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Commentary Last Updated: Oct 30th, 2006 - 02:18:15

Conning America
By: Patrick F Morris

The great Republican con machine has now shifted into high gear. And the same oracles of certainty that brought you �Iraq�s weapons of mass destruction� and a �cake-walk through Baghdad� are now, with the same shrill omniscience, promising that �the sky will fall in� if we pursue a prudent policy of letting the Iraqis themselves sort out their own civil war.

Sep 11, 2006, 00:27

A Mickey Mouse 9/11 from ABC
By Jerry Mazza

On Sunday and Monday nights, September 10 and 11, ABC TV, which is owned by Disney, the folks who brought you Mickey Mouse in 1928, plans to bring you a six-hour, $40 million docudrama, called �The Path to 9/11." It might well be called �The Path to Perdition,� seeing as how it bills itself as �an objective telling of the events of 9/11," when in fact the film was scripted by arch-conservative writer Cyrus Nowrasteh, whose friendship is claimed by no less than Rush Limbaugh. Don�t throw up yet. There�s more . . .

Sep 8, 2006, 01:16

The people�s struggle in the Middle East, an interview with Ramzy Baroud
By Joshua Frank

Ramzy Baroud is a US author and journalist, currently based in London. He is the author of The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People's Struggle (Pluto Press, 2006). He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Here Baroud talks with Joshua Frank about the latest crisis in the Middle East and how it threatens the US and Israel�s international prowess.

Sep 8, 2006, 00:47

Palestinian donors: What mission?
By Nicola Nasser

The Palestinians have been too grateful and too helpless for too long to be critical of the political agenda of their donors who have practically nailed them down as political hostages to the donors� money, which was promised initially to help build an independent Palestinian state, but ended as a political instrument effectively used by the Israeli occupying power.

Sep 7, 2006, 00:34

Americans� unrealized �peace dividend�
By Ben Tanosborn

Once upon a time, as the Soviet Union decided, or felt compelled, to put an end to the �cold war� -- a decade short of the new millennium -- Americans rejoiced with a sense of relief from what appeared as a diminishing possibility of a nuclear doomsday.  And there was also a rebirth of economic optimism.

Sep 7, 2006, 00:29

Has the American homeland been free from terrorist aggression?
By John H. Burgess

President Bush keeps reiterating that if we don't confront the terrorists in Iraq, we'll have to fight them here in the streets at home. Yet the reality may be that we are fighting them here already.

Sep 7, 2006, 00:26

The 9/11 Commission: A play on nothing in three acts
By Sibel Edmonds & Bill Weaver

A wag once famously said that Samuel Beckett�s Waiting for Godot was a play where nothing happened . . . twice.  The two former co-chairmen of the 9-11 commission report, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, have released a new book, "Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9-11 Commission." This book goes Beckett one better � it is the third act of veneer over substance, self-aggrandizement over serious analysis, and clich� over perspicacity.

Sep 6, 2006, 01:21

Criticism of Israel Is not 'anti-Semitism'
By Linda S. Heard

Results of a 10-month inquiry into anti-Semitism in Britain will be delivered by three members of Parliament to Downing Street on Thursday. And according to the Guardian, the report is likely to criticize calls to boycott academics working in Israel and blast "left-wing activists as well as Muslim extremists for using criticism of Israel as 'a pretext' for spreading hatred against British Jews."

Sep 6, 2006, 01:19

Bint Jbeil; Hezbollah�s blood victory
By Mike Whitney

There�s a sign at the entrance to Bint Jbeil that says: �Bint Jbeil -- Capital of Freedom.� The cheery greeting contrasts dramatically with the vast devastation that lies just beyond.

Sep 6, 2006, 01:15

Santorum defends medical malpractice
By Mary Shaw

With the campaign season heating up, we're once again finding ourselves besieged by TV and radio ads by candidates slinging political mud at their opponents.

