Created on Saturday, 05 January 2008 09:52
Written by Jonathan Cook
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Evidence of Israeli 'Cowardly Blending' Comes to Light
by Jonathan Cook
t apparently never occurred to anyone in our leading human rights organisations or the Western media that the same moral and legal standards ought be applied to the behaviour of Israel and Hizbullah during the war on Lebanon 18 months ago. Belatedly, an important effort has been made to set that right.
A new report
, written by a respected Israeli human rights organisation, one representing the countryâ€™s Arab minority not its Jewish majority, has unearthed evidence showing that during the fighting Israel committed war crimes not only against Lebanese civilians â€” as was already known â€” but also against its own Arab citizens. This is an aspect of the war that has been almost entirely neglected until now.
Created on Friday, 04 January 2008 23:36
Written by Scott Horton
The National Surveillance World
by Scott Horton
What do Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush and Hu Jintao have in common? They are the heads of the three most significant nations whose people live under â€œendemic surveillanceâ€â€”that is to say, whose governments have a penchant for aggressively spying on their own people. Letâ€™s just call their realms Eurasia, Oceania and East Asia.
For those interested in tracking the disintegration of civil rights as a global phenomenon and the simultaneous rise of massive national surveillance bureaucracies, we have a significant tool.
Two NGOs, Privacy International, a UK privacy group, and the U.S.-based Electronic Privacy Information Center have compiled a system for measuring surveillance societies, rating various nations for their civil liberties records.
Read more: My Eyes on You: The National Surveillance World
Created on Friday, 04 January 2008 07:33
Written by Tom Engelhardt
The Bush Legacy (Take One)
by Tom Engelhardt
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door
â€” Emma Lazarus, 1883
If you don't mind thinking about the Bush legacy a year early, there are worse places to begin than with the case of Erla Ã“sk ArnardÃ³ttir Lilliendahl. Admittedly, she isn't an ideal "tempest-tost" candidate for Emma Lazarus' famous lines engraved on a bronze plaque inside the Statue of Liberty.
After all, she flew to New York City with her girlfriends, first class, from her native Iceland, to partake of "the Christmas spirit." She was drinking white wine en route and, as she put it, "look[ing] forward to go shopping, eat good food, and enjoy life." On an earlier vacation trip, back in 1995, she had overstayed her visa by three weeks, a modest enough infraction, and had even returned the following year without incident.
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This time â€” with the President's Global War on Terror in full swing â€” she was pulled aside at passport control at JFK Airport, questioned about those extra three weeks 12 years ago, and soon found herself, as she put it, "handcuffed and chained, denied the chance to sleepâ€¦ without food and drink andâ€¦ confined to a place without anyone knowing my whereabouts, imprisoned." It was "the greatest humiliation to which I have ever been subjected."
Created on Thursday, 03 January 2008 20:59
Written by Agence Global
Kenya's Rigged Election
by Tavia Nyong'o
The admittedly dire situation unfolding in Kenya today -- where violence has flared up in Nairobi, Eldoret, Kisumu, Mombasa and elsewhere -- is not another Rwanda. The underlying crisis is more like that of Ukraine, where, four years ago, an election commission also rigged the results in favor of one candidate and a commanding majority of the people rose up in protest, forcing a cancellation of the fraudulent election and, ultimately, a revote that installed Viktor Yushchenko as president.
Raila Odinga has yet to get his revote. But he has vowed not to negotiate with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki until the latter admits the election was stolen and resigns. (In an unusual coincidence, the banner color of Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement is the same as Yushchenko's.)
Read more: Southern Arc: Kenya's Gamed Vote
Created on Wednesday, 02 January 2008 21:31
Common Cause: Dems and Reps Unite for Imperial Overkill
by Chris Floyd
The facts â€“ chiefly, that the United States spends more on its military than all of the rest of the world combined, including Russia and China â€“ are not exactly news to anyone who has been paying attention these past many years, but it is useful to see it all set down clearly with the latest figures.
Greenwald also rounds up some telling quotes from those "fightin' progressives" leading the race for the Democratic presidential nomination â€“ all of whom, even the "angry populist" John Edwards, have publicly committed themselves to maintaining â€“ and expanding â€“ America's imperial legions around the world.
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Created on Wednesday, 02 January 2008 19:05
Written by Danny Schechter
Has Mao Become A Role Model For Our Media?
by Danny Schechter
hen that bible of business, the Economist magazine, put Mao Zedong on their cover in a red Santa Hat, I thought it was their way of suggesting that the Chinese Communist Party had become the new stabilizer and bearer of gifts for a western-capitalist system in distress.
Mao fought a revolution for independence from the West, which now seems to have become dependent on loans and finance from his Peopleâ€™s Republic.
Mao had always preached, â€œno investigation, no right to speak,â€ so I investigated further to find an article inside the issue suggesting that â€œfor all his flawsâ€ â€“ like maybe 60 Million or more deaths, 30 million from famine alone â€” â€œMao was inspiring.â€
Read more: Channeling Mao: Big Media Following the Leader
Created on Wednesday, 02 January 2008 00:19
Written by Chris Cook
And Shall it be the Law of the Town? Arresting George W. Bush
by C. L. Cook
hat if it's as easy as that; what if stopping the horrors we, the whole of humanity, have witnessed in the person of George W. Bush and his extra-legal operatives these past seven years could be as simple as that?
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Seven long years; is that not enough suffering endured to atone any sin; long enough to have an end to torment? Kurt Daims of Brattleboro, Vermont thinks so
, so he's taking the notion to council of a war crimes indictment, to be sworn out against Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney should they happen by the township.
Created on Tuesday, 01 January 2008 16:48
Written by Agence Global
Bush's Global War on Terror
by The Nation
he Nation magazine offers a five-part series on the "global war on terror," and how it is working in five countries throughout the world.
Below, how the GWOT has affected US relations with: Thailand; the Philippines; Egypt; El Salvador; and, Pakistan.
Read more: The Global War on Terror as Experienced Around the World
[From the December 17, 2007 issue of The Nation.]