Cindy holds a very in-depth interview with British journalist, Robert Fisk, who has been living in the Middle East and reporting from there for decades. He is an English writer and journalist from Maidstone, Kent and has primarily been based in Beirut for more than 30 years. He has published a number of books and has reported from the United States’s attack on Afghanistan and the same country’s 2003 invasion of Iraq. Fisk holds more British and International Journalism awards than any other foreign correspondent. Continue reading →
Recent Venezuelan election results loosen Hugo Chavez’s power as opposition parties make big gains, claiming new seats in the Asamblea Nacional and winning the majority of the popular vote. However, Chavez has called the results a ‘solid victory’. Attorney & author Eva Golinger in Caracas, Venezuela said Chavez still holds a majority, he simply does not hold the two-thirds supermajority he once held. The victory is substantial, she argued. Golinger explained that the pro-Chavez parties can still pass a number of reforms; however those that require a two-thirds majority will be harder to pass. She also accused international bodies and US agencies of interfering in the elections by supporting opposition groups.
As Bahrain enters its third election since the beginning of reforms launched 10 years ago by the ruling Al Khalifa, there are disturbing signs that the top-down experiment with democracy is running out of steam, serving to stoke destabilising social tensions on the island kingdom.
This is reflected in a significant decrease in the total number of candidates running for election compared with the last time Bahrainis voted in 2006.
Then, some 207 candidates vied for the 40-seat Chamber of Deputies. This time around there are only 146 contestants lining up for the polls on 23 October – a drop of nearly 30 per cent.
“The reason governments have secrets is not because the public won’t understand, it’s because the public will.” (A friend.)
Dr Bill Wilson, knows a bit about duplicity and is not a man to give up, as a glance at his website shows. (1) Dr Wilson is a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) in the Scottish National Party,for the West of Scotland. This week, he lodged a Parliamentary Motion (2) “highlighting the consequences of the US and UK’s use of weapons of mass destruction in Fallujah, in 2004.”