Donnerstag, 17. Oktober 2013

Americans Need to Discover How the World Sees Them

By Timothy Garton Ash

The erosion of American power is happening faster than most of us predicted, while the politicians in Washington behave like rutting stags with locked antlers.

The Cost of the Tea Party Shutdown Keeps Getting Higher

Isaiah J. Poole, Campaign for America s Future: While the government shutdown has cost the US economy millions of dollars, there is much more at stake as the Tea Party holds our government hostage.

How the "Know Nothing" Press Extended the Shutdown

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: What reason could the mainstream media possibly have for prolonging the government shutdown and prolonging the suffering of the American people? Money. And lots of it.

What Was "Essential" and What Wasn't: The Government Shutdown in Perspective

Mattea Kramer and Jo Comerford, TomDispatch: Let this be the last time we, as a nation, let our elected officials cut nutrition assistance for vulnerable children at the same moment that they protect deep tax loopholes for the wealthy and corporations.

The Right s Closed Information Loop May Set Up the Next Shut Down

Joshua Holland, Moyers & Company: Although the GOP has suffered a massive blow during the government shutdown, Tea Party members are still ready for "round two" come January.

Right-Wing Ideology Run Wild

Lawrence Davidson, Consortium News: The Radical Right, reflecting the overlapping ideologies of Ayn Rand capitalists, Christian fundamentalists and neo-Confederate white supremacists, is set on crippling the federal government and humiliating the first African-American president. But the extremism could shatter the Republican Party.

The Triumph of the Right

Robert Reich, Robert Reich s Blog: Conservative Republicans have lost their fight over the shutdown and debt ceiling. But they are winning the big one: How the nation understands our biggest domestic problem.


And So America s Skewed Democracy Lurches on Toward Its Next Crisis


Race is Central to the Fear and Angst of the US Right

By Gary Younge

The shrinking white base of the Republican party cannot accept the country in which it now lives, so it shut it down.


NSA playing key role in drone war


Starve the (Military) Beast

By Norman Pollack

Can capitalism afford to invite full human emancipation through the reduction of the military to an absolute minimum?

Documents Reveal NSA s Extensive Involvement In Targeted Killing Program Extrajudicial Murder

By Greg Miller, Julie Tate and Barton Gellman

The Post is withholding many details about those missions, at the request of U.S. intelligence officials who cited potential damage to ongoing operations and national security.


"National security" claimed and jail threats

Iraq: Counting the Bodies

Mission Accomplished? Iraq Violence Climbs to Highest Level in Years

Fighting Escalates In Iraq As Civilians Suffer From Worst Violence Since 2008


2003-2011: Half Million Iraqis Died in War, Occupation

What Cannot Be Said About Iraq?


US War On Iraq Claimed Half a Million Lives, Study Finds

By Joseph Brownstein

US Public perception of the civilian death toll from the war is in the neighborhood of 10,000.

The Neocons' Iraq War Mess

By Paul R. Pillar

The neocons are rewriting more Iraq War history, arguing that if only President Obama had stayed the course on an open-ended US military occupation, the regional situation would be a lot better. But the truth is that it was their invasion of Iraq that set loose the chaos.

US Built 'Powerful Organs of State Terrorism' in Iraq

By Nicolas J.S. Davies

When we look at the absolute chaos today in Iraq, Libya and Syria, I think we have to ask who is responsible, and are these in fact crimes for which people should be held criminally responsible?

Foreign Office And Human Rights in Libya and Iraq

By Vladimir Odintsov

Today the recently prosperous Naser s, Kaddafi s and Hussein s states are ravaged, their resources ransacked, state infrastructure ruined and children grow surrounded by gun sights.

American soldier charged in Iraq killings of deaf, unarmed teens

Then-Staff Sgt. Michael Barbera is accused of killing Ahmad Khalid al-Timmimi, 15, and his brother Abbas, 14, as they tended to cattle in a palm grove near As Sadah, an Iraqi village about 50 miles northeast of Baghdad.

Ten years after the invasion: Iraq helpless under rain of terror

Saddam Hussein may have gone but, for many poor Iraqis, little has improved. Now a devastating flood has left villagers homeless and there is precious little government support.

'The Near Future of Iraq is Dark': Warning from Muqtada al-Sadr

By Patrick Cockburn

He warns of the danger that "the Iraqi people will disintegrate, its government will disintegrate, and it will be easy for external powers to control the country".

Al-Qaeda raises black flag of rule in Iraq

Ten years after the capture of Saddam Hussein, Iraq is facing an insurgent bloodbath again as al-Qaeda reclaims vast swathes of the country.

Iraq Slides Toward Civil War

By Bill Van Auken

Maliki had seized upon the actions of the ISIL forces as a pretext for violently suppressing the wider Sunni protest movement.

Letter to George W. Bush: Iraqis, Including Children, Continue to Die or Suffer Terribly

By Ralph Nader

You express no remorse, no shame, no compassion and a resistance to admit anything other than that you have done nothing wrong.

*We Have Been Misled*

By John Pilger

Imagine if the lies of governments had been properly challenged and exposed as they secretly prepared to invade Iraq, perhaps a million people would be alive today.

US occupation cause of Iraq crisis: UN coordinator

The former United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Iraq says that recent crises in some Iraqi cities have resulted from the US occupation of the country.

The New York Times Pronounces on Destabilisation of the Middle East

By Chris Marsden

The US *newspaper of record* cites fighting in the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi involving *masked gunmen* whom *so many American soldiers died fighting.*

From Information Clearing House


Violence in Fallujah: Poisoned Fruit of US Occupation?

Michael Z. Youhana: Contrary to conventional wisdom, US actions in Fallujah during, and even before, the Iraq War played a role in bringing the latest eruption of violence to the city.

Is Secession s Time Coming Again?

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

The mood all over America is one of intense uncertainty and uneasiness. More and more Americans are waking up to the reality that Washington, D.C., is hopelessly broken (financially and morally), and it s only a matter of time before something catastrophic happens. They see the way America s major cities are becoming more and more tyrannical and crime-infested.......


The roots of tyranny

Die Opfer der Befreiung

Eine neue Studie schätzt die Zahl der Iraker, die ihr Leben aufgrund des Krieges einbüßten, auf etwa 460.000.


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