Created on Thursday, 31 January 2008 18:19
Written by Scott Horton
An Anniversary to Ponder
by Scott Horton
oday marks an important anniversary. On January 30, 1933 â€”seventy-five years ago todayâ€” the power of the state fell into the hands of Hitler and his Nazi party, what Germans know as the Machtergreifung, literally â€œseizure of power.â€
30, 1933 President von Hindenburg appointed Hitler as the Reich
Chancellor. This photograph marks their meeting in Potsdam roughly two
But was it a â€œseizure,â€ lacking all semblance of legitimacy? More clear-sighted historians, like Fritz Stern, use the term MachtÃ¼bergabe, or transfer of power, which marks some important points: the Nazis fared well in the elections, not reaching a majority of course, but they were able to take the reins of power through an alliance with conservatives whose distaste for the liberal Weimar constitution was only slightly less than their own.
Read more: Echoes and Remembrance
Created on Thursday, 31 January 2008 17:56
Written by Ramzy Baroud
Read more: Palestine: The Soldiers Could Only Kill a Hundred of Us Before We Overpower Them
Peopleâ€™s Power in Gaza: They Simply Did it
by Ramzy Baroud
n a radio interview prior to the US invasion of Iraq, David Barsamian asked Noam Chomsky what ordinary Americans could do to stop the war. Chomsky answered, â€œIn some parts of the world people never ask, â€˜what can we do?â€™ They simply do it.â€
For someone who was born and raised in a refugee camp in Gaza, Chomskyâ€™s seemingly oblique response required no further elucidation.
When Gazens recently stormed the stripâ€™s sealed border with Egypt, Chomskyâ€™s comment returned to mind, along with memories of the still relevant - and haunting - past.
Created on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 22:56
Written by Chris Cook
Afghanistan: Canada's Iraq?
by C. L. Cook
efence Minister, Bill Graham says the plan to re-deploy Canadian operations currently in and around the northern capital city of Kabul are to go ahead. He also announced, an additional 1250 troops by early next year.
May 22, 2005
Last week, in a speech to the Standing Committee on National
Defence and Veterans Affairs and the Standing Committee on Foreign
Affairs, National Defence Minister Graham reiterated how Canada will
face its "new" role in global military affairs.
He cited the completion
of a new Defence Policy Statement and its central document, A Role of
Pride and Influence in the World.
Read more: Did You Forget? Canada's Real Role in Afghanistan
Created on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 20:07
Written by Greg Palast
One Bush Left Behind
by Greg Palast
ereâ€™s your question, class: In his State of the Union, the President asked Congress for $300 million for poor kids in the inner city. As there are, officially, 15 million children in America living in poverty, how much is that per child? Correct! $20.
Hereâ€™s your second question. The President also demanded that Congress extend his tax cuts. The cost: $4.3 trillion over ten years. The big recipients are millionaires. And the number of millionaires happens, not coincidentally, to equal the number of poor kids, roughly 15 million of them.
OK class: what is the cost of the tax cut per millionaire? Thatâ€™s right, Richie, $287,000 apiece.
Read more: Crack'd: Democracy Rocks!
Created on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 18:56
Written by William Bowles
Caught in the Glare of Historyâ€™s Headlights
by William Bowles
rying to capture the moment, that brief glimpse of reality that
penetrates the defences we erect to protect our fragile selves, is, I
suppose one of the objectives of a writer, or indeed any creative act,
at least thatâ€™s my experience.
Occasionally, by some miracle we succeed
in communicating it, that frozen moment of time when all is revealed,
before our eyes move on, are urged on even, to the next â€˜eventâ€™.
think weâ€™re in that â€˜frozen momentâ€™, right now for once, if we care to
look that is, when the awful truth of our predicament is caught in the
glare of historyâ€™s headlights. Of course, the media, courtesy of its
professional peons, are paid to make sure the headlights move on before
it reveals that what is caught in the glare is the â€˜roadkillâ€™ of
Read more: Caught in a Frozen Moment of Realization
Created on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 18:36
Written by Ernest Partridge
The Gulag Comes to America: The Don Siegelman Case
by Ernest Partridge
Political Prisoner: Today, Don Siegelman, former governor of the state of Alabama, sits in a federal prison, sentenced to a seven year term for bribery. Every day that Siegelman remains in prison every American citizen who openly dissents from the policies and protests the criminality of the Bush/Cheney regime is less free and more vulnerable to politically motivated prosecution.
For the plain fact of the matter is:
Don Siegelman is in effect a political prisoner.
Read more: Gulag U.S.A.: Political Prisoner Siegelman
Created on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 18:04
Written by Kahentinetha Horn
WHO â€œCRASHEDâ€ MNN WEBSITE?
Was it Hurt Feelings Over Nicknames?
by Kahentinetha Horn
he gross corruption revealed in â€œAccess to Informationâ€ documents from Public Security and Emergency Preparedness Canada and Indian Affairs has not made the front pages of the corporate media. [Dossier No. 1336-A-2006-0034].
Instead [theyâ€™ve] temporarily sabotaged MNN. It appears to now be owned by 1599754 Ontario Limited!! How could this happen?
Read more: Who Crashed Mohawk News Network?
Created on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 17:29
Written by Christopher Ketcham
Trends for Downsizing the US: The Bright Side of the Panic of â€˜08
by Christopher Ketcham
uturist and trends forecaster Gerald Celente, director of the Trends Research Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, predicted the 1987 stock market crash, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, the Asian economic implosion of â€˜97, the decline of the dollar beginning in 2005, the meteoric rise in gold prices in an age of currency volatility, and the turn of events that may be the blessing of our era, the subprime mortgage crisis.
Because of this habit of prescience, Celente has appeared regularly on CNN and Fox and MSNBC, his â€œTrends Reportsâ€ widely quoted in newsprint, on Oprah Winfrey, on Good Morning America.
Now in his Report for 2008, issued in mid-December, he carried the news every thinking American already knows. â€œThe United States of America,â€ Celente pronounced, â€œhas gone from first class to third rate.â€ Itâ€™s a â€œnation on the skids and heading down.â€
Read more: The Bright Side of the Panic of â€˜08
Created on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 07:35
Written by Agence Global
Read more: Tearing Down the Wall
Breaking the Gaza Wall
by Allan Nairn
ost all political violence consists of clear wrongs, like murder or unjustified war, but sometimes, sadly, disgustingly, some violence is justified as a last resort, and sometimes -- as a subcategory of that -- some of that justified violence is also wise, tactically.
Once you get far outside the murder and the crimes of war and those against humanity, some of the choices regarding whether or not to use some violence can be legitimately tough and debatable.
But the Gaza wall-breaking was an easy call: No people were killed, some may have been saved, and the spectacle of an exodus into Egypt effectively dramatized a gross injustice.
Created on Wednesday, 30 January 2008 00:01
Written by Mickey Z
Lab Rats, Corporate Science, and the Monsters Weâ€™ve All Become
The January 24 Associated Press (AP) story was unashamedly entitled, â€œLab rats out of a job.â€ (It made me think if AP writer Michael Hill had covered the liberation of Auschwitz, heâ€™d have declared Europeâ€™s Jews to suddenly be â€œhomeless.â€)
In the piece, Hill talks of possible â€œhigh-tech alternativesâ€ to animal experimentation. Before you view this as a major scientific and moral step forward, allow me to present Hillâ€™s closing salvo:
Read more: Lab Rats and the Monsters Weâ€™ve All Become
- â€œTaylor Bennett, senior science adviser to the National Association for Biomedical Researchers, said animal testing maintains an essential role in making sure new pharmaceutical products are safe and effective for humans.â€