Ron Paul on BlowbackThu May 17, 2007 22:47
Ron Paul on Blowback
By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
Now, I know this is a lot for the tender ears of Americans to take, who like to think that their government reflects their own values of faith, freedom, and friendliness. But here is the point that libertarians have been trying to hammer home for many years: the US government is the enemy of the American people and their values. It is not peaceful, it is not friendly, it is not motivated by the Christian faith but rather power and imperial lust.
Palestinian Pinochet Making His Move?
By Tony Karon
The confrontation under way has assumed a momentum of its own, and it may now be beyond the capability of the Palestinian leadership as a whole to contain it. If that proves true, the petulance that has substituted for policy in the Bush Administration's response to the 2006 Palestinian election will have succeeded in turning Gaza into Mogadishu.
The Pro-Israel Lobby and US Middle East Policy:
The Score Card for 2007
By James Petras
Today the 'Israel Firsters' do not have to 'mobilize the Democratic Congress' - they are automatically programmed to work for Israel, as is the US President.
Starving The Poor
By Noam Chomsky
Increasingly, bio fuels are likely to "starve the poor" around the world, according to Runge and Senauer, as staples are converted to ethanol production for the privileged - cassava in sub-Saharan Africa, to take one ominous example. Meanwhile, in Southeast Asia, tropical forests are cleared and burned for oil palms destined for bio fuel, and there are threatening environmental effects from input-rich production of corn-based ethanol in the United States as well.
At least 19 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on:
The Iraqi army killed six insurgents in different parts of Iraq over the last 24 hours, the Iraqi army said in a statement.
Islamic nations urge Iraq withdrawal:
Foreign ministers from Muslim nations called Thursday on international forces to pull out of Iraq as soon as possible.
Senate advances Iraq war funds as talks continue:
By voice vote, the Senate approved vague language expressing the need to support U.S. troops. The measure reflected the Senate's inability to bridge differences between Democrats and Republicans on war funding legislation that Bush would sign.
Clinton Won't Commit on Iraq Deadline:
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton voted Wednesday to advance legislation cutting off money for the Iraq war, then refused to pledge to support the measure if it came to a vote, then said she would.
Iraq is on the verge of collapse - report:
Iraq's government has lost control of vast areas to powerful local factions and the country is on the verge of collapse and fragmentation, a leading British think-tank said on Thursday.
Iraq Facing `Many' Civil Wars, Country `Fractured,' Report Says :
Iraq is facing several civil wars between a number of rival communities struggling for power and has ``fractured'' into regional power bases, a report by an adviser to the U.K. government said.
Suicidal and Facing a Third Tour in Iraq:
"It's something that affects us every single day," Tina said, "when he's 23 years old and he can't even climb the stairs. He has bad nightmares where he thinks he's back in Iraq."
War criminals praise each other:
Bush-Blair summit yields no regrets over Iraq tie:
Shoulder to shoulder at the White House for the last time before Blair steps down on June 27, the two leaders heaped praise on each other and defended themselves against critics of a war that is increasingly unpopular in both countries
Multiple blasts kill 11 Afghan police:
A series of roadside explosions killed at least 11 police officers in occupied Afghanistan on Thursday, witnesses and officials said, in the latest eruption of violence blamed on the Taliban.
Pak troops kill 4 Afghan soldiers:
At least four Afghan troops were killed by Pakistan forces in a border clash on Thursday near Kurram agency.
Suicide bomber hits government convoy in Kandahar; kills 3 civilian:
A suicide car bomber attacked a convoy of government vehicles in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing three civilians on the street and wounding a government minister, the governor said.
Canada; Tories block testimony on alleged Afghan coverup:
Conservative MPs blocked witnesses Thursday from testifying at a Commons committee on the Afghan detainee controversy.
Tariq Ali: Law and order:
In Pakistan, the general should discard his uniform, the judge should forgo his black robes and the two men should battle it out on the electoral terrain.
Israeli Occupation Troops Kill Seven Palestinians: Invade Gaza: :
Israel Defense Forces infantry troops and tanks entered several hundred meters into the Gaza Strip Thursday evening at two points, following four Israel Air Force attacks on Gaza which left at least seven Palestinians dead.
Fourth Gaza air strike kills three:
ISRAELI warplanes launched a fourth air strike on the Gaza Strip, killing three people in a car according to a Palestinian security official.
U.S. lauds Israeli restraint:
The United States praised Israel on Thursday for showing "great restraint" in the face of new rocket attacks from the Palestinian group Hamas but added that Israel also has a right to defend itself.
Israeli Occupation Force vows to operate till Hamas surrenders:
"We'll shoot till they say 'stop'!" a defense establishment source told Ynet on Thursday after IOF activity in the Gaza Strip was expanded.
Hamas issues threat to Israel:
The armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has threatened to renew its suicide bombing campaign against Israel. They said this was in response to an Israeli air strike that destroyed one of their security compounds in Gaza City
Blair's legacy on Middle East a dark stain :
Blair's partnership with the Bush Administration and his strong backing of Israel have supported a very narrow, radical neoconservative agenda in the Middle East, exacerbating conditions for wider instability in the region.
