April 2008 Headlines
Widespread Rape of US Servicewomen in Iraq
Jane Harman -- Los Angeles Times

The stories are shocking in their simplicity and brutality: A female military recruit is pinned down at knifepoint and raped repeatedly in her own barracks ... These are true stories, and, sadly, not isolated incidents. Women serving in the U.S. military are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq ... Doctors told me that 41 percent of female veterans seen at the clinic say they ere victims of sexual assault while in the military, and 29 percent report being raped during their military service.




Genocide Announced: Rabbi Calls for Mass Killing
Saleh Al-Naami -- Al Ahram (Egypt)

"All of the Palestinians must be killed; men, women, infants, and even their beasts." This was the religious opinion issued one week ago by Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, director of the Tsomet Institute, a long-established religious institute attended by students and soldiers in the Israeli settlements of the West Bank. In an article published by numerous religious Israeli newspapers two weeks ago and run by the liberal Haaretz on March 26, Rosen asserted that there is evidence in the Torah to justify this stand.




In Israel, Chief Rabbi Demands Discrimination Against Arabs
Haaretz (Israel)

The chairman of the Yesha rabbinical council and chief rabbi of Kiryat Arba, Rabbi Dov Lior, on Wednesday issued a halakhic ruling stating that it is forbidden by Jewish law to employ Arabs or rent homes to them ... Recently, several rabbis led by Rabbi Lior have issued a precedent setting halakhic ruling that Israel must shoot civilian populations in areas from whence attacks on Jewish communities originate.




Palestinians and Tibetans: A Double Standard
Gideon Levy - Haaretz (Israel)

... The Palestinians are not as nice as the Tibetans in the eyes of the world. But the Palestinian people deserve exactly the same rights as the occupied Tibetan people, even if their leaders are less enchanting, they have no scarlet robes and their fight is more violent ... In the first years of the Israeli occupation, most Palestinians accepted it submissively, with practically no violence. What did they get as a result? Nothing. The world and Israel cloaked themselves in apathy and callousness ... Is there any other way to describe this, except a double standard?




Katyn Victims Memorial Day in Poland
Polskie Radio (Poland)

Poland today marks the 65th anniversary of the disclosure by the Nazis of the Katyn massacre in which over 20,000 Polish officers were murdered by the Soviets. The main commemorations will take place in Warsaw. At noon, Sunday, before the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, an official change of the guard and a military parade will take place.




Britons Fear Race Violence
BBC News

Almost two-thirds of people in Britain fear race relations are so poor that tensions are likely to spill over into violence, a BBC poll has found. Of the 1,000 people asked, 60 percent said the UK had too many immigrants and half wanted foreigners encouraged to leave ... Three out of four people thought there was now a great deal or a fair amount of tension between races and nationalities. And almost two in three feared tension was certain or likely to lead to violence, although it is not clear whether people are imagining full-blown street riots or minor scuffles.




The SPLC Campaign Against Me
Kevin MacDonald

The Southern Poverty Law Center has been conducting a campaign against me since Sept. 2006. As part of this campaign, academic departments at California State University ... Long Beach are being pressured into releasing negative comments on my work. The History Department has complied with this pressure ... The most amazing thing is their comments on my research on Jews and immigration. They say I didn't read the Congressional debates, but there are probably 100 references to the Congressional debates as well as Congressional Committee hearings, etc. in the chapter.




Petraeus Points to War With Iran
Patrick J. Buchanan

The neocons may yet get their war on Iran. Ever since President Nouri al-Maliki ordered the attacks in Basra on the Mahdi Army, Gen. David Petraeus has been laying the predicate for U.S. air strikes on Iran and a wider war in the Middle East ... Courtesy of Congress, Bush thus has a blank check for war on Iran. And the signs are growing that he intends to fill it in and cash it. Israel has been hurling invective at Iran and conducting security drills to prepare its population for rocket barrages worse than those Hezbollah delivered in the Lebanon War.




