Created on Friday, 15 February 2008 20:05
Written by Dahr Jamail
The Lights Have Gone Out, Who Cares
Read more: Lights Out in Diyala
by Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail
Lack of electricity in Baquba has shattered businesses, and the lives of families. Months of power failures has darkened morale everywhere.
In Diyala province, just north of Baghdad, a generation has grown up in dark. The province, and its capital Baquba 40 km north of Baghdad has lived with intermittent electricity supply since the times of the sanctions under Saddam Hussein in the 1990s.
Created on Friday, 15 February 2008 19:52
Written by Ramzy Baroud
Read more: The Iraq Factor
US Elections: The Iraq Factor
by Ramzy Baroud
s the race for the United States presidential nominations progresses, the stances of and attitudes towards both Republican and Democratic candidates continue to bring up causes for concern, in terms of their past behaviour, current appeal and general trustworthiness.
Republican Mitt Romney's exit has practically assured Senator John McCain's victory in his party. While we might expect McCain's narrow-mindedness and pro-war rhetoric to make him an uncontested darling of conservatives, the doubts that remain about his credibility -- and the seemingly absurd accusations by some that he is more liberal than Democratic liberals -- highlight two disturbing trends.
Created on Friday, 15 February 2008 19:29
Written by Mickey Z
Rethinking Rebellion as March 19 Nears
â€œYou can never be too radicalâ€
Q. How many liberals does it take to ward off a potential attacker in a dark alley?
One to blame Fox News; one to chant or meditate; one to blame the anarchists; one to build a website; one to blame patriarchy; one to recognize the attacker is a human and tell him that we all love him; one to blame Ralph Nader; one to remember that excellent saying about non-violence we got from our Pilates teacher; one to blame the Republicans; and finally: One to draw his attention downward and promptly whip out a finger jab to his eyes.
When he brings his hands up (too late) to protect himself, kick him in his balls, doubling him over.
Read more: Rethinking Rebellion: Another Anniversary
Then follow-up by grabbing him by the hair and bringing his face down into a powerful knee blow before getting the fuck out of there as fast as you can.
Moral: We donâ€™t need more conferences, sub- committees, elections, etc. We need bold steps and drastic measures.
Created on Friday, 15 February 2008 19:01
Written by Danny Schechter
Kosovo Independence: Is this the Right Time?
by Danny Schechter
he UN Security Council met today on Kosovo. BBC reported: â€œSerbiaâ€™s
foreign minister has urged the United Nations Security Council to
oppose the province of Kosovoâ€™s expected declaration of independence.
Vuk Jeremic said Serbia would not use force to stop the secession but
warned that allowing it would "give a green light to other separatist
Supporters of Kosovo independence say genocidal ethnic
cleansing by Serbia trumps claims of sovereignty and justifies demands
I wrote about this in some detail, posting it Thursday. For those who missed it, hereâ€™s my take.
Read more: Back to the Balkans: Kosovo Crisis II
Created on Thursday, 14 February 2008 18:02
Written by Ernest Partridge
Letâ€™s Stifle the Happy Talk
by Ernest Partridge
Happy days are here again!
The GOP is in disarray. The factions of this improbable alliance of religious fundamentalists, neo-con war hawks, and market absolutists have discovered, with the emergence of their presumptive nominee, John McCain, that they have little in common. James Dobson, leader of the fundamentalist â€œFocus on the Family,â€ has announced that rather than vote for McCain, he will not vote at all.
Ann Coulter says that she might even support Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, the Democratic base remains solid as party loyalists tell pollsters that they would be quite happy with either Clinton or Obama. And in the primaries so far, seventy percent more Democrats have voted than Republicans. Moreover, the Democratic party is enjoying a substantial funding advantage over the Republicans. Among liberal pundits and talk show hosts, there is a sense of inevitable Democratic triumph in the coming election.
Read more: O! HAPPY DAY!
Created on Wednesday, 13 February 2008 22:29
Written by Chris Cook
Police Assault Langford Tree-Sit
by C. L. Cook
ord came early this morning: Royal Canadian Mounted Police tactical teams and support officers from the Westshore detachment, moved in on a half-dozen protesters occupying a tree-sit in a small forested area slated for destruction to make way for a highway overpass.
