Recent Scoop Commentary


Cindy Sheehan: "Brought to You by Boeing" - Before I headed to our "Gather-In of Hearts" in Central Park this afternoon, I was watching NBC's "Meet the Press." Except for a brief excerpt about the Alberto Gonzales hearing this week, the entire show was about Obama vs. Hillary. Should Obama hit harder? Should Hillary ignore him since she's the frontrunner? How will this affect the primaries? Will it affect the primaries? Fox and CNN are trying to distract us from real news that affects us all by round-the-clock... More >>

Michael Collins - Impeachment: Where we’re headed - I contend that there is real action on impeachment and that it’s occurring right now, before our very eyes. The actors are not singling out my favorite charges – a war based on lies and election fraud. But they’ve laid the basis for some serious damage to the administration through impeachment charges against the president... More >>


Zaoui: Gordon Campbell Series: The Special Advocates' Dilemma - Gordon Campbell writes: Like the Weasley twins in the Harry Potter saga, the special advocates appointed to the Zaoui review are the wild card element in the proceedings. Their role verges on the absurd. They are appointed by the Crown, but only in order to oppose the Crown case. They get to test the SIS secret evidence on Zaoui's behalf, yet can't talk to him. As Lord Bingham of the British Law Lords has said, this is nothing remotely like a normal lawyer/client relationship. More >>



Elections: Scientists Hack Into Electronic Voting Machines - Computer scientists from California universities have hacked into three electronic voting systems used in California and elsewhere in the nation and found several ways in which vote totals could potentially be altered, according to reports released yesterday by the state. The reports, the latest to raise questions about electronic voting machines, came to light on a day when House leaders announced in...More >>

Australia: Haneef’s Case Is A Lesson To Pakistani Government - After the four weeks of high drama in Australia, the terror charges against Indian Doctor Mohammed Haneef were dropped. Apparently, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutors admitted that a mistake had been made. Dr. Haneef was charged on having links with the unsuccessful terror plot in London and Glasgow in June. He was arrested by Australia Federal Police (AFP) under the new Australian anti-terror law. Under this law, a person can be held at any unknown location under suspicion of being involved or supported terrorism... More >>


Michael Collins - IMPEACHMENT: "Did The President Ask You To Go?" On May 18th, “Scoop” reported that the testimony of James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General under John Ashcroft, provided evidence of a crime in which Bush, Gonzales, and Card” were clearly implicated. It was apparent that Bush had ordered his then counsel Alberto Gonzales and adviser, Andrew Card, to the sick bed of an ailing and sedated John Ashcroft. Their mission was to obtain Ashcroft’s signature authorizing warrant-less surveillance of Americans... More >>

Scoop Audio: Mikey Havoc Extended IV With George Galloway - 95bFM Audio: In an extended interview, Mikey Havoc talks to Firebrand Scottish MP George Galloway about getting kicked out of Parliament, Islamophobia and the state of the Middle East. Mr Galloway spoke to capacity audiences in Auckland on Friday July 27 and Saturday July 28 2007... More

Posada Carriles: Julie Webb-Pullman On Silencing The LAMBS Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Super-judge, Bush-appointed Federal Judge Kathleen Cardone, saving the day for the CIA. This intrepid defender of the values her Attorney-General Alberto Gonzalez holds so dear stunned one and all last week with her sheer audacity in dismissing immigration fraud charges against notorious terrorist Luis Posada Carriles. See... More >>


American Coup: Hammertime - Voting Machines And Citizen Violence - A 52-year old carpenter from Arlington Virginia expressed frustration over losing his voting rights by taking a hammer to a voting machine. The WinVote machine succumbed to no less than an Estwing Supreme 22S, "the finest framing hammer known to mankind," according to Sabo. Arlington has been forcing its citizenry to vote on machines of questionable pedigree, which count votes in secret, prohibit citizen oversight and for added fun, feature wireless capability throughout Election Day. See... More >>


Religion: A Corrupting A Cosmic Crutch Emerges In Thailand BANGKOK, Thailand -- Buddhists have become obsessed with a magic amulet which resembles a rap star's bling-sized medallion, despite warnings that the circular icon is a cosmic crutch, corrupting religion and society. When a fresh batch of Jatukam Ramathep amulets went on sale in April, buyers stampeded, trampling a woman to death. See... More >>

Iraq: David Swanson Assesses The Democrats War Funding Capitulation The new war money bill passed by the House on May 10 does not include even a nonbinding end date for the war. It does fund the war for a shorter period of time at one shot, but the Senate doesn't like that idea, and the bill must be reconciled with whatever the Senate passes. So, what's left in the bill that Bush doesn't like? Benchmarks! See... More >>.








S59: Dr Ian Hassall: Perspective On The New Section 59 - Public uncertainty over the fate of the Crimes (Substituted S59) Amendment Bill came suddenly and dramatically to an end last Wednesday. The Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Bill’s sponsor called a press conference mid-morning and announced that they had struck a deal to allow the passage of the Bill which had up to then been held up by a National-led parliamentary filibuster. More >>


Paul Smith On Media: Crank It Up For The Oldies Once upon a time older TV viewers were barely considered by those running the media Market, though occasionally a stallholder might offer glimpses into their lives. Now all that's changing rapidly. See... More >>

Energy: Bonus Joules - Eye of the Unknown - Dear Bryan Leyland. No, start again. Dear all the Bryan Leylands in New Zealand. And the world, for that matter. I believe you are making a massive error demolishing the Auckland Energy Community Trust, which owns most of Vector Ltd i.e. the utility grids of Auckland and Wellington cities. Your action will dwarf the disastrous fiascos of NZ Telecom and NZ Rail and will cost our nation dearly. Please, please reconsider. See... More >>

War & Religion: Jason Leopold - A Holy War In The US MilitaryAn Orthodox Jew and former petty officer in the US Navy said his civil rights were violated after a chaplain and officials at a Veterans Administration hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, tried to convert him to Christianity while he was under the VA's care. See... More >>

UQ Wire: Dusty & 'The Boys' II - A MadCowMorningNews investigation has learned that the company which owned the DC9 airliner caught carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine at an airport in Mexico’s Yucatan last year was engaged in other illegal activities as well, including massive “pump and dump” stock fraud involving a network of companies led by scandal-ridden San Diego defense contractor Titan Corp. See... More >>


American Coup: RFK & Palast - Rove And Rove's Brain, 'Should be in jail' NEW YORK -- Voting rights attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has called for prison time for the new US Attorney for Arkansas, Timothy Griffin and investigation of Griffin's former boss, Karl Rove, chief political advisor to President Bush. See... More >>


US Election 2008:Sam Smith On Why Obama Is Called Black - One of the jobs of a journalist is to keep cleaning up one's own mind. It is so easy to drift into a colloquial world in which habit, cliche and spin conspire to make one an unconscious co-conspirator in the myths of the time. See... More >>


US Attorneys: Thor Hearne The White House & A Fire In Missouri A high-level GOP operative and master "voter fraud" snake-oil salesman, Mark F. "Thor" Hearne of Missouri, was in charge of hiring a high-level White House/DoJ operative to help put out the fire in an investigation by former U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins, according to a recent interview. See... More >>


George Tenet's Book: -Robert Parry On Tenet-Bush Pre-9/11 "Small Talk"In late August 2001, when aggressive presidential action might have changed the course of US history, CIA Director George Tenet made a special trip to Crawford, Texas, to get George W. Bush to focus on an imminent threat of a spectacular al-Qaeda attack only to have the conversation descend into meaningless small talk. More >>








NZ Economy: Keith Rankin On Fixing Monetary Policy - There seems to be growing acknowledgement that tight monetary policy (ie the actions taken by the Reserve Bank to raise interest rates) is a flawed concept. More commentators and policymakers are accepting that, at best, that the actions of the Reserve Bank ... See... More >>


Book Review: Suzan Mazur Reviews Joe Conason's "It Can Happen Here" - With the dismantling of security states there is generally a toppling of the symbol of the reign of terror. America’s emblem has come to be the surveillance camera, which exploded on the US landscape as the PATRIOT Act began the usurping of precious freedoms of speech, assembly, due process, legal representation, and freedom from search and seizure. Like some alien invasion cooked up by the producers of a cheap, sleazy science fiction movie, the camera suddenly allowed corporate property rights to trump an individual’s right to privacy. See... More >>

Bush Vs Rule Of Law: White House Faces Sweeping Congressional Oversight- Jason Leopold Writes: Congress took unprecedented action against the Bush administration Wednesday, using its sweeping powers to vigorously pursue testimony and documents from key White House officials and agencies on issues that have mired the administration in at least a ... See... More >>


US Attorneys: USA Under Attack for "Terror Trophy" Prosecutions - A small but increasingly vocal group of protesters is charging that a United States attorney in northern New York has pursued a series of terror-related "political prosecutions" to enhance his reputation as "a loyal Bushie" and thus avoid the fate of eight of his colleagues recently fired by Alberto Gonzales's Department of Justice. See... More >>


American Coup: David L. Dill Speaks Out In Favour Of HR 811 - Four years ago, when I began publicly opposing paperless electronic voting, passing a federal law to require voter-verified paper records (VVPRs) seemed an impossible dream. Rep. Rush Holt (D-New Jersey) introduced such a bill in 2003, and another ... See... More >>. See also... Nancy Tobi: Rebuttal To Dill Support of the HR811 Trojan Horse


Iraq: Robert Parry Assesses The War President's Charlie Rose IV - Robert Parry Writes: George W. Bush admits he has no evidence that a withdrawal timetable from Iraq would be harmful. Instead, the President told interviewer Charlie Rose that this core assumption behind his veto threat of a Democratic war appropriation bill is backed by "just ... See... More >>










Antiquities: Mazur - Italy's List Of Ancient Treasures At Cleveland - Cleveland Museum representatives met in Rome on Friday with Italy’s ministry of culture to discuss a list of dozens -- yes dozens -- of pieces of Italy’s cultural patrimony now part of the museum’s hoard. Topping the list is the fabulous ex-Hunt collection Medea calyx krater, 400 bc, first identified on these pages as looted Italian art – the vase former Boston Museum of Fine Arts curator Cornelius Vermeule told me he’d “kill for” around the time of the 1990 Hunt-Sotheby’s auction. More >>

Karl Rove: Rove Investigator Himself Under Investigation - A federal investigation into the political activities of Karl Rove, announced late Monday, is being headed by a Bush appointee who is currently the target of an internal White House probe - calling into question the integrity of the administration's efforts ... More >>


US Attorneys: Gonzales Testifies - Bernard Weiner Looks Inside His Diary - Dear Diary: God, that was humiliating! I've never taken a dive before, and it showed. I was sweating like a pig as those senators used me like a punching bag. More >>


Impeachment: US Rep. Dennis Kucinich's Articles Of Impeachment For Dick Cheney (APN) ATLANTA – US Rep. Kucinich (D-OH) is about to unveil Articles of Impeachment against Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney at a press conference tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24, 2007. Both Kucinich’s Campaign and Congressional Offices have ... More >>


Nigeria: Akanimo Sampson Reports On Nigeria's Disputed Polls - THE Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (IHRHL) working in partnership with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), with offices in Washington, DC United States of America (USA) and Abuja, Nigeria, have made public their report on the April 21 polls in Nigeria










VTech Massacre: Comment From Greg Palast & Ors. - He had accomplices. Don't kid yourself: 23-year-old Cho Seung-hui didn't forge his two little pistols in his smithy shop. He had a dealer, a guns-and-bullets pusher-man who put the heat in his hand, took the kid's money and pocketed it with a grin. See... Sundance George, Butch Reid & the VA Tech Massacre

See also.. FULL COVERAGE: Virginia Tech Campus Shooting

Anthrax: Investigating The Public Record On The Anthrax Attacks - Senator Leahy recently emphasized to Attorney General Gonzales that he wanted to know why he was targeted with letters containing anthrax. He wanted justice for the postal workers who died handling the letter addressed to him. Attorney General Gonzales ... See... Why US Senator Leahy Was Targeted With Anthrax