Democracy, Not Terror, is the Engine of Political Islam
William Dalrymple -- The Guardian (Britain)

... Democracy is not the antidote to the Islamists the neocons once fondly believed it would be. Since the US invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, there has been a consistent response from voters wherever Muslims have had the right to vote. In Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey and Algeria they have voted en masse for religious parties in a way they have never done before ... Clumsy and brutal US policies in the Middle East have generated revolutionary changes, radicalising even the most moderate opinion, with the result that the status quo in place since the 1950s has been broken.




US 'Democratization' Initiative in the Middle East is Insincere
Mark Weber

... In countries where popular sentiment has been able to express itself politically, the government is usually more anti-American. This is true not only in the Middle East, but also in Europe, Asia and Latin America ... To suppose that the United States, or any outside power, can impose its own notion of democracy or freedom on another country is both arrogant and stupid. Every nation naturally has its own concept of a just and free society. In the short run, the prospects for democratization in the Middle East are poor, because the U.S. will continue to carry out policies in the region that are motivated primarily by concern for Israel.




Bergen-Belsen Camp: The Suppressed Story
Mark Weber

... On April 15, 1945, British troops liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The anniversary was widely remembered in official ceremonies and in newspaper articles that, as the following essay shows, distort the camp's true history ... Ghastly images recorded by Allied photographers at Belsen in mid-April 1945 and widely reproduced ever since have greatly contributed to the camp's reputation as a notorious extermination center. In fact, the dead of Bergen-Belsen were, above all, unfortunate victims of war and its turmoil, not deliberate policy.




Onward the Revolution!
Patrick J. Buchanan

... "Nations have no permanent friends and no permanent enemies. Only permanent interests," said Lord Palmerston. What is critical, especially in wartime, is not whether a regime is autocratic or democratic, but whether it is hostile or friendly. Gen. Washington, at war with democratic Great Britain, is said to have danced a jig when he heard we had Louis XVI as an ally ... To root one�s attitude toward nations based upon their internal politics rather than their foreign policies is ideology. And policies rooted in ideologies, from Trotskyism to democratism, end up on the Great Barrier Reef of reality.




Prof. MacDonald Under Fire at University `Hate Speech Forum�
Daily Forty-Niner (California State University- Long Beach)

The "Campus Forum on Hate Speech, Hate Crimes and Far Right Movements" attracted a full crowd in the Beach Auditorium Monday, as panelists discussed hate crimes and ways to prevent future hate violence ... "One of the main topics of the forum was CSULB psychology professor Kevin MacDonald, whose published works have caused him to be accused of anti-Semitism and being a neo-nazi supporter. "He's essentially reliving all the anti-Semitic views of the last 100 years," said panelist Heidi Beirich from the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) ...




MacDonald Denounces Reprimand of His Work
Daily Forty-Niner (California State University- Long Beach)

Several departments at Cal State Long Beach have released statements denouncing the writings of psychology professor Kevin MacDonald after accusations surfaced that MacDonald's writings and teachings are anti-Semitic. Last semester, MacDonald sent an e-mail to the CSULB faculty confirming his belief that the Jewish race has had a negative effect on Western society. That thesis was published in MacDonald's book, "The Culture of Critique." ... "I was flabbergasted to see it. It was so outrageous," MacDonald said.




Mid-East Policy and Immigration Policy: The Jewish Role
Kevin McDonald

... The vast majority of Americans live under the comfortable illusion that theirs is a free country ... Virtually all of the really critical issues affecting the United States and its role in the world are actually excluded from discussion in the elite media or in the political arena. The classic case: US policy in the Middle East. Despite the obvious fact that US support for Israel has crucial implications for war and peace, the vast majority of Americans are oblivious to what is really going on in this region ... As in the case of policy in the Middle East, it is no secret that Jewish organizations were at the forefront of the immigration policy shift implemented by the 1965 Act.




The Fading American Economy
Paul Craig Roberts

... If the US cannot close its trade deficit, it is unlikely that the US dollar can remain the world reserve currency. If the dollar were to lose the reserve currency role, the US government would not be able to finance its annual red ink budget by borrowing from foreigners, as the US saving rate is about zero, and the US would not be able to pay its import bill in its own currency ... America�s post-World War II economic dominance was based on the destruction of other economies by war and socialism. It is a different world now, and Americans have given little thought to the economic challenges of the 21st century.




