[APR-news] February 16, 2007
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Delusional: 2002 U.S. Central Command's war plan for invading Iraq estimated
that only 5,000 U.S. troops would remain by December 2006
"Desert Crossing" 1999 Assumed 400,000 Troops and Still a Mess
"If they do it, it's terrorism, if we do it, it's fighting for freedom." -
Anthony Quainton, U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua, 1984: Anthony Quainton -
Source: Off the record response of the Ambassador to a group of concerned
U.S. citizens when asked to explain the difference between U.S. government
actions in Nicaragua and the violence it condemns as terrorism elsewhere in
CHIMPS IN A ZOO CAGE
By Sheila Samples
The U.S. media is beneath contempt, and can never redeem itself for the
damage it has wrought on this republic by its fawning allegiance to a band
of crooked, war-mongering fools. By sinking to reading scrubbed-clean White
House press releases, by relinquishing all pretences of honesty, values and
integrity in order to ingratiate itself to the ravenous corporate beast, its
members are little more than "enablers" who cannot remember why they became
journalists in the first place.
Other articles of interest
Is the Deadly Crash of Our Civilization Inevitable?
Terrence McNally, AlterNet
Since 1950, industrialized fishing has reduced the total mass of large fish
in the world's oceans by 90 percent. The atmosphere's level of carbon
dioxide is the highest in 650,000 years. Is a deadly crash inevitable?
Hyrids, Biofuels and Other False Idols
Don Fitz, CounterPunch
Biofuels such as ethnol from corn and biodiesel from soy are often touted as
the world's great salvation from the scarcity of oil and its polluting
consequences. Biofuels do neither and introduce problems even worse than
Virgin, the Dynamo, and the Prize
By Kelpie Wilson
There are two big problems with the Earth Challenge prize. First, and most
important, it sends the wrong message to those who are just waking up to the
true threat of climate change: it says we can solve this problem by
inventing the right techno-fix.
Kwakiutl: "We are going to fight"
"Our world is falling apart," Basil Ambers, a hereditary chief of the
Kwakiutl First Nation, warned the crowd. "Everything we hold dear is
gradually eroding away. We are putting you on notice that we are going to
start fighting for those things."
The Maya Survivors vs. Los Genocidios
Elias Lawless, WireTap Magazine
The army's so-called "counterinsurgency" efforts, allegedly aimed at ridding
the country of guerrilla combatants, claimed the lives of more than 200,000
people while displacing more than 1.5 million others, the overwhelming
majority of whom were indigenous Maya. Antonio Caba, an Ixil Maya activist
who currently serves as president of the Association for Justice and
Reconciliation (AJR), lives in the highlands of El Quiche -- the Guatemalan
state hardest hit by the military campaign. Some 344 of the 669 massacres
committed by the army against Maya villages occurred within El Quiche; an
estimated 14.5 percent of all Ixil Maya were killed.
The Maya Survivors vs. Los Genocidios (Part 2)
Elias Lawless, WireTap Magazine
Rios Montt, as we have always mentioned, is a sickness for us. He is a
disease that is very infectious for Guatemala because he has committed those
grave errors, those tremendous crimes against the Maya peoples. And not only
Rios Montt but also his high military command as well as Lucas Garcia
(Guatemalan dictator from 1978-1982) and his high military command -- they
are the ones who committed these offenses of genocide, so Rios Montt is an
illness here in Guatemala on account of being a genocidio, a murderer, a
Iran: Anatomy of a Lie
Or how the United States attempts to blame Iran for 170 deaths
Matt Hutaff, The Simon
It's a rare thing, witnessing propaganda so over-the-top it beggars the
imagination. Most lies have a kernel of truth that give them an air of
credibility, but every once in a while something comes along that shakes the
cynicism from our jaded eyes. You laugh - and almost feel sad for the
drunken hacks who put the story together in the first place.
