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08 September 2007

'We Are Moving Rapidly Towards an Abyss' Mohamed El Baradei

Key points:

[I]n order to seem credible to the nuclear wannabe states we must demand steps toward nuclear disarmament from those who have nuclear weapons -- an obligation that is stipulated in the nonproliferation treaty but is not complied with. I deplore this two-faced approach. If practically all nuclear powers are modernizing instead of reducing their arsenals, how can we argue with the non-nuclear states?
We pay completely inadequate attention to the important threats, the inhuman living conditions of billions of people, climate change and the potential for nuclear holocaust. We stand at a crossroads, and we are moving rapidly toward an abyss. There are currently 27,000 nuclear warheads in the world. If we don't change our way of thinking, John F. Kennedy's prediction that there would be 20 nuclear powers will soon come true. And with each new player and each new weapon, the risk of a planned or accidental nuclear war increases.
I am in favor of a multinational procedure in matters of uranium enrichment and reprocessing. Ultimately, no single country should be in a position to independently produce nuclear material.

SPIEGEL: Now you must be dreaming.

ElBaradei: We must never forget that the dispute over nuclear weapons is not a game, but deadly serious. It can easily lead to a catastrophe and jeopardize the basis for the existence of all mankind. We need an international system of security guarantees, in which no country depends on nuclear weapons. We cannot wait any longer for this to happen. Not a day longer.

Meanwhile...and on those flying nukes...and -- no shit? -- BushCo knew Iraq didn't have WMDs before we went in....

You can bet the house on a US or Israeli strike on Iran before January 2009. That is, if you still have a house to bet on.

Study: US Jews distance themselves from Israel

"The party's over..." Here's the study (PDF). Here's more info on this guy's work (Steven Cohen); judge for yourself.

07 September 2007

Welcome to Washington, D.C.; Leave the Constitution at the Door

06 September 2007

Two Clips of Jonathan Schell on Endless Militarism and Media Propaganda

From a man who knows of what he speaks:

Part 1:

Part 2 (unembeddable: tagging error)

The Real News: On Iran

A little informed and sane comment...
Iran: Is it weapons or oil?

Babak Yektafar reports from Washington D.C.

With Iran emerging as a regional power and now the source of 17% of China's oil is the U.S. really concerned about nuclear weapons or is it more about the geo-politics and oil?

Babak Yektafar, Editor-in-Chief of Washington Prism is a graduate of Farleigh Dickinson University with a B.A. in Communications. From 1999 to 2005, Babak was a producer with C-SPAN network’s national live morning program, Washington Journal. Babak has been residing in the United States since 1977.

The Real Rudy, First In a Series

Paul Ehrlich Tells It Like It Is

Excellent discussion, as per usual. Population growth drives so many of our world's problems...another taboo subject: having children is not solely a personal decision.

Joint statement of Norman Finkelstein and DePaul University on their tenure controversy and its resolution

Click the title of this post to read; watch below, along with some video of the protest and another angle on the events of yesterday:

And here's Finkelstein's encomium to the late Raul Hilberg, author of The Destruction of the European Jews. Hilberg was a dogged supporter of Finkelstein's; a conservative, traditional historian with the intellectual honesty to call it as he saw it. Not the only one, by the way -- Sara Roy, Noam Chomsky, Avi Shlaim, Edward Said, Christopher Hitchens (pre-Kool Aid), Ian Kershaw, and on and on and on... Check the blurbs on all his books.

That, plus his outstanding teaching -- nah, not for DePaul. Clearly didn't deserve tenure. As Chomsky has said, this was a complete travesty, but it was loud and public. Along with the Carter book, Walt & Mearsheimer, Tony Judt, and a variety of other critical voices (who don't necessarily agree with each other, of course), the propaganda edifice is cracking.

A side effect of this crumbling ideology that, appallingly, considers itself to be "pro-Israel," is the exquisite pleasure of watching propagandists writhe in utter hysteria.

