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Answering the mail re: Greenberg & AIG
By Jerry Mazza
Among many positive
emails I received for my Online Journal
and the Greenberg Familia, I received one nasty, even threatening one. �Mr.
Mazza,� it read, �I am a former employee of AIG, so I can speak my mind on your
essay . . . You have lied and slandered Hank Greenberg, AIG and others.� Well,
Mr. Smith, I beg to disagree.
Oct 9, 2006, 01:35
Wars and propaganda machines
By Rodrigue Tremblay
machines are dangerous, even
more so in a democracy than in a totalitarian regime, because their goal is to
confuse, disinform, lie, raise fear and manipulate the opinions of the people.
Oct 9, 2006, 01:30
Putin fights back
By Mike Whitney
The ongoing fracas
between Russia and the Republic of Georgia appears to be a quarrel between
neighbors over the arrest of four Russian officers by President Mikhail
Saakashvili. In reality, it is a clash between the Bush administration and
Vladimir Putin over who will prevail in the struggle to control Central Asia.
The stakes couldn�t be higher and it looks as though the conflagration could go
on for some time to come.
Oct 9, 2006, 01:26
Palestinian power struggle: Siege within
By Ramzy Baroud
It is no secret that the Palestinian people have
always struggled with the problem of impotent, self-seeking leaders, who have
historically invested far greater time fending for their own status and
position at the helm -- however worthless -- than representing the legitimate
rights and aspirations of an occupied nation. Alas, the present fails to
deviate from that role, although it offers an unprecedented lesson.
Oct 9, 2006, 01:23
The real �state of denial�: 9/11 red herrings as bipartisan election-year volleyball
By Larry Chin
With US mid-term
elections one month away, it is not surprising to find Washington�s elite
criminal factions (neocon and neoliberal) engaged in a new game of political
chicken over 9/11 red herrings. The appearance of bickering hides the fact that
operatives of both factions are lying. Both sides are cynically continuing the
massive bipartisan cover-up of 9/11 and the �war on terrorism."
Oct 6, 2006, 01:17
Six Flags over Neo-Nuremberg: Bush, Oprah, the San Diego Chicken and a proto-fascist panopticon of the mind
By Phil Rockstroh
Many believe fascism
will come to the United States of America resembling contrived spectacles such as the Super Bowl, the Academy
Awards, and American Idol, with the proceedings intercut with teary, yet
ultimately triumphant, Oprahesque tales of how redemption can be gained through
the renunciation of one�s rights and liberties, as well as, the dutiful turning
in of one�s subversive neighbors.
Oct 6, 2006, 01:12
A new low, even for the Traditional Values Coalition
By Mel Seesholtz, Ph.D.
Sheldon and his Traditional
Values Coalition are notorious for their vile rhetoric and unbridled hatred
of gay and lesbian Americans. Their vicious, often profane attacks denigrate
the �God,� Christian faith and churches they say they represent: �TVC
speaks on behalf of over 43,000 churches . . . and includes most Christian
denominations.� It was difficult to believe they could sink to a new low, but
Oct 6, 2006, 00:59
�Shut up and sing!� -- conservatives stifle patriotism and disregard our Bill of Rights
By Nick Paccione
�Shut up and sing� is a conservative�s acerbic
advice to liberal entertainers who dare to speak about their political
Oct 6, 2006, 00:52
Removing Hamas: Brinkmanship tactics or coup d'�tat
By Nicola Nasser
Within the context of
a U.S.-Israeli determined campaign to remove the elected Islamic Resistance
Movement from power, the best of the Palestinian mainstream anti-occupation
activists of Fatah and Hamas are being polarized into a deadlocked divide that
is already threatening an historic national unity with a looming civil war, as
a result of either risky brinkmanship tactics or what Hamas says is a coup d'�tat.
Oct 6, 2006, 00:49
Is Woodward being used to effect another "silent" coup?
By Bev Conover
In what may seem a curious turn of events, Bob
Woodward, who wrote two suck-up books that fawned over the Bush administration,
has now turned, in his latest tome, State of Denial, on his Bush
buddies. Perhaps it's not so curious, after all.
Oct 5, 2006, 00:42
Are the Moonies attempting to gain control of the UN?
(WMR) -- The Unification Church,
the global enterprise of South Korean Rev. Sun Myung Moon (born Yong Myung
Moon), may be attempting to take control of the United Nations through the
all-but-certain election of South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon as UN
Oct 5, 2006, 00:37
When will Americans hold the guilty accountable?
By Linda S. Heard
Imagine what would
happen to a corporate CEO who overspent his budget to the tune of billions.
Oct 5, 2006, 00:32
Thugs we can call our own
By Ben Tanosborn
Nothing evidences our
monolithic approach to international politics better than our response to a
little foreign criticism coming from any quarter. Such criticism may come
from nations that we usually identify with, and which have always been
considered allies; or from nations that resent our meddling in their internal
affairs and confront our behavior. It doesn�t matter. We trash them
all . . . messengers as well as messages. How dare anyone challenge us!
Oct 5, 2006, 00:27
The "F" word and how to escape from its clutches
By Bernard Weiner
So we're here. No
more shilly-shallying about whether America is beginning to resemble a fascist
society. We're now plopped right down into it.
Oct 5, 2006, 00:23
Revenge of the Jedi Bag Lady
By Mickey Z.
Communists are long
out of vogue, welfare moms are so 1995, and Osama has taken the reclusive
shtick a little too far for our short attention spans. My fellow Americans, we
obviously, desperately need a new super-villain to fear, a new reason to circle
the wagons, surrender our rights, and embrace a lifetime of Code Orange.
Oct 4, 2006, 02:23
Iraq: bloodied, divided but not yet broken
By Linda S. Heard
Iraq is in danger of
being split up into three autonomous states in 2008. According to the UN and a
Pentagon report, the country is on the verge of a civil war. In August and
September alone almost 7,000 Iraqis lost their lives due to sectarian violence
and clashes with the occupation forces.
Oct 4, 2006, 02:21
Kissinger gives Bush bad advice on Iraq
The bell weather of
the cautious establishment press, Bob Woodward, has finally unloaded both
barrels on the Bush administration�s Iraq policy, in his new book, State of
Oct 4, 2006, 02:19
Alaska Supreme Court rules forced drugging is unconstitutional
By Evelyn Pringle
For all people who
oppose forced psychiatric drugging a major legal victory recently occurred in
the highest court in the state of Alaska. In a resounding affirmation of
personal liberty, the Alaska Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of
Myers v Alaska Psychiatric Institute and found Alaska's forced drugging regime
to be unconstitutional.
Oct 4, 2006, 02:17
The nuts and Dolts of America�s downfall
By Mark Drolette
�Hey, Mark: I got a question for ya!� my
brother-in-law, a rabid right-winger, said as he approached me from across the
yard at a recent family gathering.
Oct 4, 2006, 02:13
Accelerating the collapse of Iraq
By Abbas J. Ali
Before the invasion
of Iraq in March 2003, the neoconservatives thought that incapacitating Iraqi�s
social and political institutions would facilitate the termination of Iraq�s
cultural and national identity. It was
believed that this would ease occupation and ensure the total submission to the
neoconservative�s design for Iraq and the entire Middle East.
Oct 3, 2006, 01:33