Most Americans Would Back Israeli Strike on Iran, Survey Shows
The Jerusalem Post (Israel)
Sixty-three percent of Americans say that if diplomacy fails to solve the Iranian nuclear crisis, they would approve of an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites, a new poll has found. The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and commissioned by The Israel Project, also finds that 87% of US voters feel that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a threat to the US. Meanwhile, 80% of Americans said it was likely Iran would use nuclear weapons if it acquired them. The threat of Iran is apparently felt across the political spectrum.
Carter Conspicuously Absent From Podium for Views on Israel
Forward (New York)
Former president Jimmy Carter�s controversial views on Israel cost him a place on the podium at the Democratic Party convention in late August, senior Democratic operatives acknowledged to the Forward. Breaking with the tradition of giving speech time to living former presidents, convention organizers honored Carter with only a short video clip highlighting his work with Hurricane Katrina victims and a brief walk across the Pepsi Center stage. The sidelining of Carter was driven by recognition in the Obama camp and among Democratic leaders that giving the former president a prominent convention spot might alienate Jewish voters.
Wilhelm Furtw�ngler and Music in the Third Reich
Antony Charles - Institute for Historical Review
Not only during his lifetime, but also in the decades since his death in 1954, Wilhelm Furtw�ngler has been globally recognized as one of the greatest musicians of this century, above all as the brilliant primary conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra, which he lead from 1922 to 1945, and again after 1950 ... Discussion of his life -- even today -- still provokes heated debate about the role of art and artists under Hitler and, on a more fundamental level, about the relationship of art and politics.
Furtw�ngler Conducts a Wartime Concert for Berlin Factory Workers
Wilhelm Furtw�ngler conducts the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra in a concert for factory workers in Berlin, 1942. The prelude to Wagner�s "Meistersinger" opera is performed. Video clip from a German wartime newsreel, with English subtitles. Runtime: 3:51 mins.
New Book on Mormon-Led Massacre Opens Old Wounds
The Associated Press
The date is etched in blood in Utah and Mormon church history and, on a more intimate level, the family trees of people like Karen Maxwell, a mother of eight and choir teacher from Salt Lake City. On Sept. 11, 1857, Mormon militiamen led the slaughter of 120 men, women and children on a wagon train bound for California in an incident known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Chief among the instigators was Isaac Haight, a local militia and church leader. Several generations later, Karen Maxwell would come to know of him as her grandfather's grandfather.
A Zionist Smear: The ADL Attacks an Islamic Peace Conference
Mark Weber -- Institute for Historical Review
The Anti-Defamation League is a master of deceit. A good example is the recent ADL blast against a conference in suburban Baltimore on August 16, 2008, where I was a speaker. Dedicated to peace and cross-cultural understanding, the meeting was organized by Jamaat al-Muslimeen, a local Islamic group.
In the Struggle for Peace and Justice: Countering Jewish-Zionist Power
Mark Weber (Address text)
... By supporting Israel and its policies, the United States betrays not only its own national interests, but the principles it claims to embody and defend. The only country in the world that has a nuclear weapons arsenal, that occupies territory of its neighbors, and which is in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions - is Israel. In fact, if the United States were to hold Israel to the same standards that it has applied to Iraq, Serbia, and other countries, American bombers and missiles would be blasting Tel Aviv, and American troops would seize Israel�s leaders and punish them for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Bush�s `Pax Americana� Foreign Policy in Shambles
Jim Lobe -- Inter Press Service
Whatever hopes the George W Bush administration may have had for using its post-September 11, 2001, "war on terror" to impose a new Pax Americana on Eurasia, and particularly in the unruly areas between the Caucasus and the Khyber Pass, they appear to have gone up in flames - in some cases, literally - over the past two weeks ... Meanwhile, any hope of concluding a framework for a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority by the time Bush leaves office less than five months from now appears to have vanished...
