Letters to Editor

- by Stephen Lendman

This article addresses two of the writer's favorite corporate media targets - the Wall Street Journal's far-right editorial page and New York Times on every page. Both broadsheets were recently in attack mode taking on two Latin American leaders deserving praise but never getting any other than occasional backhanded kinds from papers devoted to one dual core mission - supporting the power elite and their own bottoms lines. First, the Journal.

Readers need a strong stomach and nerves of steel venturing onto the Wall Street Journal's editorial page any time, but especially on days when self-styled "Latin American expert" Mary Anastasia O'Grady's columns appear. This writer has tangled with her a time or two before. In a response last fall, it was suggested she one day risks a serious back problem, the result of her permanent position of genuflection to the far-right extremists she pledges allegiance to. Based on her latest offering, nothing has changed, but readers be warned. Those accepting how she views Latin America won't ever know the way it really is.

A Review of Chalmers Johnson's Nemesis

Submitted by Stephen Lendman on Thu, 01/03/2007 - 10:30

Nemesis by Chalmers Johnson- by Stephen Lendman

Chalmers Johnson is professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego where he taught for 30 years as well as at UC, Berkeley (where he was educated). At Berkeley, he was chairman of the Center for Chinese Studies and its Department of Political Studies. He's currently president of the Japan Policy Research Institute (JPRI), a not-for-profit research and public affairs organization involved in public education relating to Japan and international relations in the Pacific region. Johnson is also a prolific writer and author of 17 books, numerous articles and various other publications.

Holiday Hypocrisy

Submitted by Stephen Lendman on Sat, 13/01/2007 - 13:20

Buttercup (Bertha Lewis) and Captain Corcoran (Leo Sheffield), 1920s - by Stephen Lendman

Borrowing the line from Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore:

"Things are seldom as they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream."

It's as true here in the US today as it was in 19th century England, and its message explains how to understand and view our affairs of state and why the title of this essay was chosen - to reflect on our national federal holidays that, in fact, represent something much different than the stated reasons we commemorate them for. Eleven such holidays are reviewed below moving chronologically through the year post-New Year's Day discussed briefly at the end because it's part of the Christmas holiday season celebration.

National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 20/10/2006 - 23:32

Electronic Newsletter, October, 2006

TO MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL SOCIETY MAGNA CHARTA DAMES AND BARONS, POTENTIAL MEMBERS AND THOSE WHO SHARE OUR INTEREST IN THE PRINCIPLES OF CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTY
FROM LEWIS L. NEILSON JR., CHANCELLOR

Journalism, Wall Street Journal-Style

Submitted by Stephen Lendman on Tue, 26/09/2006 - 10:02

- by Stephen Lendman

It takes great courage to venture onto the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal - especially on Fridays when Mary Anastasia O'Grady's Americas column appears. This is a woman who surely will have a serious back problem one day resulting from her permanent position of genuflection to the most extreme far-right she pledges allegiance to. In her assigned role at the Journal, which includes character assassination, she can best can be characterized as one of the "devil's" disciples - to borrow a word so aptly used by a well-known "courageous man" in recent days. She proved it in her September 22 column titled In Chavez's Crosshairs (the "courageous man" in question), and in it she outdid herself in her level of vitriol that was enough to punish all the senses of those able to get through it.

From: John Wilson [mailto:jhwilson at acay.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 28 February 2006 12:38 p.m.
To: letters@dailytelegraph.com.au
Subject: "Brutal banks spark inquiry" - DT, 28/2/06 p.11

The Letters Editor,
Daily Telegraph,
Sydney.

Dear Sir,

Re: The Law protects borrowers - if only they knew it.

Your brief story, that repossession orders rose by one third in 2005 to a record number of 4000 because of non-payment of bank loans, is a clear indication that borrowers do not know that the law protects them against the illegal practices of those lenders. Loan contracts issued by the banks are illegal on two counts. First, variable interest rates render a contract void for uncertainty. Second, the money the banks lend is created out of thin air. Both are Fraud, for which the law carries severe penalties.

(Altnews) CHILD SAFETY ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO ABUSE PARENTS

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 09/01/2006 - 00:16

Recent newspaper articles about raising children in today's society have highlighted the need for parents to responsibly 'take control' and exercise their right to train their children with love and firm boundaries.

(Altnews) Made Unemployable

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 29/12/2005 - 22:11

I have sent this letter to the Department of Employment in Canberra before Christmas, but no reply was received so I am publishing it now in endeavour to be employed again. With 3 University degrees and more than 35 years of the international experience, I was made unemployable on the Centrelink request to enforce political correctness that family is nothing and women's rights are everything.

OZ NEWS: Is our foreign debt OK?

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 25/11/2005 - 13:11

For tens of thousands of years before 1788, this country sustained its population with food. There were not that many people around, but they were seemingly happy eating what the land and sea provided. :(

'NEWS RELEASE'... RATES HIKE RINGS CAIRNS DEATH KNELL

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 07/08/2005 - 15:08

Public Meeting on Council Rates - Saturday 6 August 2005

Thousands of Cairns householders have been severely hit with Council rate bills that far exceed the property rates levied by Woollahra Municipality in Sydney, arguably, Australia's most elite waterfront area.

Selwyn Johnston
INDEPENDENT
LEICHHARDT - 2007
(Far North Queensland)

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