Tuesday, 23 March 2010

News For March 23, 2010s

Why Democracy Is “The Biggest Scam in the World”

An Interview With Arundhati Roy - Video - Audio & Transcript

We speak with acclaimed Indian writer and activist Arundhati Roy on President Obama, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, India and Kashmir and much more. Roy also talks about her journey deep into the forests of central India to report on the Maoist insurgency. Continue

Gandhians with a Gun?
Walking With The Comrades

By Arundhati Roy

In Dantewada, the police wear plain clothes and the rebels wear uniforms. The jail superintendent is in jail. The prisoners are free (three hundred of them escaped from the old town jail two years ago). Women who have been raped are in police custody. The rapists give speeches in the bazaar. Continue

Carl Boggs, The Crime of Empire.
Rogue Superpower and World Domination

By Ludwig Watzal

The U. S. power elites „believe” in „national exceptionalism”, they view the country as a „benevolent” or „benign” hegemon working for „democracy, human rights, and peace”. The elite – politicians, media, academia, and think tanks - presents U. S. policy as „pragmatic”, non-ideological, furthering liberal democracy, freedom, equality, and citizen partizipation. Continue

Militarizing Latin America

By Noam Chomsky

The United States was founded as an "infant empire," in George Washington's words. The conquest of the national territory was a grand imperial venture. Continue

Congress Speaks in 'One Voice' in Support of Israel: Lawmaker


"The long friendship between the United States and Israel is founded on common values: democracy, pluralism and freedom and common hopes for peace and security for our children," said Pelosi, the top lawmaker in the House of Representatives. Continue

Israel Gives The Finger To The USA

By Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

It is a case of the dog biting the hand that feeds it. After years of protection by Big Brother USA, covering up for its having nuclear warheads when Iran cannot even have a nuclear program, looking the other way when shocking war crimes and massacres of civilians are committed, when pregnant Palestinian mothers are left to die in the streets, Israel sticks up the middle finger in a classic display of pig-headed arrogance by Netanyahu at AIPAC. Continue

Israel & Aid

By Ralph Nader

Israel has become an economic, technological and military juggernaut. Its GDP is larger than Egypt’s even though Israel’s population is less than one tenth that of the Arab world’s most populous nation. The second largest number of listings on America’s NASDAQ Exchange after U.S. companies are from Israel, exceeding listings of Japan, Korea, China and India combined. Continue

UK Expels Israeli Diplomat Over Dubai Murder Case

By David Stringer

Britain took the extraordinary step Tuesday of expelling an Israeli diplomat for the first time in more than 20 years, after concluding there was compelling evidence that Israel was responsible for the use of forged British passports in the plot to slay a senior Hamas operative in Dubai. Continue

Anti-Semitism – What is it?

By Jeff Gates

Is anti-Semitism a geopolitical strategy? If so, for what purpose? Character assassination? Continue

An Absence of Class

By Bob Herbert

A group of lowlifes at a Tea Party rally in Columbus, Ohio, last week taunted and humiliated a man who was sitting on the ground with a sign that said he had Parkinson's disease. The disgusting behavior was captured on a widely circulated videotape. One of the Tea Party protesters leaned over the man and sneered: "If you're looking for a handout, you're in the wrong end of town." Continue

Scary New GOP Poll
Republican attitudes about Obama

By John Avlon

Two-thirds think he's a socialist, 57 percent a Muslim—and 24 percent say "he may be the Antichrist." Continue

