Chris Matthews talks to Brian Williams and Chuck Todd about the interview Williams did with John McCain and Sarah Palin, and how things are going within the McCain campaign and the body language between McCain and Palin. Continue reading
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“On-again, off-again US troop deal with Iraq is off again,” Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
“Hamas blames Shalit deadlock on Israel ,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“Situation Detoriorates in Gaza,” Syria TV, Syria
“Israel Proposes Non-Belligerence Pact With Lebanon,” NBN TV, Lebanon
“Egypt Invites Nassrallah,’ IBA TV, Israel
“70 Million Pakistanis Face Hardship Due to Global Financial Crisis,” Dubai TV, UAE
“India, Pakistan open historic Kashmir trade route,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“Saudi Health Ministry Files Lawsuit Against Tobacco Industry,” Al Arabiya TV, UAE
“Oman Hosts Conference on Media and Globalization,” Oman TV, Oman
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by Todd Chretien
October 22, 2008
Todd Chretien makes the case that remaining independent of the two mainstream parties is necessary for building an effective struggle.
“TERRORIST!” “KILL him!” “He’s an Arab.” “Obama Bucks.” John McCain has let the dogs loose. Apparently, he’s decided that if winning the White House means whipping the right wing into a racist frenzy, he’ll lead the charge.
The good news is that a majority of American voters are walking away from the John McCain-Sarah Palin freak show. Even David Letterman is grilling McCain.
In recent days, McCain even added the word “socialist” to Barack Obama’s supposed list of sins. “You see, [Obama] believes in redistributing wealth, not in policies that help us all make more of it,” said McCain. “At least in Europe, the socialist leaders who so admire my opponent are upfront about their objectives. They use real numbers and honest language. And we should demand equal candor from Senator Obama.”
Just this once, I find myself wishing that something McCain says were true. Yet any serious look at Obama’s record and platform signal that he intends to govern well within the mainstream of American politics.
To begin with, there are his stated policies. He wants to keep at least 50,000 troops in Iraq to “fight terrorism” indefinitely, and he wants to send those who are withdrawn from Iraq to fight in Afghanistan. He agrees with John McCain that the size and budget of the American military must be increased, he stridently supports Israel’s suppression of the Palestinian people, and he has said “me too” to reasserting American military might in Latin America, being especially hostile to Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez.
Obama would be the first to repudiate the idea that he is any sort of anti-militarist or anti-imperialist–and we should take him at his word.
Domestically, Obama recognizes, unlike McCain, that the era of reckless deregulation and neoliberal supremacy has run its course. His policies will aim to re-establish order between the “hostile band of brothers,” as Marx called competing capitalists.
Yet no serious look at Obama’s policies indicates a plan to fundamentally reshape the American class system. As Malcolm X once said, “You don’t stick a knife in a man’s back nine inches, and then pull it out six inches, and say you’re making progress.”
Jim Rogers had an argument with some nut on CNBC on 2008.10.22. Unfortunately Jim is more monetarist then Austrian.
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2008 Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader discusses personal freedom versus civic freedom. From the University of Vermont in Burlington, October 5, 2008
October 21, 2008
F is for Failure: The Bush Doctrine in Ruins
By Tom Engelhardt
On the brief occasions when the President now appears in the Rose Garden to “comfort” or “reassure” a shock-and-awed nation, you can almost hear those legions of ducks quacking lamely in the background. Once upon a time, George W. Bush, along with his top officials and advisors, hoped to preside over a global Pax Americana and a domestic Pax Republicana — a legacy for the generations. More recently, their highest hope seems to have been to slip out of town in January before the you-know-what hits the fan. No such luck.
Of course, what they feared most was that the you-know-what would hit in Iraq, and so put their efforts into sweeping that disaster out of sight. Once again, however, as in September 2001 and August 2005, they were caught predictably flatfooted by a domestic disaster. In this case, they were ambushed by an insurgent stock market heading into chaos, killer squads of credit default swaps, and a hurricane of financial collapse.
by Gaither Stewart
Oct 22, 2008
Crossposted at Thomas Paine’s Corner (w/pictures)
(Rome-Paris) In an essay especially pertinent to contemporary American society, L’Exil d’Hélene, Albert Camus noted, “Greek thought always restrained itself behind the idea of limits. It never exceeded limits, neither the sacred, nor reason, because it denied nothing, neither the sacred, nor reason. It made allowance for everything, balancing shadow and light. Instead, our Europe, launched toward the conquest of totality, is the very daughter of excess (writing in the immediate aftermath of World War II, I’m certain Camus would note here not only Europe but especially the America of our times.) …. In its folly it extends the eternal limits, and immediately obscure Erinys fall on it and tear it apart.”
