Message to the Media on Obama and McCain – Council on Hemispheric Affairs

COHA has been compiling and sorting out a good deal of information and analyses on the policies and personalities likely to be embraced in the eventuality of either a McCain or Obama victory in tomorrow’s presidential contest. Among the themes being assessed, and assuming an Obama victory, there follows a cluster of issues that COHA’s staff has been examining.

1. New departures under Obama for inter-American relations.

2. Washington’s reaction to the launch of UNASUR.

3. U.S. bilateral relations with Havana and Caracas.

4. How Washington will react to Brazil’s rise to near-superpower status.

5. What the likely outcome of the next meeting of the FTAA in Trinidad will be.

6. Prospects for a U.S.-Colombia FTA under Obama.

7. Obama’s predilections in dealing with South America’s left-leaning governments.

8. Obama’s immigration policies towards Mexico and whether Cuba will continue to have privileged refugee status as opposed to Haiti and all other Latin American nations.

9. Obama’s treatment of the drug-legalization issue.

10. Whether an Obama presidency will put pressure on Peru’s Garcia administration to review the status of U.S. citizen Lori Berenson, thereby extending humanitarian considerations by commuting her 20 year jail sentence, most of which she has now served.

11. Whether economic relief will be extended to the English-speaking Caribbean islands which have been battered by recent hurricanes and which have been hobbled by the lack of a viable economy.

This analysis was prepared by COHA

Source: Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Media Lens: CHILDREN IN THE CROSSHAIRS

3 November, 2008

Media Silent On Evidence Of Israeli Targeting Of Youngsters

<strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media

On the afternoon of Thursday 28 February, 2008, a group of <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Palestinian boys were playing football on some open ground near their homes in the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Gaza Strip. At around 3.20pm, an Israeli aircraft fired a missile at the boys, killing four of them instantly and seriously injuring another three. The four dead boys were Omar Hussein Dardouna, aged 14, Dardouna Deib Dardouna, aged 12, Mohammed Na’im Hammouda, aged 9, and Ali Munir Dardouna who was just 8.

<strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Palestinian human rights fieldworkers investigated the circumstances of this attack by Israeli forces. They concluded there was no <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Palestinian resistance in the area at the time and that the boys “must have been clearly visible to the [Israeli] aircraft that fired the missile.”

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Blair says Muslim “extremists” are all “the same forces”

2 November, 2008

Cartoon by Steve BellAmerican satirist, Jon Stewart, interviewed Tony Blair on The Daily Show broadcast on the More4 channel on 19 September 2008. Extracts from it about Blair’s wars are reproduced below.

A striking feature revealed by the interview was that Stewart (who happens to be a Jew) is obviously much better informed about the Muslim world than Blair, under whose leadership Britain invaded two Muslim countries and who is now employed as a representative of the “international community” in Palestine, as he modestly put it.

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Ramzy Baroud – A Third Palestinian Intifada in the Making

2 November, 2008

baroud.jpgAt a recent conference I was repeatedly asked about the prospects for a third Palestinian uprising, or Intifada. The question, although seemingly uncomplicated, is both loaded and important, and cannot be answered in a mere two minutes or less.

A ‘third Intifada’ would imply that the second has already ended. But has it? Or did it simply lose momentum, sense of focus and direction, or were its energies squandered – as a popular uprising – on factional disputes and internal division?

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Studs Terkel: The Passing of An Icon

studs-terkel.jpgStuds Terkel was for the little guy. Our voice of America. Against war and “in-bed-with” journalists. To reign in the kind of abuses now rampant. Hold the powerful accountable. Support the public interest.

by Stephen Lendman

Despite his advanced age, the news came as a shock. An era had passed. On October 31, author, activist, actor, broadcaster, and mensch for all seasons Louis ‘Studs’ Terkel died peacefully at his Chicago North Side home at age 96. Already weakened by other ailments, his health declined further from a fall in his home two weeks earlier.

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