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From Kennedy To Obama; Liberalism's Last Fling, May 31, 2008 By John Pilger

In this season of 1968 nostalgia, one anniversary illuminates today. It is the rise and fall of Robert Kennedy, who would have been elected president of the United States had he not been assassinated in June 1968. Having travelled with Kennedy up to the moment of his shooting at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on 5 June, I heard The Speech many times. He would "return government to the people" and bestow "dignity and justice" on the oppressed. "As Bernard Shaw once said," he would say, "'Most men look at things as they are and wonder why. I dream of things that never were and ask: Why not?'" That was the signal to run back to the bus. It was fun until a hail of bullets passed over our shoulders.

Kennedy's campaign is a model for Barack Obama. Like Obama, he was a senator with no achievements to his name. Like Obama, he raised the expectations of young people and minorities. Like Obama, he promised to end an unpopular war, not beca…

News of McClellan's Blast at Bush 'Propaganda' Falls 4 Years After 'NYT' Mini-Culpa on War, or, What Liberal Media? Part n

Key quote:
In the book, McClellan charges: “If anything, the national press corps was probably too deferential to the White House and to the administration in regard to the most important decision facing the nation during my years in Washington, the choice over whether to go to war in Iraq. The collapse of the administration’s rationales for war, which became apparent months after our invasion, should never have come as such a surprise. … In this case, the ‘liberal media’ didn’t live up to its reputation. If it had, the country would have been better served.”Yes, yes, it would have been nice if McClellan had resigned, called a press conference, and made this announcement before the invasion. Who cares about McClellan? The point is that this is happening right now, all over again, with Iran. I can't wait to see how this is not covered in the media, which is simply and only a business. Full stop. That's why the Times published their expose of television news propaganda...and said…

In Defense of Student Who Pied Friedman

To: The Administration of Brown University
On April 22, Brown University student Molly Little threw a pie at New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman in protest of his pro-war, pro-corporate views, and the prominence he receives in promulgating those views while others are suppressed. Friedman received no injuries from the fluffy pie, and resumed his full lecture after five minutes. Due to the harmlessness of the incident, no legal charges were pressed by any party.

Nevertheless, on May 15, after a hearing conducted by Brown's Office of Student Life, the administration sentenced Molly to a 'suspension'--in fact an indefinite expulsion. As a result Molly is unable to enroll at Brown in the fall semester, or even set foot on the campus. She is not guaranteed readmission, but must reapply to the same administration which has committed this miscarriage of justice.

The punishment imposed on Molly is severely disproportionate to the incident to which it supposedly responds. It is…

More on Finkelstein's Deportation from Israel

Finkelstein to Shin Bet: Osama Sent MeIsrael imposes a 10-year ban on American critic of Israeli policies, Glenn Greenwald
Canadian Broadcasting Company Radio's As It Happens, 5/26/08 and 5/27/08
You can't come in -- and don't bother knocking for another ten years. That's what Israeli security officers said to Dr. Norman Finkelstein, when he arrived at the door of Ben Gurion Airport on Friday.

To say the author and academic holds controversial views about Israel would be an understatement. He's the author of five books about the Middle East, including The Holocaust Industry, about the exploitation of Jewish suffering for political purposes; and Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History. You get the picture.

Dr. Finkelstein has visited Israel about fifteen times, but this was the first time he was detained and deported.

We reached him in Brooklyn, New York.

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Tomorrow on As It Happens, a response from the Isr…