Poland Remembers 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
BBC News

The Polish and Israeli presidents have led events to mark the 65th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The main ceremony was held at a monument honouring hundreds of Jewish fighters who resisted German attempts to eradicate the ghetto.




The Warsaw Ghetto �Uprising�: Insurrection or Police Operation?
Robert Faurisson

Each year, around April 19, the media and politicians commemorate what they call the Warsaw ghetto 'uprising,' 'revolt' or 'insurrection.' In journalistic accounts the affair has taken on increasingly epic and symbolic proportions. At a Holocaust ceremony in New York in April 1993, American Vice President Al Gore declared: 'The story of the Warsaw ghetto is sacred text for our time.' In fact, this 'story' is a legend based only partially on historical reality.




Should the U.S. End Aid to Israel?
Alison Weir

On April 1st I participated in a debate in San Francisco that raised the question of US aid to Israel ... In Israel's sixty years of existence, it has received more US tax money than any other nation on earth. During periods of recession, when Americans are thrown out of work, homes are repossessed, school budgets cut and businesses fail, Congress continues to give Israel massive amounts of our tax money; currently, about seven million dollars per day.




Everything His President Wants to Hear
Robert Scheer

General Betray Us? Of course he has ... It betrays the legacy warnings of our two most famous wartime generals, George Washington and Dwight D. Eisenhower. American history offers no greater heroes, not because of their considerable success in battle but because they gained the wisdom to sound the alarm against unbridled militarism so passionately and effectively. The farewell addresses of both those departing generals-turned-president still stand as the essential bookends for what has been written about the limits on military adventure required for democracy�s survival.




Obama Meets The Lobby
Philip Giraldi

... Barack Obama has nevertheless been on the receiving end of more vitriol from the Israel Lobby than any other candidate, possibly because his middle name is Hussein and he lived in Indonesia. The Abe Foxmans of this world, sensitive to even the slightest whiff of disloyalty to Greater Israel, detect that Obama might not be completely faithful to the cause ... More disturbing to The Lobby have been Obama's own views, which, prior to his run for president, were relatively nuanced on the Middle East ...




Why We Should Fear a McCain Presidency
Anatol Lieven -- The Financial Times (Britain)

It may seem incredible to say this, given past experience, but a few years from now Europe and the world could be looking back at the Bush administration with nostalgia. This possibility will arise if the US elects Senator John McCain as president in November ... The problem that Mr McCain poses stems from his ideology, his policies and above all his personality. His ideology, like that of his chief advisers, is neo-conservative ... Driven in part by his intense commitment to the Iraq war, Mr. McCain has relied more on neo-conservatives such as his close friend William Kristol, the Weekly Standard editor ...




Food Price Rises Threaten Global Security, Says UN Official
The Guardian (Britain)

Rising food prices could spark worldwide unrest and threaten political stability, the UN's top humanitarian official warned yesterday after two days of rioting in Egypt over the doubling of prices of basic foods in a year and protests in other parts of the world. Sir John Holmes, undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs and the UN's emergency relief coordinator, told a conference in Dubai that escalating prices would trigger protests and riots in vulnerable nations.




The Rescue of Bear Stearns Marks Liberalisation�s Limit
Martin Wolf -- The Financial Times (Britain)

Remember Friday March 14, 2008: it was the day the dream of global free-market capitalism died. For three decades we have moved towards market-driven financial systems. By its decision to rescue Bear Stearns, the Federal Reserve, the institution responsible for monetary policy in the US, chief protagonist of free-market capitalism, declared this era over ... These are perilous times. They are also historic times. The US is showing the limits of deregulation.




Was It 'The Good War'?
Patrick J. Buchanan

"Yes, it was a good war," writes Richard Cohen in his column challenging the thesis of pacifist Nicholson Baker in his new book, "Human Smoke," that World War II produced more evil than good ... We had to stop the killers, says Cohen. But who were the greater killers: Hitler or Stalin, Tojo or Mao Zedong? Can a war in which 50 million perished and the Christian continent was destroyed, half of it enslaved, a war that has advanced the death of Western civilization, be truly celebrated as a "good war"?




