Created on Sunday, 27 January 2008 18:24
Written by Tom Engelhardt
"Reality Is Totally Different"
by Dahr Jamail
his March 19 will be the fifth anniversary of the shock-and-awe air assault on Baghdad that signaled the opening of the invasion of Iraq, and when it comes to the American occupation of that country, no end is yet in sight.
If Republican presidential candidate John McCain has anything to say about it, the occupation may never end. On January 7th, he assured reporters that he was more than fine with the idea of the U.S. military remaining in Iraq for 100 years.
Read more: Iraqis on "Success" and "Progress" in Their Country
- "We've been in Japan for 60 years. We've been in South Korea 50 years or soâ€¦ As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. That's fine with me."
He said nothing, of course, about Iraqis "injured or harmed or wounded or killed." In fact, amid the flurries of words, accusations, and "debates" which have filled the airways and add up to the primary-season presidential campaign, there has been a near thunderous silence on Iraq lately -- and especially on Iraqis.
Created on Sunday, 27 January 2008 17:34
Written by Greg Palast
South Carolina Primary Colors: Black and White?
by Greg Palast
outh Carolina 2000: Six hundred police in riot gear facing a few dozen angry-as-hell workers on the docks of Charleston. In the darkness, rocks, clubs and blood fly. The cops beat the crap out of the protesters. Of course, it's the union men who are arrested for conspiracy to riot. And of course, of the five men handcuffed, four are Black. The prosecutor: a White, Bible-thumping Attorney General running for Governor. The result: a state ripped in half - White versus Black.
South Carolina 2008: On Saturday, the Palmetto State may well choose our President, or at least the Democrat's idea of a President. According to CNN and the pundit-ocracy, the only question is, Will the large Black population vote their pride (for Obama) or for "experience" (Hillary)?
Read more: South Carolina Primary Colors: Black and White?
In other words, the election comes down to a matter of racial vanity.
Created on Saturday, 26 January 2008 23:33
Read more: Harper Warns on Economy, Stays Course on Afghanistan
Prepare for hard economic times: Harper
by CBC News
anadians cannot afford to be complacent about the economy because recent problems in the financial markets won't be disappearing any time soon, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told members of his caucus on Friday.
Harper, speaking in Ottawa on the second anniversary of his election, said that even though the Canadian economy is still strong, jobs are threatened in traditional industries and Canadian families are coping with budget strains.
"Recent volatility in financial markets, emanating mostly from the U.S., may be with us for some time to come," Harper said.
Created on Saturday, 26 January 2008 21:39
Written by Chris Cook
Canada's "Dunkirk" in Lebanon
by C. L. Cook
hat is Canada's position on the "conflict" currently unfolding in Lebanon? It's a simple question, one posed repeatedly by the CBC's 'The National' host Peter Mansbridge of Canada's minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter MacKay tonight with little effect. Who speaks for Canada, according to the minister, is the G8.
A day following the immolation of a Canadian family visiting relatives in Beirut beneath an Israeli bomb, all the representatives of this country, those whose visage projects the nation's image across the world, can bring themselves to say of this war crime come home is:
"Go ask the G8 what we think about this."
Read more: Canada's "Dunkirk" in Lebanon
Created on Saturday, 26 January 2008 19:25
Written by Agence Global
by Tariq Ali
multidimensional charade is taking place in Pakistan, and it is not an edifying sight. Pervez Musharraf has discarded his uniform and is trying to cling to power, whatever the cost.
So far it has been high: the dismissal of the Supreme Court judges and their replacement by stooges; police brutality against a strong lawyers' movement protesting the military assault on the judiciary; and the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, who had returned to Pakistan as part of an ill-judged deal brokered by the Bush Administration and its British acolytes.
Add to this the sad spectacle of supposedly reformist, Western-backed politicians assembling like old family retainers at the feudal home of the slain leader and rubber-stamping her political will: Bhutto's husband, Asif Ali Zardari, has become stopgap supremo till her 19-year-old son, Bilawal, can replace his late mother as chairperson-for-life.
Read more: Pakistan's Unstable Hour
Created on Saturday, 26 January 2008 17:29
Unimaginable Intentional Human Suffering
by Peter Chamberlin
erhaps one day we shall know the truth about being, and being alive on planet earth, whether life on every living planet is as messed-up as it is here.
Earth's problems must be unique, as they are of man's own creation, man-made disasters caused by ambitious men who are allowed to rise to the top, where they dominate us for self-gain.
We allow our leaders to take the positions of power that they desire, instead of actually choosing who shall lead us. Humans tend to submit to those who claim authority, since it is easier to believe in symbols of power, than it is to personally submit to the tedium of the reasoning process.
Read more: Intentional Human Suffering
As a people, we tend to follow the natural order of things along the path of least resistance. By taking the easy way out, we give our blessing to the law of the jungle.
Created on Saturday, 26 January 2008 16:37
Written by Press Release
Nigeria North: Shell Moves to Canada
by Dogwood Initiative
â€œOur resolve to protect our Sacred Headwaters is stronger than ever
- Oscar Dennis, a Klabona Keeper
A video concerning Royal Dutch Shell, of Niger Delta infamy, and their coal bed methane plans in the Sacred Headwaters Basin, Mount Klappan, British Columbia.
Read more: Nigeria North: Shell Moves to Canada