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Thank you, soldier, but you needn�t fight for my freedoms
By Ben Tanosborn
Whether coming from
politicians of either denomination, anchor people in the media, or Jane and Joe
Citizen, I am revolted at the effusiveness displayed publicly as members of the
military are thanked for their �service to the country� and for fighting for
�our freedoms.� A few of these thank-you givers may be borderline idiots doing
what they feel it�s their patriotic duty; most of them, however, are nothing
short of hypocrites.
Oct 19, 2006, 00:32
Israelis and Arabs should cut out the middlemen
By Linda S. Heard
rarely hits the headlines in a world preoccupied with North Korean nukes,
British politicians pontificating about the rights or wrongs of veil wearing
and Madonna�s new baby. It�s doubtful that many in the West are even aware of
Israel�s �Operation Summer Rain� targeting Gaza that has robbed the lives of
290 Palestinians -- almost half of them children -- or that Israel is considering
re-occupying this overpopulated open-air prison.
Oct 19, 2006, 00:29
Stewart in leg irons; the latest victory in the war on terror
far, Bush�s only triumph in his muddled war on terror has been locking
up the two Stewart Sisters, Martha and Lynne. (They�re not really sisters)
Neither posed any threat to national security, but that�s beside the point.
Their arrest sends a chilling message to �home-decorating mavens� and
67-year-old cancer patients that they�d better �watch their step� or they�ll
find themselves in prison pinstripes.
Oct 19, 2006, 00:24
There's no bottom to the GOP's degeneracy
By Bev Conover
When it comes to all things vile, the Republican Party
leaders are in a class of their own. They make the Democrats look like
Oct 18, 2006, 01:03
By Jerry Mazza
It was more than a
headline in an ad for a funny-looking
little German car in the early 60s. It was a statement by the late great
Bernbach that challenged the basic assumption of US culture. That bigger is
better. And even bigger is even better. Not, it said, with totally sparse,
witty copy, pristine design, an absence of adland bells and whistles. But that
was then . . .
Oct 18, 2006, 00:53
Nukes: Iran and North Korea are not the problem
By Mickey Z.
Thanks to the nuclear
aspirations of North Korea and Iran, there's no shortage of rhetoric along
these lines: "We can't let rogue nations have nukes. They might use
them." Absent from the discussion are two elementary questions. First:
What is the only nation to have used nuclear weapons (and have civilians be
Oct 18, 2006, 00:50
The PROMIS of 9/11 and beyond
By Jerry Mazza
Richard Grove points out, SilverStream
(the software company he worked for at the time of 9/11), served not only AIG
(American Insurance Group), it also built trading applications for Merrill
Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Banker�s Trust, Alex Brown, Morgan Stanley, and Marsh
McLennan. With this impressive list, according to Grove, �you pretty much had
the major players involved in the financial aspect of the 9/11 fraudulent
Oct 17, 2006, 00:45
In your name
By Philip Primeau
A new report by the
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health published in The Lancet
alleges that "655,000 more Iraqis have died as a consequence of the March
2003 invasion . . . than would have been expected in a non-conflict
situation." This far exceeds previous estimates which generally put the
number somewhere around 50,000.
Oct 17, 2006, 00:42
Butchers of Bushland: Is the price worth it?
By Luciana Bohne
There is no longer any doubt that Bush's policy in
Iraq is facilitating genocide. The recent Lancet study makes that very clear.
Oct 16, 2006, 12:24
The logic behind Rice's grin
By Ramzy Baroud
In its struggle for the regional order it wants, the
US is reaching new lows in its deceitful and disingenuous stance towards the
Oct 16, 2006, 00:13
A journey through the mind of contemporary conservatism: Clutching our values aboard the death train of empire
By Phil Rockstroh
within an empire consists of the deceitful leading the disengaged. Although
when the artifice shielding a nation�s populace from the ruthlessness of their
leaders begins to fall away, hysteria and displaced rage rises in the land.
Ergo, in the American empire, we�re witnessing these demented days of
congressional boy love and despotic rockets.