Unsettling the History of the World Wars
Josh Getlin - Los Angeles Times

Here are some highlights from a new history of World War II that won't be hawked on PBS any time soon: Winston Churchill was a conniving, arrogant bigot who relished the mass murder of German citizens. Franklin D. Roosevelt was an anti-Semitic warmonger who goaded the Japanese into the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor ... "I don't think I'll be winning any popularity contests," said Nicholson Baker, whose book "Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization" has sparked a critical firestorm on both sides of the Atlantic.




Turning Self-Hatred into a State Creed
Barbara Kay - National Post (Canada)

... Multiculturalism is Canada's greatest mistake, but if it is any consolation, it is every Western country's greatest mistake. And now some of them are paying a terrible price ... The underside of multiculturalism is its ideological root in West-bashing ... Multiculturalism is idealistic in theory, but its real effect has been the entrenchment in our intellectual and cultural elites of an unhealthy obsession with a largely phantom racism amongst heritage Canadians that no amount of penance or cultural self-effacement can ever transcend.




Zionist Hypocrisy: Israel is Buying Iranian Oil
Richard Silverstein - The Guardian (Britain)

... The US State Department immediately condemned the [Swiss] deal [with Iran] and said it would be investigating whether it breached the Iran Sanctions Act. Israel complained too, describing the Swiss minister's visit to Tehran as an "act unfriendly to Israel" ... This righteous indignation was entirely predictable but more than a little odd nevertheless. On March 30, the Swiss newspaper Sonntag retaliated with the revelation that Israel, supposedly observing an ironclad boycott of all things Iranian, has been buying Iranian oil for years.




Iraqi Now Regrets Toppling Statue of Saddam
Agence France Presse

Ibrahim Khalil, who five years ago took part in the iconic toppling of a giant statue of Saddam Hussein in central Baghdad, said on Wednesday he now regrets taking part in the hugely symbolic event. "If history can take me back, I will kiss the statue of Saddam Hussein which I helped pull down," Khalil told reporters ... Khalil, dressed in a blue T-shirt and grey trousers, said he is now sorry he was one of the dozens of jubilant Iraqis who pulled down the statue and cheered the end of Saddam's rule. "All my friends who were with me that day feel the same as me," ...




Jewish Super Delegates May Hold Key
Forward (New York)

... "Politics in America has become a Jewish profession, just like arts and the law," said Ira Forman, executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council and the author of a book about Jews and American politics. "We now are overrepresented in all these areas." ... In the years since World War II ... the number of Jewish politicians has grown significantly, with 33 Jewish members elected to Congress in 2006, up from 13 in 1950. In addition, over the past 15 years, the Democratic National Committee has been led by three Jewish chairs ...




Secret US Plan for Military Future in Iraq
The Guardian (Britain)

A confidential draft agreement covering the future of US forces in Iraq, passed to the Guardian, shows that provision is being made for an open-ended military presence in the country. The draft strategic framework agreement between the US and Iraqi governments, dated March 7 and marked "secret" and "sensitive", is intended to replace the existing UN mandate and authorises the US to "conduct military operations in Iraq and to detain individuals when necessary for imperative reasons of security" without time limit.




Oil or `The Lobby�: A Debate on the Iraq War


An interview-debate on the motives and forces behind the US invasion of Iraq. Opposing views are presented by Mark Weber, director of the IHR, and by Stephen Zunes, professor at the University of San Francisco. Brother Nathanael Kapner arranged the exchange.




Israel Bars UN Envoy After Holocaust Remark
The Telegraph (Britain)

Israel has said it will refuse a visa for the new United Nations human rights envoy to the Palestinians after he said it was responsible for a "Holocaust in the making" in Gaza. Richard Falk, a Jewish-American law professor, is to assume the UN post of special rapporteur in June. But the Israeli government is furious as he compared it last year to Nazi Germany and has refused to retract his comments since his appointment.




Baby Boom in Russia
The Associated Press

... Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia's population plummeted, and until recently was shrinking at the rate of about 750,000 people a year. So the Kremlin made kids a priority ... More important, perhaps, Russia's surging economy has made it possible for young couples to plan for their future. The population decline hasn't halted, and demographers warn it could plummet again. But today births are on the rise, from 1.4 million in 2006 to 1.6 million in 2007 ... their highest level in 15 years.




