August 2006

Excerpt from Edward R. Murrow’s See it Now broadcast of 9 March 1954 on CBS TV, “A Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy.” Wikisource.

“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. (more…)

Ismael Hossein-zadeh ICH 8/28/06

It is no longer a secret that the Bush administration has been methodically paving the way toward a bombing strike against Iran. The administration’s plans of an aerial military attack (more…)

By Mike Whitney ICH 8/30/06

This month’s figures prove that the so-called “housing bubble” is not only real, but that its cratering faster than anyone had realized (more…)

(Reuters) 8/30/06

In the world’s biggest economy, one in eight Americans and almost one in four blacks lived in poverty last year, the U.S. Census Bureau said on Tuesday, both ratios virtually unchanged from 2004. (more…)

John Pilger reaches behind the news of war and suffering and is inspired by the rise of popular resistance throughout the world: from Lebanon to Latin America, to an unprecedented level of political awareness in Britain.

By John Pilger 8/30/06 New Statesman

Here in the west, we have much to learn from resistance movements in dangerous places and their tactics of informed direct action. (more…)

Israel has always depended on its own military strength and an outside force – first the Soviet Union, then France, and now the United States – to achieve its security. Israel had better understand that it needs Hamas and Hezbollah if it is to survive.

By Immanuel Wallerstein. (more…)

Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar 8/27/06

“Naturally, the common people don’t want war … but after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. (more…)

By VIRGINIA TILLEY Counterpunch 8/28/06
Johannesburg, South Africa

In this frightening mess in the Middle East, let’s get one thing straight. Iran is not threatening Israel with destruction. Iran’s president has not threatened any action against Israel. (more…)

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