Created on Thursday, 30 October 2008 02:05
Written by William Blum
by William Blum
he Republican presidential campaign has tried to make a big
issue of Barack Obama at one time associating with Bill Ayers, a member
of the 1960s Weathermen who engaged in political bombings. Governor
Palin has accused Obama of â€œpalling around with terroristsâ€, although
Ayers' association with the Weathermen during their period of carrying
out anti-Vietnam War bombings in the United States took place when
Obama was around 8-years-old.
Contrast this with who President Ronald
Reagan, so beloved by the Republican candidates, associated with.
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was an Afghan warlord whose followers first gained
attention by throwing acid in the faces of women who refused to wear
the veil. This is how they spent their time when they were not
screaming "Death to America".
CIA and State Department officials called
Hekmatyar "scary," "vicious," "a fascist," "definite dictatorship
material".1 None of this prevented the Reagan administration from
inviting the man to the White House to meet with Reagan, and showering
him with large amounts of aid to fight against the Soviet-supported
government of Afghanistan.
Read more: Don't Tell My Mother I Work in the White House
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2008 06:12
Written by Press Release
Read more: Berlusconi Taken to School
Mass Protests in Italy to Stop Cuts
by Chris Bambery
ries of â€œBerlusconi, now you know what people think of you!â€ rang
through the streets of Rome last Friday as half a million people
demonstrated against the right wing government. Milan and Turin each
saw marches of 50,000 too.
Half of the countryâ€™s schools closed down, with students and teachers walking out over government plans to sack 87,000 teachers.
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2008 05:35
Written by William Bowles
Let Us Speculate
by William Bowles
hereâ€™s an awful lot of speculation going on
right now, from both the left and right about where the latest crisis
of capital is headed; chief amongst them is the notion that this
signals the end of the US Empire, that the so-called uni-polar world is
over, that a new multi-polar world, headed by China, Russia, India and
Brazil is emerging.
Read more: Let Us Speculate
The theory is based upon the fact that the US is no longer the worldâ€™s Numero Uno economic power and itâ€™s true that even an overwhelming
military force is dependent on the economics that fuel it. But how
true is this idea and even if it is true, over what timescale are we
talking about here?
Moreover, itâ€™s only one of a number of possible outcomes, much depends
on how the leading capitalist countries deal with the crisis. One thing
strikes me most forcefully and that is with all the talk of trillions
being needed to save capitalism from itself, the ease with which these
vast sums have been conjured up, reveals a striking fact about the role
of money namely that the value being assigned to it is totally
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2008 04:13
Written by Judith Young
October Surprises in a Culture of Death: Chicago as the Next 9/11?
by Judith H. Young, Ph.D.
a news conference on October 22, 2008, U.S. Democratic presidential
candidate Barak Obama was asked about a comment by his Vice
Presidential running mate Joe Biden that Obama could expect to be
tested within six months of the new presidential term by a "generated"
international crisis that will force him to make unpopular decisions.
Obama said the Delaware senator has occasionally engaged in "rhetorical
flourishes," but the essential point was that the new President could
expect to be challenged no matter who wins.
Obama held the news
conference following a meeting with his national security advisers, who
include long standing globalist asset Zbignew Brezezinski. He denied
the meeting with his advisors had been called because of political
damage stemming from Biden's remarks, in my view a classic ploy for
calling more attention to it.1
Read more: October Surprises in a Culture of Death
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2008 01:22
Written by Press Release
Tyendinaga Mohawks Brace for Arrival of Police Station: Police Chief Prepared to Use Force
by Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
Tensions are running high today on the Tyendinaga Mohawk
Territory today as residents anticipate the arrival of a highly
controversial second police station.
Some reports suggest the building
could arrive as early as this afternoon. Police Chief Ron Maracle has
warned that he is prepared to use force to bring the building into the
Residents have expressed concern over Council's
apparent prioritizing of a second police station for the small
community over issues such as unsafe drinking water throughout
community homes and at the reserve school, where the water was declared
unfit for human consumption some 19 months ago.
Read more: Police Chief Threatens New Station Opponents with Violence
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2008 01:04
John McCain's ads are LIES. Here's the video proof.
by Brave New Films
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2008 05:59
Written by Stephen Lendman
by Stephen Lendman
note before beginning. This article focuses on today's financial and
economic crisis. Not affairs of state, war and peace or geopolitics. No
guessing who's number one under those headings. That said:
so many good choices, it's hard just picking one. But given the gravity
of today's financial crisis, one name stands out above others. The
"maestro," as Bob Woodward called him in his book by that title. The
"Temple of Boom" chairman, according to a New York Times book review.
Standing "bestride the Fed like a colossus." Now defrocked as the
"maestro" of misery. Alan Greenspan. From August 11, 1987 to January
31, 2006, as head of the private banking cartel euphemistically called
the Federal Reserve. That Ron Paul explains isn't Federal and has no
Read more: The Engineer: Financial Trainwreck Finds a Face
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2008 05:48
Written by Dahr Jamail
The Cost of Slumber
by Dahr Jamail
ess than a month from the American presidential election of
2008, the day after the so-called final debate, I sat writing some of
this article in Oakland airport, awaiting a flight to Portland, as part
of a team of journalists, authors, activists and military veterans from
the occupation of Iraq.
Read more: The Cost of Slumber
The team is embarking on a countrywide tour to
talk about the occupation of Iraq and the American Empire, in the hope
that the American public might consider resisting both.
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2008 05:23
Written by Diane Walsh
The Activist Eco Front on Canadaâ€™s West Coast: Could it be that Victoria Citizens are a Model to the World?
by Diane Walsh
demonstration event of October 25th 2008 in BCâ€™s Capital is something
of note. So significant itâ€™s worth the world seeing. The Victoria
Chapter of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee (WCWC) managed to
inspire more than 2,700 people to come out in support of Big Trees not
Big Stumps, a rally call with a powerful message: Cutting Old Growth
trees as an instituted logging practice is no longer tolerable. Wow.
Quite a doozy.
Read more: Victoria Citizens Model to the World?
In droves, ralliers flocked to the streets in
Victoria. In a courageous effort to underline the moral duty --
compel government to stop ravaging majestic beauties that are hundreds
of years old -- the people walked, the people spoke.
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2008 05:10
Written by Mickey Z
Read more: Priorities in the Face of the Storm
by Mickey Z.
I was walking down the
street when I noticed a man sitting behind the wheel of a car, cursing
and angry. His face was a mask of rage. I stopped and contemplated the
source of his fury and assumed it was the election. Clearly, this man
was fed up with the two-party farce, the barring of non-corporate
candidates from public debates, the lies, the corruption, and the fact
that a vote for either McCain or Obama is a vote for the same
gluttonous, murderous culture.
Then I got a little closer and realized the man was upset because someone had beaten him to a parking spot.