Reading Camus’ essay in the midst of the bedlam of the ongoing collapse of Capitalism falling to pieces around us helped me pinpoint the idea for this concluding essay of the Definitions series: Definitions: The Proletariat; Definitions: The Intelligentsia; Definitions: The Bourgeoisie. Mammon is the God of Excess and the very personification of the capitalist god (or rather its demon), even though now a fallen god.
The natural subject for this essay is Capitalism itself, in fact, the underlying subject of the whole essay quartet. However, since Capitalism is too vast to treat here, the god-devil image of Mammon is more accessible. For the very basis of Western society is the personification of a Weltanschauung, a view of life, which is the illusion of the possibility of a life without limits. Many readers have recognized the hubris of our economic-financial world this 2008 as the direct result of our attempt to exceed universal limits. For the worship of Mammon, the Golden Calf, the love of wealth, marks our times.
In the Bible, “Mammon” is not a demon but simply the Aramaic word meaning “wealth” or “property.” Sometimes it is translated as “money.” In the Middle Ages, in religious writings, in the fiery sermons of the fanatical Dominican monk in Florence, Girolamo Savonarola, and in literature, Mammon is personified as the demon of avarice and wealth.
For modern men as for medieval men Mammon is the personification of the excessive love of money and wealth. By extension then Mammon is the god of excess. Mammon demands that its worshippers strive toward excess, that they exceed the eternal limits of the Greeks. America has obeyed the abominable god’s commandments.
Excess! Surplus. Extravagance. Intemperance. Exceptionalism. Outrageous expectations. Exaggerated presumptions. Too much. Too big. Too fast. Too much of everything. Too, too, too….
American Civil Liberties Union
ACLU Demands Information On Military Deployment Within U.S. Borders
Deployment Erodes Longstanding Separation Between Civilian And Military Government
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union today demanded information from the government about reports that an active military unit has been deployed inside the U.S. to help with “civil unrest” and “crowd control” – matters traditionally handled by civilian authorities. This deployment jeopardizes the longstanding separation between civilian and military government, and the public has a right to know where and why the unit has been deployed, according to an ACLU Freedom of Information request filed today.
“The military’s deployment within U.S. borders raises critical questions that must be answered,” said Jonathan Hafetz, staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project. “What is the unit’s mission? What functions will it perform? And why was it necessary to deploy the unit rather than rely on civilian agencies and personnel and the National Guard? Given the magnitude of the issues at stake, it is imperative that the American people know the truth about this new and unprecedented intrusion of the military in domestic affairs.”
According to a report in the Army Times, the Army recently deployed an active military unit inside the United States under Northern Command, which was established in 2002 to assist federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities. This deployment marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command.
Civilian authorities, not the military, have historically controlled and directed the internal affairs of the United States. This rule traces its origins to the nation’s founding and has been reaffirmed in landmark statutes including the Posse Comitatus Act, which helps preserve the foundational principles of our Constitution and democracy.
“This is a radical departure from separation of civilian law enforcement and military authority, and could, quite possibly, represent a violation of law,” said Mike German, ACLU national security policy counsel and former FBI Agent. “Our Founding Fathers understood the threat that a standing army could pose to American liberty. While future generations recognized the need for a strong military to defend against increasingly capable foreign threats, they also passed statutory protections to ensure that the Army could not be turned against the American people. The erosion of these protections should concern every American.”
In order to assess the implications of the recent deployment, the ACLU requested the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Defense today to immediately make public all legal opinions, executive orders, presidential directives, memos, policy guidance, and other documents that authorize the deployment of military troops for domestic purposes.
Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Department of Defense has dramatically expanded its role in domestic law enforcement and intelligence operations, including the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping programs, the Department of Homeland Security’s use of military spy satellites, and the participation of military personnel in state and local intelligence fusion centers. The ACLU has repeatedly expressed concern about these incremental encroachments of the military into domestic affairs, and the assignment of active duty troops to Northern Command only heightens these concerns.
A copy of the ACLU’s information request is available online at: www.aclu.org/safefree/general/37272lgl20081021.html
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Feb 19, 2012 by BrainStreamMedia
This excellent documentary is presented by author and lecturer Naomi Wolf. America has followed a 10 step path that has led us into a fascist dictatorship. Naomi Wolf takes us through these 10 steps and clearly demonstrates that this descent into fascism is in fact The End Of America.
American Civil Liberties Union
Overreaching Copyright Claims Are A Threat To Online Free Speech
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; email@example.com
SAN FRANCISCO – Television networks should stop silencing political speech on the Internet, according to a letter the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Northern California and a coalition of public interest groups sent to four major television networks today. Several broadcasting companies have sent letters to YouTube demanding that they take down videos containing short clips of news coverage even when those clips are “fair use” and therefore legally posted.
