Living in Sweden, a place where injustice may be just the new way of life
FALUN, Sweden-If Julian Assange enters Sweden, he won't be coming to the
country many people think of. In 2010, an article from The Guardian was
titled The new Swedish xenophobia, its Swedish author forecasting
xenophobia would gain new strength, new strongholds, new legitimacy. And it
Save Darfur's mi$$ing million$: The Israeli connection
Thomas C. Mountain
The so-called Save Darfur Coalition raised tens of millions of dollars,
some say a hundred million or more, to help the people of Darfur, yet an
investigation by this writer can find no evidence of any of this money
reaching Darfur refugees on the ground in Sudan.
Pity the poor billionaires
Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
We had the perfect headline all picked out for this piece but our colleague
Paul Waldman at The American Prospect magazine beat us to the punch: It's
Hard Out There for a Billionaire.
Pennsylvania politics continues to override humane actions
The devilish plan of Saudi-Bahrain merger
The recently declared plan by the members of Persian Gulf Cooperation Council
to annex Bahrain to Saudi Arabia and form a greater Arab union has attested
to the fact that the tyrannical and merciless rulers of Arab sheikhdoms in
the Persian Gulf are still obliviously living in the colonial era, dating
back to the early 1550s, when the world's major colonial powers relied on the
power of arms and ammunitions to conquer and attain new territories and put
the rivals' nose out of joint in a conspicuous show-off of muscle-flexing.
Logic for B.S. detection and getting to the truth
If you're a liberal or progressive and have ever debated with anyone on the
far-right, you may have noticed their arguments can seem irrational. Of
course, it's not just right-leaning people who think illogically, but any
time you enter into or follow any controversial discussion, it helps to
remember and identify the following fallacies.
A review of Gaither Stewart's new novel, 'The Trojan Spy'
William T. Hathaway and Paul Carline
Gaither Stewart's The Trojan Spy takes the thriller genre an important step
forward, advancing it from the work of his predecessors John le Carré and
Robert Ludlum. Le Carré and Ludlum rebelled against the conventions of the
classic spy thrillers, which assumed that we're the good guys who are under
attack by bad guys so evil that we're justified in bending the rules to save
ourselves from them. In that world, lies, deceit, sabotage, and even murder
are sometimes necessary to defend peace, justice, and the American (or
Western) Way against (pick one, depending on when the book was written)
Nazis, communists, or terrorists.
Israel formulates tripartite plot to destroy Syria
Dr. Ismail Salami
A politically incorrect wave of labyrinthine madness is casting its heavy
shadow over Syria as the country is being surrounded left and right by
Zionist plots thickening beyond control.
Can too much food and too little exercise explain U.S. obesity, not entirely
Whatever happened to justice? Supreme Court OKs police Tasering pregnant women
John W. Whitehead
Once again, the United States Supreme Court has proven Clarence Darrow, a
civil liberties attorney and long-time advocate for the Constitution, correct
in his assertion that there is no such thing as justice-in or out of court.
In meting out this particular miscarriage of justice, the Supreme Court
recently refused to hear the case of a pregnant woman who was repeatedly
Tasered by Seattle police during a routine traffic stop simply because she
refused to sign a speeding ticket.
An expiration date for the news
Jayne Lyn Stahl
It was a quiet weekend, so I indulged in a practice I seldom have time to
address, checking to see how many times a story has been covered, and by how
many television stations. When reaching for a glass of orange juice, I
noticed that on the container was an expiration date: July 19, 2012. Why is
there an expiration date for orange juice, and not for news stories? Can it
be called news, after all, if a story is dated?
Walker wins, democracy loses
If you ever had any doubt that the millionaires and billionaires pull the
strings in this country's puppet elections, get over it. As the New York
Times reported, Walker Survives Wisconsin Recall Vote
<http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/us/politics/walker-survives-wisconsin-recal l-effort.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120606>, Gov. Scott
Walker, whose decision to cut collective bargaining rights for most public
workers set off a firestorm in a state usually known for its political
civility, easily held on to his job on Tuesday, becoming the first governor
in the country to survive a recall election and dealing a painful blow to
Democrats and labor unions.
