Saturday, July 9, 2011

      :      Information Clearing House: ICH

      :      Information Clearing House: ICH: "When it comes to the struggle against Israel’s policies of oppression there are two conflicting levels: that of government and that of civil society. The most recent example of this duality is the half dozen or so small ships held captive in the ports of Greece. The ships, loaded with humanitarian supplies for the one and half million people of the Gaza strip, are instruments of a civil society campaign against the inhumanity of the Israeli state. The forces that hold them back are the instruments of governments corrupted by special interest influence and political bribery."

Friday, July 8, 2011

Mobocracy at Ben-Gurion Airport

Mobocracy at Ben-Gurion Airport: "Anybody who believes the platitude that the people want peace, it’s just the leaders who want war, should have been at Ben-Gurion Airport today. It’s a good thing those Free Palestine activists got arrested; otherwise, the little mob that formed spontaneously would have punched them up pretty good."

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Strange Silencing of Liberal America by John Pilger  : Information Clearing House: ICH

:Information Clearing House: ICH: "My 15 June talk was to have been about the collusion of American liberalism in a permanent state of war and in the demise of cherished freedoms, such as the right to call governments to account. In the US, as in Britain, serious dissent -- free speech -- has been substantially criminalised. Obama the black liberal, the PC exemplar, the marketing dream, is as much a warmonger as George W Bush. His score is six wars. Never in US presidential history has the White House prosecuted so many whistleblowers, yet this truth-telling, this exercise of true citizenship, is at the heart of America's constitutional First Amendment. Obama's greatest achievement is having seduced, co-opted and silenced much of liberal opinion in the US, including the anti-war movement."

  It's Time to Get Outraged  : Information Clearing House: ICH

  It's Time to Get Outraged:Information Clearing House: ICH: "That's sort of how I feel about the health care debate. If more Americans paid attention to the fate of neighbors and loved ones who have fallen victim to the cruel dysfunction of our health care system, they would see through the onslaught of lies and propaganda perpetrated by special interests profiting from the status quo."

In Israel, a Tsunami Warning | Truthout

In Israel, a Tsunami Warning | Truthout: "In June 2010, the siege of Gaza was condemned by the International Committee of the Red Cross – which rarely issues such reports – as 'collective punishment imposed in clear violation' of international humanitarian law. The BBC reported that the ICRC 'paints a bleak picture of conditions in Gaza: hospitals short of equipment, power cuts lasting hours each day, drinking water unfit for consumption,' and the population of course imprisoned."

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Nancy Grace knows more than a "kooky jury"

Nancy Grace knows more than a "kooky jury"

Weldon Carr will not be retried; he's a free man

Weldon Carr will not be retried; he's a free man: "The court also strongly rebuked then-prosecutor Nancy Grace -- now host of Court TV's 'Closing Arguments' -- of engaging in 'inappropriate and, in some cases, illegal conduct in the course of the trial.'
This included, Carr's appeal said, an illegal search of Carr's home to allow one of Grace's expert witnesses to view the crime scene and allowing, before the trial, a CNN television crew to enter Carr's home while filming a feature on her."

Monday, July 4, 2011

OpEdNews - Article: Fundamentalist Religion Will Destroy The World

OpEdNews - Article: Fundamentalist Religion Will Destroy The World: "The countries in the world that are the most fundamentalist and religious, and/or those whose identity is most religion-based, are the world's greatest troublemakers. Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the USA, Vatican City and the state of Israel come to mind."

