Bush will NEVER be able to set foot outside the U.S.! Jeremy Scahill & Naomi Klein

15 November, 2008 C-SPAN FIRST 3:40 SECONDS CROWD SHOT! SORRY!

Live coverage from the 2008 Miami Book Fair International featured book talks by authors, interviews with authors this segment includes Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and Jeremy Scahill, Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army

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Methinks they do protest too much By William Bowles

17 November 2008

I’m coming across quite a few essays by lefties bemoaning the fact that Barack Obama has somehow ‘let us down’. For example there’s a piece by Dave Lindorff ‘Obama’s First Big Mistake on the Job – Rescuing Joe Lieberman’

Mistake? There is no mistake. The gist of the piece is about the “treacherous” Joe Lieberman, former Dem, who when he lost the race for nomination as Democratic Senator for Connecticut, turned around and ran as an ‘independent’ (with the support of many Democrats and Republicans) and got elected. Okay, the guy is as Lindorff says, “…a wretched example of a man without principle—a back-stabbing slimeball of a politician whose only allegi[a]nce, apparently, besides to himself, is to Israel”, something else I object to in Lindorff’s piece is his qualification of his reference to Lieberman’s Zionist ‘credentials’:

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Encyclopaedia of Race and Racism under Zionist Attack

17 November, 2008

Earlier this year, Macmillan Reference USA – a leading publishing house – published a “The Encyclopedia of Race and Racism“.

race.jpgThe Encyclopaedia is the first such work examining the anthropological, sociological, historical, economic, and scientific theories of race and racism in the modern era. The set delves into the historic origins of ideas of race and racism and explores their social and scientific consequences. Some of the nearly 400 articles address broad theoretical topics that have helped to shape modern ideas about race and racism; others address more specific subjects in the larger fields. Zionism is one of those racist ideas explored in this book. It was written by Dr. Noel Ignatiev*.

In October 2008, the American Jewish Committee objected to the encyclopedia article on Zionism that Dr. Ignatiev wrote for “The Encyclopedia of Race and Racism“. In an effort to hide the truth behind Zionism, Zionist lobbies are now putting huge pressure on the publishing house to remove the article in which Dr. Ignatiev described Israel as a racial state, where rights are assigned on the basis of ascribed descent or the approval of the superior race and likened it to Nazi Germany and the Southern United States before the civil rights movement.

Action:
First, have a look at this entry on “Zionism” in the Macmillan “Encyclopedia of Race and Racism” (PDF File)

Now, you can guess where this is heading. You can see why the Zionists are going apoplectic – the article doesn’t just make the case for the Palestinian right of return but also quotes Lenni Brenner on Zionist collaboration with the Nazis. And much more.

Please sign the petition at:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/urge-macmillan-to-retain-entry-on-zionism

And you can also send individual e-mail messages to the publishers via:
emea.enquiries@cengage.com

They can be reached at:
Phone: 1-800-877-4253
Fax: 1-877-363-4253 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST or visit:
www.gale.cengage.com/contact.htm

* Noel Ignatiev is an American history professor at the Massachusetts College of Art best known for his call to “abolish” the white race. Ignatiev is the co-founder and co-editor of the journal Race Traitor and the New Abolitionist Society. He also has written a book on antebellum northern racism against Irish immigrants, How the Irish Became White.

British government to defy critics with secret GM crop trials

Ministers may ask the police to target opponents of GM crops in the way that they have cracked down on animal rights protesters.

by Andrew Grice, Political Editor
(Independent Online)

Ministers are drawing up plans for genetically-modified crops to be grown in secret and more secure locations to prevent trials being wrecked by saboteurs.

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Cost And Scope Of Iraq Contract Operations Escalates

PSC supporters routinely say that PSCs are more cost-effective than their public sector counterparts. They might be right, but how can one be sure if one doesn’t even know how many PSCs are under contract or what the total cost of their services is? — By David Isenberg

14 November, 2008 — Washington (UPI)
It is always difficult to write about private security contractors in Iraq because of the paucity of hard data. But we can now say that there are far more of them than we thought and that we are paying more for their services than previously known.

According to a recent government audit, first reported in The New York Times, at least 310 PSCs from around the world have received contracts from U.S. agencies to protect American and Iraqi officials, installations, convoys and other entities in Iraq since 2003, at a cost of about $6 billion.

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John Spritzler: A New Path For Israel?

16 November, 2008

Hours after resigning as prime minister of Israel on September 21, 2008, Ehud Olmert gave an interview to the Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth (excerpted in the New York Review of Books), in which he seems to have made a 180 degree turnaround from his former views. Olmert said,

“We must reach an agreement with the Palestinians, meaning a withdrawal from nearly all, if not all, of the [occupied] territories. Some percentage of these territories would remain in our hands, but we must give the Palestinians the same percentage [of territory elsewhere] without this, there will be no peace.” In answer to the interviewer asking, “Including Jerusalem?” Olmert replied, “Including Jerusalem with, I’d imagine, special arrangements made for the Temple Mount and the holy/historical sites.”

This is, at least verbally, a very different Ehud Olmert from the one who, in March of 2008, declared that even despite the fact that, as Al Jazeera’s report put it, “Washington has been especially critical of Israeli plans to build hundreds of new homes in [the Jerusalem neighborhood of] Har Homa,” he would do so. Al Jazeera reported,

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