A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Carol Davidek-Waller
The Taliban is reclaiming the still failed state of Afghanistan. Iraq is becoming a failed state and has spun out of control. Bush is showing every sign of dragging the US into another fruitless and unjustifiable war with Iran and/or Syria. American troops are now fighting in Somalia to help make East Africa safe for Exxon and Chevron. Civil rights and human rights are evaporating like dew on a summer morning. This isn’t a war on terrorism. It is naked terrorism itself.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
The true financial cost of this war has received little light shining on this growing problem. The Christian Science Monitor is reporting that the war in Iraq is quickly approaching the spending levels of both the Vietnam and Korean wars. However, unlike previous generations that paid for wars with savings bonds, the U.S. "has used its credit card, counting on the Chinese and other foreign buyers of its debt to pay the bills."
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
"Frederick Kagan is an Unqualified Fraud." This could also be said for everyone in the Bush administration, from George Bush right on down!
POWER PLAYS -- WORLD ENERGY WATCH
edited by Gloria Lalumia
The World Energy Watch presents recent news and analysis highlighting the activities of the players involved in the power struggle for the world's remaining energy resources.
HONDURAS TEMPORARILY GRABS EXXON, CHEVRON TERMINALS (Boston Globe/US)
(Reuters) - Honduras will take temporary control of foreign-owned oil storage terminals as part of a government import program meant to drive down fuel prices, President Manuel Zelaya said late on Saturday. Zelaya ordered the move after failing to reach a deal with big oil companies Exxon Mobil and Chevron, as well as local company DIPPSA, to rent the terminals. "It is not a nationalization, it's a temporary use of the storage tanks through a lease and payment of a reasonable price," he said. Honduras produces no crude of its own and no longer has a refinery. Its fuel market, like that of most Central American countries, is dominated by Shell, Exxon Mobil and Chevron. The government program takes control of imports away from the small group of oil companies that operate service stations in the Central American nation. Those companies have opposed the new system, saying it is anti-competitive. A congressional commission set up to study the new system has said it could save Honduras -- one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere -- about $66 million a year
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Last week, BuzzFlash reported on a total power outage throughout Baghdad during George Bush's war speech, preventing Iraqis from having the chance to watch (electricity usually only lasts a few hours each day anyway). Reports today indicate that the capital city of 6 million people is also suffering from another serious problem: a collapsed sewage system.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter
News Dissector, MediaChannel.org
Memphis: I felt the presence of Dr. King this past weekend in Memphis. Of course, this is the city in which he gave his life, and as America marks his birth, it was hard not to be reminded of his death when you visit the scene of the crime, the fully restored Lorraine Motel.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Always the master of creative rhetoric, the White House's political spin machine has reached a new low. Backtracking over the original justifications for the Iraq War as they become increasingly erroneous, the Bush Administration has finally come up with a way to maintain their insistence that Iraq is "the central front on the war on terror."
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Subject: Bush - Admit You Have a Problem
To the editor,
President Kennedy once said, "We should never negotiate out of fear, but we should never fear to negotiate." Even President Bush now acknowledges the situation in Iraq is a mess. Even worse would be a scenario where neighboring countries become embroiled into a regional or world conflict. In this light, I found it deeply disappointing that Secretary of State Rice said to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday that the US would not negotiate with other countries in the Middle East because we might be seen as supplicants (asking for help).
The source of the rotten smell that alarmed many residents of Manhattan last week remained a mystery, but it may have been wafting out from underneath Wall Street. It's certainly no mystery why a rotten smell would be emanating from the bowels of wealth and power.