Created on Friday, 23 May 2008 02:18
Written by Tom Engelhardt
River of Resistance: How the American Imperial Dream Foundered in Iraq
by Michael Schwartz
n February 15, 2003, ordinary citizens around the world poured into the streets to protest George W. Bush's onrushing invasion of Iraq.
Read more: Resistance: A Trickle to a Torrent
Demonstrations took place in large cities and small towns globally, including a small but spirited protest at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Up to 30 million people, who sensed impending catastrophe, participated in what Rebecca Solnit, that apostle of popular hope, has called "the biggest and most widespread collective protest the world has ever seen."
The first glancing assessment of history branded this remarkable planetary protest a record-breaking failure, since the Bush administration, less than one month later, ordered U.S. troops across the Kuwaiti border and on to Baghdad.
Created on Friday, 23 May 2008 01:59
Written by Dave Lindorff
For His Treatment of Children in the â€˜War on Terror,â€™ Bush Is a War Criminal
by Dave Lindorff
urely nothing that President Bush has done in his two wretched terms of office â€” not the invasion and destruction of Iraq, not the overturning of the five-centuries-old tradition of habeas corpus, not his authorization and encouragement of torture, not his campaign of domestic spying â€” nothing, can compare in its ugliness as his approval, as commander in chief, of the imprisoning of over 2500 children.
Omar Khadr, languishing yet in Guantanamo Bay after being taken prisoner in Afghanistan at 15
According to the US governmentâ€™s own figures, that is how many kids 17 years and younger have been held since 2001 as â€œenemy combatantsâ€ â€” often for over a year, and sometimes for over five years.
Read more: George Bush and the Children of the â€˜War on Terror
Created on Friday, 23 May 2008 01:19
Written by Chris Cook
Attorneys Firing Scandal: Karl Rove Served with Judiciary Committee Subpoena
by C. L. Cook
ana Siegelman, intrepid daughter of wrongly convicted former Alabama governor, Don Siegelman
sends a link to an Associated Press account of Karl Rove, once famously touted as 'Bush's Brain' to appear before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions regarding his knowledge of, and possible involvement in, tampering with the nation's judiciary, culminating in the firing of at least nine U.S. States Attorneys General for political reasons.
Read more: Attorneys Firing Scandal: Karl Rove Served with Judiciary Committee Subpoena
Governor Siegelman was recently released from prison, pending appeals of the court's finding against him, and the unprecedented nature of his sentencing.
Created on Friday, 23 May 2008 00:09
Written by Nadia Hasan
â€œAmerica Donâ€™t Worry! Israel is Behind You!â€
By Nadia Hasan
remember a few years ago walking through the wonderful narrow streets of the occupied Old city of Jerusalem, seeing a small shop managed by an old Palestinian man who was selling souvenirs to the tourists.
I entered the shop, not because I wanted to buy something, I am not a tourist in my own land (despite the Zionist entity who is occupying my land allowing me to enter there just as a tourist) but because I was captured by the smell of fresh coffee that beckoned me from inside the shop.
Read more: America, Don't Worry!
As I know my people, I knew that as soon as I set foot inside the shop I would be welcomed with this hot and stimulating beverage.
Created on Thursday, 22 May 2008 20:55
Written by Ron Jacobs
Rosa Luxemburg's Shock Doctrine
by Ron Jacobs
aomi Kleinâ€™s 2007 release Shock Doctrine addressed in a rather mild way the dependence of the capitalist economy on cataclysmic events for its progress. These events displace millions and cause personal hardship for an even greater number while they ensure capitalismâ€™s survival.
A century ago, there was another woman who took this observation further and devoted her life to ending capitalism. Her name was Rosa Luxemburg.
She was a Polish woman who dedicated her life to socialist revolution and was murdered by the 1919 social democratic government of Germany for her uncompromising belief in that revolution.
Read more: The Capitalist is Naked
Created on Thursday, 22 May 2008 07:06
Written by Press Release
A Father's Day for Migrant Workers in Canada
by Eva Roa
y name is Eve Roa. I am the founder of Even Better Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services, and Even Better Foundation.
Read more: A Father's Day for Migrant Workers in Canada
I am officially inviting you to advertize what we are doing for the Mexican migrant workers for Fatherâ€™s Day.
We are going to thank them for growing our vegetables and fruits. We are going to thank them for their hard work. We are going to show appreciation for leaving their wives and children behind, so that they can make a decent living for their families. Weâ€™ll have raffle, gifts, music etc.
Created on Thursday, 22 May 2008 06:55
Written by Joe Kay
CIA Death Squads Killing with â€œImpunityâ€ in Afghanistan
by Joe Kay
A United Nations investigator released a preliminary report last week citing widespread civilian deaths in Afghanistan, often at the hands of unaccountable units led by the CIA or other foreign intelligence agencies.
The investigator is Philip Alston, a New York University professor serving as the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution. His report provides a partial glimpse into the illegal actions of intelligence agencies, occupying forces, and Afghan police, as they seek to repress opposition to the US-led occupation and US-backed government.
Read more: CIA Death Squads Killing with â€œImpunityâ€ in Afghanistan
A more detailed final report will be released later this year.
Created on Thursday, 22 May 2008 03:16
Written by Press Release
CIA Implicated in Extrajudicial Assassinations in Afghanistan
by Professor Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
I have spent 12 days in Afghanistan at the invitation of the Government and I am deeply grateful to them for the full cooperation I received. I have visited Helmand, Kabul, Kandahar, Kunar, Nangarhar, Jowzjan, and Parwan and met with victims and witnesses, Provincial Governors, Ministers in the national Government, senior international military officers, civil society, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, the UN, and many others.
I should make clear that I am not a staff member of the United Nations. In other words, I am not a member of UNAMA or the UN Secretariat charged with implementing official UN policy. Instead, I play a different role within the UN system. I have been appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to provide that body with a report analyzing problems relating to unlawful killings and making recommendations for how those killings could be more effectively prevented.
It will be for the Government, the United Nations, the international community, and civil society to give those recommendations appropriate consideration.
Read more: CIA Implicated in Extrajudicial Assassinations in Afghanistan