George W. Bush: Two Doctors Take A look Inside Bush's Head - When we feel inadequate about some aspect of our lives, we work to submerge those feelings with compensations and defenses. Evidence is that in the case of George W. Bush, deep feelings of inadequacy and powerful defensive behaviors employed to submerge them and cover them up cripple the decision-making process he needs for his duties as president. The dynamics of the president's cover-up involve a vicious psychological paradox: because he secretly anticipates the humiliating failure he has experienced all his life, he behaves in ways that ensure that he will fail. See… The Psychology Behind G.W. Bush's Decision-Making

Smacking Debate: Ron Law's Dummie's Guide To The S59 Repeal Bill - Contrary to popular belief, Sue Bradford's so-called ‘anti-smacking’ Bill has already been defeated by the parliamentary process. Having been the recipient of numerous "anti ‘anti smacking’" or "anti ‘pro beat your kids’" emails I thought it prudent, as a risk & policy analyst, to look at what all the fuss was about so I could make an informed decision myself. See... Ron Law: Section 59 for Dummies

Stateside: Rosalea Barker's American Odyssey (Via Greyhound Bus) - As a kind of rite of passage (or trial by sore bum, depending how you look at it) I celebrated my becoming a U.S. Citizen by taking a three-day Greyhound Bus trip from DC back to California. This series highlights some of the people I met. See... Stateside: My Fellow Americans (Part 3)


Media: David Swanson Farewells Kurt Vonnegut - Kurt Vonnegut published over two dozen books, including 2005's "A Man Without a Country." It's a book that is brutally honest in its hopelessness, in fact – I think – overly hopeless, and yet humorous. It may even be hopeless in order to better be humorous. Vonnegut discusses in the book the use of tragedy to heighten laughter. But certainly the humor works to lighten the load of dismay and despair that this book ever-so-lightly dumps on us. See... Vonnegut Dies Without a Country or Religion

US Attorneys: White House Email Trial Leads To RNC - Democrats in the US House of Representatives served a subpoena on Tuesday demanding all previously undisclosed documents relating to the firings of eight US attorneys in 2006. The Senate is considering a similar action. See... Dems Subpoena DOJ in Attorney Firing Investigation


US Dollar: An American Perspective On Current Account Chaos - The American people are in La-la land. If they had any idea of what the Federal Reserve was up to they’d be out on the streets waving fists and pitchforks. Instead, we go our business like nothing is wrong. Are we really that stupid? What is it that people don’t understand about the trade deficit? It’s not rocket science. The Current Account Deficit is over $800 billion a year. See... Mike Whitney: Doomsday for the Greenback

George W. Bush: Two Doctors Take A look Inside Bush's Head - When we feel inadequate about some aspect of our lives, we work to submerge those feelings with compensations and defenses. Evidence is that in the case of George W. Bush, deep feelings of inadequacy and powerful defensive behaviors employed to submerge them and cover them up cripple the decision-making process he needs for his duties as president. See… The Psychology Behind G.W. Bush's Decision-Making

Smacking Debate: Ron Law's Dummie's Guide To The S59 Repeal Bill - Contrary to popular belief, Sue Bradford's so-called ‘anti-smacking’ Bill has already been defeated by the parliamentary process. Having been the recipient of numerous "anti ‘anti smacking’" or "anti ‘pro beat your kids’" emails I thought it prudent, as a risk & policy analyst, to look at what all the fuss was about so I could make an informed decision myself. See... Ron Law: Section 59 for Dummies

Stateside: Rosalea Barker's American Odyssey (Via Greyhound Bus) - As a kind of rite of passage (or trial by sore bum, depending how you look at it) I celebrated my becoming a U.S. Citizen by taking a three-day Greyhound Bus trip from DC back to California. This series highlights some of the people I met. See... Stateside: My Fellow Americans (Part 3)
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  • Rosalea Barker - Stateside: My Fellow Americans (Part 1) & Stateside: My Fellow Americans (Part 2)


  • Media: David Swanson Farewells Kurt Vonnegut - Kurt Vonnegut published over two dozen books, including 2005's "A Man Without a Country." It's a book that is brutally honest in its hopelessness, in fact – I think – overly hopeless, and yet humorous. It may even be hopeless in order to better be humorous. Vonnegut discusses in the book the use of tragedy to heighten laughter. But certainly the humor works to lighten the load of dismay and despair that this book ever-so-lightly dumps on us. See... Vonnegut Dies Without a Country or Religion

    US Attorneys: White House Email Trial Leads To RNC - Democrats in the US House of Representatives served a subpoena on Tuesday demanding all previously undisclosed documents relating to the firings of eight US attorneys in 2006. The Senate is considering a similar action. See... Dems Subpoena DOJ in Attorney Firing Investigation
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  • David Swanson - David Swanson: Say It Loud - Subpoena!
  • Truthout Links - US Attorneys: Emails May Be Missing - White House


  • US Dollar: An American Perspective On Current Account Chaos - The American people are in La-la land. If they had any idea of what the Federal Reserve was up to they’d be out on the streets waving fists and pitchforks. Instead, we go our business like nothing is wrong. Are we really that stupid? What is it that people don’t understand about the trade deficit? It’s not rocket science. The Current Account Deficit is over $800 billion a year. See... Mike Whitney: Doomsday for the Greenback

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    Media: Paul Smith On The Killing Of The Messengers - I had a New Year’s wish - but it proved more fragile than most. It was for the safety of canaries - the human version. Look at it this way: once, coal miners carefully monitored the health of their canaries. If the birds died, they knew they were in trouble. All over the world canaries of a different kind are dying - they are journalists whose work tells us there’s oxygen enough to live in a civil society. But in the poisoned air of the new century, they are being jailed without trial, murdered, tortured and otherwise silenced. See... Paul Smith: How To Kill A Canary…

    Iran: Noam Chomsky Puts The Iran Crisis in Context - Unsurprisingly, George W. Bush's announcement of a "surge" in Iraq came despite the firm opposition to any such move of Americans and the even stronger opposition of the (thoroughly irrelevant) Iraqis. It was accompanied by ominous official leaks and statements -- from Washington and Baghdad -- about how Iranian intervention in Iraq was aimed at disrupting our mission to gain victory, an aim which is (by definition) noble. See... Noam Chomsky: What If Iran Had Invaded Mexico?

    Book Review: Cameron Walker On Maire Leadbeater's "Negligent Neighbour" - In this book, long time anti-nuclear and East Timor solidarity activist, Maire Leadbeater, draws largely on official declassified documents to paint a clear picture of the NZ state’s shocking role in backing Indonesia’s 24 year long occupation of East ... See... Review: ‘Negligent Neighbour'

    US Attorneys: Revealing Bush Quotes & News Links - Sometimes the reality behind the spin just pops out at you when politicians open their mouths. Here are four such quotes on the topics of democracy, the U.S. Attorneys scandal, global warming, and Iraq. See... Revealing Quotes from "Loyal Bushie" Land
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  • War: The Multiple Wars On Terror Iraq & Peace - When Senator Russ Feingold and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid propose cutting off the funding for the war, they are proposing the only thing that can possibly benefit U.S. troops. In fact, there is no way to make any sense of the idea that ... See... You Can't Hurt a Troop By Defunding a War
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  • Media: Paul Smith On The Subtlety Of Granny Herald's Sub-Editors - When I collected the Herald from my letterbox the other day it was as if the editors thought I might be hard of hearing. The front page headline bellowed at me as I tottered off down the drive, another daft, deaf git: 40 seconds from air disaster. Where I wondered was the screamer, the exclamation mark? But, having been yelled at so to speak, I had to read on, discovering in the process that the aircraft in question was… five miles from disaster. Okay it might, just might have been close - but don't shout. See... Paul Smith: Hark, the Herald Angel… SHOUTS!!!!!

    Iraq War: Efforts To Stop The War Bump Into Bush - When the new Democratic majority successfully attached a troop withdrawal deadline to the $124 billion supplemental Iraq spending bill in late March, the newspapers described it as a stunning development. If this bill made it through the Senate, Bush would be faced with a choice he wanted no part of: swallow an exit deadline, or veto a pile of money needed to keep the Iraq meat grinder spinning. See... William Rivers Pitt: And Then, Something Went Bump
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  • US Attorneys: USAs Are Not The Only Politicised Public Servants - The shocked reaction to the abrupt dismissal of eight U.S. Attorneys points to the essence of our current political problems. The broad based political reaction to the Gonzales firings contains one critical assumption: this is an aberrant act. Something ... See... Michael Collins: Sleep Walking Through History
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  • Israel & OT: Palestine Absent At Stockholm's War Anniversary Protest - The Stockholm air was too cold, even for the most animated speaker to excite a crowd. But I had little choice: thousands of anti-war protesters had descended on the capital’s main square to show their support of the Iraqi people on the four-year anniversary of the US invasion, and to demand an immediate American withdrawal. See… War Anniversary: Israel, Palestine Links Absent
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  • Disarmament: Jeremy Rose On De-Nuking The Middle East - The United Nation’s General Assembly, The Security Council, the Arab League, Iran, Israel, Egypt, and the Non-Aligned Movement are just some of those who have publicly lent their support to a Middle East nuclear free zone over the past three decades. It’s no exaggeration to say that representatives of virtually the entire world have expressed support for Middle East nuclear free zone (MENFZ). Yet in the dozens of articles I’ve read in recent weeks about the Iranian nuclear crisis I’m yet to see a single mention of the proposal. See... Time To Get Serious About Nuclear Free Middle East

    Kids: Celebrating A Son's First Birthday In A Troubled World - You are one today, March 29, 2007, Wesley Neil Swanson, and 365 days ago you had not yet seen the light of day. Now you love it. Now you wake up every morning with the sun and shout your delight at being alive. You make the hand sign for light, ... David Swanson: You Are One

    Iraq War: Congress Votes To End Iraq War – Bush Has Control Issues - For George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, 2008 is too soon to end a war that they intend to last forever. 2008 is too soon to stop constructing enormous military bases in Iraq and abandon them. 2008 is too soon to bring our men and women home to their ... See... David Swanson: A Veto Is a Vote for Eternal War & earlier… David Swanson: Veto This
    MORE COMMENT:
  • Patricia L Johnson - America's people will know WHO to hold responsible

  • NEWSLINKS:
  • NYT Link - Bush Rules Out Deal With Dems Over Iraq Timetable
  • Associated Press - Dems: Bush Must Accept Iraq Timetable
  • New York Times - Senate Keeps Pullout Date in Iraq War Bill


  • US Attorneys: USAG Alberto Gonzales's Story Unraveling - Embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his closest advisers have stated repeatedly over the past two months that the selective firings of eight United States attorneys last year were justified because President Bush has the authority to purge federal prosecutors at will, a fact that is not under dispute. See... DOJ Emails Illustrate Plan to Mislead Congress
    US ATTORNEYS COMMENT:
  • Bernard Weiner - Bernard Weiner: The Iraq Debacle & Abu Gonzo
  • Thom Hartmann - James Madison - “Impeach Bush Over Purgegate!”

  • US ATTORNEYS NEWS:
  • Matt Renner - Abramoff Emails Raise New Questions in USA Firings
  • Arlen Parsa - Attorneys Spin Contradicts Internal DOJ Documents
  • Roll Call Link - Ex-Aide Implicates Gonzales in US Attorney Firings
  • NYT Link - Prosecutors Assail Gonzales During Meeting
  • Truthout Links US Attorneys: Subpoenas Ready for Rove, Miers
  • Truthout Links - US Attorneys: Alberto's Allies Are Scarce


  • Nepal: More Comment From Nepal On Gaur Massacre - Understandably, the horrendous slaughter last Wednesday of 29 persons in Gaur by lathis, strangulation, and gunshot wounds, among other means, has been universally and very rightly condemned both at home and abroad. While the official version of ... See... Gaur Massacre: Issues, Contradictions & Conundrums
    MORE:
  • Pushpa Pradhan - Gaur And The Palace


  • American Coup: Diebold Amuses A Boston Legal Eagle - BOSTON - Diebold Election Systems, Inc., the controversial voting machine supplier, won't be supplying Massachusetts with its machines in 2008 and the company is not happy about it. So they are suing the state over the lost contract bid. But the solemn tone of Diebold's lawyer, William Weisberg, speaking in a hushed voice almost swallowed up by the stately, high-ceilinged courtroom of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court this week, drew laughter from the jovial judge with a Cheshire cat grin and raised chuckles from the courtroom audience. See… Diebold's MASS Alice-In-Wonderland Jester's Court
    MORE AMERICAN COUP:
  • Sam Smith - The Mediacracy: The New Yorker Vs Democracy
  • Bradblog.com - Hackin' Harri Hursti To Appear In Riverside Co. CA
  • John Gideon - Daily Voting News For March 28, 2007, March 27, 2007


    MORE SCOOP COMMENT AND OPINION:
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  • Jamal Juma - New Pressure to Relinquish Palestinian Rights
  • Kelpie Wilson - Wearing My Hair Shirt
  • Scoop Link - Republicans Fear 2008 Meltdown
  • Lawrence R. Velvel - Presidency Has Become A Great Business Opportunity
  • Kamala Sarup - Children Are Kidnapped Globally & From The Batlefield After She Was Raped
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  • Narconews - Davies - Organized Chaos In Oaxaca
  • Jose Maria Rodriguez Gonzalez - Colombia FTA: Monkey Business for U.S.
  • Scoop Link - US Launches Show of Force in Persian Gulf
  • David Swanson - How's the Progressive Caucus Progressing?
  • Lawrence R. Velvel - Lawrence R. Velvel: Birmingham 1963, Baghdad 2007
  • Harvey Wasserman - Wasserman: Will Al Gore get us to Solartopia?
  • Narconews - The Other Campaign Begins Anew
  • Tanveer Jafri - Disturbed Iraq. Why?


