December 2008


The Gaza War Is Completely Stoppable
by Robert Naiman

Jewish Organisations Call for End to Gaza Bombings
by Ali Gharib
Inter Press Service

*”Pro-peace”?  Should we ask just what sort of peace do these groups
consider just?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Israeli Military Refuseniks

*Click the “News Releases” link at the top of the page below for more on
the Israeli attacks

Tennessee Landowners File $165M Suit Over Massive Coal Ash Spill

*Corpress’ and gummint’s dirty coverup on behalf of “clean coal”

Israeli Lawmaker and Conscientious Objector Nephew of Ex-PM Benjamin
Netanyahu Denounce Israeli Attack on Gaza Strip

Harold Pinter (1930-2008); Part 2 of His Nobel Acceptance Speech “Art,
Truth and Politics”


A Change We Can Believe In – Dumping Industrial Agriculture
by Jim Goodman

*How much “green” did agribusiness dump into the coffers of the
Demoratic Party?

Some things never change … unless we force them to.

Party to Murder
by Chris Hedges

Lights Out in Gaza, News Blackout in US
by Deena Guzder

From The Ashes of Gaza
In the face of Israel’s latest onslaught, the only option for
Palestinian nationalism is to embrace a one-state solution
by Tariq Ali

Harold Pinter (1930-2008) on “Art, Truth and Politics”

Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon Remembers Musical Icon Odetta (1930-2008)

*Artists for our sake


Gaza: The Logic of Colonial Power
As so often, the term ‘terrorism’ has proved a rhetorical smokescreen
under cover of which the strong crush the weak
by Nir Rosen

We Have No Words Left
by Ali Abunimah

Why I Am a Socialist
by Chris Hedges

*So what are the “social” differences that divide us?

I’ll ask Chris, and let you know what he says if he replies.

Israeli Attacks Kill Over 310 in Gaza in One of Israel’s Bloodiest
Attacks on Palestinians Since 1948

*Horror claimed to be justified by holocaust

Note this, and the butchers the Israeli government has aided around the
world, and tell me how the genocide of the Jews of Europe legitimizes
any of it.

The Bible Tells Me … Something Else

*Comment left at link

Wanted: Pro-NAFTA Minority for Cabinet Post

*Comment left at link


A Food Agenda for Obama
by Christopher Cook

*In addition to Cook’s points, I think it’s vital that we teach
children, and ourselves, how to relate to food wisely.  This should be a
major component of our educational system, from a basic understanding of
agriculture to the skills necessary to feed ourselves well.

Mickey D must die.

Don’t Fix The Economy – Change It
Sticking with the model that is driving us toward ecological catastrophe
will eventually kill us
by Peter G. Brown and Geoffrey Garver


The Coming Capitalist Consensus
by Walden Bello

*Please read this … Bello’s saying things that I’ve tried to relate in
my own tortured way.

There needs to be much more of this in the “progressive” media.

Rwanda: No Conspiracy, No Genocide Planning … No Genocide?
by Peter Erlinder

Five Bailout Lessons from Katrina
by Bill Quigley

Why Al Franken Should NOT Be Riding Private Planes
by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman

Too Sick to Work? Need Health Care? Take a Number
by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
the Associated Press

*Is this a great country or what?


HRW Says US Intervention Worsening Somalia Crisis

Activist, Right Livelihood Winner Asha Hagi Fights for Women’s Role in
Somali Peace Process

Spill at Tennessee Coal Plant Creates Environmental Disaster

*Silent Winter

The two activist guests avoid any direct criticism of Obama’s hyping of
“clean coal”. 

Makes you wonder just how committed they are to doing what they say
they’re committed to do, don’t it?

One Family’s Daring Experiment: Christmas Without All the Stuff

*Reducing our environmental wasteline


Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
New Method Needed to Assess What Working-Class Families Need to Make
Ends Meet
Federal Poverty Measure Falls Short

Children’s Defense Fund
State of America’s Children Deteriorating According to New Children’s
Defense Fund Report
Most Recent Data Requires Urgent National and State Response to Child

*Life begins at conception, the fundamentalists say.

Once you’re born, you’re on your own.

Mercenaries at Large in Colombia
by Gustavo Capdevila
Inter Press Service

*Private profit and public pain

Massive Crackdown on the Use of Scores of Toxic Pesticides
New EU rules, opposed by Gordon Brown, will phase out use of
cancer-causing compounds in Britain
by Geoffrey Lean
The Independent/UK

Washington Post Cheers for Charter Schools

Max Blumenthal on “Rick Warren’s Double Life”

*Who the new boss really pals around with

25 Years of the Harper’s Index

*Numbing numbers … such as an eight-fold increase in the depiction of
torture on TV.