Russia and China Send a Message: History�s Back
Bill Keller -- The New York Times
Writing in The Financial Times last week, Chrystia Freeland recalled Francis Fukuyama's 1989 essay "The End of History?" - which trumpeted the definitive triumph of liberal democracy. The great nightmare tyrannies of last century - the Evil Empire, Red China - had been left behind by those inseparable twins, freedom and prosperity. Civilization had chosen, and it chose us. So much for that thesis ... History, it seems, is back, and not so obviously on our side.
Historian Suggests Southerners Defeated Confederacy
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Generations of students have been taught that the South lost the Civil War because of the North�s superior industry and population. A new book suggests another reason: Southerners were largely responsible for defeating the Confederacy. In "Bitterly Divided: The South�s Inner Civil War," historian David Williams of Valdosta State University lays out some tradition-upsetting arguments that might make the granite brow of Jefferson Davis crack on Stone Mountain. "With this book," wrote Publishers Weekly, "the history of the Civil War will never be the same again."
Who Started Cold War II?
Patrick J. Buchanan
... Vladimir Putin is no Stalin. He is a nationalist determined, as ruler of a proud and powerful country, to assert his nation�s primacy in its own sphere, just as U.S. presidents from James Monroe to Bush have done on our side of the Atlantic. A resurgent Russia is no threat to any vital interests of the United States. It is a threat to an American Empire that presumes some God-given right to plant U.S. military power in the backyard or on the front porch of Mother Russia. Who rules Abkhazia and South Ossetia is none of our business.
Obama: New Actor on the Same Old Stage
Robert Fisk - The Independent (Britain)
... Israel is going to have it easy. Because no sooner is he [Obama] elected than he will be enmeshed in the Middle East tragedy and be forced to take sides - Israel's, of course - and then it will be time for the next election, so the president's hands will be tied again and he'll be talking about Israel's security (rather than Palestinian security) and we'll be back on the same old itinerary.
Joe Biden Says `I Am a Zionist�
Ynet News (Israel)
Senator Joe Biden, who was chosen by Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama to be his running mate in the upcoming US elections, has previously declared himself to be a Zionist. Calling Israel "the single greatest strength America has in the Middle East," he also revealed a Jewish connection in an interview last year. During the interview conducted by the Jewish 'Shalom TV' Biden said, "I am a Zionist. You don't have to be a Jew to be a Zionist." He also revealed that his son is married to a Jewish woman, of the Berger family from Delaware, and that he had participated in a Passover Seder at their house.
Battle Over Faked Holocaust Memoir in Mass. Court
The Associated Press
It was a shock to Misha Defonseca's readers this year when she admitted that the best-selling story of her tortured childhood during the Holocaust was false, but her U.S. publisher saw it as an opportunity to undo a stinging, seven-year-old court judgment. Jane Daniel says she never would have been ordered to pay Defonseca and her ghost writer $32.4 million over her handling of profits from "Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years" had the jury known the book was filled with lies. Defonseca never lived with wolves to escape the Nazis, never killed a German soldier in self-defense, never walked 3,000 miles across Europe in search of her parents.
Huge Statue of Roman Ruler Found
Parts of a giant, exquisitely carved marble sculpture depicting the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius have been found at an archaeological site in Turkey. Fragments of the statue were unearthed at the ancient city of Sagalassos. So far the statue's head, right arm and lower legs have been discovered, high in the mountains of southern Turkey. Marcus Aurelius was portrayed by Richard Harris in the Oscar-winning 2000 film Gladiator and was one of the so-called "Five Good Emperors". He reigned from 161AD until his death in 180 AD.
Attacking Iran Via South Ossetia
Stephen Kinzer -- The Guardian (Britain)
An editor I once worked for told me that when his parents and grandparents discussed the day's news over dinner, they would inevitably finish by asking each other: "Is it good for the Jews?" "Whether it was a war or an earthquake or men landing on the moon, it would always come down to that," he recalled. "They saw everything through that lens." This year, I've developed a comparable pathology. I am terrified that the Bush administration is going to attack Iran sometime before it leaves office on January 20. Whenever there is a new tremor in Washington or the wider world, I ask myself: Does this make an American strike against Iran more or less likely?
