Not only did the Iraqi invasion and occupation prove the limits of military power, it also exposed how incapable America has become at nation-building. Its postwar incompetence was stunning, writes Haroon Siddiqui
Iraq: Troop Movements Are not a ‘Withdrawal’
But a fraud…
How to Deal with America’s Empire of Bases
Chalmers Johnson gives us a “modest proposal”
America’s Praetorian Guard Is Slowly Crumbling
“…The American Empire is crumbling inside the professionalized, android armies living in lonely and hellish quagmires in the deserts of the world. The American professionals are also crumbling from the inside in America. The whole Imperial System is crumbling from the inside out, as everyone insists on doing less and less for the society – the SYSTEM – for more and more money and power. The Empire is crumbling away from the inside out. The whole society will do the same unless this deadening Bureaucratic System is scrapped and the androids are allowed to become human beings once again….”
Whorehouse On The Potomac
Paul Craig Roberts writes: “As Americans celebrate July 4th, they can contemplate that the union of “free and independent states,” like the former British colonial power, has evolved into its final manifestation–a complete whore house….”
Honduran Coup Tries to Halt Advance of Latin America’s Left
“The coup against Manuel Zelaya of Honduras represents a last ditch effort by Honduras’ entrenched economic and political interests to stave off the advance of the new left governments that have taken hold in Latin America over the past decade. As Zelaya proclaimed after being forcibly dumped in Costa Rica: “This is a vicious plot planned by elites. The elites only want to keep the country isolated and in extreme poverty.”…
Honduras Under Siege
Coup leaders reviving despotism of the 80s in bid to crush participatory democracy
Democracy Derailed in Honduras
When Honduran president Manuel Zelaya–who was rousted out of his bed on Sunday morning by a detachment of armed soldiers and forced into exile still in his pajamas–took office in early 2006, unionists, peasant activists and reformers expected little of the center-right politician, a rancher and member of the establishment Liberal Party. Neither did the handful of elite Honduran families who, bankrolled by foreign finance, control their country’s media, banking, agricultural, manufacturing and narcotics industries. “You are only temporary, while we are permanent,” they told him soon after his inauguration, according one report, reminding Zelaya that he served at their pleasure. …
The Other 9/11 Returns to Haunt Latin America
…For the people of Latin America, this is a replay of their September 11. On that day in Chile in 1973, Salvador Allende – a peaceful democratic socialist who was steadily redistributing wealth to the poor majority – was bombed from office and forced to commit suicide. He was replaced by a self-described “fascist”, General Augusto Pinochet, who went on to “disappear” tens of thousands of innocent people. The coup was plotted in Washington DC, by Henry Kissinger….
The Rise, Repression and Uncertain Future of the Coup
…When Manuel Zelaya was elected president on November 27, 2005 in a close victory, he became president of one of the poorest nations in the region, with approximately 70% of its population of 7.5 million living under the poverty line. Though siding himself with the region’s left in recent years as a new member of the leftist trade bloc, Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), Zelaya did sign the Central American Free Trade Agreement in 2004.
However, Zelaya has been criticizing and taking on the sweatshop and corporate media industry in his country, and increased the minimum wage by 60%. He said the increase, which angered the country’s elite but expanded his support among unions, would “force the business oligarchy to start paying what is fair.” …
Helen Thomas: Not Even Nixon Tried to Control the Media Like Obama
“What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”
Running On Empty
Mike Whitney’s latest on the economy (“It’s all bad”)
This Fourth Of July Is Yours, Not Mine
An oldie but goldie by Frederick Douglass (1852)
Taliban claims downing Pakistan Army helicopter:
Despite claims by our ISPR that no one has claimed that 😉
Obama: Iran cannot be permitted to be nuke power
Shut tthe hell up Obama and read dome Frederick Douglas 😉
An Open letter to President Obama: Why Are we supporting Israel’s war crimes in Gaza?
“‘Cause I am a slave of Zion”: Obama
Involved in rioting and trying to over throw the government yet released within a few days…Compare this to the “democracy and freedom” banner wavers:
US forces to free Iranian diplomats
Not guilty of anything, they were kidnapped, held for over two years and tortured.
$2,000 for a Dead Afghan Child; $100,000 for Any American Who Died Killing it
And the soldiers kin protested saying they deserved twice as much.
IS THE US CORPORATE MEDIA RACIST?
The question of course is rhetorical…
In the File Cabinet of Dirty Deeds.
The pretentious son of Reza ‘Savak’…Palavi lowered his trousers to half mast and mooned the blinded world with the neon-green handprints of Henry Kissinger on his ass…. 🙂
Masters of hypocrisy
Guess who? 🙂
Press TV New Footage of Basij Military Base Attack
See who was the aggressor…
US-backed Colombian soldiers execute innocent for cash
Coming soon to a town near you…Already released in Swat and Waziristan.
US: Citizen or Consumer?
YOU probably ARE the later….
Days late, and during the “Friday News Dump”, New York Times FINALLY reports on Cynthia McKinney
“We were too busy with Michael jackson and Neda…And too busy listening to our friends bashing her” NYT Spokesperson
Hungarian lawmakers reject Holocaust denial law