May 2009


Defending Israeli War Crimes
by Stephen Zunes

Mr. Abbas Goes to Washington
by Ali Abunimah

The Bogus Torture Coverup
The Pentagon is denying the facts: Photographs of Abu Ghraib torture are
even more sexually explicit than first reported, including rape and
sodomy, writes The Daily Beast’s Scott Horton, who has obtained specific
and detailed corroboration of the photos.
by Scott Horton
The Daily Beast

*Gummint’s try for a photo finish

Global Warming Causes 300,000 Deaths a Year, Says Kofi Annan Thinktank
Climate change is greatest humanitarian challenge facing the world as
heatwaves, floods and forest fires become more severe
by John Vidal
the Guardian/UK

FAIR Media Advisory
Cheney Often Wrong, Seldom Doubted
Giving ex-VP a free ride in torture debate

Sotomayor Not a Rags-to-Rags Story, AP Explains

*Comment left at link

Bruce Cumings: Latest North Korea Provocations Stem from Missed US
Opportunities for Demilitizaration

*Radioactive “diplomacy” – blowin’ ’em up real good


“We All Live in the Coal Fields”: West Virginians Step Up Protests as
EPA OKs New Mountaintop Removal

*I don’t know … how do you “greatly admire” someone who’s killing the
folks you say you care about?

I don’t mean to jump on (some of) these folks, but Jesus …

Despite No Links to Violence, Founders of Muslim Charity Sentenced to
Lengthy Terms for Donations to Needy Palestinians in Occupied

*Charity begins at home, and ends in prison


Educating Ourselves to Oblivion
by William Astore

*Wisdom’s not in the curriculum

Make the Afghanistan War Supporters Hear Us – At the Polls
by Tom Gallagher

Children Plant Carrots and Democracy
by Margaret Krome

Avoiding Corporate Liability
by Ralph Nader

*A brief history of a very long corporate crime spree

Oil Firms and Loggers ‘Push Indigenous People to Brink of Extinction’
‘Uncontacted’ tribes forced to flee armed gangs and bulldozers in
forests of Peru, Brazil and Paraguay, says Survival International
by John Vidal
The Guardian/UK

*Contact killers

‘I Want to Be Able to Atone’
Elsa Rassbach interviews André Shepherd, a U.S. soldier applying for
asylum in Germany
by Elsa Rassbach

Fresh Off Worldwide Attention for Joining Obama’s Book Collection,
Uruguayan Author Eduardo Galeano Returns with “Mirrors: Stories of
Almost Everyone”

NPR: Ever Faithful to U.S. Empire

*Comment left at link

U.S. Pundits’ Hiroshima Ignores Rest of the World

*Don’t do as I do – do as I say

Unless you’re Israel

Institute for Public Accuracy
GM and Unemployment


Taking North Korea at Their Word
Pyongyang has consistently said that its nuclear weapons are intended to
deter aggression. And, indeed, they do.
by Tad Daley

*Of course, it’s the height of wishful thinking to accept Obama’s pledge
of dedication to working toward a “nuclear weapon-free world”, but the
thrust of the piece is why it’s worth reading.

Radical Vision and Elbow Grease
by Michael Schwalbe

Healthy School Lunch Efforts Face Daunting Hurdles
by Lisa Baertlein

*Dying off the fat of the land

Amazonian Indigenous Protest Provokes Peruvian Government Reprisals
by David Dudenhoefer
Environmental News Service

US Wants to Paint the World White to Save Energy

*Well, I guess there’s no industry lobby for dark colors

Latin America Pundits Avoid Latin American Opinion

On MSM’s ‘Liberal Bias’… Toward the Bush Presidents

*Comment left at link

Media Still Crushing on Old Flame Colin Powell

*Comment left at link

GOP’s Helpful Pundits Reinforce Public Fear

*Comment left at link

Action Alert: The NYT and the ‘Return’ to Terrorism

Obama Nominee Sonia Sotomayor Poised to Become First Hispanic Supreme
Court Justice

Gay Marriage Advocates Likely to Seek Another Ballot Vote After
California Supreme Court Upholds Prop 8

*Let’s hope there are smarter people running this next campaign than
those who directed No on 8.

Show the humanity of queer folks – the strategy of keeping them hidden
was both morally wrong and practically foolish, wasn’t it?


