Chomsky On Adam Smith (1995)

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Updated: Dec. 5, 2014

By Noam Chomsky
Information Clearing House
May 04, 2009

Excerpted from Class Warfare – 1995

“What we would call capitalism he despised”

David Barsamian: One of the heroes of the current right-wing revival… is Adam Smith. You’ve done some pretty impressive research on Smith that has excavated… a lot of information that’s not coming out. You’ve often quoted him describing the “vile maxim of the masters of mankind: all for ourselves and nothing for other people.”

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In Congress We Trust…Not By Sibel Edmonds

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by Sibel Edmonds
Brad Blog
May 4, 2009

I have been known to quote long-dead men in my past writings. Whether eloquently expressed thoughts by our founding fathers, or those artfully expressed by ancient Greek thinkers, these quotes have always done a better job starting or ending my thoughts – that tend to be expressed in long winding sentences. For this piece I am going to break with tradition and start with an appropriate quote from a living current senator, John Kerry: “It’s a sad day when you have members of Congress who are literally criminals go undisciplined by their colleagues. No wonder people look at Washington and know this city is broken.”

The people do indeed look at Washington and know that this city is ‘badly’ broken, Senator Kerry. The public confidence in our Congress has been declining drastically. Recent poll results highlight how the American people’s trust in their Congress has hit rock bottom. A survey of progressive blogs easily confirms the rage rightfully directed at our Congress for abdicating its role of oversight and accountability. Activists scream about promised hearings that never took place – without explanation. They express outrage when investigations are dropped without any justification. And they genuinely wonder out loud why, especially after they helped secure a major victory for the Democrats. The same Democrats who had for years pointed fingers at their big bad Republican majority colleagues as the main impediment preventing them from fulfilling what was expected of them.


via The BRAD BLOG : SIBEL EDMONDS: In Congress We Trust…Not.

h/t: ICH

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Grim scenes at Sri Lankan camps

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By Nick Paton Walsh
Channel 4 News
Updated on 05 May 2009

Channel 4 News reports from a camp in the northern Sri Lankan city of Vavuniya, where Tamil refugees have been taken.

Shocking claims have emerged of shortages of food and water, dead bodies left where they have fallen, women separated from their families, and even sexual abuse.

This programme obtained the first independently filmed pictures from the internment camps set up by the Sri Lankan government to house Tamils who have fled the country’s civil war.

videos: Grim scenes at Sri Lankan camps – Channel 4 News.

h/t: Suren Surendiran


Interview: Both sides of the Sri Lankan conflict + Sri Lankan army hits hospital

UN demands access to secret Israeli ‘torture’ jail + UN probe finds Israel guilty of war crimes

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Press TV
Tue, 05 May 2009 15:10:06 GMT

The United Nations anti-torture committee has demanded access to an Israeli secret prison where torture is allegedly being practiced.

The UN Committee Against Torture in Geneva prepared a document on Israel’s record on torture on Tuesday and called on Tel Aviv to release information on the alleged “Facility 1391” which is situated in an “undetermined location within Israel and which is not accessible to the International Committee of the Red Cross or detainees’ lawyers or relatives.”


via UN demands access to secret Israeli ‘torture’ jail.

h/t: CLG


UN probe finds Israel guilty of war crimes

Press TV
Tue, 05 May 2009 19:12:31 GMT

Israeli tank shells killed at least 50 Palestinians at a UN school in Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip.

A UN report has found Israel responsible for six major crimes committed against Palestinians during the three-week offensive in the Gaza Strip.

The report released on Tuesday blamed Israel for six serious incidents leading to death, injuries, or damage during the Gaza War, AFP reported.


via UN probe finds Israel guilty of war crimes.

h/t: CLG



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UN Gaza report ‘not looking at reality’ 05 May 09 Video


Mark Regev, an Israeli government spokesman, rejects a UN report on its conduct during its military assault on Gaza in January and says Israel should not retract previous claims that a UN school in Gaza was a target of Israeli fire.

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