Banning Desmond Tutu - City Pages (Minneapolis/St. Paul): "But in a move that still has faculty members shaking their heads in disbelief, St. Thomas administrators—concerned that Tutu's appearance might offend local Jews—told organizers that a visit from the archbishop was out of the question. 'We had heard some things he said that some people judged to be anti-Semitic and against Israeli policy,' says Doug Hennes, St. Thomas's vice president for university and government relations. 'We're not saying he's anti-Semitic. But he's compared the state of Israel to Hitler and our feeling was that making moral equivalencies like that are hurtful to some members of the Jewish community.'"
Venezuela Responds to US Secretary of Defense | venezuelanalysis.com: "Responding to US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who said that Hugo Chavez is a 'threat to regional stability,' Venezuelan Vice-President Jorge Rodriguez affirmed that Hugo Chavez is indeed a 'tremendous threat' to the 'empires of the world,' and assured they would continue to be a 'greater threat' as time goes on. Responding to US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who said that Hugo Chavez is a 'threat to regional stability,' Venezuelan Vice-President Jorge Rodriguez affirmed that Hugo Chavez is indeed a 'tremendous threat' to the 'empires of the world,' and assured they would continue to be a 'greater threat' as time goes on. "
blackagendareport.com - White Man’s Wars, Past and Present: "Racism is the engine that makes the rich man's world go ‘round. Majorities of white people of all classes identify with their moneyed-brethren, and can be counted on to rally to the racist banner. Such is the case with the U.S. offensive in the Middle East, and the villlianization of Muslims in general. 'Eternal war' is now American policy, but it is a war that has gone on without end for half a millennium, since the Europeans 'discovered' new regions for rape and pillage in 1492. They have since described their march of death as the spread of 'civilization.' Tell that to the 95 percent of indigenous Americans who died when the Europeans arrived, or the tens of millions of Africans whose societies were totally destroyed by the slave trade. And tell it to the one million Iraqis who have perished in the current war. Racism is the engine that makes the rich man's world go ‘round. Majorities …
Imagine Peace First of all, imagine a world with no religion. A world where sick and evil people could not manipulate the masses into believing that the set of myths and beliefs that they profess are more important or powerful than the other's set of myths or beliefs. Israelis could not (with the help of Christian extremists) tell Palestinians that it is okay to occupy them or kill them so that the Jews could claim their "Promised Land." Land promised to whom by whom? Muslims could not proclaim "jihad" against infidels. There would have been no Nazi holocaust against Jews; no Crusades; no holocaust against our own native population; no black slavery justified by the Christian scriptures; no George Bush saying that his Christian God is like a mob-boss ordering him to "hit" the world. Imagine that!
allAfrica.com: Somalia: Three People, One of Them a Prominent General Slain in Mogadishu (Page 1 of 1): "At least three people have been shot dead in Mogadishu city late on Friday, one of them a prominent former intelligence officer, general Ahmed Jila'ow addow known as General Jila'ow. According to eyewitnesses, armed militiamen with pistols have shot and killed General Jila'ow at the crossroad known as (4ta Jardino) at Yaqhsid district in the northern part of Mogadishu, the general was in his car during the incident."
So Who's Afraid of the Israel Lobby? - by Ray McGovern: "Who's afraid of the Israel Lobby? Virtually everyone: Republican, Democrat – Conservative, Liberal. The fear factor is non-partisan, you might say, and palpable. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) brags that it is the most influential foreign policy lobbying organization on Capitol Hill, and has demonstrated that time and again – and not only on Capitol Hill."
Conservatives Are Such Jokers - New York Times: "Reagan thought the issue of hunger in the world’s richest nation was nothing but a big joke. Here’s what Reagan said in his famous 1964 speech “A Time for Choosing,” which made him a national political figure: “We were told four years ago that 17 million people went to bed hungry each night. Well, that was probably true. They were all on a diet.” Today’s leading conservatives are Reagan’s heirs. If you’re poor, if you don’t have health insurance, if you’re sick — well, they don’t think it’s a serious issue. In fact, they think it’s funny."