Created on Monday, 27 October 2008 04:04
Written by Tom Engelhardt
The Trillion Dollar Tag Sale: How the Pentagon Could Help Bail Out America
by Nick Turse
Wars, bases, and money; the three are inextricably tied together.
the 1980s, for example, American support for jihadis like Osama bin
Laden waging war on (Soviet) infidels who invaded and constructed bases
in Afghanistan, a Muslim land, led to rage by many of the same jihadis
at the bases (U.S.) infidels built in the Muslim holy land of Saudi
Arabia in the 1990s. That, in turn, led to jihadis like bin Laden
declaring war on those infidels, which, after September 11, 2001, led
the Bush administration to launch, and then prosecute, a Global War on
Terror, often from newly built bases in Muslim lands.
Over the last
seven years, the results of that war have been particularly disastrous
for Iraqis and Afghans. Sizable numbers of Americans, however, are now
beginning to suffer as well. After all, their hard-earned taxpayer
dollars have been poured into wars without end, leaving the country
deeply in debt and in a state of economic turmoil.
Read more: How the Pentagon Could Help Bail Out America
Created on Sunday, 26 October 2008 23:49
Written by Jonathan Cook
Read more: Meet the Real Jews: Israeli Academic and Historian Says Jewish Nation Myth
Israeli Best-Seller Breaks National Taboo - Israeli Academic and Historian Says Jewish Nation Myth
by Jonathan Cook
one is more surprised than Shlomo Sand that his latest academic work
has spent 19 weeks on Israelâ€™s bestseller list â€“ and that success has
come to the history professor despite his book challenging Israelâ€™s
Dr Sand argues that the idea of a Jewish nation â€“
whose need for a safe haven was originally used to justify the founding
of the state of Israel â€“ is a myth invented little more than a century
Created on Saturday, 25 October 2008 20:36
Written by Chris Cook
Salmon Collapse: Starving on the Coast
by C.L. Cook
Marine scientists expressed concern for five missing orca
whales, members of 'L Pod' usually observed in the waters off southern
The increasingly endangered mammal population is
closely monitored by government agencies, and has provided a booming
whale watching industry for Victoria and other towns along the Haro and
Juan de Fuca Straits.
Five orca disappeared from 'L Pod' more than a
month ago. Scientists say it's unusual for the closely knit "families"
that hunt and live communally to separate like this, and they believe
the whales may have starved.
This theory is consistent with reports of
starvation among British Columbia's coastal bear populations, who
depend on massive numbers of salmon returns to fatten for the winter.
Read more: Salmon Collapse: Starving on the Coast
Created on Saturday, 25 October 2008 04:36
Mining Misery: Hope and Change Down Under
by Chris Floyd
well-educated, highly intelligent and articulate young progressive
candidate promising hope and change -- and a withdrawal of troops from
Iraq -- ousts a long-entrenched, hidebound, deeply corrupt rightwing
faction from power. Once in office, he makes a number of symbolic
gestures -- signing the Kyoto treaty, offering apologies for past
national abuses of minorities, appointing women to prominent posts,
etc. -- while governing as a pragmatic centrist, a "Third Way" figure
in the mold of Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, combining a heavily
pro-corporate agenda and a commitment to a strong military and
"humanitarian intervention" abroad, while retaining his party's
traditional rhetoric, and a few vestigial programs, on social justice
and economic fair play.
behind the fresh faces and the vigorous sweeping of new brooms, old
evils and deep-delving corruptions keep churning on, abetted by the
policies of the putative reformers.
Read more: A Ruddy Shame Down Under
Created on Saturday, 25 October 2008 04:22
Written by William Bowles
Economics 101 - Interesting times
by William Bowles
raised in a family of Reds has its pluses and its minuses, one of the
minuses being a decidedly unworldly approach to economics. It was as if
we already lived in a socialist world but of course nobody else did.
The upshot of this was a total incomprehension as to the value of
money, and not merely the value but its importance.
sound strange coming from someone who professes to know the â€˜answersâ€™
to what ails us but then life is complicated, people are contradictory
and we donâ€™t always do whatâ€™s in our own best interests, besieged as we
are by the forces of capital. For alongside this there is always the
question of fear and insecurity about the future, about who we are and
what we should be.