War pimp alert:
'Iran could be year from nuke'Ambassador Dore Gold:
Tehran not far from obtaining enough fissionable material to produce nuclear bomb
Legislators reject bills about Iran :
The House rejected two measures yesterday that would have required President George W. Bush to seek congressional approval before attacking Iran.
Islamic Foreign Ministers Conference backs Iran's nuclear program:
The 3-day Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM) on Thursday adopted "Islamabad Declaration", backing Iran's peaceful nuclear program and opposing any use of force against the Islamic Republic.
Nerve Gas May Have Harmed 100,000 U.S. Troops, Scientists Say :
Scientists working with the Defense Department have found evidence that a low-level exposure to sarin nerve gas - the kind experienced by more than 100,000 American troops in the Persian Gulf war of 1991 - could have caused lasting brain deficits in former service members.
Governors say war has gutted Guard:
The National Guard, is so depleted by deployments to foreign wars and equipment shortfalls that Congress is considering moves to curtail the president's powers over the Guard and require the Defense Department to analyze how prepared the country is for domestic emergencies
Wolfowitz crisis challenges U.S. leadership:
The likely ouster of Paul Wolfowitz as World Bank president, in another rift between the United States and its European allies, poses an unprecedented challenge to U.S leadership of the global financial system
Immunity request has some in GOP worried:
On the day presidential senior adviser Karl Rove administered a tongue-lashing to an Illinois Republican congressman, disturbing news about his former executive assistant was spread on Capitol Hill.
Customs Breaks Privacy Laws in Data Collection, GAO Says:
The Department of Homeland Security is breaking privacy laws by failing to tell the public all the ways it uses personal information to target passengers boarding flights entering or leaving the United States, according to a draft government report.
No Dissent on Spying, Says Justice Dept.:
Gonzales, testifying for the first time in February 2006 about the Terrorist Surveillance Program, which involved eavesdropping on phone calls between the United States and places overseas, told two congressional committees that the program had not provoked serious disagreement involving Comey or others.
A Trove of N.Y.P.D. Surveillance Files:
Undercover officers attended meetings of political groups, posing as sympathizers or fellow activists, and infiltrated chat rooms. Although they identified a few people who talked about disrupting the convention, they also monitored many more people who showed no intention of breaking the law.
Ted Rall's Site Among Targets of Pre-GOP Convention Surveillance :
According to the Times, police documents included a Nov. 13, 2003, digest indicating that posts on Rall's site were being watched. And the police documents described Rall as "a nationally known activist figure."
In case you missed it:
The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis:
Host Bill Moyers exposes the inner workings of the secret government. Though originally broadcast in 1987, it is even more relevant today. Interviews with respected, top military, intelligence, and government insiders reveal both the history and secret objectives.
Stephen Lendman: End Times - The Death of the Fourth Estate:
A Review of Alexander Cockburn's and Jeffrey St. Clair's End Times
US deal over illegal immigrants ;
The White House and the US Senate have reached a deal on an immigration bill that could give legal status to many of the 12m illegal immigrants in the US.
Democrats seek "no confidence" vote on Gonzales:
The White House brushed off the Democrats' latest move in a long-running battle with Gonzales as "nothing more than a meaningless political act" and said the attorney general had "the full confidence of the president."
War criminal gets honorary degree:
Protesting Honorary Degree for Andy Card: Video:
On May 15, 2007, students, faculty and staff protested the decision by the University of Massachusetts to give an honorary degree to Andy Card, and former head of the Bush Administration's Iraq Study Group
Christopher Hitchen On The Death Of Jerry Falwell : 4 Minute Video
Peace & Joy
I have seen men march to the wars, and then I have watched their homeward tread, And they brought back bodies of living men, But their eyes were cold and dead: Edmund Vance Cooke
Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought! Strike against manufacturing shrapnel and gas bombs and all other tools of murder! Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings! Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an army of construction! : Helen Keller
Don't be deceived when they tell you things are better now. Even if there's no poverty to be seen because the poverty's been hidden. Even if you ever got more wages and could afford to buy more of these new and useless goods which industries foist on you and even if it seems to you that you never had so much, that is only the slogan of those who still have much more than you. Don't be taken in when they paternally pat you on the shoulder and say that there's no inequality worth speaking of and no more reason to fight because if you believe them they will be completely in charge in their marble homes and granite banks from which they rob the people of the world under the pretence of bringing them culture. Watch out, for as soon as it pleases them they'll send you out to protect their gold in wars whose weapons, rapidly developed by servile scientists, will become more and more deadly until they can with a flick of the finger tear a million of you to pieces: Jean Paul Marat
"The National Security Act of '47 gave us the National Security Council. Never have we had a National Security Council so concerned about the nation's security that we're always looking for threats and looking how to orchestrate our society to oppose those threats. National Security was invented, almost, in 1947, and now it has become the prime mover of everything we do as measured against something we invented in 1947." -- U.S. Navy Admiral Gene La Rocque in PBS Documentary "The Secret Government"
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