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News in brief, the month that was

Brief sound bites on some of the interesting news of the month...Israeli airforce pilots refuse assassination duty, growing movement of soldiers refusing service in Israel, the war in Iraq, the recent Bush speech ...
The case of Leonard Peltier

Mr. Peltier has been incarcerated for twenty-seven years, despite the clear indications of misconduct, including the falsification of evidence, by various U.S. officials which lead to his conviction.

Reserve pilots to refuse assassinations

Ha'aretz is reporting that a group of Israel Air Force pilots are about to issue a statement announcing their refusal to participate in assassination operations directed against 'wanted men of the Palestinian Authority.' The corruption in Israeli society has degenerated to the point that the principle of rule of law has been destroyed and now human life is destroyed at the whim of some Israeli Caesar, through the policy of extra-judicial murders.

Number of Israeli soldiers refusing to continue the occupation...

A Jewish Voice for Peace is a diverse and democratic community of activists inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, and human rights. We support the aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination. They support a campaign to draw attention to the continuing destruction of the property and livelihood of Palestinians using Caterpillar equipment.

Cats destroy homes


Stop Caterpillar from selling its bulldozers to Israel until Israel stops using these machines to destroy Palestinian homes.

'War Criminal' now working with Americans in Iraq

Iraqi General Ahmed, "handed himself over to Major General David Petraeus after the American commander had sent him a letter describing him as "a man of honor and integrity." ... It was General Ahmed who persuaded Norman Schwarzkopf to allow the defeated Iraqi forces to use military helicopters on "official business" after the 1991 US-Iraqi ceasefire. These helicopters were then used in the brutal repression of the Shia Muslim and Kurdish rebellions. Afterwards, there was much talk of indicting General Ahmed as a war criminal, but General Petraeus seems to have thrown that idea into the waste bin. Thus far have the Americans now gone in appeasing the men who may have influence over the Iraqi guerrillas now killing US soldiers."

A guerilla war against imperialist occupation

The Iraqis have fought bitter battles earlier in the century to get rid of British colonialists. According to US commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the rebellion against the US occupation might include more than radical Islamists, foreign infiltrators and Baathist party members, but instead seems to be another one of those internal guerilla war liberation struggles - the British are familiar with these sorts of uprisings, having fought them for the better half of the last century, and the Americans have some experience in Vietnam, as did the French in Vietnam before them...

Bush rediscovers United Nations



After stripping both French and German corporations of all their oil concessions in Iraq and then then divvying up the 'reconstruction' contracts among American firms (the real source of all that feuding with the French and Germans before the war), now that Bush has tanked in the polls, and the ongoing guerilla resistance is straining American forces in the region, Bush rediscovered the United Nations this week. He delivered a warmed over speech that merely repeated many discredited notions that, while they might still sell to some American voters back home, were not going to sway the diplomats of the United Nations. It is highly unlikely that Bush is going to get those troops he is looking for, and a lecturing, scolding speech like that thing he gave the other evening probably wasn't even designed to get the support he must know is not forthcoming. Let's say that kind of scolding speech from someone supposedly there to beg for help isn't exactly the way to 'win friends and influence people' and therefore we can assume that the administration is back to its old tricks and is doing a 'Karl Rove'. A scolding, nattering speech like that indicates that the administration knows that its not giong to get any support, thus allowing Bush to appeal to the voters on the basis of 'United Nations failure' and thus keep all those contracts away from those French and Germans, who are no doubt driving a hell of a hard bargain these days ... Looks like the Americans will be in Iraq for a long time by themselves...

The party line

Eric Margolis, the Toronto Sun : "I do not exaggerate when I say that much of the U.S. media from 9/11 to the present closely resembled the old Soviet media I knew and disrespected during my stays in the USSR during the 1980s. The American media, notably the sycophantic White House press corps and flagwavers at Fox, treated President George Bush and his entourage with adulation and fawning servility similar to what the Soviet state media once lavished on Communist Party Chairman Leonid Brezhnev."

Suicide Bombers

Political Science professor Robert A. Pape reported in a New York Times op-ed piece that his study of suicide terrorists covering 188 persons from 1980 to 2001 indicated that "there is little connection between suicide terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism, or any religion for that matter."

