By Bill Van Auken - 22 September 2011
President Obama delivered an empty and arrogant sermon to the United Nations Wednesday, laced with platitudes about “peace” that were designed to mask Washington’s predatory policies...Obama’s empty rhetoric is a direct expression of the profound crisis gripping American capitalism and its ruling financial elite as it confronts economic collapse and the threat of revolutionary upheaval.
By Rick Kuhn - September 22, 2011
It is possible to oppose anti-semitism on a narrow basis, that the racist persecution of Jews is wrong. A broader and far more effective approach strengthens the fight against anti-semitism by treating it as part of the struggle against all forms of racism and oppression. From this perspective, the front line of the battle against anti-semitism today is the campaign against apartheid Israel.
By KATHLEEN PEINE - Counterpunch
...[T]hose who would burn witches at the stake...didn’t disappear over the ages. We haven’t evolved past that. Those types just lie in wait, hoping for a chance to spread sanctimonious death. They hold a bible in one hand and their dick in the other, as they grimly masturbate to the death spectacle of the day.
By Noam Chomsky - September 6, 2011
Perhaps the assassination [of bin Laden] was perceived by the administration as an “act of vengeance”...Whatever the motive was, it could hardly have been security. As in the case of the “supreme international crime” in Iraq, the bin Laden assassination is another illustration of the important fact that security is often not a high priority for state action, contrary to received doctrine.
The 9/11 lie bears main responsibility for launching a decade of war, persecution and other forms of abuse. Stopping it ahead is job one. Revealing the truth and holding those responsible is how.
By Kumaran Ira - 6 September 2011
France’s New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) has applauded NATO's war to topple the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, praising it as a victory for democracy...The NPA’s claim that the ouster of the Gaddafi regime by NATO’s imperialist intervention is “good news,” let alone a “revolutionary process,” is a reactionary political lie.
By Gord Hill - Vancouver Media Co-op
...[T]he report recommends methods for more effective crowd control in the future, including greater dispersal of crowds, bans on alcohol sales, and joint training of regional police forces. It is most certainly the sheer scale of destruction that occurred and the jubilant participation by thousands of people that has authorities scrambling to find more effective methods of suppressing such disturbances, while also appearing to be successful in identifying and punishing those that did participate.
By Robert Fisk - Saturday, 3 September 2011
["]...[9/11] Commissioners who argued that al-Qa'ida was motivated by a religious ideology...rejected mentioning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict... In their view, listing US support for Israel as a root cause of al-Qa'ida's opposition to the United States indicated that the United States should reassess that policy"...When the Israeli Prime Minister gets even the US Congress to grovel to him, the American people are not going to be told the answer to the most important and "sensitive" question of 9/11: why?
By Edward S. Herman and David Peterson - September 04, 2011
On first reading George Monbiot's "Left and Libertarian Right Cohabit in the Weird World of the Genocide Belittlers," we drew up a list of his errors, misrepresentations, and regurgitations of party-line lies, so as to better equip ourselves to respond to his commentary. But as the original list kept growing each time we looked at his work, we soon realized that our list might be almost indefinitely expandable, depending on how finely we parsed his errors, and how much time we wanted to devote to the project.
They're described as fundamentalists, extremists, terrorists, and fanatics. They're identified with violence, when, in fact, Islam has common roots with Christianity and Judaism. Their tenets are based on love, not hate; peace, not violence; charity, not exploitation; and a just, fair society for people of all faiths.
By Richard Norton-Taylor - Friday 2 September 2011
Lady Eliza Manningham-Buller, the former head of MI5, delivered a withering attack on the invasion of Iraq, decried the term "war on terror", and held out the prospect of talks with al-Qaida...[S]he also said the 9/11 attacks were "a crime, not an act of war". "So I never felt it helpful to refer to a war on terror".
By MAXIMILIAN C. FORTE - August 31, 2011
I wish to...remind readers of the role of ideologically-motivated fabrications of “truth” that were used to justify, enable, enhance, and motivate the war against Libya — and to emphasize how damaging the practical effects of those myths have been to Libyans, and to all those who favored peaceful, non-militarist solutions...[These myths] threaten to severely distort the ideals of human rights and their future invocation, as well aiding in the continued militarization of Western culture and society.
By JOHN WALSH - Counterpunch
Juan Cole is a brand name that is no longer trusted. And that has been the case for some time for the Professor from Michigan...Cole has called the Afghan War “the right war at the right time” and has emerged as a cheerleader for Obama’s unconstitutional war on Libya and for Obama himself.
By Richard Dufour - WSWS
What critically-minded workers and other socialists need to consider is why the corporate media, Layton’s ostensible political opponents, and the entire establishment...have chosen to proclaim Layton a veritable national hero...The endless media references to Layton’s “pragmatism” and “common touch” point in fact to what made him so valuable an asset for the ruling class, and the real reason they are mourning his passing — the ability to put a pretty, populist face on a right-wing political orientation.
By Medea Benjamin - August 29, 2011
The ceremonies for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington DC were kicked off on August 24...But some of those honored are a far cry from King’s beloved community of the poor and oppressed. The tribute to peacemakers...was mostly a night applauding war-makers, corporate profiteers and co-opted musicians.