Crisis in the Caucasus
The Bush administration appears to have pulled off its latest military fiasco in the Caucasus. What was supposed to have been a swift and painless takeover of rebellious South Ossetia by America's favorite new ally, Georgia, has turned into a disaster that left Georgia battered, Russia enraged, and NATO badly demoralized. Not bad for two days work. Equally important, Russia�s Vladimir Putin swiftly and decisively checkmated the Bush administration�s clumsy attempt last week to expand US influence into the Caucasus, and made the Americans and their Georgian satraps look like fools. We are not facing a return to the Cold War - yet.
Large U.S. Bank Collapse Ahead, Says Ex-IMF Economist
The worst of the global financial crisis is yet to come and a large U.S. bank will fail in the next few months as the world's biggest economy hits further troubles, former IMF chief economist Kenneth Rogoff said on Tuesday. "The U.S. is not out of the woods. I think the financial crisis is at the halfway point, perhaps. I would even go further to say 'the worst is to come'," he told a financial conference. "We're not just going to see mid-sized banks go under in the next few months, we're going to see a whopper, we're going to see a big one, one of the big investment banks or big banks," said Rogoff, who is an economics professor at Harvard University.
Zionist ADL Smears Islamic Peace Conference
Anti-Defamation League (New York)
A small Muslim organization that promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial recently played host to a gathering in Baltimore that featured speeches by prominent domestic extremists. According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the gathering is just the latest example of the "burgeoning relationship" between far-right and Muslim extremists in the United States ... Among the anti-Semites who attended were Mark Glenn, a contributor to the anti-Semitic newspaper American Free Press; Charles Carlson, Director of We Hold These Truths, an Arizona-based anti-Semitic group; and Mark Weber, Director of the Institute for Historical Review.
Buyers of Bogus Degrees Named
The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington)
Hundreds of people working in the military, government and education are on a list of almost 10,000 people who spent $7.3 million buying phony and counterfeit high school and college degrees from a Spokane diploma mill. The complete list of buyers, which the U.S. Department of Justice has refused to release to the public, has been obtained by The Spokesman-Review. "There are people in high places with these degrees, and only one of them has been charged with a crime," a source familiar with the list said Monday.
Hadrian: The Roman Emperor Behind the Wall
The Associated Press
He led a global superpower, bought popularity with tax cuts and faced a divisive war in Iraq. In many ways, the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his 2,000-year-old world sound familiar. A new exhibition at the British Museum aims to show that Hadrian, best remembered for building a 117-kilometre wall to separate England and Scotland, is a leader whose achievements and contradictions helped forge our times. "Hadrian is one of the great Roman emperors," exhibition curator Thorsten Opper said Tuesday. "He takes over the empire at a time of acute military crisis, he stabilizes that empire and he assures its survival. "In a sense, he made the world we still live in today."
Hadrian: Emperor of the 'First Holocaust'
Daily Mail (Britain)
... Emperor Hadrian's name has lived on through the ages thanks to his colourful legends, but it is little-known he was responsible for the slaughter of 600,000 Jews Yet when he had ascended the imperial throne 18 years before, Hadrian was hailed as one of the most enlightened and peace-loving of all emperors. What had gone so terribly wrong?
Georgia-Russia Conflict a Blow to Bush Foreign Policy
Julian E. Barnes -- Los Angeles Times
In the last week, two major pillars of President Bush's approach to foreign policy have crumbled, jeopardizing eight years of work and sending the administration scrambling for new strategies in the waning months of its term. From the earliest days of his presidency, Bush had said spreading democracy was a centerpiece of his foreign policy. At the same time, he sought to develop a more productive relationship with Russia, seeking Moscow's cooperation on issues such as terrorism, Iran's nuclear program and expansion of global energy supplies.
The West Shares the Blame for Georgia
Anatol Lieven - The Financial Times (Britain)
The bloody conflict over South Ossetia will have been good for something at least if it teaches two lessons. The first is that Georgia will never now get South Ossetia and Abkhazia back. The second is for the west: it is not to make promises that it neither can, nor will, fulfil when push comes to shove. Georgia will not get its separatist provinces back unless Russia collapses as a state, which is unlikely.