  • Section 59: Anne Else On The Insensibility Of Smacking Enthusiasts - Wilful stupidity is really hard to deal with, but I’m going to try. The Sensible Sentencing Trust has just managed to pull off a difficult feat. In a strong field of stupid statements, its latest one on Sue Bradford’s Bill stands out for its utter idiocy. See... Get It Straight: Repeal Section 59 And Cut Crime

    Media: Public Address Radio Is Born! - We have a radio show. It is called, with impeccable logic, Public Address Radio, and it will be presented by myself and David Slack at 2pm on Saturday afternoons, starting this week, on Radio Live. It's produced by the Down Low Concept, the creators ... See… Public Address 26/03/07 - Public Address Radio
    MORE PUBLIC ADDRESS:
  • Russell Brown & Ors. - Public Address 27/03/07 - The Solipsistic Left


  • US Attorneys: Evidence Of White House Involvement Piles Up - Emails released by the Department of Justice over the past two weeks in conjunction with a Congressional investigation into the firings of eight US attorneys show that White House officials have communicated with DOJ staffers about the attorney purge, using email accounts maintained by the Republican National Committee in possible violation of the Presidential Records Act. See... White House Use of Outside Email Accts. Questioned
    MORE US ATTORNEYS COMMENT:
  • David Swanson - Let Rove Lie
  • Deniz Yeter - Constitutional Showdown Over US Attorney Firings?

  • LATEST US ATTORNEYS NEWSLINKS:
  • Associated Press - Gonzales Aide Goodling to Invoke Fifth Amendment
  • Truthout Links - US Attorneys: House Panel to Probe Rove Aide
  • Truthout Links - GOP Support for Attorney General Erodes


  • Nepal: Yet Another Massacre In The Himalayas - Those killed in Gaur on Wednesday, March 21, 2007, no matter who they were: Maoists or Madheshis or Pahades, were the children of the same Mother Nepal. The history of Nepal was full of the palace massacres for grabbing power starting in 1846 and ending in June 2001. The palace massacres put Jung Bahadur Kunwar later Rana to power in 1846, and Gyanendra in 2001. Now, the power struggle shifted from the palace to the field but the victims are the same Nepalis called in different names. See... Siddhi B. Ranjitkar: Gaur Massacre
    MORE NEWS COMMENT FROM NEPAL:
  • P B Khatri - Nepal - Lessons from Gaur Incident
  • John Lama - Nepal: Maoists' Lust For Power & Thirst For Blood
  • I.K. Pradhan - Nepal: Development Through Unity of King & People
  • Hari Bansha Dulal - Rights And Democracy In Nepal
  • Dr. Chandrakala - Nepal's Trouble And Nationalism?
  • Kamala Sarup - HIV, Empowerment Of Women And Mina's Story


  • Iraq War: US House Votes In Favour Of Ending Iraq War Soonish - If you could secretly tell a magic genie "Yes" and receive a million dollars but cause the deaths of a million people you've never met in China, would you say No? This is no longer just a philosophical brain teaser. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Friday morning on funding for a war that has already caused the deaths of possibly as many as a million Iraqis. See... David Swanson: A Measure of Morality in Congress
    MORE ON THE EFFORT TO END THE IRAQ WAR:
  • Associated Press Link - House Approves Deadline for Ending Iraq War
  • David Swanson - David Swanson: MoveOn.org Versus Its Members
  • Patricia L Johnson - Iraq War - $500 Billion and Still Counting....
  • Ann Wright - Why a Rep. Paid the Fine for My Arrest In Congress
  • Atlanta Progressive News - Lewis Johnson Split on Iraq; McKinney Thinks Green


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  • Rosalea Barker - Stateside: My fellow Americans (Part 1)
  • Uri Avnery - Without Borders
  • William Fisher- House Votes to Protect Whistleblowers, Senate Next
  • Sam Smith - The Clinton-Obama-Alinsky Myth & The Edwards Campaign Continues
  • Ramzy Baroud - The Arab Peace Initiative & The Changing ME
  • Sheila Samples - Surviving At The Pleasure Of The President
  • Sonia Nettnin - PLO: Hopes Deferred, Hopes Renewed
  • New York Times - NYPD Spied Broadly Before 2004 GOP Convention
  • Kelpie Wilson - Kelpie Wilson: Al Gore and the Wedges Game
  • INSS Insight - The Beginning Of American-Iranian Engagement
  • Narconews - FOIA Records of Intimidation of Narco News Refused
  • Frank Tate - Palm Oil & Deforestation: Truth or Fiction?
  • Mina Ahadi - Stop labelling us Muslims!
  • Maryam Namazie - What’s All The Fuss About The Veil


  • Iran: What's It Like Waiting Around To Be Bombed? - A recent CBS News/New York Times poll showed that 65 percent of Americans endorsed diplomacy with Iran, while 10 percent favored military action. But when asked by an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll if the US should "destroy Iran's ability to construct nuclear weapons," the percentage that advocated an attack rose to 43 with 47 percent demurring. The same poll also asked if we should attack Iran if it were found responsible for exporting roadside-bomb technology to Iraq. Those in favor were now in the majority -- 55 percent -- while 45 percent opposed. See... Russ Wellen: Iran On The Brink

    Foreign Affairs: Cameron Walker Examines The NZ Double Standard On US Aggression - In January 2007 Cabinet Minister Jim Anderton, in an interview about the Bush Administration’s decision to send 20,000 more troops to Iraq, with Christchurch's newspaper The Press, compared the occupation of Iraq with America's Vietnam 'fiasco'. He then added: "One wonders whether the lessons I would have expected to be learnt from that fiasco have been learnt in any way at all. It is literally years since Mr Bush landed on an aircraft carrier and announced the war was over. I don't know whether he remembers that." See... Clark And Peters: Apologists for Mass Terror

    US Attorneys: House Tightens Its Grip On White House - In a letter late Wednesday, Rep. Henry Waxman presented numerous instances in which subpoenas were used by Congress to compel the testimony of presidential staff in former administrations. White House Spokesman Tony Snow told reporters that the demand for sworn testimony from presidential advisers is "unprecedented" and "highly unusual in any White House."See... Renner: Waxman Provides Precedent for Subpoenas
    MORE US ATTORNEY'S NEWS:
  • Jason Leopold - DOJ Threatened Retaliation Against Fired Attorneys
  • Scott Lilly - Center for American Progress: Attorney Scandal Without Precedent

  • NEWS LINKS:
  • News Links - White House Aides Face More Potential Subpoenas
  • LA Times - DOJ Made Memos After the Fact to Pacify Dem. Probe
  • News Links - US Attorneys: House OKs Subpoenas for Rove & Meirs
  • News Links - Bush: Rove Interview but no Oath or Transcript


  • LATEST ANTI IRAQ WAR NEWS:
  • David Swanson - Why Progressives Should Vote No War Money
  • David Swanson - Are Random Non-Activists Against the War? & Progressives Stand Strong Against Funding War
  • John Chuckman - Cartoon: Bush's Fourth-Anniversary Nightmare


  • MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:
  • Russell Brown & Ors. - Public Address 23/03/07 - Dum Da Dat Dada Da!!, Public Address 22/03/07 - Some Politics & Public Address 21/03/07 - TVNZ On Demand
  • Martin LeFevre - Meditations: We’re All Refugees
  • Dale Allen Pfeiffer - Dale Allen Pfeiffer: Are Labor Unions Terrorists?
  • Carolyn Baker - Godfather Govt.: A Way Of Life Is Not A Scandal
  • Ernest Partridge - V. Plame & The Incredible Shrinking Cover Story
  • Dr Bobby John and Tim France, PhD - WHO TB Strategy Out Of Reach For Many Countries
  • Robert Parry - Robert Parry: US News Media's "War on Gore"
  • Lawrence R. Velvel - If You Want To Know Why We Keep Fighting Wars
  • Rajat KC - Moving Through A Transitional Period
  • Atlanta Progressive News - Kucinich Leads Candidates on Health Care for All
  • Narconews - War on Terra Arrives with Bush-Lula Ethanol Deal
  • Syed Atiq ul Hassan - This Is Not Just Matter Of Another Cricket Defeat
  • Sam Smith - The Idea Mill: Facts As An Endangered Species



  • Lebanon: NZ Work Clearing Cluster Bombs Much Appreciated
    - Little more than a week after they began work in southern Lebanon, near Tyre, local workers were already back to ploughing. Paul Mead, Officer in Charge of the Battle Area Clearance (BAC) team, laughs that the locals insisted on going out ‘the very next day’ after it was declared safe from unexploded munitions. The contamination of land by cluster bombs impacts upon the livelihoods of land owners, land users and workers. See... NZ Work Clearing Cluster Bombs Much Appreciated

    Stateside: Where Rosalea Becomes An American Citizen - Looking for some stock to invest in? May I suggest companies that manufacture flame-retardant socks, on account of how a whole lot of feet are going to be held to the fire now that your dear old correspondent has sworn to uphold the Constitution. See... Stateside With Rosalea: Stock Alert!

    Iraq: A Majority of Iraqis Support Violent Attacks on U.S. Forces - How can we ask our soldiers to serve extended duty in a nation where a majority of the people endorses to attacking them? Why isn’t this headline news daily? Why isn’t action on this clearly stated opinion at the center of the current debate on our future in Iraq? What on earth is any politician or governmental official thinking who supports staying in Iraq when a majority of Iraqis endorse attacks on U.S. forces? Widespread exposure and analysis of this clearly stated opinion by the Iraqi people would change U.S. public opinion rapidly and permanently. Where are our leaders? See... M. Collins: Iraqi People to White House - Leave!
    MORE ON THE WAR THAT WON'T END:
  • Greg Palast - It's STILL the oil: Secret Condi Meeting on Oil
  • Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar - Is It Time For War Or Peace In The Middle East?
  • Scoop Link - US Troop Escalation in Iraq Approaches 30,000


  • US Attorneys: House Tires Of Lies – Pressure Grows On Alberto Gonzales - Yesterday on ABC's "This Week," Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) called on key White House officials like Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify under oath. This comes after the Senate Judiciary Committee authorized Senator Leahy to issue subpoenas to 11 current and former Department of Justice officials. See... Leahy Subpoenas: "Tired of Getting Half-Truths"
    MORE US ATTORNEYS NEWS & NEWSLINKS:
  • Atlanta Progressive News - Gonzales Nixed Inquiry into Own Conduct at DOJ
  • News Links - US Attorneys Links: White House Subpoenas Likely
  • News Links - Pressure Builds Over Gonzales, Rove
  • Scoop Link - Will Gonzales Fall for Attorney Firing


  • Iraq: War Protested Across America & Across The World - War Protests: Rallies are being held all over the country marking the fourth anniversary of the official start of the war, and many of them are focusing on opposing the supplemental spending bill proposed by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. See... US Rallies Against The War Spending Supplemental
    MORE WAR PROTEST NEWS:
  • AxisOfLogic.com - 9 Members Of Encampment to Stop the War Arrested
  • Rosalea Barker - Stateside Images: San Francisco Peace March
  • Scoop Video - Video: International Day Of Action Begins In NZ
  • Scoop Link - Christians Arrested at White House Opposing War


