Some anti-war veterans threw away their medals at anti-NATO protests in Chicago [EPA] New York, NY - Whether they are against it or for it, few in the West seem to have a coherent account of war, in Afghanistan or anywhere else. Last week, Occupy Chicago demonstrated against “NATO/G8″ in the name of the “Planet over [...]
Archive for May 29th, 2012
The West has lost its grip on war The absence of a coherent left and right is only the latest sign of the political bankruptcy of the West.
Philippine senate convicts top judge Chief justice effectively removed from office after five-month trial for failing to declare $2.4m in bank accounts.
Justice Corona denounced the case against him, saying it was not backed by evidence [Reuters] Philippine senators have voted overwhelmingly to convict the country’s top judge for failing to declare $2.4m in bank accounts after a trial that lasted five months. The politically charged trial has reinvigorated President Benigno Aquino III‘s campaign to clean up government. Al [...]
Annan holds talks with Syrian president UN-Arab special envoy meets Bashar al-Assad in Damascus amid international horror over the Houla massacre.
International mediator Annan flew to Damascus on Monday for new talks with the Syrian government [Reuters] Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab special envoy, has held talks in Damascus with Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s president, amid international horror at a massacre of over 100 people. Anna, a former UN secretary-general, met Assad in the Syrian capital on Tuesday, having arrived in the [...]
Fukushima inquiry: I felt helpless, says former PM Naoto Kan urges Japan to abandon nuclear power, as the industry attempts to bring closed reactors back into operation
Former Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan at a parliamentary commission in Tokyo. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images Fukushima inquiry: I felt helpless, says former PM Naoto Kan urges Japan to abandon nuclear power, as the industry attempts to bring closed reactors back into operation Japan‘s prime minister at the height of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis has admitted [...]
Lies and Consequences in Our Past 15 Wars Monday, 28 May 2012 09:55By David Swanson, War Is a Crime | News Analysis
U.S. Army Soldiers from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division medically extract teammates to safety during exercise Talisman Sabre at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Australia, June 28, 2007. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sandra M. Palumbo / US Navy)“Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their peoples in [...]
Renato Corona is the first chief justice of the Philippine Supreme Court to face impeachment proceedings [Reuters] Where to begin? Even the simple facts of this story would rival the best plot any soap opera writer could concoct. Its twists and turns have kept the Philippines gripped for nearly five months. People gather around televisions, [...]
Observers have commented that Indian officials may benefit from the ‘opening up’ of Myanmar [AFP] Chang Mai, Thailand - When Indian foreign minister SM Krishna traveled to Myanmar in June 2011, he brought with him a gift of ten heavy-duty rice silos. It was a sweetener for the new Myanmar government, which had taken office only months [...]
Egypt protesters storm Shafiq’s Cairo office Thousands gather in Tahrir Square after official election runoff results announced, exposing poll’s polarising impact.
Elections Committee has confirmed a June run-off between Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq [Reuters] Unidentified assailants have set fire to the headquarters of Egypt’s runoff presidential candidate Ahmad Shafiq and thousands of protesters have returned to Cairo‘s Tahrir Square to rally against alleged injustice in the election process. An annex in Shafiq’s headquarters in Cairo went [...]
No One Hears the Poor By Kathy Kelly http://warisacrime.org/content/no-one-hears-poor Here in Kabul, Voices co-coordinator Buddy Bell and I are guests at the home of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APV), where we’ve gotten to know four young boys who are being tutored by the Volunteers in the afternoons, having “retired” from their former [...]