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Showing posts from August 6, 2007 "The first thing to note is that the imperialist and zionist myth-makers are currently doing their unrestrained best to build up al-Qa’ida. They are telling the world that al-Qa’ida has reconstituted itself and is as robust now as it was before 9/11. This type of claim is meant to prepare the world for another political spectacular on the scale of 9/11. It appears that the original 9/11 has run out of political gas. The American neo-conservatives and their zionist allies can find little more mileage in exploiting that day of infamy. There are hints that a future 9/11 will be a biochemical event. We have said before, and it bears repeating here, that al-Qa’ida was and is a false-positive. Any time acts of random killing, massacres, and bombing in public places occur, the world’s establishment media conveniently finds an internet site that claims that al-Qa’ida has confirmed its responsibility for such mayhem and devastation. For the computer-savvy in our readership…

Democracy dreaming

Democracy dreaming: "We have arrived at a delusional democracy. Delusional because Americans overwhelmingly cannot admit the painful truth that their limited democracy no longer works for the good of most citizens. Instead, through corruption and dishonesty, our representative democracy has morphed into a plutocracy that serves the wealthy, power elites and corporate masters that control the political system and through that the economic system."

In Bush we trust - or else

In Bush we trust - or else: "This one is a frontal assault on the Fifth Amendment, which decrees that the government cannot seize an individual's property without due process.

Under Bush's executive order, the U.S. government has endowed itself with the authority to freeze the American assets of anyone who directly or indirectly assists someone who poses 'a significant risk' of committing a violent act that has the purpose or effect of threatening the Iraqi government, the 'peace and stability' of the country or the reconstruction effort. "

Freedom or Totalitarianism, the Choice is Yours

Freedom or Totalitarianism, the Choice is Yours
The apathetic American public needs to pull their heads out of the comfortable little hole in the sand where it has been for far too long and do something about the way our country is being stolen from us by an administration that has its well-being and only its well- being in mind.

Our congressional representatives have no spine when it comes to doing what needs to be done to stop the war that the Project for the New American Century has pushed down the throats of the American public. This group has hi-jacked the country out from under us and we are standing by and letting them get away with it. Somalia: Mogadishu Under House-to-House Search Operations (Page 1 of 1) Somalia: Mogadishu Under House-to-House Search Operations (Page 1 of 1): "Somali and Ethiopian troops have conducted massive house-to-house search operations in a large part of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, on Sunday. The troops halted all movements of passenger buses and ordinary people walking to Bakara market, the capital's largest open-air market where 80% of the population goes for work.
The joint search operations have been carried out in at least 10 neighborhoods in the capital. 'All roads to the neighborhoods where the troops are lingering have been blocked in early morning. I was going to Bakara this morning and I have returned after the troops refused anybody to enter Bakara,' said Ahmed Hashi, a resident of KPP neighborhood."

Gingrich says war on terror 'phony' |

Gingrich says war on terror 'phony' | "administration is waging a 'phony war' on terrorism, warning that the country is losing ground against the kind of Islamic radicals who attacked the country on Sept. 11, 2001.
A more effective approach, said Gingrich, would begin with a national energy strategy aimed at weaning the country from its reliance on imported oil and some of the regimes that petro-dollars support."

5 arrested while protesting Hiroshima bombings at US nuclear weapons plant - International Herald Tribune

5 arrested while protesting Hiroshima bombings at US nuclear weapons plant - International Herald Tribune: "OAK RIDGE, Tennessee: Five protesters were arrested at a U.S. nuclear weapons plant during a demonstration marking the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.
The five were arrested on charges of obstructing a roadway at the entrance of the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, where much of the work was done for the World War II-era Manhattan Project, which developed the bomb."

Japan remembers Hiroshima | U.S. | Reuters

Japan remembers Hiroshima | U.S. | Reuters: "By Toru Hanai
HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Japan marked the 62nd anniversary of Hiroshima's atomic bombing with a solemn ceremony on Monday as the city's mayor criticized the United States for refusing to give up its nuclear weapons program.
Tens of thousands of elderly survivors, children and dignitaries gathered at the Peace Memorial Park, near ground zero where the bomb was dropped, to remember the more than 250,000 people who ultimately died from the blast."