I guess that qualifies as reality programming.


The Grinning Skull
The Homicides You Didn’t Hear About in Hurricane Katrina
by Rebecca Solnit

*See the related DN! segment posted Friday

Institute for Public Accuracy
Pardons and Accountability

Linda Bilmes: “The $10 Trillion Hangover: Paying the Price for Eight
Years of Bush”

Republican IT Specialist Dies in Plane Crash

*And the Demorats won’t do a goddamn thing about it … even when murder
may be involved … because they never have.

No change to believe in here.

Posing as a Bidder, Utah Student Disrupts Government Auction of 150,000
Acres of Wilderness for Oil & Gas Drilling

We Empathize, Therefore We Are: Toward a Moral Neuropolitics
by Gary Olson

*This is looong, but well worth the time invested.  Check Olson’s piece
posted Thursday, as well.

It occurs to me that while the ruling class strives to mute our empathic
response to the plight of “the other”, they also attempt to manipulate
it for their own bloody agenda.

Can you say “humanitarian intervention”?  How about “Making the world
safe for democracy”?

I knew that you could.

CNN Can’t Tell ‘Weather’ from ‘Climate’

*Comment left at link


US Military Defiant on Key Terms of Iraqi Pact
by Gareth Porter
Inter Press Service

*A couple of things:  Obama’s own plan contravenes the SOFA deadline for
*all* US troops out … and just who the fuck would he be “politically
vulnerable” to? 

The majority of the American public wants full withdrawal … not
because they think the war’s morally wrong or because they give a rat’s
ass about Iraqis, but due to the loss of American blood and treasure
with no benefit to be seen.

No audacity needed … as with so many “third rail” positions that are
deemed such by the power elite, but actually have substantial and often
majority public support, such as true universal healthcare.

But that’s out of bounds in our one-party system, isn’t it?  And make no
mistake … the new boss is very much a part of the old system.

Katrina’s Hidden Race War: In Aftermath of Storm, White Vigilante Groups
Shot 11 African Americans in New Orleans

*Old times there are not forgotten …

because they’re not old times

Take Back the Land: Miami Grassroots Group Moves Struggling Families
into Vacant Homes

US Auto Giants, Workers Face Uncertain Future as Bush Admin Mulls
“Orderly” Bankruptcy

*Car corps drive down wages as they motor overseas

‘Yet Another Failure of the Tame Media’

*Comment left at link


Capitalism Short Circuits Our Moral Hard-Wiring
by Gary Olson

*Hope he’s right … it’s our last shot at survival, isn’t it?

Indian GM Crops Battle Heats Up
by Tinku Ray
BBC News

Where Have the Bailout Billions Gone?
by Adrianne Appel
Inter Press Service

Institute for Public Accuracy
Racism at Browner’s EPA?

*I guess this is Obama’s idea of “a diversity of views”

Does CBS Think the CBS Poll Doesn’t Count?

*Well, no one can accuse CBS of making up the numbers in this case …

just ignoring them.

Murdoch’s New Hire

Obama Picks Pro-Ethanol, Agribusiness Ex-Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack to Head
Agricultural Dept.

*Somehow fitting that the Audubon view of Vilsack would be bird-brained,

Shunning Environmental Groups, Obama Taps Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar for
Interior Dept.


Public Citizen
Closing Santa’s Sweatshop: How to Deliver on Obama’s and Congress’ Toy
Safety and Fair-Trade Promises
New Report Documents Record 2008 Toy Import Levels and Safety-Policy

Obama Should Tear Down The Walls
by Roberto Rodriguez

*Righteous words, but deep-dish naiveté regarding the level of
humanity emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania AV come January 20

A Hypocrite as Our Diplomat in Chief
by John R. MacArthur

*Clinton, Rice and Albright:  Equal opportunity warmongers

Has the Arctic Melt Passed the Point of No Return?
by Steve Connor
The Independent/UK

Obama Faces Hungry Nuclear Industry
by Matthew Cardinale
Inter Press Service

*His “glowing” record on nukes

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama Nominees: * Education  * Agriculture

*With change like this, who needs the status quo?

