The Political Cesspool
Weber Set to Appear on Sunday With James Edwards
Mark Weber is scheduled to appear on Sunday, June 8, with host James Edwards on the "Political Cesspool" radio program. Weber will be on from 2:30 p.m to 3:00 p.m., Pacific coast time, or 4:30 to 5:00 p.m., Central time. He�ll talk about the pandering to Israel and Jewish-Zionist power by Obama, McCain and Clinton at this week�s AIPAC convention. He�ll also talk about the disastrous consequences of Washington�s open-ended support for Israel. Edwards� show, regarded as the country�s foremost populist radio program, is broadcast on WLRM radio, 1380 AM, Memphis, and online.
Remembering Modern History�s Greatest Crime
... For eight decades, the greatest mass murder in modern history has been shamefully covered up or ignored ... If we keep demanding that Germany and Japan atone for their wartime crimes, is it not time for our governments to finally recognize and atone their alliance with the biggest mass murderer in history, Josef Stalin, a man whose crimes exceeded those of Adolf Hitler by a factor of at least three or four times? Particularly so in the United States, where World War II has become something of a state religion and is endlessly invoked by conservatives and neocons to justify foreign military adventures.
Indefensible Spending: An Irrational US Military Budget
What should be the most important issue in this election is one that is rarely, if ever, addressed: Why is U.S. military spending at the highest point, in inflation-adjusted dollars, than at any time since the end of World War II? Why, without a sophisticated military opponent in sight, is the United States spending trillions of dollars on the development of high-tech weapons systems that lost their purpose with the collapse of the Soviet Union two decades ago?
And The Winner Is ... The Israel Lobby
Pepe Escobar - Asia Times
... Such star power wattage, a Washington version of the Oscars, is the stock in trade of AIPAC - the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the crucial player in what is generally known as the Israel lobby and which holds its annual Policy Conference this week in Washington at which most of the heavyweights will deliver lectures ... No wonder AIPAC is considered by most members of the US Congress as more powerful than the National Rifle Association or the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations... AIPAC has explicit Zionist roots... AIPAC maintains a virtual stranglehold over the US Congress.
Bush, Borah and Hitler: Bush�s `Revisionist� History
Allan J. Lichtman
With the mainstream media fixated on remarks by preachers at Trinity United Church in Chicago, it has largely ignored far more consequential comments by the president of the United States ... The final irony in Bush�s revisionist history is that [Sen. William] Borah may never have said the words that Bush quoted. The line about Hitler was not reported in the press at the time and does not appear in Borah�s correspondence. The line comes from a single source, journalist William K. Hutchinson error-filled memoir, in which he claims attributes the line to a private conversation with Senator Borah.
Peter Schaenk Radio Interview with Mark Weber
Voice of Reason Radio Network
The Zionist-led campaign against California Prof. Kevin MacDonald for his scholarly writings on Jewish group behavior, and the outrageous ordeal of British historian David Irving for having expressed non-conformist views about World War II history, along with other issues, are tackled by Mark Weber and host Peter Schaenk in this hour-long May 30 radio broadcast.
Why We Seek War: America As a Reluctant Warrior
Most Americans see their nation as essentially peace-loving, a reluctant warrior that fights only when fanatical enemies force it to. But measured by its actions rather than its self-image, the United States is a warrior nation more than any other major modern power is. Since 1898, it has entered ten conflicts most people recognize as wars, and only twice ... in World War II and the recent Afghanistan war -- directly in response to major attacks on its people or forces. In other cases, provocations ... some delivered, some received, some grossly exaggerated ... preceded war, but the U.S. initiated full-scale action.
We Face Most Serious Recession of Our Lifetime, Says Soros
The Telegraph (Britain)
'This is a period of wealth destruction. The people who make money will be few and far between. There will be a lot more money lost than made." When George Soros - the phenomenally successful hedge fund manager - says this, you know something is wrong, very wrong. And indeed it is. The 77-year-old billionaire sinks back into the sofa in his Chelsea townhouse and exhales... "I think this is probably more serious than anything in our lifetime," he says. In short, his feeling is that the United States and Britain are facing a recession of a scale greater than the early-1990s, greater even than the 1970s.
