November 2007 19:15
Written by Mickey Z
December 7 is more than Pearl Harbor
by Mickey Z.
While December 7 marks the 66th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Iâ€™d rather reflect upon December 7, 1975.
This reflection involves, among others, former New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and requires a geography question: What nation has the largest Muslim population? Not Saudi Arabia, Iran, or Egypt; itâ€™s Indonesia.
Read more: Dates that Live in Infamy