Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Secret is Out
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israel's U.N. ambassador, in unusually blunt comments, criticized Russia, China and Qatar on Monday for disappointing the Jewish state in their role as U.N. Security Council members this year.

But Ambassador Dan Gillerman, addressing a New York meeting of B'nai B'rith International, a Jewish humanitarian organization, heaped praise on U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, jokingly describing him at one point as a secret member of Israel's own team at the United Nations.

Noting that just five diplomats worked in the busy Israeli U.N. Mission, he told the group: "Today the secret is out. We really are not just five diplomats. We are at least six including John Bolton." [...]

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Conservative Nanny State:
How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer

The key flaw in the stance that most progressives have taken on economic issues is that they have accepted a framing whereby conservatives are assumed to support market outcomes, while progressives want to rely on the government. This framing leads progressives to futilely lash out against markets, rather than examining the factors that lead to undesirable market outcomes. The market is just a tool, and in fact a very useful one. It makes no more sense to lash out against markets than to lash out against the wheel. [...]

Dean Baker is a macroeconomist and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. His blog, Beat the Press, provides commentary on economic reporting.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Stephen Colbert hosting the White House Correspondent Dinner
Stephen Colbert, with a stone-faced Bush seated to his right, consistently went for the jugular with offerings like:

"I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. And by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq."

and

"Let's review the rules. Here's how it works. The president makes decisions, he’s the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Put them through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know -- fiction."

The awkward and painfully uncomfortable audience reaction is a good indication of where the mainstream media stands on the high crimes of this administration.

Monday, April 24, 2006

imf meeting opec says producers not to blame for high oil prices
Qatar's oil minister blamed high oil prices on 'horrible' speculation and 'geopolitics' rather than any shortage of supplies.

'This frenzy is fabricated by speculators who are taking advantage of it in the most horrible way,' Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiya told reporters.

'If you can stop the politicians from making negative statements, I am sure you will see almost 15 dollars disappear from the price.'[...]

- via Xymphora

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Bush won't exclude iran nuke strike
The United States on Tuesday failed to secure international support for targeted sanctions against Iran and President George W. Bush refused to rule out nuclear strikes if diplomacy failed to curb the Islamic Republic's atomic ambitions. [...]

Raising the price of Brent crude to a record $72.64 a barrel on Tuesday - scaremongers, liars and serial killers push for nuclear weapons to protect us from nuclear weapons.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Lets Roll!

There's something about the cockpit voice recording the Moussaui jury heard that doesn't quite sound right. Universal Studios will undoubtedly clear all this up later this month.

"fool me once"
Uncle Chutzpah and his willing executioners-the media, UN and coalition of the cowardly and bribed-have isolated Iran and set her up for possible destabilization and aggression. One wouldn't think this possible given the remarkable parallels in argument and (phony) evidence in this case and that of the failed aggression in Iraq, but the power of the aggressor and subservience of the media and international community are apparently boundless...

And he even took the time to warn us.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

canada helps israel give starvation another try
Canada has ended all relations with the new Palestinian government, Ottawa announced Wednesday. "Not a red cent to Hamas," Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said on CBC's Inside Politics. "This is a terrorist organization."

Hamas members were sworn in as the Palestinian cabinet on Wednesday. Hamas replaced Fatah as the dominant Palestinian political party after winning the parliamentary election in January. The Hamas cabinet of 24 members includes 14 who have been jailed by the Israelis.

Israel has stopped paying the Palestinian Authority tens of millions of dollars in taxes it collects on the authority's behalf, and will consider additional sanctions. It has forbidden Hamas leaders from travelling between the West Bank and Gaza, so there were two ceremonies to swear in the new cabinet. [...]

Stephen Harper's government - embracing the power afforded it by 14% of eligible Canadian voters - has chosen to condemn the Palestinian people for democratically electing a government that is not to the liking of their occupiers. Supporting an Israeli tradition, Canada has chosen "to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not make them die of hunger", as was so eloquently put by Dov Weisglass, an adviser to Israel's newly elected prime minister.

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