The motives of Bradley Manning - Glenn Greenwald -

The motives of Bradley Manning - Glenn Greenwald - "The morality at play in the Manning persecution is mangled beyond belief. It's perfectly conventional wisdom that the war in Iraq was an act of profoundly unjust destruction, yet normal, psychologically healthy people are expected to passively accept that there should be no consequences for those responsible (a well-intentioned policy mistake), while one of the very few people to risk his life and liberty to stop it and similar acts is demonized as a mentally ill criminal. Similarly, the numerous acts of corruption, deceit and criminality Manning allegedly exposed are ignored or even sanctioned, while the only punished criminal is -- as usual -- the one who courageously brought those acts to light. Meanwhile, Americans love to cheer for the Arab Spring rebellions -- look at those inspiring people standing up to their evil dictators and demanding freedom -- yet the American government officials who propped up those dictators for decades and helped suppress those revolts, including the ones currently in power, are treated as dignified statesmen, while a person who actually exposed those tyrants and played at least some role in triggering those inspiring revolts (Manning) rots in a prison after enduring 10 months of deeply inhumane treatment."

Chris Hedges: Ralph Nader Is Tired of Running for President - Chris Hedges' Columns - Truthdig

Chris Hedges: Ralph Nader Is Tired of Running for President - Chris Hedges' Columns - Truthdig: "There is no shortage of courageous dissidents in America. They seek to thwart the imperial disasters, looming financial insolvency and suicidal addiction to fossil fuel. They have stood in small knots on street corners week after week, month after month, year after year, to denounce the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have occupied banks, shut down coal-fired power plants, attempted to halt mountaintop removal, interfered with whaling ships and walked in blustery weather to the White House, where they were arrested. They are struggling to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza on a ship called the Audacity of Hope. But because the corporate state and the two major political parties are indifferent to principled calls for reform, and because the mass of the public still buys into the myths of globalization and the American dream, the plundering and destruction continue unimpeded."

Sunday, July 3, 2011

OpEdNews - Article: Put Away The Flags / There's Nothing Natural About War

OpEdNews - Article: Put Away The Flags / There's Nothing Natural About War: "Jim Hightower, Truthout writes 'So why have two presidents and a decade of Congress dumped so many lives and so much money into a country that poses no threat to us? Afghanistan is an impoverished, anarchic, largely illiterate land that's split into ancient tribal factions and innumerable fiefdoms controlled by rival warlords. They have no desire or ability to attack us, some 8,000 miles away. The only reason we're given for being in Afghanistan is that we must keep the al-Qaeda terrorists network from establishing bases there' ~ but the obvious answer is that we are the terrorists and that our national leaders and the military-industrial complex want war because it's profitable to them regardless of the financial, moral or human cost to others as well as our Republic ."

OpEdNews - Article: A July Fourth Shame on the Founders

OpEdNews - Article: A July Fourth Shame on the Founders: "Indignities experienced by me and my co-guests on 'The Audacity of Hope,' the American boat to Gaza, over the past 10 days in Athens leave no doubt in my mind that Barack Obama's administration has forfeited the right to claim any lineage to the brave Americans who declared independence from the king of England 235 years ago."

 Journalism as a Weapon of War in Libya     :      Information Clearing House: ICH

 Journalism as a Weapon of War in Libya:Information Clearing House: ICH: "In the same context, the media war against Libya has continued too. The Rixos Hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, where the majority of the international press is located, is a nest of lies and warped narratives where foreign reporters are twisting realities, spinning events, and misreporting to justify the NATO war against Libya. Every report and news wire being sent out of Libya by international reporters has to carefully be cross-checked and analyzed. Foreign journalists have put words in the mouth of Libyans and are willfully blind. They have ignored the civilian deaths in Libya, the clear war crimes being perpetrated against the Libyan people, and the damage to civilian infrastructure, from hotels to docks and hospitals."

My Time in the US Navy: "Service" to Whom? -- Society's Child --

My Time in the US Navy: "Service" to Whom? -- Society's Child -- ""

The Real Cause of the U.S. Debt Crisis: Spiralling Defense Spending

The Real Cause of the U.S. Debt Crisis: Spiralling Defense Spending: "Contrary to Kleptocracy-scripted CNN newsbytes, the United States Debt Debate is NOT just the false choice between raising taxes on the few and rich versus lowering Medicare for the many and poor: What always goes unmentioned is MILITARY PORK."