Archive for June, 2002

We will not be criticitzed

June 24th, 2002 – 10:10 pm
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Last week the Simon Wiesenthal Center took Archbishop Desmond Tutu to task for daring to compare what’s going on now with the Palestinians to apartheid, and then issuing a call for divestment from Israel. Read a BBC News story about it here.

Sacrifice is for losers

June 24th, 2002 – 10:00 pm
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From an op-ed piece in the New York Times: “Far from asking the nation’s discredited corporate leaders to do their bit in our war on terrorism, the administration wants to fight another war to enable the Kozlowskis and Lays to sacrifice even less than they already are. As for those firefighters who did make a […]

An eye for an eye, until the whole world is blind

June 18th, 2002 – 9:02 pm
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From this article: “A prominent Washington attorney and Jewish communal leader is calling for the execution of family members of suicide bombers. Nathan Lewin, an oft-mentioned candidate for a federal judgeship and legal advisor to several Orthodox organizations, told the Forward that such a policy would provide a much-needed deterrent against suicide attacks.” Frankly, as […]

The war in Afghanistan and oil

June 18th, 2002 – 8:53 pm
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The last time the US went to war, back when the other Bush was President, some people believed that we were just fighting Iraq to protect our oil interests (since, in case you hadn’t noticed, they still don’t have democracy in Kuwait). Now another Bush is in charge, and once again it seems that the […]

So the war accomplished what exactly?

June 18th, 2002 – 8:45 pm
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From an article [registration required] in the New York Times: “Classified investigations of the Qaeda threat now under way at the F.B.I. and C.I.A. have concluded that the war in Afghanistan failed to diminish the threat to the United States, the officials said. Instead, the war might have complicated counterterrorism efforts by dispersing potential attackers […]

Happy birthday to one of the world’s finest heroes

June 18th, 2002 – 8:33 pm
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Happy birthday to one of the world’s finest heroes Today [it's already June 19 in Burma as I post this] is the 57th birthday of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. May she celebrate many more, and may she see freedom for her people in her lifetime. See also a BBC World News story […]

G7 Protests

June 17th, 2002 – 10:33 pm
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Here are some links with news about the protests taking place at the current G7 meeting in Halifax, NS, Canada. G7 communique [Day One] Blue Bloc Runs Amok at G7 Reported arrests at G7 protests

Won’t be fooled again

June 17th, 2002 – 10:22 pm
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From the front page of Indymedia: Opposed utility sales go forward, igniting protests A state of emergency has been imposed on Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city, following days of protests over the privatization of two state-owned electricity generators, Egasa and Egesur. The martial law measures will restrict people from leaving or entering the city, and […]

You’ll know what we want you to know

June 15th, 2002 – 3:41 pm
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Here is a great piece by Rep. Bernie Sanders (who once called himself a Socialist, though I think he’s sticking to “Independent” these days) about the corporate control of the media, and some of the problems that control has contributed to or brought about. Something to think about the next time you’re watching the evening […]

How to reduce terrorism

June 15th, 2002 – 3:20 pm
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The Mercury News has an opinion piece (seems to be a theme today) which provides a good summary of how the Bush administration’s strategy for fighting terrorism is misguided. It’s definitely worth a read.