February 11, 2009

I. Wallerstein, "Remaking America: The Ambiguities of Obama"

I. Wallerstein, "Remaking America: The Ambiguities of Obama":

What should be clear to everyone by now is that the United States has not elected a Che Guevara as its president, despite the hysterical fears of the unreconciled rightwing of the Republican Party. Nor, however, has it elected another Ronald Reagan, despite the hopes of some of those who voted for him and the fears of his more intransigent left critics. What then has the United States elected? The answer is not obvious yet, precisely because of Obama's style as a politician.

October 29, 2007

U.S. Aims To Lure Insurgents With 'Bait'

Snipers Describe Classified Program

Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, September 24, 2007; Page A01

A Pentagon group has encouraged some U.S. military snipers in Iraq to target suspected insurgents by scattering pieces of "bait," such as detonation cords, plastic explosives and ammunition, and then killing Iraqis who pick up the items, according to military court documents.

October 25, 2007

Woolmer was murdered, insists pathologist - Telegraph

Woolmer was murdered, insists pathologist - Telegraph:

Woolmer was murdered, insists pathologist

By Duncan Hooper and agencies
Last Updated: 11:48am BST 25/10/2007

The Jamaican pathologist whose assertion that Bob Woolmer was murdered overshadowed the cricket world cup has stood by his claim.

September 12, 2007

Fidel Castro said U.S. fooled the world about 9/11

Tue Sep 11, 2007 - HAVANA (Reuters) - Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said the U.S. government misinformed Americans and the world about 9/11, echoing conspiracy theories about the terror attacks against the United States six years ago.

In an essay read by a Cuban television presenter on Tuesday night, Castro said the Pentagon was hit by a rocket, not a plane, because no traces were found of its passengers.....
"Only a projectile could have caused the geometrically round hole that allegedly was made by the plane," he said.
"We were fooled like the rest of the planet's inhabitants," he wrote.
Castro said the truth behind the September 11 attacks with hijacked planes that killed nearly 3,000 people will probably never be known.  read more

© Reuters 2007. All Rights Reserved.

July 29, 2007

Aquafina is Tap Water

Aquafina is Tap Water:
Aquafina bottles are being relabeled to indicate clearly where the nation's biggest bottled water brand is coming from: "public water source."

Who Runs the CIA? Outsiders for Hire

By R.J. Hillhouse - WashPost -Sunday, July 8, 2007; Page B05

The most intriguing secrets of the "war on terror" have nothing to do with al-Qaeda and its fellow travelers. They're about the mammoth private spying industry that all but runs U.S. intelligence operations today.
Surprised? No wonder.

Over the past five years (some say almost a decade), there has been a revolution in the intelligence community toward wide-scale outsourcing. Private companies now perform key intelligence-agency functions, to the tune, I'm told, of more than $42 billion a year. Intelligence professionals tell me that more than 50 percent of the National Clandestine Service (NCS) -- the heart, brains and soul of the CIA -- has been outsourced to private firms such as Abraxas, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

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R.J. Hillhouse's blog: thespywhobilledme.com

July 18, 2007

Neocons on a Cruise: What Conservatives Say When They Think We Aren't Listening

By Johann Hari, Independent UK. Posted July 17, 2007.

I am standing waist-deep in the Pacific Ocean, both chilling and burning, indulging in the polite chit-chat beloved by vacationing Americans. A sweet elderly lady from Los Angeles is sitting on the rocks nearby, telling me dreamily about her son. "Is he your only child?" I ask. "Yes," she says. "Do you have a child back in England?" she asks. No, I say. Her face darkens. "You'd better start," she says. "The Muslims are breeding. Soon, they'll have the whole of Europe."

... I am travelling on a bright white cruise ship with two restaurants, five bars, a casino - and 500 readers of the National Review. Here, the Iraq war has been "an amazing success". Global warming is not happening. The solitary black person claims, "If the Ku Klux Klan supports equal rights, then God bless them." And I have nowhere to run.
From time to time, National Review - the bible of American conservatism - organises a cruise for its readers. I paid $1,200 to join them. The rules I imposed on myself were simple: If any of the conservative cruisers asked who I was, I answered honestly, telling them I was a journalist. Mostly, I just tried to blend in - and find out what American conservatives say when they think the rest of us aren't listening.

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July 17, 2007

Les Yes Men poussent le hoax jusqu’à la case police

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Les Yes Men, maîtres du canular ou hoax politique, activiste et festif (on se souvient avec émotion du costume doré à l’énorme bite déployé au cours d’une conférence de l’OMC en 1999), se sont distingués récemment en s’attaquant à Exxon, géant de l’industrie pétrolière. Pour la première fois, ce 14 juin à Calgay, Canada, ils ont été démasqués avant la fin de leur intervention. Est-ce le début de la fin de l’efficacité du hoax ?

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