“Our ability to disagree, and our inherent right to question our leaders and criticize their actions define who we are. To allow those rights to be taken away out of fear, to punish people for their beliefs, to limit access in the news media to differing opinions is to acknowledge our democracy’s defeat. These are [...]
Archive for April, 2003
“Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reforms. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of struggle….If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men [...]
The World Health Organization published new recommendations about nutrition on Wednesday, which included restricting added sugars to no more than 10 percent of total daily energy intake. As might be expected, certain corporate interests did not like this idea at all, and they decided to put a great deal of pressure on the WHO to [...]
As the protests continue in Iraq, it’s becoming more and more obvious that the Bush administration apparently managed to never give much thought to what the Shia majority was going to want once Saddam was gone. It’s all well and good to blame some of the problems on agitation from Iran, as there is almost [...]
The most recent This Modern World is a great commentary on some of the skewed priorities of the neocons.
“So where are they? In case we forget, distracted by the thought of thousands of dead Iraqi civilians, looted museums and gathering political chaos, the proclaimed purpose of this war, vainly pursued by Britain and the US through the United Nations, was to disarm Saddam Hussein and to destroy weapons of mass destruction deemed a [...]
I was going to catch up on mentioning some of the recent Boondocks comics from the past few weeks that I’ve thought were especially good, but while I was getting the post ready, I discovered that the site where I read Boondocks, and where I’ve been linking to them in this blog, only lets you [...]
Remember Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who was rescued from captivity by our brave soldiers during the war? To hear the U.S. military talk about it, you would have thought that it was a heroic mission that snatched Private Lynch right out of the hands of the Iraqi military. Now that the war is over though, [...]
This post by Teresa Nielsen Hayden is the single best weblog post I’ve seen about what’s gone on of late in Iraq. She begins with the museum fiasco, and then moves on to take the pro-war types to task for their ever-shifting rationales. Go and read it.
No, not SARS, SAPS (Strenuously Assertive Patriotism Syndrome)!