Rapid Withdrawal From Iraq Is Only Solution, Says Retired General
William E. Odom (US Senate Committee testimony)

Today you are asking if it [the troop �surge� in Iraq] has worked. Last year I rejected the claim that it was a new strategy. Rather, I said, it is a new tactic used to achieve the same old strategic aim, political stability. And I foresaw no serious prospects for success. I see no reason to change my judgment now. The surge is prolonging instability, not creating the conditions for unity as the president claims.




Secret 1960s US `Northwoods� Plan to Provoke War With Cuba
ABC News (2001)

In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban �migr�s, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities. The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro.




Brainwashing the Germans
Tomislav Sunic

In the aftermath of World War II, the role of the American-based Frankfurt School scholars and European Marxist intellectuals was decisive in shaping the new European cultural scene ... As a result of Frankfurt School reeducational endeavors in Germany, thousands of book titles in the fields of genetics and anthropology were removed from library shelves ... The ruling class in America and Europe successfully resorts to the scarecrow of debate stopping words, such as "anti-Semitism" and "Neo-Nazism," as an alibi for legitimizing its perpetual status quo.




Most US States to Face Water Shortages in Next Five Years
NaturalNews

At least 36 states are expected to face water shortages within the next five years, according to U.S. government estimates. Available freshwater supplies are dwindling across the country due to rising temperatures and droughts, while increasing sprawl, population and inefficient resource usage are leading to rising demand. "Is it a crisis? If we don't do some decent water planning, it could be," said Jack Hoffbuhr, executive director of the American Water Works Association.




Free Speech, Hate and the Jews
Jonathan Kay -- National Post (Canada)

... The creation of human-rights tribunals and Canada's hate-speech law -- Section 319 of the Criminal Code -- were both cheered by the Jewish legal and activist establishment ... Over time, the prosecution of anti-Semites such as Ernst Zundel, James Keegstra and Malcolm Ross created a legal template for Canada's hate-speech jurisprudence ... As far as Canadian Jews are concerned, there is another less obvious cost to putting the community's moral authority behind institutionalized censorship: It cements a collective self-identity based around victimhood.




German War Film Challenges Taboo
BBC News

He is a handsome, blond, young pilot - and he's not your typical baddie. In the new film The Red Baron, which had its premiere in Berlin on Monday night, Germany's legendary flying ace, Manfred von Richthofen, is portrayed as an emotional, sensitive man ... Richthofen, who shot down 80 British, Canadian and Australian pilots during World War I, is played by the dashing German actor, Matthias Schweighoefer.




Christian Responsibility to Truth
Herman Otten

... The day is surely coming when all the evidence showing that the Germans never exterminated six million Jews can no longer be suppressed. Truth is not determined by majority vote ... There is no dispute over the fact that large numbers of Jews were deported to concentration camps and ghettos, or that many Jews died or were killed during World War II ... Israel is using the "fact" of the Holocaust as an excuse to kill Palestinians in Israel. This slaughter, together with the anti-scriptural notions of the Israel-first Millennialists, almost all of whom believe in the Holocaust, could lead to another bloody war.




New Outbreaks of Revisionist History Challenge Widely Held Views
Boyd Tonkin - The Independent (Britain)

... Outbreaks of revisionist history are currently questioning the deepest beliefs about the past of countless citizens in France, Britain and the US ... The maverick American author Nicholson Baker has just published Human Smoke ... It presents Franklin D Roosevelt and, above all, Winston Churchill as racist warmongers, aggressive conspirators, and blood-soaked war criminals. The book suggests that a negotiated peace with Nazi Germany would have prevented more misery than it caused, and comes close to implying that reckless Allied force pushed Hitler towards genocide.




Days of Infamy
Mark Kurlansky -- Los Angeles Times

... Nicholson Baker's new book, Human Smoke, is a meticulously researched and well-constructed book demonstrating that World War II was one of the biggest, most carefully plotted lies in modern history ... Churchill is a dominant figure in "Human Smoke," depicted as a bloodthirsty warmonger who, in 1922, was still bemoaning the fact that World War I hadn't lasted a little longer ... People are going to get really angry at Baker for criticizing their favorite war. But he hasn't fashioned his tale from gossip. It is documented, with copious notes and attributions.




