Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2008 17:23
Written by Gilad Atzmon
The Jewish Experience
By Gilad Atzmon
or more than half a century, those who have been trying to combat the forces that are behind the Israeli paradigm have been identifying Israeli policies and practice with Zionism and Zionist Ideology. I am afraid to say that they were wrong all the way along. Indeed, Zionismâ€™s project dictates the plunder of Palestine in the name of Jewish national aspiration. It is also true to argue that Israel has been rather efficient in translating the Zionist philosophy into a devastating oppressive and murderous practice. Yet, Israelis, or more precisely, the vast majority of Israeli-born secular Jews, are not motivated or fuelled by Zionist ideology. Its spirit or symbols are virtually meaningless to them. As bizarre as it may sound to some, Zionism is either a foreign or just an archaic notion for most Israeli-born secular Jews.
Since the vast majority of Israelis are confused by the notion of Zionism, most forms of criticism that would label itself as anti-Zionist would have hardly any effect on Israel, Israeli politics or on the Israeli people. In other words, in the last sixty years, those who have been using the paradigm of Zionism and its antipode have been preaching to the converted.
A total review of the amalgam formed by Israel, Zionism and Jewishness is now overdue.
Read more: The Jewish Experience of Israel
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2008 05:47
Written by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
The Critical Journey From Apathy to Empathy - "In the Beginning was the Word," Now What?
by Shelley Bluejay Pierce
Most Americans took a deep breath and were grateful when finally, after months and months of incessant political media coverage, we knew who the final Presidential candidates were supposed to be. The onslaught of interviews, political analysts, reports on the Rev. Wright issue and ads declaring that only Hillary Clinton was qualified to pick up the White House phone at 3 AM assaulted us ad nauseum.
I have found myself desiring a new approach to the political campaigns. What would happen if we forced the candidates to take a â€œtemporaryâ€ position as President and had them show us, by their actions and not their words, how they would perform as the leader of the USA?
Read more: "In the Beginning was the Word," Now What?
What would happen if we took away their fancy speechwriters, their campaign directors and all their media â€œspin-doctorsâ€ so that all that remained was the human being?
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2008 05:24
Scott McClellan: Confessionals and Legal Covers
by Project Humanbeingsfirst
he newsrooms and chatrooms across the United States of America are awash with confessions of Mr. Scott McClellan on President George W. Bush's Iraq â€œimperial mobilizationâ€ under contrived pretexts to prosecute a pre-planned supremely criminal war of aggression and conquest.
Read more: McClellan: Confessionals and Legal Covers
The Washington Post of May 28, 2008 on its front page summed the press coverage up:
- "[I]n a chapter titled â€œSelling the War,â€ he alleges that the administration repeatedly shaded the truth and that Bush â€œmanaged the crisis in a way that almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option.
- â€œOver that summer of 2002,â€ he writes, â€œtop Bush aides had outlined a strategy for carefully orchestrating the coming campaign to aggressively sell the war. . . . In the permanent campaign era, it was all about manipulating sources of public opinion to the president's advantage.â€
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2008 04:32
Written by Tom Engelhardt
"E" for Expeditionary: One Man's Online Journey through Bush's Alphabet Soup
by Tom Engelhardt
he Internet teaches its own lessons,
often painfully quickly. In April 2005, I followed an urge, as I often
did in those days. Our President, who would soon claim to be spending
his spare time absorbing meaty books like King Leopold's Ghost,
Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power, and Mao: The Unknown Story, was
then largely known for reading The Pet Goat to schoolchildren while the
9/11 attacks were taking place and for being fond of The Very Hungry
Caterpillar. So I took a plunge into humor and wrote a mock children's
ABC book that I dubbed "George's Amazing Alphabet Book of the
Contemporary World, or Al-Qaedas All Around."
Read more: One Man's Online Journey through Bush's Alphabet Soup
I claimed that the
manuscript, produced by George W. himself, had been leaked to my
TomDispatch.com website by "a senior official in one of our
Maybe it wasn't Jon-Stewart-worthy,
but I posted it anyway as my commentary of the week and thought no more
about it until the first angry emails began appearing in the
TomDispatch mail box. A number of readers claimed I had been "gulled."
I shoulda known! The President could never have written such a
document! It had obviously been produced by the CIA! No, the Secret
Created on Wednesday, 11 June 2008 03:53
Written by INDY Media
Repression against animal rights activists - 'touch one, touch all'
t around 7:00 am on May 21, 2008, members of the Austrian elite police force (WEGA) stormed several apartments across the country.