Days After Calling Israeli Blockade of Gaza “A Crime Against Humanity,”
UN Human Rights Investigator Richard Falk Detained, Expelled from Israel

As Madoff Scandal Wipes Out Charities and Foundations, SEC Admits it
Missed Repeated Warnings on Historic $50B Financial Fraud

Federal Report Finds $100B Failure in US Reconstruction of Iraq

*So, what’s the point … that we need to be smarter invaders and
occupiers, and have more oversight over the process of imperialism?

Nothing really morally wrong with it … we just need to do it better?

That’s change we can believe in, isn’t it?


Coping with Crisis, Latin America Bucks the System
by Laura Carlsen

Keep Out… A Message for Foreign Leaders
by Patrick Cockburn

Amnesty Warns Against ‘Potentially Lethal’ Tasers
by Agence France Presse

In ‘Eat Local’ Movement, Cuba Is Years Ahead
by Esteban Israel

“The Fed Who Blew the Whistle”

*Notice how Goodman never brings up the point made in the FAIR blog post
below regarding the 18-month delay in publishing the story … letting
Isikoff’s intimation that it took that long to confirm the facts go

Drives me crazy when that happens … and it happens too frequently.

Well, once would be too frequent, wouldn’t it?

President-Elect Barack Obama Names Environmental Team as Climate Change
Conference Wraps Up in Poland

*Again, no questioning of the rah-rah from Revkin on Obama’s nominees.
Is it that Goodman’s so excited to have guests from Newsweek and the NYT
that she doesn’t do her job?

What do you think?

Disappearing Critical Reportage at the Daily News

*Comment left at link

The ‘Immediate Repercussions’ of a Delayed Scoop

*Comments left at link


World Court Inquiry Sought in Afghan Rapes
by Rick Westhead
The Toronto Star

Google Wants Its Own Fast Track on the Web
by Vishesh Kumar and Christopher Rhoads
The Wall Street Journal

*Shifting from neutral to reverse

Institute for Public Accuracy
Significance of Shoes Thrown

*Don’t you wish someone here had the humanity and the chutzpah to fling
his footwear toward the presidential podium before an unindicted Dear
Leader slithers away?

Dream on …

Electoral College and the Right to Vote

Arundhati Roy: 9 Is Not 11 (And November Isn’t September)

*Challenging the twisting of tragedy


The Nasty Class and Anti-Union Bias of Auto Bailout Opposition
by Robert Weissman

A Radical Plan for Funding the New Deal
by Ellen Brown

*Read this, and wonder why you’ve never heard of this before.

I will.

Beware of School ‘Reformers’
by Alfie Kohn

*The droning of the drone machinery


‘Voices of Extremists’ vs. ‘Inclusion and Truth’

FAIR Radio on Tribune Bankruptcy and Union Card Check


Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Attempt to Convene Another Last-Minute WTO ‘Mini-Ministerial’ Collapses
in the Midst of Global Recession

*Saying “No” to the WTO

Mumbai Wake-up Call
by Frida Berrigan

*Terrorist sell

If G.M. Was a Canadian Company It Wouldn’t Be Asking for Help
by Dean Baker

As Possible Afghan War-Crimes Evidence Removed, US Silent
by Tom Lasseter
the McClatchy Newspapers

EXCLUSIVE…AWOL US Soldier Seeks Asylum in Germany Over Returning to
“Illegal” War in Iraq

US Use of Bases in Germany for Iraq War Goes Against German Constitution
that Forbids Launching Wars from German Soil, Says Activist

Senate Report Finds Rumsfeld Directly Responsible for US Torture of

Bob Kerrey, New School’s ‘Moderate’ War Criminal


Obama’s “Way-to-Go, Brownie!” Moment?
by Greg Palast

*The least and the slightest

The 2008 Falsies Awards: In Memory of the First Casualty
by Diane Farsetta

Panel Criticizes US Effort on Nanomaterial Risks
by Cornelia Dean
The New York Times

Politics Still Reign Over Principles at UN

*Promises, promises:

The New York Times, the People’s Paper

*Comment left at link

Debunking the Overpaid Autoworker Salaries

Tribune Tanks, CEO Skates

Facebook ‘Friend’-ing Racists?

On Kevin J. Martin’s Epic Malfeasance

*Insert acid “martinet” pun here

How to Get a Job as a TV Leftist

*Comment left at link

Radical German Attorney Kurt Groenewold on Representing the
Baader-Meinhof and Being Tried Himself

Editor of Europe’s Largest Magazine “Der Spiegel” on Why Obama is
“President of the World,” the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Media
and More

*Obama would love this guy … which doesn’t speak well of him as a
editor, does it?