  • PlameGate: Media Leaves Hearings As President's Lies Are Revealed - The media left the room on Thursday when Valerie Plame did. The first part of the hearing in which she testified was indeed interesting: But of more importance to our nation, I believe, was the testimony that followed. See... Bush Lied: White House Never Investigated Leak
    MORE:
  • Bradblog.Com - Waxman Seeks Explanation for Lack of Investigation
  • Scoop Link - Link: White House Never Investigated CIA Leak


  • American Coup News Headlines:
  • Ellen Theisen - Challenge To Opponents Of Electronic Ballots Ban
  • Bradblog.Com - Resignation Of Cuyahoga Election Board Demanded
  • John Gideon - Daily Voting News For March 16-18, 2007 & March 15, 2007
  • Bradblog.Com - NY Times on the Phony 'Voter Fraud' Claims
  • Bradblog.Com - Phony 'Voter Fraud' Angle In U.S. Attorneys Purge


  • MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:
  • Russell Brown & Ors. - Public Address 19/03/07 - All The News That's Fit
  • Kyle Thiermann - Mapping the Real Deal: Believe Me
  • Richard S. Ehrlich - Six Months On Thai Coup Plotters Face Tough Times
  • Genevieve Cora Fraser - Israel Rejects Peace & Palestine's Right to Exist
  • Sam Smith - Myth And The Audacity Of Reality
  • Bill Berkowitz - The Religious Right's New Bugbear Iran
  • Ghali Hassan - New Zealand - Images And Reality
  • Syed Atiq ul Hassan - Stranger Around Us
  • Faisal Kutty - Too Guilty to Fly, Too Innocent to Charge?
  • Uri Avnery - Inshallah
  • The Other Israel - The Malaise
  • Tanveer Jafri - Millennium Star Amitabh Bachchan & Politics
  • Peter Rost M.D. - $11mn Salary, 36% Raise & 10,000 Fired Employees
  • Daniel Patrick Welch - Saint Patrick's Day And Missed Opportunity


  • US Attorneys Scandal: Michael Collins Exposes The American Coup Nexus - Top U.S. law enforcement official Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez engineered a Pearl Harbor Day for eight Republican appointed federal prosecutors. From one end of the country to the other, previously well regarded prosecutors were summarily fired (allowed to resign) on December 7, 2006. Chief of the Office of U.S. Attorneys, Michael Battle spread the news. In a rare case of the messenger shooting himself, Battle abruptly decided that he too would resign after the firings turned into a major scandal this month. See... Fired Federal Prosecutors And Election Fraud
    MORE US ATTORNEYS COMMENT:
  • Bernard Weiner - FBI Lawlessness: "If You Build It, They Will Come"
  • Greg Palast - Harriet Miers' History of Purges to Protect Bush
  • Sam Smith - It's Not The Politics But The Lack Of Limits

  • US ATTORNEYS NEWS LINKS:
  • CNN & AP - House Cttee Authorizes Subpoenas For DOJ Officials
  • National Journal - DOJ Probe Probably Would Have Targeted Gonzales
  • LA Times & ThinkProgress.org - Email Detail White House Plan to Oust US Attorneys
  • NY Times & WashPost - Bush Linked To Deepening US Attorneys Scandal
  • Krugman & McClatchy - Scoop Links: U.S. Attorney Firing Scandal Heats Up


  • Plamegate: Fitzgerald To Be Gagged When He Appears Before Congress - Patrick Fitzgerald has made clear the limitations of his possible testimony regarding the Valarie Plame Wilson leak-investigation set to begin in the House of Representatives on Friday. On March 8, 2007, Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform - the central investigative arm of the House - issued an invitation to Fitzgerald for a private sit-down to discuss the upcoming investigation. In a written response, Fitzgerald made clear that the Department of Justice will not permit him to discuss any non-public information with Congress. See... DOJ Limits What Fitzgerald Can Reveal to Committee

    Iraq: War Protestors Set Up Camp In Downtown Washington D.C. - The Democrats in Congress are doing less to oppose the war now that they have the majority than they did in the minority. While in the minority, Democrats in a sizable and growing number voted against funding more war. See... David Swanson: No Mo Money for War & David Swanson: Only Nonviolence Will End the War
    MORE:
  • Ann Wright - Why I Will March to Support the Troops
  • AxisOfLogic - Washington Encampment To Stop The War - Day 1


  • Nepal: A Flurry Of Commentary On Nepal's Democracy In Crisis
  • Rajat KC - US Concerns On Maoist Problem Of Nepal & Dangerous Game Plan of Maoists
  • Kamala Sarup - "We Refuse To Die So Rapidly" - Women Activists
  • M.R. Josse - Unstable Situation Gets Murkier Increasingly Scary
  • Khagendra Thapa - Ethnic Groups and Race Based Federalism In Nepal


  • Iraq: Green Left Weekly On The High Cost Of Occupation - Four years after the US-led invasion of Iraq, the country is wracked by ongoing and escalating violence. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died, according to a study published in the respected British medical journal The Lancet in October. See… Occupation, Resistance And Sectarianism In Iraq
    MORE IRAQ WAR NEWS & VIEWS:
  • Lt. Col.(P) Craig T.Trebilcock - Iraq War: Article by A Lieutenant Colonel
  • Between The Lines - Women Suffer Untold Violence & Repression In Iraq


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  • Sam Smith - The Mediacracy: Filler Items For Young Journalists
  • Russell Brown & Ors. - Public Address 16/3/07 - More Political Tourette's, Public Address 15/03/07 - Shonky Scepticism , Public Address 14/03/07 - Memories Of Attic Press, Public Address 13/03/07 - Kids These Days
  • Martin LeFevre - Meditations: The Technology of Human Beings
  • Council on Hemispheric Affairs - A Constructive Plot to Return Guantanamo Bay
  • Ramzy Baroud - Palestinians Must Redefine Struggle
  • NOTICIAS Editorial (Oaxaca): A Historic Victory
  • Between The Lines - Labor Law Passed But GOP & President Plan To Kill
  • Narconews - Jordan: Zapatistas Inaugurate Two Peace Camps
  • William Fisher - American Muslims Confused by Mixed Signals
  • Lawrence R. Velvel - Small Is All
  • Tanveer Jafri - Media Should Tell Reality, Not Reflection
  • David Swanson - How The Blogosphere Is Saving The Boob Tube
  • Narconews - Accused Narco Banker to Host Bush-Calderón Meeting
  • Muhammad Idrees Ahmad - Book Review: Challenging the New Orientalism


  • Finance: Carolyn Baker On A Return To Serfdom In America? - This week the Senate Banking Committee has begun an investigation of credit card companies and that industry’s lending practices of which Chairman, Carl Levin of Michigan said, “Millions of families…are kept in debt and are in over their heads not just because of their own purchases…but because of the abusive practices and excesses of the credit card companies.” Simultaneously, MSN’s Money Markets Editor, Jim Jubak, published an enlightening piece “Debt Pyramid Threatens To Topple Markets”. See... Carolyn Baker: In Debt We Trust

    Privacy: FBI Patriot Act Abuses Do Not Lead To A Resignation - Speaking from FBI headquarters, Robert S. Mueller, III told reporters “I am to be held accountable,” Apparently being responsible for misuses of national security letter authorities doesn’t involve resigning as Mueller went on to state he would not resign his position as FBI Director. Director Mueller’s comments were in response to questions about the 199-page report “A Review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Use of National Security Letters” issued in March 2007. See... Patricia L Johnson: "I Am Accountable"
    MORE ON THE FBI'S PATRIOT ACT EXCESSES:
  • Sherwood Ross - Bush’s Crimes in Baghdad Have Parallel in US, UK
  • Associated Press - Scoop Link: Gonzales, Mueller Admit FBI Broke Law
  • Los Angeles Times - Link: FBI Abuses May Lead to Patriot Act Limits


  • Impeachment: Cindy Sheehan On The Mini-Revolution In Vermont - My recent trip to Turkey opened my eyes further to anti-American hatred. As more and more people in the occupied countries of Afghanistan and Iraq are being killed by American troops or by violence that didn't exist before America entered their ... See... Cindy Sheehan: Vermont - Land of Hope
    MORE ON IMPEACHMENT:
  • The Nation - Link: Vermont Votes to Impeach Bush/Cheney
  • David Swanson -David Swanson: Subpoena Dick


  • Ending The War: Tina Richards vs Congressman Obey - I’ve received emails thanking me for speaking out on behalf of my son and other troops serving in Iraq. In addition, I’ve received questions about my exchange with Rep. David Obey that was videotaped by a citizens news group, Kathleen Gabel and Tyler Westbrook, that is documenting the peace movement in the halls of Congress. They’ve covered my visits with other members of Congress as well as the work of other citizens working to end the war. See... Tina Richards: How Will You End This War?
    MORE ON THE EFFORT TO END THE WAR:
  • David Swanson - On David Sirota, David Obey and "Idiot Liberals" , David Swanson: What's Wrong With David Obey & Dem. Obey: "Idiot Liberals" Need to Support War $$
  • Los Angeles Times - Democrats Shift Debate to Iraq Endgame

  • EARLIER:
  • David Swanson - The War Money Can Be Stopped


  • Bush vs Rule Of Law: Who Fired The Attorneys – The Plot Thickens! - Four US attorneys testified before Congress Tuesday that they believed they were forced to resign for improper reasons - charges immediately rebutted by Deputy US Attorney General John Michela. See... Fired Prosecutors Felt Threatened by GOP Lawmakers
    MORE:
  • Greg Palast - Greg Palast: Bush's New US Attorney a Criminal?
  • McClatchy Newspapers - Link: Rove Was Asked to Fire US Attorney
  • McClatchy Newspapers - Firing of US Attorneys Probe Reaches White House
  • Washington Post - GOP Senators Deliver Sharp Criticism of Gonzales


  • Law: The Waxman Inviteth - Congressman Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Thursday he wants Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to testify before his committee about his investigation into the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame-Wilson's identity. Plame-Wilson, Waxman's office said, has agreed to testify before Congress on March 16. See... Waxman Asks Fitzgerald to Testify Before Congress & Congress Says Prepared to Act in Plame Affair
    MORE ON THE LIBBY VERDICT & AFTERMATH:
  • Patricia L Johnson - Pardon Me?
  • Robert Parry - Zeroing In on Bush-Cheney
  • William Rivers Pitt - Lucky Libby
  • Ray McGovern - Why Cheney Lost It When Joe Wilson Spoke Out


  • Penang, Chinese New Year Travel Story: Thailand Struggles and Penang Delights Through The Eyes Of A Kiwi Traveller - My train journey tells a tale of Southern Thailand. It is a story of the growing conflict between the Buddhist and Malay Muslim communities which habituate the southern region of Thailand. And... Swathes of incense, from joss sticks up to four foot high (no kidding), fill the air and drift slowly down the street. This is Chinese New Year in Penang… Alex Bremner writes of discovered delights. See... AB's SE Asia Sojourn: Thailand To Penang

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  • Russell Brown & Ors. - Public Address 12/03/07 - Gay But Really Not Happy, Public Address 09/03/07 - Never Mind The Bollards & Public Address 07/03/07 - Introducing GodTube
  • Brian Jones - Internet Auctions - the Competition Hots Up
  • Gush Shalom - Uri Avnery: Olmert's Truth
  • Martin LeFevre Meditations: Canine Consciousness
  • Tortilla con Sal - Colombia: All About The "Para-Politics" Scandal
  • Sam Smith - Presidents And Parking Tickets & The Fight That Doesn't Matter
  • Kelpie Wilson - Kelpie Wilson: Boxed In by a Polar Bear
  • Vivaswan Kumar -Foreign Aid Funding Terrorism in Nepal
  • Associated Press - Missing Tape of Padilla Interrogation Raises Qs
  • Genevieve Cora Fraser - German Bishops See Racist Israel First Hand
  • Mark G. Levey - M G Levy: Larger CIA and DoD Privatization Scandal
  • Hari Bansha Dulal - Hari Bansha Dulal: Nepal - Inclusion With Vision
  • Tanveer Jafri - Terrorism Vs. Communal Harmony In India
  • Kamala Sarup - Women's Dignity & Media On March 8
  • Bill Berkowitz - MoveOn For Conservatives?
  • Ramzy Baroud - Peace and Justice Movement in Britain at Crossroad
  • Syed Atiq ul Hassan - The United Nations And The International Order
  • Lawrence R. Velvel - The Long Line
  • Ernest Partridge - Ernest Partridge: Oh What a Lovely (Cold) War!
  • Kamala Sarup - Kamala Sarup: Freedom And My Old Friend
  • freepress.org - E-Voting Trial in Columbus, Ohio: The Squire Case
  • William Fisher - William Fisher: New Tests for the Supreme Court
  • Evelyn Pringle - ADHD Drug Warnings Come Too Late For Many
  • David Rovics - David Rovics: The Battle for Ungdomshuset
  • Middle East News Service - A Godforsaken War & What Arab Initiative?
  • Conscious Choice - Katie Danko: Is the US Killing African Farmers?
  • Sheila Samples- Lost In The Lust Of Werewolves
  • David Swanson - Iran in Congress's Sights
  • Ann Wright - Blood Diamonds and Blood Oil