Democracy in America
Democracy in America is a series of narrow escapes, and we may be running out of luck. The reigning presumption about the American experience, as the historian Lawrence Goodwyn has written, is grounded in the idea of progress, the conviction that the present is "better" than the past and the future will bring even more improvement. For all of its shortcomings, we keep telling ourselves, "The system works." Now all bets are off. We have fallen under the spell of money, faction, and fear ... A sense of political impotence pervades the country ...
Pro-Israel Lobby is Too Powerful, Says Brzezinski
The Telegraph (Britain)
Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former national security adviser, said that the pro-Israel lobby in the US was too powerful, while the slur of anti-Semitism was too readily used whenever its power was called into question. Presenting a solution for the Middle East, he listed historical compromises that had to be made by Israelis and Palestinians but accused the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) ... the largest and most influential Jewish lobby group ... of obstructing peace efforts. He said: "Aipac has consistently opposed a two-state solution and a lot of members of Congress have been intimidated and I don't think that's healthy."
Insider Reveals Pro-Zionist Bias of Amnesty International
Francis Boyle -- CovertAction Quarterly
... I got very actively involved in 1982. At that time I was leading the legal charge against the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and I tried very hard to get Amnesty International USA to do something ... And AI-USA refused to do anything at all because of the pro-Israel bias that concerns that organization ... I was elected to the board of directors in 1988. I spent four years on the Amnesty board for two terms ... In addition, you have here in the United States the very powerful role played by the Israel lobby on AI-USA. They are very powerful; they apply enormous pressure ... AI-USA pretty much kowtows to them ...
Israel�s Gaza Blockade is an `Abomination,� Says Tutu
Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu has called Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip an "abomination". He strongly condemned what he called international "silence and complicity" on the blockade, which he compared to the actions of Burma's leaders. Speaking at the end of a two day mission to the area, the former archbishop said the humanitarian situation there could not be justified. Earlier, 60 Palestinians were detained in an Israeli raid on northern Gaza. Residents in the Beit Hanoun area were summoned to a local square by Israeli troops with loudhailers before dozens were taken away, witnesses said.
Iranian Website Promotes `Holocaust Denial�
The Jerusalem Post (Israel)
The massacre of Jewish people during the Holocaust was "scientifically impossible," according to an article published by an Iranian satellite channel on its Web site. The article was written by Nicholas Kollerstrom, an academic specializing in astrology, who had his fellowship terminated by University College London last month after he said there were never any gas chambers at Auschwitz. Press TV, an Iranian English-language 24-hour news channel, was set up last year by the Iranian government ...
Bush and McCain�s Iran Insanity
President George Bush and his tag-along buddy John McCain are repeating almost word for word about Iran the pattern of lies and threats they used to justify the war against Iraq. Our intelligence agencies have said that Iran gave up the pursuit of a nuclear weapon three years ago. President Bush makes speeches as if he's never heard of any intelligence agencies ... Deterrence worked when the Soviet Union had 30,000 nuclear warheads, but these moronic, unscrupulous, intellectually dishonest, dishonorable neocons would convince you that deterrence wouldn't work against Iran.
First-Rate Talks Mark Successful IHR Meeting
Institute for Historical Review
First-rate talks by three seasoned speakers made the IHR meeting in southern California on Saturday, May 24, a spirited and memorable event. Paul Fromm reported with insight, verve and good humor on the increasingly successful battle for on-line free speech in Canada. Mark Weber, in a closely reasoned and well-referenced lecture, dismantled the myth of World War II as a "good war" clash between virtue and evil. Mark Green skillfully discredited the double standard that prevails in US media coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict, and explained why the dread label of "anti-Semitism" is inaccurate and bogus. A full report on the meeting, and the text of Weber�s address, will be posted soon.
Churchill�s Colossal Blunders
Patrick J. Buchanan
... In "Churchill, Hitler and `The Unnecessary War�: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World," published today, this writer will argue that it was colossal blunders of British statesmen, Winston Churchill foremost among them, that turned two European wars into world wars that may yet prove the mortal wounds of the West ... While excoriating Chamberlain for appeasing Hitler, Churchill's own appeasement of Stalin lasted longer and was even more egregious and costly, ensuring that the causes for which Britain sacrificed the empire ... were lost.
Paris During Nazi Occupation Was `One Big Romp'
The Sunday Times (Britain)
A new book which suggests that the German occupation of France encouraged the sexual liberation of women has shocked a country still struggling to come to terms with its troubled history of collaboration with the Nazis. Like a recent photographic exhibition showing Parisians enjoying themselves under the occupation, the book�s depiction of life in Paris as one big party is at odds with the collective memory of hunger, resistance and fear. "It is a taboo subject, a story nobody wants to hear," said Patrick Buisson, author of 1940-1945 Ann�es Erotiques ("erotic years").
