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Dates that Live in Infamy

December 7 is more than Pearl Harbor
by Mickey Z.
While December 7 marks the 66th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, I’d rather reflect upon December 7, 1975.
 
This reflection involves, among others, former New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and requires a geography question: What nation has the largest Muslim population? Not Saudi Arabia, Iran, or Egypt; it’s Indonesia.


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Keeping an Eye on CanWest Goebbels

Defining Racism
by Kim Petersen
The neocon press is not merely confined to the United States. It flourishes in the money-losing Canadian newspaper National Post. The paper rabidly supports Zionism, which means that it supports the dispossession of Palestinians who are indigenous to historical Palestine.

A recent editorial screed (it makes no effort to hide itself as such) was written by a Canadian version of American right-winger Ann Coulter (in regressivism but not glamor), Barbara Kay.
 
Kay describes Israel as a “literal phoenix risen from the ashes…” Ashes? What she didn’t mentioned was that, if there were any ashes, the ashes were of Palestinians who inhabited the territory.
 

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Israel Wins?

Same old, same old – Israel wins again
by Jim Miles
As I sit and read the announcements from today’s first discussions from Annapolis, all I can see is another dismal failure for peace and another year long “negotiation” process that like Oslo, Camp David, the ‘road map’ all lead to the same place.  That place, as so clearly denoted by the late Tanya Rinehart, is nowhere.  

Today the leaders – Olmert and Abbas – “have agreed to re-start negotiations to reach a comprehensive peace deal by the end of 2008.”  Bush it was noted in the article “did not stay for the rest of the conference, leaving Annapolis as soon as the speeches were over.”  He too is obviously quite happy with the status quo in Israel’s favour.  


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Karlheinz Shreiber's Day in "Court"

Payback: Brian Mulroney Tagged in
Canadian Court for Pay-Off Non Performance 
by C. L. Cook
Eds. note: Karlheinz Shreiber managed to stave off yet again extradition from Canada to his native Germany. The former arms trader and emissary for German industry refused to testify explicitly today (Nov. 29, '07) on matters of interest to the Parliamentary committee struck to hear his allegations of deals cut with the former sitting prime minister, Brian Mulroney before his being let out of jail, and allowed to gather his pertinent materials.
 
The state allowed he be held in house arrest pending the outcome of the growing scandal hearing. Shreiber, a Canadian citizen, has fought the extradition proceedings launched by Germany for his alleged involvement with political crimes committed in that country more than a decade ago. Here's how Pacific Free Press covered the latest press discovery of the connections between Brian Mulroney and Karlheinz Shreiber back in July, and a link to a 2001 Gorilla Radio interview I did with journalist and author, Stevie Cameron, who co-authored the ground-breaking book on the Shreiber-Mulroney link in, 'The Last Amigo.' 
 
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Shocked!

Shock Therapy (Part 1)
by Hannah B.
As all good torturers know, fear and uncertainty can be wonderfully motivating. In Naomi Klein’s latest book, The Shock Doctrine, she explains how this simple principle has been used by international financial institutions to push through neo-liberal economic policy around the world.
 
In the wake of crises and disasters, the boys from the IMF and the World Bank would show up, loans in hand, preaching the gospel of privatization and austerity.

The natives, their better judgment clouded by fear and confusion — or bribes, when needed — would generally submit. It was called “shock therapy.”

Klein has, however, been at some pains to deny any deliberate engineering of crisis by the neo-liberal shock cadres. And though I’m generally enamored with her thesis, here we part ways.
 
 
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Why American Troops Can't Go Home

Catch 22 in Iraq: Why American Troops Can't Go Home
by Michael Schwartz
Every week or so, the Department of Defense conducts a video- conference press briefing for reporters in Washington, featuring an on-the-ground officer in Iraq.
 
Col. Jeffrey Bannister
 
On November 15th, that briefing was with Col. Jeffrey Bannister, commander of the Second Brigade of the Second Infantry Division. He was chosen because of his unit's successful application of surge tactics in three mainly Shia districts in eastern Baghdad.
 
He had, among other things, set up several outposts in these districts offering a 24-hour American military presence; he had also made generous use of transportable concrete walls meant to separate and partition neighborhoods, and had established numerous checkpoints to prevent unauthorized entry or exit from these communities.

