Created on Wednesday, 26 December 2007 16:15
Written by Norman Solomon
Announcing the 2007 P.U.-litzer Prizes
by Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon
he year's stinkiest media performances. Many journalists qualified for the sixteenth annual P.U.-litzer Prizes, but only a few were able to win recognition for turning in one of the truly stinkiest media performances of the year.
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As the judges for this un-coveted award, we have done our best to confer this honor on the most deserving.
Created on Wednesday, 26 December 2007 01:02
Written by Agence Global
Scheherazade in the White House
by Christian Salmon
A few days before the 2004 presidential election, Ron Suskind, a columnist who had been investigating the White House and its communications for years, wrote in The New York Times about a conversation he had with a presidential adviser in 2002.
â€œThe aide said that guys like me were â€˜in what we call the reality-based communityâ€™, which he defined as people â€˜who believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible realityâ€™. I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. â€˜Thatâ€™s not the way the world really works anymore,â€™ he continued. â€˜Weâ€™re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while youâ€™re studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- weâ€™ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and thatâ€™s how things will sort out. Weâ€™re historyâ€™s actors.. and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.â€™ â€
Read more: Scheherazade Does D.C.: A Thousand and One Tales of Spin
Created on Tuesday, 25 December 2007 22:55
Written by Dahr Jamail
Read more: Who the Insurgents Are
Who Are the Insurgents?
by Dahr Jamail
uppose Iraq invaded America. And an Iraqi soldier was on a tank passing through an American street, waving his gun at the people, threatening them, raiding and trashing houses.Would you accept that? This is why no Iraqi can accept occupation, and donâ€™t be surprised by their reactions," says "The Imam," a young man from a mixed Sunni-Shia family, as he explains the genesis of the insurgency in Iraq and its exponential growth.
He is one of the protagonists that Meeting Resistance presents as unmistakable evidence that the root cause of the conflict in Iraq is the occupation itself. The film has resistance fighters themselves tell their story.
Created on Tuesday, 25 December 2007 16:08
Written by Chris Cook
Will Canada to War with Iran Next?
by C. L. Cook
he Canadian Broadcast Corporation is reporting today
comments made by Defence Minister Peter Mackay charging Iran is responsible for arming Taliban elements of the Afghani resistance. It is, the CBC says, the first time Canadian officials have made such allegations publicly.
Read more: Will Canada to War with Iran Next?
MacKay was in Afghanistan with Canada's Chief of Defence Staff, General Rick Hillier, and made his statement after helping serve Christmas dinner to some 900 Canadian soldiers stationed at Kandahar Airfield.
Created on Monday, 24 December 2007 14:57
Written by William A. Cook
Read more: A Song for the Holy Land
Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem (Revisited)
by William A. Cook
Oh, little town of Bethlehem, How strange you seem tonight!
Above the dark foreboding sky, The stars now hide their light, The streets below dare not show The everlasting light.
What hopes and fears are mingled here, In dread, this sacred night?
Created on Monday, 24 December 2007 14:33
Written by Dave Lindorff
Global Warming Will Save America from the Right...Eventually
by Dave Lindorff
ay what you will about the looming catastrophe facing the world as the pace of global heating and polar melting accelerates. There is a silver lining.
Look at a map of the US.
The area that will by completely inundated by the rising oceanâ€”and not in a century but in the lifetime of my two catsâ€”are the American southeast, including the most populated area of Texas, almost all of Florida, most of Louisiana, and half of Alabama and Mississippi, as well as goodly portions of eastern Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Read more: Rising Tide: Red States Blue
Created on Sunday, 23 December 2007 17:41
Written by Hal Sisson
The Security and Prosperity Partnership:
Jelly Beans and Potato Soup
by Hal. C. Sisson, QC
elly beans are funny per se; you never find them in discussion of serious matters, but usually used in a humourous or derisive manner.
Stephen Harper's spin doctors know this, which is precisely why they used jelly beans as an example when referring to the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) that is more transparently described as the North American Union (NAU). Couple of years ago people said the NAU was only a ludicrous conspiracy theory never to be implemented. Not any more. The question now is are we going to be a part of it?
Prime Minister Harper intimated in his August speech in Montebello, Quebec, that the terms of the SPP agreement being discussed between Canada, the United States and Mexico was nothing more than an attempt to harmonize the policies, laws, rules, and regulations regarding trade of jelly beans throughout North America.
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Created on Sunday, 23 December 2007 17:22
Written by Agence Global
The Mitchell Report Is a Fraud
by David Zirin
ver had someone spit in your face and tell you it's raining? That's how it felt watching former Senator George Mitchell's press conference on steroid use in Major League Baseball.
The former Senate majority leader unleashed his "investigative findings" in the somber, deliberate tones of an exhausted undertaker. Mitchell strained to heap scorn upon baseball owners and the player's union for being "slow to act."
Read more: Baseball's Gamed Steroids "Investigation"
Yet beneath the surface, his report is an ugly, sanctimonious fraud, meant to absolve those at the top and pin blame on a motley crew of retired players, trainers and clubhouse attendants. This is truly the old saw of the magical fishing net that captures minnows but lets the whales swim free.
Created on Sunday, 23 December 2007 16:54
Written by Kim Petersen
Capitalism and an Impending Wild Salmon Apocalypse
by Kim Petersen
hat sea lice from salmon farming pens imperil wild salmon populations is known.1
A recent article in the respected academic journal Science has confirmed these earlier reports. 2
But more ominously, the article authors warn that the sea lice threaten a â€œ99% collapse in pink salmon population â€¦ expected in four salmon generations.â€
The culprit is corporate salmon farming whose pens provide a platform where the sea lice can proliferate. The wild juvenile pink salmon that venture to the sea past these salmon farms are at risk of picking up sea lice.
Read more: The End of the Pacific Wild Salmon
Created on Sunday, 23 December 2007 16:26
Written by Scott Horton
Siegelman Accuser Released
by Scott Horton
he nationâ€™s highest profile political prosecution just got a little smellierâ€“as if that were possible.
U.S. Attorney Leura Canary and her chief prosecutor, Louis Franklin, built their case against Siegelman largely off the testimony of businessman Lanny Young.
As Time magazineâ€™s Adam Zagorin recounts, Young came in to the discussions with the Justice Department telling them he had dynamite information linking Alabama Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions and then-Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to corruption. He also had something quite trivial relating to Governor Siegelman.
But it turns out that the prosecutors didnâ€™t want to hear a word about the big-name Republicans. They only cared about Siegelman.
Read more: Siegelman Case Gets Smellier with Release of Accuser