Created on Thursday, 27 March 2008 18:14
Written by Tom Engelhardt
The Little Administration That Couldn't: Rebuilding the American Economy, Bush-style
by Tom Engelhardt
o one was prepared for the storm when it hit. The levees meant to protect us had long since been breached and key officials had already left town.
Read more: Rebuilding the American Economy, Bush-Style
The well-to-do were assured of rescue, but for everyone else trapped inside the Superdome in a fast-flooding region, there was no evacuation plan in sight. The Bush administration, of course, claimed that it was in control and the President was already assuring his key officials
that they were doing a heck of a job.
No, I'm not talking about post-Katrina New Orleans. That was so then. I'm talking about the housing and credit crunches
, as well as the Bear Stearns bailout, that have given the term "bear market
" new meaning.
Created on Wednesday, 26 March 2008 18:28
Darkness at Noon: Fatal Ignorance Puts Iraq on the Cross
by Chris Floyd
rom the very beginning, the brutality, ruin and deceit of the American aggression in Iraq has been compounded by an unshakeable ignorance.
This deadly cloud of unknowing has enveloped the entire chain of command, from the witless president who didn't know the difference between Sunni and Shia Islam to the troops on the ground who believed â€“ as they were no doubt drilled to believe â€“ that the invasion was "payback for 9/11," a righteous war of self-defense against a terrorist nation that had attacked America.
This implacable ignorance was on perfect display this week in a "feel-good" story put out by one of the Pentagon's myriad PR engines: "Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Official Website of Multi-National Force â€“ Iraq." (Oddly enough, the official website of the "Multi-National Force" is entirely in English, and geared exclusively to American operations. Apparently, all the other vast armies in the "Multi-National Force" don't need to know what's going on in this collaborative, cooperative multi-national operation.)
Read more: Ignorance Puts Iraq on the Cross
Created on Wednesday, 26 March 2008 18:03
Written by Dahr Jamail
Fever Named After Blackwater
by Ali al-Fadhily
and Dahr Jamail
raqi doctors in al-Anbar province warn of a new disease they call "Blackwater" that threatens the lives of thousands. The disease is named after Blackwater Worldwide, the U.S. mercenary company operating in Iraq.
- "This disease is a severe form of malarial infection caused by the parasite plasmodium falciparum, which is considered the worst type of malarial infection," Dr. Ali Hakki from Fallujah told IPS.
Read more: Iraq: Contracting 'Blackwater Disease'
- "It is one of the complications of that infection, and not the ordinary picture of the disease. Because of its frequent and severe complications, such as Blackwater fever, and its resistance to treatment, P. falciparum can cause death within 24 hours."
Created on Tuesday, 25 March 2008 19:24
Written by Charles Sullivan
Americaâ€™s Ruling Clique
by Charles Sullivan
eoconservatives derive much of their political strength from the portrayal of big government as the enemy of the people: a belief that plays only too well in America.
Big government is indeed the enemy of the people when it does not serve the peopleâ€™s interests, or when it betrays them.
Where the neoconservatives and the chicken hawks have been
spectacularly successful is in the field of perception management. The
super richâ€”or the ruling cliqueâ€”constitutes no more than 0.1 percent of
the US population. Yet they control the mainstream media, every branch
government, the electoral process and the countryâ€™s major financial
Read more: Rising to the Top: Skimming America's Ruling Elite
Created on Tuesday, 25 March 2008 18:51
Written by David Rovics
If I Canâ€™t Danceâ€¦
by David Rovics
eing an activist is a hard, relatively thankless, generally unpaid job. There are some really wonderful people who are going to be offended by this essay, and I apologize in advance if youâ€™re one of them, but what I say here had to be said.
Weâ€™re all hopefully trying to make the world a better place, and sometimes that means having open disagreements.
Read more: If I Canâ€™t Danceâ€¦
I welcome any and all feedback, public or private, and of course feel free to post and distribute this essay wherever you see fit.
Created on Tuesday, 25 March 2008 18:38
Written by Jim Miles
The Science of Terror
by Jim Miles
Sometimes the science community, hiding behind the guise of empirical research, cannot see its own bias even while correctly analyzing a situation.
The latter statement may seem contradictory, but given the manner in which it studies â€˜terrorâ€™ and then applies those findings and definitions only to some â€˜otherâ€™ group, it ignores the reality of terror at home and the reality of terror perpetrated by the â€˜homelandâ€™.
Read more: Dissecting Terror
Not â€˜home grown terrorâ€™ such as the Timothy McVeighs of the world, nor the terror inflicted on the people by the very infrequent acts of foreigners acting on the homeland, but the terror of the country itself, the acts of the people in government, in the military, in politics, in religion, who either spread terror themselves or spread the fear of terror in order to control not only the domestic audience but foreign audiences as well.
Created on Tuesday, 25 March 2008 18:02
Written by Jack Random
A Question of Character: Hillary Clinton and James Frey
by Jack Random
ragically, there is such a thing as Caesarâ€™s fatal flaw. When an otherwise honorable individual wants something too much, the normal bounds of morality and common decency become less distinguishable.
Read more: Bosnia Bonsai:Hillary's Storied Past
Acts of treachery, deception and betrayal are suddenly justified by the prize at the end of the rainbow.
Tragically, Senator Hillary Clinton has crossed that threshold.
Created on Tuesday, 25 March 2008 17:25
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Taking Stock of the War on Terror:
A Defeat Only American Power Could Have Brought About
by Mark Danner
o contemplate a prewar map of
Baghdad -- as I do the one before me, with sectarian neighborhoods
traced out in blue and red and yellow -- is to look back on a lost
Baghdad, a Baghdad of our dreams.My map of 2003 is colored mostly a
rather neutral yellow, indicating the "mixed" neighborhoods of the
city, predominant just five years ago.
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To take up a contemporary map
after this is to be confronted by a riot of bright color: Shia blue has
moved in irrevocably from the East of the Tigris; Sunni red has fled
before it, as Shia militias pushed the Sunnis inexorably west toward
Abu Ghraib and Anbar province, and nearly out of the capital itself.
And everywhere, it seems, the pale yellow of those mixed neighborhoods
is gone, obliterated in the months and years of sectarian war.
Created on Monday, 24 March 2008 22:16
Haiti: The Benefits of a Weak State
by Darren Ell
This article assumes that Western nations have an option.
In the past, they invested in their own people in the midst of economic depression; they rebuilt the economies of entire nations following World War II; they now have unprecedented resources to invest elsewhere.
Instead, their governments and the international financial institutions they control are bankrupting countries like Haiti in order to satisfy the selfish interests of a tiny foreign and domestic business elite.
Read more: What Benefit the Weak Nation?
Created on Sunday, 23 March 2008 19:44
Read more: Iraq: Natural Acts and Not
by Tina Louise
e callâ€¦but they donâ€™t listen, we shout and they donâ€™t hear - this is how those in power â€˜handleâ€™ the problem of those of us who disagree with the war in Iraq; we are ignored down into insignificance and pointlessness
Marches go endlessly nowhere, under-counted by a compliant mediaâ€¦ petitions get signed for no reason, no recognition of their significance and the futility, it eats away at the souls of those who would make a stand.
The internet helps us to feel connected, helps to ever so slightly ease the futility with the warming sensation of connecting with like minds that share hope. But sadly, although the internet has enhanced how we communicate and share our distress at the actions of our governmentsâ€¦ it is also an invisible action. Perhaps a harm? In that it satiates our need to act, creates a sense of 'doing' â€“ yet maybe all it is doing is keeping us busy?