Some notes : The typical suicide bomber is a teenaged male, humiliated and enraged, who sees suicide bombing as a way to even the score against an opponent (Israel) employing massive military firepower against a population armed for the most part with sticks and stones. Christian zealots often like to say 'Let the Palestinians go to Jordan' or they will say 'there was no Palestinian nation' and play with semantics and word games which only distract from the theft of homes and land, which is underlying justice issue in the Middle East conflict. If there is anyone out there who would like to be thrown off their property, to make way for settlers from a newly formed nation, let me know. While politicians use inflamatory stereotypes and ignore the justice issues in the middle east conflict (the theft of land already occupied without compensation, followed by a brutal occuptation) psychologists are left to analyze what kind of humiliation motivates young teenaged boys to surrender their lives and everything they have in this world, for a chance to commit a suicide bombing...See the following two pages written by psychologists on this issue : On fear and honor in the Middle East conflict and Are Palestinians human?

Afghanistan under WarLord Rule

Human Rights Watch has documented atrocities "committed by gunmen and warlords who were propelled into power by the United States and its coalition partners after the Taliban fell in 2001" and who have "essentially hijacked the country". The report describes army and police troops controlled by the warlords kidnapping villagers with impunity and holding them for ransom in unofficial prisons; the widespread rape of women, girls and boys; routine extortion, robbery and arbitrary murder. Girls' schools are burned down.

Bush interviewed on Iraq

Bush interview earned lowest rating - " Data from Nielsen Media Research released Tuesday showed that a one-hour interview with President Bush on Fox came dead last in the hour among the six major broadcast television networks in both total viewers and audiences aged 18 to 49 ... "I suppose we shouldn't be surprised," Thompson said. "We've known when people are turning on prime-time for entertainment, they're often looking for something that is an anesthetic, not something that fulfills their civic duty as a voter in the republic." (Now there's an inspiring picture...but I guess its better than having the whole public killing the pain with heroin...have a nice day...)

A New Pearl Harbor

Project Censored has decided that the incredible lack of public knowledge of the US plan for total global domination, represented by the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) represents the media's biggest failure over the past year. The PNAC plans advocated the attacks on Iraq and Afghanistan and other current foreign policy objectives, long before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Chillingly, one document published by the PNAC in 2000 actually describes the need for a "new Pearl Harbor" to persuade the American public to accept the acts of war and aggression the administration wants to carry out. "But most people in the country are totally unaware that the PNAC exists," said Peter Phillips, a professor at Sonoma State and major domo of The Project Censored Project, "and that failure has aided and abetted this disaster in Iraq."

One certainty regarding Climate Change

Global warming is 'certain' but there is much 'uncertainty' surrounding the issue of what the end effects will be on the changing climate. The Breakup of the artic ice cap has got me thinking and it just occured to me that there is one 'certainty' regarding climate change.
Don't buy any beach front property...
and forget about buying that island for get aways...

If you visit some of those really right wing sites they have a narrative about Bush's rejection of Kyoto. The U.S. adminstration rejected the accord because the IPCC 2001 report on climate change was loaded with caveats concerning the potential effects of climate change, and this left the door open to Bush to reject the report on the grounds that the word 'uncertain' was used over a hundred times.

The right wing narrative I have found states that 'Given the uncertainty that global warming actually exists, the President wisely choose the prudent course of not demanding costly and expensive measures when there was no evidence that they were required.'

Now given that the report was not saying the global warming was 'uncertain', only that climate is so complex that the effects of global warming on the climate are 'uncertain', and therefore no one knows what the new climate of the world will be like (well, except for that bit about not owning property on a beach) the corrected narrative should read like this - 'Given that no one knows whether or not the United States might turn into a desert, or perhaps half desert and half swamp, due to the uncertainty as to the effects of climate change, the President unwisely choose to risk it all and take a potentially costly gamble and then wait to see what happens later..."


a couple more 25.Sep.2003 14:19


Iraq oil assets 'up for sale'
It had to happen sooner or later. Iraq's unelected 'government' has decided, on behalf of the people of Iraq to privatize everything in the country, except the oil industry, and now at the Dubai meetins of the IMF and World Bank, the so called 'trade minister' of Iraq is beginning to drop the first hints of what anyone with any common sense would have known was coming, the end of Iraq's 'socialist' ownership of the oil industry..."Ali Allawi, the trade minister in the US-backed administration in Iraq, has said that foreign ownership of assets in the country's oil industry has not been ruled out, In an interview with the BBC during the IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Dubai."

You know the completely undemocratic farce taking place in Iraq right now is really disgraceful, especially given such things as what are going on there, which affect the future of the entire country. What is worse is that Iraq's so called 'government' also legalized the total repatriation of all profits out of the country, completely liberalizing both the financial and trading sector, which means that a fortune is going to be exported to wealthy capitalists, which is what this war was all about to begin with...anyone who disagrees that this is a crude imperialistic colonial occupation (facing an indigenous uprising) can make their case once the people of Iraq actually get the opportunity to vote, before all these imperalistic policies simply get rammed through by Washington. What we see happening here is a moral outrage.

