Politics

- by Stephen Lendman

James Petras is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York. He's a noted academic figure on the US Left and a well-respected Latin American expert and longtime chronicler of the region's popular struggles. He's also an advisor to the landless workers in Brazil and the unemployed workers movement in Argentina. Along the way, he managed to find time to write many hundreds of articles and 62 books published in 29 languages including his latest one in which he discusses another vital world region he has extensive knowledge of and has written frequently about - the Middle East and specifically the state of Israel and its relations with its neighbors, the Palestinians and, most importantly and the subject of this book, the US.

The Shame of the Nation: A Collective Perversion

Submitted by Stephen Lendman on Tue, 24/10/2006 - 12:36

- by Stephen Lendman

The daily headlines about a single congressman's online pedophiliac behavior obscure the greater issue of a nation off its moorings and afflicted by the collective perversion of defiling the foundational equity and justice-for-all letter and spirit of what the nation long-claimed to stand for but no longer does if it ever did. Nearly everyone in the administration, Congress and courts share the collective guilt and shame and by their actions destroyed Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address "resolve....that this nation....shall have a new birth of freedom (in a) "government of the people, by the people, for the people (that) shall not perish from the earth."

- by Stephen Lendman

Years from now, Lynne F. Stewart's name will be spoken of with even greater reverence than it is today. On October 17, this courageous and redoubtable soft-spoken civil rights defense lawyer was vindicated in the same Foley Square New York federal courtroom where Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were unjustly framed, convicted and sentenced to death in April, 1951 in an act of state-sponsored vengeance for the crime of conspiracy to violate the Espionage Act. It was done in that earlier age of hysteria in the name of national security against an invented threat of that era that didn't exist.

The Mettle of A UN Secretary-General

Submitted by Stephen Lendman on Tue, 17/10/2006 - 11:03

- by Stephen Lendman

UN Secretaries-General aren't usually made of the kind of mettle that extends beyond their willingness to serve the interests of the dominant country that effectively runs the UN establishment. It's no secret that the world body is largely a wholly owned subsidiary of the nation where it's been prominently headquartered on Manhattan's east side since 1952. It's also true no candidate gets the top job there without first passing a careful US vetting process to assure a willingness to accede to its agenda. A little wiggle-room is allowed but only as long as it doesn't exceed the limits of the boss' tolerance.

- by Stephen Lendman

Listeners and viewers expecting to find a safe alternative to the corporate-controlled media by turning to the BBC better reconsider their choice based on the vaunted news organization's reporting on Venezuela and specifically on the misinformation it put out in an online piece on October 8 titled - "Mass Venezuela opposition rally." It claims "Tens of thousands of people have marched through the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, in support of the main opposition candidate, Manuel Rosales."

If readers of this piece just went to http://VHeadline.com/ , they'd have gotten a much different picture - from the actual photo of those "tens of thousands" that, in fact, may have been all of a single ten thousand or so in the streets in a show of some kind of tepid support at best and not what anyone would call "mass." Shame on BBC and its reporter in Caracas Greg Morsbach for lying for the power interests he serves so he reports what they want put out even if it's not true.

- by Stephen Lendman

Thom Hartmann is a multifaceted man. He's a well-known host of three nationally syndicated radio talk shows and a Project Censored award winner for his writing on the issue of corporate personhood. He also began seven companies, worked in international relief, founded schools and hospitals on four continents, and has expertise in childhood psychological disorders. Along the way he found time to write 19 books including his newest one just out in early September dramatically titled Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class. It's an account of how our government lost its moorings and is acting against the interests of the people it was elected to serve. The results are disturbing as the book shows how the US middle class is shrinking, democracy is ebbing, and both are on life support and threatened with extinction by an omnipotent corporatocracy wanting to destroy the system of government on which the nation was founded and is codified in the letter and spirit o f the Constitution.

- by Stephen Lendman

Alvaro Vargas Llosa is no stranger to those who know his writings and affilation with the conservative Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute in Oakland, CA. Vargas Llosa is Director of the Center and in that role is a vocal champion of essentially the same predatory market-based policies, known not to work, that growing numbers of people around the world are resisting more than ever - especially in Peru-born Vargas Llosa's Latin America.