Collapse at hand
Paul Craig Roberts
Ever since the beginning of the financial crisis and quantitative easing, the
question has been before us: How can the Federal Reserve maintain zero
interest rates for banks and negative real interest rates for savers and bond
holders when the US government is adding $1.5 trillion to the national debt
every year via its budget deficits? Not long ago the Fed announced that it
was going to continue this policy for another 2 or 3 years. Indeed, the Fed
is locked into the policy. Without the artificially low interest rates, the
debt service on the national debt would be so large that it would raise
questions about the US Treasury's credit rating and the viability of the
dollar, and the trillions of dollars in Interest Rate Swaps and other
derivatives would come unglued.
Obama White House behind Vatican scandal
(WMR <http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/>)-WMR's well-placed sources in Rome
report that the current scandal involving the disclosure of sensitive Vatican
documents to VatiLeaks, is largely the work of White House Office of
Information and Regulatory Affairs chief Cass Sunstein. The effort by
Sunstein, who has been dubbed President Obama's information czar, is to
weaken the Vatican and subject its inner workings to greater transparency.
The politics of cynicism in the United States
Have you ever wondered from where the fallacious notion of the-lesser-of-the
evils derives? Indeed, why must a political system be rooted in evil at all,
whether that evil be perceived as more evil or less evil?
The mob cannot dispense justice
Linda S. Heard
Just a year ago, crowds demanding their rights in Cairo's Tahrir Square were
a source of inspiration to repressed people everywhere. The martyrs killed
during the January 25th revolution didn't die in vain. After more than 30
years of virtual dictatorship when Egyptians were fearful of speaking out,
their sacrifice contributed to the new Egypt, ostensibly a free and
democratic country. But with democracy comes individual responsibility.
Democracy doesn't equate to the absence of any rule of law. Democracy doesn't
permit citizens to bludgeon one another because they hold different opinions
or, as was the case on Saturday evening, to violently protest the sentencing
of their former president, once again bringing the capital to a standstill.
Bilderberg meeting a wrap, who would trust these people?
CHANTILLY, VA, 6/3/2012-The Bilderberg Group completed its annual meeting
today in Northern Virginia. The group was founded in 1954 by the financial,
political, and military elites of Europe and the United States. Annual
meetings provide for regular, off-the-record discussions [to] help create a
better understanding of the complex forces and major trends affecting Western
nations in the difficult post-war period. Bilderberg Meetings, Official
Website <http://www.bilderbergmeetings.org/index.php> <http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/6225>
The war on Palestinian soccer: Free Mahmoud Sarsak
On June 3, Palestinian national soccer team member Mahmoud Sarsak completed
80 days of a grueling hunger strike. He had sustained the strike despite the
fact that nearly 2,000 Palestinian inmates had called off their own 28-day
hunger strike weeks ago.
We have only mock democracy today. We make a show of caring about democratic
principles and spend endless hours and millions of dollars on election
campaigns, but in reality we don't practice those ideals or take even minimal
care to insure voters aren't purged from voter rolls and votes are properly
counted-something that can only be done via hand-counted paper ballots and
not by unreliable voting machines. The mainstream media would have us believe
the country is in constant campaign mode, but while they talk non-stop about
election-related news, they neglect urgent non-campaign-related issues.
As language goes
No fan of public sexual molestation or gratuitous cancer-inducing radiation,
I haven't flown in four years, but tonight, I'll have to board a plane to fly
to London. If there was a transatlantic tube, rickshaw relay or galley slave
jubilee special to Piccadilly, I'd be on it, but since there's no way to
dodge our eager TSA gropers, I might as well man up (or down) for some random
45th anniversary of the attack on the USS Liberty
Back in 2009, in Houston Texas, Mimi Adams, a distinguished Palestinian
solidarity and human rights activist, gave me a present- a USS Liberty
baseball cap. She put it on my head and said, Gilad, in the next two weeks,
make sure you have it on your head everywhere you go in America. You will see