In other news, it seems no one is in to much of a hurry to help the Americans in their middle eastern vietnam, which is guaranteed to get a hell of a lot worse once the Iraqi people see that unelected tyranny auctioning off their country, and in particular their oil resources, to rich American capitalists...just watch how this 'quagmire' works out...it is following a predictable trajectory...

United Nations retreats from Iraq
"The decision is a blow to United States' claims that the security situation in Iraq is under control, and is likely to undermine efforts by US President George W Bush to increase the UN role in Iraqi reconstruction."

how much can they take? 25.Sep.2003 14:58


You know you got an economy going down the tank, while George W. Bush gives enormous tax breaks to his rich friends, borrowing trillions of dollars to transfer this wealth, which American's and their grandchildren will be paying off later. During the election this was called 'tax relief' and the line was that given how well the country was doing it was time to give those 'surpluses back' and when people pointed out that it was a transfer of wealth to the rich, Bush just reminded everyone that his wealthy tycoon friends pay the most taxes, and thus deserved the most 'relief'. Now of course the economy has gone down the tank, and is being driven further into the crap hole by George W. Bush and his so called 'economic plan' which is now been recylced, having one of those 'Karl Rove' deals done on it, and has now been reborn as the 'job creation measure.' Same tax cuts, different spin, but it does go to show you that come hell of high water those tax cuts are going through, even if it takes to the end of the century for Americans to climb up out of the hole they are being driven into.

You know, right after 911 Bush quipped, 'Lucky me, I hit the trifecta.' What he meant was that now, finally at long last, those dangerous extremists could destroy completely social security and medicare, perhaps the most famously vulgar comment he ever made. And by God they are going to do it, too.

You know people are getting their jobs trashed and sent to China where that job can get done for 45 cents an hour, and they are getting their social security destroyed, and their welfare programs for poor people gutted, and their medical care taken away, and they are being forced to cough up trillions in debt instead to pay for huge trillion dollar tax cuts to tycoons and capitalists, who are now committing the gross moral outrage of raping Iraq, while bull shitting everyone about 'Iraqi freedom', freedom being something that an Iraqi never had under Saddam and sure as to hell isn't going to get under Bush Inc. because they probably won't vote to give tycoons all their oil, and they might also not think much of that bit about liberalizing the capital flow so that every dime can flow out of the country.

Of course dimes are flowing out of the pockets of Americans at a rapid rate of speed as well, and the Californians, well they are just mad as hell at the governor, and ready for a recall over about 8 billion bucks, and here the problem is with Bush, but they don't seem to see that, which is just remarkable.

People have been 'liberalized' right out of their democracy, but they don't seem to have come to an understanding yet that democracy does not exist in America any more, and I am not just referring to the theft of that election, but to the fact that no matter who they put in, democracy does not exist in America or anywhere else (not just Iraq) due to the deregulation and liberalization of Capitalists, who are now the true rulers of the entire planet. All that crap about sending jobs to China, or 'privatizing' and 'liberalizing' Iraq does not benefit an American, nor does it benefit an Iraqi, and certainly that trillions of bucks Americans will be paying back for ever, and the cuts in social security and medicare and welfare, well those things don't benefit anyone but capitalists, and that's what's going through because, you see, they now run the world and democracy just does not exist anymore. This ugly face is just now being revealed in Iraq, but this is just a picture of what has already happened everywhere else on the planet, where every government on earth must do what they are told, or face ruthless punishment and destruction of their economy, the price that was paid for this 'liberalization' of capital.

when it was first proposed and then rammed through people were warned that the collapse of democracy would be the result, but they were spun and spin doctored and deceived into putting into place ruinously destructive policies that worked against their own best interests...among those who must now pay the price are the people of Iraq, but that just means they are joining the club...

I am furious, I am astounded, I am baffled ... it is hard for me to believe the things I see ... my stomach is burning white hot with rage, and this latest stinking offense in Iraq and its psuedo-government is just the last straw ... on the positive side, at least the aggression and greed are naked and exposed in this case, and damned hard to hide, unless the American tycoons can figure out some way to rig an election in Iraq which would formally 'authorize' what they already have planned

You know they spent 100 million purchasing George W. Bush and everyone thought that was a fortune, but when you consider the trillions in returns that one investment generated, you can see that this was one purchase that vastly outperformed stocks or bonds or anything else you could imagine, for they will get that huge tax cut and Iraq come hell or high water, for it turns out to be the case that when you purchase George W. Bush he stays bought...

My God I am pissed off and full of outrage today