Strategic negotiation is not appeasement

March 11th, 2009

Mary Shaw

The media are abuzz with the news that President Obama acknowledges that we are not winning the war in Afghanistan and is thinking about reaching out to moderate elements of the Taliban.

And the right-wingers are jumping all over it. To them, it's proof that Obama likes to pal around with terrorists.

By contrast, their hero and dear leader -- George W. Bush -- would always swagger and smirk and talk about how we don't negotiate with terrorists. How macho.

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Former Accused Iraqi Agent Susan Lindauer, Secret Charges and The Patriot Act in Action

March 11th, 2009

Former Accused Iraqi Agent
Susan Lindauer, Secret Charges and

The Patriot Act in Action

The Executioner and Justice - John Heartfield

Susan Lindauer Interviewed by Michael Collins

'Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." Herman Goering, Interview at Nuremburg Trials, April 14, 1946

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From Lincoln to Limbaugh

March 11th, 2009

Mary Shaw

It seems to be official: Rush Limbaugh is the new unofficial head of the floundering Republican Party.

The media have been all over it in the past few days.

The GOP leadership grovels.

And the dittoheads rejoice, even as they fail to realize that this could be their Waterloo.

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Health Care Reform, Obama Style

March 11th, 2009

Stephen Lendman

On February 26, The New York Times headlined: "Obama Offers Broad Plan to Revamp Health Care....a (down payment $634 billion "reserve fund" for the next decade) toward his goal of covering the uninsured, and he would pay for it in part by cutting federal payments to hospitals, insurance companies and drug companies." More on that below.

Details so far are sketchy, but here's what The Times and others reported:

-- $634 billion as a "down payment....additional funding will be needed;"

-- increased prescription drug premiums for higher income Medicare recipients;

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'Christians' Tour Israel: Gaza Extermination Grinds On

March 11th, 2009

Charles E. Carlson

The evidence is in: Israel and the US are together guilty of war crimes by any reasonable measure. The USA financed the 23-day Christmas season Gaza extermination. Extermination is the act of killing with the intention of eradicating demographics within a population.

'Christian’ churches are high on the list of accomplices, with the blood of 1435 mostly innocent souls on their hands. Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics claims it entertained some 1.3 million tourists last year. Tourism is the third largest source of net income to Israel, ahead of farming and diamond processing, and is exceeded only by manufacturing and chemical production. It contributes more than the $2.7 billion annual US government military aid to Israel. This makes tourism a major financer of Israel’s war budget. According to Israel’s figures, 66% of visitors list themselves Christian, and Americans are the largest incoming group. YNet Travel says 2008 was a record year when incoming tourism generated $3.8 billion for the Israeli economy.

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The Martyrdom of Mordechai Vanunu

March 11th, 2009

Eileen Fleming

The best understanding of a martyr is one who chooses to suffer, to die rather than renounce their principles. A martyr is also one who has given themselves up as a witness. The essence of Christianity is to bear witness to what Jesus was always on about; forgiveness, love, reconciliation and the intrinsic equality of all people.

Within days of the announcement of a record 205 nominations for 2009’s Nobel Peace Prize, [one of several prizes endowed by Swedish industrialist and dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel] perpetual nominee Mordechai Vanunu declined the honor in a letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Oslo:

I am asking the committee to remove my name from the nominations…I cannot be part of a list of laureates that includes Simon Peres…Peres established and developed the atomic weapon program in Dimona in Israel…Peres was the man who ordered [my] kidnapping…he continues to oppose my freedom and release…WHAT I WANT IS FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM….FREEDOM AND ONLY FREEDOM I NEED NOW.

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