Vargas Llosa is a member in good standing of the privileged elite and preaches the false gospel that everyone can have the same benefits he's gotten, but it's up to them to get them on their own. Simply put, that means market-based policies are always the solution (even though they consistently fail when corrupted by corporate predators making all the rules), and it's the fault of the poor for their own misery.

The Erosion of Democracy and Freedom in America

Submitted by Stephen Lendman on Sat, 14/10/2006 - 13:28

- by Stephen Lendman

On December 8, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt addressed the US Congress the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He said that "date....will live in infamy" because of what the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan did. Two and one-half months later on February 19, 1942, FDR himself committed an infamous act signing into law Executive Order 9066 which authorized the internment of 120,000 Japanese civilians, two-thirds of whom were US citizens. These Americans committed no crimes and were only "guilty" of being of Japanese ancestry and thus by presidential edict were judged potential enemies of the state. Because of FDR's action, these otherwise ordinary peace-loving Americans lost all their sacred constitutional protections including habeas corpus and their rights of trial by jury and to own and keep their property. They also lost all their other freedoms and were treated like criminals. They were sent against their will to concentration camps where t hey were interned for the duration of the war until 1946.

The News Report,Issue 1,066

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 09/10/2006 - 10:40

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." George Orwell

Index
1. Thought for the day: John Adams - F/w Tom Ascher
2. Request:
3. Article: USA: The Tipping Point by William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t - F/w Truthout
4. Article: USA/Iran: Why Bush Will Nuke Iran by Paul Craig Roberts, Rense - F/w Rense
5. Article: USA/Iran: The March to War: Naval Build-Up in the Persian Gulf and the Eastern Mediterranean by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Global Research - F/w Truthout
6. Article: Venezuela/USA: Chavez: Making a Difference? - F/w Adrian
7. Article: USA/Iran/Israel: As Crazy As It Sounds, Bush May Bomb Iran For Israel by Charlie Reese, Rense - F/w Rense
8. Article: Iraq/Israel/USA: The Jews of Iraq by Naeim Giladi, Neturei Karta International (Jews united against Zionism) - F/w Robert Nohejl
9. Article: USA/Iran: Iran war plan exposed? Prepare for the sinking of an US aircraft carrier, Hal Turner - F/w Hal Turner
10. Article: USA/UK/Australia: Reflections On The Boy Crisis by Fred Reed, FredonEverything - F/w Fred Reed
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On a personal note just want to wish my eldest daughter a happy and memorable 21st birthday on Sunday October 8th 2006. How time flies. It seems like it was only yesterday that she was a toddler. All my love. Dad

The News Report,Issue 1,066

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 09/10/2006 - 10:40

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." George Orwell

Index
1. Thought for the day: John Adams - F/w Tom Ascher
2. Request:
3. Article: USA: The Tipping Point by William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t - F/w Truthout
4. Article: USA/Iran: Why Bush Will Nuke Iran by Paul Craig Roberts, Rense - F/w Rense
5. Article: USA/Iran: The March to War: Naval Build-Up in the Persian Gulf and the Eastern Mediterranean by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Global Research - F/w Truthout
6. Article: Venezuela/USA: Chavez: Making a Difference? - F/w Adrian
7. Article: USA/Iran/Israel: As Crazy As It Sounds, Bush May Bomb Iran For Israel by Charlie Reese, Rense - F/w Rense
8. Article: Iraq/Israel/USA: The Jews of Iraq by Naeim Giladi, Neturei Karta International (Jews united against Zionism) - F/w Robert Nohejl
9. Article: USA/Iran: Iran war plan exposed? Prepare for the sinking of an US aircraft carrier, Hal Turner - F/w Hal Turner
10. Article: USA/UK/Australia: Reflections On The Boy Crisis by Fred Reed, FredonEverything - F/w Fred Reed
11. Feedback Contacts:
12. Editorial Policy:

On a personal note just want to wish my eldest daughter a happy and memorable 21st birthday on Sunday October 8th 2006. How time flies. It seems like it was only yesterday that she was a toddler. All my love. Dad