Created on Wednesday, 17 October 2007 18:53
Written by Scott Horton
2003 Affidavit Raises More Serious Questions About Siegelman Judge
by Scott Horton
have received a copy of an affidavit
(8.7Mb PDF) filed by a Missouri attorney in 2003 which details a number of charges of unethical and criminal conduct against Judge Mark Fuller
Read more: Siegelman Persecutor's Ties to the House of Bush
The attorney sought Fullerâ€™s removal from a high-profile litigation which related to a prominent Republican who was close to both the current President Bush and his father.
Created on Wednesday, 17 October 2007 18:32
Written by Chris Cook
Help Save Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine!
by Half-Hour for Haiti
ast Friday was the two-month anniversary of the abduction of Haitian human rights activist Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine.
Lovinsky has been one of Haitiâ€™s most persistent and effective human rights activists in Haiti for almost 20 years. He founded several organizations, including the September 30th Foundation, which has maintained weekly vigils for justice in Haiti for over a decade, through hurricanes, coup dâ€™Ã©tats and economic privation.
For more information about Lovinsky, his disappearance, and taking action to save Lovinsky's life, see our website, www.HaitiJustice.org.
Read more: Half-Hour for Haiti: Saving Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine!
Created on Tuesday, 16 October 2007 23:39
Written by Chris Cook
Number Two: Stephen Harper's Second Speech from the Throne
by C. L. Cook
hat great whooshing sound you hear is Canada as we know it being flushed finally down the crapper.
Prior to the minority government's Tuesday statement of principles, Harper, in stentorian style, promised this Speech from the Throne would be a de facto vote of confidence. He is, in effect, drawing the line in the sand for the Loyal Opposition Liberals to either put up or shut up.
Or, as his friend and political inspiration, George W. Bush might say, and as the prime minister himself actually did say last week, "Time to fish, or cut bait."
Read more: Stephen Harper's Second Speech from the Throne
Created on Monday, 15 October 2007 13:00
Written by Mickey Z
Ya Gotta Believe?
by Mickey Z.
ccording to some polls, many Americans believe the Bible is literally true, Saddam Hussein helped plan the 9/11 attacks, and Britney Spears is not suited to raise her own children.
Read more: Do Ya Gotta Believe?
(No data at the moment about how many Americans believe polls about what Americans believe.)
Created on Sunday, 14 October 2007 19:47
Written by Tom Engelhardt
With the Lost Boys in Southern Sudan: "Starting from Zero"
by David Morse
o the extent that the media spotlight is ever directed at Africa, it
has focused on Darfur, in western Sudan, where several hundred thousand
people have died in ethnic violence since 2003.
Just next door, beyond
the glare of the spotlight, however, is South Sudan, where an estimated
2.2 million people were killed in two decades of bitter internecine
There, a fragile, three-year-old peace agreement is rapidly
coming apart. A new conflagration in South Sudan would engulf Darfur,
dwarf the carnage that has taken place so far in the region, and launch
sub-Saharan Africa into the age of energy wars.
Both the danger -- and its ethnic character -- were brought home to me
very personally in a single moment on a recent trip to South Sudan as I
tried to tell myself that the two-year-old Dinka boy pointing a pistol
at my chest meant no harm. But the pearl-handled automatic looked real
enough. "Khawaja," he said. (Dinka for "white person.")
Read more: Sudan: Starting from Zero
Created on Sunday, 14 October 2007 17:51
Written by Joe Bageant
Read more: Caribbean: An American Tempest
Americans Like Their Greed Supersized
by Joe Bageant
ight now I am doing something only someone as fucked up as an American-style lefty could possibly do: waiting for Hurricane Dean to strike my rickety shack and masturbating an indignant essay about "the global class struggle."
It seems we Americans as a people are much given to personal indignation, if not national action, excepting perhaps aerial bombing and mass surveillance. But the poor of these Caribbean villages struggling for merest daily sustenance â€” the money for which is so often doled out by a well-scrubbed white hand much like my own â€” cannot afford open indignation much less "class struggle."
Created on Sunday, 14 October 2007 16:31
Written by Peter Zaza
Naomi or Noam Am I?
by Peter Zaza
ot sure if that's a clue for a cryptic crossword, or I'm about to tell you a story. I went to see Naomi Klein a few nights ago here in Victoria BC Canada.
She was finishing up a book tour for her recently released "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" before heading abroad for the next stage of her promotional tour.
In this excellent book Klein exposes how catastrophic events
become extremely profitable for corporations while enabling governments
to further an agenda of "disaster capitalism".
Read more: Naomi Klein: Gatekeeping the 9/11 Community
Created on Sunday, 14 October 2007 15:41
Written by David Swanson
Three Stooges Go to Washington
by David Swanson
tooge number one is the honorable Steny Hoyer, whom Bob Fertik at Democrats.com has just awarded the honorific of Stupidest Democrat in History
Read more: The Three Clowns of the (democrat) Apocalypse
Hoyer's other title is House Majority Leader, but he cuts deals as if he were in something worse than a minority, trading what everybody wants away in order to obtain what nobody has any use for.
Here's the Associated Press: "A top Democratic leader opened the door Tuesday to granting U.S. telecommunications companies retroactive legal immunity for helping the government conduct electronic surveillance without court orders, but said the Bush administration must first detail what those companies did. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said providing the immunity will likely be the price of getting President Bush to sign into law new legislation extending the government's surveillance authority."
Created on Sunday, 14 October 2007 14:59
Written by Dave Lindorff
Read more: Iraq: Marines Are Go!
The Marines Have Figured It Out: Time to Quit Iraq
by Dave Lindorff
ver the past year, Bush has pretty much lost his entire Coalition of the Unwilling, with the British, who have already pulled back from Basra into their fortified base, now intending to quit Iraq altogher early next year
But before the Brits close the door behind them, someone else wants to leave too: the United States Marines, America's answer to ancient Greece's Spartan warriors.
Created on Sunday, 14 October 2007 12:10
Written by Joshua Frank
Big Sky Rebels: Montana's Promise of Change
by Joshua Frank
is sickening. Montana is not what it used to be. Corporate behemoths
have taken over small family-owned farms, and public forests have been
squandered and sold to the highest bidder.
Poverty and racism run
Native Americans are being corralled onto even tighter plots
of land. But while things seem disheartening, voices of hope continue
rumbling across the vast Big Sky.
Read more: Montana's Promise of Change
With Montana, like so many
other â€œlost causeâ€ states, not fitting neatly into the Blue State/Red
State dichotomy, even Thomas Frank would be baffled.