May 29, 2008 Olmert Corruption Scandal Grows
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he would use his considerable
power to topple the coalition government, if Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
step aside to face corruption allegations. Although Barak stopped short
of setting a firm deadline, his comments make it extremely difficult for
Olmert to stay in power. If Barak’s Labor Party withdraws from the
coalition, Olmert would lose his parliamentary majority and the country
would be forced to hold new elections. Bernard Avishai, contributing editor
of Harvard Business Review and author of the recent book “The Hebrew
May 28, 2008 Hagee: God Sent Hitler.
Lieberman: Hagee's Like Moses!
Max Blumenthal writes: Senator Joseph Lieberman is scheduled to headline
Pastor John Hagee's 2008 Christians United For Israel Washington-Israel
Summit this July 22. In accepting
Hagee's invitation, Lieberman became the most senior elected representative
confirmed to appear at the annual gala. Last year, when Lieberman spoke
at Hagee's summit, he compared the Texas televangelist to the biblical prophet
Moses, dubbing him "an Ish Elochim," or "a man of God." Unless
he rescinds his pledge to appear at this year's summit, Lieberman can be
expected to deliver another soul-stirring tribute.
May 27, 2008 Canada Refuses to Allow Iraq War Resister to Stay
US Sergeant Corey Glass is now the first Iraq war deserter facing deportation
from Canada. Last week his application to stay in the country was rejected.
Lee Zaslofsky, National Coordinator of The War Resisters Campaign in Canada,
says Corey's case is not unique. In December 2007, The Canadian House of
Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration passed a motion
calling on the Canadian government to implement a program allowing conscientious
objectors to apply for permanent residence in Canada, and to cease any
removal or deportation actions applied to such individuals. The motion
has not yet
been passed by Parliament. Toronto lawyer Jeffrey House says the court
system does not allow soldiers to question the illegality of the war, and
the"main argument" and the "main reason" that US soldiers
put forward in refusing to continue fighting in Iraq, is being kept out
of the court system.
May 23, 2008 $12 and $15 per Gallon
Gas Not Far Away On CNBC’s Squawk Box Tuesday, energy analyst Robert Hirsch warned
that $4.00 per gallon gasoline will be viewed in the not-so-distant future
as “the good old days” because $12 and $15 per gallon is not
May 22, 2008 Fear & Loathing
in Prime Time: Immigration Myths
There are many problems facing the United States today: a faltering economy,
a health-care crisis, and the continuing war in Iraq, to name a few. But
viewers of some of the most prominent cable news programs are presented
a different reality in which one issue stands above all others: illegal
21, 2008 Waxman Threatens to Kick Issa Out of Hearing Room
As Stephen Johnson, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
refused to provide information about
the role the White
House played in recent agency decisions involving the regulation of greenhouse
gases and the finalization of a new federal smog standard, California Republican
Darrell Issa Johnson did his best to strengthen the stonewalling.
20, 2008 George W. Bush and the Beehive Theory
"It's just a beehive theory. We should have just let the beehive sit
there and hope the bees don't come out of the hive? My attitude is, the
United States must stay on the offense against al qaeda two ways... .One,
find them and bring them to justice — what we’re
doing — and two, offer freedom as an alternative for their vision.
And somehow, to suggest that bees would stay in the hive is naive. They
didn’t stay in the hive when they came and killed 3,000 of our citizens."
19, 2008 US Among Countries Opposed to Ban on Cluster Bombs
Cluster bombs have killed and maimed thousands of civilians across the
world. Now there's a global move to ban their use. Delegates from more
countries have gathered in Dublin to try to secure an anti-cluster munitions
treaty. However, perhaps more notable are those not attending, including
the United States, China and Russia ... the world's biggest producers of
cluster bombs. The US instead wants non-binding guidelines on the use of
the weapon, as Anand Naidoo reports.
May 16, 2008 Chris Matthews Squashes
KRLA host Kevin James gets what he deserves on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris
Matthews. But it's hard to laud Matthews. When the US needed
a press corps to challenge the absurdity of claiming victory in Iraq, Matthews
gave us this hard-hitting critique of Bush: "He looks great in a military
uniform. He looks great in that cowboy costume he wears when he goes West.
We're proud of our President. Americans love having a guy as President,
who has a little swagger, who's physical, who's not a complicated guy like
Clinton.... Women like a guy who's President. Check it out."
14, 2008 What is really happening in Lebanon?
Hezbollah-led opposition have shaken Lebanon. Six days of deadly sectarian
bloodshed is the worst violence in the country since the end of the 15-year
civil war in 1990. The Real News Network analyst Pepe Escobar examines
what is happening in Lebanon.
May 12, 2008 "Bomb Syria" Woolsey
John McCain has recruited several members of "The Committee on the
Present Danger" as foreign policy advisers, including former CIA head
James Woolsey. Do Woolsey's viewpoints represent McCain's vision for America
and the world?
May 8, 2008 John McCain's Spiritual Guides
John McCain has sought out the endorsement of some radical pastors. In
this video we see some of Jerry Falwell, John Hagee, and Rod Parsley's
hits. John McCain also chimes in with a few gems of his own.
6, 2008 The US Justice System
and Where It Is Going Wrong
For the first time in history, around one per cent of the adult population
of the US is in prison. Even more disturbing than this unfortunate landmark
is the number who have been wrongly convicted.
May 2, 2008 50 Shots: The Sean Bell Demonstrations
Max Blumenthal takes us to the streets of Queens, where New Yorkers vent
their rage against the Sean Bell verdict, a travesty of justice with implications
in the presidential campaign.