Some of the residents were woken up in their beds at gunpoint.
A total of twenty-three (23) apartments, houses and offices were searches in Vienna, Lower Austria, Styria and Tirol. In many of the apartments the WEGA kicked in the doors. The officers stormed the apartments like in bad Hollywood movies.
Read more: Animal Rights Activists Stormed: Austrian "Police" Rekindle Their Nazi Past
Created on Tuesday, 10 June 2008 17:36
Written by Jason Leopold
U.S. Rep. Kucinich Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against President Bush
by Jason Leopold
Ohio Congressman and former Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush today, alleging the commander-in-chief is guilty of a wide-range of constitutional violations including launching a war on false pretenses, and spying on American citizens.
"The House is not in order," Kucinich said to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat who has said impeachment "is off the table."
Read more: Reading Bush the Riot Act: Kucinich Introduces Articles of Impeachment
Pelosi pounded her gavel. Kucinich then began to read the impeachment articles.
Created on Monday, 09 June 2008 09:04
Written by Press Release
Keeping a Promise: Industrial Pollution and the Anishinaabek at Paa-kaa-aa-gaamoni (Quibel) (without Appendices)
Leanne Simpson (Mississauga), Ph.D.
566 Bolivar Street
Peterborough, ON K9J 4R8
Final Report of the Wabauskang First Nations Indigenous Knowledge and Contaminants Program
Funded by the Indigenous Health Research Development Program
It is now widely known that the mercury contamination of the English-Wabigoon River system in northwest Ontario is one of the largest and most severe examples of industrial contamination in North America.
The Anishinaabek People of Asupbeechoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows) and Wabaseemoong Independent Nations (Whitedog) have been suffering with the tragedy of mercury poisoning on their lands, in their waters and in their bodies for seven decades. ii
Although this part of the story has received national news attention over the past 30 years, another group of Anishinaabek people have also been quietly suffering with the tragedy, unaware they had also been exposed to the very same contamination until the 1980s.
Read more: Final Report of the Wabauskang First Nations Indigenous Knowledge and Contaminants Program
Created on Monday, 09 June 2008 07:56
Written by IAKOHA 'KO:WA
TRENTON MEGA ARMY BASE IS ABOUT HOW A FEW CAN MAKE A GOOD LIVING BY KILLING PEOPLE AND CREATING A POLICE STATE
Read more: HOW A FEW CAN MAKE A GOOD LIVING BY KILLING PEOPLE
by Iakohaâ€™ko:wa of Sharbot Lake of Haudenosaunee Territory
he Canadian military base near Trenton, Ontario, Canada, was a make-work project in 1931 and part of preparations for World War II. In other words, the war was no accident. It was planned. It wasnâ€™t all Hitlerâ€™s fault! Today the capitalists are sprucing up the old blueprint. Theyâ€™re salivating at the thought of all the bags of money theyâ€™re going to make by killing people and imposing martial law.
One sign is the recent court order where the army will be brought in when 6 Nations demonstrate against illegal development on Haudenosaunee Territory. War games are being practiced on the main resisters, the Indigenous People.
Created on Monday, 09 June 2008 07:39
Written by Chris Cook
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
his week, Geraldine Cahill of The Real News, an upstart web-based media collective filling in the gaps left by old media; Mike Ferner of Vets Against the War on War Inc., the legacy of America's reaction to 9/11; Janine Bandcroft bringing us up to speed with all good goings-on in and around the south island in the coming week.
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:
Read more: Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Geraldine Cahill, Mike Ferner, J9 Monday June 9, 2008
Created on Monday, 09 June 2008 01:00
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Losing Latin America: What Will the Obama Doctrine Be Like?
by Greg Grandin
oogle "neglect," "Washington," and "Latin America," and you will be led to thousands of hand-wringing calls from politicians and pundits for Washington to "pay more attention" to the region.
Read more: Losing Latin America: The Obama Doctrine
True, Richard Nixon once said that "people don't give one shit" about the place. And his National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger quipped that Latin America is a "dagger pointed at the heart of Antarctica." But Kissinger also made that same joke about Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand -- and, of the three countries, only the latter didn't suffer widespread political murder as a result of his policies, a high price to pay for such a reportedly inconsequential place.
Latin America, in fact, has been indispensable in the evolution of U.S. diplomacy. The region is often referred to as America's "backyard," but a better metaphor might be Washington's "strategic reserve," the place where ascendant foreign-policy coalitions regroup and redraw the outlines of U.S. power, following moments of global crisis.