. A Better Question Might Be, ‘How Is It NOT Fascism?’ by Thomas S. Harrington Have you ever spoken to someone who lived through a fascist regime? If and when you do, you might be surprised at what you hear. When they get talking, most people who lived through Mussolini’s Italy, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s [...]
Archive for January 25th, 2012
It Suits ‘Nuclear Israel’ That We Never Forget ‘Nuclear Iran’ The Ayatollah ordered the entire nuclear project to be closed down because it was the work of the devil by Robert Fisk
Turning round a story (Photo: Nabil Mounzer/EPA)is one of the most difficult tasks in journalism – and rarely more so than in the case of Iran. Iran, the dark revolutionary Islamist menace. Shia Iran, protector and manipulator of World Terror, of Syria and Lebanon and Hamas and Hezbollah. Ahmadinejad, the Mad Caliph. And, of course, Nuclear [...]
Occupy Davos: Attendees Confront a New Wave of Anger – Common Dreams staff This years’ World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, marks the start of the perennial capitalist meet-and-greet summit season. Members of the Occupy WEF movement gather at their camp site in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos January 22, 2012. The Occupy WEF [...]
A picture of the dirt road in Tel Rumeida.(MaanImages/file) HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces blocked off a dirt road in the Tel Rumeida area of Hebron on Wednesday, a local advocacy group said. Youth Against Settlements said the closure aims to put pressure on the Abu Heikal family to leave the area, as they [...]
State Of The Union: President Obama Blames Congress for Inaction on Climate Change, While Calling for Increase in Fossil Fuel Production
State Of The Union: President Obama Blames Congress for Inaction on Climate Change, While Calling for Increase in Fossil Fuel Production Here’s the problem with Obama’s “all-of-the-above” energy strategy. January 25, 2012 | link to article http://www.alternet.org/story/153889/state_of_the_union%3A_president_obama_blames_congress_for_inaction_on_climate_change%2C_while_calling_for_increase_in_fossil_fuel_production?page=entire President Barack Obama delivered a State of the Union address that aggressively defended his successful work to save [...]
Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh speaks to the media after Friday prayers in Gaza City. (Reuters/Ismail Zaydah, File) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh will visit Iran during an upcoming international tour, he announced Wednesday. The trip will begin Jan. 30 and include a stop in Kuwait, Haniyeh said during a visit [...]
Japan posts $32bn trade deficit Trade shortfall, Japan’s first since 1981, underscores its declining export clout and growing reliance on imported fuel.
Experts say Japan’s tsunami disaster increased reliance on fuel imports due to the loss of nuclear power [Reuters] Tokyo has reported its first trade deficit in more than three decades, explaining the downturn as the result of last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami that caused an energy crisis, and weak global demand for Japanese exports. The $32bn [...]
Davos to seek reforms of outdated capitalism. But will it be a Reform School for the greedy and avaricious?
THE LEADERS OF 40 COUNTRIES ARE SET TO MEET AT THE DAVOS FORUM TO DISCUSS REFORMS ON TODAY’S CAPITALISM, WHICH IS NAMED AS UNSUSTAINABLE BY SCHWAB, THE FOUNDER Economic and political elites meeting this week at the Swiss resort of Davos will be asked to urgently find ways to reform a capitalist system [...]
Eurozone debt to dominate Davos talks World Economic Forum convenes amid fears that Europe’s fiscal crisis could pull entire global economy into recession.
The eurozone crisis, and ways to prevent it from spreading, will dominate the agenda at this year’s World Economic Forum in Switzerland. Politicians and business leaders are gathering in the resort town of Davos, amid a warning from the International Monetary Fund that Europe‘s debt crisis could drag the rest [...]
January 25 and the republic of Tahrir Square Tahrir Square, during those 18 days it took to topple Mubarak, turned into an existential ‘republican’ of its own.
Egyptians mark a full year since their January 25 revolution kicked off in Tahrir Square, where for the eighteen days it took to unseat Mubarak, it was its own ‘republic’ [REUTERS] Oxford, United Kingdom - It was a day in history when Cairo reclaimed its name as the “victorious” city. But what was launched on that momentous day at [...]
Unspoken history: The last genocide of the 20th century Despite evidence to the contrary, France still completely denies involvement in two of Africa’s 20th century genocides.
French involvement in at least two genocides in Africa during the 20th century is still contested [EPA] Paris, France - The recent publication of French judge Trevidic’s report on the assassination of President Habyarimana, which triggered the genocide of one million Tutsis and the deaths of moderate Hutus in Rwanda in 1994, revives the debate on the possible role of [...]