  • Plamegate: Finally Fitzmas Is Here!: - Dick Cheney's Chief Of Staff Convicted Of Lying About Revenge Attack On CIA Agent Valerie Plame (For Her Husband's Exposure Of Iraq War Lies) - Washington - Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was convicted Tuesday of obstruction, perjury and lying to the FBI in an investigation into the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity to reporters. See... Scoop Link: Libby Found Guilty in CIA Leak Case
    MORE BUSH VS RULE OF LAW COMMENT:
  • Lawrence R. Velvel - Lawrence R. Velvel: Let Us Now Praise Honest Men
  • William Fisher - Challenging Bush Admin. Military Commissions & The Weapon of Mass Change
  • David Swanson - The Fierce Urgency of Impeachment

  • NEWS LINKS:
  • McLatchy & NYT - Attorney Told Gloves Would Come Off Over Criticism
  • The Washington Post - White House Backed US Attorney Firings - Officials
  • NY Observer - Libby Trial Exposes Neocon Shadow Gov
  • The Hill -Democrats Send Out First Round of Subpoenas


  • Meditations: Where Did We Come From? Who Are We? And What Lies Ahead For Us? - There’s a lot of interest in human origins these days. A new, permanent exhibition, featuring more than 200 casts of prehuman and human fossils, just opened at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. On the same day I came across the article about the opening of the exhibition, I happened upon the movie, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Arthur Clark’s story and Kubrick’s classic movie address the same three questions, and were the inspiration, when it debuted in 1968, for my philosophical work in ‘theories of human nature.’ See... Martin LeFevre: Homage to “2001: A Space Odyssey”. See also... Martin LeFevre: President’s Day in the USA

    Culture: Everyone Gets Together For Sydney Mardi Gras - Scoop reader Jamie Melbourne-Hayward sent these images from the Sydney Mardi Gras. Jamie was marching behind a the parade float of an HIV/Aids NGO, ACON. The NGO also supports Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island issues. See... Scoop Images: Sydney Mardi Gras

    Iraq: David Swanson On The Best Way To Swiftly End The War - The shortest route to ending the Iraq war (and preventing additional wars) is almost certainly through Congress. Influencing the White House directly is unimaginable, and stopping the war through the courts unlikely. Clearly, Congress is the way to go. But what specifically can Congress do? See.. David Swanson: Can Congress End the War?
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  • Patrick McElwee - Reckless Disregard
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  • Sherwood Ross - Bush Praised Walter Reed Hosp. 4 Yrs Ago In Visit
  • Sam Smith - Flotsam & Jetsam: Apologizing For The Truth
  • David Swanson - I'm More Pro-Troop Than You Are


  • Economics: Changing How Money Works Is The Key To Changing The World - All-too frequently I encounter activists who don’t like to talk about money. While they crusade loudly for “economic justice”, they resist talking about their own relationship with money as if it were somehow an X-rated topic on par with sexuality or bathroom habits. In other words, these well-meaning individuals have little or no financial literacy. For this reason I wrote a 2005 article “Activists And Accountants: Absolute Allies” in which I emphasized that economic IN-justice only happens when people sacrifice sustainability for profit and that whenever we attend to our own sustainability and that of our community, we are practicing economic justice, but we cannot do so without acquiring financial literacy. See... No Change Until You Change How Money Works
    MORE VIEWS ON RECENT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS :
  • Med Yones - US Economy Risks and Strategies 2007-2017 (V1.2)
  • Dean Baker - The Housing Bubble Starts to Burst


  • Israel/Palestine: - Red Herrings Multiplying In The Sea Of Galilee? -While the world silently spectates the immense suffering that the occupation continues to bring upon an innocent peoples, the Israelis keep seeding the land with new reality on the ground which too then becomes "impractical" to undo and becomes new leveraging points in any subsequent peace talks - take 10 and give back 1 if the Palestinians behave, then repeat! This reality formally got constructed in 1948 and is continually being constructed as we speak, at each turn becoming impractical to undo requiring the victims to continually having to accommodate to the new reality for peace settlement, because true justice is now deemed "impractical". See... Zahir Ebrahim: The Endless Trail Of Red Herrings
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  • Uri Avnery Facing Mecca & Uri Avnery: The Book of Esterina
  • Amir Kulick - INSS Policy Brief: A Palestinian Unity Government
  • Middle East News Service - Opinion Piece Re Australia In Haaretz


  • Iran: A Second Interview With Iran Whistleblower Karen Kwiatkowski - The following is a remarkable interview of Karen Kwiatkowski who retired from the active duty USAF as a Lieutenant Colonel in early 2003. Her final assignment was in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary for Policy Near East South ... See... Karen Kwiatkowski On Feith, Cheney & Planning Iran
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  • Truthdig: Pentagon Whistle-Blower on War With Iran
  • Sherwood Ross - U.S. Has Arrested More Than 500 Iranians In Iraq


  • MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:
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  • Rosalea Barker - My Bookmarks
  • William Blum - The Anti-Empire Report, March 5, 2007
  • M. Shahid Alam - American Mamlukes
  • Sherwood Ross - Unlike Hitler, Bush Gives Appearance Of Sanity
  • Evelyn Pringle - Suicide Risk of Neurontin Kept Hidden for Years
  • Peter Rost M.D. - Blog Addiction
  • Scott Galindez - Shame on You, Ann Coulter II
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  • David Swanson - The Employee Free Fire Zone Act
  • Narconews - House of Death Case Takes Turn Towards a No-Win
  • Between The Lines - School Of Americas Closure On Agenda For 2007
  • Martha Rosenberg - Hey Dick Cheney - Come Hunt In Illinois!
  • Siddhi B. Ranjitkar - Deposed King Gyanendra Stretches The Truth
  • Kamala Sarup - Kamala Sarup: My Peace Activist Friend Has Died & International Woman's Day: Social Worker Shanti
  • Sangram Basnyat - Democratic Hypocrisy In Nepal


  • Environment: Pacific Ecologist No. 13: Climate & Poverty Solutions - AUBREY MEYER & KAY WEIR outline a global action plan to reduce global warming emissions equitably, and transparently across nations. Contraction and Convergence is inclusive and allows everyone a fair share in a scheme for international emission entitlements. It has been the official position of the Africa Group of Nations at climate negotiations for the past 10 years. If such a democratic plan is not adopted soon to stop emissions rising to dangerous levels, the consequences will be disastrous for everyone. See... Support Grows For Equity-Based Global Warming Plan
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  • Pacific Ecologist Editorial - Principles To Reverse Global Warming & End Poverty


  • Iran: Comment On The Prospects Of A New War - When you hear a word like "bonkers" coming from the mouth of a Nobel laureate, you know he's at wit's end. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is not the only one afraid the US will attack Iran. See... Russ Wellen: Greatest Expectations
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  • Robert Parry - Bush Faces Opposition on Iran Attack
  • Bernard Weiner - Cheney Is Recklessly "Bob"-ing Iraq & Iran
  • Truthdig: Pentagon Whistle-Blower on War With Iran


  • Iraq: Stopping The War – Three Perspectives - A weekend of confusion among Democratic senators over possible action on Iraq was capped off by an announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada that the Senate would wait on any Iraq-related legislation. See... Senate Stalls on Iraq
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  • David Swanson - David Swanson: Only Nonviolence Will End The War& Doug Feith Versus The Blogosphere
  • Green Left Weekly Iraq: Troops Out Now!


  • Bush Vs Rule Of Law: David Swanson Bares Witness - I live in Charlottesville, Va., the home town of Thomas Jefferson, who feared we would not be able to maintain a republic and would slip into elected despotism. I am the Washington (DC) Director of Democrats.com and of ImpeachPAC.org. See... David Swanson: Testimony for Impeachment Hearing
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  • Elizabeth de la Vega - A Call to Investigate All of the President's Men
  • Associated Press - Democrats Seek Testimony From Fired Attorneys
  • New York Times - Link: Why Have So Many US Attorneys Been Fired?


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  • Bill Berkowitz - Brownback's Mountain
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  • Intelligence: Wot, No Jihadis? - Paul Buchanan compares the 2005 and 2006 SIS Annual Reports: The major discrepancy is in the primary threat assessment. Rather than local jihadis, the 2006 report focuses on the activities of foreign intelligence organizations operating in New Zealand. This begs some questions. What happened to those local jihadis? See... Paul G. Buchanan: A Change Of Focus At The SIS

    Iran: Uri Avnery On Israel's Preparations For An Iran War - "WE ARE ready for the next war," a reserve soldier told a TV reporter this week, on the scene of a brigade-size maneuver on the Golan Heights. What war? Against whom? About what? This was not stated, and not even asked. The soldier saw it as self-evident that war will break out soon, and it seems that he did not particularly care against whom. See... Uri Avnery: "You And I, And The Next War"
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  • Noam Chomsky - Interview on Iran, Iraq, and the Rest of the World
  • Daniel Patrick Welch - Daniel Patrick Welch: No One Here Gets Out Alive
  • John Pilger - Iran: A War Is Coming
  • Sherwood Ross - Bush's Threats Against Iran Pushing Up Oil Prices
  • Tanveer Jafri - America-Iran Cold War In Iraq
  • Sherwood Ross - The Hardware King Himself Blasts Quds Force

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  • Seymour Hersh - US Contingency Planning to Bomb Iran & Bush Funneling Money to al Qaeda-Related Groups
  • TimesOnline - US Generals Will Quit If Bush Orders Iran Attack
  • Telegraph - Israel Wants to Fly Over Iraq to Bomb Iran
  • UK Guardian - US Iran Intelligence "Is Incorrect"


  • Iraq: Latest Iraq War News & Views
  • Robert Parry - Gore's Other Global Warning - Iraq War
  • Jose Maria Rodriguez Gonzalez - Bush’s Ill Strategies On Iraq Parroted By Howard
  • John Cory - Promises to Keep
  • Sherwood Ross - Army Told Fox TV "24" Promotes Use Of Torture
  • David Swanson - Cindy Sheehan, George Will, & Loving Your Enemies
  • The Olympian - Army Files New Charges in Watada Court-Martial


  • Bush Vs Rule Of Law: The Latest Wrinkles - It is at least conceivable that Congressman Jack Murtha and company are backing off on requiring that Bush and Cheney send only prepared, equipped, and rested men and women to the slaughter for more than one reason. One reason, of course, is that Fox News has called Murtha and company traitors. But there could be a second reason. Someone somewhere may just have pointed out that Congress has enacted these limitations before and Bush has undone them with a signing statement. See… Congress Must Reauthorize Use of the Constitution
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  • Mark G. Levy - How The U.S. Military Would Remove Bush-Cheney


  • Stateside: Rosalea Barker Takes A Train Ride - I skived off last weekend to Niles, California. It’s just a short BART and bus trip from San Francisco, but is another world altogether. The town’s two main claims to fame are the Niles Canyon Railway, which is maintained and run entirely by volunteers, and the Essanay Silent Film Museum, housed in the building where Charlie Chaplin had his studio. See... Stateside With Rosalea: Niles, CA – Part 1 & Stateside With Rosalea: Niles, CA – Part 2