"The party's over..."

AI, HRW, and B'tselem on Israel-Palestine

Searches for all sites. Feel free to peruse and to do your own searches:

It's quite interesting; see Finkelstein's Beyond Chutzpah: The Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History for a summary of much of this information (AI, HRW, and B'tselem, mainly).

Of course, all of these organizations are deeply antisemitic -- except when they condemn enemies of Israel, of course.

Israel/Occupied PalestinianTerritories: Cutting vital supplies to Gaza would amount to collective punishment

Amnesty International statement based on this threat. Meanwhile, Netan-yahoo pulls the same old trick, "no partner," with a new twist, "Iran." It wasn't so long ago that Israel was helping the US funnel arms to Iran...hmmm...maybe all governments do lie?

Olbermann on Bush's Next 500 Days

Another classic:

05 September 2007

Democracy Now on the Second Anniversary of Katrina

There have been several days' worth of coverage. Here it is, in reverse chronological order. Link takes you the transcript; you can get video or audio from there.

Shooting the messengers, By Mariano Aguirre

Here's the original Le Monde Diplomatique version -- not timing out anymore.

I've recently endured (another) bout of "you're a self-hating, anti-Semitic..." yadda yadda. So, as if anyone was unsure of this obvious taboo, I can vouch for it first-hand, as well as second-hand.

Here's some info on Aguirre.

And here's a report from IPS on the Brussels conference: Call to Halt EU Trade with Israel, By David Cronin. Gee, lots of self-haters coming out of the woodwork! Here's the site for European Jews for a Just Peace. Here's the EUMC 2005 definition of antisemitism (PDF). Note the second group of bullets.

Iran: Consequences of a War, Professor Paul Rogers, February 2006

Another scholarly paper on the Iran issue. Here's more of Paul Rogers' writing. Sarkozy's on board with military strikes. Lovely.

More on the build-up to war here; from DN! --

Drumbeat For Attack on Iran Grows Louder in Washington
Talk about a U.S. attack on Iran appears to be growing louder in Washington. There are reports that Vice President Dick Cheney's office has issued instructions to conservative think tanks to start a drumbeat for attacking Iran. On Monday the American Enterprise Institute is hosting two events related to Iran. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is giving a speech on how the war on terrorism should be viewed as a [sic] "a world war that pits civilization against terrorists and their state sponsors who wish to impose a new dark age." Later in the day former CIA director Jim Woolsey and others will meet to discuss a new book by longtime Iran hawk Michael Leeden titled "The Iranian Time Bomb: The Mullah Zealots' Quest for Destruction." The Heritage Foundation recently hosted an interagency Bush administration war game attempting to anticipate Iranian responses to a U.S. bombing campaign. Meanwhile the Sunday Times of London has reported the Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive air strikes against twelve hundred targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians' military capability in three days. The main source of the article was an official at another conservative Washington think tank – the Nixon Center.
Let's hope this article from the Sunday Times of London is more accurate: "US generals ‘will quit’ if Bush orders Iran attack."

This seems like a more pressing nuclear threat to me.

Two top US economists present scary scenarios for US economy

And the usual elite response, from a plethora of articles I could chose from, is aptly summed up in this sentence: "In the US, class war still means just one thing: the rich attacking the poor," Guardian.

04 September 2007

A Whole Load of Finkelstein Videos

Enjoy. A world-class scholar, no matter what the DePaul administration says! Here's a little from Raul Hilberg, RIP.

1. On The Holocaust Industry

2. Is Criticism of Israel Anti-Semitic?

3. Audio of full debate with Shlomo Ben-Ami.

4. The Final Insult, on the Holocaust double-shakedown.

5. The Battle for the Holocaust -- Channel 4 Documentary

Note: When the World Jewish Congress dude claims that in The Holocaust Industry, Finkelstein cites "a German newspaper" on the $9bn the WJC amassed from Holocaust compensation monies, well, here's the actual text:
Edgar Bronfman movingly testified before the House Banking Committee that the Swiss should not "be allowed to make a profit from the ashes of the Holocaust." On the other hand, Bronfman recently acknowledged that the WJC treasury has amassed no less than "roughly $7 billion" in compensation monies.

