September 2008

Dear Friends,

Last week, Oregonian writers and editors tried to persuade their employer not to mail the “terror DVD” to thousands of subscribers along with today’s Sunday paper. They lost that fight. (more…)

The global financial crisis will see the US falter in the same way the Soviet Union did when the Berlin Wall came down. The era of American dominance is over

by John Gray Guardian U.K. 9/28/08 (Seen on Commondreams.)

The dire condition of America’s financial markets is the result of American banks operating in a free-for-all environment that these same American legislators created. It is America’s political class that, by embracing the dangerously simplistic ideology of deregulation, has responsibility for the present mess. (more…)

In an article for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes the ‘great silence’ over the annual British party conferences as politicians and their club of commentators say nothing about a war provoked and waged across the world the responsibility for which lies close at hand. (more…)

Bob Egelko San Francisco Chronicle 9/23/08

The Bush administration has overturned a 22-year-old policy and now allows customs agents to read and copy documents from travelers at airports and borders without suspicion of wrongdoing, civil rights lawyers in San Francisco said Tuesday in releasing records obtained in a lawsuit. (more…)

By Chris Hedges Truthdig 9/21/08

If the financial-services industry is able to suck us dry, our assets, from our homes to our retirement investments, will continue to tumble. Taxes will go up. Jobs will be lost. The grim economic indicators will get worse. The dollar, which has already lost about a third of its value against the euro, will continue to plummet. The rate of foreclosures, one in every 416 U.S. households in August, will skyrocket. (more…)

ProjectCensored.Org —— Top 25 Stories for 2009

Over one million Iraqis have met violent deaths as a result of the 2003 invasion, according to a study conducted by the prestigious British polling group, Opinion Research Business (ORB). These numbers suggest that the invasion and occupation of Iraq rivals the mass killings of the last century–the human toll exceeds the 800,000 to 900,000 believed killed in the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and is approaching the number (1.7 million) who died in Cambodia’s infamous “Killing Fields” during the Khmer Rouge era of the 1970s. (more…)

Will the Cure be Worse Than the Crisis?

By MICHAEL HUDSON Counterpunch 9/22/08

Saturday’s $700 billion junk mortgage bailout is the largest and worst giveaway since a corrupt Congress gave land grants to the railroad barons a century and a half ago. If it goes through, it will shape the coming century by giving finance unprecedented power over debtors (more…)

Honoring one of the truly greats five years after his tragic death. He’s sorely missed when we need him most.

by Stephen Lendman 9/22/08

Born in West Jerusalem in 1935. Exiled in December 1947. Said was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 1991, a malignant cancer of the bone marrow and blood. (more…)

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