Created on Sunday, 09 March 2008 23:54
Written by Scott Horton
Mr. Blackledgeâ€™s Black Helicopters
by Scott Horton
ack in October, as the House Judiciary Committee was conducting its first hearings into the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don E. Siegelman, I spoke with Simon Heller, the legal director of a Washington-based advocacy organization called the Alliance for Justice. Heller told me he had gotten a telephone call.
- â€œIt was strange. The man on the other end of the phone identified himself as a reporter. But he certainly didnâ€™t act like one. We had put out a press release talking about Judge Mark Fuller and the role he played in the Siegelman case, and questioning how, given his many conflicts, he had failed to recuse himself. But this reporter wasnâ€™t interested in our view. Instead he was hysterical, screaming into the phone, asking how we dared to criticize such a great American? Iâ€™ve never had a press experience quite like that one.â€
Read more: Friends in Low Places: Karl Rove's Press Gang
The name of the reporter? Brett Blackledge, the award-winning prize star of the Birmingham News.
Created on Sunday, 09 March 2008 22:49
Federal Budget 2008: Bracing for downturn?
by CBC News
ixteen years of almost uninterrupted job growth has produced an embarrassment of riches in Canada's Employment Insurance account â€” a surplus, in fact, of $54 billion at current reckoning.
Read more: Harper Budget Raids Employment Insurance Surpluses
But with economic storm clouds gathering south of the border, the Conservative government looks to be preparing for some turbulence ahead. It is creating a special cushion of $2 billion in a side account to help pay for any quick surge in payouts caused by an economic downturn.
Created on Sunday, 09 March 2008 21:19
Written by Roger Annis
Manley Report: Ottawa Gets Advice On Prolonging Afghanistan War
by Roger Annis
roubled by the failures of the U.S./NATO war in Afghanistan, the Canadian government commissioned a review last October of the war and Canadaâ€™s participation.
Read more: Lucky 13: Canadian Parliament to Vote on Afghanistan
A panel of five corporate and political figures was cobbled together in an effort to reach broader consensus among the warâ€™s proponents.
Created on Sunday, 09 March 2008 20:55
Written by Heather Wokusch
Breaking the Nuremberg Code: The US Militaryâ€™s Human-Testing Program Returns
by Heather Wokusch
The Pentagon is slated to release a suspected toxicant in Crystal City, Virginia this week, ostensibly to test air sensors.
Read more: US Militaryâ€™s Human-Testing Program Returns
The operation is just the latest example of the Defense Departmentâ€™s long history of using service members and civilians as human test subjects, often without their consent or awareness.
Created on Sunday, 09 March 2008 05:04
Written by Jen Marlowe
FINDING JELENA: Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo
by Jen Marlowe
On February 17, Kosovo declared independence. The declaration was unilateral; Belgrade, which ruled the province until NATO air strikes in 1999 brought it under UN administration, refuses to consider anything other than a status of autonomy for Kosovo.
Kosovo, Belgrade insists, remains the cradle of the Serbian nation. Modern Serbs still commemorate the 1389 Battle of Kosovo Polje; itâ€™s key to their sense of national identity. The US recognized the newly declared state; Russia has not. Tensions have erupted once again, though at the moment most of the violence has been directed towards the US Embassy and international troops, it could spill over into new violence between the communities.
Read more: Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo
Created on Saturday, 08 March 2008 10:25
Written by Scott Horton
A Brain-Dead Press
by Scott Horton
ack in the sixties, when the citizens of Alabama wanted to get a fair report on the progress of the Civil Rights movement in their state, they had to turn to the national media, and especially the network news, to get it. The local print and broadcast media would either grossly distort what was going on, or, more likely, they would simply report nothing.
In a sense those days are back. There are a handful of independent papers in the state, but the three Advance newspapers published in the stateâ€™s major urban areas, operate to the historical tradition of their most shameful moment. The big offenders, as I have chronicled repeatedly, are the Birmingham News and the Mobile Press-Register.
Read more: Southern Justice: Brain Dead, or Just Heartless?
Created on Saturday, 08 March 2008 03:43
Written by Press Release
Japanese Open Fire on Sea Shepherd Crew: Three Injured
by Sea Shepherd News
t 1545 hours (0445 GMT), a clash between the crew of the Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin and the Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Maru turned violent when the Japanese Coast Guard began to throw flash grenades at the crew of the Steve Irwin.
Japanese Coast Guard throwing
Captain Paul Watson was struck by a bullet in the chest. Fortunately, the bullet was stopped by his Kevlar vest. The bullet struck just above the heart and mangled Captain Watsonâ€™s anti-poaching badge, which was worn on his sweater underneath the Kevlar vest.
: Japanese Spin Shooting Story
Read more: Whalers Shoot Sea Shepherd Watson
Created on Saturday, 08 March 2008 03:03
Written by Greg Palast
$300 MILLION FROM CHAVEZ TO FARC A FAKE
by Greg Palast
ereâ€™s the written evidenceâ€¦ and - please say it ainâ€™t so! - Obama and Hillary attack Ecuador
Read more: Of FARC, Fakes, and Feckless Democrats
Do you believe this?
This past weekend, Colombia invaded Ecuador, killed a guerrilla chief in the jungle, opened his laptop â€“ and what did the Colombians find? A message to Hugo Chavez that he sent the FARC guerrillas $300 million â€“ which theyâ€™re using to obtain uranium to make a dirty bomb!
Thatâ€™s what George Bush tells us. And he got that from his buddy, the strange right-wing President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe.
Created on Friday, 07 March 2008 08:17
Written by Jack Random
The NAFTA Gaff Revisited: The Audacity of Hillary Clinton
Read more: NAFTA Gaff Revisited: The Audacity of Hillary Clinton
by Jack Random
magine the smile that curled the lips of Senator Hillary Clinton when, on the eve of the Ohio and Texas primaries, she came across a story from the Canadian press that her opponent had delivered a duplicitous message on NAFTA to the Canadian government: We are going to play some political games with NAFTA but donâ€™t worry, we are not serious.
Clinton knew full well that it was in fact her people that had contacted the conservative, pro NAFTA, pro Free Trade government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to deliver that same message: We intend to play political games but it is only for show. We will not act. We will not renegotiate NAFTA to include the rights of labor.
Created on Friday, 07 March 2008 06:45
Written by Chris Cook
O! Canada '08: Reviewing the Unrecognizable Nation
by C. L. Cook
The Century has not so far been kind to those Canadians pining reminiscent for the days the country was a liberal democracy; run by relatively responsible actors on the world stage, the brokers of peace, guarantors of civility and fair governance in a dangerous, chaotic world.
To be fair to the successors of Brian Mulroney, the prime minister who hitched the nation's wagon to America's seemingly forever rising star through the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), destiny dealt them a crummy hand; but both the Jean Chretien and Paul Martin administrations went beyond the investment oriented FTA (later to morph, with the inclusion of Mexico, into the tripartite NAFTA agreement) "committing" Canada to both America's foreign policy objectives, and the military methods it employs to achieve them.
Read more: O! Canada '08: Reviewing the Unrecognizable Nation