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Showing posts from September 7, 2008

Our murderous comedy of errors, John Pilger

With links added by yours truly.
Published 11 September 2008Last month, “our” aircraft slaughtered nearly 100 Afghan civilians, two-thirds of them children aged three months to 16 years, while they slept Try to laugh, please. The news is now officially parody and a game for all the family to play.First question: Why are "we" in Afghanistan? Answer: "To try to help in the country's rebuilding programme." Who says so? Huw Edwards, the BBC's principal newsreader. What wags the Welsh are.Second question: Why are "we" in Iraq? Answer: To "plant a western-style open democracy". Who says so? Paul Wood, the former BBC defence correspondent, and his boss Helen Boaden, director of BBC News. To prove her point, Boaden supplied with 2,700 words of quotations from Tony Blair and George W Bush. Irony? No, she meant it.Take Andrew Martin, divisional adviser at BBC Complaints, who has been researching Bush's speeches for "evidence&…

Paul, Nader, et al Press Conference: Third Party Candidates and the 2008 Election

If the linked title doesn't work, try here.

With luck and effort, this event could be the beginning of a long-delayed realignment in American politics.

Here's the text of the third-party unity statement:

We AgreeSeptember 10th, 2008 by Don RasmussenThe Republican/Democrat duopoly has, for far too long, ignored the most important issues facing our nation. However, alternate candidates Chuck Baldwin, Cynthia McKinney, and Ralph Nader agree with Ron Paul on four key principles central to the health of our nation. These principles should be key in the considerations of every voter this November and in every election.We AgreeForeign Policy:The Iraq War must end as quickly as possible with removal of all our soldiers from the region.We must initiate the return of our soldiers from around the world, including Korea, Japan, Europe and the entire Middle East.We must cease the war propaganda, threats of a blockade and plans for attacks on Iran, nor should we re-ignite the cold war with R…

International Poll: Most Publics--including Americans--Oppose Taking Sides in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A PIPA/World Public Opinion poll from July 1, 2008. I'm sure you saw it emblazoned throughout the corporate media:
Israeli, Palestinian, American and Arab Leaders All Get Low Marks On Efforts to Resolve Conflict Most Favor UN Playing Robust Role in Peace EnforcementCountry-by-Country Summaries (PDF)
Questionnaire/methodology (PDF)
Press Release (PDF)
Full PDF VersionA new poll of 18 countries finds that in 14 of them people mostly say their government should not take sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Just three countries favor taking the Palestinian side (Egypt, Iran, and Turkey) and one is divided (India). No country favors taking Israel's side, including the United States, where 71 percent favor taking neither side. A UN convoy approaches an Israeli checkpoint outside of Gaza City in June 2003 (UNRWA photo)Asked to evaluate how well a number of key actors are doing their part to resolve the conflict, none of them get good grades, including Israel,…