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The US vs. Obama, McCain, and AIPAC
By Mazin Qumsiyeh, Ph.D.
Some one million Arab and Muslim Americans, including
some in my own family, voted for Obama in the primaries. I was not one of them
and I will likely vote for a third party candidate in November.
Jun 6, 2008, 00:12
TV show epitomises anti-Arab feelings
By Linda S. Heard
Recently broadcast on MBC4 were three episodes of the
Dr Phil show that initially aired in the US last November. They featured
Katherine Lester, a pretty 18-year-old American woman who travelled to the West
Bank to be with Abdullah, a 22-year-old Palestinian man she "met" on
the Internet when she was 16. This was the second time that Katherine had flown
to the Middle East to see the young man; on the first occasion, in response to
her family's objections, she got as far as Amman, Jordan, before being picked
up by the FBI as a minor and escorted home.
Jun 6, 2008, 00:10
Lisbon treaty: EU democratic process in question
By Laurent Daur� & Dominique Guillemin
On February 4, the French Parliament voted in the bill
modifying title XV of the French Constitution in Versailles, and three days
later, on February 7, the Treaty of Lisbon was formally ratified.
Jun 5, 2008, 00:20
Libby links Cheney to Plame leak
By Jason Leopold
FBI documents obtained by a congressional committee
indicate that Vice President Dick Cheney may have authorized his former deputy
to leak the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson.
Jun 5, 2008, 00:18
Poisonous plutocracy pushes economic inequality
By Joel S. Hirschhorn
The biggest political issue receiving no attention by
the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates is the powerful
plutocracy that has captured the government to produce rising economic
Jun 5, 2008, 00:16
Watch lists provide false sense of safety and security
By Ahmad Al-Akhras,
profiling, the so-called Watch List hinges on a false premise that people
commit crimes because of their racial, ethnic or religious background. This
false premise caused huge suffering to African Americans, Japanese Americans
and now Arab and American Muslims. The worst part of this is the assumption
that practicing Islam, never mind being an activist at that, gives one an
appetite for terrorism. In the process, people who are in good standing who did
not commit nor had a criminal record are treated as "posing a threat to
civil aviation or national security" or as "potential enemies of the
Jun 5, 2008, 00:14
More turds from the "Elephant in the Room�
By Mel Seesholtz Ph.D.
Rick Santorum�s extremist views and
abrasive rhetoric were the reasons Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly
booted him out of office in the largest margin of defeat for an incumbent
senator since 1980. It seems he didn�t learn anything from the experience.
Jun 5, 2008, 00:12
How Bush and the neocons plan to kill Medicare
By Jerry Mazza
You think they went away when seniors jumped all over
them last time? No, they just crawled under their rock for a while then crept
back out. In fact, the Bush administration has recently said �unsustainable
growth� in spending on programs like Medicare is contributing to �the biggest
challenge to the nation�s economic health.� That�s a flat-out lie.
Jun 4, 2008, 00:24
In Afghanistan, US opens the door to opium for the masses (second of a two-part series)
By Eric Walberg
While the current occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq
look to be part of an ambitious plan of US domination of the Muslim world, both
are proving to be a much greater problem than their shadowy planners supposed.
And whatever the conspiracy underlying the jigsaw puzzle Afghanistan forms a
key piece in, it is certainly not one made in Russia, despite current US
attempts to paint Russia, formerly enemy number one, as enemy number two, after
the current enemy du jour -- Islam.
Jun 4, 2008, 00:22
Afghanistan: Propping up an already failed state
By Ben Tanosborn
Europeans live in a fantasy world if they think that this fall's
election in the US will change anything with respect to America�s military demands
Jun 4, 2008, 00:20
When will Israel quit pretending it wants peace?
By Linda S. Heard
Successive Israeli governments have perfected the art
of announcing one thing and doing just the opposite. Almost every member of the
Israeli leadership says a two-state solution on the lines of �the road map� is
the way forward, yet they do nothing at all to bolster the credibility of the
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas except throw occasional smiles and
handshakes his way.
Jun 4, 2008, 00:18
Coexistence, not apartheid
By Ramzy Baroud
For the last 60 years, all those who have sought a
genuinely peaceful and fair solution for Israel and Palestine have faced the
same obstacle -- Israel's sense of invincibility and military arrogance,
abetted by the US and other Western governments' unwavering support.
Jun 4, 2008, 00:16
By Pablo Ouziel
Sentiments and opinions vary from person to
person, city to city and country to country, so one cannot attempt to frame the
issue of collective responsibility or awareness towards current affairs,
without acknowledging first, that any assumptions or conclusions made cannot in
anyway capture the sentiment of every individual in the vast world in which we
cohabit. Therefore without assuming that I know what you think, I can however share
with you what I am seeing, with the personal hope that we will all wake up to
the folly which through our collective collaboration, we are allowing our
governments, banks, corporations and the military to perpetrate.
Jun 4, 2008, 00:14
The US is repeating the Soviets� mistakes in Afghanistan, plus showing remarkable creativity in the horrors department (first of a two-part series)
By Eric Walberg
Twenty years ago last week, the Soviet Union began its withdrawal from Afghanistan, eight and a half years after it was
invited by the desperate People�s Democratic Party of Afghanistan
(PDPA), which had degenerated into intra-party squabbling and was beset by
Islamic rebels massively financed by the United States. The straw that broke
the Soviets� back was when the US began providing Stinger missiles to Osama bin Laden and his friends.
Jun 3, 2008, 00:28
The great oil swindle: How much did the Fed really know?
By Mike Whitney
The Commodity Futures and Trading Commission (CFTC) is
investigating trading in oil futures to determine whether the surge in prices
to record levels is the result of manipulation or fraud. They might want to
take a look at wheat, rice and corn futures while they're at it.
Jun 3, 2008, 00:26
More on the real reason behind high oil prices
By F. William Engdahl
detailed in an earlier
article, a conservative calculation is that at least 60 percent of today�s
$128 per barrel price of crude oil comes from unregulated futures speculation
by hedge funds, banks and financial groups using the London ICE Futures and New
York NYMEX futures exchanges and uncontrolled inter-bank or Over-The-Counter
trading to avoid scrutiny.
Jun 3, 2008, 00:24
GOP contender linked to attorney firing
By Jason Leopold
Though virtually unknown outside the Albuquerque area,
Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White is betting that his conservative
credentials and close ties to the White House will help Republicans retain the
hotly contested New Mexico congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Heather
Jun 3, 2008, 00:22
Ad-venture capital in American presidential politics
By Ben Tanosborn
Like it or not, in agreement or in disfavor by the
populace, our money politics has now entered the era of networking, multi-level-marketing
and thorough ad-brainwashing.
Jun 3, 2008, 00:20
George Bush, at sea in the desert
By Michael Winship
President Bush�s recent speech before the Knesset,
ostensibly to celebrate Israel�s 60th birthday, was not only a display of
political cynicism at its worst -- using a diplomatic occasion to perpetrate an
unseemly attack on Barack Obama -- but a microcosm for the disregard with which
the president holds the rest of the world. And vice versa.
Jun 3, 2008, 00:18
Rome Diary: Italy�s leap into the dark: Smells, signals and symptoms of fascism
By Gaither Stewart
As a premise to this diary of events, notes and
comments covering a period of one month following the whimsical and perverse
electoral choice of this country of 60 million people, I remind readers that
since the time of Machiavelli, Italy has often been a political guidepost in
Europe. Therefore, Italy�s peculiar preference today for an updated form of
fascism that once cost them so dearly and, furthermore, is headed by an accused
crook is worth a close look.
Jun 2, 2008, 00:23