March 2008

Only two winners have emerged from the conflict: oil companies and defence contractors

Joseph Stiglitz 3/12/08

With March 20 marking the fifth anniversary of the United States-led invasion of Iraq, it’s time to take stock of what has happened. (more…)

In an alarming case, U.S. attorneys exploited post-9/11 counterterrorism laws to pursue and prosecute an environmental activist.

By Tracy Tullis 3/27/08 (more…)

Selling Democracy – De Lux Model with Double-Standards Built In

BY WILLIAM FISHER Huffington Post 3/30/08

The news went largely unreported, so you may have missed it, but last week the editor of a newspaper in Cairo was sentenced to six months in prison for spreading “false information… damaging the public interest and national stability” by reporting that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was in a coma. (more…)

Carl Strock Daily Gazette Schenectady, New York, 3/25/08

I hied myself down to Manhattan the other day for the appellate hearing of Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain, the Albany Muslims who were convicted of supporting terrorism, and I can’t say it was a happy occasion. (more…)

From: Andrés Izarra, Minister of Communication and Information, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela To: Jackson Diehl, Deputy Editor, Editorial Page, The Washington Post March 25, 2008

Dear Mr. Diehl,

Over the past several years, we have informed you of our concerns regarding the hostile, distorted and inaccurate coverage of Venezuela in your newspaper (more…)

by MICHAEL ZWEIG The Nation March 31, 2008 issue

Click here to see the trade-offs the war has imposed on one working-class city alongside the bounty the war has bestowed on the CEOs of the top military contracting companies.

The government treats its soldiers the way most corporations treat their workforce–as an invisible, disrespected, disposable means to an end that is contrary to workers’ interests. (more…)

By Ray McGovern 3/26/08

Frontline’s “Bush’s War” on PBS Monday and Tuesday evening was a nicely put-together rehash of the top players’ trickery that led to the attack on Iraq, together with the power-grabbing, back-stabbing and limitless incompetence of the occupation. (more…)

“No Doubt, It Needed to Happen”

By NORMAN SOLOMON Counterpunch 3/27/08

While the Iraqi government continued its large-scale military assault in Basra, the NPR reporter’s voice from Iraq was unequivocal this morning: “There is no doubt that this operation needed to happen.” (more…)

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