Read more: In Interesting Times
Created on Friday, 24 October 2008 09:23
Written by The Real News
Read more: Colombia: Rising Against Uribe
Colombia's indigenous protest against UribeT
housands gather for 62-mile march to demand justice and land
10,000 indigenous Colombians are marching against President Alvaro
Uribe's policies. The protest comes one week after violence erupted
during demonstrations to press for land reform and dialogue with the
Created on Friday, 24 October 2008 06:44
Written by Chris Cook
The Torturer's Apprentice: Canada's Role in Horror War
by C. L. Cook
course it's hardly news: 'Canada had role in torture.' Yeah. What?
Maher Arar. Omar Kadr. Actions committed and crimes of omission;
habeas corpus went the way of the PATRIOT Act long ago up here, and
it's worse in Over There
Canadians are getting next to no
real information from the front. Apart from casualty figures, and the
attendant interviews with families surviving their loss, the day to day
details on Canadian Forces commission of the occupation are vague. The national press seem disinterested in the details.
So imagine my surprise to find Canada of interest, and in the headlines over there?
Read more: The Torturer's Apprentice: Canada's Role in Horror War
Created on Friday, 24 October 2008 04:50
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Wrecked Iraq: What the Good News from Iraq Really Means
the Smoke Clears in Iraq: Even before the spectacular presidential
election campaign became a national obsession, and the worst economic
crisis since the Great Depression crowded out other news, coverage of
the Iraq War had dwindled to next to nothing.
National newspapers had
long since discontinued their daily feasts of multiple -- usually front
page â€“ reports on the country, replacing them with meager meals of
mostly inside-the-fold summary stories. On broadcast and cable TV
channels, where violence in Iraq had once been the nightly lead, whole
news cycles went by without a mention of the war.
The tone of
the coverage also changed. The powerful reports of desperate battles
and miserable Iraqis disappeared. There are still occasional stories
about high-profile bombings or military campaigns in obscure places,
but the bulk of the news is about quiescence in old hot spots,
political maneuvering by Iraqi factions, and the newly emerging
routines of ordinary life.
Read more: War Without End: What the Good News from Iraq Really Means
Created on Friday, 24 October 2008 04:23
Written by Mickey Z
Chomsky, Zinn, and Obama
by Mickey Z.
nother Election Day approaches and Iâ€™m reminded of something the late
Pakistani dissident, Eqbal Ahmad said about Noam Chomsky in the book,
Confronting Empire (2000):
â€œHe (Chomsky) has never wavered. He has
never fallen into the trap of saying, â€˜Clinton will do better.â€™ Or
â€˜Nixon was bad but Carter at least had a human rights presidency.â€™
There is a consistency of substance, of posture, of outlook in his
But along came 2004â€¦when Chomsky said stuff like this:
Read more: Chomsky, Zinn, and Obama
- â€œAnyone who says
â€˜I donâ€™t care if Bush gets electedâ€™ is basically telling poor and
working people in the country, â€˜I donâ€™t care if your lives are
destroyedâ€™.â€ And like this: "Despite the limited differences [between
Bush and Kerry] both domestically and internationally, there are
differences. In a system of immense power, small differences can
translate into large outcomes."
Created on Friday, 24 October 2008 03:31
Written by Chris Davenport
Read more: Canada: Harper Promises Half-Trillion Dollar Military Expansion
Dr. Evil to Spend $490 Billion on Military Implementation of the SPP
by Chris Davenport
anada is currently on a course that will see its military incorporated into neoconservative plans for a "New American Century". This
plan is being facilitated by a "Revolution in Military Affairs" (RMA),
a high-tech "transformation" of the U.S. military which depends upon
the domination of space.
The Project for a New American Century
successfully predicted in 2000 that "the process of transformation,
even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one,
absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl
The Harper government is pushing the RMA agenda in
Canada through the "Canada First Defence Strategy" (CFDS). Under the
CFDS, Canada will spend $490 billion over the next 20 years to
transform its military to be entirely "inter-operable" with the U.S.