Waterboard the Fed?
American taxpayers have the right to know where the trillions of dollars
being pledged in their name are going
by Dean Baker

The Greatest Swindle Ever Sold
How the Financial Bailout Scams Taxpayers, Subsidizes Wall Street, and
Props Up Our Broken Financial System
by Andy Kroll

Shadow Wars
by Conn Hallinan

*Valuable intel – but these remarks about these crimes being
“counterproductive” and turning the population against the occupations

Do we want them to be *supportive* of immoral and illegal wars?  Do we
want US and its allies’ actions to have *productive* results, furthering
the goals of empire?

We need to be careful about what arguments we use to oppose war, don’t

That is, if we really do oppose them.

“There’s No Way I’m Going to Deploy to Afghanistan”
by Dahr Jamail
Inter Press Service

*Those rare soldiers who truly defend the principles this nation claims
it lives by

L.A. Times: Transforming Reform into “Reform”

*Comment left at link

Brookings Institution: ‘Liberal’, Centrist… or Extremist?

Press Freedom ‘Lip Service’ vs ‘de Facto U.S. Policy’

*Comment left at link

Shell on Trial: Landmark Trial Set to Begin Over Shell’s Role in 1995
Execution of Nigerian Human Rights Activist Ken Saro-Wiwa

Antonia Juhasz on “The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual

Institute for Public Accuracy
Sotomayor Nomination

*Obama didn’t “miss an opportunity” – he was never going to avail
himself of that opportunity, was he?

There *is* a difference, right?

North Korea and Malign Neglect


Two Sides of the Same Coin: Heads-Heads
by Sibel Edmonds

Capitalism Produces Rich Bankers, but Socialism Produces Happiness
by Phillip Bannowsky

*From each according to her talents
To each according to his needs

“Fair and balanced” as more than corpress spin.

We can dream, can’t we?

In fact, we have to.

Raising the Dead: Memorial Day Activists Jailed in Protest to Stop 998
Coal Sludge Deaths
by Jeff Biggers

*And Daddy, won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay?

Well, I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in askin’
Mister Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

Climate Change Summit Hijacked by Biggest Polluters, Critics Claim
by Terry Macalister
the Guardian/UK

*Ban and Gore

With “heroes” like these …

*A Memorial Day concert

Memorial Day Special…Winter Soldier on the Hill: War Vets Testify
Before Congress


NYT: Ex-Prisoners ‘Return’ to Terrorism Never Charged

*Comment left at link

MSM Hungry for the Blood of Somali Pirates

*Comment left at link


Windows Into Gaza
by Salena Tramel

Green Camo: Seeing Through the Military’s New Environmentalism
by Bryan Farrell

*Climate change as “collateral damage”

Advocate for Others Fights to Die at Home
Insurer says coverage ‘used up’
by Kay Lazar
The Boston Globe

*Fighting for the right to live until you die

Alien Species Eroding Ecosystems and Livelihoods
by Stephen Leahy
Inter Press Service

Drinking from Plastic Bottles ‘Increases Exposure to Gender-Bending
by Murray Wardrop
The Telegraph/UK

Think Tank: US Climate Bill Falls Short

*Fiddling with our Neros while Rome burns

Obama, Cheney Spar over Torture Policies in Separate Addresses

*Arguing over imperial efficacy

Human Rights Attorney Vince Warren: Obama’s “Preventive Detention” Plan
Goes Beyond Bush Admin Policies

Environmental Groups See Divide over Landmark Climate, Energy Bill
Weakened by Industry Lobbying

*Certainly Public Citizen’s more righteous on this, but I think both
groups are just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

This time around, though, it won’t be an iceberg, will it?  Because
there won’t be any left.

Native American Environmental Leader Tom Goldtooth: Climate Change Bill
Fails to Address Indigenous Rights

*Solid stance, but undermined by more wishful thinking on Obama from
someone who should know better, don’t you think?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Nigeria Violence and Oil

The Iranian Threat to Eastern Crete

*So, are they ethically, or geographically and mathematically,

Rhetorical question.

CIA Tortured by Questions About Torturing

False Balance Alive & Well in Environmental Coverage


For all your obfuscating needs!

When News Budgets Mean Life or Death

*The corpress doesn’t give a damn about these deadlines, do they?