On Obama SOTU: New Financial Fraud Commision Could Actually Slow Down Investigations Tom Ferguson: Financial Fraud Commission could be used to slow down investigations taking place at the State level Go to story | Go to homepage On Obama SOTU: Obama Pledges to Maintain the Empire Glen Ford: Obama defends Iraq war saying it made the US [...]
Washington has been acting very strangely lately. (Sepah News) By Ismail Salami – TehranThe temptation of attacking Iran long entertained by Washington and Israel is gradually crystallizing into a reality of fear and angst and has already become an alarmingly worrisome idea even for those who are wont to see the glass half full. Amidst [...]
Media speak of right, left, center .. (Creative Commons) By Ramzy Baroud Regardless of who may rule Israel, little change ever occurs in the country’s foreign policy. Winning parties remain obsessed with demographics and retaining absolute military dominance. They also remain unfailingly focused on their quest to initiate racist laws against non-Jewish residents of the [...]
When stupidity rules this happens- William Hague claims blockading Iran is aimed at avoiding conflict, instead of stoking it
EU Embargo on Iran Oil is Peace Measure, Says Confused British Official William Hague claims blockading Iran is aimed at avoiding conflict, instead of stoking it by John Glaser, January 24, 2012 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum The European Union embargo on Iranian oil imports that was pushed for aggressively by the U.S. is aimed at [...]
Iran sanctions need to be tougher, Israeli defence minister warns Ehud Barak says the EU oil embargo alone is unlikely to persuade Tehran to abandon its nuclear plans
Ehud Barak on Iran: ‘In my opinion, we are not there yet.’ Photograph: Lior Mizrahi/AFP/Getty Images Israel‘s defence minister, Ehud Barak, has warned that tougher sanctions need to be imposed on Iran despite the unprecedented oil embargo agreed by the European Union earlier this week. Although he conceded the EU measures would add significant pressure to the Tehran regime, [...]
Angela Merkel casts doubt on saving Greece from financial meltdown. Or is that just the Fourth Reich way of saying oops
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said efforts by the international community to stabilise the situation in Greece had not worked. Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP Angela Merkel casts doubt on saving Greece from financial meltdown German chancellor speaks candidly to the Guardian and five other leading European newspapers as part of a unique collaboration to explore the EU’s predicament Angela Merkel has cast doubt for the first time [...]
Shattering the last of our moral credibility The killing of Mostafa Ahamdi Roshan is a prime example of the impunity characteristic of US foreign policy.
Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan’s killing was ‘a cold-blooded act of terror’ [EPA] New York, NY - On a recent trip to Libya, I was staying at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli at the same time that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was meeting with members of Libya’s transitional council in the same hotel. Like many other [...]
Confronting Iran: Warmongering in the Middle East The last time Iran attacked a neighbour was over 200 years ago, so what is the problem with the country going nuclear?
Iran is a sovereign country that hasn’t attacked a neighbour in over 200 years, so why is it not ‘allowed’ by the international community to have it’s own nuclear programme like so many other nations? [GALLO/GETTY] Santa Barbara, CA - The public discussion in the West addressing Iran’s nuclear programme has mainly relied on threat diplomacy, [...]
US Steps Outside the Law as the War on Terror Drones On The use of unmanned aircraft belies America’s rhetoric about its values.
Europe Should Call Israel’s Bluff Stopping the colonialist machine in its tracks will earn struggling EU much-needed Arab goodwill
Haditha Massacre ‘Sentence’ Riles Iraqis, Seen as ‘Insult’ Staff Sergeant Faces Pay Cut Over Butchering of Civilians by Jason Ditz
Haditha Massacre ‘Sentence’ Riles Iraqis, Seen as ‘Insult’ Staff Sergeant Faces Pay Cut Over Butchering of Civilians by Jason Ditz, January 24, 2012 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum In the mother of all plea bargains, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, who was charged with leading the US Marines’ [...]
Stop the Madness Despite all the hype, Iran’s nuclear program has yet to violate international law. It’s time to calm down, think, and above all halt the rush to war. BY YOUSAF BUTT
Mick Jagger pulls out of Davos tea party Rolling Stones singer complains of being used as ‘political football’ at PM’s event to promote Britain in Olympic year
Mick Jagger was due to attend the Davos event alongside Lily Cole and Tim Berners-Lee. Photograph: Henry Lamb/Photowire/BEI / Rex F link to article http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jan/24/mick-jagger-davos-tea-party Mick Jagger has pulled out of pulled out of an event due to be hosted byDavid Cameron at the Davos summit, complaining of being used as a “political football”. The Rolling Stones singer had been [...]
Noam Chomsky chooses Obama over GOPs as 2012 President Noam Chomsky has said, “I’m not a great enthusiast for Obama, as you know, from way back, but at least he’s somewhere in the real world.” He stated that the 2012 candidates are “Off the International Spectrum of Sane Behavior.” The extended view [...]