Three arrests were made and there are, as yet unconfirmed, reports of injuries sustained by the arrestees. The tree-sit has been continuously occupied since April of last year in efforts to raise public awareness and bring pressure to bear against what the activists say is the needless destruction of an area of unique geological and environmental importance and cultural significance to First Nations.
Read more: Police Assault Langford Tree-Sit
Created on Tuesday, 12 February 2008 22:17
Written by William Bowles
O-Bummer â€“ the man without a past for a country without a future
Read more: O-Bummer: The Man Without a Past for a Country Without a Future
by William Bowles
hat both a black man and a woman are the â€˜front runnersâ€™ in the â€˜raceâ€™ for the presidency speaks reams about the desperate state of the Union these days, not that the up-coming US election has much relevancy to anything of import but the illusion that voting every five years is a reflection of real democracy, has to be maintained.
And regardless of what the polls say, itâ€™s obvious that the corporate press are pushing for an Obama win, perhaps because the Clintons are vulnerable to attack and also because Obama can be better sold as a â€˜fresh faceâ€™, (no obvious skeletons in his closet). Yet look at who Obama has grouped around himâ€”almost without exception they are from the Cheney/Bush propaganda team.
Created on Tuesday, 12 February 2008 19:10
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Asia's Hidden Arms Race: Six Countries Talk Peace While Preparing for War
Read all about it! Diplomats remain upbeat about solving the nuclear
stand-off with North Korea; optimists envision a peace treaty to
replace the armistice that halted, but failed to formally end, the
Korean War 55 years ago. Some leaders and scholars are even urging the
transformation of the Six Party Talks over the Korean nuclear issue,
involving the United States, Japan, China, Russia, and the two Koreas,
into a permanent peace structure in Northeast Asia.
The countries in the region all seem determined to make nice right now.
Yasuo Fukuda, the new Japanese prime minister, is considerably more
pacific than his predecessor, the ultra-nationalist Shinzo Abe. The new
South Korean president, Lee Myung-bak, despite his conservative
credentials, is committed to continuing the previous president's
engagement policy with North Korea and plans to reach out to Japan via
his first post-inaugural state visit. The party that won the recent
Taiwanese parliamentary elections, the Kuomintang, wants to rebuild
bridges to the Mainland and, when it comes to the Communist Party
there, mend fences the ruling Democratic Progressive Party tried to
pull down. Beijing, for its part, is being super-conciliatory toward
practically everyone in this Olympic year.
Despite all this peace-talk, something else, quite momentous and hardly
noticed, is underway in the region. The real money in Northeast Asia is
going elsewhere. While in the news sunshine prevails, in the shadows an
already massive regional arms race is threatening to shift into
Read more: Asia's Booming Arms Race
Created on Tuesday, 12 February 2008 18:59
Written by Chris Hedges
The War Against Tolerance
by Chris Hedges
alid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem and Zachariah Anani are the three stooges of the Christian right
. These self-described former Muslim terrorists are regularly trotted out at Christian colleges - a few days ago they were at the Air Force Academy
- to spew racist filth about Islam on behalf of groups such as Focus on the Family.
Read more: The Three Clowns of the Apocalypse: War on Everything Left
It is a clever tactic. Curly, Larry and Mo, who all say they are born-again Christians, engage in hate speech and assure us it comes from personal experience. They tell their audiences that the only way to deal with one-fifth of the worldâ€™s population is by converting or eradicating all Muslims.
Created on Tuesday, 12 February 2008 17:51
Written by Scott Horton
Democracy G.O.P. Style in Washington State
by Scott Horton
ne of the open chapters in the internal corruption scandal rocking the Justice Department relates to Washington State. The U.S. Attorney in Seattle, John McKay, a uniformly well regarded Republican prosecutor, was fired on December 7, 2007. It appears that his termination had a lot to do with the sense among the leadership of the stateâ€™s G.O.P. that he â€œdidnâ€™t do enough to helpâ€ with the elections.
Read more: Democracy Gets the D.C. Treatment in Washington State
In particular, it appears that McKay did not engage in voter suppression tactics that the Republican hierarchy wanted to use to keep minorities away from the polls. He also failed to rally to the G.O.P.â€™s side in an exceptionally narrow 2004 gubernatorial contest, in which the Democrats prevailed by a paper thin margin. Of course, had McKay done what the party bosses wanted, heâ€™d probably have committed several felonies.