Saturday, February 02, 2008

saturday reads

Chadian rebels seize capital after heavy fighting.

ExxonMobil reported Friday the largest US corporate annual profit in history at 40.6 billion dollars.

Pirate Bay won't be sunk.

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The Fear Factory: The FBI now has more than 100 task forces devoted exclusively to fighting terrorism. But is the government manufacturing ghosts?

Mississippi Adult Store Caught Selling Sex Toys

FOX Denies Entrance to Veterans Demanding an Apology from Bill O'Reilly (Brave New Films)

Friday, February 01, 2008

friday reads

More than one million Iraqis have died because of the war in Iraq since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003, according to a study published Wednesday.

Two bombs in busy Baghdad animal markets have killed at least 64 people.

Juan Cole: Blowback from the GOP's holy war against Muslims

David Swanson: Signing Statement Silence

Glenn Greenwald: What "bipartisanship" in Washington means

Scott Horton on Michael Mukasey's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Barreling into Recession

Alarmed by the George W. Bush administration's increasing use of the so-called "state secrets privilege" to keep politically embarrassing lawsuits against the government from ever coming before a judge, Congress is stepping in to help ensure that people with grievances can have their cases heard.

Sara Robinson: Democracy, Fear, and the War on the Middle Class

Keith Olbermann's Countdown Special Comment: On FISA and Telecom Immunity

Paul Krugman: The Edwards Effect

Mr. Airplane Man - "Jesus on the Mainline"

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

wednesday reads

Tom Engelhardt: Normalizing Air War from Guernica to Arab Jabour

The American Enterprise Institute, the think tank that came up with the “surge” strategy for Iraq, has just completed a re-evaluation of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan and concluded that another surge of U.S. forces is required, this time into southern Afghanistan.

Fourteen companies, including some of the world's largest banks, are being investigated over possible accounting fraud, improperly securing loans and insider trading during the sub-prime mortgage scandal.

The Life Cycle of a Blog Post

In a big blow to copyright groups' attempts in fighting online piracy, the European Court of Justice ruled today that in civil cases member countries can refuse to provide the names of suspected illegal file-sharers.

Sen. Russ Feingold’s Quick and Easy Guide to FISA

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

tuesday reads

Luke Ryland interviews Sibel Edmonds

Kenya slides toward a civil war.

Glenn Greenwald on yesterday's FISA vote which failed 48-45 on the motion of cloture.

Islamic militants known as the Pakistani Taliban have extended their reach across all seven of Pakistan's frontier tribal regions and have infiltrated Peshawar, the provincial capital, heightening U.S. concerns that an insurrection may be broadening in the nuclear-armed nation.

Protesters who re-enacted one of Blackwater's worst civilian massacres in Iraq got jail time, while the real killers remain free.

The Washington Independent:CIA Largely in the Dark on Interrogation Tactics

James Carroll: Our one-way trip to disaster

YOU AND everyone you love are riding on a large bus. The bus driver, unskilled and careless, drives too fast, ignores traffic signals, and barrels off the road occasionally. Because the bus is huge, other vehicles swerve to get out of its way, with cars crashing repeatedly. But your driver just keeps going, leaving carnage in his wake. Naturally, you are terrified - but your reactions are irrelevant.

Finally, the bus itself crashes, killing many. Miraculously, you and your loved ones climb out of the wreckage. A second bus is standing by, and you gratefully scramble aboard. The engine starts up, but then the bus lurches dangerously onto the road, going too fast. Only then do you see that this new bus has the same driver, and he has learned nothing. Welcome to the United States of America. And welcome to the annual State of the Union address.

Monday, January 28, 2008

monday reads

Dahr Jamail: Iraqis on "Success" and "Progress" in Their Country

Patrick Cockburn: Return to Falluja

John Pilger: The death of Suharto is a reminder of the west's ignoble role in propping up a murderous regime

The ominous lesson of Tet

In the aftermath of President George W Bush's recent tour of the Persian Gulf, coinciding with a similar trip by France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, culminating in a deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a small French base, Iran's security calculus has changed. It has almost reached the point of Tehran considering the option of reciprocating the perceived excess Western intrusion into its vicinity by allowing a military base for China at one of Iran's Persian Gulf ports or on one of its islands.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

sunday reads

Thousands of negatives of photographs taken by Robert Capa during the Spanish Civil War, long thought to be lost forever, have resurfaced.

Scott Horton: Bulletins from the Ministry for Torture

Naomi Wolf: It's Time to Hold Democratic House Leaders in Contempt

Brattleboro residents will vote at town meeting on whether President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should be indicted and arrested for war crimes, perjury or obstruction of justice if they ever step foot in Vermont.

Naomi Klein: Why The Right Loves a Disaster

Freethinker Sunday Sermonette: Mr. Potato Head

sunday undercover - home is where the hatred is

Esther Phillips
Home Is Where the Hatred Is
From a Whisper to a Scream (1972)

Home Is Where the Hatred Is
Gil Scott-Heron

A junkie walking through the twilight
I'm on my way home
I left three days ago, but no one seems to know i'm gone
Home is where the hatred is
Home is filled with pain and it,
Might not be such a bad idea if i never, never went home again

Stand as far away from me as you can and ask me why
Hang on to your rosary beads
Close your eyes to watch me die
You keep saying, kick it, quit it, kick it, quit it
God, but did you ever try
To turn your sick soul inside out
So that the world, so that the world
Can watch you die

Home is where I live inside my white powder dreams
Home was once an empty vacuum that's filled now with my silent screams
Home is where the needle marks
Try to heal my broken heart
And it might not be such a bad idea if I never, if I never went home again
Home again
Home again
Home again
Kick it, quit it
Kick it, quit it
Kick it, quit it
Kick it, can't go home again

Anita Lane
Home Is Where the Hatred Is
Sex O'Clock (2001)

Kanye West
My Way Home (feat. Common)
Late Registration (2005)

Gil Scott-Heron
Home Is Where the Hatred Is
Pieces of a Man (1971)