Our Friends in Georgia: Israel�s Mistake
Talking to official Israeli representatives in Georgia can be confusing. One moment they're bragging about their close ties with senior members of the local government "He's our man, he's been working with us for years," they say of a government minister, and the next they're emphasizing that Israel does not support either side, and is trying to keep its head above the murky waters of the Caucasian swamp. It can be said almost with certainty that Israel bet on the wrong horse here, and is trying to limit its damage which may turn out to be particularly serious as swiftly as possible. Israel wanted to play a central role in Georgia.
The Secular Religion of `The Holocaust�
The religion of "the Holocaust" is a secular one: it belongs to the lay world; it is profane; in actuality, it has at its disposal the secular arm, that is a temporal authority with dreaded power. It has its dogma, its commandments, its decrees, its prophets and its high priests. As one revisionist has observed, it has its circle of saints, male and female, amongst whom, for example, Saint Anne (Frank), Saint Simon (Wiesenthal) and Saint Elie (Wiesel). It has its holy places, its rituals and its pilgrimages. It has its sacred (and macabre) buildings and its relics...
Holocaust by Hunger: Stalin's Great Famine
Daily Mail (Britain)
... The brutal Soviet dictator Josef Stalin reflected that he would have liked to deport the entire Ukrainian nation, but 20 million were too many to move even for him. So he found another solution: starvation. Now, 75 years after one of the great forgotten crimes of modern times, Stalin's man-made famine of 1932-33, the former Soviet republic of Ukraine is asking the world to classify it as a genocide. The Ukrainians call it the Holodomor - the Hunger. Millions starved as Soviet troops and secret policemen raided their villages, stole the harvest and all the food in villagers' homes.
Jewish Group Sues YouTube Over French Video
A French Jewish group is suing the YouTube video-sharing website over a clip showing a host of Jewish public figures to the soundtrack of a pre-war anti-Semitic song. The video posted on the US site YouTube and its French rival Dailymotion shows a slideshow of more than 150 French politicians, TV stars, journalists, writers, philosophers, actors, singers and comedians. It is set to the sound of a song recorded before World War II, called "Rebecca's wedding," which describes the guests at a Jewish wedding as dirty, rude and dishonest.
Minorities Set to be US Majority by 2042
White people of European descent will no longer make up a majority of the US population by the year 2042 - eight years sooner than previous estimates. The big change is among Hispanics and Asians, whose numbers are expected to double by the middle of the century to form 30 percent and 9 percent of the population. It is projected that black people will account for 15 percent, a small increase.
Democracy: A Flickering Star?
Patrick J. Buchanan
In his 1937 "Great Contemporaries," Winston Churchill wrote, "Whatever else may be thought about (Hitler�s) exploits, they are among the most remarkable in the whole history of the world." Churchill was referring not only to Hitler�s political triumphs - the return of the Saar and reoccupation of the Rhineland - but his economic achievements. By his fourth year in power, Hitler had pulled Germany out of the Depression, cut unemployment from 6 million to 1 million, grown the GNP 37 percent, and increased auto production from 45,000 vehicles a year to 250,000. City and provincial deficits had vanished. In material terms, Nazi Germany was a startling success.
Georgia War a Neocon Election Ploy?
... What is at work here is a neoconservative, self-fulfilling prophecy in which Russia is turned into an enemy that expands its largely reduced military, and Putin is cast as the new Josef Stalin bogeyman, evoking images of the old Soviet Union. McCain has condemned a "revanchist Russia" that should once again be contained. Although Putin has been the enormously popular elected leader of post-Communist Russia, it is assumed that imperialism is always lurking, not only in his DNA but in that of the Russian people.
A Path to Peace in the Caucasus
... The roots of this tragedy lie in the decision of Georgia's separatist leaders in 1991 to abolish South Ossetian autonomy. This turned out to be a time bomb for Georgia's territorial integrity. Each time successive Georgian leaders tried to impose their will by force -- both in South Ossetia and in Abkhazia, where the issues of autonomy are similar -- it only made the situation worse. New wounds aggravated old injuries ... The Georgian military attacked the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali with multiple rocket launchers designed to devastate large areas. Russia had to respond. To accuse it of aggression against "small, defenseless Georgia" is not just hypocritical but shows a lack of humanity.