Once Upon a Time...: Blinded by the Story: Liberals and Progressives as Political Creationists

Once Upon a Time...: Blinded by the Story: Liberals and Progressives as Political Creationists: "The vanishingly small number of Americans who genuinely desire liberty and peace, and who also understand what those great values require in terms of both political theory and political reality, have desperately grasped at any sign, no matter how miniscule, that a sufficient number of their fellow citizens might awake in time to prevent the ultimate catastrophe. There is no reason of any significance to find such signs any longer.

Americans now reside in the Land of the Living Dead. For the moment, the dim, blurred forms of a constitutional republic remain, but they are entirely empty and drained of life and vitality. We continue to go through the meaningless rituals of elections, many of us trying to convince ourselves that one party might be even a slight improvement over the other. "

Comment is free: A green light to oppression

Comment is free: A green light to oppression: "In a move supposedly intended to counter Iranian influence, the US has announced a series of arms deals with Middle Eastern countries.
Apart from Israel, which will receive $30bn in military aid, Egypt will get $13bn. Five Gulf states - Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the UAE - will also be sold weaponry to the tune of $20bn, with the lion's share going to the Wahhabi regime in Riyadh.
Thus, in the name of 'working with these states to fight back extremism' (as secretary of state Condoleezza Rice put it), the US is arming two of the Arab world's leading human rights abusers: Saudi Arabia and Egypt."

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 08/01/2007 | Commentary: Outbreak of truth-telling to Congress on Iraq

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 08/01/2007 | Commentary: Outbreak of truth-telling to Congress on Iraq: "Then, responding to a question, the admiral acknowledged that the Iraqi government has made little, if any, progress in reaching the political compromises that are crucial to the future of that country. He added that without a political settlement between the Shiite Muslim majority and the Sunni minority there can be no victory in Iraq, regardless of how many American troops are sent there or how many years they remain."

Iraq's 'Martyr' Factory - Newsweek The War in Iraq -

Iraq's 'Martyr' Factory - Newsweek The War in Iraq - "Aug. 13, 2007 issue - In the video that serves as his last will and testament, the youthful, well-dressed Saudi, known only as 'Fatima's Fiancé,' is laughing and joking with the cameraman who will record his death a few minutes later. 'Pray for Allah to make my mission easy,' he says, and waves as he climbs into a maroon sedan, grinning broadly. 'May Allah make it easy for you,' the cameraman says obligingly, and laughs. The scene cuts away to an earlier interview, where the Saudi announces that when he gets to heaven he plans to marry a woman named Fatima, who was allegedly abused in Abu Ghraib Prison. Then the scene shifts to a highway in Iraq, with a line of 18-wheelers roaring along and a red circle superimposed over the bomber's approaching car. As the music swells and the screen fills with an orange-and-black fireball, the cameraman cries, 'Thanks to Allah!'&…

Weapons Given to Iraq Are Missing -

Weapons Given to Iraq Are Missing - "The Pentagon has lost track of about 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles and pistols given to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005, according to a new government report, raising fears that some of those weapons have fallen into the hands of insurgents fighting U.S. forces in Iraq.
The author of the report from the Government Accountability Office says U.S. military officials do not know what happened to 30 percent of the weapons the United States distributed to Iraqi forces from 2004 through early this year as part of an effort to train and equip the troops. The highest previous estimate of unaccounted-for weapons was 14,000, in a report issued last year by the inspector general for Iraq reconstruction"

SudanTribune article : Looking at the effects of the Ethiopia–Eritrea border dispute

SudanTribune article : Looking at the effects of the Ethiopia–Eritrea border disputeThis paper was written in early 2000, and was published in Ethiopian Review Magazine and other Ethiopian newsletters at that time. Although the text is almost a decade old, the issues analyzed are still current and fresh.

By Maru Gubena

August 3, 2007 — It is difficult if not impossible for most of us to assess the effects, including the loss of human lives, the displacement of a large number of people, and the impact on economies, of the still unsettled Ethiopia-Eritrea conflict – a most unfortunate war that is said to be a result of border dispute. To make such an assessment and be able to present relatively balanced figures on the repercussions of the war, one would certainly require a proper and probably lengthy study, including access to government documents in both countries and the cooperation of officials. In general terms, however, it is clear (as many observers have indicated) that if it is all…