America’s Viceroy in Afghanistan
by Sonali Kolhatkar & James Ingalls

*A history of hypocrisy

Democratic Socialists? You Bet!
by Matthew Rothschild 

*Of course, we … and not just us Yanks, but every goddamn person on
the planet … need much more than much of Europe’s version of
democratic socialism.

But it’d be a start, wouldn’t it?

Climate Change: The Century’s Biggest Health Threat?
by Martin Mittelstaedt
The Globe and Mail (Canada)

*Forehead slapping time:

“Climate change is usually considered mainly an environmental calamity,
with humans largely immune to its devastating effects.”


Okay, that’s the idiot reporter, but the fact that the lead author of
the report held that view until recently is truly mindboggling, innit?

America’s Poor Are Its Most Generous Givers
by Frank Greve
the McClatchy Newspapers

*Typical corpress take … never questioning why there’s a need to give
in the first place, do they?

Massive Casualties Feared in Nigerian Military Attack on Niger Delta

*Think about this horror next time you watch a feel good greenwash ad
for an oil corp

Teaching Pioneer Deborah Meier on Obama’s Education Policy and the
Future of Charter Schools

*All in all, you’re just another brick in the wall

Knocking Down Big Media’s Hugo Chávez ‘Caricature’


Our Loss Is BlackRock’s Gain
by Robert Scheer

*I’d say these bastards are getting a “Get out of jail free” card …
but jail’s never been even a remote possibility for their crimes, has

Will Obama Move Supreme Court Rightward?
by Jeff Cohen

*A rhetorical question if ever there was

Mistakes Were Made
by Dan Hamburg and Lewis Seiler

*Greed and lust for power never occur by mistake, do they?

Cultivating Peace in Palestine
by Roane Carey

Banks in Recovery as Home Foreclosures Hit Record
by Adrianne Appel
Inter Press Service

*Banks’ SOS:

Save Our Shit, so we can do the Same Old Shit

ACLU Sues Knox, Nashville Schools for Blocking Gay Websites

FAIR Media Advisory
Does the CIA Ever Lie?

*In the end, whether Pelosi or any other Democrat was told of torture is
immaterial.  Maybe they weren’t … but they didn’t want to know, did

Congress’ job is to oversee the CIA, isn’t it?  Given its history of
lying, why would they accept their briefings as gospel?

“Plausible deniability” isn’t the goal of a conscientious public

Getting the truth to the people is.

New Yorker Correspondent Jane Mayer and British Attorney Philippe Sands
on Bush Administration Torture and How Obama Should Address It

*I guess this is worth reading, but it’s pretty goddamn vexing to
continually hear Mayer and Sands give Obama, Holder, Pelosi et al the
benefit of the doubt, while I don’t really see any doubt … do you?

California Health Reform, Minus Single-Payer

*Comment left at link


Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
New Release: U.S. Unemployment Now As High as Europe

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC)
Teachers to Scholastic: Don’t Use Us to Market Toys, Make-up, and Brands
to Children in School

Why Are We in Afghanistan?
by Tom Gallagher

*Blind to the reality of the “new folks”‘ actions … and deaf to the
cries of their victims

Unexceptional Americans: Why We Can’t See the Trees or the Forest
The Torture Memos and Historical Amnesia
by Noam Chomsky

*Vital intel … Chomsky gives the historical skinny on an empire that,
like others, has seen itself as the light of the world, while plunging
the “saved” into the darkness of death and despair.

What do Starbucks and Wal-Mart Have in Common?
by Brave New Films

Institute for Public Accuracy
Former U.S. Ambassador to Be CEO of Afghanistan?

*That would be “chief eviscerating officer”, wouldn’t it?

Open the Gates that the Righteous Nation May Enter”: Rumsfeld Used
Biblical Quotes in Top-Secret Iraq War Briefings for Bush

*”Christians” seem to have an infinite capacity to ignore the teachings
of their savior, don’t they?

Jeremy Scahill: “Little Known Military Thug Squad Still Brutalizing
Prisoners at Gitmo Under Obama”

Bill Clinton to be Named UN Special Envoy to Haiti

*And the corpress claims he’s a hero to “poor Haitians”.

The irony drips with their sweat and blood.