Media fall for pro-Israel hate group's "Terror Free Oil"
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada
It takes only moments to discover that TFO spokesman Joe Kaufman is founder
of a group called "Americans Against Hate," whose main agenda appears to be
support for the Israeli extremist right. Its main product appears to be a
relentless stream of statements claiming that mainstream American Muslim
organizations are terrorist fronts, and labeling anyone who dares to
criticise Israel a "radical Islamist" or supporter of terrorism. The whole
"Terror Free Oil Initiative" and website appear to be little more than a
ploy to steer people towards Americans Against Hate, whose Coral Springs,
Florida mailbox serves as the corporate address for both organizations.
WPost Disses the Dixie Chicks
Robert Parry, Consortium News
The smug Washington Post smirked its way through an article about the Dixie
Chicks winning five Grammy Awards for the group's heroic album "Taking the
Long Way" and the defiant song "Not Ready to Make Nice." The Post, which has
editorially supported George W. Bush's Iraq War and joined in smear
campaigns against war critics like Joseph Wilson, treated the Dixie Chicks
with the usual disdain.
The Docile American
Zbignew Zingh, Dissident Voice
Everyone with an inkling of history and a modest awareness of international
news realizes that Americans, completely contrary to the foundation myth of
the American Revolution, are incredibly docile.
Barack Obama: Enthusiastic supporter of mass murder and terrorism
Tom Eley, WSWS
Obama is an unapologetic advocate of the use of American militarism to
advance US geo-strategic interests around the globe. In his recent book, The
Audacity of Hope, he puts his stamp of approval on the Bush Doctrine of
endless illegal preemptive wars and calls for boosting US military spending
to confront the dangers to US geo-political interests posed by Iran, Russia,
China and North Korea. For Obama, just as much as for Bush and Cheney, the
US military must be made ready for combat around the world.
Virginia Tribes Continue Long Fight for Sovereignty
Catherine Komp, New Standard News
The ancestors of Richardson and other Native Americans living in Virginia
were among the first to encounter English colonizers and the disease,
oppression and racism that followed. But despite long and documented
histories in Virginia, not one tribe in the state is recognized as sovereign
by the federal government. Without the federal status granted to 561 Indian
nations across the country, Virginia tribes say that the US government
continues to deny their existence and place in history.
V Is For Vasectomy
Ann Biddlecom and Laura Lindberg
As the temptation grows to succumb to the diamond industry's ubiquitous TV
ads, we'd like to propose a different kind of V-Day gift-one that truly is
"A Girl's Best Friend"-for all those men still searching for that special
something this late in the game. Here it is: Consider getting a vasectomy.
Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report
Black and brown children continue to be used as medical guinea pigs in the
United States - the clearest evidence that white supremacist ideology is
alive and well. From the gruesome experiments on Black slaves in the
pre-Emancipation South, to the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study, to drug
"research" in the present day, American society remains all too willing to
treat Black minds and bodies as less than human.
WPost, NYTimes Bury Military Chief's Undermining of Iran Claims
Corporate Media Tramples Own Sourcing Rules on Iran Claim
Imprisoned Journalist Josh Wolf Speaks Out From Jail After Over 170 Days
Clueless Chris Matthews: claimed former Tennessee senator is "elitist from
We'll be watching you: Congress wants to monitor all emails, IMs, etc.
The New PSYOP Payload: Bird Flu and the Collapse of the Internet
Ore. appeals court orders shorter sentence for Jeff "Free" Luers
Is there a Bush pardon in Lewis Libby's future?
Iraq's death toll is far worse than our leaders admit
Neo-Nazi rally was organized by FBI informant
California to become separate nation?
Massive demonstrations in Haiti call for end of UN occupation
The Ghawar Oil Field: Decline of the world's largest reserve could cripple
the global economy
Cantarell: a production crash at the world's second-largest oilfield
Fears grow as oil and gas production in North Sea decline faster than
Oil exploration and production costs have climbed 53 percent in the past two
Say goodbye to cheap air fare
Equador default would send shock waves around the world
Water found under Antarctic ice to raise sea level forecasts
Honeybees dropping like flies from mystery illness
Global Warming Threatens Double-Trouble for Peru: Shrinking Glaciers and a
FEMA's toxic trailers making Katrina refugees ill
Record home price slump
US, UK 'worst places for children'
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