    Libby Trial: Cheney Front And Center As Libby Trial Closes - It was the defense attorney representing I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby who first told jurors during closing arguments in the perjury and obstruction-of-justice trial Tuesday that the government believes Vice President Dick Cheney told Libby to leak the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson to a New York Times reporter in July 2003 to undermine the credibility of her husband, a critic of the Iraq War. See... Cheney's Role Dominates Libby Trial Closing Args.
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  • Democracy & S***t: Latest Public Address Blend Includes A Dash Of Scoop & Other S***t - Last Thursday night's Public Address/Karajoz Big Blend featured Q&A (Questions by Russell Brown) with film makers Matt Heath and Chris Stapp – C**tstables, Back Of the Y, Bogan's Heroes, The Devil Dared Me Too – about their shit. The first few minutes were not recorded because they were shit. The presentation included clips of video shit which you can't see because this is audio and you didn't come. See… Audio/Images: Matt Heath & Chris Stapp Talk Shit Also featured on the night was a more serious discussion about digital democracy featuring a bloke from Google and Alastair Thompson from Scoop. See… Audio/Images: Big Blend Digital Democracy Panel

    UQ Wire: " a terrorist act in the U.S. blamed on Iran; culminating in a 'defensive' U.S. military action against Iran" - Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski - The National Security Advisor to former President Carter testified before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on 1 Feb 2007. Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski delivered a scathing assessment of the core mistakes made by the Bush administration in the Middle East. Just before describing what he termed the mythical historical narrative of the policy, he offered a scenario that the Bush administration might use as a convenient invitation to attack Iran. War may result from Iraqi failures at governance attributed to Iranian interference followed “…by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the U.S. blamed on Iran; culminating in a ‘defensive’ U.S. military action against Iran…” See… UQ Wire: Brzezinski On The Path To War With Iran
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  • UQ Wire - BBC Explores 9/11 Conspiracy 18/02/07


  • American Coup: Payback Time In Ohio - With two felony convictions already in its wake, Ohio's spreading stolen 2004 election scandal has claimed another victim--- Michael Vu, the controversial executive director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. See... Ohio's Spreading Stolen 2004 Election Scandal
    MORE AMERICAN COUP:
  • John Gideon - Daily Voting News For February 5-11, 2007 & February 2-3, 2007
  • New York Times - Florida Shifting to Voting System With Paper Trail


  • Iran: World Govts Concern While US/Iran Clash Intensifies - George W. Bush is again guiding the nation toward a preemptive war - this time with Iran - without allowing anything like a full debate of the underlying facts, probable consequences of the conflict or peaceful alternatives. See… Bush Is Hiding the Ball on Iran
    ALSO:
  • Global Research: Strike on Iran Would Signify Epoch of Nuke War
  • Mark W. Bradley - The Story Of The 3 Little Wolves
  • Newsweek - US Sends 3rd Carrier Strike Group to Persian Gulf
  • David Swanson - Iran Lies
  • BuzzFlash.Com - Whiplash: Bushevik Iran War Preparations
  • Ramzy Baroud - Countdown for Iran: When Commonsense is Nonsense
  • INSS Insight - Is Iran’s “Oil Weapon” A Doubled-Edged Sword?
  • Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar - Iran vs. Saudi Arabia
  • William Blum - The Anti-Empire Report Feb. 3 2007

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    Scoop Audio.KiwiFM Audio: Scoop's Selwyn Manning and KiwiFM's Wallace Chapman discuss how the United States has intensified its military presence in the Persian Gulf amidst expectation of regional conflict with Iran. Will the USA strike first against the Atomic Ayatollahs?


    War Lies: Bush's Fact Free Iraq War Position Further Exposed - A long-awaited report on the veracity of pre-war Iraq intelligence has found that a secretive policy shop exaggerated the Iraqi threat, providing the White House with cherry-picked information about links between Iraq and al Qaeda. The shop, operating ... See... DoD Report Appears to Confirm Downing Street Memo
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  • New York Times - Inquiry on Intel. Gaps May Reach to White House
  • David Swanson - Truth Exposed by Senate Armed Services Hearing & David Swanson: Feith Based Intelligence


  • Bush vs Rule Of Law: Senate On Prosecutor Firings - Washington - A Senate panel advanced a bill Thursday to curb the Justice Department's power to replace federal prosecutors indefinitely, after seven forced resignations sparked accusations of political favoritism. See… Scoop Link: Senate Panel Reacts to Attorney Firing
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  • David Swanson - How A Bill Becomes A Signing Statement & Swanson and Schwarz: Beyond Oral Sex


  • War Law: Mistrial Ordered For Consciencious Objector Lt. Ehren Watada - First Lt. Ehren Watada knew exactly what his case was about - and that scared the judge. There was absolutely no reason to stop the Watada trial. See... The Watada Mistrial: Here's What Really Happened
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  • Atlanta Progressive News - US Army Drops Reporter Subpoenas, Watada Mistrial
  • truthout.org - Truthout: Watada Court-Martial Ends in Mistrial - Watada Trial: Openings & Prosecution Blunders
  • Norman Solomon - Making an Example of Ehren Watada


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  • David Swanson - Senators Quietly Oppose Escalation
  • Genevieve Cora Fraser - After Saddam’s Lynching are Bush & Cheney Next?
  • Sherwood Ross - Bush Can't Spin Way Out Of Hellish Iraq
  • David Swanson - Rightwingers Attacking War Supporters
  • Patricia L Johnson - Sidestepping Reality


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  • M. Shahid Alam - America’s Global War On Terrorism
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  • Mark Drolette - They’re Shocked, Shocked They Tell You
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  • David Swanson - David Swanson: Sex and Torture in America
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  • David Swanson - Dems Change the Gas and Claim It's a New Car
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  • PlameGate: Truthout Reads Between The Lines & Catches A President - …"T-h-i-s space P-r-e-s," Addington said, spelling out the words. "And then it's got a scratch-through." "So it looks like 'this Pres.?'" Wells asked again. "Yes sir," Addington said. Thus, Cheney's notes would have read "not going to protect one staffer and sacrifice the guy this Pres. asked to stick his head in the meat grinder because of the incompetence of others." The words "this Pres." were crossed out and replaced with "that was," but are still clearly legible in the document. See... Handwritten Notes Implicate Bush in Plame Affair
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  • Jason Leopold - Trial Reveals Wilson Smear Began Far Earlier, "Bush Admin. Is Focus of Leak Inquiry"


  • American Coup: Blackboxvoting.org Investigates Help America Vote Act. Lobbying - We went into this looking for the defense industry contractors we'd heard had lobbied for the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). That legislation has been blamed for the touch-screens (DREs) that showed up all over America. Well, that's not what we found. The real story on who was behind HAVA may come as a surprise to you. It was to us. See... The Road To Boondoggle Paved With Good Intentions
    MORE AMERICAN COUP NEWS:
  • Michael Collins - Blackwell’s Actions In Ohio Boost US Voting Rights
  • John Gideon - Daily Voting News For January 30, 2007


  • LATEST IRAN WAR NEWS & VIEWS:
  • Associated Press - Scoop Link: Senators Warn Against War With Iran
  • Le Figaro - Iranians Worry About a Possible American Attack
  • Scott Ritter/The Nation - Stop the Iran War Before It Starts
  • Sunday Herald - US Poised to Strike Iran From Bulgaria & Romania


  • Bush Vs Rule Of Law: Hearings Begin In HoR Committee Rooms - 10:13 a.m. I'm in the room, but you can view a live webcast here . I've just been handed hardcopies of the upcoming witness statements. If you can find them online anywhere, please post a link beneath this article. See... Live Blogging from Hearings on Bush's Signing Statement
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  • David Swanson - David Swanson: Lobbying For Impeachment
  • Between The Lines - Reversal on Spying Shouldn't Derail Investigation


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  • Sol Salbe - Middle East Round Up For January 30
  • Daniel Patrick Welch - Everything Old is New Again
  • William Fisher - At Our Beck and Gall
  • Jose Maria Rodriguez Gonzalez - Bush contributes to Al-Qaeda and Terrorism
  • Ernest Partridge - Only Americans Can Restore America’s Honor
  • Evelyn Pringle - Zyprexa Judge Sends Invite to NY Times Reporter
  • Bhupal Lamichhaney - Can Terai Movement Be Identified With Atrocities? & Politics Against HR Brings Doomsday For Nepal
  • Dr. Chandrakala - Nepal: Confusion And Finding Scapegoats
  • Norm Dixon - Green Left Weekly: Change The System - Not The Climate!
  • Ramzy Baroud - Shameless in Gaza
  • Tanveer Jafri - Muslims Awareness On Saddam Issue
  • BuzzFlash.Com - Seeing the Full Cheney: America Held Hostage, Yr 6
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  • Bernard Weiner - GOP Elders Take That Long Walk to the White House
  • Narconews - Nancy Davies' Book on Oaxaca's Popular Assembly


  • Mexico: Oaxaca's Repression Widens To Close Churches - Oaxaqeño authorities have yet again demonstrated just how bereft they are of the most minimal observation of human rights. Only a week after attacking a peaceful march of a thousand people in Miahuatlán, Oaxaca, detaining several including minors, disappearing several more, and terrorising family members of about 20 prisoners into seeking refuge in the church housing the International Civil Commission for the Observation of Human Rights (CCIODH), they have turned their attention to the churches themselves. See... Julie Webb-Pullman: Ulises Ruiz Turns to Religion

    Israel/Occupied Palestine: Remembering Palestine's Fallen Leader - "IF ARAFAT were alive…" one hears this phrase increasingly often in conversations with Palestinians, and also with Israelis and foreigners. "If Arafat were alive, what's happening now in Gaza wouldn't be happening…" - "If Arafat were alive, we would have somebody to talk with…" - "If Arafat were alive, Islamic fundamentalism would not have won among the Palestinians and would have lost some force in the neighboring countries!" See... Uri Avnery: "If Arafat were Alive…"
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  • Sonia Nettnin - Making Sense Of The Middle East


  • Protest: 100s Of Thousands Of Americans Take To The Streets - Truthout.org Editor's Note: The New York Times article below states that "tens of thousands" attended the March on Washington, Saturday. For many years now, the United States Park Police and other government agencies have refused to estimate crowd sizes. The organizers of the March, United for Peace and Justice, estimated the crowd at 400,000. Our headline of "hundreds of thousands" comes down somewhere in between. See... 100s of 1000s of Protesters Converge on Capitol

    Law: Elizabeth de la Vega On The Latest Developments In Bush vs Rule Of Law - I hope I can be forgiven if animal images kept coming into my mind during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week. On the eve of the first such hearing to be held by the newly-elected Democratic majority, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales sent a letter to Committee Chairmen Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) announcing that, henceforth, the President's Terrorist Surveillance Program would be conducted under the supervision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. See... Elizabeth de la Vega: Lying and Spying
    LATEST BUSH ADMIN vs RULE OF LAW LINKS:
  • McClatchy Newspapers - Gonzales Taps Bushies For US Attorney Vacancies
  • Bloomberg - Rockefeller Says He May Subpoena Docs. on Spying
  • Associated Press - Scoop Link: Army Probes War Contractor Fraud
  • New York Times - Dems May Try to Revise Iraq War House Authority
  • New York Times - Secrecy Is at Issue in Suits Opposing Spy Program
  • The NewStandard - Executive Order Expands Bush Power Over Agencies


  • Armageddon: Iran And The Doomsday Clock - We cannot stop or slow the space/time/continuum that permeates our world and the universe, but we must, if we really care about the future and destiny of humanity, stop the time of human folly that is leading toward a black abyss. This was underscored this month when the hands on the famous “Doomsday Clock” of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) was moved forward from seven to five minutes before midnight. See... If Atomic Clock Strikes 12 – Midnight Is Forever
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  • Leonid Ivashov - Iran Must Get Ready to Repel a Nuclear Attack
  • Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar - Ahmadinejad’s Achilles Heel: The Iranian Economy


  • Plamegate: Jason Leopold – Saving Bush's Brain -Karl Rove's criminal exposure in the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson was so extensive that the White House feared it could cost Republicans the presidential election in 2004. So administration officials sacrificed one of their senior cabinet members and set him up to be the fall guy for the leak in order to protect Rove, "the lifeblood of the Republican party" and the White House's senior political adviser. See…Attorney - "Libby Sacrificed to Protect Rove"
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  • David Swanson - "Don't Let Dick Cheney Get Me!"


