NUGGETS FROM THE NUT HOUSE
Edward S. Herman
Million Dollar Minute
Tom H. Hastings
KINGS & QUEENS
Obama Crowns Himself
Masked in Gaza
Oaxaca's New Government
The People's Caucus
Defending Civil and Human Rights
The Fight for Worker Rights
Not Just About Occupying
MUSIC & BOOKS
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We are more or less leaving
The MSM may even want more of a test of their patriotic ardor and gullibility. Nineteenth century lecturer Robert Green Ingersoll used to chide his religious audiences with a story of a man seeking entry into heaven. Tested for credibility and faith by the recording secretary with the question of whether or not he believed the story of God’s use of Adam’s rib to create Eve, the seeker of entry replied that he was “sorry there weren’t harder stories in the Bible so that I could show what my faith could do.” The angel said “Give him a harp.”
The so-called Free Press shows what it can do to prove its faith on a daily basis and should have a full house of harp equivalents. They couldn’t wait for their apologies for gullibility on
In fact, we can construct an updated Ingersoll story in which David Sanger and William Broad of the New York Times must pass muster before an internal NYT award committee, whose recording angel (RA) asks them: “Did you take it as self-evident that
In this press conference, among other lies, Bush said that “our intelligence” finds that he continues “to hide chemical and biological agents to avoid detection by inspectors.” But the UN weapons inspectors of UNMOVIC, and shortly thereafter (post-invasion)
When Bush proclaimed “mission accomplished” from the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, an honest media would have pointed out that the mission was a fraud from the beginning, built on a lie, and that this country should have withdrawn all of its forces and paid reparations once the lie was definitively exposed. But they didn’t do this. The media, like the politicians, just premised the
This is imperial and war-supportive apologetics at its most grotesque. Bush and company committed aggression based on a lie, but no punishment should follow for either the major UN Charter violation or the massive loss of lives from mere “clumsiness” in execution. For Packer, no doubt about Bush’s intentions flows from the proven lies or from the “selectivity” in choice of place for promoting democracy. Packer recognizes sincerity when he hears a claim by his very own president. And there is no question but that the aggressor-killer has the right to stay on in his killing fields to “spread freedom.” This reaches the limits of intellectual and moral contemptibility.
Gaining access to Iraqi oil reserves and helping
Sanctions are only to be carried out against
The Russian Election
The recent Russian election has taken a beating in the
The oligarchic political economy erected in the Yeltsin era also militated against the emergence of real democracy in the post-Yeltsin years. Yeltsin also undermined constitutional government directly with his coup of 1993 and the associated legal changes, here also with Western approval.
Yeltsin won reelection in 1996 by means of large-scale fraud, but given his devoted service to foreign and local elite interests, this joke of an election was actually lauded by the Western media as “A Victory for Russian Democracy” (NYT ed., July 4, 1996; see further “Russian Election Fraud,” Z Magazine, October 1996. On Western support for the entire devastating counter-revolution in the Yeltsin years, see Stephen Cohen, Failed Crusade:
Vladimir Putin was Yeltsin’s heir, inheriting a devastated country in 2000 where the new robbery-based oligarchy, mass poverty, and shattered welfare structure, as well as other disruptions and traditions, ensured limitations on the democratic quality of the new political order. Putin was welcomed and well treated in the West, even as he consolidated and enlarged a business oligarchic-governmental system of control, till he began to take a more nationalist stance in response to Western bullying and threats.
Edward S. Herman is an economist, media critic, and author of numerous articles and books. His latest is The Politics of Genocide (with David Peterson).
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CUBAN 5 - From May 30 to June 5, supporters of the Cuban 5 will gather in Washington DC to raise awareness about the case and to demand a humanitarian solution that will allow the return of these men to their homeland.
Contact: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
BIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 24th annual Bike- A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 3, with several bike rides, music, exhibitors, and more.
Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; mailbikesnotbombs.org; www.bikesnotbombs.org.
LEFT FORUM - The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in NYC.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology Dept., New York, NY 10016; http://www.leftforum.org/.
VEGAN FEST - Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 8. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.
Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; email@example.com; http://veganfest.org/.
ADC CONFERENCE - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) holds its annual conference June 13-16 in Washington, DC, with panel discussions and workshops.
Contact: 1990 M Street, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-244-2990; convention @adc. org http://convention.adc.org/.
CUBA/SOCIALISM - A Cuban-North American Dialog on Socialist Renewal and Global Capitalist Crisis will be held in Havana, Cuba, June 16-30. There will be a 5-day Seminar at the University of Havana, plus visits to a co-op and educational and medical institutions.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.globaljustice center.org/.
NETROOTS - The 8th Annual Netroots Nation conference will take place June 20-23 in San Jose, CA. The event features panels, trainings, networking, screenings, and keynotes.
Contact: 164 Robles Way, #276, Vallejo, CA 94591; email@example.com; http://www.netrootsnation.org/.
MEDIA - The 15th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 20-23, in Detroit.
Contact: 4126 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48201; http://alliedmedia.org/.
GRASSROOTS - The United We Stand Festival will be hosted by Free & Equal, June 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The festival aims to reform the electoral process in the U.S.
LITERACY - The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles.
Contact: 10 Laurel Hill Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003; http://namle.net/conference/.
IWW - The North American Work People’s College will take place July 12-16 at Mesaba Co-op Park in northern Minnesota. The event will bring together Wobblies from across the continent to learn skills and build one big union.
PEACESTOCK - On July 13, the 11th Annual Peacestock will take place at Windbeam Farm in Hager City, WI. The event is a mixture of music, speakers, and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace.
Contact: Bill Habedank, 1913 Grandview Ave., Red Wing, MN 55066; 651-388-7733; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www. peacestockvfp.org.
LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 18-19 in New Orleans, with workshops, presentations, and panel discussions.
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-785-1670; www.nclr.org.
ACTIVIST CAMP - Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp will have sessions in July and August in Ben Lomond, CA; Portland, OR; Charlton, MA. YEA Camp is designed for activists 12-17 years old who want to make a difference.
Contact: email@example.com; http://yeacamp.org/.