Bush 'Plans Iran Air Strike by August'
Muhammad Cohen -- Asia Times
The George W Bush administration plans to launch an air strike against Iran within the next two months, an informed source tells Asia Times Online, echoing other reports that have surfaced in the media in the United States recently. Two key US senators briefed on the attack planned to go public with their opposition to the move, according to the source, but their projected New York Times op-ed piece has yet to appear. The source ... said last week that that the US plans an air strike against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The air strike would target the headquarters of the IRGC's elite Quds force.
Former White House Official McClellan Whacks Bush in New Memoir
Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan writes in a surprisingly scathing memoir to be published next week that President Bush "veered terribly off course," was not "open and forthright on Iraq," and took a "permanent campaign approach" to governing at the expense of candor and competence. Among the most explosive revelations in the 341-page book, titled "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington�s Culture of Deception." McClellan charges that Bush relied on "propaganda" to sell the war.
Israel Imposes Ten Year Ban on Finkelstein
Glenn Greenwald - Salon
On Friday, Israeli security forces, Shin Bet, detained Norman Finkelstein when he tried to enter Israel, kept him in an airport holding cell for 24 hours, ordered him deported from the country, and then imposed a ten-year ban on his entry. Finkelstein, the son of a Holocaust survivor, is a Jewish-American author and academic who has frequently criticized the Israeli government and provoked extreme animosity among right-wing factions in the U.S. He had flown to Israel 15 times previously without incident and was never charged with, let alone convicted of, any crime.
Israel Has 150 Nuclear Weapons, Says Jimmy Carter
Ex-US President Jimmy Carter has said Israel has at least 150 atomic weapons in its arsenal. The Israelis have never confirmed they have nuclear weapons, but this has been widely assumed since a scientist leaked details in the 1980s. Mr Carter made his comments on Israel's weapons at a press conference at the annual literary Hay Festival in Wales. He also described Israeli treatment of Palestinians as "one of the greatest human rights crimes on earth".
How The Iraq War Will End
The US Military has won every battle it has fought in Iraq, but it has lost the war. Wars are won politically, not militarily. Bush doesn't understand this. He still clings to the belief that a political settlement can be imposed through force. But he is mistaken. The use of overwhelming force has only spread the violence and added to the political instability. Now Iraq is ungovernable ... The Bush administration has decided to pursue a strategy that is unprecedented in US history. It has decided to continue to prosecute a war that has already been lost morally, strategically, and militarily. But fighting a losing war has its costs.
Jews and Power
Aaron David Miller - Forward (New York)
... Too many defenders of Israel pretend that Jewish political power has little to do with official American support for Israel (even while many know it does) ... Jews have a powerful voice in shaping America�s Middle East policy... The pro-Israeli community has won big-time. Bill Clinton was the most pro-Israeli Democratic president ever; George W. Bush, the most pro-Israeli Republican president ever. Regardless of whether Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama or John McCain wins in November, the American-Israeli relationship will remain strong and vibrant.
Social Propaganda Cartoons of 1950s
American Jewish Committee (New York)
During the early 1950s, Spots Before Your Eyes, a series of eight animated cartoons produced by American Jewish Committee, aired on TV stations throughout the nation. In 1954, AJC won Variety�s annual award for the best use of television in the field of human relations.
US Quietly Abandons Claims About Iranian Weapons
In a sharp reversal of its longstanding accusations against Iran arming militants in Iraq , the US military has made an unprecedented albeit quiet confession: the weapons they had recently found in Iraq were not made in Iran at all. According to a report by the Los Angeles Times correspondent Tina Susman in Baghdad: "A plan to show some alleged Iranian-supplied explosives to journalists last week in Karbala and then destroy them was canceled after the United States realized none of them was from Iran"... Consequently the Iraqi government announced that there is no hard evidence against Iran.
Iran Says US-Backed Group Planned Attack on Russian Consulate
The Associated Press
Iran said Thursday that a group Tehran has accused of bombing a mosque in the country last month and of having ties to the US and Britain also planned to attack a Russian consulate, the state-owned newspaper reported. The IRNA daily quoted Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi as saying the group planned to bomb the consulate in Rasht city in northern Iran to strain ties between Iran and Russia ... Iran has repeatedly accused both the US and Britain of backing groups to destabilize the government.