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  • Kelpie Wilson - Pirates Stick by Whales
  • Robert Parry - Who's Helping the Terrorists? & Robert Parry: Bush's War on the Republic
  • Siddhi B. Ranjitkar - Illusion or Reality
  • Bhupal Lamichhaney - Nepal National Unity Or Disintegration
  • Sam Smith - Flotsam & Jetsam: On Finding A Candidate
  • David Swanson - Bush's Four Anti-Terror Successes All Fictional
  • Between The Lines - Iraq Activists to Enlist City, State Governments
  • Martin LeFevre - Meditations: Questioning Atheism
  • Mark Bradley - America's Middle Passage Into the 21st Century
  • Bill Berkowitz - Dubya's Half-Billion Tower Of Babel
  • Shashi P.B.B. Malla - Nepal: Peudo-Constitution, Autocratic Government
  • M.R. Josse - Moriarty's anti-Maoist missile targets UN & India


  • Antiquities: Bob Hecht's Former Partner Talks To Suzan Mazur - Speaking with West Coast film producer Bruce McNall, the man who brought us WarGames with Matthew Broderick and Summa Gallery with antiquities' Bob Hecht, reminded me of my chats many years ago with magazine publisher Malcolm Forbes, dubbed "the happiest millionaire". McNall's enthusiasm is just like that -- maybe minus some of the millions. It's so infectious that it's difficult to believe McNall's financial world ever crumbled in the 1990s and that he spent several years in jail after being convicted for overvaluing ancient coins. See... McNall On Hecht & Collapse Of Antiquities Market & Mazur: Hecht's Partner On The Roman Bronze Boy

    Iraq: Opposition To War Grows On Eve Of Massive Protest - (APN) ATLANTA – Last week US Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) introduced H.R. 508, the "Bring the Troops Home and Iraq Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2007," the strongest of all current US Congressional bills which seek to de-escalate the US Invasion of Iraq. See... Woolsey Bill Would "Bring Troops Home" in 6 Mnths
    MORE IRAQ NEWS:
  • Associated Press - Senate Panel Votes Against Bush on Iraq
  • Between The Lines - Bush's Iraq Escalation Provokes Growing Opposition
  • David Swanson - How We Can End the Occupation of Iraq
  • David Swanson - Huddle Up!
  • afterdowningstreet.org - Video: War, Media, and Impeachment
  • Sherwood Ross - Americans May Have To March On Washington
  • Tanveer Jafri - Why Saddam Is So Popular
  • Ramzy Baroud - Arab Feelings Of Love And Hate For Saddam Hussein


  • Iran: Escalation In Iran Rhetoric Continues Unabated - The Editor-in-Chief of the Arab Times reports that a “reliable source” in Washington has provided detailed information about the forthcoming US hard-power attack on Iran’s nuclear and oil industries. See... Bush Will Expand War To Iran Before Blair Resigns
    MORE IRAN NEWS:
  • Associated Press - Scoop Link: US Warns Iran to Back Down
  • Middle East News Service - Iran's Pursuit Of Nukes Capability Stems From Fear
  • New York Times - Sen Rockefeller Assails President Over Iran Stance
  • BBC - Scoop Link: Bush Rejected Iranian Peace Offer In 2003


  • Bush: Columnists Give Their Impression Of The State of Bush's Union - It was disturbing to see so many members of Congress in both parties clamoring to get Bush's autograph on their copies of his State of the Union—not because it was such a dishonest speech that did such a disservice to this country, and not because they should have been handing him subpoenas instead. Rather, my concern arises from the habit Bush has developed following the signing of any document. Typically he goes home, talks to his lawyers, and issues a "signing statement" the next day radically altering what he has just signed. Bad as that speech was, it could get a lot worse. See... David Swanson: Demanding Truth from Power
    MORE:
  • Daniel Patrick Welch - Leader Of Free World Blabs To Nobody In Particular
  • Greg Palast - Big Oil, Big Brother Win Big in the SOTU
  • Sheila Samples - No Way In -- No Way Out
  • Mary Pitt - Poor Johnny One-Note

  • SPEECH PREVIEWS:
  • Bradblog.Com - Let Jim Webb Respond To The SOTU Joint Session


  • PlameGate: The 16 Words That Are Now On Trial In D.C. - Four years ago this month, President Bush, in his State of the Union address, said, "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." See... Leopold: 16 Words and the Trial of Scooter Libby
    MORE ON THE LIBBY TRIAL:
  • Associated Press -Lawyers - Libby Blamed for Leak to Protect Rove
  • Associated Press - Scoop Link: Iraq War May Intrude on Libby Trial


  • The Rule Of Law: George Bush vs Rule Of Law – Round 10 - In one of the most chilling public statements ever made by a U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales questioned whether the U.S. Constitution grants habeas corpus rights of a fair trial to every American. See... Robert Parry: Gonzales Questions Habeas Corpus
    MORE:
  • Norman Solomon - The Pentagon vs. Press Freedom
  • New York Times - Scoop Link: White House Shifting Tactics in Surveillance Cases
  • Bradblog.Com - Bob Ney Sentenced To 30 Months In Federal Prison
  • Associated Press - Scoop Link: Pentagon Rules Allow Coerced Detainee Testimony
  • David Swanson - It All Started with an American Taliban


  • MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:
  • Rosalea Barker - Stateside: It's All For You, Condi, All For You
  • Tim Corballis - Beyond Punishment?
  • Russell Brown & Ors. - Public Address 25/01/07 - A Funny Bit At The End.., Public Address 23/01/07 - Draped In Their Flag, Public Address 22/01/07 - The Big Roundup & Public Address 19/01/07 - Appeasing Osama
  • Bob Nichols - Livermore Pro-Nukers Move to Kill More in San Fran
  • Atlanta Progressive News - Federal Minimum Wage Bill Faces More Trouble
  • Dr. Chandrakala - If Winter Is Here, Can Spring Be Far Behind?
  • Bhupal Lamichhaney - Nepal in Transition: Atypical, Eerie Incidences
  • Kamala Sarup - James F Moriarty Weapons & Maoists
  • Bernard Weiner - Ten Things Learned Since Dems' Election Victory
  • Robert Parry - Reverend Moon's Anti-Obama Agit-Prop
  • truthout.org Translation - Libération: Mexico - Corn Feeds Discontent
  • Sam Smith - What I've Learned As A Part Jew & Flotsam & Jetsam: Obama's 2004 Speech Revisited
  • Cindy Sheehan -
  • Hillary for President?
  • Deepa Fernandes - Free Press Plenary Speech Memphis
  • Siddhi B. Ranjitkar - Peace still Elusive in Nepal
  • Middle East News Service - You Are What You Read
  • Uri Avnery - A Freedom Ride
  • INSS Insight - INSS: A New Stage in Sino-Israeli Relations?
  • Larry Ross - Doomsday Clock Moved Closer To Midnight
  • William Rivers Pitt - Bush The Next 100 Hours
  • Martin LeFevre - Meditations: Burma, China, & the Global Polity
  • Former President Jimmy Carter - A New Chance for Peace?
  • Lawrence R. Velvel - Velvel: Lessons From Philippines Insurrection (2)
  • Ernest Partridge - Mainstream Media to Bloggers: "Bug Off"
  • Kelpie Wilson - Where Is the Energy for Freedom?
  • Mary Pitt - Give 'Em What They Want


  • Iraq: Graham Reid - The Writing On The Wall - There is a famous saying: Those who do not learn from history are condemned to keep watching it re-run on CNN. And that's pretty much how I feel tonight after watching the current American president address his people and tell them that more of their sons and daughters were going to be sent to Iraq. See... Public Address 12/01/07 - The Writing On The Wall
    MORE IRAQ SURGE REACTION:
  • Bradblog.Com - WH Made No Casualty Estimates for 'Surge' Plan
  • Martin LeFevre - Meditations: Why the Bush Administration Is Evil
  • William Rivers Pitt - Politics in the Service of War
  • William Blum - The Anti-Empire Report January 12, 2007
  • Lawrence R. Velvel - Cutting Off Funds For Iraq & Presidency Of Harvard
  • Jose Maria Rodriguez Gonzalez - Bush’s Pigheaded Legacy on Iraq
  • Bernard Weiner - Cheney's "Modest Proposal" to Round Up More Troops
  • INSS - INSS Insight: How New is Bush’s “New Course”?
  • Cindy Sheehan - Insanity Surge

  • See also… FULL COMMENT: Bush's Iraq Surge Plan

    Iran: Robert Parry Finds More Evidence Of A Looming War With Iran - At a not-for-quotation pre-speech briefing on Jan. 10, George W. Bush and his top national security aides unnerved network anchors and other senior news executives with suggestions that a major confrontation with Iran is looming. See... Robert Parry: The US-Iran-Iraq-Israeli-Syrian War
    MORE ON THE POSSIBILITY OF WAR WITH IRAN:
  • Cheney's Got His Teeth Sunk into Iran
  • Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar - The Plan for Economic Strangulation of Iran
  • Robert Parry - Bush's Rush to Armageddon
  • Between The Lines - U.S. Iran Tensions Rise – 2nd Carrier To Gulf
  • Michel Chossudovsky - The Demonization of Muslims and the Battle for Oil


  • Law: Jason Leopold Previews The Scooter Libby Trial - Opening statements in the criminal trial against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, are still a week away, but the special prosecutor has already provided a preview into the government's case against the ... See... Leopold: Preview - Fitzgerald's Case Against Libby
    MORE RULE OF LAW vs BUSH NEWS:
  • New York Times - Bush Admin Aggressively Expanding Domestic Spying
  • William Fisher - Mohamed al-Hatfield vs. Ahmed al-McCoy
  • The New York Times - Official Attacks Top Law Firms Over Detainees


  • Media: David Swanson Addresses The Failure In Contemporary US News Journalism - By any serious standard of journalism, impeachment should be in the news right now. This illustrates the worst problem with our media. It's not how they cover stories. It's how they do not cover stories. See... David Swanson: If Beal Street Could Talk – Part 2 & David Swanson: If Beal Street Could Talk – Part 1. Earlier.. Why We Need a National Conference for Media Reform & Land of Enchantment and Impeachment

    Western Hemisphere: Toni Solo On The Return Of John Negroponte To Diplomacy - To accompany President Saddam Hussein's lynching the Bush regime announced that death-squad manager nonpareil John Negroponte is to take over the post of deputy Secretary of State to hapless Condoleezza Rice left vacant by Robert Zoellick in 2006. See... Toni Solo: John Negroponte and Tupac Katari

    MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:
  • Rosalea Barker - Stateside: A Verandah Light Goes Out & The week has a thousand i's
  • Russell Brown & Ors. - Public Address 16/01/07 - It's Only Rock'n'roll & Public Address 15/01/07 - Wonderful Athletes
  • Paul Budde -TSO Review New Zealand – Comments
  • Carolyn Baker - Children Of Men: Denial Keeps You From Seeing
  • Should Israel Initiate Negotiations with Syria?
  • Syed Atiq ul Hassan - Australian Muslims need Generic Leadership
  • William Fisher - In Praise of Professor Dreyfuss
  • Evelyn Pringle - The Bush Administration's FDA, Attorney Asks Eli Lilly Issue Warning on Zyprexa, Public Has Right To Know Zyprexa Secrets & Zyprexa Judge - Which Media Have 1st. Amd. Rights
  • Doyle Mills - TeenScreen - The Last Straw
  • Peter Rost M.D. - Drug Reimportation Is Back In The Headlines
  • Narconews - Villarreal: Zapatista Health Care from Below
  • Bill Berkowitz - Black Voters Nix Republicans
  • M.R. Josse - Fury Escalates At SPAM's Nero-Like Unconcern
  • Bhupal Lamichhaney - Human Rights Situation in Nepal!
  • Jason Miller - Man fuel - Is it in you?
  • Sherwood Ross - Can Hugo Chavez Beat The Devil?


