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David Peterson: Camilo Mejia

As one of the buffoons at CBS-TV’s 60 Minutes II introduced a segment last June: “We first met Sergeant Mejia earlier this year when he was still AWOL—absent without official leave. He went AWOL, he told us, because he was morally opposed to a war that has killed or wounded nearly 5,000 United States soldiers. Read more…

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David Peterson: “Quadrangle of Evil”?

With Monday’s assassination of the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Al-Hariri, former Minister Basil Fleihan, and many others in a massive car-bombing in Beirut followed immediately and reflexively by Washington’s seizure of this event to increase the tension between Damascus and itself (“U.S. Recalls Its Envoy in Syria, Linking Nation to Beirut Blast,” New Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Motivations for Terror

It’s certainly necessary to make distinctions, and to try to understand motivations — not just of Palestinian suicide bombers, and bin Laden, but also of the communities from which they come and who they are addressing. On motivations, grievances, etc., in the case of bin Laden I don’t know of anything that goes beyond the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: US-Israel Strategic Relations

…There are real US-Israel conflicts, but they are not being reported in the US (they are in Israel). An important one right now is the conflict over Israel’s efforts to sell advanced military technology to China (Harpy drones), to which the US is strongly objecting, as it has in the past, when Clinton compelled Israel Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Serb Massacres & NATO Intervention

In Nov. 2004, the Bosnian Serb Republic issued a detailed document estimating the number missing as close to 8000, and apologized for the killing of thousands by the Serb forces. That is standardly misreported… The massacre, whatever its scale, can hardly be used as justification for NATO intervention, though one could, I suppose, offer it Read more…

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Paul Street: Death by Taser: Lazy Cops and a Lazy Reporter

In Chicago today, WLS TV (Channel 7, the ABC affiliate) reported (see below), a man became so “deranged” that he started “ripping off his clothes.” Fortunately the police were there to “subdue” him. Unfortunately, one of the tools our courageous and hard-working police force deploys in its war on derangement is an electronic taser or Read more…

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Paul Street: Talk About Your “Fetishism of Commodities”: a Priest, a Truck, a Girl, and an Idiot Nation

This story (below) is interesting on numerous levels. It tells the curious and disturbing tale of a Super Bowl advertisement that didn’t happen. … In a proposed Ford commercial that never saw the light of kick-off, it turns out, a priest was depicted feeling “lust” of a curious kind: for a pickup truck. A young Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Iraq’s Election

In many respects, the elections were successful. The main success, however, is being mentioned only marginally, by a few reporters: the US was compelled to allow them to take place. That is a real triumph of non-violent resistance, for which Sistani has been the symbol. The US sought in every possible way to avoid elections, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Oil for Food Farce

I presume the main motivation is to make sure that no one pays attention to the real scandal: that the US-imposed sanctions slaughtered hundreds of thousands of people, devastated the society, compelled the population to rely on Saddam Hussein for survival, and probably saved him from the fate of comparable monsters supported by Washington and Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Rattling Iran

About US plans, we can, of course, only speculate. We do know that the US has been advertising threats to Iran very openly, for some time. What’s called “the Israeli air force” might more accurately be called a US air force with Israeli pilots. As such, it can credibly claim to be larger and technologically Read more…

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