California Economy Woes Signal Nationwide Trend
As it did when the housing bubble began to burst, California is leading the way in the next leg: a consumer bust. Squeezed by rising unemployment, inflation in food and energy costs and plunging house prices, Californians are cutting back on spending. Besides causing woes for state and local government, this is giving California�s economy another knock and makes further job losses, home repossessions and banking problems more likely ... Unemployment has risen by 24%, to 6.2%, in the same period. But most importantly, in the ten months to the end of April sales tax receipts in California are actually down in absolute terms.
Bush Plays the Hitler Card
Patrick J. Buchanan
... Again, Bush has made a hash of history ... German tanks, however, did not roll into Poland until a year later, Sept. 1, 1939. Why did the tanks roll? Because Poland refused to negotiate over Danzig, a Baltic port of 350,000 that was 95 percent German and had been taken from Germany at the Paris peace conference of 1919, in violation of Wilson�s 14 Points and his principle of self-determination. Hitler had not wanted war with Poland. He had wanted an alliance with Poland in his anti-Comintern pact against Joseph Stalin. But the Poles refused to negotiate.
In Korea, Mass Graves Found of Thousands Killed By US Ally
The Associated Press
Grave by mass grave, South Korea is unearthing the skeletons and buried truths of a cold-blooded slaughter from early in the Korean War, when this nation's U.S.-backed regime killed untold thousands of leftists and hapless peasants in a summer of terror in 1950. With U.S. military officers sometimes present, and as North Korean invaders pushed down the peninsula, the southern army and police emptied South Korean prisons, lined up detainees and shot them in the head, dumping the bodies into hastily dug trenches ... The commission estimates at least 100,000 people were executed, in a South Korean population of 20 million.
Mass Killings in Korea Kept Hidden For Years
The Associated Press
One journalist's bid to report mass murder in South Korea in 1950 was blocked by his British publisher. Another correspondent was denounced as a possibly treasonous fabricator when he did report it. In South Korea, down the generations, fear silenced those who knew. Fifty-eight years ago, at the outbreak of the Korean War, South Korean authorities secretively executed, usually without legal process, tens of thousands of southern leftists and others rightly or wrongly identified as sympathizers ... How could such a bloodbath have been hidden from history?
McCain Rejects Backing of Pastor Over Remarks on Hitler
US presidential hopeful John McCain has rejected the backing of a Church leader who said Hitler was carrying out "God's will" in chasing the Jews from Europe. It comes after the comments by evangelical preacher Rev John Hagee, which were made in the 1990s, re-emerged on a US news website. In a sermon, Rev Hagee said the Nazi leader was carrying out a divine plan to gather Jews into the Holy Land.
When Survival of the Jewish People Is at Stake, There�s No Place for Morals
Yehezkel Dror - Forward (New York)
There is little disagreement that every Jewish leader, organization, community and individual has a duty to help ensure the continuity of the Jewish people ... When faced with such choices, the Jewish people ought not be captivated by political correctness and other thinking-repressing fashions ... When important for existence, violating the rights of others should be accepted, with regret but with determination ... In short, the imperatives of existence should be given priority over other concerns - however important they may be - including liberal and humanitarian values, support for human rights and democratization.
More Signs of Impending US Attack Against Iran
Israel�s Army Radio is reporting that President Bush intends to launch a military strike against Iran before the end of his term. The Army Radio, a network operated by the Israeli Defense Forces, quoted a government source in Jerusalem. The source disclosed that a senior official close to Bush said in a closed meeting that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney believed military action against Iran was now called for ... Numerous signs point to a U.S. strike on Iran in the near future...
US Ranks Lower in Global Rating of Peaceful Countries
The Associated Press
The United States is ranked as a little less peaceful than it was last year and a lot more violent than Kuwait, Nicaragua and Libya, according to the Global Peace Index released Tuesday by Britain's Economist Intelligence Unit. The index, now in its second year, ranks 140 countries according to their relative states of peace, based on factors such as military expenditure and respect for human rights. The latest index released Tuesday ranked the United States at 97th, one place lower than last year and way below countries such as Costa Rica, Madagascar and Chile. This year, Iceland is voted the most peaceful place ...
