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McClellan testimony may shed light on Niger forgeries
By Jason Leopold
Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan�s
testimony later this week before the House Judiciary Committee promises to
reignite the debate over the �16 words� in President Bush�s 2003 State of the
Union address that claimed Iraq tried to purchase 500 tons of yellowcake
uranium from Niger and how the White House�s response to the bogus intelligence
led to the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame.
Jun 17, 2008, 00:22
The Israeli government is "immoral, unethical and illegal"
By Eileen Fleming
On June 5, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, from Northern
Ireland, Maried Corrigan-Maguire, a keynote speaker at the third annual Bil'in
conference on nonviolence traveled to Hebron. Maried had been invited by
friends who volunteer with Christian Peacemaker Team's based there.
Jun 17, 2008, 00:20
Why Hezbollah's victory may lead to peace in the Middle East: An interview with Franklin Lamb
By Mike Whitney
Franklin Lamb, PhD, is an author and director of
"Americans Concerned for Middle East Peace" who works from Beirut.
His latest book, "Hezbollah: A Brief Guide for Beginners," will soon
be published in Arabic and English.
Jun 17, 2008, 00:18
By Iftekhar Sayeed
The rational thing to do, according to economic
theory, is to maximize your income, and buy goods and services, and be happier
than before. What about dignity?
Jun 17, 2008, 00:16
Beyond the last computer
By Philip Emeagwali
I felt the hard, cold steel of a gun against the back
of my head. I spun around and saw my assailant�s finger shaking on the trigger:
�Don't run or I'll shoot you,� he said. I was just 14 years old, and death was
a stranger to me.
Jun 17, 2008, 00:14
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Jun 17, 2008, 00:06
Media reformers: It�s the economy
By Michael Winship
Last weekend�s National Conference on Media Reform in
Minneapolis was a freewheeling, articulate, committed gathering of activists,
policy wonks and everyday citizens dedicated to the idea that there can be no
real democracy without a media democracy -- independent reporting from diverse
communities free of the interference and spin of government and big business.
Perhaps nowhere else can you witness an FCC commissioner like Michael Copps get
a rock star standing ovation worthy of Mick Jagger or hear the words, �Common
carrier rules are hot!�
Jun 16, 2008, 00:19
DOJ official: Rumsfeld personally approved of brutal interrogations
By Jason Leopold
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld personally
authorized the use of brutal interrogation techniques against suspected
terrorists imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay despite warnings from the FBI that the
methods amounted to inhumane treatment, was possibly illegal, and would not
produce reliable intelligence, a Department of Justice inspector general
testified last Tuesday.
Jun 16, 2008, 00:17
Plans rapidly proceeding to make Iraq our Middle Eastern launching pad
By Michael Payne
The Bush administration is working overtime on two key
objectives, both specifically designed to reshape the Middle East in the mold
envisioned by the U.S. and Israel, our loyal and very aggressive ally.
Jun 16, 2008, 00:15
The illegitimate and disastrous U.S. military occupation of Iraq
By Rodrigue Tremblay
The Iraqi Parliament is on record as being
against the US-led military occupation of their country.
Moreover, most Iraqis resent
Americans occupying their country and the Bush-Cheney administration's requests
to do it forever by maintaining nearly 60 military bases in their country.
Jun 16, 2008, 00:11
US Supreme Court: Not a place to court democracy
By Ben Tanosborn
Ours is a government best described as the closest thing to a true
democracy thanks to its touted system of checks and balances which, we are constantly
reminded, maintains the three branches in some sort of equilibrium; thus
serving this nation best, as well as the people who populate it.
Jun 16, 2008, 00:09
The blogs are alive with the sound of Impeachment!
By Jerry Mazza
And we can thank one man: Representative Dennis
Kucinich, who this time brought 35 Articles of Impeachment against President George
W Bush in the Congress on Monday night. Click the link and scroll down past
a number of relevant articles to a video of Dennis reading them and a �packet
of printable offenses.�
Jun 13, 2008, 00:20
"Big Brother" presidential directive: "Biometrics for Identification and Screening to Enhance National Security"
By Michel Chossudovsky
The latest Big Brother police state measure emanating
from the Bush administration, with virtually no press coverage, is NSPD 59
(HSPD 24) entitled Biometrics
for Identification and Screening to Enhance National Security [Complete
text of NSPD 59 (HSPD 24) in Annex below]
Jun 13, 2008, 00:18
Kucinich vows new round of impeachment articles against Bush if measure dies
By Jason Leopold
Dennis Kucinich, the Ohio Congressman and former 2008
Democratic presidential candidate, said he would continue to introduce
resolutions calling for the removal of President George W. Bush from office if
the articles of impeachment against Bush that he presented to the House Monday
is not taken up within 30 days.
Jun 13, 2008, 00:16
The black days of 1948
By Dr. Marwan Asmar
For a long time, Israel sought to perpetuate a myth
that it was not their officials who sought to expel the Palestinians out of
their country but it was the Arabs who made them leave. This is how Israel
justified and today justifies its existence by denying what it has done to
Jun 13, 2008, 00:14
Reinventing America: A return to thinking
By Gary Simon
For the last five years the Bush administration has
postured itself as the apocalyptic crusader of Iraqi freedoms. In reality, its
true purpose from the outset has been the creation of mayhem in the Mideast,
the strengthened distribution of corporate power, particularly that of the
Carlyle elite and last, Machiavellian ownership of Iraqi oil leases and
contracts (money that was initially to go back into the rebuilding of Iraq,
Jun 13, 2008, 00:12
The beginning of global order
By Pablo Ouziel
We can continue to believe our politicians as
they echo messages of stability and order around our planet, and we can
continue to feed off the BBC or the New York Times to get an insight into the
normality of the global situation, but sooner or later, the collapse of our
economies is going to affect us directly by hitting our pockets, and then
perhaps we will be ready to act. Hopefully, against those politicians and
global capitalists who are infecting our daily life by bringing a painful and
miserable reality to the majority of humanity.
Jun 13, 2008, 00:10