China To Overtake US As Largest Manufacturer
The Financial Times (Britain)
China is set to overtake the US next year as the world�s largest producer of manufactured goods, four years earlier than expected, as a result of the rapidly weakening US economy. The great leap is revealed in forecasts for the Financial Times by Global Insight, a US economics consultancy. According to the estimates, next year China will account for 17 percent of manufacturing value-added output of $11,783 billion and the US will make 16 percent.
US Turns Down Israeli Plan for Attack on Iran
The American administration has rejected an Israeli request for military equipment and support that would improve Israel's ability to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. A report published last week by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) states that military strikes are unlikely to destroy Iran�s centrifuge program for enriching uranium. The Americans viewed the request, which was transmitted (and rejected) at the highest level, as a sign that Israel is in the advanced stages of preparations to attack Iran. They therefore warned Israel against attacking, saying such a strike would undermine American interests.
Polish Investigators Tie Partisans to Massacre
Forward (New York)
As Paramount Pictures gears up its ad campaign for a new movie about a band of Jewish partisans who fought the Nazis, some in Poland are suggesting that the partisans in question may also have been murderers. In anticipation of the December release of "Defiance," - starring Daniel Craig, the actor best-known as the latest incarnation of James Bond - the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza ran an article headlined, "A Hollywood Movie About Heroes or Murderers?"
Book Says White House Ordered Forgery
Mike Allen - Politico
A new book by the author Ron Suskind claims that the White House ordered the CIA to forge a back-dated, handwritten letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein. Suskind writes in "The Way of the World," to be published Tuesday, that the alleged forgery - adamantly denied by the White House - was designed to portray a false link between Hussein�s regime and al Qaeda as a justification for the Iraq war. The author also claims that the Bush administration had information from a top Iraqi intelligence official "that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq - intelligence they received in plenty of time to stop an invasion."
Early Lessons From South Ossetia Conflict
Paul Reynolds - BBC News
Although the fighting over South Ossetia is not over, and fighting for another Georgian enclave, Abkhazia, looks like developing, it is perhaps not too early to learn some tentative lessons from the crisis. 1. Do not punch a bear on the nose unless it is tied down...
War in Georgia: The Israeli Connection
Ynet News (Israel)
For past seven years, Israeli companies have been helping Gerogian army to preparer for war against Russia through arms deals, training of infantry units and security advice / The fighting which broke out over the weekend between Russia and Georgia has brought Israel's intensive involvement in the region into the limelight. This involvement includes the sale of advanced weapons to Georgia and the training of the Georgian army's infantry forces. The Defense Ministry held a special meeting Sunday to discuss the various arms deals held by Israelis in Georgia, but no change in policy has been announced as of yet.
Georgian Minister Thanks Israel
Georgian Minister Temur Yakobashvili yesterday praised Israel for its role in training Georgian troops and said Israel should be proud of its military might. "Israel should be proud of its military, which trained Georgian soldiers," Yakobashvili, who is Jewish, told Army Radio in Hebrew. He was referring to a private Israeli group Georgia had hired. Yakobashvili, Georgia's minister of reintegration, said this training enabled Georgia to defend itself against Russian forces in the warfare that erupted last week in the separatist region of South Ossetia, Georgia.
Ancient Computer Tracked Olympics
Los Angeles Times
A 2,100-year-old bronze-and-iron astronomical computer that predicted eclipses and other astronomical events also showed the cycle of the Greek Olympics and the related games that led up to it, researchers will report today. The research team has also been able to decipher all the month names from the heavily corroded fragments of the so-called Antikythera mechanism, providing the first concrete evidence that an astronomical scheme devised by the Greek astronomer Geminos was put to practical use.
