Saturday, July 17, 2010

OpEdNews - Article: Booty Call

OpEdNews - Article: Booty Call: "At first, I thought this was a spoof. It sounds like something out of a Peter Sellers or John Candy comedy or something out of The Onion: United States Invades Costa Rica. After all, no mainstream media outlet has covered this story since it broke on July 3rd. And if our corporate mainstream media haven't covered it, then it never happened.

But, no. About a week and a half ago, the Costa Rican government actually invited us to invade and occupy their country to do battle with drug traffickers. So President Obama, despite being stretched paper-thin in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan and where ever else he's sent us, said, 'OK.'"

 They're All Grovelling and You Can Guess the Reason  : ICH - Information Clearing House

 They're All Grovelling and You Can Guess the Reason  : ICH - Information Clearing House: "For that was the collective sin of Misses Nasr and Guy. What they said might have made Israel's supporters angry. And that will never do. The reality is that CNN should have told Israel's lobbyists to get lost, and the Foreign Office - which was indeed upbraided by the Israeli foreign ministry - should have asked the Israeli government when it is going to stop thieving Arab land. But as my old mate Rami Khoury put it in the Jordanian press this week, 'We in the Middle East are used to this sort of racist intellectual terrorism. American and British citizens who occasionally dare to speak accurately about the Middle East and its people are still learning about the full price of the truth when Israeli interests are in the room.'"

Friday, July 16, 2010

Welcome to Hell: An open letter to Mr. Clint Guidry of South Louisiana

Welcome to Hell: An open letter to Mr. Clint Guidry of South Louisiana: "I read with deep distress “Hell has come to South Louisiana,” your lament for your beloved land, now devastated by the BP oil spill. All of us who are human must feel your loss and pain deeply -- and so do I. But I wish at the same time to put that Hell of which you speak, into some kind of context for you -- perhaps to place it within a context wherein you may not have heard it placed before. This letter, and its message, is not for you alone -- it might well be written to any ordinary citizen now feeling the first pangs of the hell that was inevitable with the march of the neoliberal juggernaut. It is a letter of pain, of fellow-feeling, and above all, as hinted above, of welcome. Welcome to the world of those who suffer."

Hell Has Come to South Louisiana | Dahr Jamail - Independent Reporting from Iraq and the Middle East

Hell Has Come to South Louisiana | Dahr Jamail - Independent Reporting from Iraq and the Middle East: "My name is Clint Guidry. I am a third generation Louisiana Commercial Shrimp Fisherman. I am sixty-two years old and a lifelong resident of Lafitte, LA. I am a Vietnam Veteran and the son of a WWII Veteran.

I am on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Shrimp Association and the Shrimp Harvester Representative on the LA Shrimp Task Force created by Executive Order of Gov. Bobby Jindal.

I have been invited here today to testify about the current disaster that is occurring concerning the blowout and oil spill from the British Petroleum (BP) DeepWater Horizon Catastrophe and what effects it is having on the fishermen and the families I represent.

Ladies and gentlemen, HELL has come to South Louisiana. A HELL created by British Petroleum (BP) and a failed U.S. Government response to the disaster."

Thursday, July 15, 2010

 Hope and Change Fade, but War Endures   : ICH - Information Clearing House

 Hope and Change Fade, but War Endures   : ICH - Information Clearing House: "1. We wage war because we think we're good at it -- and because, at a gut level, we've come to believe that American wars can bring good to others (hence our feel-good names for them, like Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom). Most Americans are not only convinced we have the best troops, the best training, and the most advanced weapons, but also the purest motives. Unlike the bad guys and the barbarians out there in the global marketplace of death, our warriors and warfighters are seen as gift-givers and freedom-bringers, not as death-dealers and resource-exploiters. Our illusions about the military we 'support' serve as catalyst for, and apology for, the persistent war-making we condone."

Monday, July 12, 2010

Stone’s “South of the Border” Is Useful, Accurate, Inspiring, Not In-Depth | venezuelanalysis.com

Stone’s “South of the Border” Is Useful, Accurate, Inspiring, Not In-Depth | venezuelanalysis.com: "By giving a voice to presidents who are torn apart by US media but rarely given a fair chance to express their views, Stone indirectly gives a voice to the people of those countries. As a result of Stone’s method as well as his unmistakable condemnation of the US media, many viewers will be inspired to seek a deeper understanding of South America and their country’s negative impact in the region, and hone a healthy distrust of the mainstream US media in general."

Sunday, July 11, 2010

t r u t h o u t | The Lonely, Dangerous Fight Against Christian Supremacists Inside the Armed Forces

t r u t h o u t | The Lonely, Dangerous Fight Against Christian Supremacists Inside the Armed Forces
"The description sounds hyberbolic, but according to Weinstein there's a pervasive Christian supremacist milieu inside the U.S. military that's a danger not only to constitutional order, but to the American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. What's ironic about Mikey's fight is that he never thought about becoming "a civil rights activist." He discovered his calling by rising up like a grizzly bear for his son".

The neocon method « false dichotomy

The neocon method « false dichotomy
"Now say what you will about American progressives, and lord knows I’ve said it, but anti-semitic? Timid I can see. Naive and overly trusting of politicians with ‘Ds’ after their name? Absolutely. But the notion that Glenn Greenwald criticizes Israel because he fears getting lynched by Markos Moulitsas and his gang of online diarists — are you fucking kidding me"?