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Cp Pandya: Seamless Transitions

Quick note from Corporate World about one politician’s seamless transition into the drug world. It doesn’t get more slimy than this folks. It’s quite an endearing tale, actually; one that will surely reverberate in the halls of infamy: It’s a story about Billy Tauzin, a Louisiana Republican, who spent 12 terms as a member of Read more…

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Paul Street: “To Counter the Enemy’s Perception Management”

Today’s prize for bad Orwellian prose goes to chief Pentagon spokesman, Lawrence Di Rita. “In the battle of perception management, where the enemy is clearly using the media to help manage perceptions of the general public,” Di Rita says in today’s New York Times, “our job is not perception management but to counter the enemy’s Read more…

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Justin Podur: Gaza Explosion

Media will dutifully be reporting the deaths of five Israeli soldiers — though some media are calling them simply ‘Israelis’, not specifying that they are soldiers — in a Palestinian armed attack at a military checkpoint in Rafah. Israelis have already bombed Rafah since — in ‘response’, of course. The rest of the media stories Read more…

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Justin Podur: Gaza Explosion

Media will dutifully be reporting the deaths of five Israeli soldiers — though some media are calling them simply ‘Israelis’, not specifying that they are soldiers — in a Palestinian armed attack at a military checkpoint in Rafah. Israelis have already bombed Rafah since — in ‘response’, of course. The rest of the media stories Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: State Terror v.s. Resistance

Of course, the sentiment will seem outlandish to those who take it for granted that we are entirely justified in grinding people under our jackboot, using violence to impose conditions in which the resources of a country are freely open to exploitation by the rich and powerful and their population suffers in endless and unbearable Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Speculation on Occupation

Will the effort succeed? I certainly have no basis for predicting, if only because I’ve been wrong about this all along. My guess was that the “war” would take a few days.  To my surprise, it lasted much longer, so much so that in the first few weeks the mainstream press was reporting serious setbacks.  Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Capitalism, an innovative and viable system?

First, nothing remotely like capitalism exists. Is the US economy, relying crucially on the dynamic state sector, a capitalist economy? But putting that aside, was it an argument in the 18th century to say that feudalism, absolutism, rule by Kings, slavery,…. are the only viable systems because they are the only ones still functioning? Or Read more…

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Justin Podur: The Bush visit to Canada

Back from Ottawa. A couple more notes (previous blog on the demos). One, the estimates are out on numbers and I don’t believe them. Sure, protesters exaggerate the numbers but I’ve never felt such a discrepancy. I have decent footage, standing at the front of the march, of the march going by yesterday afternoon. It Read more…

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Justin Podur: The Bush visit to Canada

Back from Ottawa. A couple more notes (previous blog on the demos). One, the estimates are out on numbers and I don’t believe them. Sure, protesters exaggerate the numbers but I’ve never felt such a discrepancy. I have decent footage, standing at the front of the march, of the march going by yesterday afternoon. It Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Striking Iran

My guess is that the US will not attack Iran, either directly or via Israeli mercenary pilots flying US aircraft (which would be called an Israeli attack). We do know that in the past year the US has provided over 100 advanced jet bombers to Israel, which already had a larger and more advanced air Read more…

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