Global Day of Action Held to Demand New Trial for Death Row Prisoner
Troy Davis


Cornucopia Institute
New Report: Many Organic Soy Food Brands Importing Beans from China

*The Silk road to organic ruin

A Case For Economic Democracy
Rather than continuing to pay off the very people who created this
financial crisis, it’s time to bite the bullet and start building an
economic democracy featuring public banks and mutual funded holding
by Gary Dorrien

*I don’t agree with a basic premise of this argument because I don’t
believe you can ever have a truly just economic system based on profit
… but I think it’s worth reading, so …

The Disease of Permanent War
by Chris Hedges

Peru Army Moves Into Amazon After Tribes Blockade Rivers and Roads
Ecology and culture at stake say environmentalists, as government plans
to exploit rainforest for oil, gas and timber
by Rory Carroll
The Guardian/UK

Gen McChrystal, America’s New Army Chief in Afghanistan, Under Fire Over
Rough Tactics and ‘Prisoner Abuse’
The general chosen by Barack Obama to run the war in Afghanistan
permitted abusive treatment and interrogation of detainees in Iraq,
according to human rights investigators.
by Leonard Doyle in Washington
The Telegraph/UK

Tamil Tiger Leader Killed; Sri Lanka Claims Victory in 25-Year Civil War

“Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country”

Ruling Congress-Led Coalition Wins Decisive Victory in India

India Continues to Imprison Human Rights Activist Dr. Binayak Sen

Philadelphia Inquirer Hires Torture Memo Author John Yoo to Write Column

MSM Blind to Energy Factor in U.S. Wars

*Comment left at link

Selective Coverage of Selective Catholic Principles

*Comment left at link


On the Depth of Rupert Murdoch’s ‘Crass’ Roots

Media Silence on Pol ‘Implicitly Endorsing’ Inquisition

*Comment left at link


Philly Paper Welcomes Home Native Torture Hero

The Moral Deficiency of Charles Krauthammer

*Comment left at link

Don’t Even THINK of Lying to Bob Schieffer

*Comment left at link

Examining the Paper of Record’s Torture Record

*Orwell on the Orwellian


Institute for Public Accuracy
$96 Billion More for War

Little Known Military Thug Squad Still Brutalizing Prisoners at Gitmo
Under Obama
The ‘Black Shirts’ of Guantanamo routinely terrorize prisoners, breaking
bones, gouging eyes, squeezing testicles, and ‘dousing’ them with
by Jeremy Scahill

*Warning:  The following material contains vivid descriptions of US
military personnel carrying out their duties in accordance with the
Geneva Conventions and all other applicable national and international
legal obligations.

It’s change we can have the audacity of hope to believe in.

Excuses You Might Believe In
Democrats Are More Powerful Than Ever. How Will They Justify Doing
by Ted Rall

*Party animals in desperate need of spaying  and neutering

Won’t you help?

Nakba Remembered Amid Gaza Suffering – 15 May 09
by Ayman Mohyeldin
Al Jazeera

Fire the Boss: Naomi Klein & Avi Lewis on “The Worker Control Solution
from Buenos Aires to Chicago”

Chicago Window Factory Reopens with Occupying Workers Back on the Job

Argentine Journalist Sergio Ciancaglini on “Sin Patron: Stories from
Argentina’s Worker-Run Factories”

For the WaPo, It’s Not Really a Debt if You Borrowed From the Elderly

*You’re not the only one who’s thinking about how to spend your
retirement, are you?

Monica Crowley: ‘Young People Are Gravitating to the GOP’

Big Pharma’s Big Deception

Impoverished Papers Can’t Afford Truth

*Next up:  rape as “unwelcome attention”


Food & Water Watch
Water Infrastructure Financing Act Benefits Corporations ¨at the
Expense of Taxpayers¨
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter

*Love that dirty water

Stealth Move in Washington Aims to Get $100 Billion for IMF Without
Congressional Debate
by Mark Weisbrot

*Money for worse than nothing

The Cure for Layoffs: Fire the Boss!
by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis

Judge Condemns ‘Mosaic’ of Guantánamo Intelligence and Unreliable
by Andy Worthington

Institute for Public Accuracy
Questioned, Obama Says Single Payer Would Be Best

So we had Slick Willie … what’s our nick for his successor?

Bullshitting Barack?

