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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Baithak World May30: Jim Lobe on WSJ, Mahatir, Headlines, Huffpollstrology, Brodner, RealNews

On the WSJ under Murdoch: Tuesday, it published yet another Islamophobic rant by its Global View columnist and former Jerusalem Post editor, Bret Stephens, comparing the recent guidelines by the departments of Homeland Security and State on the possibly counter-productive use of politically and religiously provocative words in the "global war on terror" with George Orwell's "Newspeak".

It also published a particularly unenlightening - and not very credible - excerpt from ultra-Likudist Doug Feith's recent book, War and Decision. Although it's hard to figure out exactly why the Journal published the article other than to help him promote the book - Stephens wrote a glowing review (unfortunately not available online) of it a few weeks ago - the excerpt appeared designed to reassure readers that Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs and terrorist ties really were the main reasons President George W Bush took the nation to war in Iraq (a thesis that has once again been cast into doubt by former White House spokesman Scott McClellan's new book) and that he, Feith, was right and everyone else was wrong about the administration's post-invasion "communications strategy" that made democracy promotion the principal justification. Dispatches from America by Jim Lobe DISPATCHES FROM AMERICA : Now it's a blockade against Iran Jim Lobe

Today trillions of dollars are being expended on the development and production of ever more lethal weapons of mass destruction. Poor countries are forced to buy these weapons by playing on their false sense of pride. They buy these expensive weapons so as not to be less well-equipped than their neighbours. Yet these weapons are often not used at all. Still they have to be upgraded or replaced with newer versions at tremendous cost. Mahatir: The Criminalisation of War

The corrupt politicians are not a Pakistani monopoly, it is the same in Israel A whole generation wants cash

Not all of Israel's politicians have been 18-karat gold. We have had a defense minister who was an alcoholic and another who looted archaeological treasures that rightfully belonged to the state. We have had a banker slated to become finance minister who, it was discovered, led a double life with a lover and a second piggy bank overseas. We have had cabinet ministers and other prominent officials who embezzled funds and have been tried, convicted and sentenced to prison. We have had a president who secretly received money from a friend and who - because of his lofty position, age and poor health - cut a deal that let him swap a resignation letter for a decision not to put him on trial. And what about opposition leader and former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu? Let him wait outside


Huffpollstrology: Candidates' Horoscopes, Polls And More For May 30
Ex-aide attacks 'deferential' Rice
U.S. Economy: The Worst is Yet to Come

New York Times Perpetuates the Myth that George Bush Won the 2000 Election
Human Rights Report Blasts "Hollowness of the U.S. Administration's Call for Democracy Abroad"
Pre-Iraq War Coverage: "Pretty Good Job" or "Embarrassing?"
Even the FBI Is Outraged over U.S. Torture
THE MOGAMBO GURU : Pawning for the payroll
Barack Obama supporter Brzezinski accuses Jewish lobby members of McCarthyism
The Third World War: Why NATO Troops Can't Deliver Peace in Afghanistan
A giant backward step on Iran
Diplomatic Deadlock: UN and EU at Loggerheads Over Kosovo Mission
Poisonous Legacy: Is Dow Chemical Liable for Bhopal?
Nicholas Kristof: Terrorism and the Olympics
Tutu shocked by Gaza conditions
Tutu: Gaza blockade abomination
The Super Power Withdraws Fulbright Grants to Gaza
Bahrain names Jewish ambassador
Modernity meets monasticism in Egypt's desert
Disturbing 2008 Global Peace Index Report
Bin Laden brother wants to build a bridge over the Red Sea
'Sharp Teeth': A Ferociously Good Read
Russian scientist proposes small nuclear plants as clean northern energy source
Ken Levine: Tech Support (?)
Sex And The Curvy Girl
6 most frequently quoted bullsh*t statistics.
An Ongoing Case Study of Der Spiegel: Shop Stewards
Essay: Indebtedness and the Possibility of the Gift by: Dan Briggs

Scott McClellan, former chicken, reincarnated rooster, crowing up the sun...which blasts light, as it was destined to do, on the most sludge-laden White House of all time (the fact that he, McChicken, was responsible for much of it notwithstanding). The Bush administration, seen to be a lock-stepping death machine, still in lockstep, responds by saying it is "puzzled." No doubt. That stuff can really clog your brain. PS: Er, fraud...impeachable, eh?

Scott McClellan

Brodner's Cartoon du Jour: Scott McClellan

Paul Jay presents RealNews
Israel: Olmert corruption scandal grows
Ehud Barak threatens to take Israeli Labour Party out of governing coalition unless Olmert steps aside view

Gene Giants: Climate saviors or profiteers?
Biotech companies seek hundreds of patents for genetically modified "climate-ready" seeds view

A precarious future in the rice paddies
Guardian: Part 2 on world food crisis, Philippine rice farmer on problems he faces feeding six children view

Peacekeepers and aid workers accused of sex abuse
Save the Children report alleges sexual abuse of children by peacekeepers and international aid workers view


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