  • FULL COVERAGE: Comment & Opinion On Bush's Iraq Troop Surge Plan - One of the key architects of President Bush's disastrous Iraq war policy was responsible for writing the president's new plan calling for an increase in US troops in the region. See… Jason Leopold: The Architect of Mr. Bush's Plan
    MORE COMMENT ON BUSH SURGE PLAN:
  • Paul G. Buchanan - On the subject of the Draft
  • Norman Solomon - The Headless Horseman of the Apocalypse
  • New York Times - Editorial: The Real Disaster
  • Stan Goff - Open Letter To Congress - A Tactic
  • Greg Palast - Waist Deep In The Big Muddy
  • Dennis Kucinich - Out of Iraq - Back to the American City
  • Ramzy Baroud - One Last Chance for Sanity in Iraq

  • PRE ANNOUNCEMENT COMMENT:
  • David Swanson - Mr. President, Surge This
  • John Cory - Three Thousand Plus One
  • Dan Phillips - Anti-war Conservatives vs. Foreign Policy Realists
  • Ann Wright - The History of Surges
  • Jason Leopold - Democrats Divided on War Remedy
  • William Rivers Pitt - Bush Extends Hand With Fingers Crossed
  • William Fisher - This Strategy Is New?
  • Cindy Sheehan - 3,000 Dead: So Who's Counting?
  • Bernard Weiner - Surging Towards Bethlehem


  • Israel/OT: A Compendium Of News & Views From The Holy Land - A new order issued by the GOC Central command bans the conveyance of Palestinians in Israeli vehicles. Such a blatant violation of the right to travel joins the long list of humans rights violations carried out by Israel in the [Occupied] Territories. See... Shulamit Aloni: There Is Apartheid In Israel
    MORE NEWS FROM ISRAEL:
  • Middle East News Service - Hamas Of. Accepts Israel, But Short Of Recognition
  • INSS Insight- UNSC Resolution 1737: Too Little, Too Late
  • Guest Opinion - Shame in Andover
  • Uri Avnery - What Makes Sammy Run?
  • INSS Insight - The Olmert-Abbas Summit: Tactics and Strategies


  • Mexico: Julie Webb-Pullman Reports On A Zapatista Congress In The Mist -
    By New Year’s Eve the two thousand of Day One had swelled to four thousand, and over the next two days low cloud reduced visibility to about three feet – when it wasn’t raining. Occasional wind gusts swirled the mist away to reveal a landscape changing by the minute, as new arrivals pitched tents and tarpaulins on every spare square inch. See... Julie Webb-Pullman: The End of the Encuentro & Julie Web-Pullman: More Zapatista Encuentro Pics . Earlier… Best And Worst Of Zapatista Conference

    Law: President Bush Vs The Rule Of Law - As some people learned from the minimal and abusive media coverage, on December 8, 2006, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney introduced Articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush, making him the 10th president of the United States ... See... Cynthia McKinney Makes the Case for Impeachment
    MORE BUSH Vs RULE OF LAW NEWS CLIPS:
  • Associated Press - US Launches Two Airstrikes in Somalia
  • The Real News Project - Scoop Link: Bush Senior Early CIA Ties Revealed
  • Associated Press - Dems to Hold 11 Separate Hearings on Iraq War
  • afterdowningstreet.org - Video: Impeachment Forum Nat. Press Club D.C.
  • The Hill - New Cmtte. to Monitor Bush Admin. Info Suppression
  • New York Daily News - Bush Claims Right To Open US Mail Without Warrant


  • MORE SCOOP COMMENT & OPINION:
  • Russell Brown & Ors. - Public Address 11/01/07 - The New Boss & Public Address 10/01/07 - The Suicide Note
  • Richard S. Ehrlich - Shinawatra's Passport Cancelled, Son Interrogated
  • Martin LeFevre - Meditations: Sunset Illumination
  • Evelyn Pringle - FDA Runs Protection Racket For Big Pharma
  • Sherwood Ross - Sun, Wind & Tidal Power Obviate Nuke Plant Need
  • R. Walrath & P. Johnson - U.S. Health Care 2007
  • COHA - John Negroponte, Latin America’s Real “Mr. Danger"
  • Kyle F. Hence - Democrats Perpetuate 911 Commission Betrayal
  • Bill Berkowitz - End Times For The Christian Coalition? &Pacific Legal Foundation On Wrong Side Of History
  • Narconews - AP's Oaxaca Correspondent in Conflict-of-Interest
  • Maryann Keady - Thoughts From America: The New Cold War
  • Sam Smith - Retrieving The Democrats' Reason For Existence
  • William Fisher - Goodbye to a Year of Ironies
  • Kelpie Wilson - 2006 Top Green Tech Ideas
  • INSS Insight - 6th Bio. Weapons Conv. Review A Partial Success
  • New York Times - Editorial: Protecting Internet Democracy
  • Jason Leopold - The Court-Martial of Ehren Watada Begins
  • William Rivers Pitt - Hussein the Rabbit
  • William Fisher - Here Are the Christians!
  • Ernest Partridge - Snobocracy: When 'The Right People' Run Washington
  • Sherwood Ross - Companies Refusing To Reveal Biotech Research
  • M. Shahid Alam - Has Regime Change Boomeranged?
  • Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar - Saddam’s Execution and the coming Campaign
  • David Swanson - Democrats' Open-Mic Press Conferences
  • Lawrence R. Velvel - What The Media Have Not Said Upon Ford’s Passing
  • William Fisher - Religious Leaders Push Back Against Rep. Goode
  • Genevieve Cora Fraser - US’s New Cold War: from a Legacy of Assassinations

  • South Asia Comment:
  • Dr. Chandrakala - Rings Of Pain "Maoists Atrocities Are Continuing"
  • Siddhi B. Ranjitkar - Siddhi B. Ranjitkar: Change - Not Status Quo
  • M.R. Josse - SPAM Combo's Zany Adventures In Blunderland
  • Shashi P.B.B. Malla - Fractured Peace, Imperious Govt., Bleeding Nation
  • Hari Bansha Dulal - Bhutanese Refugees: Trapped and Tantalized


  • Antiquities: Suzan Mazur Talks To Italy's Antiquities Beak - Italy's antiquities prosecutor, Maurizio Fiorilli, has become the darling of the media in the past year helping to persuade the American public, and particularly the art world, to rethink the ethics of holding onto Italy's cultural patrimony with words like: "Until now we have dreamed, we have slept. Now it is time to wake up." Words meant to be heard back home in Italy, perhaps, but shot around the world via the Los Angeles Times. See... Interview: Italy's Antiquities Prosecutor Fiorilli

    Internet: Medical Whistle Blower Chronicles Steamy Brazilian Legal Wrangles - Usually I write about political stuff. Or serious things. But stay with me. This is really a serious article about male machismo among investment bankers, and how far that will take them, impacting the entire internet. By this time, it would appear that most of the world has watched the forbidden video of wildly popular Brazilian MTV host Daniela Cicarelli. See... Daniela Cicarelli's beach lover: Stud or dud?
    ALSO:
  • Brazil blocks YouTube to stop Cicarelli video


  • Media: Should Editors Use Spin Doctors As Independent Columnists? - Author Nicky Hager argues that news organisations have a duty to their readers to stop using former or current spin doctors as allegedly independent columnists. "Richard Long's recent columns about 'stolen emails' and allegations of shadowy Labour Party involvement in my book The Hollow Men are classic pieces of political spin doctoring. Richard Long was once head of media management for Don Brash, planning the daily 'lines' used to evade issues and spin the news." See... Hager: Use Commentators Not Spin Doctors

    Stateside: Rosalea Barker's Holiday Snaps & More - The only people allowed any closer than 4 lanes distance from the church were Fox video, an AP photographer, and the official military photographer. A flatbed truck was set up for the major media players, and the military were also taking less formal photographs. See... Images: Funeral of Gerald R. Ford. EARLIER… Transit tales: Desert crossings & Stateside With Images/Audio: Rosalea's Roadtrip

    Mexico: Julie Webb-Pullman At The Zapatista Intergalactico - The autonomous Zapatista community of Oventik, in Chiapas Mexico, welcomed a couple of thousand people on 30 December to the Intergalactica, the first international encuentro, or meeting, between the Good Government Juntas and the people of the world. This event was primarily designed for the Zapatistas to explain their system of government to their international supporters, and how they are dealing with themes such as health, education, women's issues, The Other communication, art, and culture, co-operative commerce, and the fight for land and territory. See... Best And Worst Of Zapatista Conference

    Terror: Richard S. Ehrlich On Thailand's New Year Bombings - BANGKOK, Thailand -- Eight small bombs which killed three people and injured 38, including nine foreigners during Bangkok's New Year celebrations, were a plot by supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, according to the military junta which overthrew him in a September coup. See... Bangkok Bomb Plot

    MORE COMMENT & OPINION BY CONTEXT/CATEGORY:

    Scoop, NZ & Otherstuff :
  • Russell Brown & Ors. - Public Address 28/12/6 - True Meaning Of Tutaekuri
  • Martin Lefevre - Meditations: The Art of Meditation
  • Kelpie Wilson - Kelpie Wilson: England's Green and Pleasant Land
  • Narconews - Narconews: Davies and Donahue - Updates on Oaxaca


  • United States:
  • Sherwood Ross - Nuclear Power Not Clean, Green or Safe, Who Says The Devil Has To Live Underground?
  • Lawrence R. Velvel - We May Need A Huge March On Washington
  • Dan Phillips - Senator Obama and the Social Gospel
  • Mary Pitt - The Great Social Security Theft, Mary Pitt - Too Little Too Late
  • Jason Miller - And the Empire Mourned….
  • William Rivers Pitt - A Sentinel in Time
  • Bernard Weiner - Don't Let Dems Drink Bush's Iraq Kool-Aid
  • BuzzFlash.Com - Greg Palast Interview: NOLA - One Year Later
  • David Swanson -David Swanson: New Year's Utopianism Needed Fast
  • The Baltimore Sun - Link: Bush Hires Lawyers to Prepare for Congress. Probes
  • William Fisher - Where Are the Christians?
  • Robert Parry - The GOP's $3 Bn Propaganda Organ
  • Senator John Kerry - The Case for Flip-Flopping
  • Cindy Sheehan - And So This Is Christmas
  • Ann Wright - Five Years of Infamy - Close Guantanamo!
  • Sam Smith - Iatrogenic Security Threats
  • Sheila Samples - Sheila Samples: Will Stinky Cut The Big One?


  • Big Pharma:
  • Evelyn Pringle - Lilly's Legal Battle Over Zyprexa Documents, Criminal Prosecution of Lilly Sought Over Zyprexa & Court Allows Eli Lilly To Bury Zyprexa Documents
  • Evelyn Pringle - Paxil Birth Defect Litigation - Battle of Decade
  • John Carey - Do Legalized Drug Pushers Influence TeenScreen?


  • Middle East:
  • Middle East News Service - The IDF and the state/ Military law is back, End The Policy Of Isolation & Three Days Of Callousness
  • Uri Avnery - Kiss of death & Sorry, Wrong Continent
  • Ramzy Baroud - New Year Reflections, In Gaza: Democracy and Its Discontents & Middle East Peace Process: Stagnation By Design
  • Faisal Kutty - The Universal Lessons Of Hajj
  • M. Shahid Alam- An "Islamic Civil War"


  • South Asia:
  • Nirupa George - Black Christmas
  • Tanveer Jafri - The Foes Of Humanity: Extreme Thoughts
  • Syed Atiq ul Hassan - Media Globalization & Critics
  • Murari R Sharma - A shakeup for Bhutan
  • Bhupal Lamichhaney - JTMM, CA Elections and Restructuring of Nepal
  • Siddhi B. Ranjitkar - Republic or Not: Greatest Moral Issue & Siddhi B. Ranjitkar: The Interim Constitution
  • M.R. Josse - Disappointments & Tragi-Comedy Of SPAM Governance
  • Kamala Sarup - Children Slavery Threat To Justice


  • Iraq:
  • Syed Atiq ul Hassan - U.S now looks for another Saddam Hussein
  • Douglas Mattern - When War Business Rules The World
  • Jose Maria Rodriguez Gonzalez - U.S. Military Defeat Worsened by Bush
  • Am Johal - The Aesthetics of Execution
  • Charles Drace - The Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld Strategy for Iraq


  • FOR EARLIER COMMENTARY ARCHIVES SEE...
  • ARCHIVES: Scoop Commentary Early 2006 - Dec. 2006

  • ARCHIVES: Scoop Commentary 2005 - Beginning 2006

  • ARCHIVES: Scoop Commentary 1999-2005

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