Created on Monday, 28 July 2008 03:22
Written by William Bowles
Read more: Iran, U.S Spotted Talking: Will the Leopard Leap or Lay?
Does a leopard change its spots?
by William Bowles
he US government is talking with Iran, so whatâ€™s the catch? The simple answer is the November election. The move is clearly aimed at associating McCain/Republican Party with a new, kinder, softer Bush cabal although the Washington Post sees it somewhat differently. In an unabashed paean to Obama it says,
â€œBut his [Obamaâ€™s] troubles are minimal compared with those of John McCain, who looks like the odd man out in the ongoing foreign policy debate. Having given steadfast support to the policies of both Maliki and George Bush, he has a legitimate complaint: They owed him more consideration in the way they announced their shifts. As it is, McCain appears isolated from trends in both Baghdad and Washington.â€ â€” â€˜Obamaâ€™s Tour de Forceâ€™, 24 July, 2008.
In turn this reflects the immaculate illusion created by Barack Obamaâ€™s handlers, which when set against McCain, makes him look and sound decidedly of the species dinosaur.
Created on Monday, 28 July 2008 03:05
Written by The Real News
by The Real News
In an interview with the German magazine Der
Spiegel published on the weekend, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said
about moving US troops from Iraq, "Barack Obama talks about sixteen months ... that, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal with the
possibility of slight changes."
He added, "Those who operate on the premise of short time periods in Iraq today are being more realistic . . .. Artificially prolonging the tenure of US troops in Iraq would cause problems." (July 20, 2008) This reiterated calls for a definite timetable for withdrawal made two weeks ago by al-Maliki and the Iraqi National Security Advisor Mowaffak al-Rubaie. Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has also called for a pullout and opposes a long-term security pact with the United States.
Read more: Controlling Iraq
Created on Monday, 28 July 2008 02:29
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Read more: M-I Complex: It's Later Than You Think
The Military-Industrial Complex: It's Much Later Than You Think
ost Americans have a rough idea what
the term "military-industrial complex" means when they come across it
in a newspaper or hear a politician mention it. President Dwight D.
Eisenhower introduced the idea to the public in his farewell address of
January 17, 1961.
"Our military organization
today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in
peacetime," he said, "or indeed by the fighting men of World War II and
Koreaâ€¦ We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry
of vast proportionsâ€¦ We must not fail to comprehend its grave
implicationsâ€¦ We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted
influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial
Although Eisenhower's reference to the military-industrial complex is,
by now, well-known, his warning against its "unwarranted influence"
has, I believe, largely been ignored.
Created on Sunday, 27 July 2008 23:23
Written by Chris Cook
Read more: Heresay Okay for Khawaja: Another Red Letter Day for Canadian Justice
Heresay Okay for Khawaja: Another Red Letter Day for Canadian Justice
by C. L. Cook
he case of accused Canadian, Momin Khawaja, an alleged terrorist wannabe, broke again new ground in Canadian jurisprudence in Ottawa last week (July 25, 2008
) when Justice Douglas Rutherford deferred ruling on the admissibility of "evidence" in the case defence lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon argued was heresay.
Justice Rutherford allowed instead the testimony of Mohammed Junaid Babar, convicted in Britain as an operative of al-Qaida, (the shadowy organization long claimed to have masterminded the 9/11 and other terrorist attacks), and current agent for various government legal proceedings against Muslims held in Britain and elsewhere alleged to have ties to Osama bin Laden's reputed network. Rutherford ruled Babar's testimony would remain "in play" for the time being.
Created on Sunday, 27 July 2008 22:44
Written by Chris Cook
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ray Zimmerman, Taylor Davis July 28, 2008
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
Created on Sunday, 27 July 2008 05:21
Written by Ramzy Baroud
Read more: Darfur: Ocampo's Justice
ICC and al-Bashir: Ocampoâ€™s Justice
by Ramzy Baroud
he crimes committed against innocent people in Darfur represent a shameful episode in the history of Sudan and its neighbours, including Chad, which has played a dubious role in sustaining the seething conflict. Equally disgraceful is the politicising of the bloody conflict in ways that will ensure its continuation.
The decision of the International Criminal Court's (ICC) prosecutor-general, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, to file an arrest warrant for Sudan's current President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, and the international responses to his decision, demonstrate both the politicising of the crisis and the selectiveness of international law.
Created on Saturday, 26 July 2008 04:40
Written by Paul Craig Roberts
Are You Ready to Face the Facts About Israel?
by Paul Craig Roberts
had given up on finding an American with a moral conscience and the courage to go with it and was on the verge of retiring my keyboard when I met the Rev. Thomas L. Are. Rev. Are is a Presbyterian pastor who used to tell his Atlanta, Georgia, congregation: "I am a Zionist."
Read more: Ready to Face the Facts About Israel?
Like most Americans, Rev. Are had been seduced by Israeli propaganda and helped to spread the propaganda among his congregation. Around 1990 Rev. Are had an awakening for which he credits the Christian Canon of St. George's Cathedral in Jerusalem and author Marc Ellis, co-editor of the book, Beyond Occupation.
Created on Saturday, 26 July 2008 04:13
Written by Press Release
Kucinich Testifies on Abuses of Executive Power
by Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) testified about President Bushâ€™s culpability for leading the country to war today at a House Judiciary Committee hearing entitled â€œExecutive Power and its Constitutional Limitations.â€
The full text of the statement follows:
Our country has been at war in Iraq, and has occupied the streets and villages of Iraq for five years, four months, and 6 days. The war has caused the deaths of 4,127 American soldiers and the deaths of as many as one million innocent Iraqis. The war will cost the American people upwards of $3 trillion and is the main contributing factor to the destruction of our domestic economy.
Read more: Rep. Kucinich Testifies to Judiciary Committee on Bush Executive Powers
Created on Friday, 25 July 2008 08:58
Written by Press Release
The Hidden News for Friday July 25th, 2008
by Hidden News
Host Mehdi Najari will talk to Steven Staples of the Rideau
Institute and funder of Ceasefire.ca about the Canadian military
planned deployment of low-power laser weapons, also known as "laser
dazzler" to Afghanistan and its dangerous effect on the civilian
Mehdi's Second guest is Joan Russow of the Snakes in the
Grass who demonstrated last Sunday aganist the Pacific Northwest
Economic Region convention in Vancouver.
The Hidden News
airs live, Fridays 9 am
Read more: The Hidden News for Friday July 25th, 2008
CFUV 101.9 FM in Victoria
and on cable 104.3
Created on Friday, 25 July 2008 08:40
Written by Gilad Atzmon
Top-ranking IDF Sadists
by Gilad Atzmon
learn from the Israeli press that a criminal investigation has been
launched against the soldier caught on tape firing towards a bound
Palestinian. However, there is a detail the Israeli press in English is
reluctant to share with us.
The shooting soldier was not just an
ordinary low-ranking infantry recruit, he was a First Sergeant. But it
goes much further, the soldier who is caught on video holding the bound
Palestinian detainee is no less than a regiment commander, an IDF
Read more: A Mundane Sadism