Lord's Resistance Army rebels kill 10 in Central African Republic: More than 50 people kidnapped in latest attack on civilians by Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army
Somalia: Five civillians killed in firefight: Gunbattles between Somali government forces and Islamist insurgents killed at least five civilians in Mogadishu on Tuesday, witnesses and medical sources said.
Four people killed in Baghdad shoot-out: In the overwhelmingly Shiite Sadr City district, two city councillors were gunned down by men who sped off on a motorbike, Baghdad Operations Command said in a statement.
Iraqi premier won't recognize election results without a recount: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's coalition has said it will not recognize election results without a recount and warned of unrest, the independent daily al-Mashreq reported on Tuesday
Moqtada al-Sadr holds balance of power: The Sadrist Movement, the political arm of al-Mahdi Army, is believed to have won between 30 and 40 seats in the 325-member Parliament in this month’s elections — giving it the balance of power while the two main contenders for prime minister jockey for position.
Pakistan: Two killed in yet another target killing incident: Two people were killed in an incident of target killing in Panjgoor town of Balochistan on Tuesday.
Quetta under attack: Another man killed, four injured in bomb blast : After the target killing of Professor Fazal Bari in the metropolis on Monday, in another incident of violence in Quetta, one person was killed and four others injured in a remote controlled bomb blast occurred at Golimar Chowk near Barory Road of Quetta on Monday.
US willing to consider nuke cooperation with Pak: Hillary Clinton: Notwithstanding India's reservations, the US on Tuesday said it would "consider" Pakistan's request for a civil nuclear deal as it
wanted to help the country meet its immediate and long-term energy needs.
2 foreign occupation troops killed by IED in S. Afghanistan: Two servicemembers with the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in separate IED (improvised explosive device) attacks in southern Afghanistan
NATO occupation force soldier killed in Afghan blast; helicopter crashes: A NATO soldier was killed in a roadside bomb blast in southern Afghanistan, and a foreign military helicopter crashed in a central province, injuring three on board, officials said Tuesday.
American Forces Use 50 Caliber Weapons in Afghan Cities: .50 Caliber Ammunition May Violate the Rules of War
US-Led Forces In Afghanistan Are Committing Atrocities, Reporter Says: The story behind the story about the NATO massacre in Paktia
Craig Murray: Civil War Certain as "Afghan National Army" Now Over 60% Tajik: There are any number of "Big lies" put forward by the USA in Afghanistan and slavishly repeated by our politicians and media. Here are a few of the "Big lies":
Demonizing Iran: Taliban fighters training in Iran, U.S. officials say: - Iran is helping train Taliban fighters within its borders, according to U.S. military and intelligence officials.
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran : The Mullahs of Iran have British blood on their hands – and must be made to pay: To all intents and purposes Britain is already at war with the Iranian dictatorship, and has been for several years.
Netanyahu to AIPAC: Stop Iran or Israel Will : Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington Monda, warning the world to stop Iran — or Israel will — and respectfully but directly challenging the Obama administration on Jerusalem and the peace process.
Sen. Lindsey Graham: Any Attack on Iran Must Be Full-Scale: "The Congress has your back." (What other lobby would he say that to?) He declared that Israel is "our best friend in the world." (Does that tick off Canadians?) But Graham went especially far when he endorsed the idea of a military strike against Iran.
Iran sanctions may be secured with China abstention: China may ultimately be persuaded to abstain in a U.N. Security Council vote on further Iran sanctions, allowing a new resolution to be passed, a leading sanctions expert said on Tuesday.
Israel to triple illegal West Bank settlements: The leader of Israeli settlers' council has said the regime plans to triple Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank despite international pressures to halt settlement expansions on Palestinian lands.
Abbas: Palestinian people have national right to resistance: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday said that the Palestinian people had a national right to resistance against Israeli occupation, adding that his government would not acquiesce to any Israeli demands with which it disagreed.
UK Expels Israeli Diplomat Over Dubai Murder Case: Britain took the extraordinary step Tuesday of expelling an Israeli diplomat for the first time in more than 20 years, after concluding there was compelling evidence that Israel was responsible for the use of forged British passports in the plot to slay a senior Hamas operative in Dubai
Israeli MP likens British to "dogs" for Israeli expulsion: The expulsion of an Israeli 'diplomat' from Britain over the terrorist murder of a Palestinian leader in Dubai has provoked outrage in the Israeli Knesset, comparing the British to "dogs".
Assassinating Hamas won't work: Israel's policy of assassinating Palestinian leaders is misguided – it should be talking to them instead
Lebanese army fires on Israeli warplanes: : Lebanese anti-aircraft guns opened fire on two Israeli warplanes that were violating its airspace at medium altitude on Sunday, the military said.
Chris McGreal : The Ties that Bind America to Israel are Beginning to Fray and Break: The US finally seems to be losing patience now that Netanyahu's behaviour is endangering its troops
UK: MPs' foreign visit rules breached: Hundreds of breaches of parliamentary rules by MPs who accepted free overseas trips from foreign governments have been uncovered by a BBC investigation.tic debate
Lord Oxburgh, the climate science peer, ‘has a conflict of interest’: A member of the House of Lords appointed to investigate the veracity of climate science has close links to businesses that stand to make billions of pounds from low-carbon technology.
U.S. judge orders release of Guantanamo detainee: A federal judge ordered on Monday that a man accused of having ties to some of the hijackers in the September 11, 2001, attacks, be released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Clinton in Mexico for crime talks: Clinton will be assessing the Merida Initiative, a $1.6bn programme to fight organised crime mainly in Mexico but also Central America.
Chomsky: Health bill sustains the system’s core ills: Despite its flaws, 'I'd hold my nose and vote for' reform, intellectual tells Raw Story
Obama Pays More Than Buffett as U.S. Risks AAA Rating : The bond market is saying that it’s safer to lend to Warren Buffett than Barack Obama.

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