Most Americans Says US Is Headed in the Wrong Direction
National Public Radio
Americans are feeling pessimistic about the direction the country is heading, a new bipartisan NPR poll suggests. They're increasingly leaning toward alignment with the Democratic Party and divided over their choices for president in the fall. An unprecedented 80 percent of likely voters surveyed said the United States is on the wrong track - a huge jump from the 68 percent who felt that way in the previous NPR poll in January.
Soviets Not Surprised by 1941 German Attack
It [Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union] wasn't unexpected, because in the year before the war began, we got the documents from Germany about the Barbarossa plan, the main directions of the invasion, what the troops would look like, how many divisions would take part in this war ... [But] to say honestly, our army wasn't ready to meet the German troops, because our army didn't understand fully what this war would be like. Later on, a lot of military people wrote that this war was unexpected for them, but those are only fairy tales, because this war wasn't unexpected.
Hitler Admitted Ignorance of Soviet Military Might
G. Allen and R. Loewen
In a secretly recorded June 4, 1942, conversation Hitler spoke frankly with Finnish leaders about his ignorance of Soviet military power when he decided to attack the USSR. "We did not ourselves understand - just how strong this [Soviet] state was armed ... If I had had an idea - then I would have been even more difficult for me, but I would have taken the decision anyhow [to invade], because - there was no other possibility ... I had a conversation with [Soviet foreign minister] Molotov at that time [Nov. 1940], and it was absolutely certain that Molotov departed [from Berlin] with the decision to begin a war ... The demands that man brought up were clearly aimed to rule Europe in the end."
In Israel, Orthodox Jews Burn New Testaments
The Associated Press
Orthodox Jews set fire to hundreds of copies of the New Testament in the latest act of violence against Christian missionaries in the Holy Land. Or Yehuda Deputy Mayor Uzi Aharon said missionaries recently entered a neighborhood in the predominantly religious town of 34,000 in central Israel, distributing hundreds of New Testaments and missionary material. After receiving complaints, Aharon said, he got into a loudspeaker car ... urging people to turn over the material to Jewish religious students who went door to door to collect it. "The books were dumped into a pile and set afire in a lot near a synagogue," he said.
Is NATO Repeating the USSR's Afghan Mistakes?
Twenty years ago the tanks and armoured cars started to rumble north out of Kabul as the Soviet Union began its withdrawal from Afghanistan after eight-and-a-half years of war. The mujahideen ... had beaten a world superpower ... Zamir Kabulov ... now is Russian ambassador in Kabul ... "There is no mistake made by the Soviet Union that was not repeated by the international community here in Afghanistan," Mr Kabulov said, listing the problems. "Underestimation of the Afghan nation, the belief that we have superiority over Afghans and that they are inferior and they cannot be trusted to run affairs in this country."
Maliki Stalls US Plan to Pressure Iran
Gareth Porter -- Inter Press Service
Early this month, the George W. Bush administration's plan to create a new crescendo of accusations against Iran for allegedly smuggling arms to Shiite militias in Iraq encountered not just one but two setbacks. The Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to endorse U.S. charges of Iranian involvement in arms smuggling to the Mahdi Army, and a plan to show off a huge collection of Iranian arms captured in and around Karbala had to be called off after it was discovered that none of the arms were of Iranian origin.
Why Israel Can't Survive
Michael Petrou -- Maclean�s (Canada)
... Israel will be Jewish, or democratic. It can't be both. And if it can't be both, the Zionist dream on which Israel is founded will end. This is the gravest threat Israel faces on the eve of its 60th anniversary. It won't have another 60 years to address it ... Unless Israel can disentangle itself from the West Bank, or is prepared to expel most of the Arabs who live there, its very future as a state that is both Jewish and democratic is doubtful. "If there is no two-state solution here, there will be continuous warfare until one of the ethnic groups between the river [Jordan] and the sea wins," Israeli historian Benny Morris said ...
The Lost Tribes of Israel
Patrick J. Buchanan
As Israel enters its 61st year, Israelis may look back with pride. Yet, the realists among them must also look forward with foreboding ... Thus, not even counting Palestinians in Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the Gulf states, Israel�s 7 million to 8 million Jews in 2050 will be living with 13 million Palestinians in Israel, Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank. If Israel is to survive as a Jewish state, a separate and independent Palestinian state would seem an imperative. Yet, as Israelis continue to build outposts and expand and add settlements, the possibility of a Palestinian state recedes.