Record Number of Americans on Food Stamps
The New York Times

Driven by a painful mix of layoffs and rising food and fuel prices, the number of Americans receiving food stamps is projected to reach 28 million in the coming year, the highest level since the aid program began in the 1960s.




Ex-Terror Detainee Says US Tortured Him
CBS News

At the age of 19, Murat Kurnaz vanished into America's shadow prison system in the war on terror. He was from Germany, traveling in Pakistan, and was picked up three months after 9/11. But there seemed to be ample evidence that Kurnaz was an innocent man with no connection to terrorism ... But once he was picked up, Kurnaz found himself in a prison system that required no evidence and answered to no one ... The government's own secret files reveal that an innocent man lost his liberty, his dignity, his identity, and ultimately five years of his life.




New Perspectives on the `Tragedy on the Drava�
Alison Frank - H-Net

... When news that all Cossacks would be handed over to the Soviets reached the Cossack settlement back in Lienz [Austria], it caused massive panic, hunger strikes and petitions insisting that death was preferable to return to the Soviet Union. On June 1 [1945], British soldiers charged with the task of transporting camp residents to the demarcation line were faced with pregnant women, crying children, priests and thousands of unarmed Cossacks singing and praying with arms linked. They could only be moved by force. Many committed suicide.




Islam Surpasses Roman Catholicism as World�s Largest Religion
The Associated Press

Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the world's largest religion, the Vatican newspaper said Sunday. "For the first time in history, we are no longer at the top: Muslims have overtaken us," Monsignor Vittorio Formenti said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. Formenti compiles the Vatican's yearbook. He said that Catholics accounted for 17.4 percent of the world population -- a stable percentage -- while Muslims were at 19.2 percent.




Saudis Prepare for `Sudden Nuclear Hazards� After Cheney Visit
Chris Floyd

... Dick Cheney was in Saudi Arabia for high-level meetings with the Saudi king and his ministers. On Saturday [March 22], it was revealed that the Saudi Shura Council -- the elite group that implements the decisions of the autocratic inner circle -- is preparing "national plans to deal with any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards that may affect the kingdom following experts' warnings of possible attacks on Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactors," one of the kingdom's leading newspapers, Okaz, reports. The German-based dpa news service relayed the paper's story.




Beware of Fantasy: Tibet, China and Us
Charley Reese

Coffee sippers who think it might be a good idea to free Tibet from China are about 58 years too late. China is not going to free Tibet, and Western encouragement of Tibetan resistance will only get people killed needlessly ... As for us, we should do nothing. Tibet is part of China, and what happens there is an internal affair of China ... Don't encourage Tibetans to die in some futile fantasy about independence. They are not independent. They are part of China, and part of China they will stay.




Iraq in The Balance
Scott Horton - Harper�s

I scanned the Sunday talk shows and was amazed, even by the normally lowbrow standards of these programs, at the infantile level of discussion about Iraq ... All of this underscores the dilemma facing U.S. policymakers. Not only are their long-term goals unclear, the tactical choices available to achieve them are increasingly questionable. And the long-term outcome looks bleak ... Analysts increasingly see waning influence for the United States in the region. That will be Bush�s legacy.




`Iraq Was Invaded to Secure Israel,� Says Sen. Hollings
Institute for Historical Review

When a prominent American political figure speaks boldly about Jewish-Zionist power, that's news. So the remarks by South Carolina's senior Senator that Iraq was invaded "to secure Israel," and that "everybody" in Washington knows it, are indeed remarkable ... Bush's motive in going to war for Israeli interests, charged Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, was to get Jewish support in election campaigns.




