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Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics
A takedown of the GOP’s deceitful propaganda machine from the hugely popular blogger of Salon.com’s Unclaimed Territory and the author of the New York Times bestsellers How Would a Patriot Act? and A Tragic Legacy
Long since Americans were wooed by images of Ronald Reagan astride a horse, complete with cowboy hat and rugged good looks, the Republican Party has used a John Wayne mythology to build up its candidates and win elections. Their marketing scheme of evoking brave, courageous, heroic warriors has been so persuasive and strikes such a patriotic nerve, that many citizens have voted based on this manipulative imagery even when they’ve flat out disagreed with the GOP’s positions on key issues.
Glenn Greenwald puts this bogus GOP mythology under microscopic critique and successfully argues that none of these men is, in fact, a brave, strong moral warrior—far from it. Rather, most have dodged military duty, have strings of broken marriages and affairs, and live decadent, elitist lives, which they so ruthlessly condemn Democrats for doing. Such false archetypes—that GOP leaders are exclusively ﬁt to command the military, represent traditional family values, and are fiscally restrained and responsible because they’re just regular folk like us—are so firmly entrenched in our culture as to allow the GOP to sit back and let their time-tested marketing ploy spin itself silly while avoiding debate on real issues. When they actually do voice opinions, it’s nothing more than a smear campaign of the supposed weakness and elitism of the Democrats.
To prevent this tired marketing scheme fromsucceeding again, Greenwald takes off the gloves and knocks down the hoaxes and myths, exposing the tactics the right-wing machine uses to drown out both reality and consideration of real issues. But he also calls on Democrats to shake off the defensive posture (“We love America too,” “We support the troops too,” “We also believe in God”) and start attacking the Republican candidates for the hypocrites they, in truth, are.
The ﬁrst book to dissect the Republican Cult of Personality and leave it openly exposed in its unabashed, shameful depravity, Great American Hypocrites is a deeply necessary call-out to Democrats to attack the GOP with their competitor’s very own weapons.Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics
Vanunu VS The Unjust Justice System Of Israel
By Eileen Fleming
Mordachai Vanunu is again denied the right of travel by Israel
The night before Vanunu's High Court appeal on July 6, 2009, I received a Face Book message from a friend of his whom I met on June 14, 2009 when I spent A Sunday with Vanunu:
Vanunu's friend wrote:
"This morning in church Mordachai said that he has a Supreme Court hearing on Monday and expects a decision on letting him leave Israel after 26 years. He said he hoped it would be his last Sunday with us in church at the English speaking Lutheran service."
I was elated for Vanunu and also relieved that I would no longer be reporting on his freedom of speech trial which began January 25, 2006. For the rest of the evening I prayed/imagined that Israel would see the wisdom of issuing Vanunu a passport stamped "No Return" and he would be on the first flight out to anywhere and have the opportunity to begin a normal life.Vanunu VS The Unjust Justice System Of Israel
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Current's Mariana van Zeller travels to one of the most unstable regions in the world - Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta. She investigates what's behind the growing number of kidnappings and attacks in Africa's largest oil producer and the US's fifth largest energy supplier.Current's Mariana van Zeller travels to one of the most unstable regions in the... more
Jerusalem blasts Red Cross for report
This is a clip from an Israeli paper....they lie and lie and lie some more.
Israel rejected as "scandalous" a highly critical report released by the International Committee of the Red Cross on Monday marking six months since Operation Cast Lead, saying it was inconceivable that the document would chastise Israel for the situation in Gaza while ignoring the continued detention of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit or the "intransigent belligerence" of Hamas.
According to the report, residents of the Strip are "living in desperation" due to their "daily struggle for existence."
"Gazans still cannot rebuild their lives," the report reads. "Most people struggle to make ends meet. Seriously ill patients face great difficulty obtaining the treatment they need. Many children suffer from deep psychological problems. Civilians whose homes and belongings were destroyed during the conflict are unable to recover," the ICRC maintained.
"During the 22 days of the Israeli military operation, nowhere in Gaza was safe for civilians. Hospitals were overwhelmed with casualties, including small children, women and elderly people. Medical personnel showed incredible courage and determination, working around the clock to save lives in extremely difficult circumstancesJerusalem blasts Red Cross for report
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Israeli Occupation Forces have kidnapped 21 Human Rights workers aboard the Free Gaza boat, Spirit of Humanity, including Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire & former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.
ISRAEL ATTACKS JUSTICE BOAT; KIDNAPS HUMAN RIGHTS WORKERS; CONFISCATES MEDICINE, TOYS AND OLIVE TREES
“Israel’s deliberate and premeditated attack on our unarmed boat is a clear violation of international law and we demand our immediate and unconditional release.”Israeli Occupation Forces have kidnapped 21 Human Rights workers aboard the Free Gaza... more
At least seven foreign hostages seized in Yemen, including at least one child, have been found dead, officials say.
