Created on Sunday, 18 May 2008 19:41
Written by Sheila Samples
by Sheila Samples
The fate of millions was sealed the moment Dick Cheney selected himself as The Destroyer whose charge to keep for the next eight years would be â€” as Capitol Hill Blue's Doug Thompson so succinctly described George W. Bush â€” a "criminally insane, pill-popping dry drunk."
I don't know about that. I've seen some drunks in my time â€” even dry ones â€” and George Bush appears to be more than a little moist.
Read more: Everybody Should've Known
Everybody knows that the dice are loaded.
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed.
Everybody knows the war is over.
Everybody knows the good guys lost.
Everybody knows the fight was fixed.
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich.
That's how it goes. Everybody knows.
- Leonard Cohenvideo source
Created on Sunday, 18 May 2008 07:19
Written by Dahr Jamail
Winter Soldiers on Sadr City
by Dahr Jamail
he following is testimony presented to Congress by Kristofer Shawn Goldsmith on May 15, 2008.
While there were several powerful testimonies by several Iraq veterans, all worth watching
, this one in particular provides a taste of what is actually happening in Iraq, and what soldiers of conscience face upon their return home.
Read more: Winter Soldiers on Sadr City
Created on Saturday, 17 May 2008 20:09
Written by David Halpin
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair due on trial in the Hague
by David Halpin
n the same day the BBC reported that former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz was to go on trial after five years in prison over the deaths of a group of Baghdad merchants in 1992, it was rumoured the former prime minister of Britain will be indicted for crimes against humanity.
Ali Abbas survived but his entire family were burnt by the Americans
The list of charges is long and not confined to the many alleged crimes in Iraq. Mr Blair's whereabouts are uncertain; he has been sighted occasionally in occupied East Jerusalem where he is acting as â€œpeaceâ€ envoy for the â€œQuartetâ€.
Read more: Waiting the Trial Date: Anthony Charles Lynton Blair and his Crimes Against Conscience
Most recently, he has been facilitating industrial zones for the
employment of Palestinians and for the removal of a few of the over 500
Israeli Occupation Force roadblocks.
Created on Saturday, 17 May 2008 06:15
Written by Ramzy Baroud
Read more: 60 Years of Denial
60 Years of Denial
by Ramzy Baroud
Don't ask for what you never had,' is the underlying message made by supporters of Israel when they claim Palestine was never a state to begin with.
The contention is, of course, easily refutable. Following the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th Century, colonial powers plotted to divide the spoils. When Britain and France signed the secretive Sykes-Picot agreement in 1916, which divided the spheres of influence in west Asia, there were hardly any 'nation-states' in the region which would fit contemporary definitions of the term.
Created on Saturday, 17 May 2008 05:46
Written by Mickey Z
Hunters and Soldiers: Brothers in Arms
by Mickey Z.
Thanks to the Associated Press (AP), I recently learned about an innovative new method in psychological therapy: killing.
Thanks to the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), wounded American soldiers are now attempting to â€œrecoverâ€ from their violent trauma by, well, imposing violent trauma onto defenseless animals.
Read more: Hunters and Soldiers: Broken Brothers in Arms
"The PVA learned many years ago that participating in sporting events helped restore self-confidence and that â€˜can do' attitude to someone who has received a catastrophic injury,â€ said Bill Kokendoffer, president of the Mid-America Chapter of PVA. "We older injured, like myself, try to show the newly injured that life is not over after an injury, just changed.â€
Created on Saturday, 17 May 2008 05:15
Written by Roger Shuler
Caught on Tape! Corrupt Alabama Republicans
by Roger Shuler
e've shown you the video of my house being unlawfully "auctioned"
on the courthouse steps Monday in Columbiana, Alabama. We also have explained that Bill Swatek, the attorney behind this little charade has direct ties to the Bush White House
Now let's bring the law into a little clearer focus, to illustrate just how corrupt this piece of "GOP Masterpiece Theater" truly is.
Have Republicans, or Democrats for that matter, ever been caught on camera in a more blatantly unlawful act than this one? I can't think of another similar example. For those of us who care about the actual law, what does it say about the process that leads up to a sheriff's sale?
Read more: No Sweet Home in Alabama: Republican Corruption Caught on Tape
Created on Friday, 16 May 2008 07:36
Written by Tom Engelhardt
15 Numbers That Add Up to an Age of Insecurity
by Tom Engelhardt
nce upon a time, I studied the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi -- until, that is, I realized I would never locate my "chi." At that point, I threw in the towel and took up Western exercise.
Read more: Kiss American Security Goodbye
Still, the principle behind Tai Chi stayed with me -- that you could multiply the force of an act by giving way before the force of others; that a smaller person could use the strength of a bigger one against him.
Now, jump to September 11, 2001 and its aftermath -- and you know the Tai Chi version of history from there. Think of it as a grim cosmic joke -- that the 9/11 attacks, as apocalyptic as they looked, were anything but.
Created on Friday, 16 May 2008 06:57
Written by Robert Parry
McCain and the 'Unitary Executive'
by Robert Parry
f John McCain wins the presidency â€“ and gets to appoint one or more U.S. Supreme Court justices â€“ Americaâ€™s 220-year experiment as a democratic Republic living under the principle that â€œno man is above the lawâ€ may come to an end.
Read more: The President is Dead: Long Live the President!
To put the matter differently, if a President McCain replaces one of the moderate justices with another Samuel Alito â€“ as McCain has vowed to do â€“ then Justice Department lawyer John Yooâ€™s extreme vision of an all-powerful Executive could well become the new law of the land.
Created on Friday, 16 May 2008 06:45
Written by Scott Horton
Six Questions for Sidney Blumenthal, Author of The Strange Death of Republican America
by Scott Horton
idney Blumenthal has written for The New Republic, the Washington Post, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, and most recently served as Washington editor to Salon.com and as a contributor to The Guardian. He is one of Americaâ€™s foremost political commentators, and also has a noteworthy track-record of political engagement. He served as an assistant and senior advisor to President Bill Clinton and is currently a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton. He was also executive producer for the Oscar Award-winning documentary Taxi to the Dark Side. Blumenthal has just published a collection of essays entitled The Strange Death of Republican America.
I put six questions to him on the subject of his current book.
Read more: The Strange Death of Republican America
Created on Friday, 16 May 2008 06:18
Written by Dave Lindorff
Read more: War Criminal Retirement Plan: Bush's Paraguay Get-Away
The Bush Family's Bad Latin Real Estate Investment
by Dave Lindorff
ack in late 2006, it was widely reported in the Latin American media that President Bush, or perhaps his old man, had bought a 100,000-acre farm in a remote area of Paraguay.
What struck people at the time was the choice of country. Paraguay, of course, has gained a certain Club Med status among the world's villains and criminal elements as the place to go when the law's on your tail.