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[23 May 2011 | One Comment | 6,963 views]
Why Liberal Sellouts Attack Prophets Like Cornel West

By Chris Hedges, via American Everyman.
The liberal class, which attempted last week to discredit the words my friend Cornel West spoke about Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, prefers comfort and privilege to justice, truth and confrontation. Its guiding ideological stance is determined by what is most expedient to the careers of its members. It refuses to challenge, in a meaningful way, the decaying structures of democracy or the ascendancy of the corporate state. It glosses over the relentless assault on working men and women and the imperial wars that …

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[19 May 2011 | No Comment | 11,915 views]
The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic

By Chris Hedges, May 16, 2011, via American Everyman.
The moral philosopher Cornel West, if Barack Obama’s ascent to power was a morality play, would be the voice of conscience. Rahm Emanuel, a cynical product of the Chicago political machine, would be Satan. Emanuel in the first scene of the play would dangle power, privilege, fame and money before Obama. West would warn Obama that the quality of a life is defined by its moral commitment, that his legacy will be determined by his willingness to defy the cruel assault by …

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[19 May 2011 | No Comment | 7,163 views]
The serious questions raised by the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair

By David North and David Walsh.
The arrest of French financier and politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York City on sexual assault charges and his continued imprisonment is a disturbing event with far-reaching implications.
Strauss-Kahn is the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), perhaps the most powerful global capitalist financial institution, and a prominent figure in the French Socialist Party, one of that country’s leading big business parties. He was expected to announce soon his candidacy for the presidency in 2012, and polls in France had him leading his rivals, …

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[19 May 2011 | No Comment | 17,917 views]
The Strauss Kahn Frame-Up: The Amerikan Police State Strides Forward

By Paul Craig Roberts, May 18, 2011.
The International Monetary Fund’s director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was arrested last Sunday in New York City on the allegation of an immigrant hotel maid that he attempted to rape her in his hotel room. A New York judge has denied Strauss-Kahn bail on the grounds that he might flee to France.
President Bill Clinton survived his sexual escapades, because he was a servant to the system, not a threat. But Strauss-Kahn, like former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, was a threat to the system, and, like …

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[17 May 2011 | No Comment | 2,136 views]
IMF chief Strauss-Kahn caught in “Honey Trap”

By Mike Whitney, May 16, 2011.
I have no way of knowing whether the 32-year-old maid who claims she was attacked and forced to perform oral sex on IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is telling the truth or not. I’ll leave that to the braying hounds in the media who have already assumed the role of judge, jury and Lord High Executioner. But I will say, the whole matter smells rather fishy, just like the Eliot Spitzer story smelled fishy. Spitzer, you may recall, was Wall Street’s biggest adversary and a likely …

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[16 May 2011 | No Comment | 4,796 views]
“All right, then, I’ll go to hell.”

What Americans Must Utter to Reclaim the Human
By Kathleen Wallace Peine / May 12th, 2011.
The quote is from a book I’m sure you were forced to read if you are older than 30. This was of course before the outrage over language that knocked it off the shelves in recent years. I’m speaking, of course, of the first truly American classic, Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain’s deceptively simple, meandering voyage through race and social custom in pre-Civil War America.
An old love was rekindled for me recently when I sadly picked up …

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[15 May 2011 | One Comment | 11,149 views]
Afghanistan: US troops kill several women and children

Press TV.
American troops have killed several women and children in the troubled eastern Afghanistan amid growing civilian casualties in the war-torn country.
Villagers in Kunar Province say the US troops fired rockets at local residents from their military outposts.
The children were all girls aged 8 to 15.
Also, a 12-year-old child was reportedly killed and four others were injured in a NATO attack in Kunar on Sunday.
In a separate incident on Thursday, a 12-year-old girl was killed in Nangarhar Province after foreign troops hurled a hand grenade towards her.
Afghan authorities say they …

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[14 May 2011 | No Comment | 5,664 views]
Pakistan: US has Overstayed Welcome

Amidst drone attacks & bombings, Pakistan threatens to strand US forces in Afghanistan
By Tony Cartalucci.
Bangkok, Thailand May 14, 2011 – After a double bombing in Pakistan’s north that resulted in over 80 deaths, the Western media was quick to report an unverified phone-call made from an “undisclosed location” to Reuters and AFP claiming the Taliban was responsible.
Reuters stated, “Now Pakistani rulers, President Zardari and the army will be our first targets. America will be our second target,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan …

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[14 May 2011 | 7 Comments | 11,349 views]
The Theory of the Conspiracy Theory

By Emrah Kaynak, 13 May, 2011, via Irradiee.
Much of the discussion on the announcement of the death of bin Laden is devoted to disqualifying critical thinking by assimilating it with paranoid delusions.  Whoever has expressed suspicion of various official narratives has immediately been saddled with the unflattering ‘conspiracy theorist’ epithet. The corporate media uncritically sides with power and is trying hard to make coherent the incoherent.
The concept of “conspiracy theory” is used improperly and systematically to discredit any rational inquiry.  The undefined contours of this framework/concept can encompass …

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[12 May 2011 | One Comment | 7,080 views]
Mission accomplished: US uses bin Laden hoax to expand basis for so-called War On Terror

Resolution expands basis for war on terror
The Washington Times, Wednesday, May 11, 2011.
Less than two weeks after U.S. special operations commandos killed Osama bin Laden, a resolution viewed as an expansion of the legal basis for the global war on terror is moving through Congress.
The House Armed Services Committee added language to the fiscal 2012 Defense Authorization bill on Wednesday that would define the current war on al Qaeda to include the Taliban and affiliated armed groups, affirming the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s interpretation of the …