They were reportedly part of a group of nine foreigners, three of them children, who were kidnapped last week in a mountainous northern area.
The group comprised seven Germans, a male British engineer and a female South Korean teacher.
So far no-one has claimed responsibility for the attack blamed by Yemen on a local Shia rebel group.
More than 200 foreign nationals have been kidnapped in Yemen in the last 15 years, often for ransom. But most have been released unharmed.At least seven foreign hostages seized in Yemen, including at least one child, have... more
A man in his 60s has been shot dead by police after holding his wife hostage at gunpoint in the retirement flats where they resided.
Armed officers raced to Fernhurst, West Sussex's village of the year 2007, just before lunchtime today.
According to the AP, some guy at the local pub said the following: "I was told there was a hostage situation and it was an elderly man with an ill wife. Apparently he was armed and would not let anyone come near."
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the shooting.A man in his 60s has been shot dead by police after holding his wife hostage at... more
The standoff between a man who seized a Canadian charter flight in Jamaica and authorities ended Monday with the capture of the hijacker, police said.
The gunman, described by authorities as "mentally challenged," seized the Boeing 737 Sunday at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, robbed passengers, held several crew members hostage and demanded he be taken to Cuba, CNN reported.
CanJet Airlines Flight 918 originated in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was on a scheduled stop at Montego Bay when the incident began, officials said. It was scheduled to fly to Santa Clara, Cuba.
The gunman fired a shot in the boarding bridge to the plane then took a number of passengers and crew hostage, said Elizabeth Scotton, a spokeswoman for the company that runs the airport.
The aircraft was carrying 174 passengers and eight crew members, Kent Woodside, CanJet's vice president, said. The hijacker earlier released all of the passengers, all from Canada, along with two crew members.
Two of the remaining six crew members locked themselves in the cockpit, Jamaican Information Minister Daryl Vaz said.The standoff between a man who seized a Canadian charter flight in Jamaica and... more
A man is holding several people hostage on board a plane in the Jamaican resort of Montego Bay, reports say.
Most of the more than 150 passengers on the Canada-bound charter plane have been released, but several passengers and crew are still on board.
The man reportedly breached security systems using fake ID and boarded the plane as it was preparing to take off at around 2230 local time (0330 GMT).
Negotiations for the release of the hostages are said to be taking place.
The gunman reportedly checked in for the flight then forced his way past security and went on board brandishing a firearm.A man is holding several people hostage on board a plane in the Jamaican resort of... more
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A NATO spokesman says pirates attacked a tanker in the Gulf of Aden. NATO forces then detained seven Somalis behind the assault and freed 20 Yemenese fisherman being held hostage by the pirates.
NATO spokesman Lt.-Capt. Alexandre Santos Fernandes says a Marshall Islands-flagged tanker issued a distress call early Saturday after pirates attacked it with small arms and rockets. He says a Dutch warship from the NATO force saw the pirates fleeing toward a Yemeni fishing trawler. NATO troops boarded the trawler, detained the pirates and freed the 20 Yemenese, who had been held hostage since Sunday.
He says the pirates were set free, however, because under Dutch law they could not be held at sea under the circumstances in which they were captured.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Pirates plucked from the sea by navy warships could be tried anywhere from Mombasa to New York, Paris to Rotterdam — but most are simply set free to wreak havoc again because of legal issues.
The United States, the European Union and Britain all have signed agreements with Somalia's southern neighbor, Kenya, clearing the way for a slew of court cases in the southern port city of Mombasa. And the most prominent recent case — a scrawny Somali teenage pirate who stormed the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama this month and was later arrested by the U.S. Navy — will be tried in New York.
But prosecutions are rare, and they are taking a back seat to protection as navy vessels concentrate on shepherding cargo ships through the Gulf of Aden, a vital short cut between Europe and Asia that is one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.
"Prosecuting detained pirates, that is simply not our business," said Cmdr. Achim Winkler of the EU mission Atalanta, which has nine warships and three maritime patrol planes guarding shipping lanes in the Gulf of Aden.A NATO spokesman says pirates attacked a tanker in the Gulf of Aden. NATO forces then... more
A French attempt to rescue hostages from Somali pirates backfired when a hostage was killed. Two pirates were also killed. It is unknown whether the hostage was murdered or killed accidentaly.A French attempt to rescue hostages from Somali pirates backfired when a hostage was... more
NAIROBI, Kenya - Somali pirates have hijacked a cargo ship with 21 Americans onboard, officials said on Wednesday.
The 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama was taken Wednesday, according to the Kenya-based diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Fifth Fleet confirmed that a Danish-owned, U.S.-operated container ship carrying 21 Americans "came under attack" about 240 nautical miles southeast of Ayel, Somalia. She said the crew had radioed for help but the closest naval ship was about 300 nautical miles away at the time. The official was unable to confirm the name of the vessel.