Neocon Flap Highlights Jewish Divide
Daniel Luban and Jim Lobe - Inter Press Service
A mushrooming media controversy pitting neoconservatives against a prominent Jewish-American political commentator could mark a new stage in the growing battle over who speaks for the US Jewish community on foreign policy issues, particularly regarding the Middle East. Time columnist Joe Klein's accusations that Jewish neoconservatives, who played a particularly visible role in the drive to war in Iraq and have since pushed for military confrontation in Iran, sacrificed "US lives and money...to make the world safe for Israel," have spurred angry charges of anti-Semitism...
The War With Iran is On
The war between the United States and Iran is on. American taxpayer dollars are being used, with the permission of Congress, to fund activities which result in Iranians being killed and wounded, and Iranian property destroyed. This wanton violation of a nation�s sovereignty would not be tolerated if the tables were turned and Americans were being subjected to Iranian-funded covert actions which took the lives of Americans, on American soil, and destroyed American property and livelihood. Many Americans remain unaware of what is transpiring abroad in their name.
Record Federal Budget Deficit Projected for 2009
The Associated Press
The next president will inherit a record US budget deficit of $482 billion, according to a new Bush administration estimate released Monday. The administration said the deficit was being driven to an all-time high by the sagging economy and the stimulus payments being made to 130 million households in an effort to keep the country from falling into a deep recession. But the numbers could go even higher if the economy performs worse than the White House predicts. The budget office predicts the economy will grow at a rate of 1.6 percent this year and will rebound to a 2.2 percent growth rate next year.
If Iran is Attacking It Might Really Be Israel
Philip Giraldi - The American Conservative
The Benny Morris op-ed in The New York Times [July 18] should provide convincing evidence that Israel really really really wants an attack against Iran sooner rather than later. Morris is close to the Israeli government, and his case that Iran must be bombed soon and with maximum conventional weaponry to avoid using nukes later was clearly intended to push the United States to do the attacking. The likelihood that Dick Cheney is almost certainly supportive of a US pre-emptive strike and might well be pulling strings behind the scenes, possibly without the knowledge of the Great Decider, makes the next several months particularly significant if a war is to be avoided.
US Politicians Are Obliged to Agree With Israel, Says Carter
Because of "political pressures," says former US President Jimmy Carter, any American political candidate running for higher office "cannot possibly approve doing anything" by him "with which the government of Israel disagrees." Carter thus confirms that only pro-Israel politicians can get elected in the US. Interview excerpt. Video runtime: 34 seconds
JFK Was Enraged at 'Zionist Control' in Politics
During the 1960 presidential election campaign, John F. Kennedy was "outraged" by the Jewish-Zionist role in American politics. This is reported by investigative reporter Seymour M. Hersh, in his 1991 book, The Samson Option: Israel�s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy. "As an American citizen he was outraged," Bartlett recalled, 'to have a Zionist group come to him and say: "We know your campaign is in trouble. We're willing to pay your bills if you'll let us have control of your Middle East policy�." Kennedy also "resented the crudity with which he'd been approached. 'They wanted control,� he angrily told Bartlett."
In Enemy Territory: `No Go Zones� in German Cities
Die Welt (Germany)
... In the northern downtown of Essen trouble and crime are the agenda of the day. Robbery in parks, drug trafficking, fencing of goods, fights, black-market workers. "It is unbelievable that such a lawless place has evolved" said the Essen chief police inspector, Ditmar Jensen, in April 2007. That�s why the area was designated a "danger zone" by the Nordrhein-Westphal police. Since then, the police have authorized harsher control.
In Australia, `Revisionist� Toben Clashes with Court Over Postings
The Advertiser (Australia)
Holocaust "revisionist" Fredrick Toben should be jailed for criminal contempt of court if he can't afford a fine, the Federal Court has been told. Dr Toben faces a contempt finding in the Federal Court in Adelaide, accused of failing to stop publishing racist material on his Adelaide Institute website - despite a 2002 Federal Court order and an undertaking he made last year. He pleaded not guilty to 28 charges this week, after allegations from former president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Jeremy Jones, that Dr Toben was still breaching the Racial Discrimination Act on his website.
