Category Archives: International

Democracy at work; the war continues

The war funding bill, that ensures more death and destruction in Iraq (mostly for the Iraqis), was approved by Congress Thursday night. The bill contains no timetable for withdrawal, only optional benchmarks for the Iraqi government. The Democrats total capitulation on this issue is nothing short of an abdication of their responsibility to represent the […]

How much we’ve helped the Iraqis

Since the beginning of the U.S. backed “genocidal” sanctions and our current war on Iraq, the mortality rate among Iraqi children younger than 5 has risen 150 percent. U.S. humanitarian aid group Save the Children now estimates that 1 in 8 Iraqi children never make it to their fifth birthday. Please, send your “thank you” […]

Can a ‘surge’ last forever?

The propaganda masters at the White House labelled the 20,000 troop escalation in Iraq the “surge.” The “surge” doesn’t evoke memories of Vietnam and it also implies that it’s temporary. To build on the illusion of the “surge” as temporary, General Petraeus told us in April that “in early September” he “would provide an assessment […]

The lie that just won’t die

We have to stay in Iraq to protect the Iraqi people. Forget notions about war for oil, the military industrial complex and Halliburton. One thing that many Democrats and Republicans agree on, is that we need to maintain some sort of presence in Iraq, to stem the violence. And we’d be doing this, of course, […]

Signs of progress in Iraq

The always insightful (and often bombastic) Chris Floyd sums up the state of the occupation of Iraq: We have American casualties swelling with the still-rising wave of the Bush-McCain-Romney-Guiliani-Lieberman surge, with even more deaths expected as the escalation crests. We have American soldiers flung into the brutal service of the Bush Regime’s criminal enterprise becoming […]

Environmental round-up: Bees and drought in Australia

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left,” is quote that is attributed to Albert Einstein. I can’t say for certain that the famed scientist ever said or wrote such a thing, or that it’s even true. What we do know, is that […]

The plight of Sony and Microsoft

Sony and Microsoft have been in a little bit of trouble lately. Despite huge development and marketing costs Sony and Microsoft have four flagship blunders between them. Sony is watching as its Playstation brand is being destroyed by the poor sales of the Playstation 3 (PS3) and the handheld Playstation Portable (PSP). Just this last […]

U.S. propaganda = USSR propaganda?

From Noam Chomsky in an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!: Goodman: Vice President Cheney is saying this war can be won. Chomsky: There’s an interesting study being done right now by a former Russian soldier in Afghanistan in the late 1980s. He’s now a student in Toronto who’s comparing the Russian press and […]

Horror hits home

Ever since I heard about the tragedy at Virginia Tech yesterday, I kept trying to put myself in the shoes of the victims and their loved ones. What would I have done in their situation, how would I feel? As the day wore on, I couldn’t help but draw parallels between what happened yesterday in […]

Is a new Cold War brewing?

Russia is not happy with U.S. plans to build a missile defense system in eastern Europe. The plans would place interceptor missiles in Poland and the Czech Republic right next door to Russia. The Kremlin has not publicly spelt out its plans. But defence experts said its response is likely to include upgrading its nuclear […]