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There is a war on journalists who aren't handmaidens of Washington and don't
toe the corporate line. We are spied upon, put on government lists, detained
and hassled at airports, even raided and hit with spurious indictments all
because as George Orwell said, During times of universal deceit, telling the
truth becomes a revolutionary act. Yet, a democracy or democratic republic
cannot exist without an informed citizenry. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin,
"We must hang together...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately."
It's not hard to feel that some new beginning is near in Union Square Park on
May 1, Occupy May Day, with thousands of Occupy Wall Streeters, union workers
and leaders, immigrant workers groups, the unemployed, and senior citizens
squeezed into the park, several waving The Beginning Is Near signs.
The latest victim of anti-gay rhetoric
Mel Seesholtz, Ph.D.
Some readers have come to the erroneous conclusion that the Matrix consists
of Republican Party disinformation as if there is no disinformation from the
left. Others think that propaganda is the business of Obama and the
Democrats. In fact, propaganda from the right, the left and the middle are
all part of the disinformation fed to Americans.
Illegal settlements bonanza: Israel plots an endgame
Israel's colonization policies are entering an alarming new phase, comparable
in historic magnitude to the original plans to colonize Gaza, the West Bank
and East Jerusalem following the war of 1967.
Who's behind the Shia massacre in Pakistan?
Dr. Ismail Salami
Death is whimsical these days, manifesting itself in shapes most repellent to
man: men posing with the mangled parts of dead bodies; men urinating on dead
bodies; men cutting out the eyes of their brothers and killing them in the
name of religion.
The obscenity of humanitarian warfare
America and NATO have done a very bad thing, a perplexing thing-they have
blurred the lines between war and peace, by turning humanitarian
intervention into a tool of aggression. It is now logical to view all
American humanitarian aid, in all of its forms, as the first stage of
aggression, America's foot in the door to meddle in the affairs of national
government. On a sliding scale, with national subversion (under the cover of
humanitarian intervention) on one end, and full-scale superpower blitzkrieg
on the other, we can see the outlines of the modern distortion of
humanitarian aid into a tool of war-making in a simple line, depicting levels
of American military aggression.
Lebanese president orders airfield to be readied for NATO and UN
(WMR <http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/>)-WMR's Lebanese sources report that
Lebanon's president, Michel Sleiman, has instructed Public Works and
Transportation Minister Ghazi al-Aridi to ready the northern Qleiat airport
for possible use by NATO and UN forces for operations inside Syria. Qleiat is
located near the Lebanese border with Syria.
Freedom Rider: Journalists in bed with the president
The president of the United States gets away with murder, literally, in large
part because journalists don't do their job of reporting the news. Long gone
are the days of investigative journalism and what should be an adversarial or
at the very least distant relationship between reporters and presidential
Michael Lewis advises Occupy to boycott the Big Greeders
Missy Comley Beattie
The African Union: A tool of Western rule
Thomas C. Mountain
The African Union (AU) has mutated into a particularly corrupt and brutal
enforcer of Western rule in Africa. When it comes to the interests of Pax
Americana, you must start with the crimes committed in the AU's War on
Terror in Somalia, a.k.a., the War on the Somali people.
From the Kent State killings to Occupy Cleveland, this is the face of the new
Recent events in northern Ohio underscore the new COINTELPRO assault on
activism. On Tuesday, May 1, federal authorities arrested five anarchists
charging them with conspiracy in trying to bomb property used in interstate
commerce, according to the Associated Press (AP). The target of this alleged
plot was a bridge running through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 15 miles
south of downtown Cleveland.
The nuclear industry has melted in Japan and France
Obama administration main obstacle to Middle East peace
Linda S. Heard
Any peace process there ever was is virtually dead. Arabs blame the hawkish
right-wing Benjamin Netanyahu-led government for the impasse, as do prominent
former heads of Israeli intelligence services; Netanyahu blames Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas for refusing to return to the table until Israel
quits expanding Jewish colonies. There's plenty of blame to go around but, if
the truth be told, the White House should bear more guilt than the
protagonists for the absence of progress. If the US were the 'honest broker'
it has on occasion pretended to be, there would have been a state called
Palestine decades ago.