Not a Dime�s Worth of Difference on Foreign Policy
Jacob G. Hornberger
An op-ed in the conservative Wall Street Journal provides another example of how there isn�t a dime�s worth of difference between Republicans and Democrats, especially when it comes to foreign policy. The op-ed, entitled "Don�t Expect a Big Change in U.S. Foreign Policy" by Timothy J. Lynch and Robert S. Singh, argues that no matter who is elected president - McCain, Obama, or Clinton - foreign interventionism will continue to be the order of the day. We all know where John McCain and Hillary Clinton stand, especially with respect to the war of aggression against Iraq, a type of war that was punished as a war crime at Nuremberg.
A Brazen Evil
Evil usually hides its face, because the sight of it repulses all but the depraved. However, in the case of Benny Morris, writing in The New York Times, we see something new: a proud evil, glorying in pure malevolence. His piece is a cold, calculated attempt to simultaneously shock and intimidate, one that succeeds at the former but fails miserably at the latter. Here's the shocker, really a double jolt: "Israel," he avers, "will almost surely attack Iran's nuclear sites in the next four to seven months." Either that, he writes, or else Israel will eventually have to launch "a preemptive nuclear strike." His message to the West: take out Iran, or we'll nuke 'em!
Solzhenitsyn's Critical View of the US
Agence France Presse
Alexander Solzhenitsyn may have come to hate the Stalinist Soviet Union, but the capitalist United States did not win his heart either ... The conflict blew up on June 8, 1978, two years after Solzhenitsyn left Switzerland to set up in Cavendish, a village of 1,300 people, which Solzhenitsyn described as a little piece of Russia. On that day, addressing Harvard University students, the survivor of the Stalinist gulags said he would not recommend the United States as a model f or transforming the Soviet Union.
While in the East the party manages everything, he said, in the West everything is managed by commerce.
A World Split Apart
Alexander Solzhenitsyn - Harvard University (1978)
... If the world has not come to its end, it has approached a major turn in history, equal in importance to the turn from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. It will exact from us a spiritual upsurge, we shall have to rise to a new height of vision, to a new level of life where our physical nature will not be cursed as in the Middle Ages, but, even more importantly, our spiritual being will not be trampled upon as in the Modern era. This ascension will be similar to climbing onto the next anthropologic stage. No one on earth has any other way left but -- upward.
Television Under The Swastika
Spiegel TV (Germany)
Documentary on television broadcasting in Third Reich Germany. Runtime: 54:44 mins. Includes portions of broadcasts from the 1936 Berlin Olympics, entertainment, propaganda, and more. The world�s first regularly scheduled television broadcasting begin in Berlin on March 22, 1935. It continued, with steady improvements in broadcast quality, until the fall of 1944.
Honorable Exit From Empire
Patrick J. Buchanan
As any military historian will testify, among the most difficult of maneuvers is the strategic retreat... From 1989 to 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Empire and breakup of the U.S.S.R., America had an opportunity to lay down its global burden and become again what Jeane Kirkpatrick called "a normal country in a normal time."
We let the opportunity pass by, opting instead to use our wealth and power to convert the world to democratic capitalism. And we have reaped the reward of all the other empires that went before: A sinking currency, relative decline, universal enmity, a series of what Rudyard Kipling called "the savage wars of peace."
Rendering Public Opinion Irrelevant
Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com
... The worldwide consensus is crystal clear -- citizens want their governments to be neutral and even-handed in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, not tilted towards either side. And that consensus is shared not just by a majority of American citizens, but by the overwhelming majority. Few political views, particularly on controversial issues, attract more than 70% support among American citizens. But the proposition that the U.S. government should be even-handed -- rather than tilting towards Israel -- attracts that much support.
Paul Craig Roberts
... Without the Constitution we have no protection. We simply stand naked before unbridled government power. That�s pretty much how we stand now after seven and a half years of the Bush Regime. Electing a Democratic Congress in 2006 did not make any difference... Across the political spectrum, Americans are happy to shred the Constitution in behalf of some agenda or the other. .. Bush�s "war on terror," essentially a hoax, has transformed the United States into a lawless nation. We are not lawless in the sense of an absence of laws. We are lawless in the sense that despite a surfeit of laws, we no longer have the rule of law.
