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A Guide for the Perplexed

Intellectual Fallacies of the War on Terror
by Chalmers Johnson
There are many books entitled "A Guide for the Perplexed," including Moses Maimonides' 12th century treatise on Jewish law and E. F. Schumacher's 1977 book on how to think about science.
 
Book titles cannot be copyrighted. A Guide for the Perplexed might therefore be a better title for Stephen Holmes' new book than the one he chose, The Matador's Cape: America's Reckless Response to Terror.
 
In his perhaps overly clever conception, the matador is the terrorist leadership of al Qaeda, taunting a maddened United States into an ultimately fatal reaction. But do not let the title stop you from reading the book. Holmes has written a powerful and philosophically erudite survey of what we think we understand about the 9/11 attacks -- and how and why the United States has magnified many times over the initial damage caused by the terrorists.


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Plame Wilson and the Ultimate Betrayal

Valerie Plame Wilson and the Ultimate Betrayal      
by Larry C. Johnson
Valerie’s problem is her decency and humanity. She has reasons most Americans don’t know to be really angry with George Bush and George Tenet but she has contained her rage.
 
In a new tasty nugget in her book, Fair Game, she gives some details on the 2004 Al Qaeda threat to kill her.
 
The response of the Administration, or more accurately, the lack of any response, is enough to make the Pope curse.
 
What the Bush Administration failed to do and what George Tenet, CIA Director, failed to do, goes beyond cowardice.


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Gorilla Radio for Monday, October 22, 2007

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week, author and journalist Lila Rajiva on Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets; Susan Howett from the Council of Canadians National Water Campaign on attempts to take Alberta's Bow River; and Janine Bandcroft brings us up to speed on all that's good to do in and around Victoria this week. 
 
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com, and check out the GR blog at: 
http://GorillaRadioBlog.blogspot.com
 
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Divide and Rule: Overcoming the Third Party Split

A Divided Vote Delivers
by Kevin Logan
Tom Flanagan, Harper's equivalent to Karl Rove, concludes in his new book Harper's Team: Behind the Scenes in the Conservative Rise to Power, "No matter how well designed our campaign had been, it would have been hard for us to win if the NDP had not held up its end."
 
And, this is at the heart of the "Stop the Vote Split Campaign."
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Talking Turkey: Denying the Iraqi Genocide

The Iraqi Genocide
by Paul Craig Roberts
Why has not the Turkish parliament given tit for tat and passed a resolution condemning the Iraqi Genocide?

As a result of Bush's invasion of Iraq, more than one million Iraqis have died, and several millions are displaced persons. The Iraqi death toll and the millions of uprooted Iraqis match the Armenian deaths and deportations.
 
 
If one is a genocide, so is the other.


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Inevitable Decline of the Global Economy

Illusions and the Inevitable Decline of the Global Economy
by Jack Random
When the front page of the local newspaper reads like a Jazzman Chronicle forecasting the decline of the nation’s economy, perhaps it is time Americans take heed and begin to seek remedy. 

Largely ignored by the mainstream media, the steep drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average Friday (October 19), culminating a week of steady retreat, serves as a reminder that the nation’s prosperity is unsustainable.
 
Corporate profits built on the exploitation of labor will inevitably deteriorate as the exploited labor force is unable to fulfill its obligation as mass consumers.  



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The Urge to Confess: Bush's Pentagon Papers

Bush's Pentagon Papers: The Urge to Confess
by Tom Engelhardt
They can't help themselves. They want to confess.

How else to explain the torture memorandums that continue to flow out of the inner sancta of this administration, the most recent of which were evidently leaked to the New York Times.
 
Those two, from the Alberto Gonzales Justice Department, were written in 2005 and recommitted the administration to the torture techniques it had been pushing for years.

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[Spying On] An American Abroad

Bush's Spying Hits Americans Abroad
by Robert Parry
In August after the Democratic-controlled Congress caved in to George W. Bush’s demands for broader surveillance powers, I noted that the new authority went far beyond what was advertised and that the President could obtain year-long spying orders on Americans who ventured outside the United States.

My analysis, which was based on a reading of the law’s language, wasn’t shared by commentators in the major U.S. news media and even drew some reader criticism as alarmist for failing to take into account secret “minimization” provisions that supposedly would protect American citizens.

However, the Bush administration’s hostile reaction to a seemingly innocuous amendment added to a new surveillance bill by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, suggests that targeting Americans who travel abroad was a key goal of Bush’s “Protect America Act of 2007.”


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Two Most Common Neocolonial Storylines about Haiti

Bwa Kayiman 2007 and the case of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine:
The Two Most Common Neocolonial Storylines about Haiti
by Ezili Danto
I was just reading news articles on Haiti as I do every morning and came across an article about some Tallahassee students from Florida, who got stranded in Haiti because of Hurricane Dean. Here are some of the major points made in the article:

"They sent relief flights to other Caribbean countries. They wouldn't send any to Haiti due to so-called 'civil unrest,'" Shamair Coward, an FSU student, said about the airlines.

Even though the five U.S. students didn't see any civil unrest in the country where they had been offering medical assistance, they were stranded. But, their experience changed them and each said they will return.
 
 
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Our "Shared Values"

Shared Values Revisited
by Sheldon Rampton
I received a request recently from a university professor who teaches a course about media literacy.
 
She was wondering if I could help her find videos of the "Shared Values" television ads that the U.S. Department of State produced to improve the image of the United States in Muslim countries shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, so she could show them to her students.

I was a bit surprised to realize that the ads are fairly hard to locate online, but after some searching, we were able to find copies. To ensure that they will remain available, I uploaded the videos to two popular internet repositories: YouTube, where people can easily find them and drop them into their own web pages; and the Internet Archive, which should ensure that they survive for posterity.


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Rebuking the Truth, Mocking the Dead

Bipartisan Perversity: Rebuking the Truth, Mocking the Dead
by Chris Floyd
Here's how it works in the fightin' progressive liberal anti-war Democratic majority in Congress: if you speak the actual truth about George W. Bush's murderous war crime in Iraq, you get slapped down.     

Pelosi issued a statement Friday evening rapping [Democrat Representative Pete] Stark, who is in his 18th term representing the liberal East Bay. He's California's longest-serving House members...

After numerous Republicans called on him to apologize, Stark said it was they who should be apologizing, for failing to provide the votes to override Bush's veto.


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