New School Book to Highlight Oregon�s Racist History
The Oregonian (Portland)
Portland Public Schools is poised to adopt a new curriculum today, making the district the first in the state to use a textbook exploring Oregon's racial history ... After slavery was declared illegal in Oregon in 1844, residents passed the "Lash Law" requiring African Americans to be whipped twice a year until they left the state. That law was changed in 1862 to charge African Americans, Chinese, Hawaiians and multiracial people an annual tax of $5 to live in the state. In today's terms, that would be asking primarily unskilled workers to pay an annual tax of $770.
Europeans Debate Historical Place of Communism
Ahto Lobjakas - RFE
Can communism be compared to Nazism? Does communism's record deserve as unequivocal a condemnation as that of Nazism? And should communism's modern-day adherents and apologists be rejected as firmly by Europe's political mainstream as those of Nazism? The debate over the historical record of communism simmers on in the European Union.
Oldest Known Bust of Caesar Found
Divers in France have found the oldest known bust of Roman dictator Julius Caesar at the bottom of the River Rhone, officials have said. The marble bust was found near Arles, which was founded by Caesar. France's culture ministry said the bust was from 46 BC, the date of the southern town's foundation. The ministry described the bust - which shows a lined face and a balding head - as typical of realist portraits of the Republican era.
Pentagon Targeted Iran for Regime Change in 2001
Gareth Porter -- Inter Press Service
Three weeks after the 9/11 terror attacks, former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld established an official military objective of not only removing the Saddam Hussein regime by force but overturning the regime in Iran, as well as in Syria and four other countries in the Middle East, according to a document quoted extensively in then Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith's recently published account of the Iraq war decisions ... This aggressive aim of remaking the map of the Middle East by military force and the threat of force was supported explicitly by the country's top military leaders.
New Biography of Gandhi Debunks Myths
... The real Gandhi was not the little man revered by the U.S. civil rights leadership for his commitment to non-violence, according to the authors of "Gandhi Under Cross-Examination," which, using the India leader's own words, portray him as an anti-black racist, an admirer of Adolf Hitler, a critic of George Washington and a man who believed Jews should not have resisted Nazi Germany's efforts to exterminate them.
Wildlife Populations 'Plummeting'
Between a quarter and a third of the world's wildlife has been lost since 1970, according to data compiled by the Zoological Society of London. Populations of land-based species fell by 25 percent, marine by 28 percent and freshwater by 29 percent, it says. Humans are wiping out about one percent of all other species every year, and one of the "great extinction episodes" in the Earth's history is under way, it says. Pollution, farming and urban expansion, over-fishing and hunting are blamed.
Sorensen Admits Collaboration on Kennedy `Profiles� Book
In his long-awaited memoirs, Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, former JFK aide Ted Sorensen admits he "collaborated" on Profiles in Courage with then Sen. John F. Kennedy. According to a Wall Street Journal review, Sorensen says, for the first time, that he "did a first draft of most chapters," "helped choose the words of many of its sentences" and likely "privately boasted or indirectly hinted that I had written much of the book."
Americans Spend Most Time on the Internet
The Telegraph (Britain)
Americans spend more time surfing the internet than anyone else in the world, with users clocking up an average of nearly 28 hours a month. Figures for March show the US leading the way for time spent online, with the average user spending almost an hour a day surfing ... Europe lags behind, with the French spending just under 20 hours connected to the net ... China has overtaken the West in its love of the internet and is now home to more internet users than the US.
The Challenge Of Modern Slavery
... In the twenty-first century, slavery is booming on a global scale. According to the United Nations, slavery is growing at an unprecedented rate. Figures put global slavery at 27 million persons, a generation of modern slaves that, according to the International Labor Organization, produces yearly profits of around $31 billion. Population explosion and great migrations coupled with globalization have boosted the slave trade. "The increase in slavery is linked to globalization," concurs Kevin Bales, author of Ending Slavery: How We Will Free Today�s Slaves.
Neocons and the Truth: Bitter Enemies to the End
... The neoconservative war-lovers behind this effort have not changed, nor have their tactics. They realize, as many of them acknowledge, that they will have four more years in power if John McCain is elected. But they also realize that he may not be, and that their last hope for their long-desired attack on Iran lies in convincing the current administration to provoke one before its tenure ends... It isn�t just the American neocons, but also the Israelis, who are escalating the "Attack Iran" campaign.
