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"We are in the process of destroying an entire country. It is as simple and as terrifying as that." --Denis Halliday, former Assistant Secretary General of the UN, resigned in protest 1998
"The International Community does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over any part of the occupied territories." --US State Department Report on Human Rights Practices, February 2001
"The bombing of Afghanistan is not revenge for New York and Washington. It is yet another act of terror against the people of the world." --Arundhati Roy, writer and political commentator, 2001
"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you." -- Pericles, 430 BC
Since 9/11 Attorney General John Ashcroft has spearheaded a massive attack on civil liberties in the US: disappeared persons, undefined detentions, secret military tribunals, secret evidence, and innumerable violations of the US Constitution.
"[Nearly 70% of the military budget] is to provide men and weapons to fight in foreign countries in support of our allies... and for offensive operations in Third World countries...Another big chunk of the budget is the 20% allocated for our offensive nuclear force ... Actual defense of the United States costs about 10% of the military budget and is the least expensive function performed by the Pentagon... " --Rear Admiral Gene LaRoque, US Navy Retired
"News is what someone wants to suppress. Everything else is advertising." --Rubin Frank, former President of NBC News
"Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have." -- Richard Salent, Former President CBS News
Wealth is being concentrated in an increasingly smaller number of hands while corporate corruption runs rampant. Big Business gets tax breaks, promising 'trickle-down', while the poor get poorer, or worse?end up in prison.
The gap between the world's rich and poor is growing, and the disparity is being built on environmental degradation, sweatshop and child labor, and global political and economic manipulation by gargantuan trans-national corporations like ENRON.
"There's no business like war business. Thanks to the war against Iraq, the US has military bases in the Persian Gulf. Thanks to the war against Yugoslavia, the US has its military bases in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Macedonia. Thanks to the war against the Taliban, the US is now in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Georgia, and Azerbaijan." --Pepe Escobar, Asia Times