Gotta be something better than that … lemme work on it.

Former FBI Interrogator, Ex-State Dept. Counselor Criticize Torture
Memos at Senate Panel Hearing

*Graham pines for the good old days 500 years ago, when torture wasn’t a
“political football”.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph …

Human Rights Investigator, Attorney John Sifton: Torture Investigation
Should Focus on Estimated 100 Prisoner Deaths

*So if you’re killing people, how are you getting intel from them?

Forget the morality.  Congress and the corpress have, haven’t they?

Omnivore’s Dilemma” Author Michael Pollan’s New Advice on Buying Food:
“Don’t Buy Any Food You’ve Ever Seen Advertised”

*Much good intel, but once again there’s this unwarranted, if qualified,
optimism about Obama and his people … don’t you think?


Baucus’s Raucous Caucus: Doctors, Nurses and Activists Arrested Again
for Protesting Exclusion of Single-Payer Advocates at Senate Hearing on

Howard Zinn: “I Wish Obama Would Listen to MLK”

*Zinn’s always worth listening to, but he, like many other progressives,
pulls his punches when speaking critically about Obama.

They “wish” he’d keep his promises … they’re “disappointed” in his

Frederick Douglass said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand.”

And understanding the nature of the persons who wield that power is the
first step in making an effective demand, isn’t it?

He is what he is … let’s not mince words when we’re being minced to
death by his acts of omission and commission.

Ghost of Haditha Haunts American Shooting Spree in Iraq
by Aaron Glantz

*I think it’s also vital to look at how the culture of violence and
hatred toward “the other” in this country affected these persons before
they ever put on a uniform … don’t you?

The “Suicide” Of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi: Why The Media Silence?
by Andy Worthington

Cities Can Save the Earth
by Richard Register

*Rebuilding cities like our lives depended on it

Save Troy Davis

Michael Pollan Dishes out Advice on Healthful Eating
by Rob Kasper
The Baltimore Sun

*Thought for food

Rush Limbaugh Comes Right Out and Says It

*Comment left at link

Institute for Public Accuracy
Credit Card Regulation


FAIR Action Alert
CBS Pro-Drone Propaganda
60 Minutes slights critics of controversial weapons

Privacy Policy Hypocrisy and Censorship at NPR

*Respecting “privacy” … promoting privation

‘Saving the News’ — and Democracy

The Century of the Rights of Mother Earth
by Leonardo Boff

W.R. Grace Acquitted in Libby, Montana Asbestos Case

*The land of the scot-free

Doug Peacock on “Walking It Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and

Institute for Public Accuracy
Healthcare: * Single Payer Efforts Excluded, Nurses Arrested * Analyzing
“Voluntary Efforts”

*Wrong folks cuffed in Congress

How Torture Facilitated Invasion


Use Jobless Time to Build Better World
by Barbara Ehrenreich

*Playing at working

Harvest of Suicides
by Vandana Shiva

*Making a killing by sowing the seeds of suicide

Green Shoots? Don’t Speak Too Soon
In spite of some spring sprouts in the US economy, we should prepare for
another dark winter
by Joseph E. Stiglitz

Becoming What We Seek to Destroy
by Chris Hedges

Still There, Foreclosed No Longer
Nonprofits help occupants buy back homes
by Jenifer B. McKim
The Boston Globe

iPhones in Iraq – The US Army’s New Weapon
Applications prove invaluable for soldiers on the battlefield
by Kim Sengupta in Basra
The Independent/UK

*Barbed wireless for the empire on the go

US General Builds A Palestinian Army
by Robert Dreyfuss
The Nation

*A phony army for a phony state

Israel Knows That Peace Just Doesn’t Pay
by Amira Hass
Haaretz (Israel)

*Putting a price on apartheid

Rising from the Rails: How A. Philip Randolph and the Pullman Porters
Helped Pave the Way for the Civil Rights Movement

Institute for Public Accuracy
* New Health Care Ads * Corrupted Finance Committee?