Women's Brains Are Different From Men's
The Independent (Britain)
Men and women show differences in behaviour because their brains are physically distinct organs, new research suggests. Male and female brains appear to be constructed from markedly different genetic blueprints. The differences in the circuitry that wires them up and the chemicals that transmit messages inside them are so great as to point to the conclusion that there is not just one kind of human brain, but two, according to recent neurological studies.
U.S. Hispanic Population Now 15 Percent of Total
Kansas City InfoZine
The nation's Hispanic population increased 1.4 million to reach 45.5 million on July 1, 2007, or 15.1 percent of the estimated total U.S. population of 301.6 million. National and state estimates by race, Hispanic origin, sex and age released by the U.S. Census Bureau also show that the Hispanic population exceeded 500,000 in 16 states. Hispanics remained the largest minority group, with blacks (single race or multiracial) second at 40.7 million in 2007.
Obama: 'Make Sure Your Child Can Speak Spanish'
At a campaign event in Powder Springs, Georgia, Barack Obama told the crowd that "instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English, they'll learn English, you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish." Obama called America's lack of bilingual speakers "embarrassing," and said that "we should have every child speaking more than one language."
The Zionist Power Configuration in America and Israel�s War with Iran
... Intellectuals silently complicit with the main purveyors of war for Israel are abdicating their responsibility to speak truth to power - in this case Zionist power. At some point intellectual abdication becomes co-responsibility for a Middle East catastrophe... To continue to masquerade as �war critics� while ignoring the central role of the Zionist Power Configuration makes pundits like Chomsky, Moyers and Powers and their acolytes irrelevant to the anti-war struggle. They are part of the problem, not part of the solution.
Russians Get New, Fond Glimpse of the Last Czar
The New York Times
The black-and-white photographs are ordinary enough: Czar Nicholas II, his wife and their five children relax in the countryside. His wife, Alexandra, mingles with patients in a hospital. Their son, Crown Prince Aleksei, poses in a traditional Russian sailor suit. But to many of the Russians who visited the new "Crown of the Czar" exhibition in Moscow last week, these pictures of the royal family were breathtaking. Older people who grew up versed in the canon of Marx and Lenin seemed particularly grateful to see documents and other items that had been locked away in archives for so many decades.
Linz, Austria: The H Word
... In Linz itself, there is no getting away from the H word. The Nibelungen Bridge still spans the river and you can�t miss the town hall balcony from which the Fuehrer gave his first mass rant on marching into Austria in March 1938. Cheap homes that he built for industrial workers in the Nazi boom are still known as �Hitlerbauten�. Although he was born in the outlying village of Braunau and there are no plaques on any wall, Linz is Hitler�s town as Salzburg is Mozart�s and Stratford Shakespeare�s.
Israel Fears Scathing U.S. Report on its West Bank Policies
The United States security coordinator for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, retired general James Jones, is preparing an extremely critical report of Israel's policies in the territories and its attitude toward the Palestinian Authority's security services. A few copies of the report's executive summary (or, according to some sources, a draft of it) have been given to senior Bush Administration officials, and it is reportedly arousing considerable discomfort.
The Strange Decline of the Paperboy
People in many areas of the country struggle to get a newspaper delivered. It's the burning issue in the world of the newsagent - where did all the newspaper boys and girls go? Becoming a paper boy or girl is a rite of passage for many children. Perhaps more than any other part-time job, it educates the young future worker about the importance of getting up in the morning, of punctuality, of steadfastness.
We, the Salt of the Earth, Take Precedence
Paul Craig Roberts
... Three recent books are good antidotes for this unjustified self-esteem. One is Patrick J. Buchanan�s Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War. Another is After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation, by Giles MacDonogh, and a third is John Pilger�s Freedom Next Time. Buchanan�s latest book is by far his best. It is spell-binding from his opening sentence: "All about us we can see clearly now that the West is passing away." As the pages turn, the comfortable myths, produced by history written by the victors, are swept aside. The veil is lifted to reveal the true faces of British and American exceptionalism: stupidity and deceit.