Tough Love for Israel: The Deceitful `Peace Process�
Henry Siegman -- The Nation
... There is no prospect for a viable, sovereign Palestinian state, primarily because Israel's various governments, from 1967 until today, have never had the intention of allowing such a state to come into being ... As long as Israel knows that by delaying the peace process it buys time to create facts on the ground, and that the international community will continue to indulge Israel's pretense that its desire for a two-state solution is being frustrated by the Palestinians, no new peace initiative can succeed, and the dispossession of the Palestinian people will indeed become irreversible.
History at its Most Brutal and Smelly
... Gregory Clark, head of the economics department at the University of California, has written A Farewell to Alms, subtitled A Brief Economic History of the World. It is one of the most fascinating, and the most disturbing, historical works I have read. It seems to suggest that the gross inequality of our world has less to do with the inherent unfairness of global capitalism and more with scarcely ineradicable cultural difference ... With a liberating lack of concern for political correctness, Clark identifies the richer and more aristocratic classes with the cleverest.
Recalling the Historic 1948 White House Clash Over US Recognition of Israel
Alfred M. Lilienthal
At the White House on the afternoon of May 12 , President Truman and his top advisers were discussing the appropriate action to be taken in the face of the likely announcement on May 15 in Tel Aviv of the establishment of a Jewish state... This, of course, was the beginning of what was to become an increasingly frequent campaign strategy for the next half-century as candidates from all parties chose the path of political expediency in a quest for Jewish political donations and votes.
A Page from President Truman�s Diary
The diary of Harry S Truman indicates that the president privately had a strongly negative opinion of Jews. In the diary, which includes 42 entries written in 1947, he recounts a conversation he had with Henry Morgenthau, the Secretary of the Treasury, who had phoned to discuss the fate of Jewish refugees. In criticizing the approach of Morgenthau, who was Jewish, Truman wrote in a July 21 passage, "The Jews, I find are very, very selfish. They care not how many Estonians, Latvians, Finns, Poles, Yugoslavs or Greeks get murdered or mistreated as D[isplaced] P[ersons] as long as the Jews get special treatment ..."
The Iraq War: Illegal and Unconstitutional
Jacob G. Hornberger
Throughout the race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, Barack Obama has taken Hillary Clinton to task for her 2002 vote authorizing President Bush to attack Iraq. Obama says that Clinton�s vote reflected poor judgment on her part. ... The law required President Bush to go to Congress and request a declaration of war against Iraq ... Under the Constitution the Congress is precluded from delegating its power to declare war to the president. Therefore, the congressional vote authorizing President Bush to make such a determination was illegal under our form of government.
Was World War Two Pointless?
Peter Hitchens - Daily Mail (Britain)
... On a recent visit to the USA I picked up two new books that are going to make a lot of people in Britain very angry ... We were told that the 1939-45 war was a good war, fought to overthrow a wicked tyrant, that the war in Iraq would be the same, and that those who opposed it were like the discredited appeasers of 1938 ... The two books ... are Patrick Buchanan's Churchill, Hitler And The Unnecessary War and Nicholson Baker's Human Smoke ... Many believe the 1939-45 war was fought to save the Jews from Hitler. No facts support this fond belief. If the war saved any Jews, it was by accident.
How Empires Fall: Unnecessary Wars
Paul Craig Roberts
In a new book that will infuriate the fake conservatives who inhabit the Republican Party, Patrick J. Buchanan documents how British self-righteousness, delusion, and hubris destroyed both the British Empire and Western ascendancy in two unnecessary wars launched by a small cabal of morons that ruled Britain. Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War shows that the two world wars that destroyed European civilization began when England declared war on Germany, thus dragging in the Empire, Commonwealth, and United States. This was a strategic blunder unparalleled in history.
Rising Nationalism Among Younger Chinese
... The explosion of nationalist sentiment, especially among young people, might seem shocking, but it's been simmering for a long time. In fact, Beijing's leadership, for all its problems, may be less hard-line than China's youth, the country's future. If China ever were to become a truly free political system, it might actually become more, not less, aggressive ... Young nationalists tend to be middle-class urbanites ... They can see that Shanghai and Beijing are catching up to Western cities, that Chinese multinationals can compete with the West, and they've lost their awe of Western power.