Oct 13, 2006, 01:14
North Korea's bomb
By John Chuckman
You might think from
all the political noise that something extraordinary happened when North Korea
conducted an underground nuclear explosion. But let's put the test, apparently
a small-yield, inefficient device, into some perspective.
Oct 13, 2006, 01:08
Eroding freedom: From John Adams to George W. Bush
By Mickey Z.
Put a frog into a pot
of boiling water, the well-known parable begins, and out that frog will jump to
escape the obvious danger. Put that same frog into cool water and heat the pot
slowly, and it will not react until it's too late. The survival instincts of a
frog, we're told, are better designed to discern abrupt changes. Gradual
transformation�like the measured raising of water temperature�can sneak up on
the little croaker.
Oct 13, 2006, 01:03
Abusing the Arab Peace Initiative
By Nicola Nasser
The failed Qatari
mediation in the still unresolved inter-Palestinian divide was, in practice, an
American success in turning the Arab Peace Initiative (API) into a pressure
tool that further exacerbates fractures both in Arab and Palestinian ranks,
less than two weeks after the U.S. aborted a move by the Arab League to revive
an overdue comprehensive approach to the Arab and Palestinian-Israeli conflict
on its basis through the United Nations.
Oct 13, 2006, 00:57
Piercing the simulacrum: Of faux democracy, petty tyrants, and painful realities
By Jason Miller
A caricature of a man
who has wrought havoc in virtually every endeavor throughout his miserable
existence has found his calling. Exuding false bravado and contrived machismo,
he has swaggered his way into the deepest recesses of America's collective
psyche, fulfilling the inculcated need for a "manly" patriarch. Chest
thumping, bullying, and ultimately unleashing the Hell of the Pentagon's death
machine upon those brazen enough to resist conversion to the American Way, King
George IV has succeeded the tyrant American Revolutionaries toppled over 200
Oct 12, 2006, 01:00
California: I'm going to Darfur where it's safer!
By Jane Stillwater
How come nobody ever gets tired of watching TV
commercials? How come nobody ever protests?
Oct 12, 2006, 00:49
Foleys Berg�re: Political entertainment al�Americain
By Ben Tanosborn
Yes . . . come to
Washington�s Capitol Cabaret. Whether your preference is for a morality play or
a musical, that�s where its at; running the entire gamut in popular taste from
stupidity to prudishness. And now the cabaret is running this pre-election
play, a well-choreographed Foleys Berg�re, with the entire Republican chorus
line in drag.
Oct 11, 2006, 01:06
Who�s really preying on teenagers?
By David Howard
The scandal of former
US Representative Mark Foley hitting on teenage boys pales in comparison to the
Pentagon�s serial penetration of our high schools and the Armed Forces�
barely-legal attempted seduction of every 16 to 18-year-old male and female,
Congressional page or not.
Oct 10, 2006, 00:30
Was Moon behind timing of N. Korea nuke test to sway vote on next UN chief?
By Wayne Madsen
(WMR) -- WMR's intelligence sources
with links to North Korea report that some media sources are hyping the
kilo-tonnage of North Korea's underground nuclear weapons test. Although some
outlets are reporting that the bomb tested by North Korea was 5 to 15 kilotons,
in fact, it was between 1.5 and 2.4 kilotons, considered a surprisingly low
yield by Western scientists. By comparison, the bombs dropped by the United
States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were 22 kilotons.
Oct 10, 2006, 00:26
They lied about Iraq�s WMDs; they�re lying about Iran�s
By Luciana Bohne
In the pre-dawn hours
of Saturday, 30 September, the US Senate approved a bill authorizing sanctions
that target foreign countries continuing (completely legal) nuclear cooperation
with Iran. The bill stipulates �not to bring into force an agreement for
cooperation with the government of any country that is assisting the nuclear
program of Iran or transferring advanced conventional weapons or missiles.�
Unmentioned in the bill, the intended targets are Russia and China. The
previous day, the bill was approved by the House of Representatives.
Oct 10, 2006, 00:22