[note 39: Burt Neuborne, "Totaling the Sum of Swiss Guilt," in New York Times (24 June 1998). Hearings before the Committee on Banking and Financial Services, House of Representatives, 11 December 1996. "Holocaust-Konferenz in Stockholm," in Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung (26 January 2000) (Bronfman)]
Why a German newspaper should be ruled out in 2000 is unclear to me. However, in the postscript to the first paperback edition, the claim is stated again, with the following citations:
In late August 2000 the World Jewish Congress (WJC) announced that it stood to amass fully $9 billion in Holocaust compensation monies.

[note 1: Joan Gralla, "Holocaust Foundations Set for Restitution Funds," in Reuters (22 August 2000); Michael J. Jordan, "Spending Restitution Money Pits Survivors Against Groups," in Jewish Telegraphic Agency (29 August 2000); NAHOS (The Newsletter of the National Association of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors) (1 September 200, 6 October 2000, and 6 November 2000); Marilyn Henry, "Proposed 'Foundation for Jewish People' Has No Cash," in Jerusalem Post (8 September 2000); Joan Gralla, "Battle Brews Over Holocaust Compensation," in Reuters (11 September 2000); Shlomo Shamir, "Government to Set Up New Fund for Holocaust Payments," in Haaretz (12 September 2000); E.J. Kessler, "Hillary the Holocaust Heroine?" in New York Post (12 September 2000); Melissa Radler, "Survivors Get Most of Cash in Shoah Fund," in Forward (17 September 2000); "The WJC Defends Event Panned by Commentary," in Jewish Post (20 September 2000).

6. Finkelstein vs. Dershowitz
Part 1

Part 2

7. Chomsky on Finkelstein and Dershowitz and tenure...

8. Free at last! Finkelstein resigns in settlement with DePaul.

From Cold War to Class War

Interview with financial economist and historian, Dr. Michael Hudson (CV). Liquidity crisis in the banking system; wiping out of credit; demise of the dollar; stock volatility; hedge funds; sub- prime lending, real estate tax versus labor tax, etc.

Dr. Hudson has been appointed Chief Economic Advisor for the Kucinich for President campaign, and is writing a new tax policy for the United States. He is President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends, a Wall Street Financial Analyst, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and author of Super-Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire (PDF). Visit his website.

Recent :


Eric Janszen interviews Dr. Michael Hudson on the FIRE economy, the dollar, asset inflation and deflation, and the economic growth ratchet. Part I Part II (Flash format)

in Guns and Butter, KPFA - Wednesday, March 14th, 2007
We discuss the US balance of payments trade deficit which creates US credit to finance the US national debt and war abroad; Russian economic shock therapy as the final stage of the cold war; the real estate bubble; permanent war and the inevitable collapse of the current US dominated global economic system."

Beneath The Surface with Suzi Weissman - April 24th 2006


Dr. Michael Hudson speaks on the current real estate market - 2006 December




The Predicted Financial Storm Has Arrived, By Gabriel Kolko

The Bases Are Loaded

In Iraq, that is. Click here to view.

03 September 2007

Orson Welles Interviews: 1974 and 1982

The latter interview is part of a BBC film made in 1989. And here's an mp3 of the infamous War of the Worlds, Halloween, 1939.

More Beyond the Fringe, and Related Bits

Here's one that couldn't be embedded -- a classic -- The Great Train Robbery.

Dudley Moore Satirizes Beethoven in Beyond the Fringe

Legendary Beat Generation Bookseller and Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books on Democracy Now!

Video here. Talks about "...the 50th Anniversary of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road", Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" and Poetry As Insurgent Art."

Noam Chomsky: The Imperial Presidency