Archive for July, 2008
By Martin Asser/ BBC News
Israeli prime ministers tend to have a pretty short shelf life, but the issues they grapple with seem immutable.
Only Ariel Sharon has won successive elections in the modern era, albeit at the head of two different parties; fate has decreed that no-one else would last even four years as PM since the early 1990s .
Ehud Olmert succumbed after less than three, brought down by a mix of corruption allegations and his poor war leadership.
But while the Olmert years may have seen a new low in the public perception in Israel of its political leaders, since the 2006 Lebanon war his stewardship of foreign policy tells another story.
Just maybe, some people thought, Mr Olmert would enable Israel to settle accounts with its foes and head towards a more secure future.
GOP senators protest China’s surveillance of foreigners’ e-mail and telephone communications. And they do it with a straight face.
from Glenn Greenwald
Jul. 30, 2008 | Associated Press, yesterday:
Foreign-owned hotels in China face the prospect of “severe retaliation” if they refuse to install government software that can spy on Internet use by hotel guests coming to watch the summer Olympic games, a U.S. lawmaker said Tuesday.
Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., produced a translated version of a document from China’s Public Security Bureau that requires hotels to use the monitoring equipment. . . . . Read the rest of this entry ?
Thursday, July 31, 2008; A01 BAGHDAD, July 30 — The leader of the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq and several of his top lieutenants have recently left Iraq for Afghanistan, according to group leaders and Iraqi intelligence officials, a possible further sign of what Iraqi and U.S. officials call growing disarray and weakness in the organization. Read the rest of this entry ?
Congressman Dennis Kucinich on Democracy Now responding to the statements that Nancy Pelosi made on The View about impeachment. It appears that he is treading lightly here- actually thanking Speaker Pelosi for allowing 6 hours of hearsing this past Friday. Hearings that were very clearly “not impeachment” hearings. -D
The Punk Patriot has made these nifty posters. Print ‘em out, and get them everywhere. He also has them in smaller, postcard size- go get ‘em.
So YouTube and the Democratic Party are having a contest. I doubt that this video will be my ticket to Denver. If you have access to a video camers, make a video about why you are NOT a Democrat in 2008.
reposted from THE LANG REPORT
Citizens’ Arrest of Karl Rove Attempted in Iowa
By Michael Lang on Jul 25, 2008
Four Iowans were arrested today while attempting to make a Citizens’ Arrest of Karl Rove in Des Moines, Iowa. Citing Iowa Code provisions for making Citizen’s Arrests as well as citing Federal Statute violations they claimed Rove had violated, the four were stopped at the gate of the Wakonda Country Club in Des Moines where Rove was scheduled to speak at a Republican Fundraiser. Read the rest of this entry ?
I’m an entertainer who happens to be passionate about politics and activism. Many of you know that I worked for the Dennis Kucinich for President Campaign creating video content, and I have had the chance to work on other campaigns, but I passed.
Operation Itch is an attempt to form a new type of Political Action Committee- imagine if Moveon.org were a truly progressive PAC that supported Independent and third party candidates, and did so by creating content that was as entertaining as it was inspiring.
We’re calling it Political Action Entertainment. We are not affiliated with any party or candidate and we are viewer supported.
Read more about our mission here.
And if you are a designer, consider entering our contest.
THE HERMIT- JULY 28, 2008:
repost from alternet
By Chalmers Johnson, Tomdispatch.com
Posted on July 28, 2008, Printed on July 28, 2008 Editor’s note–
Chalmers Johnson has produced a superb new article on what privatization has meant to the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Focusing on Tim Shorrock’s new book, Spies for Hire, Johnson traces the history of “the wholesale transfer of military and intelligence functions to private, often anonymous operatives” from Ronald Reagan’s day to the present, reminding us of just how crucial the Clinton administration was to this development. He also lays out just what can happen when the intelligence budget soars and startling amounts of it are placed in private, for-profit hands. Not only, he claims, has the privatization of intelligence made it easier for enemies to penetrate American intelligence and greased the slippery slope to the loss of professionalism within the community of intelligence analysts, but, perhaps most serious of all, it has ensured the loss of the most valuable asset any intelligence organization possesses — its institutional memory. Read the rest of this entry ?