Heaven, and hell, they both shimmer in the neural universe behind our eyes — in the electrochemical flower we inherited in three parts. High in the blossom sparkles transcendence of miseries humans inflict upon the entire biosphere; down in the stem lurk thorns of greater misery.
Most people had probably never heard this phrase a year ago. It refers to the monetary phenomenon whereby the financial authorities find themselves powerless to stimulate the economy via the normal expedient of cutting interest rates. Ordinarily, interest-rate policy is a viable tool for speeding up or slowing down the business cycle. If the economy is sluggish, interest rates are lowered, and economic activity picks up. If the economy is too active and inflation looms, interest rates are increased, and the economy slows down. Continue reading →
Israeli bombs rain down on Palestinian homes.U.N. schools are obliterated, relief workers are murdered, small children cling to their dead mothers for days before they are lucky enough to be rescued alive.In some neighborhoods, the smell of death lingers in the air as Israeli troops advance deeper into Gaza and more heavily populated civilian areas in retaliation for annoying but largely ineffective rocket fire. It is a world-wide public relations disaster, even among the notably clueless United States citizenry.
As a horrified world watches Israel demonstrate its military supremacy over a poor and unarmed population, something else is happening.If you listen closely, you might hear a sad death knell in the distance, and it isn’t for the Palestinians. What we may be witnessing now is Israel’s slow motion suicide.
Many observers on the Left have been concerned with signals coming out of the Obama Transition team that may indicate the political and policy directions in which he may be going and from our own Mark Karlin (1/11/09): “Message to Barack – You are Carrying Things a Bit Too Far with This “Bipartisan” Nonsense. The Repubs are Just Going to Betray You, So Start Punching and Stop Trying to be “Liked” by Everyone. “Obama to honor McCain on inauguration eve.” Yuch!”) I have shared those concerns, for example in regard of the abominable choice of Rick Warren to do the inaugural invocation.
Now, some of these matters, such as the Rick Warren and honoring-John-McCain things, may possibly be nothing more than matters of window dressing. (The Warren thing has now been partially, while belatedly, balanced by the choice of the openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson for the Sunday Inaugural event.) More importantly, on certain central policy matters, there are some encouraging signs. Consider: doing what needs to be done to rescue a rapidly failing economy and placing the blame for the horror-show that it is where blame needs to be placed; restoring the role of government to that envisioned by the Founders in the much-ignored Preamble to the Constitution rather than the oft-cited contra-Constitutional “government is the problem” policy of the reactionary Ronald Reagan and the so-called liberal Bill Clinton; and what is to me most important of all, the restoration of the rule of Law and Constitutional government. Continue reading →
“Israel won’t be secure so long as Hamas is in power, and therefore we need to come to a decision that we will break the will of Hamas to keep fighting … We must continue to fight Hamas just like the United States did with the Japanese in World War II … Then, too, the conquering of the country was unnecessary.”
[Leader of the “Israel is Our Home” (Israel Beiteinu) party and former Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman, 13 January 2009]
from the archives:
“The more Qassam (rocket) fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they (the Palestinians) will bring upon themselves a bigger holocaust [“shoah”] because we will use all our might to defend ourselves,”
[Israeli Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai, 28 February 2008]
1) Lieberman: We must do to Hamas what the US did to Japan
Item 1: B’tselem testimony of Nafez a-Daiyah (introduced below by Sarah Anne Minkin)
Item 2: Israel disqualifies Arab parties (introduced below by Lincoln Shlensky)
Item 3: Video of New York rally (introduced below by Sarah Anne Minkin)
Item 1: B’tselem testimony of Nafez a-Daiyah
The Israeli human rights organization B’tselem collected testimony from Nafez a-Daiyah, a man who lost dozens of members of his family when Israel bombed his family’s home. Diiyah reports that Israel informed the family’s neighbors that their house would be bombed, so they evacuated; but the Daiyah family home was destroyed, too, killing the grandparents, multiple children and spouses, and 8 children.
by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
The Free Press
January 14, 2009
The parallels between the 1933 coming of Franklin Roosevelt and the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama must include the issue of Prohibition: alcohol in 1933, and marijuana today. As FDR did back then, Obama must now help end an utterly failed, socially destructive, reactionary crusade.
Marijuana prohibition is a core cause of many of the nation’s economic problems. It now costs the U.S. tens of billions per year to track, arrest, try, defend and imprison marijuana consumers who pose little, if any, harm to society. The social toll soars even higher when we account for social violence, lost work, ruined careers and damaged families. In 2007, 775,137 people were arrested in the U.S. for mere possession of this ancient crop, according to the FBI’s uniform crime report.
Like the Prohibition on alcohol that plagued the nation from 1920 to 1933, marijuana prohibition (which essentially began in 1937) feeds organized crime and a socially useless prison-industrial complex that includes judges, lawyers, police, guards, prison contractors, and more.
by Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, January 11, 2009
A very large delivery of US weaponry to Israel consisting of 3,000 tons of “ammunition” is scheduled to sail to Israel. The size and nature of the shipments are described as “unusual”: Continue reading →