“More and more of today’s important political discussion is taking place online on sites like YouTube, and it’s critical that free speech is protected there,” said Aden Fine, senior staff attorney with the ACLU First Amendment Working Group. “Unfortunately, this valuable online political speech is repeatedly being threatened and shut down by overreaching copyright claims.”
CBS, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Fox and NBC have all recently sent “takedown” notices to YouTube targeting election-related videos containing short clips of news footage for removal. Letters from the networks have prompted YouTube to take down videos posted by the McCain-Palin and Obama-Biden campaigns, as well as by individuals. Today’s open letter from the coalition calls on the four networks to stop using unsubstantiated copyright infringement claims to stifle the free speech of the presidential campaigns and individuals expressing their views on the Internet.
The coalition also sent a separate letter to YouTube suggesting two measures for protecting the free speech rights of its users. First, YouTube staff should immediately review all counter-notices sent by YouTube users protesting copyright takedown demands and immediately restore any videos containing legitimate fair use of the materials. Second, in cases where YouTube users have provided counter-notice of their right to post materials, YouTube staff should review any subsequent takedown notices targeting videos posted to the same user accounts.
“Content owners and online service providers should think twice before taking actions to chill free speech online,” said Nicole Ozer, Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director at the ACLU of Northern California. “At a time when so much essential political discourse takes place in online forums, it is in everyone’s best interest to protect the free speech rights of Internet users.”
In addition to the ACLU and the ACLU of Northern California, the coalition includes the Electronic Frontier Foundation; the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard’s Berkman Center; Anthony Falzone, the Executive Director of Stanford’s Fair Use Project; the American University School of Communication’s Center for Social Media; the American University Law School Program for Information Justice & Intellectual Property; and Public Knowledge.
The coalition letter to broadcasters is available online at: www.aclu.org/freespeech/gen/37252lgl20081020.html
The coalition letter to YouTube is available online at: www.aclu.org/freespeech/gen/37253lgl20081020.html
More information about the ACLU’s work to protect free speech is online at: www.aclu.org/freespeech/internet/index.html and: www.aclunc.org/issues/ freedom_of_press_and_speech/ internet_free_speech.shtml
Oct 21, 2008
Iraqis Protest Proposed Deal to Allow US Troops to Stay in Iraq Until 2011
On Saturday, tens of thousands of Iraqis demonstrated against the proposed Status of Forces Agreement, but US military chief Michael Mullen warned today that Iraq could risk “losses of significant consequence” if the deal is not approved quickly. We speak to Patrick Cockburn and Raed Jarrar. [includes rush transcript]
October 21, 2008
Barack Obama Accepts Endorsement of Colin Powell Despite the Ex-General’s Role in Making the Case for Iraq War
While Powell’s endorsement is big news, his critical role in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq has been glossed over, particularly his February 2003 address to the United Nations where he made the case for war with Iraq. Today, we host a critical discussion on what this endorsement means for the antiwar movement and progressives across this country. We speak to David Sirota and Glen Ford. [includes rush transcript]
By Liz Burbank
Simulposted with The Digest
Readers know the mainstream media casts the monetary symptoms of this long-brewing, deep structural crisis of U.S. finance capital finally erupting into public view, as the whole story. The news comes as an unfathomable shock to most people because this crisis has been disguised for years as isolated phenomena, bursting housing bubbles, downturns, etc., camouflaging its systemic roots and nature, with surface symptoms. Making sense of this deep crisis of capital is critical. It signals rare revolutionary opportunities as well as deepening dangers.
The digest over the years has examined how, in deep crises, capitalism reveals the essence of its liberal democracy by institutionalizing increased centralization and consolidation of bourgeois rule into state capitalism, e.g. ‘national socialism’.
Since its barbaric beginnings amerikan fascism has been standard operating procedure against nations and peoples of color —- genocide and slavery are pillars of amerikan capitalism, driven by its ideological engine, racism. As the current U.S. crisis deepened all the chickens started coming home to roost and amerikan fascism spread under the aegis of counter-terrorism and national security — garbed for popular consumption in anti-Arab, Muslim, immigrant psywarfare.
Politically fascism was legitimized and legalized with made-in-usa 911 pretext for an imperialist world war AKA ‘war on terror’, ‘the patriot act’ and ensuing infrastructure ’security’ by terror, torture and ‘preemptive’ war —- giving the state limitless freedom against countries and people obstructing its state terrorist war for expanded u.s. world supremacy. As usual, the think-tank strategists and political executors forgot to include in their white supremacist calculations a few billion people — our real allies — soon to fuck up their neatly laid plans. In their supreme arrogance they also ‘forgot’ their imperialist propaganda manipulations also contradicted reality.