PressTVGlobalNews | August 09, 2010
“Something’s wrong somewhere”
–Clifford Odets (“Golden Boy,” 1937)
“Something’s wrong somewhere”
–William Saroyan (“My Heart’s in the Highlands,” 1939)
It’s unlikely that Michelle or Barack Obama have read or given much thought to American playwrights Clifford Odets and William Saroyan. Both men found their soaring voices during the Great Depression—great grand-daddy of the “Great Recession.” (Frankly, I prefer to call it what it is, “Great Depression II.”) Then, as now, it took gutsy artists to cut through the rich-slime world of Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers Hollywood fantasies, to announce that the Emperor and Empress were wearing nothing but their vanity.
By Mike Whitney
Information Clearing House
August 09, 2010
It’s no fun being on Washington’s enemies list. Just ask Hugo Chavez. Last week, the Venezuelan president had to cancel a trip to Cuba after he was told that a coup was underway and his life was in danger. The information came from an anonymous source who had delivered a similar warning prior to the failed coup in 2002. The letter said: “The execution phase is accelerating..… There is an agreement between Colombia and the US with two objectives: one is Mauricio and the other is the overthrow of the government.… They will hunt down ‘Mauricio’ (and) try to neutralize part of the Armed Forces.” (“Venezuela Pushes for Peace”, Coral Wynter, Green Left News)
“Mauricio” is Chavez’s codename. Whoever is behind the coup, wants to kill Chavez.
Posted with permission from Green Left Weekly
By Coral Wynter, Caracas
Green Left Weekly
Sunday, August 1, 2010
On July 29, the leaders of the 12 countries belonging to the Union of the Southern Nations (Unasur) held an emergency meeting in Quito, Ecuador, to discuss the crisis between Venezuela and Colombia.
This was due to the actions of the Colombian ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Luis Alfonso Hoyes. He called an urgent meeting of the member countries in Washington on July 22 to complain that Venezuela was harbouring terrorists and terrorist training camps on Venezuelan territory for the Colombian rebel groups the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN).
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe maintained that because of this, the terrorists were kidnapping and killing Colombian citizens.
Not ‘ Anti War ‘ . You see, labeling is very important when products are involved. Yes, each time our government introduces a new product as an extension of its empire, labeling is involved. They have sold us two recent ’ Wars ’ , first in Iraq and then Afghanistan. Simply put, there are no ‘ wars ‘ involving our country in either place. Continue reading
stimulator on Aug 9, 2010
by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Aug 7, 2010
Bill Would Protect the Great Lakes From Unlimited Access by Bottled Water Companies
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today announced H.R. 6006, which closes a loophole that allows the bottled water industry to divert or export an unlimited amount of water from the Great Lakes. The bill was introduced along with cosponsors Bart Stupak (MI), Marcy Kaptur (OH) and Betty McCollum (MN).
“The Great Lakes are among world’s greatest natural resources. This common sense legislation will protect this valuable resource from being privatized,” said Kucinich.
On the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, John Pilger describes the ‘progression of lies’ from the dust of that detonated city, to the wars of today – and the threatened attack on Iran.
When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open. At a quarter past eight on the morning of August 6, 1945, she and her silhouette were burned into the granite. I stared at the shadow for an hour or more, then walked down to the river and met a man called Yukio, whose chest was still etched with the pattern of the shirt he was wearing when the atomic bomb was dropped.