Created on Sunday, 02 December 2007 19:35
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Read more: Iraq: An "Enduring" Relationship
Iraq as a Pentagon Construction Site:
How the Bush Administration "Endures"
by Tom Engelhardt
he title of the agreement, signed by President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki in a "video conference" last week, and carefully labeled as a "non-binding" set of principles for further negotiations, was a mouthful: a "Declaration of Principles for a Long-Term Relationship of Cooperation and Friendship Between the Republic of Iraq and the United States of America." Whew!
Words matter, of course. They seldom turn up by accident in official documents or statements. Last week, in the first reports on this "declaration," one of those words that matter caught my attention.
Created on Sunday, 02 December 2007 17:26
Written by Chris Cook
Si! Chavez Reforms Referendum Goes Through
by C. L. Cook
euters is reporting Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is heading towards victory in the government reform referendum he initiated.
Despite millions of dollars allegedly spent by Washington to upper crust college "protesters," and a virulent campaign waged against the populist in the U.S. and Canadian press, in the final analysis it appears it is Venezuelans who will determine the future course of their nation.
UPDATE: Check that! At this hour, (06:00 gmt) the BBC is reporting Hugo Chavez admitting defeat in a narrowly contested referendum fight that saw the No vote delivering Chavez his first electoral defeat since coming to power.
Read more: Si! Chavez Reforms Referendum Goes Through (updated)
Created on Sunday, 02 December 2007 16:01
A Change Ain't Gonna Come: Democrats Openly Embrace Aggression and Torture
by Chris Floyd
t was a remarkable display even by the hideous standards
that the Democrats have already set for themselves. Over the past week, the party's leaders have put forward not one but two architects of Bush Regime war crimes as standard-bearers for Democratic policies and principles.
In so doing, they have aligned themselves as completely and publicly as possible with the Hitlerian war crime of military aggression in Iraq and the Stalinist filth of deliberate, calculated and brutal torture, as exemplified by (but in no way limited to) the sickening atrocities at Abu Ghraib.
Read more: The (other) War Party
Created on Sunday, 02 December 2007 11:41
Written by Dahr Jamail
A Tenuous 'Peace' in Al-Anbar
by Ali al-Fadhily
semblance of calm belies an undercurrent of violence, detentions and fear across Iraqâ€™s volatile al-Anbar province.
The province -- which occupies one-third of Iraqâ€™s geographic area -- has been a bane to authorities since the beginning of the occupation.
"The Americans talked about our province as the deadliest enemy, and suddenly they are marketing us as their best friends," Saâ€™doon Khalifa, an independent politician in the capital city of al-Anbar Province, Ramadi -- 110 km west of Baghdad -- told IPS.
"They were lying to their people and to the world in both cases as we were never terrorists, nor their friends now," he stressed.
Read more: Passing for Peace in Ramadi
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