Archive for April, 2009

John Pilger: Obama’s First 100 Days: The Madmen Did Well

April 29, 2009

. . . . In his first 100 days, Obama has excused torture, opposed habeas corpus, and demanded more secret government. He has kept Bush’s gulag intact and at least 17,000 prisoners beyond the reach of justice. On April 24, his lawyers won an appeal that ruled Guantanamo prisoners were not “persons” and therefore had no right not to be tortured. His national intelligence director, Adm. Dennis Blair, says he believes torture works. One of his senior officials in Latin America is accused of covering up the torture of an American nun in Guatemala; another is a Pinochet apologist. As Daniel Ellsberg has pointed out, America experienced a military coup under Bush, whose secretary of “defense,” Robert Gates, along with the same warmaking officials, have been retained by Obama. . . .


stand by me

April 27, 2009

Barack Obama and the Insanity of Denial

April 23, 2009

Keeping It Real, by Larry Pinkney

from Lenore Daniels

April 23, 2009

“So Love Me, Love Me, I’m a Liberal,” but Don’t Educate Me about the Somali Pirates!”

President Ahmadinejad’s speech at the Durban Review Conference on Racism

April 22, 2009

The Fatal Thread By CHRIS FLOYD

April 22, 2009

He will let it go – and all hope for change, for renewal, for a re-founded Republic, will go with it.

Have We No Shame?

April 22, 2009

Today, one witnesses the chameleon-like behavior of our multi-million- dollar Senator Kerry hypocritically conducting a hearing on the Afghanistan war, excluding mention of Iraq, betraying every mother’s son who died in Vietnam and Iraq. This “hero” video-producer in Vietnam will undoubtedly extol the virtue of Seal goon veterans of Grenada, where we learned to “heroically” assault unarmed natives ignorant of our culture in the name of freedom and democracy, of course, so as to be at the ready to bring before the dock in New York a (by all reports) 15-year-old Somalian “pirate,” a child essentially, weeping that he is sorry (obviously he knows not of what), while a population supporting the troops is busily bidding for Bernie Madoff’s season tickets to watch imbeciles play ball in a luxurious playpen builty at public expense upon the urging of a billionaire Mayor. Certainly no greater evidence of the soul-searing consequences of capitalism exists. What a country – what a citizenry which placidly views the spectacle which cries out to heaven (were there such a spot) for justice, albeit that is a sign of wisdom, of there is certainly none in Amerika. I am a very bitter old man, ashamed of a sense of shame that should have been far more conscientiously observed much earlier in my lifetime.

Tony Flaherty

South Boston Resident for Peace

Obama’s Legerdemain

April 21, 2009

with the release of the torture documents, obama has scored a coup. on the one hand, he placates many (although certainly not all) who have called for such disclosure. on the other hand, with his repeated statements that he will not prosecute those responsible, he has told the citizenry “tough, that’s what i’m going to, do and you can’t do anything about it.” and the citizenry will, once again, do nothing. and every time we do nothing, we embolden the government to do more. and every time we do nothing, we make doing anything that much less likely. what a bunch of losers we are.

Larry Pinkney: The fact is that Barack Obama is not the fulfillment of anything but the nightmare of continuing 21st Century U.S. Empire.

April 9, 2009

from Cynthia McKinney

April 8, 2009

. . . our Power to the People campaign was the only one talking about instituting full employment and a living wage, subsidizing education through college so that students would not have to take out loans to go to college, creating green jobs (like solar panel manufacture) in neighborhoods blighted by abandoned big box buildings, having former Comptroller of the U.S. David Walker perform audits of the companies that got bailout money, nationalizing the Federal Reserve, creating publicly owned neighborhood banks, thereby finally creating an economy that worked for the people instead of the special interests. And shutting down the military-industrial complex’s Empire America.

Our agenda provided a clear route to an end to torture, rendition for torture, warrantless wiretapping, spying on U.S. citizen activists, and an end to war. Not just an end to the war on terror, but a clear end to war and occupation. . .

And with what is happening economically, it is likely to be even more difficult. As someone who studied Russian literature and the great Russian authors, like Pushkin, Chechov, Dostoyevsky, and others, I have always paid attention to events taking place in Russia. I watched with interest the creation of a superclass of dual-passport carrying individuals who stripped Russia of its patrimony and became known as the oligarchs. According to the Guardian, Russia’s seven original oligarchs came to control 50% of Russia’s economy during the 1990s.

I came to realize that the very individuals entrusted with correcting the current economic woes [in the U.S.] . . . [are those who created the Russian plan]. . .

When I was in London recently for the Malaysia conference, I met a gentleman who completed the answer for me. Economist Michael Hudson and lawyer and author Ellen Brown had confirmed my worst fears, but Mr. David Pidcock really brought them all home for me. And the short answer to the question I put to him is, “Yes, the U.S. economy is being hollowed out with our own money, not for the benefit of the American people, but for the benefit of a few and yes, President Obama has enabled the very characters who have successfully implemented this result elsewhere.”

That’s what we’re trying to build here, a government that respects and promotes and protects human dignity. That is not being done today, sadly. Over the next few essays I would like to discuss how we get from here to there and how President Obama’s economic team is deviating from the “there” that we all want.