As Col. Bannister summed up the situation:
 
"We have been effective, and we've seen violence significantly reduced as our Iraqi security forces have taken a larger role in all aspects of operations, and we are starting to see harmony between Sunni and Shi'a alike."


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Venezuela’s D-Day: CIA Coup Plot Exposed

Venezuela’s D-Day: The December 2, 2007 Constituent Referendum
by James Petras
On November 26, 2007 the Venezuelan government broadcast and circulated a confidential memo from the US embassy to the CIA which is devastatingly revealing of US clandestine operations and which will influence the referendum this Sunday (December 2, 2007).

The memo sent by an embassy official, Michael Middleton Steere, was addressed to the head of the CIA, Michael Hayden. The memo was entitled ‘Advancing to the Last Phase of Operation Pincer’ and updates the activity by a CIA unit with the acronym ‘HUMINT’ (Human Intelligence) which is engaged in clandestine action to destabilize the forth-coming referendum and coordinate the civil military overthrow of the elected Chavez government.
 
 
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Payback: Mulroney Tagged in Canadian Court for Pay-Off Non-Performance

Payback: Brian Mulroney Tagged in
Canadian Court for Pay-Off None Performance 
by C. L. Cook
Eds. note: Karlheinz Shreiber managed to stave off yet again extradition from Canada to his native Germany. The former arms trader and emissary for German industry, refused to testify explicitly today (Nov. 29, '07) on matters of interest to the Parliamentary committee struck to hear his allegations of deals cut with the former sitting prime minister, Brian Mulroney before being let out of jail, and allowed to gather his pertinent materials.
 
The state allowed he be held in house arrest pending the outcome of the growing scandal hearing. Shreiber, a Canadian citizen, has fought the extradition proceedings launched by Germany for his alleged involvement with political crimes committed in that country more than a decade ago. Here's how GR covered the initial press discovery of the connections between Brian Mulroney and Karlheinz Shreiber back in 2001 and a link to an interview I did with journalist and author, Stevie Cameron, who co-authored the ground-breaking book on the Shreiber-Mulroney connection, 'The Last Amigo.' 
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Not Quite Dead Yet: NeoCons Claim Success in Iraq

The "Triumphant" Neocons
by Robert Parry
Citing signs of military progress in Iraq, America’s neo- conservatives are reasserting their vision of the United States as an imperial power that can reshape the Muslim world in a way favorable to the interests of Washington and Tel Aviv.

Casting aside the image of the war as a bloody quagmire, the neocons are again selling Iraq as a vital beachhead in the Middle East from which the United States can project power throughout the region and achieve victory over Islamic militants hostile to Israel.

“It does not have the drama of the Inchon landing or the sweep of the Union comeback in the summer of 1864,” wrote neoconservative columnist Charles Krauthammer. “But the turnabout of American fortunes in Iraq over the past several months is of equal moment – a war seemingly lost, now winnable.” [Washington Post, Nov. 23, 2007]


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And the Losers Are: China's Five Ring Circus

Olympic Losers
by Peter Kwong  
The opening of the 29th Olympic games in Beijing is less than nine months away.
 
 
Thousands of laborers are toiling around the clock to complete dozens of Olympic stadiums and support facilities, overhaul the entire metropolitan infrastructure and transportation system, and install state-of-the-art toilets at all the tourist attractions.
 
The noise generated by the pounding and drilling with heavy equipment has city residents complaining of sleepless nights. An even greater concern is air pollution.



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Tutu's Cri de Coeur

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
Fmr. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu: Israel Should Heed Lessons of Scripture -- and Apartheid
by Desmond Tutu
It was exhilarating preaching to the oppressed and downtrodden. The well-to-do, the powerful, often complained that we were mixing religion with politics, and we would declare that we were doing no more, in fact, than just preaching the Gospel. That’s -- they had brought us the Bible from wherever, and we were taking it seriously. We would be accused of being political, and I often retorted, “I don't know which Bible you are reading.”
 
I must say I have never heard the poor complain, “Bishop Tutu, now you're being political!” If anything, they would possibly have said, “You are not political enough.”

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