Musings on Ayn Rand, Hitler and the idea that 'might makes right'
I just read an article on Ayn Rand's influence on many in the Republican
Party, and it brought the following to mind. I know most people have
knee-jerk aversion to the mere mention of Hitler and comparing him with
others, but sometimes it helps to take notice when accurate comparisons
exist. Like Rand and her ideological heirs, Hitler also despised the weak and
any effort to help the unfortunate. Among those he considered unworthy of
life because he thought them weak were hospital patients, orphans,
pacifists, homosexuals, anyone asocial and any groups that might uplift the
poor such as labor unions. He believed might makes right and justified his
views using Darwinian and Machiavellian terms.
What about the Voters' Rights Amendment?
American voters are adrift on the sinking U.S. ship of state in a political
sea awash with thousands of activist organizations reflecting every hue of
the political spectrum. Responding to the voter's SOS, a nonpartisan lifeboat
has been floating around the Internet and social media for the past couple of
months quickly attracting a broad range of bipartisan support.
Dr. Judy Wood and the future of the earth: Part I
Everyone knows what's wrong with the poor remnant of news and analysis that
the mainstream media still manages to provide-that it's untrue, servile to
its corporate masters, and intended to deceive rather than reveal.
Voices from the streets: May Day in New York City
May 1 began with rain and heavy clouds in the Berkshire Mountains in Western
Massachusetts. Since it has been an unusually dry and cool spring in New
England, I worried that the May Day demonstration planned by Occupy Wall
Street would not draw the crowds so essential to keep the momentum of the
Is it time for the girl in India?: Satya Mev Jayate
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how India had turned me into a feminist
<http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/5490> after seeing and learning about
the treatment of women here. Many people have spoken to me about this post
since in person, via Twitter and on Facebook. One comment that came up a few
times was that my tone was one of hopelessness. This wasn't the intention,
but I certainly did feel like no matter how much the statistics and facts
clearly show that women are in danger in India, so little seemed to be done
about it. Then Sunday happened.
In a war that is many wars conducted and staged from at least a thousand
bases around the world by some 250,000 military personnel, burning up more
fuel than any single source on the planet, what chance does the national debt
have of declining, even through the awful austerity programs aimed at
slashing entitlement programs of all kinds by the profiteers of this
egregious excess continue to starve the consumer economy of capital with
endless debt, leaving the specter of declining jobs and an evaporating
currency for our so-called capitalist system to live on?
On the insanity of 'an eye for an eye' and those who glorify it
Recently, Mr. 'Hope And Change' Barack Obama (also known as the
predator-drone-missile president), officially launched his corporate
reelection campaign by shamelessly touting his role in the extra-judicial,
U.S. government's official version, of the assassination of Osama Bin Laden.
Virginia Air National Guard pilots muzzled for getting too close to the
military's deepest secrets
(WMR <http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/>)-Virginia Air National Guard F-22
Raptor pilots Major Jeremy Gordon and Captain Joshua Wilson are facing the
loss of their wings and punitive administrative reprisals for appearing on
CBS 60 Minutes to discuss pilot safety issues with regard to the F-22's
oxygen system. The pilots revealed problems with pilot sickness, including
hypoxia, or the loss of oxygen to the brain, as a result of unknown
problems with the F-22's oxygen system.
9/11 defendants' trial, another piece of US theater
Linda S. Heard
The second attempt by US authorities to try one of several alleged
masterminds of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and his four co-accused is a
farce reminiscent of the trial of Saddam Hussein that had a preordained
Struggle over Iran: Tumultuous Israeli politics will not usher peace
Israel is currently experiencing the kind of turmoil that may or may not
affect its political hierarchy following the next general election. However,
there is little reason to believe that any major transformations in the
Israeli political landscape could be of benefit to Palestinians.