Company representatives were not immediately able to confirm the hijacking.
Andrew Mwangura of the Kenya-based East African Seafarers' Assistance Program said all the crew were believed to be safe.
The vessel is the sixth to be seized within a week and the first with an all-American crew.
NBC News reported that the Maersk Alabama left Djibouti on Saturday and was due to arrive in Mombasa, Kenya, on April 12.
Maersk Line is one of the U.S. Department of Defense's primary shipping contractors, according to GlobalSecurity.org.
4/8/ 6:46 AM ClipsFC - KenNAIROBI, Kenya - Somali pirates have hijacked a cargo ship with 21 Americans onboard,... more
"When negotiations over the revamping of Caterpillar’s operations in the French city of Grenoble broke down this week, the workers did what more and more of their countrymen are doing these days: They took their bosses hostage.
It was the fourth such incident in France in the last month.
This week, François-Henri Pinault, the chief executive of PPR, the group that owns Gucci, was trapped by a group of employees who surrounded his car and blocked the road with garbage cans.
In two other incidents last month, workers at a 3M plant held their boss for more than 24 hours in a labor dispute, and workers at a Sony plant held their boss overnight to gain better severance packages.
“The traditional way of holding a strike is to occupy the workplace, showing that ‘it’s our company, too,’ ” said Antoine Lyon-Caen, a professor of comparative labor law at the University of Paris-Nanterre. “It’s not unheard-of that the managers get taken hostage, but it has been very rare.”
“Ordinary people cannot understand how bosses are getting bonuses and golden parachutes while the rest of the population is worried about their jobs,” Mr. Kaspar said. “That has caused a certain radicalization of the social base.”
What would happen if we did this in America?"When negotiations over the revamping of Caterpillar’s operations in the... more
As a foreigner living in the US, I was amazed to see how many Americans view Reagan as the person who supposedly "defeated" the Soviet Union. This strange myth and many others are described in the book "Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future". The writer, Will Bunch, describes how this myth was created largely by Washington conservatives in the 1990s, who wanted a hero who they could associate with the conservative agenda.
As a person who still remembers Reagan "Iran-Contra" affair and his relationship with hard-liner part of the Iranian government, I hope the younger generation reads this book to know more about this horrible disgusting president of the United States, and what he did to this country and to the world.As a foreigner living in the US, I was amazed to see how many Americans view Reagan as... more
"Continuing his titanic workload of EPs and Remixes, seriously this guy doesn't even stop for toilet breaks!, Hostage has just sent me his latest remix for The Prodigy's 'Take Me To The Hospital'. This track's got more wobble potential than a batch of Robinsons' Fruit Jelly, with enough sharp stabs and gunshots to send even more shivers your way!"
Have a listen at http://www.zshare.net/audio/574978632a868d0f/"Continuing his titanic workload of EPs and Remixes, seriously this guy... more
Apparently the crew of a hijacked Ukrainian cargo ship, tried to revolt against the pirates by trying to harm two of their captors.
The incident happened on board of MV Faina, the same cargo ship which is carrying 33 tanks and other weaponry and was seized by pirates two and half months ago.
The spokesperson for the pirates said in a phone call:
"Maybe some of the crew are frustrated and we are feeling the same but our boys never opted for violence, this was a provocation."
Another report of the incident, by Russian Ren TV, quoted one of the pirates as saying that the crew responsible would be "seriously punished".Apparently the crew of a hijacked Ukrainian cargo ship, tried to revolt against the... more
THE Mumbai killers surfed British websites using BlackBerry mobile phones, according to Indian officials.
The terrorists — at least two of whom are claimed to be from Bradford or Leeds — monitored reports of their murderous spree on sites including the BBC.THE Mumbai killers surfed British websites using BlackBerry mobile phones, according... more
Somali pirates hijacked a chemical tanker with two British security guards and dozens of Indian crew members on board this morning, diplomatic sources said.
The ship was flying under a Liberian flag, said the diplomats, who asked not to be named, as they are not authorised to speak to the media.
On board are 25 Indians, two Bangladeshis and two British security guards.Somali pirates hijacked a chemical tanker with two British security guards and dozens... more
A BRITISH tycoon was killed in the Mumbai massacre moments after making a last desperate phone call.
Yacht hire magnate Andreas Liveras, 73, spoke to the BBC on his mobile, revealing he was among more than 1,000 people trapped in a hotel lounge by Islamic terrorists.A BRITISH tycoon was killed in the Mumbai massacre moments after making a last... more
Nine Chinese oil workers have been kidnapped in Sudan, with three now dead. The kidnappers reportedly killed the three when they saw military aircraft fly overhead and panicked. Chinese officials have claimed that the deaths were the result of a botched rescue mission. The aircraft was monitoring the hostages, who were kidnapped October 18. Of the remaining six, three are injured and three are missing.Nine Chinese oil workers have been kidnapped in Sudan, with three now dead. The... more