FAIR Media Advisory
The Bad PR of Dead Civilians
Afghan airstrikes and the corporate media


NYT Names ‘Harsh Tactics’ as ‘Torture’ – by Chinese

*Comment left at link

Employee Free Choice for ‘Very Slow Reporters’

As Good as It Gets on Corporate TV


A Stalled Counter-Revolution
The finger-pointing for the economic crisis is in full force. In this
review: Revisionism, I-Told-You-So-ism, human psychology, and a
historical perspective.
by Robert Kuttner

Climate Change Displacement Has Begun – but Hardly Anyone Has Noticed
The first evacuation of an entire community due to manmade global
warming is happening on the Carteret Islands
by George Monbiot

Child Miners: Legacy of Conflict
by Lansana Fofana
Inter Press Service

Pentagon Pundits: New York Times Reporter David Barstow Wins Pulitzer
Prize for Exposing Military’s Pro-War Propaganda Media Campaign

*I think the last comment by Barstow’s telling in illustrating how even
diligent corpress reporters have a hard time calling a spade a spade.
Maybe they think that’s being impartial, but this was propaganda by any

And any official judgment to the contrary would be classic coverup,
don’t you think?

Mother’s Day for Peace: A Dramatic Reading of Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s
Day Proclamation

Author Susan Galleymore on “Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak About War
and Terror”

Community Broadband Fight Continues in N.C.


‘Civilian Deaths Imperil Support for Afghan War’

*Comment left at link

Pirates vs. Emperors
by Joseph Nevins

*Of “mice” and big, bad men

A Response to Those Who Say Don’t Prosecute Bush’s Torture Lawyers
by Jeremy Scahill

Government Could Destroy Records in Hundreds of Guantanamo Cases
by Chisun Lee

Manan Ahmed on the Politics of US “Hysteria” over Pakistan

David Simon, Creator of Acclaimed HBO Series “The Wire”: As Profit
Motive Guts Newspapers, Communities Lose Out

After 39 Years, Events Surrounding Kent State Massacre Remain Unresolved

*What if you knew her and
Found her dead on the ground?

How can you run
When you know?

“China’s Unnatural Disaster”: New HBO Documentary Chronicles Struggles
of Grieving Parents Following 2008 Sichuan Earthquake

FAIR Extra!
Congo Ignored, Not Forgotten
When 5 million dead aren’t worth two stories a year
By Julie Hollar

Digital Justice for All
End of analog TV exposes digital divide
By Amalia Deloney

*Giving poor folks the digit, and organizing to give it right back


Center for Public Integrity
Who’s Behind the Financial Meltdown?
Center for Public Integrity Investigation Identifies Top 25 Subprime
Lenders and their Wall Street Backers

How Much Should We Leave in the Ground?
by George Monbiot

*No good to the last drop

Israeli Activist to be Jailed for Caring
Ezra Nawi was ridiculed and arrested for trying to protect people’s
homes. Only international attention can help him now
by Neve Gordon

*Use a heart, go to jail

Arlen Specter Checked A Card
by Thom Hartmann

Who Will Stop the AIPAC Jews Before it is Too Late?
by Medea Benjamin

Up to 150 Afghan Civilians Killed in US Attack on Western Province

Augusto Boal, Founder of the Theater of the Oppressed, Dies at 78

“The Crusade for a Christian Military”: Are US Forces Trying to Convert
Afghans to Christianity?

*Must read … and I hope there’ll be much more to on a continuous

FAIR Extra!
Hate Speech, Media Activism and the First Amendment
Putting a spotlight on dehumanizing language
By Candice O’Grady

*I honestly don’t know how to balance free speech rights with the
necessity of stopping these bastards from inciting violence against “the

Do  you?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Mother’s Day: A Day Against War?


Greg Mitchell on Fox’s ‘Grassrootsy’ Astroturf

*Comment left at link

Will GE Beneficiary Censor GE Pollution Opponents?

*So, what control does Seeger have over the final product?

Regardless, I would hope that he’d raise holy hell over any

Immigration Reform: Rights, Not Raids
by Bill Ong Hing & David Bacon

Israel’s War Against Youth
Protesters, activists and draft evaders are being targeted by a broad
programme of state repression
by Rela Mazali

Wanna Shoot a Wolf? Come to Idaho!
The Obama administration has lifted protections for gray wolves in a
handful of Western states. Soon, it could be hunting season on them once
by Todd Wilkinson

*What’s missing here to me is a proposal as to how to reconcile the need
to protect gray wolves with the legitimate (not claimed … legitimate)
needs of those adversely affected by the wolves’ predations.

