Created on Friday, 06 June 2008 17:29
Written by Norman Solomon
When a Little Dissent Is Too Much
by Norman Solomon
Over the years, once in a great while, Iâ€™ve been surprised to cross paths with a journalist at a major TV outlet who actually seems willing and able to go outside the conventional boundaries of media discourse.
Thatâ€™s what happened one day in the fall of 2005 at the Boston headquarters of the CN8 television network, owned and operated by the corporate media giant Comcast.
I showed up for an interview about my book "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death." My expectations werenâ€™t very high. After all, I was setting foot in the studios of a large commercial TV channel with wide distribution of its programming in New England and beyond.
Read more: The Nuisance of Democracy
Created on Friday, 06 June 2008 05:08
Written by Laray Polk
Militarization of Space: Czech Hunger Strike Encompasses more than Radar
by Laray Polk
The U.S. government, in collaboration with the governments of Poland and the Czech Republic, is very close to sealing a deal for a â€œdefensive missile shield.â€
According to the plan initiated by the U.S., ten GMD-variant interceptor missiles will be located in Poland, and an X-band radar will be located in the Czech Republic, 55 miles southwest of the capital of Prague.
But there is a catch.
Read more: Czech Hunger Strike Encompasses more than Radar
Created on Friday, 06 June 2008 04:17
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Attention Geeks and Hackers: Uncle Sam's Cyber Force Wants You!
by William J. Astore
ecently, while I was on a visit to Salon.com, my computer screen momentarily went black. A glitch? A power surge? No, it was a pop-up ad for the U.S. Air Force, warning me that an enemy cyber-attack could come at any moment -- with dire consequences for my ability to connect to the Internet.
It was an Outer Limits moment.
Remember that eerie sci-fi show from the early 1960s? The one that began in a blur with the message, "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmissionâ€¦." It felt a little like that.
Read more: Uncle Sam's Cyber Force Wants You!
Created on Thursday, 05 June 2008 08:51
Written by Chris Cook
The Canadian Broadcast Corporation: Canada's War Pimp
by C. L. Cook
Yesterday, the House of Commons did something we haven't seen since the heady wayback days when Trudeaumania gripped the nation.
Taking their collective, if figurative cojones in hand, Liberals and Bloc Quebecois members joined the New Democratic Party (NDP) to endorse a non-binding motion to immediately stay deportation proceedings against U.S. military war resisters seeking refuge from American justice here in Canada, and offer those already here, (and perhaps the throng sure to follow) and their families the opportunity to stay, live, and work in Canada as the first steps to naturalization.
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Created on Wednesday, 04 June 2008 09:11
Written by Kahentinetha Horn
TRYING TO CREATE â€œMOHAWK-OKA CRISISâ€ (by issuing illegal development permits on Haudenosaunee Territory)
by Kahentinetha Horn
The â€œimperialist formulaâ€ is: the colonial government issues illegal permits to developers and sell bonds. These are paper investments based on the theft of our land and resources which they use as collateral to borrow and raise money. The government expects future taxes from developments such as mining, condos, etc. The Indigenous owners defend our land.
The colonists go to their courts to get an â€œinjunctionâ€ to remove us by force. Remember 1990 when Mohawks demonstrated peacefully against a golf course expansion and condo development in â€œthe Pinesâ€ at Kanehsatake? Mayor Ouellette of the Parish of Oka, which sits on Mohawk land, had asked Quebec for an injunction to get us off our land so he could force the development through.
Read more: Okafadah: Creating a Second "OKAâ€
Created on Wednesday, 04 June 2008 07:30
Written by Chris Hedges
Collateral Damage: What It Really Means When America Goes to War
by Chris Hedges
roops, when they battle insurgent forces, as in Iraq, or Gaza or Vietnam, are placed in "atrocity producing situations."
Being surrounded by a hostile population makes simple acts, such as going to a store to buy a can of Coke, dangerous.
The fear and stress push troops to view everyone around them as the enemy.
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The hostility is compounded when the enemy, as in Iraq, is elusive, shadowy and hard to find.
Created on Wednesday, 04 June 2008 06:46
Written by Press Release
MPs Vote asylum to U.S. Deserters, Tories Say No
, June 3 /CNW
/ - The Opposition parties in the House of Commons joined together today to adopt a recommendation which, if implemented, would make it possible for U.S. Iraq War resisters to obtain Permanent Resident status in Canada.
The recommendation was adopted by a majority of Members of Parliament from the Liberal, Bloc QuÃ©bÃ©cois, and New Democratic Parties.
The [minority-governing] Conservatives voted against the motion.
Read more: Canada's House Votes: Asylum!
Created on Monday, 02 June 2008 10:42
Written by Andre Vltchek
Hard Core Capitalist Indonesia
by Andre Vltchek
uring the Cold War, Eastern block countries used to be bombarded by radio broadcasts glorifying free-market economic system and consumerism.
The message from the Radio Free Europe, Voice of America and BBC World Service had been clear:
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- "no matter where, capitalism brings home great services, variety of goods, consumer protection, lower prices and desire to serve the clients. In short: "customer is always king and he is always right!"
Propaganda broadcasts forgot to mention that there is Indonesia - a country almost as populous as the Soviet Union before its decomposition - a country staunchly "pro-market" (and "against the people") where customers have to pay more money for goods and services than in the West, while often receiving worse service than in PRC or Cuba.
Created on Monday, 02 June 2008 08:25
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Presidential Bloodlust: The Movie-Made War World of George W. Bush
by Tom Engelhardt
Here's a memory for you. I was probably five or six and sitting with my father in a movie house off New York's Times Square -- one of the slightly seedy theaters of that dawn of the 1950's moment that tended to show double or triple feature B-westerns or war movies.
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We were catching some old oater which, as I recall, began with a stagecoach careening dramatically down the main street of a cow town. A wounded man is slumped in the driver's seat, the horses running wild. Suddenly -- perhaps from the town's newspaper office -- a cowboy dressed in white and in a white Stetson rushes out, leaps on the team of horses, stops the stagecoach, and says to the driver: "Sam, Sam, who dun it to ya?" (or the equivalent). At just that moment, the camera catches a man, dressed all in black in a black hat -- and undoubtedly mustachioed -- skulking into the saloon.
My dad promptly turns to me and whispers: "He's the one. He did it."
Created on Monday, 02 June 2008 03:57
Written by Press Release
WWF Rainforest Protection Goals Prolong Ecological Decline
by Environment Internet
his week the Democratic Republic of Congo announced new protections for 10% of their rainforest, moving towards Brazil's goal of 15% preservation of the Amazon.
Read more: World Wildlife Fund Prolonging Rainforest Decline
WWF and other environmental groups hailed 85% industrial destruction and diminishment of the rest of world's remaining large forest ecosystems as good news. At the UN biodiversity talks in Bonn, WWF organized non-binding national pledges to end deforestation, ignoring biological simplification caused by industrial forestry.