“Italian police have been accused of fabricating evidence against anti-globalisation protesters at last year’s G8 summit in Genoa by planting petrol bombs at their headquarters and falsely accusing them of stabbing a police officer.” They used these fabrications as an excuse for beating the protesters, who they claimed were violent and were resisting arrest. We’ll [...]
Archive for June, 2002
There is a great interview with Gore Vidal over at the Left Business Observer website, where he talks about his views on Bush, the “war,” and the current political state of the US. Though Vidal can sometimes be a bit over the top, he makes a lot of interesting points. Read the interview here.
“For the first time since the Cold War, the FBI is visiting public libraries to keep tabs on the reading habits of people the government considers dangerous.” Remember the USA Patriot Act? That bit of legislation rammed through Congress so quickly that many who voted for it never even had a chance to read it? [...]
“Afghanistan’s warlords are stronger today then they were ten days ago before the loya jirga started,” said Saman Zia-Zarifi, senior researcher for Human Rights Watch. “Short term political expediency has clearly triumphed over human rights.” Once again, the US government uses the word democracy over and over to justify a war, and then does nothing [...]
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our [...]
So now the Bush administration has decided that, in order to give the head of the proposed Department of Homeland Security “flexibility” in hiring and firing, many federal employees moved into the new department should no longer enjoy the civil-service protections they are entitled to by law. Read more about it here.
“Leading evangelical Christians, including the Rev. Jerry Falwell, are supporting a prominent Southern Baptist preacher’s condemnation of the prophet Muhammad as a ‘demon-possessed pedophile.’” Apparently a Baptist pastor took it upon himself to take a few cheap shots at Islam during the Southern Baptist Convention’s meeting in St. Louis a couple of weeks ago, and [...]
Another article, this time from the LA Times, about the US government using the threat of terrorism to distract the public from the corporate conquest of America: “Although combating terrorism is of compelling importance–and should have been before Sept. 11–one is likely to be branded a nut for daring to suggest that the administration might [...]
“‘This is really an astounding assertion of authority,’ said David Cole, a Georgetown University law professor. ‘It’s not just that you have no right to a lawyer, it’s that you have no right to even have a hearing. . . . If that is true, then there is really no limit to the president’s power [...]
Here’s an interesting article that talks about the overuse of war rhetoric by the Bush administration, and how they use it to try and justify nearly everything they do. I wonder if George notices that more and more of these sorts of articles are appearing in the mainstream press.