Uprising in Greece: Protests, Riots, Strikes Enter 6th Day Following
Fatal Police Shooting of Teen


Human Rights Violations in Our Own Backyard
by Sumayyah Waheed

*California dreamin’ of an end to the nightmare of its juvenile
“justice” system

Climate Change is an Issue of Human Rights

These principles must be put at the heart of any deal on global warming
by Mary Robinson

Capitalist Fools

Behind the debate over remaking U.S. financial policy will be a debate
over who’s to blame. It’s crucial to get the history right, writes a
Nobel-laureate economist, identifying five key mistakes – under Reagan,
Clinton, and Bush II – and one national delusion.
by Joseph E. Stiglitz

Musicians Don’t Want Tunes Used for Torture

Nine Inch Nails, even ‘Sesame Street’ theme used for interrogations
by the Associated Press

‘Don’t Leave Climate Change to the World Bank’
by Ramesh Jaura
Inter Press Service

*The fox razing the henhouse

Unsteady Calm Following Settler Violence Against Palestinian Residents
in Hebron

“This Agreement Has Incredible Importance for Our Movement” – Immokalee
Workers Win Agreement with Subway over Tomato Prices in Florida

Workers Win Offer from BofA in Chicago Factory Sit-In

Illinois Governor Arrested on Corruption Charges Including Scheme to
Sell Obama’s Senate Seat


Workers Occupy Chicago Factory: Echoes of Argentina’s 2001 Worker
by Benjamin Dangl

Institute for Public Accuracy
* Killing 9/11 Suspects?  * Pardoning Bush Officials?

Blagojevich and Stadium Deal

*Play ball … at taxpayers’ expense

The History of the Nobel Prize: A Look at Alfred Nobel, the Man Who
Invented Dynamite

Bush, Rove Tied to Effort to Dismantle Sweden’s Social Welfare Program

*Spreading their neocon cancer

Sweden Ranks Second in the World in Per Capita Weapons Exports

Blackwater Guards Indicted for Role in Nisoor Square Massacre

*A few bad apples fished out of the bottom of a rotten barrel

Sweden Opens Doors for Iraqi and Afghan Refugees


Managing Our Investment in Nature
by Julia Marton-Lefèvre and Nikita Lopoukhine

Free Gaza: A ‘Cool Idea’ That Should Be Put Into Practice

An Open Letter to Israeli Government Spokesman
by Ewa Jasiewicz, Ramzi Kysia and Lubna Masarwa

Construction Industry Could Trim Climate Emissions Cheaply
by Environmental News Service (ENS)

*A constructive approach

Homes with No People, People with No Homes

Activist Moving Homeless People Into Foreclosed Houses in Miami
by Tamara Lush
Associated Press

Institute for Public Accuracy
Chicago Sit-in

*How will the corpress and the incoming and outgoing admins spin this,
and those hopefully to follow?

Stay tuned …

Questioning Plans to Increase U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

The Right Livelihood Award: A Look at Sweden’s “Alternative Nobel”

“India’s Soul” – Krishnammal Jagannathan Awarded Right Livelihood for
Realizing “Gandhian Vision of Social Justice and Sustainable Human

Gynecologist Monika Hauser Receives Right Livelihood for Work on Behalf
of Victims of Sexual Violence in War


Drawing the Future From the Past
by Channapha Khamvongsa

*No war is “secret” to its victims

Hoax Phone Call ‘Almost Took Pakistan to War’
by Jeremy Page
The Times Online (UK)


NBC Vows Viewers ‘Will Continue to Be Well Served’ by Propaganda

*Mutual falsification society


Global Forest Coalition
UN Climate Deal Could Pay for Forest Destruction

Carbon Karma Fortune-telling Action Foretells REDD Profits

Applying the Rule of Law to All Heads of State
by Peter Erlinder

*No one is above the law … what a concept.

And that’s all it is.

‘I’m Changing the School’s Name to Chrysler’
by Jesse Hagopian

Hope, Change, and the Iraq Displacement Crisis
by Najlaa Al-Nashi and David Smith-Ferri

Obama Doesn’t Plan to End the Iraq Occupation
by Jeremy Scahill

*As the man says, “old news” for those paying attention.

Sadly, that ain’t been too many, has it?