From �War Criminal� to �Statesman�
Robert Fisk

... Mussolini thus started off as a European hero, became a fascist beast, but is now regarded as just a bumbling buffoon, the sort of harmless court jester ... But there is nothing exclusive about this sort of transmogrification ... This transformation happens to whole races of people. The plucky little Serbs of the Second World War became the Nazi "ethnic cleansers" of 1993. The heroic Muslim "freedom fighters" killing Russians in Afghanistan in 1980 became the freedom-hating "terrorists" killing Americans in Afghanistan ... I think all this twaddle has a lot to do with journalism as well as political opportunism.




Speech Row Rocks Multi-Ethnic Canada
BBC News

Canada is often thought of as a land of bland consensus and multicultural harmony - the last place where you would expect to see a religious minority up in arms, and journalists accusing the state of gagging freedom of speech. Yet in recent months, these have become fixtures of the country's public debate ... Mr Levant regards commission officers as "new-fangled, political crusaders" bent on overturning centuries-old Common Law. Canada's Human Rights Tribunals, he points out, are quasi-judicial bodies, not regular courts bound by strict standards of procedure to protect defendants.




We�re No Angels
Charley Reese

Many Americans, it seems, don't like to hear themselves and their country criticized. Some think it is unpatriotic. Others think it clashes with the image of a special country of special people especially blessed by God. Well, at the risk of getting disapproval dumped on my head, let me say that reality doesn't match the image. Our ancestors did not wrest this choice piece of real estate from the British, the French, the Spanish and the Native Americans by being a jolly little band of Goody-Two-Shoes.




Debating Torture and Counterinsurgency - A Century Ago
Paul Kramer - The New Yorker

Many Americans were puzzled by the news, in 1902, that United States soldiers were torturing Filipinos with water. The United States, throughout its emergence as a world power, had spoken the language of liberation, rescue, and freedom. This was the language that, when coupled with expanding military and commercial ambitions, had helped launch two very different wars. The first had been in 1898, against Spain, whose remaining empire was crumbling in the face of popular revolts in two of its colonies, Cuba and the Philippines.




Holocaust Denial as an Anti-Zionist and Anti-Imperialist Tool for the European Far Left
The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (Israel)

Iranian state promotion of Holocaust denial is an example of anti-Semitism being used to generate anti-Zionism, the reverse of the normal dynamic. It has given a boost to Holocaust-denial activities worldwide. The growth of an antiglobalization, anti-imperialist political movement has created a political space on the Left in which Holocaust denial is no longer taboo, if framed in an anti-Zionist context. Mainstream Holocaust commemoration is increasingly under attack as a Zionist or imperialist tool.




Fast and Loose With the Facts: Helping Bush to Sell His War
Spencer Ackerman - The Washington Independent

... But the public also believed it [claims of an al Queda link with Saddam�s Iraq] because the press amplified the lie. The major networks and papers uncritically recycled what these administration officials said. The elite media was no exception -- and played a major role in convincing less-expert journalists that the administration was on to something. Two writers in particular, though very different, stand out: Jeffrey Goldberg, then of The New Yorker and now of The Atlantic, and Stephen F. Hayes, of the neoconservative Weekly Standard.




How English As We Know It Is Disappearing
Daily Mail (Britain)

It is English but not as we know it. A new global tongue called "Panglish" is expected to take over in the decades ahead, experts say. Linguists say the language of Shakespeare and Dickens is evolving into a new, simplified form of English which will be spoken by billions of people around the world ... By 2010 around two billion people - or a third of the world's population - will speak English as a second language. In contrast, just 350 million people will speak it as a first language. Most interactions in English now take place between non-English speakers ...




Six Signs the US May Be Headed for War in Iran
Terry Atlas - US News & World Report

Is the United States moving toward military action with Iran? ... Here are six developments that may have Iran as a common thread. And, if it comes to war, they may be seen as clues as to what was planned. None of them is conclusive, and each has a credible non-Iran related explanation:




Operation Cassandra
William S. Lind

... The purpose of this column is not to warn of an imminent assault on Iran, though personally I think it is coming, and soon. Rather, it is to warn of a possible consequence of such an attack. Let me state it here, again, as plainly as I can: an American attack on Iran could cost us the whole army we now have in Iraq ... The American military's endless "we�re the greatest" propaganda has convinced most people that the U.S. armed forces cannot be beaten in the field. They are the last in a long line of armies that could not be beaten, until they were.





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