compiled by Cem Ertür
26 April, 2009
excerpts from: SAS and other special forces to be expanded to defeat al-Qaeda
The SAS is to be increased in size under a radical new Government strategy to help win the war against Islamic extremism.
by Sean Rayment, Daily Telegraph, 25 April 2009
|John Hutton, the Defence Secretary, will announce in a speech [at the Institute of Public Policy Research during a counter-terrorism conference] on Monday that Britain’s armed forces need to undergo “deep and wide-ranging” changes if the war against groups like al-Qaeda is to be won. […]Sources close to the defence secretary said that Mr Hutton believes that the Special Forces are one of the military’s best battle winning assets and should be given “whatever they need in terms of personnel and finance” to defeat al-Qaeda both at home and abroad. In the speech Mr Hutton will say:
“In Afghanistan we are witnessing new threats that tear up the rule book of traditional conflict. 9/11 and 7/7 are proof that traditional deterrents do not work against violent Islamist extremism. Sixty years of game theory doctrine are confined to the history books by those who use despicable methods to attack our values and way of life. The female suicide bomber. The boy tricked into killing himself and British soldiers by pushing a wheelbarrow of explosives.” […]
“Greater investment in types of battle winning capabilities like our special forces that get deep behind enemy lines to disrupt networks of terror that threaten our national security. UK special forces are among the best in the world. Capable, effective, respected and contributing massively to the defeat of al-Qaeda in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
by Josh Sidman
April 26, 2009
There were many things that were deeply disturbing about the Bush Administration, but perhaps nothing was more so than its willingness to make blatantly false statements in the face of obvious evidence to the contrary. When a government commits itself to upholding obviously false positions, all rational discourse and debate is short-circuited. Once that happens, there is no limit to the atrocities that the government can commit in the name of protecting the public interest. Continue reading
Crossposted at Thomas Paine’s Corner thanks, Jason.
by Sharon Beder
21 February 2009
The Pacific Ecologist, whence this article came, provided this editorial note: Sharon Beder explores the history of consumer societies from the 1920s when over-production of goods exceeded demand. Instead of stabilising the economy, reducing working hours, and sharing work around, which would have brought more leisure time for all, industrialists decided to expand markets by promoting consumerism to the working classes. The social decision to produce unlimited quantities of goods rather than leisure, nurtured wastefulness, obsolescence, and inefficiency and created the foundation for our modern consumer culture. People were trained to be both workers and consumers in a culture of work and spend.
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 01:22:44 GMT
The following is a Press TV interview with sociopolitical analyst and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky on the policies of the new US administration and the chances of ‘change’ under President Barack Obama.
Chomsky: The best comment on [this issue] was made by advertising industry. They give a prize every year to the best marketing campaign of the year and for 2008 they gave it to Barack Obama. He beat out Dell computers and Apple computers. And the executives said that…exalted this [saying] “as we have been marketing candidates like commodities ever since Ronald Regan, I think, this was the best we ever did.” That is when it changed the atmosphere in corporate boardrooms about how to manipulate and manage and so on. And that is about right. It was a very effective advertising campaign. They did what they have to do. Elections are pretty much run by the advertising industry. And they read polls, they know what people think, and they pay a lot of attention to them. So they know that, on a great many issues, both political parties are well to the right of the population. So it is a good idea to keep away from issues and to focus on personalities, body language, qualities, and, what they call, values and things like that.
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A revealing new report reveals increasing factional violence between Hamas and Fatah. Gazans speak out as reports that they are being used as Israeli informants come out. And with further Jewish settlement expansion in East Jerusalem we speak to one family standing firm.
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April 26, 2009
Clashes with the police and protesters in front of the IMF
Guns and Butter
April 15, 2009
Guns & Butter Interviews financial economist and historian, Dr. Michael Hudson.
“The Financial Barbarians at the Gate” with financial economist and historian, Dr. Michael Hudson. Europe; worsening financial situation and indebtedness; the history of banking and the criminalization of the banking system; tax policy; real estate asset inflation; US imperialism via the monetary system; neoliberal/neofeudal economics; classical political economy; finance capital breaking away from industrial capital; the financial crisis leading to a political crisis; similarities with the Roman Republic; what measures labor should take. Continue reading