Sep 6, 2006, 01:12

Wrong about everything
By Mike Whitney

Name one part of the occupation of Iraq that has succeeded?

Sep 5, 2006, 00:36

Snakes On a Plane, Bush in the White House
By Zbignew Zingh

I am more afraid of the reptiles in the Administration than anything Hollywood puts on an airplane. I mean, these are incredibly venomous, cold-blooded creepy-crawlies that are running the United States these days, and unlike a short flight from here to there where, a few hours after take off, you leave the plane at your destination, we are doomed in real life to travel with the Buskovites, like slave-rowers chained to the galley, for at least the next several years.

Sep 5, 2006, 00:31

The price of ignoring the elephant
By Salah Obeid

�Peace in the Middle East� may make for a snappy bumper sticker. But a more relevant message to send to fellow motorists -- and to the presidential motorcade in particular -- is �Free Palestine.� Because getting that message right would not only mean peace between Israel and its neighbors, but also the elimination of the greatest reason people target the United States and its allies in the first place.

Sep 1, 2006, 00:53

The truth about the "Terror Plot".... and the new "pseudo-terrorism"
By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

I am disappointed to say that so far there has been very little serious critical discussion, grounded in factual analysis, of the alleged �Terror Plot� foiled on the morning of Wednesday, 10th August 2006. Except for a few noteworthy comment pieces, such as Craig Murray�s critical speculations published by the Guardian 18th August., the mainstream media has largely subserviently parroted the official claims of the British and American governments. This is a shame, because inspection of the facts raises serious problems for the 10/8 official narrative.

Sep 1, 2006, 00:39

Reiner, Gibson and the libel of anti-Semitism
By Andrew Winkler

I think Rob Reiner is right. Mel Gibson should 'come clean on anti-Semitism'. Not just the one drunken incident the other day, when he shared with a Jewish cop his thoughts on who is to blame for most of the wars. Nor just in the 'Passion of Christ' where he created the impression that Jews were responsible for Jesus' death. No, he should admit rampant, all-trandescenting anti-Semitism.

Aug 31, 2006, 01:05

Lebanon must not become Gaza
By Linda S. Heard

Hostilities were supposed to be over weeks ago. Both sides have signed up to UN Security Council Resolution 1701. But only one side, Lebanon, is sticking to it.

Aug 31, 2006, 01:01

Mission incompetence: George W Bush leads the way for bungling overachievers
By Nick Paccione

Determined to keep my sanity while on hold with a rude and incompetent doctor�s receptionist who couldn�t transfer my call to the right extension after trying over five times, I started humming a song from the sixties called �Aquarius� and realized that the word �Aquarius� has the same number of syllables as �Incompetence.� And with heartfelt apologies to �Hair� lyricists Ragni and Rado, I started singing, �This is the dawning of the age of incompetence.�

Aug 31, 2006, 00:50

Shaping opinions by constriction: Italian Islamic groups forced to sign a Statement of Values
By Mary Rizzo

In a functional democracy, one of the basic principals is that there should be the recognition of the right of individuals to hold their own opinion. This is often extended to groups, as is natural, since groups are nothing more than individuals who share things in common.

Aug 30, 2006, 00:43

Iran should name a street after Bush
By Linda S. Heard

If US President George W. Bush ever found time between biking, jogging, tree-felling, sleeping and ordering around British Prime Minister Tony Blair to read the papers, he may have said "a curse on British intellectuals" or, at least, a more colourful Texan version.

Aug 30, 2006, 00:40

Why is it so hard for an Israeli to admit that an Arab combatant is just slightly better?
By Gilad Atzmon

It is now clear that as much as the Israeli Army doesn�t know how to win a war, the Israeli people do not know how to lose one. Already at the late stages of the recent wave of hostility in Lebanon the Israelis were desperately searching for a scapegoat, someone to blame, someone who would take personal responsibility for the humiliating Israeli collective defeat.

Aug 30, 2006, 00:34

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