Cloak-and-Dagger, Inc.: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing
by Pratap Chatterjee
Inter Press Service

Institute for Public Accuracy
Escalating the War in Afghanistan

*Deadly déjà vu all over again

400 Killed in Nigeria in Violent Clashes Over Disputed Election Results

*As not seen on TV (or the rest of the corpress)

The Blogging Revolution: A Look at the Repression of Online Journalism
Around the World

*The state of global cybersuppression

CEOs of Big Three Automakers Return to Capitol Hill to Plead for $34B
Federal Bailout

Ralph Nader and Medea Benjamin on Obama’s Cabinet and Grassroots
Organizing Under the Next Administration

*I don’t have much faith in CODEPINK et al, but I think it’s useful to
know their thinking … however muddled it may be.

From Selma to Long Island: NYT Denounces Outside Agitators

*Comments left at link

Some Indian Deaths More Equal Than Others


September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
Afghanistan: Ending a Failed Military Strategy

9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows Releases a New Report Outlining 10
Reasons to End the Occupation of Afghanistan

Worldwatch Institute
Genetically Modified Crops Reach 9 Percent of Global Primary Crop

Comparing Mumbai to 9/11 Diminishes Both Tragedies

We must not let ‘9/11’ become a horrific status symbol signalling
arrival into the fraternity of wounded superpowers
by Priyamvada Gopal

Who Are the Taliban?

The Afghan War Deciphered
by Anand Gopal

*”Deciphered”?  Still, there’s important intel extant.

Noisy, Acid Oceans Increasingly Harmful to Whales
by Environmental News Service (ENS)

‘Sad, but Not Surprised’ by NBC Sexism

*Comment left at link

Campaign Media’s ‘Firestorms of Manufactured Rage’

*Comment left at link

Indiana Guardsmen Sue KBR Over Chemical Exposure in Iraq

*What do you think the percentage is of folks sporting flag pins and
“Support Our Troops” ribbons actually giving a rat’s ass about this?

Vietnamese Agent Orange Victims Demand Accountability from US, Chemical
Companies in Suit

*And next to none give a shit about the “gook” and “raghead” victims, do

I don’t have anything clever to say about this …

just “God bless America” …

Gov’t Study Concludes “Gulf War Syndrome” is Legitimate Condition,
Affects 1 in 4 Vets


Cornucopia Institute
Last Minute Rulemaking by Bush USDA Threatens Organic Farmers

Consumers and Farmers Join Together to Promote Organic Integrity

Nationalize GM — Or at Least Think About It
by Robert Weissman

Iraqi Guards Open Fire as Migrants Riot About Deportation
by Deborah Haynes
Times Online/UK

Toxic Toy Guide Lists Chemicals Found in Hundreds of Toys
by Environmental News Service (ENS)

US Interrogator in Iraq Says Torture Policy Has Led to Deaths of
Thousands of American Soldiers

Attorney Scott Horton on “Justice After Bush: Prosecuting an Outlaw

Institute for Public Accuracy
WMD Report — Ignoring Root Causes?

Team of Rivals or Kettle of Hawks?

Silver Lining in Economic Crisis: Obama Can Betray Voters

*Comment left at link


Paulson and Bernanke Spread the Wealth Around

*Bailout?  How about a “jail in”?

But then, justice would have to exist beyond the realm of fiction in
this country, wouldn’t it?

A Message for Climate Change Negotiators: Small Farmers Key to Combating
Climate Change
by Annie Shattuck

Barack Obama’s Kettle of Hawks
by Jeremy Scahill

*Out of the mouths of baby killers … the status quo fervently believe
in this “change”.

Why is Single-Payer Health Reform Not Viable?
by Mike Dennison
Billings Gazette (Montana)

Howard Kurtz Is Keeping Them Honest

*Comment left at link

Institute for Public Accuracy
India: * Reaction to Attacks * Nuclear Policy

Israeli Reporter Amira Hass Forced Out of Gaza by Hamas, Detained by
Israeli Police For Entering Gaza Without Permit


Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
Nine Out of Ten Children are Denied Livesaving HIV/AIDS Treatment

Doctors Without Borders calls for scale-up of pediatric HIV care

Toll From Deadly, Coordinated Mumbai Attacks Tops 170, Two Top Indian
Officials Resign, Tensions Rise Between India and Pakistan

Wal-Mart Worker Crushed to Death in Early Morning Stampede of Shoppers
on Black Friday

Creating Black Friday

An Advocate of Strong Action Against Mass Killing?

*Comment left at link

Female Bloggers ‘Underrepresented and Undervalued’–and Harassed

MSNBC’s Pentagon Pundit


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