By NORMAN POLLACK - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
Why such extreme secrecy? To hide war crimes. Period. Placing Brennan at CIA serves one purpose only, to magnify and attach greater significance to Obama’s military doctrine: in addition to drones (and assassination) the greater emphasis on paramilitary operations, Obama + Brennan = the doctrine and practice of permanent war.
On March 8, rogue senators approved John Brennan. They did so 63 - 34. He's new CIA chief. Voting followed Rand Paul's filibuster. After 13 hours, he caved.
March 5, 2013 - AlterNet
Now control of government is narrowly concentrated at the peak of the income scale, while the large majority “down below” has been virtually disenfranchised. The current political-economic system is a form of plutocracy, diverging sharply from democracy, if by that concept we mean political arrangements in which policy is significantly influenced by the public will.
By Bill Van Auken - WSWS
Chavez’s nationalist rhetoric, his government’s diversion of revenues from the country’s protracted oil bonanza to pay for social assistance programs and its forging of extensive economic ties to China earned him the hatred of both Washington and a fascistic ruling class layer in Venezuela. They did not, however...represent a path to socialism.
By Dru Oja Jay - Media Co-op
To Canadian journalists, it's obvious that Chavez was a dictator, an autocratic man who fooled millions into voting for him and made a mess of his country. So obvious, that they don't need to cite evidence...[T]he establishment's visceral and irrational response has...complex underpinnings. It comes down to a failure of imagination. Venezuela forces pundits and leaders uncomfortably close to thinking two thoughts which are unthinkable in Canada: that oil revenues and society's wealth might be used for the common good, and that Canada might have a foreign policy substantially independent of the US.
He's gone. His two-year cancer struggle ended. It claimed him. He's sorely missed. He was one of Latin America's most notable leaders. His charisma was special. It was real. His spirit lives.
By Christopher Helali - March 8th, 2013
The incessant demand for capital, coupled with the collapse of major industries in the United States and the decline of unions, led to a predominately uneducated workforce, comprised primarily of minorities, who were unemployed with marginal skills beyond heavy industrial labor training. This vacuum of highly skilled laborers and the demand for more complex skills created a manufactured human surplus which inevitably led to social instability, leading the state to increase the prison population and begin privatizing the prison system.
Rogue leaders overstep. They never quit. Tyranny in America is hardwired. Bush authorized it for eight years. Obama exceeds his worst policies. He masquerades as people friendly.
By Dennis Gruending - March 8, 2013
The conservative movement has been quite successful in building a network in Ottawa and across the country in the past 20 years...The list of Manning’s chosen speakers in Ottawa is always interesting for what it reveals. The group comprises conservative politicians, past and present, the usual suspects from public relations and government relations firms, some business people, but also a slice of the media...There are also academics, pollsters, representatives from right-wing think tanks and advocacy group and elements of the religious right.
She's connected to America's rich and powerful. Months before Washington's 2003 Iraq war, she promoted it on air. She had no business doing so. American society reflects consumption and competition. Oprah's solutions represent it. So does her background.
By Joe Emersberger - March 06, 2013
The death of Hugo Chavez provoked HRW to immediately (within hours) smear the Chavez government's legacy...If that isn't harsh enough, in a tweet sent out in June of 2012, Ken Roth, executive director of HRW, described Venezuela as being one of the "most abusive" in Latin America. Ecuador and Bolivia were the other two states that Roth singled out.
By Vic Neufeld - 8 March 2013
Recent media reports have noted research showing that at least 3,000 children are now known to have died while attending Canada’s aboriginal residential schools. The findings were released last month by...[the] Truth and Reconciliation Commission...[It] claims that the results are part of the first systematic search of government, school and other records, and provide primary documentation identifying deaths, when they occurred, and the circumstances.
His passing made no difference. Media scoundrels don't quit. They spent 14 years vilifying him. They did it unfairly. They haven't stopped.
By Ted Snider - March 7, 2013
Harper should take a better look not only at Chavez, but at himself, before he insensitively responds to the death of a man whom a majority of Venezuelans had just re-elected and lectures them on economics and democracy...As Harper has no right to criticize Chavez on economics, so he has no right to lecture Venezuelans on democracy.
In July 2010, Knesset members stripped her of key parliamentary rights and privileges. They did so lawlessly and maliciously. They targeted her for doing the right thing. She participated in the May 2010 Freedom Flotilla. She was aboard the Mavi Marmara. It was bringing vital aid to Gaza. Israeli commandos attacked it. They murdered nine activists on board in cold blood.
By Fair - March 07, 2013
If world leaders were judged by the sheer volume of corporate media vitriol and misinformation about their policies, Chávez would be in a class of his own...In reporting Chávez's death, little had changed.
By Joseph Kishore - 7 March 2013
According to the Obama administration, the president has the right to assassinate American citizens within the United States, without charges or any legal process. This claim, contained in a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder, constitutes the most far-reaching abrogation of constitutional rights and is aimed at establishing the pseudo-legal framework for military rule.
Throughout his tenure, he ignored the best, brightest, most honorable and well qualified. He chose cabinet and other top picks he should have spurned.
Venezuelans mourn. Chavismo lives! Bolivarianism is institutionalized. Venezuelans expect no less. They want no part of their ugly past. They'll put their bodies on the line to prevent it. They did before. They'll do it again.
By Yves Engler - March 6th, 2013
The protests against the Keystone XL pipeline have already focused a great deal of attention on the Conservatives’ terrible environmental record and if Obama rejects the project, it would deliver a major blow to their tar sands oriented economic policy. It could also precipitate a sort of existential crisis within the ardently pro-US Conservative party.