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Archive for June 2011

Less than graceful US exit from Afghanistan

June 30, 2011

President Obama announced the withdrawal of some 33,000 troops between now and the end of 2012. Not coincidently, a Pew Center poll has just come out saying that 56% of Americans are sick and tired of the Afghan war. Of course, even with the announced draw down, about 68,000 troops will remain in Afghanistan until, […]

The Taliban and the future of Afghanistan

June 30, 2011

The Afghan Taliban are not one unified group. They are many groups. As Juan Cole said, “what the U.S. calls the Taliban is four or five different groups, and they’re not necessarily all Mullah Omar people.” Mullah Omar is the fellow who was basically in charge in Afghanistan when the Americans invaded in 2001. Today […]

Global financial warnings from the central bankers’ bank BIS

June 30, 2011

The global financial system is deepening and extending. This is the conclusion to emerge from the recently released annual report of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), sometimes referred to as the central bankers’ bank. One of the biggest dangers comes from the massive assistance provided by central banks to the banks and financial institutions […]

ATF Whistleblower says he is being fired by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

June 29, 2011

An ATF agent who criticized – and publicized — the agency’s “Project Gunrunner” scandal says he’s being fired for politically motivated reasons. Vince Cefalu says he was served with termination papers last week, and he says it’s because he’s been so vocal about mismanagement at Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, past and present. He […]

The European Spring – Is Revolution underway?

June 27, 2011

Has Capitalism hung itself in its excess? Underlying what I prefer to call the Mediterranean Spring rather than the European Spring are a host of symptoms of a highly infectious pandemic of rejection of the capitalist system. The movement of the movements infecting Spanish youth camping on the plazas of their nation today is transversal. […]

America the Oligarchy – Thank God it’s not a Democracy!

June 27, 2011

Check out this interesting lesson on the basic forms of government and where the United States fits in. Did you know the word ‘Democracy’ does not appear in the Declaration of Independence nor the United States Constitution? The founding fathers did everything they could to keep America from having a democracy.

Arab Spring certainly not the first democratic movement in Muslim world

June 26, 2011

The Arab-Islamic world has a long history of democracy –democracy which is regularly crushed by western force. In 1953 Iran had a parliamentary system, the US and Britain overthrew it. There was a revolution in Iraq in 1958, we don’t know where it would have gone, but it could have been democratic. The US basically […]

American Library Assn takes up resolution in support for WikiLeaks Bradley Manning

June 25, 2011

At its annual convention in New Orleans this weekend, the American Library Association is expected to vote on a resolution calling on the U.S. military to release Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of leaking more than 250,000 classified diplomatic memos to Wikileaks. The ALA resolution reportedly compares Manning’s leak to the “courageous action” of […]

US Congress conflicted on Libya military campaign

June 24, 2011

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives delivered a mixed message on America’s role in the NATO-led Libya campaign today, opposing a resolution expressing support for the war while also voting down a bill restricting American involvement in the conflict. In short, the House appeared unable to speak with clarity on President Barack Obama’s controversial effort to […]

ATF facilitates weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels

June 24, 2011

The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was able to watch live video surveillance feeds as intermediaries for Mexican drug cartels purchased guns at licensed U.S. firearms dealers for transhipment south of the border–while ATF agents in the field were specifically ordered not to stop the purchases, intercept the purchasers after […]