It’s one thing to say it’s necessary … how do you do it?

The Uninsured Are the Symptom, Not the Disease
by Claudia Chaufan

Walmart Workers Fight for Change

Palestinian Patients ‘Interrogated Before Leaving Gaza for Treatment’
Medical human rights group claims Israeli security services are
violating international laws on torture and coercion
by Rory McCarthy in Jerusalem
The Guardian/UK

12-Year-Old US Citizen to President Obama: “I Want My Mom Back”

*Sorry, folks … the President can’t get a feel good photo op out of

William Greider: “Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming
Promise) of Our Country”

*Hard to suss the mentality of someone who enumerates so many sins of
the Democrats, then says he hasn’t given up on them … isn’t it?

Why We Fight
U.S. Troops Die for Rapists
by Ted Rall

*It has to be pointed out that the odds are that some of those soldiers
who have died are themselves rapists … of Afghan women and/or female
U.S. (or possibly other NATO) “comrades” … and that certainly most of
them knew of this and remained silent.
(This will move from his blog to his Columns section at some point)

Institute for Public Accuracy

*(A)nd (I)srael (P)ockets (A)nother (C)ongressmember

Wolves Targeted

Doctors Arrested at Senate “Roundtable” on Healthcare


Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
CREW Releases Analysis of Credit Card Execs’ 2008 Electoral Cycle
Political Giving

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
State & Local Budget Shortfalls to Blunt Effect of ARRA
Impact of federal government action thus far will be limited.

US Soldiers in Afghanistan Told to “Hunt People for Jesus… So We Get
Them into The Kingdom”
Military officials at Bagram are caught on tape urging US soldiers to
evangelize in the Muslim country.
by Jeremy Scahill

*Onward Christian soldiers …

That’s a contradiction in terms, isn’t it?

Making a ‘Sacred Zone’ in Appalachia
It’s not enough to stop mountaintop removal coal mining. The goal is to
build a new Appalachia.
by Bob Kincaid

Buying Brand Obama
by Chris Hedges

*Tremendous piece … please read

The Planet’s Imperative: Stop War, Shine On
by Susan Van Haitsma

Environment Emerges as a Major Casualty in Gaza
by Erin Cunningham


And Now, From the ‘Hard Left’: Ronald Reagan

*(Long) comment left at link

Get Them Out: Rotten Apples in Congressional Witness Bushel on Health
by Donna Smith

*Can I get a (truthful) witness?

Mission to Break up Pacific Island of Rubbish Twice the Size of Texas
by Frank Pope
The Times/UK

Bhopal Residents Bring Toxic Warnings
by Rick Steelhammer
The Charleston Gazette (West Virginia)

*The voices of an horrific experience

Russia to Build Floating Arctic Nuclear Stations
Environmentalists fear pollution risk as firms try to exploit ocean’s
untapped oil and gas reserves
by John Vidal in Tromsø, Norway

*This idea’s so dangerously insane I’m surprised the US didn’t think of
it first


New UN Report Shows the US Combo of Torture and Impunity Thrives in
Iraqi Prisons
by Jeremy Scahill

Debating the US Record on Torture
by Avi Lewis
Al Jazeera and Rebel Reports

*Evil didn’t begin in January 2001

Or end eight years later

Australia Muscling up as America’s Power Wanes
by Brendan Nicholson
The Age (Australia)

Ralph Nader: Obama “Indecisiveness” in Chrysler Bankruptcy Leaves
“Everything up in the Air”

Madison-Based The Progressive Magazine Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary

*It ain’t Jesus on a stick, but The Progressive has done a lot of
important work, hasn’t it?

SEIU Takes Millions in Loans from Union-Owned Bank While Trying to
Recruit its Members

Historian Alfred McCoy: Obama Reluctance on Bush Prosecutions Affirms
Culture of Impunity

*Do you honestly believe that anyone who authorized torture felt that it
was the only way to protect American lives?

Do you think they gave a rat’s ass about American lives … excluding
their own?

As McCoy says, every torturer has a “moral” rationale for their sadism.

It’s our duty as human beings to ask ourselves what they really sought
to protect.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Kagan on the Supreme Court?

Pentagon Pundits Still Thriving at MSNBC

Calvin Woodward’s Fractured Fact-Check Strikes Again

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